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Chasing Hydration

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          Chasing Hydration

In this month’s article I want to talk about dehydration. I always feel like I hear about all the health benefits of hydration, its key importance in wellness, and its critical role in so many functions in the body. Though, I also feel like I’m personally chasing adequate, or even mediocre, hydration. Life gets distracting and by the end of the day I realize I’ve had more cups of coffee than I had glasses of water! I know I “talk the talk” when it comes to good hydration, but I should also “walk the walk”. In this month’s article I want to highlight barriers to good hydration, what dehydration might feel and look like, as well as the potential long-term effects of dehydration on your body, health, and wellbeing. 

A good way to begin is to talk about what is the ideal amount of water we ought to be drinking each day. It would be convenient to be able to provide a nice round number of ounces or liters that transcends all genders, ages, body types, activity levels, and other demographics, but it isn’t that simple. Your individual needs may vary due to your personal circumstances. Though we’ll do our best to address a generalized idea of adequate hydration as well as ways to assess your individual state of hydration.  

Chasing Hydration

Chasing Hydration

“Although nutritional and physiological research teams and professional organizations have described the daily “Total Water Intakes” and “Adequate Intakes” of children, women, and men, there is no widespread consensus regarding the human water requirements of different demographic groups. These requirements remain undefined because of the dynamic complexity inherent in the human water regulatory network, which involves the central nervous system and several organ systems, as well as large inter-individual differences.”

“Total water intake includes drinking water, water in beverages, and water in food. Daily water needs determined from fluid balance, water turnover, or consumption studies provide similar values for a given set of conditions. A daily water intake of 3.7 L for adult men and 2.7 L for adult women meets the needs of the vast majority of persons. However, strenuous physical exercise and heat stress can greatly increase daily water needs, and the individual variability between athletes can be substantial.”

In our previous article, “Hydration essential to Weight Loss, Wellness, and Health Support“ and in our “Between Two IV’s” Episode 2 we talk about a good way to measure your personal hydration that anyone can do in the comfort of their own home and privacy.  

This has to do with the color of your urine. The ideal color is just about clear, with a slight tinge of yellow. It would also have a very subtle, to no smell to it, at all. If your urine is darker in color, even a light golden yellow, and there is a noticeable smell, it is a good indication that you need to drink more water. Keep in mind that some foods and medications can alter both the color and smell of your urine.

A common example are drinks that contain alcohol or caffeine which can make your urine clear and at times odorless. Alcohol and Caffeine are also diuretics which promote additional fluid loss and dehydration. There are also several medications that cause dehydration, and some chronic medical conditions that really require individuals to maintain adequate hydration to maintain a baseline of healthy living (ex. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

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There are some common barriers to achieving adequate hydration that we may have all faced at some point. Most of them are behavioral and lifestyle/habit forming behaviors. Luckily all of which can be changed, but like most things in our lifestyle that may require adjustment, it takes concerted effort, conscious awareness, and willpower. Most of the research on this subject really reflects challenges in the aging population in the clinical setting. Though I am certain we can all understand that in the general population, from young to old, there are some common themes that we have personal experience with or know of individuals that have:

  1. The dislike of the taste of plain water; 
  2. Not having regularly accessible water for frequent fluid intake (e.g.: water bottle);
  3. Too busy and distracted and forget to drink water;
  4. Not wanting to use the restroom too frequently;

If you have challenges with drinking just plain water, you can add a little flare to it. Adding a slice of lemon or orange, even a few slices of cucumber or fresh strawberries can add additional flavor to your water without additional sugars, caffeine, or sodium that can promote more diuresis and dehydration. Carbonated soda water can also be a good alternative, but be sure to read the labeled ingredients to ensure it contains just carbonated water and natural flavors, avoiding sweeteners, caffeine, and drinks with sodium in them as that can promote dehydration.  

