Not only are organic options becoming more available, but consumers are also opting for organic foods now more than ever. If you aren’t already dishing out the few extra cents to buy organic, you might want to rethink your budget and here is why. Typical foods found in the grocery store contain genetically modified organisms, toxins from pesticides, and a lengthy list of antibiotics and hormones used in the meat industry. Organic foods, on the other hand, are free of these harmful chemicals and toxins.
When you choose to eat organic, you are choosing to promote better overall health by consuming foods that are often more intense in flavor with a higher amount of vitamins and minerals. Eating organic foods has been linked to boosted immune systems, better sleep, the loss of excess weight, and improved blood work. And this is just to name a few.
While the cost of organic foods may be a hurdle, avoiding the long-term affects and illnesses associated with non-organic foods is well worth the extra change. When you consume non-organic foods that have been treated with pesticides, you are putting you and your family at risk of neurotoxicity,
disruption of the endocrine system, carcinogenicity, and a suppressed immune system. And these are just to name a few. Pesticides can also negatively affect the male reproduction system and have been linked to miscarriages in women.
If the negative impact on your health isn’t enough to persuade you to make the switch to organic foods, maybe some statistics will. Recent studies have shown that conventional produce only has 83 percent of the nutrients organic produce has. These studies have also revealed significantly higher levels of iron, magnesium, phosphate, and vitamin C and significantly lesser levels of toxins.
Organic and free-range foods were once only found at farmer markets and in specialty stores, but these healthy alternatives are now available in abundance, so there are no excuses for not making the switch. Not only will your health benefit, but your support of the organic foods industry will also help an industry committed to protecting the environment continue to thrive. In the organic foods industry, they are dedicated to avoiding the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals that can result in the loss of topsoil and toxic runoff. When toxic runoff occurs, water pollution soon follows and causes soil contamination and the death of insects, birds, small critters, and organisms beneficial to the soil. I think we can both agree that choosing organic foods is better for ourselves and the planet we live on.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master and one of the few in the area with a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, fertility, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. Dr. Bennett also serves many people from Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Newport Coast, Tustin and Orange County. She can be reac
hed at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.
If you’re afraid that acupuncture will be painful, don’t worry. It actually doesn’t hurt at all. While you have probably felt pain from the thick needles used by doctor’s for vaccinations and other things, acupuncture needles are much thinner. It’s difficult to feel anything at all when acupuncture needles are inserted in your skin. – Dr. Bennett
Acupuncture is not a painful process at all. The needles are very thin. From a few feet away, the needles are practically invisible. There is a bit of discomfort at the start, but generally the treatments have been called relaxing.
When attending an acupuncture session, make sure that you wear clothing that is loose and comfortable. Your acupuncturists needs to be able to reach the areas that are bothering you. If you go to an acupuncture treatment center, your session will take place among a group and it is best to wear loose clothes.
Do your homework on the web. Read online reviews, and contact the BBB to check if they have any open cases against them. Your diligence will pay off in the long run.
Never stop your treatment in the middle of a program. Just like any form or medication, you don’t want to stop your treatments half way. You may see great results sooner than you expect but this is not an excuse to finish up early. Allow the prescribed treatment length to run its course and then you can determine how your body has coped with it all.
Verify whether your acupuncture practitioner accepts your insurance and if your policy covers such treatments. If your insurance does cover this service, you won’t need to worry about the mounting costs of treatments. As a result, your treatments will be more effective. Here at our office in Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley we are PPO providers on many plans. We will be happy verify coverage, just by calling us at 714-928-9917.
Don’t wear clothes that are too tight. Loose clothes makes it easier for everyone. Loose clothing will provide easier access for placing the needles. Certain sessions may be in group format, where clothing stays on.
Ask how long each treatment will last for. Usually, each acupuncture session is 30 minutes long. However, if you are being treated for many health issues, it could be longer. Don’t make plans for an appointment immediately following acupuncture treatment. It is best to simply rest and relax.
Though acupuncture usually does not hurt, it is hard to tell how you will feel until you have an initial session. Some people claim they experience no pain; however, others claim they do experience some pain. Everyone differs in their approach and opinion, so you need to see for yourself. Let your acupuncturist know if you feel pain and he or she will try another technique. Our approach is very comfortable here at Bennett Acupuncture and Functional Medicine. Actually many feel a cool blue calmness and energy after the first acupuncture visit.
While the history of acupuncture goes back centuries, research indicates that it can have a tremendous impact even in modern times. This article has given you what you need to know about acupuncture so you can get started with it. If you have questions regarding acupuncture, you can look back this article.
About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome.