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The Importance of Digestive Enzymes

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes

Life cannot exist without enzymes. Enzymes are involved in every function of the body. Vitamins, minerals and hormones must have enzymes to work properly. Digestive enzymes are the catalysts which allow us to break down foods into absorb-able nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Once these nutrients are liberated, enzymes again play a vital role in escorting them to the cells and tissues for utilization. Therefore, without proper enzyme functioning, such nutrients are useless to our bodies. The Dangers of Poor Digestion Individuals who are enzyme deficient are subject to physical problems, disease and degeneration. Studies indicate that decreased enzymes levels are found in a number of chronic ailments, such as arthritis, diabetes, allergies, skin diseases, cancer, immune deficiencies and much more. Because of genetics, diet,...

Top 7 Nutrient Deficiencies

Top 7 Nutrient Deficiencies Most Americans Don’t Know They Have

1) Vitamin D Before the year 2000, very few doctors even considered the possibility that you might be vitamin D deficient. But as awareness has grown and the technology to measure vitamin D became inexpensive and widely available, more and more studies have been done. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 32 percent of Americans were vitamin D deficient. However, even this is grossly underestimated as they used vitamin D levels that were not consistent with optimal health. If levels of an optimal range (over 60 ng/ml) were used the percent of deficient Americans would be closer to 85%. It is not possible to get enough Vitamin D without adequate sun exposure or supplementation. There are very few food sources available, and none contain high...

Is Your Food Making You Sick?

Is Your Food Making You Sick…How Would You Know?

Most people are aware of food allergies. Everyone knows someone who has an allergy to peanuts, strawberries, shellfish, or some other food. However, what most people are not aware of are Food Sensitivities. True food allergies are based on exposure to a specific protein component of a food. The immune system incorrectly perceives the protein as a threat and produces antibodies in response. The reaction to a food allergy is usually immediate and severe, and can even be fatal. True food allergies are estimated to affect less than 2 percent of adults and 4 to 8 percent of young children and infants. Other common indications of food sensitivities include: Bloating or Irregular Digestion Irritable Bowels & Reflux Skin Rashes of any kind Runny Rose or Excess Mucus Muscle/Joint Aches and Pains Depression and...

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...

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...

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,...