When we think about hormone imbalance in women, we often think about PMS and menopause, and that’s about it. One is more prevalent in the earlier years of menses, one in the later years. But what about in between those two? Perimenopause refers to the hormonal shifts that can happen in our 30’s and 40’s – those shifts may not be as dramatic as those in menopause, but can still cause issues that can be corrected with good nutrition, herbs and in some cases bio-identical hormones. [Read more…]
Candida overgrowth is getting to be a more and more prolific problem. Our diets are getting higher and higher in sugar – I am staggered how many people I see ordering a venti, caramel Frappuccino as their regular daily drink at Starbucks!! Even a soy chai latte (seemingly “healthy” right?!) contains a whopping 48 grams of sugar for a grande size at Starbucks.
The single most important factor in maintaining a healthy gut environment and preventing Candida overgrowth using nutrition is minimizing the sugar in your diet.
Happy Halloween everyone! We’re getting into the spirit today, Valentina has had a Halloween party at school already on Thursday, we did a picnic in the park with some other local mamas last night, and we have a Halloween party to go to tonight. Having littles ones has given Halloween a renewed sense of fun for me. Here she is in her Minnie Mouse costume (minus the ears!): [Read more…]
Toxic metals in one’s system can lead to all kinds of health issues, ranging from autistic traits in children, up to full-blown neurological and cardiovascular disease in adults. Many of my patients have high levels of heavy metals, especially mercury and lead. So how does one find out if they have toxic levels of metals ? There are a couple of ways of testing for heavy metals:
Now that I have introduced the concept of the biomedical approach to autism, I want to talk a little bit about my five favorite tests for autistic-spectrum kids. Honestly, these tests would be useful for a huge subset of kids, with anything from eczema to migraines to ADHD to autism. These are the tests I most frequently run on new patients of mine to get good information and help shape their treatment. They are all available from The Great Plains Laboratory, which is a lab that specializes in testing to support the biomedical approach to autism.
People often ask me what my own supplement routine looks like. It does vary depending on what’s going on in my life- I’ll do a burst of detox support, some anti-Candida stuff, hormone balancing or fertility-related things. But there are some core things that I never skip, no matter what.
It seems like more and more people are experiencing hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. Symptoms of this include fatigue/ lethargy, weight gain, dry brittle hair and nails, constipation, depression and sluggish metabolism. There are some dietary choices one can make to help the thyroid, but sometimes that’s just not enough, and thyroid supplements and medications are needed. [Read more…]
The health benefits of coconut oil are well documented, in fact it is considered a medicinal food. Yet it has a high saturated fat content, and we typically think of saturated fats as the “bad” fats. So what makes the difference with coconut oil? [Read more…]
As the weather cools down and we start pulling out our pumpkin soup recipes, we also enter the season of the coughs, colds and flus. Over the years I have tried a variety of different strategies and protocols for these, but I now have my favorite four that I break out any time I feel a sniffle or a sore throat. These four immune remedies for cold and flu season can be adapted for kiddos too. Here is my tried and true combination:- [Read more…]
We know that adrenal health is so important for many body functions, but I think what impacts us the most when our adrenals get depleted is the extreme fatigue that can come from it. I have talked about the impact of stress on the adrenals, and nutrition and the adrenals, now let’s have a look at a few of my favorite adrenal supplements. [Read more…]