Integrative Health Blog

What to Expect From Reflexology

Posted by on Thu, Mar 09, 2017

In a word, expect to feel relaxed. There is significant evidence that reflexology promotes relaxation, and when we are relaxed, we can better cope with the daily stresses of life.

Reflexology is an intense massage to your hands or feet that stimulates your internal organs or other area of the body. It is thought that various reflex points on the hands and feet correspond to organs in the body, or other body parts.  This technique allows the practitioner to determine which areas may have sensitivities or blockages. Reflexology targets those areas to help release toxins, which results in reduced stress and tension. Reflexology is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies in the United Kingdom, and can be used as adjunctive therapy or on its own.

How does reflexology work?

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Tags: detoxification, reflexology

Ask the Wellness Coach: How Do I Know if I Need to Detoxify?

Posted by on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

This is a very good question and there are several schools of thought on this subject. The truth is that there is no easy answer.

Some argue that we are living in an increasingly toxic world, a world where the body’s ability to stay ahead of toxins has been overwhelmed by harmful exposures to a host of new and unfamiliar chemical compounds. Others maintain that the body has the ability to handle detoxification and intervention is unnecessary and even harmful. To some extent, both of these statements are true; however, there can be mitigating circumstances where detoxification is essential.

So when is detoxification essential?

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Tags: detoxification

How the Environment Can Impact Your Health: What’s in Your Water?

Posted by on Tue, Feb 09, 2016

By now, you’ve probably heard more than you ever thought you would about the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Politics aside, it’s a pretty heinous situation when the water you drink, cook with, wash in and are billed for regularly, contains unacceptable levels of lead1 and trihalomethanes2, and raises questions about being the source of an outbreak of Legionnaires disease3.

Kind of makes you wonder . . . what’s in my water?

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Tags: water, detoxification, toxins

Raw Food Weekend Cleansing Retreat in Washington, D.C., Sept. 25-27, 2015

Posted by on Wed, Sep 02, 2015

I'm excited to announce that THE RAW FOOD INSTITUTE is having a 3 DAY CLEANSING RETREAT in Washington, D.C.

This retreat will be September 25-27, 2015, at National Integrated Health Associates, a leading integrative medical and dental center in Washington D.C.  (Yeah!)

This 3 Day Cleansing Retreat is back by popular demand to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area!

I have TWO SPECIALS GUESTS (I promise you will fall in love with them), that will be flying in from California to be there with me.  We're packing it FULL of the best information, fabulous food, and nourishing drinks. Check out the  list of topics we'll cover and information you will learn.

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Tags: detoxification, raw food

Easy Ways to Detox Your Body and Your Home

Posted by on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

We can’t always see and smell them, but our bodies are effected by the thousands of chemicals we are exposed to in our homes. Maybe you have done a detox in order to eliminate internal toxins and chemicals from your body, but have you done anything for your home? Ultimately, the air you breathe and the environment you are in most, affects your health. It doesn’t make sense to only concentrate on your body and not your environment, they go hand in hand. Common household items and body care products are being found to have negative health effects on our nervous, immune, reproductive, endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

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Tags: natural options, detoxification

Healthy Living: How Much Water Should You Drink?

Posted by on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Water cleans, purifies, enlivens, refreshes, and quenches thirst. It splashes, rains, runs and makes everything grow…water is this unique substance that seems to contain the essence of life itself. Water, like food, is a study into itself.

Water is critical for health because of the many benefits:

•Increases immune function (significant increase in white blood cells)

•Boosts energy metabolism

•Enhances weight loss

•Superior hydration of body and blood

•Cardiovascular health benefits and blood pressure regulation

•Cellular detoxification

•Improves skin elasticity

Detoxifies the bowel and relieves constipation

Water is as much a nutrient as food

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Tags: water, detoxification

5 Quick Ways to Slim and Detoxify Your Body Now

Posted by on Wed, May 13, 2015

With bathing suit season quickly approaching, many people are searching for painless ways to shed a few pounds quickly. Adding any or a combination of the ideas listed below may help to get your body ready for the beach in less than a month.

1. Drink Bojenmi Tea.

Bojenmi tea is used mainly for assisting weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. This traditional Chinese medicinal tea is known as Baojianmei Jianfei Cha in Chinese and means "slim and beautiful". It is one of the most popular products of China for slimming and promotion of beauty and health.

