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Covid-19 Long Haul Syndrome: What You Should Know?

November 15, 2020

People with this "long haul" syndrome experience signs of Covid-19 even after they seem to have made a full recovery. In this article, Dr. Amy Myers reminds us that knowledge is power, and getting familiar with something like Covid-19 Long-Haul Syndrome before it affects you or a loved one is the best way to be prepared. 

What Does Happy Mean? Health Effects and Tips for a Positive Mood

October 21, 2020

Taking care of your mind is equally as important as taking care of your body. In fact, there’s more of a correlation than most people think. The attitude of gratitude, the power of positivity — these phrases are commonly used in our society and for good reason. Research shows that cultivating positivity can improve your mental and physical well-being, including your cardiovascular, immune, and cognitive health. Learn more about the benefits of positive psychology and techniques to incorporate happiness and positivity into your everyday life in this article.

The Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19: Nutrition and Lifestyle Practices for Strengthening Host Defense

August 01, 2020

The developing symptoms of COVID-19, as well as the progression of illness and fatality, are clearly a function of the overall health status of the individual. Complex, chronic diseases such as obesity, hypertension, and diabetes are directly correlated with the risk of disease severity and mortality. We explore lifestyle interventions that have specifically been demonstrated to strengthen host defense, reduce the probability, and mitigate the severity of the viral infection.  Lifestyle interventions, from a Functional Medicine perspective, include nutrition, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, and connection. These factors, when in balance, provide a foundation for optimal health and immune function. In this article, Dr. Minich and Dr. Hanaway provide practical guidelines for enhancing your immunity, to protecting yourself from COVID as well as how to recover in case you contract it. 

How Thyroid Disease Affects Men

June 21, 2020

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing men who have taken a responsibility to raise and nurture wonderful human beings. Did you know that men suffer from thyroid disease? It may not come as a surprise to you to hear that thyroid disease affects women more frequently than men. Statistics state that five to eight women are diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, for every man who is diagnosed. It’s no wonder that we often think of hypothyroidism as a women’s disorder, but the truth is that there are many men out there right now who may be reading this and dealing with the varied symptoms of thyroid disease. In this article, Dr. Isabella Wentz shines the light on the less talked about issues of Hashimoto’s and thyroid disease in men. 

Healthy Snacking

May 15, 2020

Is snacking healthy? Can snacks be good for you? Considering, America is the nation of snackers, Ocean Robbins from Food Revolution Network demystifies the concept of snacking. The article also provides some great recipes for healthy snacking. 

Clear the Clutter and Detox Your Home for a Healthier You

May 06, 2020

Clutter can be a major contributor to stress, discomfort, and unhealthy habits. It leads to a build-up of toxins in your living space and in your body. Now that's it's time to purge your home of major strains and stressors. Dr. Amy Myers provides the best ways to clear the clutter AND support optimal health! With this information, you can jump into summer with a clutter-free home and a fresh start on health, wellness, and detoxification. 

Vitamin D - How much do you need?

May 01, 2020

Vitamin D is a known powerhouse nutrient that has been in the news lately. Besides all the amazing benefits such as increasing intestinal absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate, building and maintaining healthy bones, promoting cell growth and reducing inflammation all top researchers agree that vitamin D's ability to modulate immune function is crucially important in protecting you from getting infected with the SARS-COVI-2 virus and to lower your risk from COVID-19 complications. In this article, Dr. Alan Christianson explores the importance of Vitamin D and how to obtain the right amount for your optimal health. 

The Close Relationship Between Stress and Sleep

April 25, 2020

Stress and good sleep go together like oil and water. Unfortunately, though, they both play a major role in influencing the other. High stress levels activate the famous "fight or flight" response we all have -- which is great for avoiding danger, but less great when we’re trying to get a good night’s sleep. The opposite is true, too: poor sleep leads to a number of health drawbacks, including increased stress. In his article, Dr. Michael Breus, provides practical tips on how this vicious cycle can be managed. 

My So-Called Imperfect Corona Life

April 19, 2020

"Nobody want's to know how the sausage is made" It's messy, just like our current state of being. In this beautiful and raw article, my dear friend, Mellissa Galli, dives into the messiness of it all. Personally, I am immensely grateful for this time as it allowed me to truly FEEL. Feel all the emotions that I usually don't have the time, patience or clarity of mind to feel. I am grateful for the rare opportunity to explore the emotions that these feelings bring up and sit with them. The stillness is not in my body's repertoire, yet I find myself exploring the realm with a great deal of curiosity and unexpected calm. I hope you too are allowing yourself to explore your inner self. 

