getting good sleep is possible

Getting Good Sleep IS Possible!

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One of the most common concerns I hear in my practice is, “I can’t sleep” (and boy have I been there myself!).  Sleep deprivation is a real problem in our country. In fact, the World Health Organization has declared a sleep loss epidemic in industrialized nations. Much of this is due to the fast paced lives that we lead. We rarely give our bodies the necessary time or proper relaxation needed to get sufficient sleep. This can lead to a host of issues ranging from depression and anxiety to weight gain and neurodegenerative disorders.  Sleep deprivation is a real health …

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Balance Your Cortisol For a Happy Sept-ommmm-ber

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September feels different this year, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s a silly question, because everything feels different this year. We are living in unprecedented times, with so much unknown. For me, September usually brings a celebration of new beginnings – a new school year, fresh crisp air, and an opportunity to reset and make changes in my routine or my environment. While all of that still applies to September 2020, there is a thread of uncertainty that is woven into the pumpkin spice lattes and changing leaves. What will happen with the virus as our kids go back to school? Are …

Focus on Vitamin D

Focus on Vitamin D

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Vitamin D has always been a bit of a darling in the vitamin world, but lately, the “sunshine vitamin” has gotten even more attention. A recent study examined over 4,000 people who sought out testing for COVID-19 in a Chicago health system.  The study found that the people who tested positive for SARS COV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) were more likely to have had low vitamin D levels that went untreated in the past year. Other studies show connections between low vitamin D and COVID-19 risk, as well. Critics of such studies explain that low vitamin D levels are …

Functional Medicine Tests You Can Do At Home

Functional Medicine Tests You Can Do At Home

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A foundational component of functional and integrative medicine is comprehensive nutrient, gut, and hormone testing. These tests provide fascinating information that can identify key imbalances which we can’t assess via routine labs. They help us to look closely at your unique biochemistry so that we can determine the true root cause of your symptoms. While some of these tests require a basic blood draw, many utilize other bodily fluids – most of which you can collect in the privacy and convenience of your own home. We’ve compiled a table of the most useful at-home functional medicine tests offered by the …

The ABCs of CBD

The ABCs of CBD

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It’s hard to go anywhere these days without seeing or hearing about “CBD” and its promise to cure what ails ya.  It’s sold in oils, capsules, gummies, and vape pens. It’s in cocktails, coffee beverages, chocolates, and even dog food.  All you have to do is pull up to your local gas station and you are likely to see a bright sign stating “CBD SOLD HERE!”   So what’s the deal with CBD? What’s the hype? Is it worth it? And should you be taking it?   This article aims to unpack the ABCs of CBD.  We’ll start with some basics about …

Why You Should be Having a Smoothie for Breakfast

Why You Should Be Having a Smoothie for Breakfast

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Raise your hand if you skip breakfast!   I know you’re out there, and that there are a lot of you! In fact, a recent survey found that 31 million Americans skip breakfast every day. That’s about one in every ten people.  I absolutely see this play out in my practice, working with men and women from all walks of life. If I had a dollar for every patient who tells me that they skip breakfast, I could close my practice and move someplace tropical and sunny.  Maybe to open a smoothie bar, hmmm… But in all seriousness, I get it.  …

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How to Shop for Protein Powder

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While some folks consider protein powders to be a processed food (because technically they do undergo a fair amount of processing to be blendable and tasty), I support their use in a real food diet for folks who are struggling to get enough protein in their diet or have high protein needs.  They are also an easy way to add protein to a smoothie or post-workout snack (click HERE to learn how to build a healthy smoothie).  Like anything else in the nutrition world, there are high quality protein powders on the market, and there are also junky products that …

Healthy Hormones: Why They Matter For Men

Healthy Hormones: Why They Matter for Men

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One of my favorite things about being a healthcare provider is meeting the significant others of the patients in my practice. I’m grateful and humbled by any personal referral, but when someone entrusts me with the care of their beloved, I’m especially touched. In addition to the honor that this brings to me personally, taking care of couples helps me to understand the health dynamic within a family, and as a result I’m better equipped to help them make healthy changes.   The bulk of my practice is female focused, but I’m trained and experienced in caring for men, too. …