Reactions to foods are increasingly common it seems, with a large portion of the population experiencing some reactivity or sensitivity. There are several distinct types of food reactions, so I’m going to outline food allergy versus food intolerance to help distinguish. Often in Western medical circles, only a true food allergy is recognized, whereas many reactions may not fall into that category and ignoring other sensitivities can lead to ongoing symptoms that could be avoided.
It is extremely common in our culture to have unhealthy levels of anxiety and stress. A large component of this stress/anxiety can be attributes to holding onto tension. Tension is something that our bodies create as a safety mechanism when some sort of negative stimulus is presented. This fear response puts your body into a guarded state. Although this contracted energy state is helpful in an acute situation, it is not a state that should continue after the stimulus is removed. Unfortunately, in our culture, we are often pressured to put our fears and anxieties “behind us”, without truly processing and releasing this contracted energy. [Read more…]
I was asked the other day about when and how to supplement progesterone – should it be taken all month long, or just for part of the month? And what about progesterone-building herbs? All month long or just part of the month? I thought I’d explain how I recommend doing it in case anyone else had that same question.
Heavy metal toxicity is an issue that exists alongside many other health conditions and diagnoses. Many of my autistic-spectrum patients have heavy metal toxicity, many of my Lyme disease patients have heavy metal toxicity, but I would bet that many people without any official diagnosis have high levels of heavy metals in their bodies that may be affecting their neurological function. With the pollution surrounding us today, heavy metals are a part of the environment. Reversing heavy metal toxicity can provide a massive boost in one’s overall health levels.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not crazy about some of the things that my daughter loves the most – bubbles, play dough, slime and the like. I don’t have a problem with her playing with them, but I worry about how they’re made and what’s in them. Plus, never mind that one of our dogs has a penchant for play dough and eats it right off the table if said toddler leaves it out. I love being able to make non-toxic play dough and bubbles for the kids – that way I know if the play dough ends up in their mouth (or the dog’s mouth), they’re not getting a bunch of chemicals. We also have fun making it especially when friends are over. Here are some easy recipes:
Leaky gut is a condition that involves changes in the integrity of digestive tract, compromising its function and immune protection. It has a variety of different causes, but it is clear that eating gluten can contribute to leaky gut via increasing the production of a substance called zonulin.
Citrus oils have such great properties – they’re uplifting, energizing and invigorating – and they are great oils for the diffuser to help everybody’s mood in the household. Now, tangerine essential oil is a permanent offering from doTERRA. It used to be an oil that popped up here and there as a special release, but now we can get it all the time, and enjoy its many benefits.
Testing for Lyme disease can be problematic. Tests are often not as sensitive as they need to be; and false negatives can occur. This is one of the reasons that Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis based on history and symptoms, to be backed up by lab work (not purely based 100% on lab results). A negative Lyme test does not always mean the absence of Lyme disease. Now there is a new Lyme disease test that is helping us to get a more accurate diagnosis of Lyme.
I came across this recipe yesterday for a Chocolate Banana Matcha Smoothie and thought it was just too good not to share! I can’t take credit for it – it was posted by Sanus Biotech, a company that makes a neurotransmitter support formulation to help balance brain chemistry called Synaptamine. The ingredients in this smoothie are ones that support dopamine production, one of our brain chemicals that helps with memory, balanced mood, alertness and feelings of contentment and pleasure. These ingredients are also great antioxidants too. [Read more…]
Drops in testosterone in men can contribute to loss of libido, sexual dysfunction, muscle weakness, loss of stamina, depression and sleep interruption, to name just a few. Declining testosterone levels occur naturally with age, and can also be a byproduct of chronic illness. Adrenal fatigue is another potential contributor to low testosterone levels, given that the adrenals produce at least a third of all reproductive hormones, including testosterone. There are 3 priorities for supporting testosterone levels in men:-