Candida Overgrowth and It’s Potential Hidden Dangers

Have you ever suspected you may have yeast overgrowth or candida? Have you asked your health practitioner about it and they look at as if you have 3 eyes? If so you are not alone. Today I want to talk to you about a very important subject and that is Candida and the potential health dangers you need to know about. Yeast is a fungus that helps keep the digestive system and immune system healthy, and also helps with the absorption of vitamins and minerals from your food. So some yeast is good. However there are also certain species of yeast that when present or when healthy yeast grow to… Read More

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Do you suffer from irritable bowel?

Do you suffer from an irritable bowel?   Did you know that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common GI (gastrointestinal) disorders in the world! In the US up to 10-15% of adults experience symptoms of the disorder every year. With an increase in new toxins and processed ingredients in our food system, it is no wonder that the majority of people are struggling to combat this disorder with modern medicine. Which by the way, often does not work to alleviate the symptoms of IBS. As a functional medicine nurse practitioner, I want to help you get to the root cause of what is contributing to your IBS symptoms. … Read More

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How Stress is Wrecking Havoc on Your Gut

Ahh, stress, is there no part of the body that it does not affect?  Stress affects your physical, mental, and emotional health. In its chronic form, it will have a significant impact on your body and can cause all types of problems, and in some cases plays a key role in serious chronic diseases.  Your gut is the epicenter to good health.  The amount of day-to-day stress you have will take its toll and wear down your immune system.  Did you know that 80% of your immune system resides in your gut! It isn’t hard to make the connection between stress and your stomach. I know when I am stress… Read More

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Menopause Considerations to Spring Cleaning Your Diet

It is the time of year when people are busy with spring cleaning their home and yard.  Have you considered spring cleaning your diet?  Spring is a good time for starting a new or doing a reboot.  This week I want to share tips with you on how a few tweaks in your diet, may help relieve some of your menopause symptoms. A proper diet can decrease some menopausal symptoms and can prevent the weight gain associated with menopause. During menopause and the peri-menopausal years, there are some dietary changes you can make that will help improve your quality of life. Some foods can actually decrease your menopausal symptoms! Let’s… Read More

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Supplement Basics You Need to Know

Did you know March is National Nutrition month?  The goal of National Nutrition Month is to recognize and bring awareness to the importance of good nutrition. Through research, we are becoming increasingly aware of the connection between our diets and our overall health. A healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle can help prevent many chronic health conditions and keep you feeling your best. In honor of National Nutrition month, there are some supplement basics you need to know to help you further optimize your health. Below your will find some useful information about some of the top recommended supplements that can help promote your general well-being: Multivitamins While the best way to get… Read More

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Vitamin Basics You Want to Know

Are you taking vitamins?  If so, then it is important that you know the basics about vitamins.  March is national nutrition month and I thought this would be as good a time as any to share this information with you. Performing a plethora of roles to maintain good health and development, vitamins are essential nutrients that we can’t live without. Yet there are so many that perform wonders without our even actually being aware of it, until we don’t get sufficient amounts and problems occur. Vitamins are characterized by the following: They’re found naturally in food, with varying amounts They can’t be made by the body (save for vitamin D… Read More

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Taking a Functional Approach to Your Healthcare-Discover the Power of Functional Medicine

Recently I was interviewed by health coach Julie Smith from www.juliesmithcoaching.com.  We had a frank discussion about what functional medicine is; how this approach to healthcare is different; and why it’s so powerful. Watch the video and for more information on the who, what, what and how of functional medicine read more here. Who is a functional medicine practitioner? Examples of practitioners that practice functional medicine can include Nurse Practitioners, Physicians, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists. What is functional medicine? Functional Medicine focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease, not just symptom treatment. Functional medicine examines every factor involved including symptoms, genes, environment, and lifestyle factors to treat the… Read More

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Say No to GMO

Today I am going to talk about the controversy around GMO’s.  There may be some I offend with today’s message, but this is something I feel strongly about.  GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are plants that have been altered with the aim of becoming more appealing to a mass consumer population. This direct manipulation of an organism’s DNA in scientific laboratories has led to the presence of many unwanted and dangerous toxins in much of our food supply, such as fruits and vegetables genetically engineered to grow to several times larger than their natural size. Needless to say, this fabricated image of health and nourishment has had a drastic effect on… Read More

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Let’s Talk Heart to Heart

Today I want to talk to you heart to heart.  This a subject close to my heart.  My father died of a heart attack at the age of 64 and had open heart surgery when he was 51.  Many of his 9 brothers and sisters died prematurely from some form of cardiovascular disease from heart attacks, strokes or aneurysms.  This is one of many reasons I am a health advocate. Did you know 1 out of every 3 deaths in the US is caused by some form of cardiovascular disease? The AHA (American Heart Association) also estimates that an average of 92.1 million Americans are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or… Read More

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