Category: Functional Medicine

Intermittent Fasting – What You Need to Know

June 7, 2016 0 Comments
Intermittent Fasting – What You Need to Know

What is intermittent fasting? Intermittent fasting is the practice of alternating intervals feeding and fasting. The most popular method of intermittent fasting will be discussed in a later article, but for now, it’s enough to mention that there are differences between fasting methods, length of time of the fasting window and the placement of meals. The […]

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Goitrogens and Your Thyroid

April 11, 2016 0 Comments
Goitrogens and Your Thyroid

A goitrogen is a substance that suppresses thyroid function by inhibiting iodine uptake. Goitrogens get their name because of their tendency to cause goiter, swelling of the thyroid gland. Some foods can be goitrogenic when they’re eaten in excess, or if the individual has a background of low iodine uptake. Goitrogenic foods include: cassava, which […]

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Histamine and Your Thyroid

April 1, 2016 0 Comments
Histamine and Your Thyroid

Histamine is an organic compound produced by the body and also present in many foods. Histamine is necessary for the maintenance of life and is involved in immune response. It is released by cells in response to injury and allergic or inflammatory reactions. There are four types of histamine receptor cells (H1R, H2R, H3R, and […]

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Nutritional and Functional Causes for Digestive Complaints

November 11, 2015 0 Comments
Nutritional and Functional Causes for Digestive Complaints

The body requires specific nutrients to function properly. When we don’t get adequate nutrition, our bodies begin to fight back and systems begin to fail. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is generally lacking in nutrient-rich foods, thus the obesity and health epidemics that are sweeping across our nation. To keep gut function healthy, you need […]

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Causes of IBS: Allergies, Sensitivities and Autoimmune Reactions

November 11, 2015 0 Comments
Causes of IBS: Allergies, Sensitivities and Autoimmune Reactions

Classic allergy reactions called IgE (immunoglobulin E) can occur under a variety of circumstances and are usually swift, obvious and can cause potentially life-threatening to somewhat debilitating symptoms —“ shock and awe” symptoms. The sudden reaction is triggered by the IgE antibody binding to the offending object triggering a histamine response, which is the cause […]

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Two Gut Organisms: A Destructive Co-Dependent Relationship

October 22, 2015 0 Comments
Two Gut Organisms: A Destructive Co-Dependent Relationship

Balance of bacteria and organisms in your gut matters more than you may think. When the bacteria are out of balance you may experience symptoms such as bloating, cramping, gas, belching, constipation and diarrhea. There are two types of organisms in the gut. One group is bacteria, the other is an archaea—a one-celled organism like […]

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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 3

August 31, 2015 0 Comments
The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 3

Are You Eating the Right Diet for Your Genes? Since we have established that genetics do in fact play a role in weight gain/ weight loss (see Part 1 and Part 2 of this series), let’s take a look at how this relates to the foods you eat. Some genetic mutations confer dietary advantages over […]

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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 2

August 20, 2015 0 Comments
The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work: Part 2

Part 2: Are There Fat Genes? It is easy to assume that someone who is overweight simply eats too much and/or doesn’t exercise. And while diet and exercise are the primary factors contributing to weight gain, genetics also play a role. Scientists have known for years that there are genes and genetic mutations linked to […]

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The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work – Part 1

August 11, 2015 0 Comments
The Role of Genetics in Weight and Why One-Size-Fits-All Diets Don’t Work – Part 1

Part 1: Do Genes Make You Fat? Genes. We all have them. A gene is, simply put, a unit of heredity transferred from a parent to offspring that determines some characteristic of the offspring. There are variations in genes that change how the gene expresses traits, such as hair or eye color. Genes can also […]

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