Stress Eating?

March 31, 2020

Are you stress-eating? This is a challenging time and stress can have a huge effect on our appetite. We are at home trying to balance work, kids, nutrition, finances, social isolation, and even boredom. We want more positive feelings and the way we are soothing ourselves is with food. This is a challenging time and stress can have a huge effect on our appetite. About 88% of us are hungrier than normal when we are stressed. Boredom can be a type of stress. Of the other 12% - some lose their appetite and some have no change. What can I do? In this article, Dr. Alan Christianson provides guidance on how to manage stress eating. 

10 Tips for Working Successfully from Home

March 28, 2020

Working from home can be a new norm for many of us.  The novelty wears off quickly and you realize that you need a plan.  I experienced this first-hand several years ago when I first started seeing my clients virtually, via telemedicine. In this article Kathi Head, ND outlines some practical steps to help you balance and optimize your work and work life. 

Coronavirus Tips: How To Stay Healthy And Safe In The Time Of COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier… they did. So what can you do for yourself and your loved ones? What should you be focusing on? How can you shore up your health?

These are big questions, and we’re all trying to figure it out as the news shifts from hour to hour. There is no magic bullet, pill, vaccine or white knight that will come and save us but Ocean Robbins of Food Revolution Network offers some practical and actionable advice in his latest article.

The Latest Information On COVID-19

March 17, 2020

We live in strange and unprecedented times. Corona Virus or COVID-19 has the World in the state of fear, pain, and uncertainty and I wanted to provide you with the up to date valuable information that is factual and practical. 

 

First is to acknowledge just how strange these times are for so all of us. While it is important to remind ourselves that social distancing & isolation and many of the cancellations and scale-backs are to contain the spread of COVID-19 - and we are all on board for that - the uncertainty associated with it is unnerving. I get it. Social isolation isn't good for folks with anxiety or depression, or for those whose well being is dependent on...socializing. Economic uncertainty can increase stress and anxiety, obviously. Trust me, I get it. By hunkering down for a bit, we protect those who are vulnerable. When we all do our part, more people thrive. If nothing else, the spread of COVID-19 has shown us how interconnected and interdependent we are on each other, in a multitude of different ways.

I would encourage you if you are feeling isolated to reach out. Reach out to your friends and family via phone or video or text. Dr. Christianson has a fantastic article on all things COVID-19. Be well my friends! 

The Adrenal-Thyroid Connection: A Self-Care Approach

January 13, 2020

Because each of us is a living, breathing, complex whole organism, when any one aspect of our lives is affected, each of our internal ecosystems is impacted. Thankfully, the complexity and connectivity of the adrenal-thyroid axes are becoming better understood and addressed. In her recent article and podcast, Dr. Aviva Romm focuses on the very specific impact of stress on a gland that has an enormous influence on our metabolism and weight, mood, and hormones: your thyroid.

What Happens To Your Body When You Overeat

December 19, 2019

The holiday season is a practice in overeating, and it can be very hard to avoid. But what exactly happens to your body when you overeat? And what should you do about it afterward? Mark Sisson discusses 8 strategies that you will want to know for pre and post eating binge.

Don't Appologize at the Dinner Table

November 27, 2019

Holidays should be filled with love, laughter, joy, compassion, and a sense of belonging, however, for many of us just thinking about family gatherings, parties, social events causes a great deal of anxiety, confusion and often fear. In this article, Magdalena Wszlenski, Certified Holistic Health Coach, provides some practical tools to deal with unsupportive family members and friends, as well as the tools to shift your own energy and mindset around critical, negative people who don’t understand the power of food and healing. 

Top Foods to Boost Your Immunity Now So You Can Stay Well During Cold and Flu Season

October 01, 2019

Cold and flu season is just around the corner. Everyone has their go-to remedies once they get sick, but aside from hand washing, what can you do to keep from getting sick in the first place? Turns out there’s quite a bit you can do — or rather, eat — to boost your immune system. Food has an ENORMOUS impact on your immune system and here is the list of foods to optimize it during cold and flu season.  

Protecting Yourself from the Dangerous Business of Women’s Medical Devices

September 25, 2019

Is there such a thing as 'bad medicine'? Indeed. Dr. Aviva Romm dives into the history and hazards of women's medical devices and treatments, and how to protect yourself from 'bad medicine,' 

The Contraception Guide

September 04, 2019

Seemingly endless information on contraception would make everyone's head spin, nevertheless, we all need to use some form or another during our reproductive years. In this contraception guide, Dr. Jolene Brighten will provide you with the info you need to have a more informed conversation with your doctor to get the best birth control for you. Are you already on hormonal birth control? Are you aware it comes with side effects? Check out Dr. Brigthen's related article on action steps to reduce birth control related side effects.

