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Tips For Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

I’ve focused on strengthening your immune system with tips for staying healthy during coronavirus and beyond. Many people are stressed right now due to the fear surrounding the novel coronavirus. I am certain you have already heard enough tips about hand washing so I won’t review that.

I’ve posted some tips that I recommend to my patients as daily self care and during any cold/flu season.

Take A Breath…

By breathing out more slowly than you are breathing in, you will automatically calm your nervous system. Focusing on lengthening the exhale will also take the work out of this effort. The inhales will come naturally. Do this for a few moments anytime you’re feeling stressed.

Prioritize Sleep

Tips for Staying Healthy

Do all the things we know we should do regarding sleep. Go to be early. Don’t read the phone or watch TV in bed. Make your room dark and comfortable but not too warm. Take a warm bath before bed.

Have dinner earlier so you are not overfull when climbing into bed.

Get Your Daily Movement In, But If You Are Sick, Don’t Overdo it.

Take a walk outside, even just around the block with help your immune system. You need access to nature and outside air. Exercise helps to move the lymph system which is critical for immune health.

Gentle yoga or stretching at home is very helpful and grounding. Many yoga studios now are even offering online courses so you may practice at home if needed. Plus there are numerous youtube yoga and workout courses available.

Take Specific Supplements

Take specific supplements to boost your immune system. I provided general tips below for you to discuss with your health provider. Please check with your doctor and pharmacist first before taking any new supplements, herbs or foods, as they may interfere with your current medications or be contraindicated for you.

I’m offering medical grade supplements through Fullscript with a 10% discount when you click on my dispensary icon below. Feel free to browse the store on your own or let me know if you need recommendations.

Vitamin C, Zinc, selenium, and Vitamin D are very important to maintain a healthy immune system. Especially Vitamin C-Please read this article.

All of these have immune boosting and antioxidant qualities. Zinc can upset some patient’s stomachs, so look for a glycinate form and take it with food.

Oil of oregano helps reduce the viral load on your body. Its available as a tincture (oil or alcohol base) form and as capsules. You may also add a few drops to water to clean and disinfect your home.

Receive 10% off Professional Grade Supplements

I have set up an online dispensary through Fullscript. Use the link below to receive 10% off all your supplements.

Essential Oils Are Great Selfcare

Ellen Geary, Acupuncturist, Herbalist, and long-time colleague of mine offers a wide range of essential oils, more than what I stock in the clinic. She is happy to personally coach you on how to use them.

Eat The Right Foods

Tips For Staying Healthy During Coronavirus

Stay healthy with foods that are right for your body and avoid the junk foods and sugary items that mess with your gut biome. Getting enough greens daily helps with mood and digestion, nourishing your biome.

Try this vegan healing soup or this bone broth as a base to nourish your gut biome. Feel free to add your favorite plants and protein to it. Adding some grated ginger will aid digestion and reduce body aches. Sip on either broth during the day.

An easy way to have quality ginger on hand is to wash and peel a couple roots and grind in a food processor to small shredded chunks and store in a freezer safe container. This will save you time.

If your stomach is upset, try some simple steamed rice or sweet potatoes. Bland soothing foods are more appealing when you’re not well, so dial down the spice and oil while you recover. Plenty of time for that 5-star spiced Thai dish when you’re well again.

Retreat, But Don’t Recoil And Please Don’t Isolate

Tips For Staying Healthy

Its always a good idea to stay home when you have the flu or cold. This is not my idea. Most grandmothers have been telling us from the beginning of time. This is not only to prevent spreading of germs, but to allow your body to actually rest, heal, and recover.

If you are staying in, please take a moment to connect to your friends and loved ones via phone or Skype so you are not holed up and in isolation. Staying in is for prevention and recovery and not punishment/exile. Being alone and disconnected from your daily life, work and friends adds to fear and anxiety. Anxiety and disconnection lowers your immune response.

Briefly keep in touch with the news, so you are aware but don’t go crazy with the media. Hunching forward over your phone, puts your body in a constricted, grieving position; not a good idea if you’re already feeling bad.

Listen to uplifting material, podcasts or comedies to lift your mood. If you are physically under the weather, no need to add to it with negative programming. Here is a free EFT video by Mira Kelly on clearing overwhelm of coronavirus.

