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How Stress Affects Your Thyroid and Ultimately Your Health
August 20, 2021
Your thyroid gland is largely responsible for the regulation of your metabolic functions. If you suffer from chronic (or even occasional) stress, there can be a significant downstream effect on the efficiency and processing quality of your thyroid. Given the thyroid xxx it is not surprising that this is in large part due to hormones. When you are experiencing stress, your body naturally produces a hormone called “cortisol”, and when...
Vegan Approved Methods for Boosting Collagen
June 22, 2021
So you’re a vegan and you want to build a strong healthy body with collagen? Is it possible? I thought you could only get collagen from animals???Collagen peptides are large chains of amino acids that form the building blocks for collagen in our bodies. Collagen is critical for health skin, nails, hair, bones, muscles and ligamentsCommercially available collagen peptides are usually sourced from beef collagen that has been broken down...
Top Food Sources Rich in Vitamin D for Pescatarians and Vegans
June 14, 2021
According to the NIH the DV (Recommended Daily Value) for vitamin D is currently set at 400 IU for adults and children age 4 and older, per day. These daily values are set for healthy adults with normal serum vitamin D levels (which clinically I find to be almost never the case).In cases where your serum levels are low supplementation is your best bet at raising levels high enough to...
Natural Blood Sugar Support Remedies
June 2, 2021
People with dysregulated blood sugar and insulin resistance are at higher risk of developing many health complications including susceptibility to viruses and diseases. In addition to improving foundations of health (diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, hydration) certain natural compounds have been studied to lower blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C (the measure of long term glucose management). The following list is meant to act as a conversation starter with your health...
Adrenal Fatigue: Give Your Adrenals a Break
May 26, 2021
The adrenal glands are your main stress responders. They pump us full of stress hormones and get us ready for action. They also don't discriminate from physical or perceived mental stress. Some of my favorite things happen to physically stress the adrenal glands: Strenuous exercise, sauna, cold showers, coffee, fasting, chocolate. These things are amazing and have powerful health benefits to the body in general, they also happen to be...
How to Increase Your Metabolic Health
May 22, 2021
Metabolic disorders effect millions of Americans. A few are: obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. These metabolic disorders can be detrimental to your health and among other downstream impacts can make your body a better hosts for viruses and easier targets for severe disease.For these people taking their health into their hands and becoming more metabolically fit is critical. By working on becoming more metabolically fit you can...
How to Read Your Lab Values to Determine Your Metabolic Health
How important are blood sugar levels? What's an ideal blood sugar level? Getting a handle on how your body handles and processes sugar is one of the best things you can do for your long term immune and overall health.High blood sugar levels lead to all sorts of health complications: insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and immune dysregulation.Blood glucose is a direct measure of your blood sugar...
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth  (SIBO)
May 5, 2021
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO is a condition that has received a lot of attention in the functional medicine community. While at school, although we learned about it extensively, I never really thought it was that big of an issue. In private practice however I see so many patients where SIBO is an underlying root cause of many their gut symptoms. What Are the Symptoms Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth...
Are You Genetically Built to Be A Vegan?
May 3, 2021
Your genes don't dictate your life but they do provide the baseline framework from which your body derives its health set point. Knowing your unique genetic SNP mutations is invaluable for understanding how your body functions most optimally.There are potentially hundreds of thousands of genetic mutations in any one persons genetic code and we can now screen for these to give us clues as to how your body processes things...
Weight Loss: Hot and Cold Therapy – A Tale of Ice and Fire
Traditional medicine cultures around the world have for centuries touted the health benefits of hot and cold exposure therapies. Recently modern medicine has caught up with these traditional practices and provides us with new understandings on the cellular mechanisms of action of these therapies.Gradually heating your body up is what the immune system does during a fever because it is what optimizes the immune system while your body is fighting...