Why Fit Does Not Equal Healthy

Why Fit Does Not Equal Healthy

Ever hear about the long distance runner who died of a heart attack? The risk of this happening is extremely small. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in January 2012, out of 11 million long-distance runners, 59 people suffered cardiac arrest, 51 of them men. Being fit did not make them healthy!

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5 Ways to Increase Veggies at Your Thanksgiving Day Celebrations

5 Ways to Increase Veggies at Your Thanksgiving Day Celebrations

Thanksgiving… the smell of pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, and all the different types of foods cooking we get to experience while hanging out with our closest friends and family and talking, playing games or watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade or football … what great memories! After such wonderful get-togethers, most of us aren’t talking about how delicious the vegetables we had were. Most of us, aside from an occasional green bean casserole or corn*, may not be served any vegetables or choose not put any on our plates. (*By the way, corn really isn’t a vegetable. It’s a grain – we make cereal out of it.)

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The Cheap Superfood: The Apple

The Cheap Superfood: The Apple

With superfoods being the new “it” thing in the nutrition world, incorporating them into your diet can be confusing and expensive. While acai, matcha, raw cacao, seaweed, hemp seed, and golden berries are fantastic additions to your pantry, let’s bring it back to the basics and keep it simple.

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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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