Make use of the delivery services we are lucky to have these days. Groceries are available now on Amazon and many other delivery options are available for take out.

When you are well, or if you are staying in, take a moment to call and check on your elderly neighbors and friends to see if they need anything. It only takes moment to drop something off at their door, or place an order for them.

Be Kind…

Kindness is the best medicine

At the end of the day, kindness and compassion are both superpowers and secret weapons. It costs nothing to be kind and we always can be kind no matter the circumstances. Have compassion for yourself and and others as we move forward.

Any questions about tips for staying healthy during coronavirus? Please send me an email.

If you are feeling anxious or need a proactive immune boost, I am currently seeing patients who have not exhibited any symptoms, on a case by case basis.


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Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti

Savory Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Savory biscotti perfect anytime of day. Plant Paradox Friendly, Lectin Free, Dairy Free, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Paleo.

I created these Cured Olive Rosemary Biscotti during the beautiful sunny peak of last summer. Today it is cold outside and many of my patients are stressed right now. These biscotti are easy to make and an excellent prebiotic treat to build your gut biome and help restore your mood and wellness. Invite your kids or spouse to help you. Its kind of fun to play with the dough.

Dry Ingredients:

Liquid Ingredients:

  • 4 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs
  • ½ Cup Organic Olive Oil
  • 10 Drops Organic Lemon Essential Oil
  • Lemon Zest From 1 Organic Lemon

Fruit/Nuts/Spice:

  • 1 cup Oil Cured Black Olives, pits removed
  • 1-2 T Ground Fresh Rosemary (use Vitamix or food processor to grind into powder or chop finely with knife)
  • 1-2 Handfuls Pine Nuts – Trader Joes or Whole Foods has the best value.
Bojita Oil Cured Olives Biscotti
Bojita Oil Cured Olives. An Aromatic Delight.
Fresh Ground Rosemary For Biscotti
Fresh Ground Rosemary. The Fragrance Is Intoxicating. Buy a plant from Trader Joes for $9 and plant it in your yard or re-pot in your home. Brush your had along the leaves every day to release the magic aroma.
First biscotti baked
2 Loaves First Bake Completed
Second bake, ready to cool
Sliced, Second Bake Completed.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Use an oven thermometer to check actual temperature.  Most ovens vary from what the setting displays.
  2. Mix dry ingredients into a large bowl. 
  3. Mix liquids in a separate bowl then combine the two.  Add the Cured black olives, rosemary and pine nuts and mix. I use a hand mixer or stand mixer.  Feel free to use your hands to mix the dough if you prefer. This will break up the olives a bit and distribute their aroma. 
  4. Divide the mixture in half to create 2 rectangular loaves.  Shape each loaf onto a silicon baking mat or a parchment lined cookie sheet.  I use disposable medical gloves dusted in cassava flour; this makes is much easier.  You may also coat your hands in cassava flour to shape the loaves. Make the loves about ¾ to 1 inch thick.   Bake for 25 minutes.  
  5. Remove loaves from the oven and cool for 15 minutes.  Reduce oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Slice the loaves 1 inch thick on an angle into biscotti.  Return to oven and bake for 10 minutes until lightly golden on a baking rack. 
  6. Cool for 10 minutes and serve.

TIPS

Serve these cured olive rosemary biscotti with olive oil in dipping bowls with a side of room temperature goat cheese or Manchego.

Trader Joe’s carries high quality goat and manchego cheeses and a variety of organic olive oils. These biscotti are also amazing dipped in espresso or red wine. The umami flavor of olives compliment everything. Enjoy!

*To make DIY baking powder aluminum free, GMO free, and lectin free, mix 2 parts cream of tartar with 1 part baking soda. I make this in larger batches to have on hand.


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Car Accident Recovery Faster With Acupuncture

Recovery Quickly From Injuries With Acupuncture
Acupuncturists Are Here To Provide Speedy Recovery From Your Auto Injuries

The Problem

Did you know, car accident recovery is faster with acupuncture? People are hurt frequently in Car Accidents. Whether you are inside the car during impact or struck in the crosswalk by a car, the injuries can be devastating, traumatizing and cost you time away from your normal life.