Chasing Hydration

Chasing Hydration

Having quick access to water can make it easier and more consistent to achieve regular water consumption and be able to maintain adequate hydration. Buying a dedicated water bottle for this objective can be helpful. Setting a goal to pick up your water bottle to take frequent sips every hour on the hour or challenging yourself on how many times you refill your water bottle each day can be engaging, turning it into a fun personal goal or game each day. The main thing is to set yourself up for success, make it fun and engaging, and provide yourself with the tools to be successful in your goal to be well hydrated.

          I can totally understand that some days can get too busy, we get distracted, and/or the urge to frequently use the restroom from drinking lots of water can get in the way of a productive day. Trust me I’ve been there, where leaving the Operating Room in the midst of a case to use the bathroom wasn’t an option. Our bodies will adjust as we adjust to more fluid intake, and avoiding drinks or additives that promote diuresis will lower the bathroom frequency. 

          This might be a good segue way into better understanding what dehydration might feel and look like in these scenarios where we don’t achieve adequate hydration regularly and what the potential long-term effects of sustained dehydration does to your body, health, and wellbeing 

          

Besides the changes in color and smell to your urine as previously aforementioned, dehydration can affect and manifest in other symptoms that you may not readily recognize. Some of the more common symptoms include headache, muscle cramps, tiredness, etc. These in itself can ruin a day of being able to focus and be productive. Furthermore, symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, weakness, malaise, lightheadedness, dry mouth, low blood pressure, loss of appetite except for sugar cravings, just to name a few, can all be signs of dehydration. 

          It’s important to recognize these signs and symptoms of dehydration so that we can take the necessary steps to rehydrate our bodies. Ignoring the signals can lead to more severe consequences and long-term effects on our overall health and well-being.

          One of the significant impacts of sustained dehydration is its effect on cognitive function. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can impair cognitive performance, including attention, memory, and mood. When we don’t provide our bodies with enough water, it can affect our ability to think clearly, concentrate, and make decisions effectively. So, staying properly hydrated is not only crucial for our physical health but also for maintaining optimal mental performance.

         Dehydration can also have negative effects on our cardiovascular system. When we are dehydrated, our blood volume decreases, which makes it harder for the heart to pump blood efficiently. This can lead to increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure, and reduced oxygen supply to the muscles and organs. Over time, chronic dehydration can put strain on the cardiovascular system and increase the risk of developing conditions such as hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

          Furthermore, dehydration can have a significant impact on our digestive system. Insufficient water intake can contribute to constipation, as water helps soften the stool and facilitate its passage through the intestines. When we don’t drink enough water, our body tries to conserve water, resulting in drier and harder stools. This can lead to discomfort and gastrointestinal issues, affecting our overall digestive health.

          In addition to these immediate effects, chronic dehydration can have long-term consequences for our kidneys. Our kidneys play a vital role in filtering waste products from the blood and maintaining fluid balance in the body. When we are consistently dehydrated, it puts additional stress on the kidneys and reduces their ability to function optimally. Over time, this can increase the risk of developing kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and even kidney damage.

         

Another aspect to consider is the impact of dehydration on our skin health. Water is essential for maintaining the elasticity and moisture of our skin. When we are dehydrated, our skin can become dry, flaky, and lose its natural glow. In the long run, chronic dehydration can contribute to premature aging, fine lines, and wrinkles. Therefore, staying hydrated is not only beneficial for our internal organs but also for maintaining healthy and vibrant skin.

          

It’s clear that dehydration goes beyond simple thirst and can have far-reaching effects on our bodies, health, and overall well-being. To ensure we stay adequately hydrated, it’s important to develop healthy hydration habits and overcome the barriers that may hinder our water intake.

          Remember, the ideal amount of water you need may vary depending on various factors such as age, gender, activity level, and environmental conditions. However, a good rule of thumb is to aim for a daily water intake of approximately 3.7 liters for adult men and 2.7 liters for adult women, which meets the needs of the majority of individuals under normal conditions. However, factors like strenuous physical exercise, heat stress, and certain medical conditions may increase your water requirements.

          To gauge your individual state of hydration, you can monitor the color and odor of your urine as a simple indicator. If your urine is pale yellow or clear with a subtle smell, it’s a good sign that you’re well-hydrated. Darker-colored urine and a strong odor indicate that you need to increase your fluid intake. Keep in mind medications you may be taking, as well, what foods or drinks you may have consumed that day as it may provide a false indication of hydration as it relates to urine color and odor.

