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Nutritional Therapy

My health journey actually didn't start with my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I didn't start to actually address it until 2013. For 10 years, I let it simmer. I knew someday I would probably have to deal with it. I honestly didn't know the damage I was doing to my health and my body by masking my symptoms with prescription medications. Me today diagnosis I was lying back on the table, my feet up in the stirrups, trying to think about anything else other than the doctor who was examining my pelvic area. I became distracted in that effort when I noticed him double and triple checking his palpation of my ovaries. He asked me "have you ever been told that you have cysts?" My reply was "Never." He recommended I come back in a few days to get...

There is a very delicate balance to hormones in the body. If any hormone becomes in excess or deficient, it will affect the other hormones in the body. Today, I am going to discuss excess of estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance. Excess of estrogen can happen in two ways. A person can either have more estrogen than normal. Or a person can have decreased levels of progesterone. Either way, the gap between these two hormones has increased, changing their ratio.   Functions of Estrogen Estrogen has many healthy effects on the body when at the optimal level. Estrogen is best known for preparing the uterus for pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Other functions of estrogen include body temperature regulation, memory function, protects heart from cholesterol, helps liver regulate cholesterol production, and increases bone density and strength. symptoms of estrogen dominance Estrogen Dominance Symptoms Estrogen dominance symptoms in women include weight gain especially around hips, waist and...

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything. As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine Foods There are many facets to traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition is one of the most important. The ancient Chinese observed what took place in nature and followed those cues accordingly. So when the season changed to fall and the amount of daylight decreased and the temperatures cooled, the Chinese began to eat what...

This powerful spice combats inflammation and reduces pain about Imagine you were lucky enough to get your hands on an ancient plant known to combat inflammation, pain, and disease? What if I told you your local health food store probably has it for a few bucks? Well, it’s true— I’m referring to none other than the golden-hued powerhouse, TURMERIC! Native to India and Southeast Asia, this golden spice has been used to give color and taste to food preparations since ancient times and has remained a mainstay herb in botanical medicine for thousands of years in the Ayurvedic tradition. With a pungent, earthy-sweet taste and a stunning golden-orange hue, turmeric is most commonly found and used as a dried, powdered spice, but it can also be found in it’s fresh, root form. Raw turmeric is the root portion of the plant Curcuma longa. With papery skin and a knobby appearance, the unprocessed form of this root bears a strong...

There are many factors involved with feeling tired. If you are overtired, Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues. In TCM, the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other. Possible TCM Syndromes Spleen qi deficiency and dampness This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not digested well,...

Today, July 7, is World Chocolate Day!!! How many of you have or know someone who gets chocolate cravings??? Did you know that craving chocolate could mean a magnesium deficiency??? Did you know that dark chocolate has health benefits??? Well today I am going to tell you about dark chocolate's health benefits and some recipes to help you enjoy World Chocolate Day! HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE The average American consumes 12 lbs of chocolate each year, and more than $75 billion worldwide is spent on chocolate annually. (1)  That is a lot of chocolate!  There are health benefits to chocolate but not all chocolate is the same.  Processed, highly sweetened chocolate have very little, if any, real health benefits.  Dark chocolate (70% cocoa content) is quite impressive. Just an ounce of dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cacao solids contains: (2) 168 calories 12.8 g carbohydrates 2.2 g protein 12 g fat ...

'Tis the season for flu shots, runny noses, coughs, and sniffles. Being exposed to different viruses and having your immune systems fight them off is what makes your immune system stronger.  If your child catches a virus and it becomes really severe or seems to linger on for more than a couple weeks, this is evidence that your child's immune system is not as strong as it could be. What may be surprising to you is that what your child eats can either strengthen or weaken your child's immune system. 7 Things you can do to help your child Limit sugar intake No or very limited dairy products Limited cold foods Eat warm, healing foods Probiotics and prebiotics Hydration Acupressure   Limit sugar Sugar causes inflammation in the body.  When your child is sick their body already has some inflammation.  Some inflammation is necessary to fight off a virus or bacteria, but too much...

There is so much information and education regarding nutrition and autism. I could easily write multiple posts on the subject. These would include understanding digestion, typical digestion in a person with autism, nutritional deficiencies typically seen, and recommended diet that will most benefit and lessen severity of symptoms your child may be experiencing. This post will mostly be a quick overview on the digestive state and nutritional deficiencies typically seen in autistic children. I'll also tell you two of the best diet recommendations to help lessen the severity of symptoms. Digestion There are two divisions of your nervous system: sympathetic and parasympathetic. Sympathetic is also known as "fight or flight".  Picture a caveman running into a saber tooth tiger. His body would jump into sympathetic and either run from or prepare to fight the tiger. In sympathetic your heart rate rises, blood pressure rises, and digestion stops. Parasympathetic is also known as...

I am so excited for the new addition to the fruit list this week. AVOCADOS!!! Avocados are such powerhouse fruits.  Avocados are considered a “super food” and when you read about all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they include plus everything they help with to make you healthy you will agree.  Avocados are a good source of monounsaturated fatty acids and have a very low sugar content.  For those of you that are keto their net carb is 2g!!!  Avocados are a good source of calcium, iron (4%), magnesium (10%), potassium, copper, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.  They also contain vitamin C (24%), B6 (20%), B12, A (4%), D, K, E, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.  And on top of all of that they are a great source of fiber containing 40% of your daily dietary fiber requirement. Some of the health benefits of avocados include prevents bad breath, aids in maintaining healthy skin, protects...

I apologize for my absence the last few weeks but there hasn’t been any change in what is in season. But I’m so excited for spring and the constant change of new fruits and vegetables coming into season.  So without further ado, lets talk about the new fruit added to the list this week….. RHUBARB! Rhubarb is a great source of fiber and a good source of Vitamin C and Calcium.  When buying rhubarb you want to look for crisp, firm stalks with good color.  Store it in the fridge (fresh rhubarb will stay in decent condition for 1-2 weeks). When preparing rhubarb wash and trim both ends of the stalks, discard the leaves as they are poisonous.  Rhubarb has a very tart flavor to it and requires some sweetening, which is why so many people like Strawberry Rhubarb pie. Please share any fabulous rhubarb recipes you have either in the comments of this...