It’s that time of the year again. People are stepping up their exercise routine, changing their diets, and looking into detoxification programs, often looking to ‘detox for weight loss’.
Topics: General Health Topics
We live in a culture where the predominant medical system is reactive to our bodies’ breakdowns.
When people turn to functional medicine practitioners and naturopathic doctors, often there’s something wrong that needs to be fixed now. People are often frustrated with the lack of explanation and results they’ve gotten with traditional medicine.
Topics: General Health Topics
No two probiotics are the same—literally.
Because probiotic strains and brands vary widely, functional medicine practitioners will want to stop and read the fine print before deciding on a line of supplements and prescribing a regimen for patients.
“Take your vitamins” is something we’ve been told since we were kids. And for good reason.
Vitamins contain methyl groups, which affect a wide range of bodily functions from energy levels to hormone pathways and the immune system.
Cold weather always makes me think about joint pain since flare-ups are especially common during cold, damp days.
Running a successful functional medicine practice requires many different skill sets, and expert knowledge of health and wellness is just the beginning.
Understanding the health history of patients, uncovering their symptoms and concerns, and determining a course of action to address the root cause – these are the most basic needs practitioners have to meet.
Many patients are not aware that stress hormones may be contributing to their painful migraines.
Patients experiencing chronic migraines often focus solely on pain relief, and miss the underlying issues that could be triggering these excruciating, neurovascular headaches in the first place.
The immune system has the 24/7 job of defending constant assaults to the body’s well-being.
In addition to the cold and flu strains they encounter, human bodies produce cancer cells every day. The immune system is in charge of both resisting external threats while preventing internal ones. This is why for centuries people have looked for ways to naturally support their immune system. One of the most popular methods is the use of maitake mushrooms, along with medicinal mushrooms in general.
Magnesium plays a central role in many bodily functions that affect heart, bone and muscle health. Magnesium can be obtained by eating certain foods but many people fail to get enough of this essential mineral through diet alone.
In fact, roughly half of Americans consume less than the daily recommended amount of magnesium from food, according to a recent study in Open Heart, an online cardiology journal. A deficiency in magnesium has been linked to headaches, muscle weakness, high blood pressure and more dire consequences such as diabetes and heart disease.
What do central obesity, high blood pressure, and low testosterone have in common?
These are all characteristics of metabolic syndrome.
Presenting with these issues puts people on a slippery slope toward cardiovascular disease and Type II Diabetes. The diagnostic criteria for metabolic syndrome include high insulin and high blood sugar, increased body mass, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and low high-density lipoprotein (HDL).