          Overcoming barriers to adequate hydration requires conscious effort and a few lifestyle adjustments. If you find plain water unappealing, try infusing it with slices of lemon, orange, cucumber, or fresh strawberries to add natural flavor without additional sugars or caffeine. Carbonated water can also be a refreshing alternative, but be cautious of added sweeteners, caffeine, or sodium content. Investing in a dedicated water bottle and setting reminders to take frequent sips throughout the day can help you maintain consistent hydration.

Chasing Hydration

Chasing Hydration

While it’s understandable that busy schedules and frequent restroom breaks can be challenging, remember that your body will adapt to increased fluid intake, and the frequency of restroom visits will likely decrease. The benefits of maintaining proper hydration, including improved cognitive function, cardiovascular health, digestion, kidney function, and skin health, far outweigh the inconveniences.

          Dehydration is not a trivial matter. It can have significant short-term and long-term effects on our health and well-being. By understanding the barriers to hydration, recognizing the signs of dehydration, and making conscious efforts to prioritize adequate fluid intake, we can take control of our hydration levels and reap the benefits of a well-hydrated body. So, let’s make hydration a priority in our daily lives and ensure that we “walk the walk” when it comes to maintaining good hydration practices for our overall health and well-being.

Stay tuned for my next adventure into Wellness, until then… 

Aloha a hui hou!!  

Keonemana

Chasing Hydration


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Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

I apologize we took a hiatus in our article posting for the month of June. As we enter into the Spring and Summer months, our trusted partners, and here at Pure Drip, tend to get busier. We will return this fall taking a dive back into exploring the Health and Wellness opportunities our partners offer for you, and the community to support your Selfcare Journey. 

This month I wanted to talk about Hydration and its key role in Weight Loss, Wellness, and your Health. As I continue down my personal Journey of what Selfcare, Wellness, and Health really means to me, one of my biggest struggles I tend to focus on is my weight. I know I am not alone in this, and it tends to be more of an internal struggle. With so much content in the news today and hype about weight loss medications like Ozempic, Metformin, even Berberine. I tend to whimsically hope there is a magic pill or shot that I could shed 40 lbs. in no time flat.  

We tend to forget, or ignore in my case, that there are so many factors which play critical roles when it comes to losing weight. Things like our personal body type, metabolism, genetics, nutrition, motivation, stress, even esteem, just to name a few of the variables that directly affect our weight loss goals. In this month’s article I want to focus on Hydration and its vital function on supporting weight loss, health, and wellness. It is also vital as we head into the hotter months, as well living at such a high altitude and arid climate here in Colorado.

After some focused research there are several common topics that are discussed regarding proper hydration and weight loss and health. Let’s talk about the most common of them.

  1. Water is a natural appetite suppressant;
  2. Drinking water can stimulate the metabolic process;
  3. The right hydration can decrease calorie intake;
  4. Proper hydration is essential in your workout routine;
  5. Good hydration supports the bodies elimination of systemic wastes;
  6. Hydration is a key component in the body’s cycle of lipolysis (the breakdown of fats and other lipids by hydrolysis);

Water is a natural appetite suppressant

Water naturally suppresses your appetite! There are two main biological functions that occur here, the first is how our bodies interpret thirst vs. hunger, and the second is the physiological baroreceptors that line our stomachs. 

Our perception of feeling hungry may also be the very same indication that our bodies are actually telling us that we are dehydrated and are in need of fluids instead of food. We often resort to foods, snacks, and/or some sense of caloric intake to satisfy this feeling instead of drinking water. When the first feelings of hunger arise, starting with a glass of water will meet the need of hydration, decrease calorie intake, aid in the process of digestion, and support the feeling of fullness and satiation of feeling hungry. Keep in mind that the feeling of fullness when drinking water may not last as long as food intake because water is more quickly absorbed.

