A healthy pregnancy starts with a healthy diet. However, proper nutrition is difficult to achieve through diet alone for many pregnant women. That’s why it’s essential for expectant mothers to take a daily prenatal multivitamin to meet the nutritional needs of her and her baby.
Naturopathic physicians and functional medicine practitioners are seeing an increase in first-time patients who have turned away from conventional care to pursue a different approach to health care.
The drive toward patient-centered care in medicine and the healthcare industry is not a surprising one, given the challenges and time constraints insurance companies put on face time between doctors and patients. This means functional medicine practitioners and naturopathic physicians are in a unique position to help more patients make lifestyle changes that lead to better health.
It’s a fact of a life that everyone experiences stress from time to time. It’d be almost impossible to juggle the demands of your family, work, and social life without feeling a degree of stress.
But, stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing when it comes in small doses. Stress can actually heighten our senses and sharpen our minds during difficult or trying situations.
Dimethylglycine (DMG) has many properties that support health, vitality and well-being. DMG is an essential nutrient that supports methylation pathways, reduces the negative effects of stress on the body and enhances physical and mental performance. But one of DMG’s most important functions is how it protects and defends the body against degeneration and the aging process.
How many times a month do you hear this in the exam room?
“I try so hard to be careful with my diet, and I still struggle to keep the weight off.”
Weight loss is a never-ending struggle for so many people, exacerbated by the conflicting messages they get about “the right way” to lose weight and keep the pounds off.
People young and old experience symptoms of hormonal dysfunction.
Men who present with hormonal imbalance may note changes in libido and sexual performance, weight gain, hair loss, and decreased muscle mass. Women may come to you with changes in their energy levels, food cravings, weight gain, and hair and skin problems.
There’s no denying that detox and cleanse are two of the hottest buzz words in the health community. Entire industries have sprouted up based on the ever-growing popularity of these diets.
Detox and cleanse programs are designed to recharge and rejuvenate the body through diet and lifestyle changes. Now, detox and cleanse are often used interchangeably but they’re focused on different parts of the body.
When a person feels stressed, they may reach for comfort foods that contain carbohydrates and sugars and proclaim that they’re “eating their feelings.”
Many patients have a sense that stress, metabolism, and sugar are related to one another. They often can make the connection between eating poorly and feeling sluggish. What they may not know is that changes in diet and other lifestyle behaviors that lead to alterations in coping skills can impact cortisol, insulin, and thyroid levels, which can result in fatigue and slowed metabolism.
Egg health plays a key role in healthy fertility. Poor egg quality can be the determining factor in whether you or your patient can get pregnant.
Poor egg health can be the result of numerous factors including age, diet, lifestyle, high stress levels or a hormonal imbalance. These issues can disrupt the ovulation cycle and restrict a woman’s ability to conceive. In many of these cases, women are presented with alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), an egg donor or even adoption.
Effective communication in a therapeutic relationship is necessary to help your patients achieve their desired health goals.
The physician-patient relationship hinges on your ability to communicate clearly and effectively. A failure to communicate will not only erode trust with your patient but may negatively influence health outcomes.
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