Happy Chinese New Year 2012! Here is a fun forecast for YEAR OF THE DRAGON: http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/01/21/feng-shui-2012-forecast/

We have all learned that we need about eight 8oz glasses of water a day, but how many of us actually get that much? Many of my patients admit to barely getting any water throughout the day, or they tell me “I don’t like it.” In Chinese medicine, we strive to bring the body back into a state of homeostasis, and I try to teach patients ‘tricks’ to do at home to help the process. Getting adequate amounts of water daily is one of these tricks. Keep in mind that if you drink any diuretics, like coffee or alcohol, you need to drink even more water to replace what you are losing. If you drink liquids with high acidity, like sodas or citrus juices, you also should drink more water to neutralize the body’s pH. Here is an interesting article that explains some of the health benefits of water related to weight loss:  http://www.highvibrations.org/archive3/water.htm.