What To Expect

Acupuncture helps with both the physical pain and the stressful anxiety caused by the accident. Acupuncture decreases inflammation and increases circulation through your injured tissues. I also focus on your central nervous system to ease anxiety so the body can heal. If you are on pain pills, don’t worry we can help you taper off them as we restore your body.

Getting Started-Your First Visit

During your first visit we will review your health history and injuries, discuss a treatment plan and you will have your first treatment so you can start feeling better. The first step is to book your appointment online or call 206-388-3349. Here are the forms for your first visit:

New Patient Forms

Auto Accident Form

Your appointment will start on time. You are welcome to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment and complete the forms. Just let us know what works for you.

The Billing, Insurance, Attorneys, And Doctor Stuff

Most injuries are covered by your PIP insurance or the other person’s PIP/ Auto insurance. We will handle all the billing, coordination of documents for your car accident recovery with your primary care physician and attorney so you can focus on healing.

All patient records are in electronic format and provided to whom you designate at no additional cost to you.

If you are ready to start feeling better please book your appointment online or call 206-388-3349.

Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness is open Tuesday through Friday 9:30-6:30 and Saturdays 10-4 for your convenience. Feel free to call with any questions.


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B Complex Injections

B Complex Injections Available With Desiree

I’m offering B Complex injections formulated to boost your immune system, mood and skin. This formula works well with the B12 Injections for maintaining your health and wellness.

B Complex Injection Benefits B1, B2, B3, B5 B6

Vitamin B1, thiamin helps prevent complications in the nervous system, brain, muscles, heart, stomach, and intestines. It is also involved in the flow of electrolytes into and out of muscle and nerve cells.

Vitamin B2, riboflavin is one of eight B vitamins that are essential for human health. It can be found in grains, plants, and dairy products. It is crucial for breaking down food components, absorbing other nutrients, and maintaining tissues.

Vitamin B3, Niacin is a vitamin that acts as an antioxidant and plays a role in cell signaling and DNA repair. Helps to lower cholesterol. Niacin is essential for the body to convert carbohydrates, fat and alcohol into energy. It helps maintain skin health and supports the nervous and digestive systems.

Vitamin B5, Pantothenic acid metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins, fats and alcohol as well as produces red blood cells and steroid hormones.

Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine decreases homocysteine levels that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory impairments. Pyridoxine is needed for protein and carbohydrate metabolism, the formation of red blood cells and certain brain chemicals. It influences brain processes and development, immune function and steroid hormone activity.

Book Your B Complex Injection Now


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Easy Healing Soup

This easy healing soup can be used for anything, whether you’re trying to eat less and lose weight, recover from the cold or flu, or if you’re just feeling tired or stressed. Have a cup before meals to warm up your digestion.

Bring to a quick boil and call it a day.
Bring to a quick boil and you’re done.

If you can boil water, you can make this soup. Its even a common starter in Asian restaurants. Its just cabbage, onions, sea salt and water. Today I used Brussels sprouts because they were organic and available at my local Trader Joes. Brussels sprouts are just baby cabbages grown on a stem.

They have many vitamins including B6, magnesium, iron and potassium. Onions are great for immune boosting and contain sulfur compounds, zinc, selenium, and vitamin C.

The main benefit for your health is the prebiotic fiber that replenishes your gut biome. Prebiotic fiber is what feeds your probiotic gut environment.

Just thinly chop your cabbage or Brussels sprouts with the onion and bring to a boil to soften, but not long enough for the green color to fade. Its quick to prepare. Toss in some sea salt to taste. This is a great basic. You can always add ginger, green onion, and any other veggies if you have time.

Its Paleo, Plant Paradox, Lectin Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, AIP, and Weight loss friendly.

Enjoy!

Easy Healing Soup
Easy Healing Soup

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Your March VIP Promo!

Happy March! Your March VIP Promo features a B12 injection with a luxuriant essential oil scalp massage. Get a jump on Spring with an energy boost and pamper yourself with deep relaxation.

your-march-vip-promo-has-arrived!  B12 Injection + Aromatherapy scalp massage

What Are The Benefits? 
• Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue 
• Decreases Anxiety & Depression 
• Improves Sleep & Metabolism 
• May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels 
• Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails 
• Helps Anemia 
• Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms 
• Improves Mental Fogginess 
• More Efficient Workouts

How Long Does It Take? 
B12 Injections are easy and take less than 15 minutes. If this is your first B12 Injection, I will include an allergy test at no charge.