What to Eat On Your Period

August 28, 2019

Question on the foods that women can eat to support them during their period come often. Dr. Jolene Brighton, the ultimate authority when it comes to women's hormonal health, has written a wonderful article that will help guide you in choosing foods to support your hormones and make periods manageable. 

Medications that Mess with Your Microbiome: More than We Knew!

August 15, 2019

Microbiome research, though seemingly novel, is not simply a modern revelation. The idea that gut health is central to our total health goes back thousands of years, and the use of fermented foods as part of many, if not most, traditional diets from the Inuits to Eastern Europeans, has been central to human health. In my practice, I see the gut as the epicenter of health. Dr. Aviva Romm explains how microbiome affects truly most aspects of our health and well being, from our moods to our metabolism, our immunity to our weigh. Unfortunately, the importance of gut health has been largely absent from modern medicine and science until very recently. Dr. Romm also addressed the latest in microbiome research in her newest podcast article and podcast https://avivaromm.com/microbiome-research/

SIBO: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

July 26, 2019

SIBO - small intestine bacterial overgrowth is becoming more prevalent so no wonder it is one of the most quickly advancing areas of health science right now. Normally, the small intestine is almost sterile, but SIBO occurs when there is an increase in the number of bacteria and/or changes in the types of bacteria. The overgrown bacteria "eat" causing fermentation, which produces gases that create the uncomfortable symptoms of the SIBO sufferer. New research provides a more sophisticated interpretation that goes beyond just numbers. It’s about strains of bacteria, how they function, and how they interact with each other and us as humans. Mickey Trescott from Autoimmune Wellness provides a comprehensive summary of our current understanding of SIBO.

How Your Digestion Impacts Hormone Imbalance and Weight Gain

July 23, 2019

If you want to sit comfortably on a 3-legged stool, all the legs need to be firmly in place. If one leg is missing, you will wobble and fall. For you to achieve and maintain hormonal balance, these 3 proverbial legs are: 1 - your digestion, 2 - liver health and 3 - sugar balance. I have seen so many women fix their digestion and discover that many of their hormonal problems have resolved. Surprising? Not when you really understand the role of your gut. Fellow nutritionist Magdalena Wszelaski of Hormonal Balance explains this delicate balance.

Why To Stop Complaining

July 12, 2019

An opportunity to look at the fact that there’s no amount of fixing the outside that makes the inside ok. It's all an inside job and no one explains it more eloquently then Dr. Kelly Brogan, board certified holistic psychiatrist. 

Picky Eaters

May 16, 2019

For parents, the natural desire to nourish their child sometimes takes a back seat to the day-to-day realities of just getting their child to eat anything. Parents may struggle to get their child to eat enough daily calories, let alone nutritious choices. With meltdowns and fights over food, parents routinely let their child eat anything, just to get food in.  In this article, Julie Matters CNC, offers practical action steps to help the picky eaters.

What moms really need today and every day

May 12, 2019

Whether you are mom, step-mom, adopted mom, foster mom, grandma, working mom, stay-at-home mom, there are some things that we all need.  Katie Wells identifies what we all long for in this article. Happy Mother Day to all you wonderful moms who are giving of yourself each day, for nurturing and caring for others.

Symptoms of Endometriosis and How to Improve Period Pain and Hormone Balance 

April 30, 2019

Endometriosis is a serious condition that is often overlooked. In this article, Dr. Brighten describes endometriosis, it's symptoms and complexity as well as actionable steps to relieve pain and balance your hormones. Included is a quiz to help you identify when to seek medical treatment.

Are probiotics better then fermented foods?

April 26, 2019

It may sound like "the chicken or the egg" argument - the whirling debate about probiotics or fermented foods. Which one is better for your microbiome? Can a pill actually survive the harsh environment of the digestive system to actually deliver the benefits of the good little probiotic soldiers stored inside?Summer Bock, an herbalist and fermentationist, provides answers to how best to support your microbiome.

The Top 5 Sources of Inflammation

March 10, 2019

Inflammation is the root cause of nearly every modern, chronic illness. In this article, Dr. Amy Myers identifies 5 most common source of inflammation and how to control them.

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before My Chronic Illness

February 21, 2019

Finding out you have a chronic illness — one that will, by definition, never go away — changes things, both for you and those you love. This New York Times article hits home for many of us with chronic illness.  

