If you support your liver, it won’t just show up in better hormone balance, because every other system in your body relies on your liver functioning at its best. Fortunately, your liver is very forgiving and it responds well to nurturing. Your liver needs B vitamins and vitamin C to function well. Avocados, eggs and wild-caught salmon are especially useful as they contain a B vitamin-like nutrient called choline, essential for hormone detoxification. Vitamin C can’t be stored in your body, so it’s best to eat sources of vitamin C throughout the day. Especially rich in vitamin C are berry […]
Being the first born child, I was an easy baby with minimal to no health issues. Little did my parents know that their next child would be quite the opposite picture of health. Following a challenging birth, it was a never ending cycle of visits to children’s clinics, new specialists, new medications, surgeries, series of hospitalizations, with a couple of near death health emergencies sprinkled on top. It was easy to feel hopeless, sorrowful, and downright angry for everything that this innocent child had to experience. However, we soon realized that what was out of our control was simply out […]
We have come full circle again to needing discernment so this is a perfect time to reprint a blog article from 2020. My latest updated thoughts are included at the end. It takes guts to admit when you are wrong. I humbly admit that I finally agree with Dr. Fauci on something. Okay, if you don’t know already, I am very frustrated with the flip-flopping of our so called medical experts in government. Dr. Fauci has gone back and forth on multiple topics, but I think he hit the nail on the head this time. Given that I know he […]
My Personal Strategy After walking countless patients through the AIP diet, I saw how to elevate this way of eating to work even better for people. In my book The Inflammation Spectrum, my plan Elimin8 eliminates the following foods for eight weeks, in conjunction with a specific anti-inflammatory lifestyle: After the eight weeks, foods are reintroduced one by one and most people notice a drastic improvement in symptoms and are well on their way to better health. However, that’s not always the case for some people. But that doesn’t mean all hope is lost! In fact, you might just have […]
Living with a chronic illness can offer a special set of skills, emotional awareness, and shift in the ways in which we associate with gratitude. When we think about gratitude, what comes to mind is often our external world, rather than what is experienced inward. With the grief that ensues in living with a chronic condition, our mind, body and soul begin to reconnect itself differently; what might have been no longer serves us now; we begin to adopt new practices of love, appreciation, and care. When it comes to treatment, chronic illness patients often experience a disconnect in what these mean versus what it […]
Most prepackaged candy, baked goods, and other sweets are made with inflammatory oils like soybean, canola, corn, and vegetable oil that are high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats that lead to inflammation, heart disease, and diabetes. 2. Sugar substitutions “Sugar-free” treats might sound healthier, but it’s a misleading term for chemicals that happen to taste like sugar. Although these substitutions lack calories, studies have shown that they can harm your gut by altering your microbiome and contribute to weight gain. 3. Natural flavors Natural flavors are usually anything but natural. Since the word “natural” isn’t regulated, brands capitalize on this by […]
What is Graves’ disease? Approximately 1 in 100 people in America are diagnosed with Graves’ disease – an autoimmune condition where your thyroid becomes hyperactive and leads your thyroid gland to produce an overabundance of hormones. (1) While hyperthyroidism is common, Graves’ disease is one of the leading causes of this condition. While researchers don’t know exactly what causes Graves’ disease, they do know that with Graves’s disease there is a malfunction in the body’s immune system that produces antibodies that act like TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). In healthy individuals, TSH directs your thyroid as to what to do. However, […]
Several voices express their suspicions that mast cell activation plays a role in both the acute and chronic phases of COVID 19 disease. While these immune cells get more attention for their ability to release histamine and thereby cause allergic symptoms, they play a more common role than most would suspect. With the predicted frequency of mast cell dysfunction in society mirroring the observed frequency of severe COVID disease and post COVID disease, some are asking whether mast cell hyper-activation plays a role in COVID 19 manifestations. The symptom similarity makes that even more suspicious. As other articles on my […]
Our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition experts are sharing their favorite festive holiday recipes for 2021 that are not just delicious and healthy—but 100 percent appropriate for guests with dietary needs. This content was originally published here.
The Functional Medicine Approach focuses on the “triggers” of the ADHD symptoms rather than coating it in pharmaceutical drugs. This content was originally published here.