The formulation is provided as loose tea or tea bags. Several ingredients are used for this herb formulation, but the main ingredient is the tea leaf from Fujian Province. Reports have revealed that 50 percent of this product contains tea leaf which has been shown to help lower blood lipids. An extract of other herbs, however, are sprayed onto the tea leaf to make the finished beverage product, which is then prepared by steeping in boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Up to 6 cups of the tea per day can be consumed to help increase metabolism.

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Tags: belly fat, natural options, pH level, weight loss, detoxification, i-lipo

A Holistic Approach to Autism

Posted by on Mon, Apr 27, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month. It is estimated that 1 in 68 children in the United States has autism, a complex disorder which impairs social and communication skills. Often times, the symptoms of autism are thought to be irreversible, but continuing research is showing that a variety of interventions may improve, and sometimes reverse autism. While there is a wide spectrum of approaches to autism treatment, the following three form the basis of biomedical interventions for children with autism:

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Tags: autism, holistic nutrition, detoxification, children's health

Detoxification and Spa Therapy Week at NIHA Jan.19-24, 2015

Posted by on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Spa Therapy Week at NIHA! One Week Only

Introductory Prices  Jan. 19-24, 2015  

Would you like to unwind and get back on track with your health?

Now is your chance to try some therapies that you may have wondered about... but never took the time to schedule.

For one week only, National Integrated Health Associates will offer special introductory pricing on detoxification and spa therapies and free lectures to learn more about these therapies. Join us!

Book an appointment now for Spa Week at National Integrated Health Associates and receive a 20 minute therapy session for only $15.00!  

CALL 202-237-7000 to schedule 

Here is a list of the services offered for a special "try me" price:

Massage Therapy     Massage is known to relieve stress and tension in the body while promoting relaxation, and you can experience physical, mental and emotional benefits from massage. One client said,"I experience chronic muscle soreness in my lower back and hip areas. Robert not only worked the soreness away on the first visit: he also performed a postural analysis that illustrated where the possible source of soreness was originating. Robert  advised me on proper footwear and a streching regiment. I now feel more agile and flexible without soreness or pain. I highly recommend Robert White for orthopedic massage. He provides exceptional and professional service."

20 Minutes of Massage of your choice $15 

schedule with  Yemi Tigabe LMT or Robert White LMT

 

Aqua Chi Footbath   The aqua chi footbath uses a current to concentrate energy in the water for an invigororating, detoxifying effect. The ionization of the water pulls toxins from the body via the pores of the feet and may help restore energy and increase detoxification.

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Tags: reiki, detoxification, massage

3 Steps to Detoxify Your Body and Lower Your Toxin Load

Posted by on Thu, Dec 04, 2014

Chas Gant MD, PhD

What does it take to be healthy in a modern, toxic world?

We are lucky to be living in a fast paced modern world that has brought us so many amazing benefits.

But, at the same time, we see unintended problems like chemicals in household and personal care products, energetic pollution (WIFI, cell phone, anyone?) and malnutrition from eating “convenient” processed food, all of which are contributing to toxicity-related health problems. Many chronic psychiatric and medical problems may be caused by toxins derived from chronic infections, environmental exposures from the air, food and water, psychotropic drugs, medications, genetic vulnerabilities and gastrointestinal imbalances. Efforts to help patients detoxify can take up the lion’s share of your time with a medical provider, but you can make some lifestyle and dietary changes today that will assist natural detoxification and begin to improve your health status. 

Here are 3 ways to detoxify to help your body rid itself of health-stealing toxins.

Step 1: Avoid or minimize exposure to toxins.

Step 2: Enhance the detoxification of toxins already stored in the body.

Step 3: Make detoxification a way of life.

Step #1 Avoid or Minimize Exposure to Toxins

Limiting exposure to toxins can be relatively simple. For example, adopt a routine lifestyle habit that includes consumption of organic food and filtered clean water, and avoidance of air pollution wherever possible. Minimize contact with Wi-Fi, microwaves and high power lines, and wear devices which decrease their biological harm to offer some protection. If you are a health care provider or healer, since toxicity is the cause of so much disability, make it a routine activity in the care you provide to design a program to mitigate this exposure side of the equation.

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Tags: detoxification, toxins