Radical Self-Care: The Secret to Success and Health You Can’t Buy in a Bottle

February 14, 2019

What measure of success is worth our health? As Dr. Aviva Romm explores this very question, she provides some powerful tools for thinking about success and health in a whole new way.

Depression: It’s Not Your Serotonin

January 16, 2019

Why is it that in six decades of research, the serotonin (or norepinephrine, or dopamine) theory of depression and anxiety has not achieved scientific credibility? Dr. Kelly Brogan's supporting arguments for this shocking claim. 

Four Ways to Bust Through Happiness Anxiety (and Stop Waiting for the Other Shoe to Drop)

December 15, 2018

Are you familiar with the term "Happiness Anxiety"? When things are going right and instead of excitement you experience anxiety in anticipation of something bad that follows? Dr. Aviva Romm provides insight into the topic as well as how to address it. 

The Anxiety Sugar Connection + 7 Natural Ways to Curb Your Anxiety

December 10, 2019

Is sugar triggering your anxiety? Dr. Jolene Brighten explains how sugar affects your blood sugar regulation while contributing to Anxiety and Hormonal Imbalance. 

Holiday Sleep Secrets From The Sleep Doctor

December 08, 2019

Dr. Michael Breus, better known as the Sleep Doctor, offers practical suggestions on best sleep practices during the Holidays.

Personalized Lifestyle Medicine

November 27, 2019

We are experiencing a profound shift in the types of disease that affects the general population, and we need a paradigm shift from the current model of mainstream medicine to Personalized Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Sara Gottfried explains the Functional Medicine approach to medicine and the benefits of Personalized Lifestyle Medicine.

Why You’re Always Tired: 5 Common Causes and Solutions for Chronic Fatigue

November 18, 2019

The most common complaint I hear in my practice is "I am tired" Is the TIRED the new normal? Dr. Afrouz Demehri simplifies this complex new "state" many find themselves living and offers some tangible solutions.

The Dangers of Elevated Thyroid Antibodies

October 16, 2019

One of the most common problems affecting my patient population is Autoimmune Thyroid Disease, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. No wonder, I too have Hashi. My endocrinologist and a mentor, Dr. Alan Christiansen discusses the dangers presented by elevated thyroid antibodies in your system.

8 Ways to Help Your Teen Overcome Screen Obsession

August 18, 2018

Even though technology has improved our lives in profound ways, it has presented us with many unique challenges. Technology has completely captivated the youth of our society and video game playing has reached near epidemic proportions. Find out how to help your teen overcome screen obsession in this article by Dr. Daniel Amen at BrainMD as well as many other helpful tips on improving your brain function. 

Delayed IgG food sensitivities: depression and anxiety due to inflammation, leaky gut, leaky blood brain barrier and low serotonin

August 03, 2018

Growing evidence and new scientific study on delayed IgG food sensitivities in relation to depression and anxiety due to inflammation, leaky gut, leaky blood-brain barrier and low serotonin. In this article, Trudy Scott beautifully summarizes the latest study on Food - Mood - Health connections.

Adrenal Fatigue: Is It a Real Thing?

July 31, 2018

If you went to your doctor and said: “I think I have adrenal fatigue.” you’re probably going to get an eye roll. It might surprise you to hear me say this, it's true - there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue. You adrenals are NOT fatigued they are working overtime. Dr. Aviva Romm tackles this in her latest article. 

Hot Flash Anyone? Your Burning Questions Answered

June 20, 2018

Have you experienced your first Hot Flash yet? Nothing can quite prepare you for the sudden intense heat that envelops you, causing you to sweat and get all flushed — even lightheaded! Dr. Anna Cabeca board-certified OB/GYN and anti-aging expert unravels the most "burning" questions about hot flashes. 

Reversing Osteoporosis With Hormone Balance?

May 13, 2018

Bone health is dependent on proper hormone balance and can be difficult to maintain when the body is depleted of adequate amounts of nutrients. Our skeleton also serves as a mineral reservoir for the rest of the body. If the body extracts too much from the skeletal system, the bones weaken. Magdalena Wszelaki, CHHC eloquently describes the causes for Osteoporosis and how to address them. 

5 Rules For Eating Away Your Depression

May 09, 2018

If you are one of the estimated 15 million Americans suffering from depression, you may be surprised to learn that the path to wellness and vitality is through food. Dr. Kelly Brogan, a Manhattan-based holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression explains why the Path to Wellness Is Through Food.

