Tips to Survive the Halloween Sugar Madness

Tips to Survive the Halloween Sugar Madness

As a mother, I want to give the best to my children to help them grow up healthy. As a naturopathic doctor, I’ve also studied all the components to living a healthy lifestyle. Around the upcoming holiday season, starting with Halloween, I become a very conflicted person because I want my kids to have as much fun around these holidays as I did when I was young.

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Vitamin D: The Happy Hormone

Vitamin D: The Happy Hormone

Vitamin D is often referred to as “the happy hormone”. Actually it is a prohormone — it gets converted to an active hormone with multiple tissue targets such as the brain, bone and liver. Deficiencies have been linked to diabetes, autism and many cancers. Experts like Michael Holick Ph.D.,M.D. at Boston University have proven that optimal levels of D3 in humans are 60-80 ng/ml and in North America people living above Atlanta Georgia’s latitude are at risk of a deficiency in this vitamin due to a lack of sun exposure. Even farmers and other workers who are outside all day are deficient due to the angle of the sun’s rays in the northern hemisphere. Depending on your epigenes, which dictate the efficiency of your vitamin D receptors, even if you get sun exposure and take the RDA allowance of vitamin D in a multi-vitamin, you can still be deficient. Fortunately, a simple blood test can determine your level and supplemental D 3 vitamins can help! At AIM, we’ve tested thousands of patients and although 25-45 ng/ml is considered normal (but not optimal!) we’ve seen patients with levels as low as 8. Many with low levels suffer with diagnoses of fibromyalgia, depression and other autoimmune diseases. While this is often not the only imbalance, correcting it can make a tremendous difference in your health.

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Reset your taste buds by adding bitter foods to your next meal!

Reset your taste buds by adding bitter foods to your next meal!

We all love sweet foods – corn on the cob, peaches, figs, and brownies (or maybe it’s just me!). Too often we overindulge and load up on “healthy” sweet foods while dampening our taste buds’ ability to interpret what we are really feeding our bodies. There are five (not four) types of taste buds – salt, sweet, bitter, sour, and umami. Everything we put into our mouths give us some combination of these sensations. In America, we tend to have little to no bitter foods on our plate and an excess of sweet and salty foods. In addition, the foods we eat today are far less nutrient dense than what our ancestors consumed due to years of damaging farm practices and genetically modified engineering. It is only in response to our demand for sweeter food that these practices continue to flourish while the most nutritious foods get stepped over on our way to the cookie aisle.

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Transforming Your Health – and Your Life

Transforming Your Health – and Your Life

Have you noticed how the onset of an illness can herald a cascading downward spiral of even more illnesses? You may have seen someone develop one medical problem, then quickly pick up a whole lot more. Or, worst case, you know of someone who got sick and then pretty much gave up on life? In our practice as integrative medicine physicians, we have seen how certain patients can learn to bounce back from serious illness. They learn to take their health problem, one that might be devastating to most people, and use it to make themselves-and even the world-a better place. They learn how to heal physically and grow spiritually. They not only get well, they get better. To use a well-known phrase, they turn lemons into lemonade. We know from treating these kinds of patients that it is possible to move toward well-being by learning to transform symptoms of disease and discomfort into a new state of better health. We call this approach Transformational Medicine.

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Broccoli: Try, Try and Try it Again

Broccoli: Try, Try and Try it Again

I remember being a very little girl and looking up at my dad as he explained to my sisters and me about how we were all giants and it was our job to eat the small forest on our plate in order to help save to woodland creatures. I definitely preferred his story about me being a monstrous space creature eating planets in order to get me to eat my Brussels sprouts. Sometimes getting children to eat their broccoli and Brussels sprouts is about as difficult as… well… getting adults to eat their broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Luckily with adults, we can talk about something even better than imaginary reasons to eat our cruciferous vegetables – we can talk about the reality of breast and prostate cancer.

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The PRICE is Right

The PRICE is Right

The combination of warmer weather, plenty of sunshine and limited vacation time causes many of us to become “weekend warriors.” This “get it in” or “get it done while you can” mindset with five days of sitting at a desk in between is often the reason why many of us end up with strains, sprains or even worse during the summer months. If an injury does occur during your time of play this season, remembering the acronym PRICE may help improve your chances of a quick recovery.

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The Balancing Act of Fitness

The Balancing Act of Fitness

Most of us have seen the yin/yang symbol at some point but do you know what it means?

Did you know that it relates to all of life including how you exercise?

Yin is the white side of the symbol and means the hidden/feminine/receptive/potential side of being.

Yang is the black side of the symbol and means the outwardly expressed/action/male side of being.

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The One Secret to Help You Overcome Your Fitness Plateau

The One Secret to Help You Overcome Your Fitness Plateau

As an avid music lover, it infiltrates every part of my life and certain songs trigger powerful memories from different stages of my life. Whenever I hear “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory I think of my dad and random dance parties in the basement when I was a little girl. Music has gotten me through some of the highest and lowest points of my life. It is a daily part of my everyday routine from what song my morning alarm plays to what inspires me to run that extra mile. No matter what type of music you like, melodies and beats have a universal language on an unconscious level that we can all relate to.

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