Does It Hurt? 
I use a very tiny gauge needle and most of my patients barely feel the injection.

Book Your B12 + Scalp Massage Today!

Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli


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MicroNeedling Coming Soon

  • Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli
  • Micro Needling by Desiree Merulli

Microneedling is coming to Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness. As a acupuncturist specializing in holistic rejuvenation and wellness, I am excited to offer a new service to help my patients feel their best. Microneedling is one of the earlier forms of acupuncture. The 7 Star Hammer or Plum Blossom Needle was used since ancient times for healing, rejuvenation and even hair loss.

Dermal pens are a modern version of these tools. I use a medical grade, professional use only pen for my patients. This pen penetrates the skin to the ideal depth to create collagen induction and tighten and lift the skin.

Many of the consumer pens on the market today are not medical grade. The key difference is that the profession dermal pens oscillate up and down to puncture the skin properly and uniformly, while the consumer pens vibrate back and forth to scratch the skin.

After your treatment, you will enjoy a rich soothing face mask and given home care instructions. For best results treatments are 1 month apart.

If you would like more info or to be notified when microneedling is available, please send me an email.


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Acupuncture Relieves Headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches
Stop suffering from headaches

Acupuncture Relieves Headaches. Painful headaches are inconvenient, debilitating, and consuming. A Harvard Medical School article shows Acupuncture Relieves Headaches.

Get help now with acupuncture at Merulli Acupuncture & Wellness. Start feeling better after your first session and reduce intensity and frequency of headaches with your treatment plan.

Insurance accepted.

Desiree’s office hours are Tues-Fri 9:30-6:30 and Sat 10-3.

Easy appointment booking online: www.merulli.com

Get that spring back in your step. ⁠


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B12 Special Event Friday 2/21 1-3 PM


B12 Special Event 2/21 1-3 PM

Hi Everyone!

I’m so excited to offer you a special B12 + Chocolate event!

Enhance your energy, metabolism, and detoxification while improving your skin.

Special promo $15.

On Friday 2/21, Saunter in between 1-3 pm and receive a B12 Injection for only $15 (Regularly $25). Treat yourself to Rooibos-Rose-Caramel infused tea and lavish chocolates during your visit.

If this is your first B12 at my clinic, I will include an allergy test free of charge. Please allow 15 minutes for your first injection & allergy test. B12 Consent Form and New Patient Forms required.

See you soon,

Desiree

First Come, First Served. Reserve Your Spot Here

What are the benefits of B12 Injections?
* Boosts Energy & Reduces Fatigue
* May Improve Your Mood
* Decreases Anxiety & Depression
* Improves Sleep
* May Improve Heart Health By Decreasing Homocysteine Levels
* Supports Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
* Improves Metabolism
* Helps Anemia
* Reduces PMS & Menopause Symptoms
* Reduces & Clear Acne
* Improves Mental Fogginess
* More Efficient Workouts


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Dry Skin Brushing For Immune Health

Dry Brushing

It is well known that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s detoxification each day, also making it one of the most important elimination organs. Toxicity can gather beneath the skin’s surface from such common influences such as improper pH levels in soaps, skin creams, antiperspirants, and foods.  Plus synthetic fibers worn next to the skin with any of them may contribute to a variety of skin problems and conditions.

When you do skin brushing, you help your lymph system to clean itself of the toxins that collect in the lymph glands. You use a simple technique to improve the surface circulation on the skin and keep the pores of the skin open, encouraging your body’s discharge of metabolic wastes, resulting in an improved ability to combat bacteria, while helping your skin to look and feel healthier and more resilient.  Skin brushing is a perfect self-care treatment.  You may use either a body brush or spa gloves. For best results, always wash the brush or gloves after each use. This is an excellent treatment to do right before an epsom salt bath.

Benefits:

  • Tightens skin
  • Helps digestion
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Cleans lymphatic system
  • Removes dead skin layers
  • Strengthens immune system

How to dry brush:

  • Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • Continue brushing up your legs.
  • Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • Lightly brush the breasts, avoiding the nipples.
  • Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.