Protein’s Role in Weight Loss and Aging

May 05, 2018

Protein is an essential macronutrient. This means we need it in relatively large quantities and we must obtain it from food. In this article, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci explains why we need protein and how much protein you should be eating as well as the best sources.

An MD’s Top Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

May 03, 2018

Dr. Aviva Romm addresses top go-to supplements and strategies to relieve seasonal allergy symptoms. She explains what they are and how they work, plus how you can get started on your natural and non-drowsy seasonal allergy plan.

What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness

February 17, 2016

12 minute TED talk by Dr. Robert Waldinger, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, on a 75-year-long study on the lives of 724 adult men. Although this study focuses on men, it’s an unprecedented deep look into what keeps people happy and healthy as they go through life. 

What Tests to Include with Your Annual Doctor’s Exam?

April 24, 2018

Dr. Steven Masley suggests basic assessments and lab tests you should expect from your physician. Notice how many of these include nutrition and lifestyle choices. 

10 things that losing the same 10 pounds over and over again has taught me

April 17, 2018

Diane Sanfilippo is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and the New York Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo. The insights of her personal struggle that resonates with so many. 

How to Eat Out When You’re Trying to Lose Weight or Keep on Specific Diet

April 11, 2018

You don't have to skip dinner dates with friends while on a specific diet. Dr. Kellyann, aka the bone broth doc, provides practical tips for diet-friendly dining to these tips for eating on out a diet to balance your health goals & your social calendar.

What to do when you can't fall asleep?

March 19, 2018

Exactly What 7 Sleep Experts Do When They Can’t Fall Asleep

Common Period Problems + 6 Natural Treatments

October 27, 2017

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in reproductive medicine. She is a recognized as an expert in Post-Birth Control Syndrome and the long-term side effects associated with hormonal contraceptives.

How Chronic Stress Creates Hormonal Havoc

December 26, 2014

Dr. Mark Hyman deciphers science of stress. When you experience any kind of stress, your body processes it is through the adrenal glands, which respond by creating a flood of stress hormones, including cortisol that affects your digestive, immune and endocrine system.

Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities on The Rise

June 17, 2016

How Chemicals Increase Food Allergies and Food Sensitivities was written by my mentor, Tom Malterre, who holds a masters degree in nutrition. He is IFM professor who educates doctors and other health-care practitioners on nutrition and targeted supplementation across the US and Canada. 

Your Adrenals -The Science Behind Adrenal Stress & Fatigue

March 04, 2018

My mentor, the naturopathic endocrinologist, Dr. Alan Christiensen, debunks the myths and provides insight into the science behind adrenal stress. The adrenals, small endocrine glands that sit on tops of our kidneys, are essential in a proper function of the entire body.

5 Foods That Can Cause Depression

April 15, 2017

Chronic inflammation can lead to depression. Leading cause of inflammation is the food we eat. Dr. Kelly Brogan explains how the food we eat can directly affect our brains.

Thyroid Goiters and Goitrogens

April 07, 2018

The two most common cause of goiters in the modern world is Hashimoto’s disease. Dr. Alan Christiansen explains goiters, the enlargement of the thyroid gland, and misconceptions related to goitrogens.

Real Food Over Supplements

March 12, 2019

Mickey Trescott from AutoImmune Paleo provides a great insight on why real food is the ultimate nourishment for our bodies proper physiology and function. 

The Conundrum of Gluten Sensitivity Testing

November 07, 2016

Dr. Tom O'Bryan, a leading expert in Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease explains why testing for gluten sensitivity and autoimmunity is often inaccurate leading to devastating misdiagnosis and inadequate treatment. 

10 Signs That You Have a Leaky Gut + How To Heal It

March 31, 2018

Most of our health problems start in our gut. Dr. Aviva Romm identifies the main signs of gut permeability and how to address them.

Sleep Deprivation in Kids and Teens: A Real Cause for Concern

March 05, 2018

Dr. Chris Kresser addresses the most recent report by the CDC suggesting that most middle and high schoolers are missing out on sleep. How much sleep do kids really need? You may be shocked to find out.

What Does It Feel Like to Have Thyroid Disease?

August 22, 2016

Dr. Isablella Wentz explores a 2014 study by a group of Danish psychologists who studied the effects of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism on health-related quality of life.  The symptoms are numerous and simply put, one person’s Hashimoto’s is not the same as another person’s Hashimoto’s.

5 Best and Worst Foods for “Skinflammation”

August 20, 2015

Inflammation is the biggest issue we are dealing with in our health. Dr. Trevor Cates, The Spa Doctor, identifies the foods that cause skin inflammation. The clean skin comes from within. 

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