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An Integrated Approach to Weight Loss

An Integrative Approach to Weight Loss

Weight is a big topic in America, and trends indicate that our increasing weight gain has become a widespread problem that qualifies as an epidemic. Controlling your weight can be a real struggle in today’s fast-paced lifestyle and fast food mentality. Unfortunately, the options for weight management in conventional practices are limited to a small number of medications, a confusing array of dietary approaches and surgical procedures with their inherent risks and complications. Integrative weight management approaches weight-loss from a holistic perspective. Through an integrative approach you can abandon “yo-yo” dieting and achieve your weight loss goals effectively and naturally. Through a proper balance of foods, exercise, supplementation, and hormonal balance you can help to restore your metabolism and make sustained weight loss a reality. Below...

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Oral Health and Overall Health

How Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Overall Health?

How can the health of your mouth affect your whole body? The past 5 to 10 years have seen a growing interest in possible links between oral health and body health. Several studies have been conducted that show a connection between the health of your mouth and many serious health concerns. Below are just a few of the connections that have already been made. Oral Health and Heart Disease Inflammation in the body is a primary factor in heart disease. When you have inflammation in the mouth, this can increase the amount of inflammation throughout the body, including in the arteries, where it can lead to heart attack and stroke. Additionally, several species of bacteria that cause periodontitis (erosion of tissue and bone that support the teeth)...

Slow Down the Clock & Embrace Vitality: Anti-Aging Medicine

Why are more and more women becoming interested in Anti-Aging Medicine? Women today are more in tune with their health and well being. We not only wish to merely prolong our lives, but we want to ensure that those years are enjoyed in a productive and vital fashion. This is the goal of Anti-Aging medicine. This form of medicine is based on the very early detection, prevention, and reversal of age-related diseases. If you have had your cholesterol tested, taken a lipid-lowering drug, had a mammogram, or taken HRT with thyroid, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, melatonin, or DHEA, you have experienced anti-aging medicine. You can take every pill and rue your parents for passing on their genes, but if you want to live long and healthy there are...

Progesterone: The Missing Link

Progesterone: The Missing Link

To function optimally, the female body requires an optimal balance of progesterone and the estrogen hormones (a trio of related hormones called estradiol, estrone and estriol). Progesterone Deficiency occurs when the hormonal balance is shifted in favor of the estrogens. This condition is also referred to as Estrogen Dominance. The signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance are often seen in the form of exaggerated and painful PMS. Millions of Women Suffer From These Premenstrual Signs and Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency: Breast Tenderness Mood Swings Fluid Retention and Weight Gain Headaches Cramps Clotting Irregular Cycles In Addition, Here are Some Other Symptoms of Progesterone Deficiency: Uterine Fibroids Breast Disease Endometriosis Infertility Miscarriage Joint Pain Muscle Pain Decreased Libido Panic Attacks How Does Progesterone Deficiency Happen? For the most part, it is the inevitable result of the aging process. A woman’s ovaries generally function best between a...

An Alternative Mommy Makeover

After having a baby, it’s often difficult to get your body back to the way it once looked. Many women experience excess fat remaining in their stomach area, as well as sagging skin. The Traditional Mommy Makeover Plastic surgeons tout a ‘Mommy Makeover’ as an answer to these issues, which involves ‘going under the knife’ to correct the problems. Typically this procedure would involve having a breast lift or augmentation as well as a tummy tuck. While those procedures are often effective, they come at a cost. Of course, there is the literal cost-those surgeries can be quite expensive. But other risks (which are increased by the fact that multiple procedures are done at once) include: Scarring Excessive bleeding Blood Clots Infection Complications with anesthesia Many moms believe that having the ‘Mommy Makeover’...

Finding Balance and Harmony

Incorporating ‘Balance and Harmony’ in every area of our lives is vitally important in our quest for health and happiness. In my practice, my goal is to empower my patients to attain both. Balancing Our Hormones = Harmony in Our Bodies Throughout our lives, both women and men will have hormonal changes that can affect their overall health. For instance, a woman can become what is called ‘Estrogen Dominant’, which means their body is producing too much Estrogen and not enough Progesterone. This can happen: During Puberty After Childbirth When taking birth control pills During midlife When taking synthetic Estrogen hormones When a woman is Estrogen Dominant, it can manifest in symptoms such as headaches, fluid retention and difficult, heavy periods. A lack of Progesterone can even trigger hypothyroidism, uterine fibroids and increase the...

Could Your Heartburn Actually be Caused by Too Little (Not Too Much) Stomach Acid?

Common “knowledge” is that heartburn and GERD are caused from having too much stomach acid. However, today I want to challenge you to see the flaws in that theory and consider that it may be from having too LITTLE stomach acid. Stomach Acid & Your Age It is statistically a fact that the incidence of heartburn and GERD increases with age, while stomach acid levels generally decline with age. How does this make sense? If heartburn was caused by too much stomach acid, wouldn’t your chances of having heartburn go down as you age? In fact, according to Jonathan Wright, MD of the Tahoma Clinic in Washington State, when stomach acid is measured in people suffering from heartburn and GERD it is almost always low, not high. What...

Burning The Candle at Both Ends: Signs You May Have Adrenal Fatigue

How often have you felt ‘run down’ lately? Do you frequently feel tired, lethargic…even depressed? We, as women, want to succeed at each thing that we do. In this day and age, our responsibilities and commitments are constantly growing and we want to do them all well. From having a successful career to being a good mother, wife, sister, friend…it can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted, can’t it? The following is an excerpt from my book, I Am Woman: Our Journey to Health, Happiness and Harmony, on the topic of Adrenal Fatigue: Adrenal fatigue results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute infections or illnesses. As the name suggests,...

What’s the Fuss about Gluten?

I strongly believe that the food you eat should make you feel good. But what if it doesn’t? It continues to be a hot ‘buzz’ word: ‘gluten’. It seems like every label you read claims it’s ‘gluten free’, but many people still aren’t even sure what gluten is-or why we should avoid it, for that matter. What you need to know: Gluten is basically an ingredient found in wheat, rye and barley products. While it can be found in obvious things like bread, it can also show up in all different types of processed foods. Ever see ‘modified food starch’ on a label? That’s gluten. Many people have a sensitivity or allergy to it, creating various unpleasant symptoms. The Telltale Signs of Gluten Intolerance - Ask Yourself: Do you...

Total Body Tune Up: Why You May Need Detox Therapy

When your car isn't running quite right, what do you typically do? Well, if we’re honest, some of us may ignore the warning signs and hope they go away. Your car may be making odd sounds, or not moving as quickly as it once did. If left ignored, these little clues that something might be a bit ‘off’ can lead to much bigger problems down the road (no pun intended.) Our bodies are much the same way. We may be feeling a bit sluggish and perhaps we’ve been having some digestive issues. Maybe we’ve put on a few pounds and just can’t seem to shed them. Foggy thinking and memory loss have become the norm, but we get so used to it, we accept it. Going...