Our bodies physiology is so amazing, when our stomach is filled and stretched, whether it be with food or water, it activates baroreceptors (stretch receptors) in the stomach. This notifies the brain that the stomach is filled with something which we interpret as being full. 


People who drank two glasses of water immediately before a meal in a small 2016 study ate 22% less than those who didn’t drink any water prior to eating. About two cups should fill your stomach enough for your brain to register fullness.

Studies of older adults have shown that drinking water before each meal may increase weight loss by 2 kg (4.4 lbs) over a 12-week period. In one study, middle-aged overweight and obese participants who drank water before each meal lost 44% more weight, compared to a group that did not drink more water.

Another study also showed that drinking water before breakfast reduced the amount of calories consumed during the meal by 13%. Although this may be very beneficial for middle-aged and older people, studies of younger individuals have not shown the same impressive reduction in calorie intake.

In a 2014 study, 50 overweight females drank 500 milliliters (mL) of water 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to their regular water consumption, for 8 consecutive weeks. The participants experienced a reduction in body weight, body fat, and body mass index. They also reported appetite suppression.

One study – conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech – found that those who drank about 2 cups of water before a meal were able to lose 5 lbs more than a group of people who followed a similar meal plan, but didn’t drink water before eating.


Drinking can stimulate the metabolic process

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

Something really interesting that most people may not consider is a term called “Resting Energy Expenditure” (REE). As it sounds, this is the amount of energy your body uses during your resting state, when you’re “chilling out” and not engaging in any activity. Everybody’s REE is different but we all have a baseline REE.

Drinking water helps to increase our REE by thermogenesis. When the water we drink is cold our body needs to warm itself. Thermogenesis is a fancy term for heat production, drinking cold water lowers our core temperature and our body automatically starts the process of producing heat to regulate our core temp to its homeostatic state. This process of thermogenesis requires more energy than our baseline REE produces, which in turn increases our baseline metabolism. 


In an eight-week study published in 2013, when 50 females with excess weight drank about two cups of water half an hour before breakfast, lunch, and dinner without any additional dietary changes, they lost weight and saw reductions in body mass index and body composition scores. 

Specifically, drinking about two cups of 71°F water led to a 30% average increase in the metabolic rates of 14 healthy adults in a small 2003 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 

In adults, resting energy expenditure has been shown to increase by 24–30% within 10 minutes of drinking water. This lasts at least 60 minutes. Supporting this, one study of overweight and obese children found a 25% increase in resting energy expenditure after drinking cold water.

A study of overweight women examined the effects of increasing water intake to over 1 liter (34 oz) per day. They found that over a 12-month period, this resulted in an extra 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of weight loss. Since these women didn’t make any lifestyle changes except to drink more water, these results are very impressive. Additionally, both of these studies indicate that drinking 0.5 liters (17 oz) of water results in an extra 23 calories burned.

On a yearly basis, that sums up to roughly 17,000 calories — or over 2 kg (4.4 lbs) of fat. Several other studies have monitored overweight people who drank 1-1.5 liters (34–50 oz) of water daily for a few weeks. They found a significant reduction in weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and body fat. These results may be even more impressive when the water is cold. When you drink cold water, your body uses extra calories to warm the water up to body temperature.


To be realistic, this process alone will not provide significant weight loss, though it will aid in your journey of weight loss with other adjuncts as well as support your hydration while doing so.

The right hydration can decrease calorie intake

Drinking water helps reduce your overall caloric liquid intake, because water contains no calories. Alternatives such as soda, juice, sweetened tea or coffee add to your caloric intake. Most people ignore how many calories they consume in sports drinks or alcoholic beverages, though if you can replace even a few high-calorie drinks each day with water, it may have long-term weight loss benefits.


Overweight and obese women who replaced diet beverages with water after their main meal showed greater weight reduction during a weight-loss program in a 2015 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

Observational studies have shown that people who drink mostly water have up to a 9% (or 200 calories) lower calorie intake, on average. Drinking water may also help prevent long-term weight gain. In general, the average person gains about 1.45 kg (3.2 lbs) every 4 years. This amount may be reduced by:

Adding 1 cup of water: Increasing your daily water consumption by 1 cup may reduce this weight gain by 0.13 kg (0.23 lbs).

