Manage Blood Sugar Naturally

Manage Blood Sugar Naturally

The easiest way to manage blood sugar is to decrease your sugar intake. Look at the ingredients and find foods that are low in sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and modified corn starch. Even “natural” forms of sugar are still sugar and will affect your blood levels. Check out the Fooducate app to scan foods at the grocery store to learn about their quality and how much sugar they contain.

Here are more simple ways to manage blood sugar naturally:

Eat breakfast every day with protein

By eating breakfast every day with a source of protein, you can balance your glucose and have the energy to do the things you love. You’re less likely to be hungry or reach for sugary snack slater in the day. Getting at least 15 grams of protein a couple of times a day can stabilize your blood sugar and even help improve your sleep. Four ounces of cottage cheese or a half-cup of almonds are examples of how you can get to 15 grams of protein pretty quickly. Other great protein sources include quinoa, beans, lean meats, nuts, seeds, yogurt and eggs.

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Healthy Posture in the Workplace

Healthy Posture in the Workplace: to Improve your health

Anything you do for eight hours a day is going to affect your health. That includes ergonomics in the workplace. This guide from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) can tell you how to determine if you have poor posture. And here’s why you should be concerned:

  • Muscle tension: Sitting with your head forward can cause muscles in your neck to strain and become tense, particularly the trapezius muscle. Over the long term, this can change the curvature of your spine, lead to arthritis or decrease your range of motion.
  • Risk of injury: Sitting in a poor posture frequently can harm your lower back by leading to uneven pressure on the lumbar disks. This can make you predisposed to a more significant injury while lifting a heavy object, playing sports, or in a motor vehicle accident.
  • Blood circulation: Sitting for extended periods can pool blood in your legs, leading to swollen ankles and increased risk for varicose veins or a deep-vein thrombosis if other clinical risk factors are present.
  • Decreased confidence: Body language affects your interactions and communication. Sitting with a forward head tilt, rolled-in shoulders, and slouched posture can affect your mood, energy, and confidence. Learn how to become more resilient to stress with Biofeedback training

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How to Optimize Sports Performance in Seattle

Optimize Sports Performance in Seattle at any age!

Optimizing Sports Performance in Seattle at Fit Wellness centersCheck out an exciting opportunity to listen to Dr. Andrew Simon, Seattle Met Magazine’s Top Naturopathic Physician for 2017, discuss how to decrease pain naturally through diet, lifestyle, and supplementation to optimize sports performance in Seattle at any age. Learn how to take care of your joints and muscles for long lasting health and wellness with many common foods and at home options. Dr. Andrew Simon is Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr Center for Natural Health, and is Clinic Director of Fit Naturopathic Center in Ballard.
Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
Cost: Free
Registration required for New Seasons Sports Performance Class
Check out a few of the suggestions from Dr. Andrew Simon below on how to begin optimizing your sports performance today!

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Dr. Andrew Simon named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 – Naturopathic Medicine

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine

Congratulations to Fit Naturopathic Center’s clinic director, Dr. Andrew Simon for being named Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine Specialty!

Dr. Andrew Simon ND

Dr. Andrew Simon is a Naturopathic Physician Board Certified in Biofeedback and is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practioner


Dr. Andrew Simon, ND, BCB

Dr. Andrew Simon is a versatile and integrative medicine practitioner. The simplest way to describe what Dr. Andrew Simon can do is a blend of chiropractic care, physical therapy, primary care health, counseling, nutrition, and life coach all in one. While Dr. Simon is not a chiropractor or physical therapist, he works closely with providers in the Ballard, Fremont, and Wallingford neighborhoods in Seattle to provide the best care regarding musculoskeletal care if not able to achieve results in the office.  Natural Medicine in Ballard - Dr. Andrew Simon Naturopathic PhysicianFounding Fit Naturopathic Center in 2015 Dr. Andrew Simon has developed a one stop location for patients to improve their health through natural health and integrative medicine strategies.


Licensed as a Naturopathic Physician in the state of Washington, Andrew received his degree from Bastyr University. Furthermore, he also completed his residency at Bastyr Center for Natural Health where he received extensive training and experience with a wide population of people and variety of health conditions. Many people are not aware that naturopathic physicians can treat or help manage many difficult conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, digestive disorders, allergies, and chronic fatigue.

Mentorship, Training, and Treatment approaches

Dr. Andrew Simon would like to thank the doctors who have directly contributed to much of his training. Firstly, he thanks fellow Seattle Met Top Doctor 2015 Dr. Steven Milkis, ND who specializes in HIV, Primary Care, and Physical Medicine. Through Dr. Milkis, he learned how to truly honor the core principles of being a good primary care physician, the importance of bed side manner and rapport, how to provide valuable education to patients, and how to respect patients with where they are at in their health goals.  Secondly, Dr. Andrew Simon thanks Dr. Brad Lichtenstein, ND, BCB, a leading Seattle expert in breath, yoga, and biofeedback, with whom he received extensive Mind Body Medicine & Biofeedback training. Mind body medicine aims to improve mental and emotional health along with common health conditions by alleviating the burden of chronic stress on the nervous system. Biofeedback for Natural Hypertension TreatmentDr. Simon achieves this goal by integrating tools such as breath work, mindfulness meditation, spinal manipulation and biofeedback.  Biofeedback training allows patients to become aware of their body’s relaxation and stress responses by displaying changes in heart rate, breathing, temperatures, muscle tension, and sweat response. Using this objective biofeedback data and research paired with counseling, patients often find real change in their health often without the need for medication or supplements. Dr. Andrew Simon received his biofeedback board certification in 2016 from the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance.

Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic


Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine

Being recognized as a Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine is a privilege and Dr. Andrew Simon would like to thank his peers for voting for him to receive this recognition. Dr. Simon founded Fit Naturopathic Center in 2015, joining Tyler Martin Clinic Director of Fit Acupuncture who was voted Seattle Met Top Doctor for Acupuncture at Fit Wellness Centers in 2014, 2016, and again this year in 2017.

You can read more about Dr. Andrew Simon’s clinical training and background at his about Dr. Simon page, or learn more about Ballard Natural Medicine treatment options and see why his peers voted him for Seattle Met Top Doctor 2017 Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Andrew Simon is currently accepting new patients, taking most major insurances, Regence, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Premera, Lifewise, Aetna, Cigna, Kaiser PPO, United, and Molina Private and Apple Health medicaid plans.

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Self Care in the New year

Self Care, 2017, Acupuncture, New Year Resolutions, Goals

Self Care, 2017, Acupuncture, New Year Resolutions, Goals

As 2016 comes to a close, we look forward to a clean slate and new potentials


Many people enjoy keeping with the tradition of making New Year Resolutions. These yearly resolutions are wonderful because they allow us to be mindful of the gifts of both time and self-agency. The transition encourages us to re-assess our lives, be grateful for what we have, and then attempt to improve upon our shortcomings to better ourselves.


Unfortunately, many get into the new year almost expecting to fail at their goals. Fortunately, acupuncture is on your side when it comes to self care in 2017! There are several ways acupuncture supports your new year goals no matter what they might be. For example, the most common new year resolutions are some variations of losing weight or getting fit, eating healthier, decreasing stress or increasing mindfulness, and quitting smoking. Acupuncture can help support all of these goals and more.

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5 ways to Improve Sleep Naturally

5 ways to Improve Sleep Naturally

improve sleep naturally seattleHere are 5 ways to improve sleep naturally. Learn to decrease insomnia, improve energy, and feel better every day. Remember it is important to identify the cause of why you may be having interrupted or poor sleep by speaking with a physician.

Stress Management

Recognizing stress and your response to stress is an important step to improve sleep naturally. Excess stress due to work, school, financial, or even health related stress can increase your cortisol levels. Increased cortisol levels can negatively affect the quality and consistency of sleep. Over time this can affect blood sugar elevation and weight gain. Mind body medicine techniques, acupuncture, and massage are a great ways to help deal with stress.

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Lose Weight Naturally

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Lose Weight Naturally with the FIT WELLNESS NOW Program

Lipotropic injection for weight lossLosing weight is a side effect of feeling healthy and having increased energy.  At Fit Naturopathic Center in Ballard, physicians take a holistic medical assessment where you are at with your health. Then we match your goals for losing weight, and maximize your body’s ability to handle stress, improve sleep, and encourage a functional digestive system allowing you to lose weight naturally.  We make it as easy as possible for you keep your body moving and feeling well with a customized weight loss plan that fits your schedule and needs to lose weight naturally.

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Natural Anxiety Treatment in Seattle

Natural Anxiety Treatment

Natural Anxiety Treatment

Naturopathic Physicians are uniquely capable of supporting patients with natural anxiety treatment methods as primary care physicians. Utilizing the same methods for assessing anxiety, providing appropriate referrals to counselors, but also integrating several areas of medicine to treat a patient holistically from the beginning.

At Fit Naturopathic Center, licensed Naturopathic Physicians counsel patients about understanding their anxiety triggers. Re-establish the mind body connection, and help create an environment for a patient to recover from periods of anxiety, or stress to the nervous system. Allowing you to recover from the consequences on health this has on the body over time, to digestion, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, and more.

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Chiropractic Alternative

Natural Low Back Pain treatment in Ballard chiropractic

Chiropractic vs Naturopathic Manipulation

Chiropractic Space at Fit Wellness Centers in BallardNaturopathic Physicians can adjust the spine using naturopathic manipulations similar to chiropractic techniques and adjustments many chiropractors commonly employ. Dr. Andrew Simon at Fit Naturopathic in Ballard provides a wide range of treatment options including, manual manipulation, therapeutic stretching, activator technique, drop table techniques, pelvic blocking, active release techniques and more.  A difference in philosophy guides naturopathic physicians, to restore the root cause of the structural imbalance, and to minimize the force and frequency of spinal manipulations compared to many chiropractors. A Naturopathic Physician has the unique integration of care for patients by being able to order imaging, prescribe medications, and perform manipulations to the spine.

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Natural Hypertension Treatment

Natural Hypertension Treatment

Natural Hypertension Treatment and You: Definition, Causes, and Treatment Options

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is prevalent in about 33.5% of the adult population aged 20 and over. In 2012, 34 million patients visited their doctors with hypertension as their chief complaint. (1)

What is Hypertension?

Natural Hypertension TreatmentBlood pressure is determined by two things: the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance in your arteries. The more blood your heart pumps and the narrower the arteries, the higher the blood pressure. Hypertension can be asymptomatic, but this does not mean it is not damaging. Uncontrolled hypertension can cause serious health complications, including heart attack and stroke. (2)

What Causes Hypertension?

There are two kinds of hypertension: primary (or essential) and secondary. Secondary hypertension is caused by something outside of the cardiovascular system, such as kidney or thyroid disease, sleep apnea, or chronic alcohol use. Essential hypertension is more common, and research shows that dysregulation of the nervous system is largely responsible. Specifically, the sympathetic nervous system (your “fight or flight” response) is overactive, and the parasympathetic nervous system (your “rest and digest” response) is under active. (3)(4) So what can be done?

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