Holistic Health Collective

5 Senses Practice – Incorporate Mindfulness on the Go

Orange and mindfulness

The 5 senses practice is a way to calm anxiety, improve pain control, and improve focus and concentration. We are often aware and actively use our senses of hearing, sight, and touch but the less common senses that also can influence our minds are smell and taste! This practice can be done in combination with […]

Healing Through the 5 Senses: Aromatherapy Basics and a ‘How-to Guide’

Smell and the 5 senses Aromatherapy is a very popular complementary and alternative method of healing that activates the olfactory centers of the brain.  The olfactory “smell” centers have a close connection with the hippocampus and limbic system of the brain and certain smells may help create memories and elicit an emotional response. Essential oils […]

Acute Healing and Acupuncture – Can Acupuncture Help with Acute Injuries?

acute injury and acupuncture

Above are photos (photo permission received) of patients at the Uplift Health Clinic (an integrative medicine and acupuncture clinic located in Grand Rapids, MI) who have been treated for acute injuries using acupuncture. A medical acupuncture clinic may not be the first place you stop at after sustaining such a major injury but it might […]

5 Steps to Gut Healing — The 5R Approach – Part 2

5 R approach part 2

5R approach Replace The ‘Replace’ step is reviewing the digestive enzyme needs of the body. The stomach produces certain enzymes (pepsin, hydrochloric acid) to break down food to absorb important nutrients for the body. Hypochlorhydria is when the stomach is not producing enough hydrochloric acid. There are different causes for hypochlorhydria which include infections by […]

5 Steps to Gut Healing — The 5R Approach – Part 1

food allergens

5R approach The 5 Steps to Gut Healing: Remove Replace Repair Reinoculate Rebalance/Relax 1) Remove The first step ‘Remove’ is focused on eliminating foods that may be contributing to gut irritation and inflammation. Food sensitivities and intolerances are not easily tested via blood work. Instead, systematic removal over a 21-28 day period is the easiest […]

Beyond Acupuncture Needles — Other Commonly Used Tools in Acupuncture

An assortment of acupuncture tools

Are you a resident of Grand Rapids, MI curious about acupuncture and wanting to learn more about what it is?  Here is a quick synopsis of what types of acupuncture equipment are used in my office. Acupuncture treatments typically involve use of needles but there are also several tools you may not recognize that are […]

What health conditions can benefit from taking fish oil? Part 2

fish oil supplements

There’s so many different studies being done on fish oil that it is sometimes hard to keep up on why to use fish oil, when to use it, and exactly how much.  See Part 1 for details on how to calculate the milligram dosage of a fish oil supplement. Cardiovascular disease The data is mixed […]

What should I know about choosing a fish oil supplement? Part 1

fish oil part 1

Part 1. Fish oil is a popular choice in the supplement aisle.   What does it do and who could benefit from its use?   First, the way the fish oil is prepared is important.  The natural triglyceride form of fish oil is much better absorbed than the ethyl ester formulations.  Quality control is also […]

Can I Get Adequate Relief from Headaches with Acupuncture?

headache relief

Multiple centers in Western Michigan provide support for chronic migraine or headache issues. Many patients who have suffered from chronic migraines will likely have visited a neurologist along with received MRI studies and prescription medications to treat or abate their symptoms. Here at Uplift Health MD, patients are able to be treated via acupuncture and […]