Replacing other drinks with water: Substituting a serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage with 1 cup of water may reduce the 4-year weight gain by 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs).

It is especially important to encourage children to drink water, as it can help prevent them from becoming overweight or obese. A recent, school-based study aimed to reduce obesity rates by encouraging children to drink water. They installed water fountains in 17 schools and provided classroom lessons about water consumption for 2nd and 3rd graders. After one school year, the risk of obesity had been reduced by a whopping 31% in the schools where water intake was increased.

Authors of a 2012 study found that replacing two or more high-caloric beverages for non-caloric drinks every day for 6 months resulted in an average weight loss of between 2 and 2.5 percent in a group of females with obesity. In a study from 2015, female participants drank 250 mL of water after lunch each day while attending a 24-week weight loss program. They lost 13.6 percent more weight than women in the same program who drank the same volume of diet beverages after lunch.


Proper hydration is essential in your workout routine

This might be intrinsically obvious but an important one to touch upon. Water is essential to the body especially during exercise. It assists in dissolving electrolytes and minerals (which include sodium, potassium, magnesium, etc.), and distributes them throughout the body. These essential components help with nerve conductivity, muscle contractions required for movement, thermoregulation, among many other important physiological functions.

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

We also sweat during heavy activity/exercise which contributes to additional fluid loss and cellular dehydration. Sweating is important! It is our body’s way to regulate body temperature. If we fail to properly pre-hydrate before a workout, replenish our fluid loss during or after a workout, this can result in both muscle cramping, fatigue, and possible heat exhaustion. A good self check to your hydration level is the color and smell of your urine. Check out Episode 2 of “Between Two IV’s”, we discuss what components to look for when it comes to your level of hydration and what factors can affect this. 

Good hydration supports the bodies elimination of systemic wastes

As you may know, water is key in waste removal. Being well hydrated promotes the production of urine as well as assists in proper bowel movements. If you are dehydrated, your urine production is low, the color is dark, and often has a strong smell. It also can cause constipation and difficulty passing stool. Proper hydration helps in the normal function in our kidneys and decreases/prevents the formation of kidney stones. Drinking water also helps replenish fluids and recover from digestive issues such as diarrhea and indigestion

Good hydration is also important for eliminating cellular wastes. We are made up of 60% water. 40% of that water lies in the extracellular and intracellular spaces. When our cells are working, which is 100% of the time, they produce cellular waste. Having good hydration helps to support how the body moves that waste from inside the cell to outside of the cell, transporting cellular waste through the extracellular matrix and out to our lymphatic system, kidneys, or through our stool. This concept is highlighted in our earlier article, known as “Homotoxicology”.

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

“Homotoxicology is based on the principle that diseases are caused by homotoxins. According to Dr. Hans-Heinrich Reckeweg (founder of Homotoxicology), illnesses are agent-determined reactive processes in which homotoxins can cause the body to react with inflammation. He described a homotoxin as “any substance that creates a direct or indirect toxic burden in the human organism.” The target structure of the homotoxin is the extracellular matrix. The extracellular matrix or space acts as a molecular sieve between the capillary system, the lymph vessels, and the cells which are to be supplied with nutrients or have their waste removed. All substances and information reaching a cell are filtered through the molecular sieve of the extracellular matrix (ground substance). The sieve can become clogged, but can be restored to functionality through appropriate detoxification measures.”

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

Hydration is a key component in the body’s cycle of lipolysis (the breakdown of fats and other lipids by hydrolysis)


Without water, the body cannot properly metabolize stored fat or carbohydrates. The process of metabolizing fat is called lipolysis. The first step of this process is hydrolysis, which occurs when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) to create glycerol and fatty acids. Drinking enough water is essential for burning off fat from food and drink, as well as stored fat. A mini-review from 2016 found that increased water intake led to increased lipolysis and a loss of fat in animal studies.

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.


