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    Functional Medicine

    Meditation–Torture Or Help For The Holidays?

    If you are the type of person that considers sitting still and doing nothing for any length of time a form of torture…this post is for you. Maybe you have tried meditation and “failed” or maybe you have contemplated trying it and thought, “that sounds horrible, meditation is just not for me.” I am here to tell you I feel your pain! But the thing is, if meditation is difficult for you then you are exactly the type of person who would benefit most from meditating on the regular. I am fairly new to meditation. I read a great e-book on Mindfulness Meditation last year and attempted to meditate as…

  • Chronic Health Problems

    My Liver Detox: Days 2-4

    So.much.broccoli! Just kidding, I love broccoli. Lightly steam, add some grass-fed ghee, garlic salt, and a squeeze of lemon–yum. Days 2 and 3 of my detox were pretty discouraging. It felt like nothing was happening other than that my symptoms were exacerbated. Lucky I have a little experience with detoxes and know that this is normal–most gentle detoxes take a couple of days to kick in. RELATED: My Liver Detox, Day 1 Today, I am SUPER tired and feeling a little nauseous. I have also been extra irritable and annoyed by the tiniest things. Yay? This is good–it means that this thing is actually working! I am proud of myself…

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    My Liver Detox: Day 1

    I like to have a glass of wine after I get home from work. Honestly, about 50% of the time the “one glass” turns into two. Then the weekend rolls around, and there are bbqs to go to or family gatherings to attend–complete with plenty of adult beverages. By the time the week has ended my poor liver is surely working overtime. This past weekend, I got to hang out with lots of family. My brother and sister-in-law are temporarily abstaining from drinking to give themselves a break and improve their health. They looked great, and my brother-in-law claims he has tons of energy and is sleeping better than he…

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    Are Autoimmune Diseases Reversible?

    The term autoimmune disease covers many different illnesses. Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac’s disease, and Type 1 diabetes are all examples of autoimmune diseases. In an autoimmune disease the body’s immune system starts attacking itself. This sets off a chain of events that can lead to many different diseases and disorders. Unfortunately, once someone has one autoimmune disease they often develop others. The incidence of autoimmune diseases are on the rise. Almost unheard of prior to the 1950s, new estimates state that autoimmune disease now affects 1 in 12 Americans. What is causing this unprecedented spike in autoimmune diseases? What can we do to stop it? Autoimmune disease is…

  • Functional Medicine

    Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue? Here Are 4 Common Symptoms:

    The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys and are responsible for regulating the release of hormones such as cortisol. Adrenal fatigue can happen when we have an overload of stress in our lives and our adrenal glands get frazzled and release too much or too little cortisol, or release hormones at the wrong times.  If you live in a constant state of “fight or flight”, have a lot of stress or anxiety, or have trouble sleeping, this may be you! Common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue: 1. You just don’t have the energy that you used to. Cortisol is known as the “stress hormone” but it is also the…

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    Chronic Health Problems

    5 Critical Steps To Solving Your Chronic Health Problems

    I like to ask “why.” I have always been the kind of person that wants to know why something works, or doesn’t. My college math professors hated that about me. I know it annoys my husband to no end:) Finding the “why” is super important when it comes to your health. Here’s how to do it: Listen to what your symptoms are trying to tell you. Symptoms are messages that our bodies are sending us to let us know something is wrong. For example, so-called illnesses like depression and anxiety are typically symptoms of a larger issue. Suppressing the symptom with an anti-depressant without searching for what is causing it…

  • Kids Health

    Sensory Processing Disorder Causes Behavior Problems in Kids

    When my little guy was about three, he started sniffing all.the.time. I was concerned that he was ill, so I took him to our pediatrician. After examining him and determining that he was healthy,  she declared that it must be allergies and prescribed him Claritin to be taken once daily. Claritin. For a three-year-old. Every day. When I asked how long she thought he would need to take it, she said, “Well, if it works he may need to take it for the rest of his life.” The worst part was, she was clearly just guessing at what the problem was. And when I had the nerve to request an…