Auntie Min’s Creamy Vegetable Soup

  Auntie Min’s Creamy Vegetable Soup Serves 6 Ingredients 1/2 bunch blanched Swiss chard, leaves into 1” slices, stems into ½” slices 1 head of cauliflower, core removed, cut into florets 4 tablespoons organic or grass-fed butter 1 medium sweet potato, peeled, roughly chopped into 1/3” cubes 1 medium carrot, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 1/2 small yellow onion, peeled, diced 2 sprigs fresh thyme, stems removed 1 cup broccoli, roughly chopped 2 quarts chicken broth 1/4 cup water sea… Read More »

Muscle Strains Uncovered

Muscle strains are one of the most common injuries in athletes. It is estimated that 10 to 55% of all injuries in sports are in the muscle, and 90% of those injuries are strains. Though most muscle strains heal well, there is a high rate of re-injury (12-31%). A muscle strain is literally a tearing of muscle fibers; unlike sprains, which are tears of ligaments. Strains occur when too much force is applied to a resisting muscle. Excessive tensile force… Read More »

7 Big Trends & Concerns for Sports Medicine Physicians in 2013

Here are seven big trends and concerns for sports medicine physicians treating elite athletes next year. 1. Concussion management. One of the most important concerns for elite athletes is concussions they sustain during play. Concussions can have longstanding implications for the athlete’s ability to continue performing on the field as well as their life after retiring from sports. As a result, much research is being done on the biochemistry of head injuries and high impact sports are developing protocols for… Read More »

Training Insights From Star Athletes

Of course elite athletes are naturally gifted. And of course they train hard and may have a phalanx of support staff — coaches, nutritionists, psychologists. But they often have something else that gives them an edge: an insight, or even an epiphany, that vaults them from the middle of the pack to the podium. I asked several star athletes about the single realization that made the difference for them. While every athlete’s tale is intensely personal, it turns out there… Read More »

Ordinary Vitamin D, Extraordinary Effects

Vitamin D has been in the health news a lot recently – probably due to the time of the year for us in the northern hemisphere, meaning a distinct lack of the natural source of this vital vitamin. It seems to have been linked with a huge variety of different illnesses and conditions such as heart health, diabetes, eye health and even Alzheimer’s. Vitamin D and Heart health In combination with strength training, vitamin D can help cut down on… Read More »

The Humble Beginnings of the Coconut Water Popularity

This clear liquid inside ‘young’ coconuts has long been a popular drink in the tropics.  Residents can just walk out their doors, shake a coconut to make sure it contains liquid, carve a hole at the end of the coconut, place a straw and sip away on this virtually free beverage.  Although this ‘natural’ beverage has been around for a long time, it seems that it is gaining popularity, in packaged form, and is being marketed as a ‘natural’ energy… Read More »

Three Common Cycling Injuries

Hand Numbness/ Ulnar Neuropathy This is experienced as pain and numbness of the small and ring finger and is associated with pressure on the handlebars for long periods of time. Piriformis Syndrome If the piriformis muscle becomes tight or cramps it can put pressure on the sciatic nerve and cause gluteal (or buttock) pain or sciatica. Achilles Tendonitis Achilles tendonitis is a chronic injury that occurs primarily from overuse. It tends to come on gradually over time until pain is… Read More »

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has shown positive results for tissue that has been damaged and poorly oxygenated due to swelling, trauma or inflammation. According to Brian A. Pryor, PhD, deep penetrating photons of the laser activate a biochemical cascade of events leading to rapid cellular regeneration, normalization and healing. Laser light energy is highly absorbed by skin and subcutaneous tissue, therefore, penetration is key to therapeutic results.   Aspire Health & Wellness is NOW offering Deep Tissue Laser Therapy. Our… Read More »

Project Breathe

When she was just 8, Anna began having trouble breathing while playing soccer. She was diagnosed with asthma, given inhalers and off she went. Each year, however, Anna’s difficulty breathing continued to worsen. Symptoms became daily, hospitalization become more frequent. Since high school, Anna has spent much of her life in and out of hospitals, struggling to breathe, to make it up a flight of stairs, to walk for more than a few minutes without needing to go to the… Read More »

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