In conclusion, there is just so much that proper hydration benefits us, in our health, weight loss, and daily wellbeing. From the microscopic cellular level to how we feel in every moment throughout the day. I know at times drinking plain water can be a challenge for some, though if there is anything you may take away from this article, it is that in your journey of weight loss, wellness, and self care don’t forget to water yourself. Just like plants need it to grow, being made up of 60% water, not only is it essential, Water is truly life! 

Stay tuned for my next adventure into Wellness, until then… 

Aloha a hui hou!!  

Keonemana

Hydration Essential for Weight Loss Wellness and Health.

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So far I must say this has been an incredible learning experience and I’m only on my 4th article about Health and Wellness! With so much more to discover, I’m excited to share with you my latest interview with Mrs. Sarah Thompson who founded “Sacred Vessel Acupuncture” back in 2012. Sacred Vessel and Pure Drip IV Health and Wellness have been trusted partners since 2019!

Mrs. Thompson has been in practice for over 20 years, with her passions being a mission to educate women throughout pregnancy and labor, with an emphasis in dedicating her practice to those with complicated fertility and pregnancy conditions. She has worked directly in the fields of Pain Management, Obstetrics & Gynecology, advanced studies in both Functional Medicine and Acupuncture, and had been a doula for over 14 years.  


We have been trusted partners with Mrs. Thompson for over 3 years and it has been such a pleasure to work with her to help her clients on their Journey of Wellness. It was so captivating talking with Mrs. Thompson. She has such a deep and thorough knowledge of the physiological processes throughout the phases of pregnancy. Some how, she is able to explain the most complex concepts that occur through all phases of preconception, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum making them totally understandable. 

“The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.”

Remember that not all Functional Medicine Practitioners are the same, make sure your practitioner is “Certified”, meaning they have passed rigorous training and testing to practice Functional Medicine.

When I initially walked into Mrs. Thompson’s office for our interview, it was really fascinating to hear that she was reviewing a long genetic makeup report for one of her clients to understand what might possibly be a barrier to their fertility and how to best support them to a successful pregnancy. Oftentimes conversations around challenging fertility are tough and deeply emotional, especially when the news is not the most ideal. Reviewing both the health, medical history, and lifestyles of the mother and father to help support best outcomes is her goal. 

Hearing her talk about the importance of really focusing on the “Sacred Vessel” the “Mother” and their continuously changing and developing nutritional and physiological needs during pregnancy felt like a profoundly different shift in focus than just focusing on the developing baby. Oftentimes we hear more about how the fetal baby is developing, if they’re on the right timeline, caudal to cephalad measurements, fetal heartbeat, sex of the fetus, etc. With the maternal plan of care being developed around the developing baby, not the other way around, where caring for the mother is the primary focus which will intrinsically provide all her growing baby needs.

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Let’s listen to how Mrs. Thompson explains the importance of focusing on the “Sacred Vessel” first to best support the pregnancy and developing baby.

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There are several services that “Sacred Vessel Acupuncture” provides. As aforementioned, there’s a predominant focus on fertility, conception, pregnancy, postpartum, but also acupuncture, Functional Medicine, Women’s Health in general, pain management and injury, and Doula services. She currently provides virtual care for clients internationally as well, and has written the book on Functional Maternity, integrating Functional Medicine and Pregnancy!!  

Thompson, S. (2021). Functional maternity: Using functional medicine and nutrition to improve pregnancy and childbirth outcomes. Modern Wisdom Press. 

ISBN: 978-1-951692-16-2

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Mrs. Thompson offers a free 15 minute phone consultation to try and understand what each client might be challenged with, what the client may have already attempted or done, and help provide understanding if she would be able to help them succeed through their current health and maternity journey.

I highly recommend reaching out to Mrs. Sarah Thompson to see if she can help you!

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Sacred Vessel Acupuncture

Sarah Thompson, CFMP, L.Ac., Doula

2001 S. Shields St. Bldg H – 101, Fort Collins, CO  80526

(970) 631-8119 info@sacredvesselacupuncture.com

www.sacredvesselacupuncture.com

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Stay tuned for my next adventure into Wellness, until then… 

Aloha a hui hou!!  

Keonemana

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