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4 EASY TIPS TO LIFESTYLE CHANGES

Lifestyle changes can be as simple as starting with following these four simple steps: Water: Adding clean water into your daily regime can be one of the simplest changes to make. It is important to look at the source of water to help reduce toxic burden. A good water filter is a great lifetime investment…. Read more »

SIX MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FIBROMYALGIA

Today is Fibromyalgia awareness day in honor of this day my heart goes out to all of those people that suffer everyday with this debilitating disease. I once suffered from Fibromyalgia myself and have since fully recovered. According to the Mayo Clinic fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep,… Read more »

The Emotional Connection to Healing Your Body

One of my favorite books is by Deb Shapiro Your Body Speaks Your Mind. As a Functional Medicine RN we focus on treating the whole person looking at mind, body and spirit as we are all energy and it is all connected. Stress and emotions are related to many health issues.   Finding the emotional messages… Read more »

LET’S TALK LEPTIN…

What is Leptin? Leptin is a master hormone that was discovered in 1994 (Wikipedia, 2015) and is a key regulator in appetite regulation, including the awareness of hunger and the feeling of fullness, known as satiety.  Leptin regulates the body’s ability to burn fats for energy and the metabolism of the thyroid, and it assists… Read more »

Detoxification: The health risks and benefits

The air we breathe, the water we drink or swim in, the chemicals we use on our hair or body, the medications we take, and the foods we eat are just some of the elements surrounding us in the modern world that are potential sources of toxicity.  It’s no longer, “Are we toxic?”  The question… Read more »

Functional Medicine: A revolutionary approach to health & wellness

The traditional medical model of doctor diagnosis for a set of presenting symptoms has long been accepted in society.  However, these symptoms are generally the result of underlying imbalance in the body’s self-regulating mechanisms and natural healing capability.  Looking only at symptoms is the crux of why so many are on multiple medications, called polypharmacy,… Read more »

Not a milk drinker? Here are the top alternative sources of Calcium

Milk is not for everyone.  For some, lactose intolerance causes major gastrointestinal discomfort, including gas, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea or constipation.  This is because the body lacks production of the enzyme, lactase, which breaks down milk sugars, called lactose.  Other individuals may simply have an aversion to the taste of milk.  The biggest question they… Read more »

Holiday Cheer! How to keep your caloric “budget” in balance

A balanced diet is essential for proper functioning of the entire body.  We get calories from everything we eat: from coffee to lattes, shrimp to steak, fruits and vegetables, and everything in between.  A calorie, simply put, is the amount of energy that food will produce in the human body.  What’s most important, however, is… Read more »

Making the choice for healthy dietary fats

  Our bodies need healthy fats.  Cell walls are made of a double layer of fat, the brain is composed of 65-70% fat, and fats provide protective padding to the joints.  Healthy fats and oils in the diet promote an increased feeling of fullness, called satiety, because they burn slowly as a fuel source.  Fats… Read more »

A common ”D”efficiency: Vitamin D and your health

Vitamin D is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies. Low levels can be linked to “cancer development, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, bone loss, and autoimmune diseases” (Hyman, 2014). Because vitamin D is responsible for regulating and controlling our genetic code, along with helping calcium and phosphorous absorb… Read more »