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.  …

Protein powders

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. …

Healing PCOS

Healing PCOS – Your Root Cause Resolution for Hormonal Harmony

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Brandi is a bubbly, successful 34-year-old gallery owner who recently married her college sweetheart, and is hoping to start a family soon.  She’s been reading all the books about preparing for a healthy pregnancy and feels like she’s done her best to improve her diet, add some exercise to her life, and start a prenatal vitamin.  She’d been on birth control pills since her teens, but stopped them a year ago because she was having migraines. Since then, she’s been practicing natural family planning to prevent pregnancy until she’s ready to conceive, but something is missing – her periods.  She’s …

A Day in My Life

A Day in My Life

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One of the most common questions that I’m asked in the course of a busy day seeing patients is, “so what do you eat?” I understand people’s curiosity. Do I walk my talk? Or am just providing lip service and spending my off-hours on the couch with a sleeve of Oreos and a Diet Coke? (Actually, Kit-Kats and Dr Pepper would be my choices if that was how I rolled).   I spend loads of time dishing out health and wellness recommendations, especially in my initial visits with new patients.  I recommend therapeutic nutritional protocols, supplement options, and lifestyle changes …

Your Five Step Plan to Breaking Up With PMS

Your Five-Step Plan to Breaking Up with PMS

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Bloating, cravings, depression, breast tenderness … ugh.  If you or your partner experience these symptoms in the days or weeks leading up to menstruation, you’re not alone. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 80% of women, and up to 20% of women report severe symptoms that significantly disrupt life. A subset of these women have symptoms so debilitating that they’ve been given a new diagnosis – premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Drug companies have hopped on board (with decent intentions) to help women who suffer from PMS.  To treat PMS and PMDD, conventional practitioners often prescribe birth control pills, anti-inflammatories, diuretics …