Valerie Sjoberg, L.Ac.

Acupuncturist, Holistic Health Coach, Writer, and Editor

Valerie’s interest in healing began in her early twenties when doctors told her she would need to give up running and other physical activities forever due to debilitating back injuries. This spurred an exploration into mind-body and alternative medicine, which ultimately healed her back and allowed her to resume the activities she loved.

Today, she works as an acupuncturist and health coach to help activate others’ self-healing abilities, and is inching toward a master's degree in nutrition and functional medicine. She is also a professional writer and aims to accumulate enough words and inspiration to write a novel someday.

Articles by Valerie Sjoberg, L.Ac.

Which type of drinking water is best for your health? Cut through the fads and claims about which is considered the healthiest. This overview of five types of water will help you make smart choices when it comes to the water you drink.Read More
Not all leafy greens are created equal. You’ve probably heard the hype about kale and spinach—how do other greens stack up? Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the nutritional value of seven common leafy greens.Read More
Pain may not be as straightforward as we think it is, and can be highly influenced by your state of mind. If you’re looking for drug-free options for pain management, check out these three therapies that leverage the power of the mind.Read More
While most of us would not volunteer to experience physical pain, it can teach us invaluable lessons that are applicable to other areas of life. Here are five practices that can help reduce the suffering that comes with pain.Read More
Despite popular belief, loading up on carbs for your next athletic competition may not be the best dietary strategy for optimal energy. Studies are exploring the opposite approach: restricting carb intake and adapting the body to burning fat for fuel—which shows promise as a performance-enhancing option for long-distance athletes.Read More
You’ve probably been told countless times to eat your leafy greens, but do you know why they’re so important? Here’s a breakdown of some of the top nutrients available in leafy greens and how they benefit your health.Read More
Raw milk is gaining in popularity—but are the health benefits worth the risk for a potential bacterial illness? Learn about the pros and cons of raw milk and the safety precautions you can take if you decide to purchase it.Read More
You’ve probably heard vitamin D is important for your health, but are you getting enough? Here’s an overview on how much you should get and where you can get it.Read More
Eating protein is important—not just to maintain strong muscles, but to support almost every function in your body. Are you getting the right amount? Learn if you're eating too little—or too much—for your optimal health.Read More
You may be exposed to more than 100 chemicals from your personal care products before you even head off to work each morning. Learn how you can avoid these seven common toxins for a healthier start to your day.Read More
The chemicals in average household cleaning products can be a serious threat to your health. Learn how you can avoid unnecessary exposure by paying attention to the labels, or using the following all-natural cleaning agents.Read More
The air you breathe and the furniture you sit on can affect your health more than you may realize. Learn about these five common environmental toxins, and how you can reduce your exposure to them.Read More
Do you experience pain and/or other symptoms from knee osteoarthritis and want to manage them without surgery? Here are four non-surgical options that can help manage the pain and slow the progression of knee osteoarthritis—and even help prevent it from developing in the first place.Read More
Low-level laser therapy uses the healing power of light to provide a potential therapy alternative to medications and surgery. Here's the low-down on how laser therapy works, what it can treat, its potential risks, and how you can track down a laser therapist or a home-use laser unit in your area.Read More
Want to keep your joints healthy for as long as possible? From lifestyle choices to dietary strategies, there are many natural ways that you can prevent joint degeneration or better manage your current joint conditions.Read More
Tired of being told to take a pill for any symptom that comes your way? Functional medicine offers a refreshing approach that focuses on addressing the root cause of your symptoms, ultimately giving your body space to heal. Find out if working with a functional medicine practitioner would be right for you.Read More
Looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical antibiotics for the next time you experience a sinus or urinary tract infection? Here are eight natural antibiotics that can help beat infections without damaging the healthy bacteria in your gut.Read More
Are you one of the 200 million people worldwide experiencing thyroid dysfunction? Fortunately, there are lifestyle and nutritional strategies that can give your thyroid a boost—whether or not it is currently imbalanced.Read More
If you're on a quest to find relief from your headaches, it might be time to try acupressure. It's a therapy you can do by yourself at home, and science backs its efficacy. Here are eight acupressure points to get you started on the road to pain relief.Read More
An unhealthy gut doesn’t always manifest in digestive issues—its symptoms can range from fatigue to acne. If you think that you may need to boost your gut health, try the 4R program, which first addresses the underlying problems and then rebuilds your gut from the bottom up.Read More
Everyone experiences stress. Unfortunately, without a good management plan, stress can contribute to uncomfortable symptoms and even serious conditions. Here are eight acupressure points that can help alleviate those symptoms and give you an increased sense of well-being.Read More