Beat Inflammation: Lower Insulin & Cholesterol with Bioidentical Hormones

August 27, 2021 | Sex Hormone Imbalances

Declining hormone levels is a natural process as we age that may lead to fatigue, weight gain, insulin resistance, elevated cholesterol and reduced quality of life. We’re familiar with the importance of maintaining healthy levels of hormones, insulin, and cholesterol, but did you know that there is a close relationship between all three of these? Time and time again I see perimenopausal and postmenopausal women that suddenly find their insulin and cholesterol levels elevated, creating an inflammatory response. Cholesterol and Hormones:Cholesterol is needed to make both sex and adrenal hormones. If you have low cholesterol, your body isn’t able to transport hormones efficiently. and as hormones decline, the body produces more cholesterol to help produce more hormones.  Therefore cholesterol levels increase as hormones decrease. Insulin and Hormones:Having a balance of hormones helps lower insulin. Excess estrogen can increase cortisol and therefore insulin.  In addition, having too little progesterone can have the same effect. … Continued

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Are Allergies Contributing to Your ADHD?

April 7, 2021 | Allergies

Whether you or your child have problems with focus or have been diagnosed with a form of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder), more than likely, there is a correlation with allergies or food sensitivities. Who would have thought we could have brain allergies? Sensitivities to food, chemicals, or inhalants can alter the chemistry of the brain. Some people may not have itchy eyes, congestion, or digestive issues due to allergies but instead have fatigue, brain fog, moodiness, or focus issues.Below we’ll dive into three things that may be playing a role and discuss how allergy treatments can help. 1. High HistaminesHistamines, which are typically responsible for allergy symptoms, are also stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamines circulating but when a foreign substance such as a toxin or insect bite is introduced, the body may produce large amounts of histamine.Histamine is an important neurotransmitter that we need to help us … Continued

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6 Questions About Melatonin Answered

March 17, 2021 | Insomnia

According to the CDC, an estimated 50–70 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic sleep and wakefulness disorders. Our bodies require sleep for restoration, but also detoxification. You’ve likely heard about melatonin as a sleep aid and may have many questions on how the supplement can help improve your sleep.Studies show poor sleep and too little sleep are linked to chronic health conditions such as:Heart diseaseDiabetesMood disordersAutoimmunityObesityMemory issuesImmune dysfunctionMicronutrient deficienciesMelatonin regulates sleep and modulates circadian rhythm. The pineal gland produces less melatonin as individuals hit mid-life but studies show production can also be decreased through the use of electronics that shed blue light and EMFs (electromagnetic fields). The production of melatonin is influenced by the detection of light by the retina.Who may benefit from trying melatonin?Those who…Have difficulty going to sleepHave difficulty maintaining sleepWake too earlyWake chronically tired despite adequate opportunity and circumstances for sleepExperience impaired sleep and … Continued

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Optimize Your Immune System This Winter

February 2, 2021 | Immune System

Immunity is still not fully understood. We know the immune system provides barriers to protect our bodies from invaders and tries to detect and eliminate bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins that get past the first line of defense. If the invaders start to reproduce, our immune system is responsible for eliminating the challenge.In this article, we’ll first discuss the lymphatic system and the role each of the organs play in our overall immune health. You’ll find 5 major concerns when talking about the immune system, each with ways you can protect and enhance your health moving forward.Let’s start with some information on the immune system as a whole.The Protective BarriersOur skin is the outer wall of the immune defense. It is thick and difficult for invaders to penetrate. The eyes, nose, and mouth are protected by mucous that captures harmful attackers. In the nose cilia, which are tiny hairs, trap … Continued

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Detox Your Life: 6 Tips To Commit To a Happier, Healthier You in 2021

January 14, 2021 | Detox

You know what they say: New year, new you! Health and fitness is at the top of the resolution list and is unfortunately often the first to go. More than 50% of adults make a resolution related to health and fitness and on average, less than 10% keep it. Your body and health are important and we’re here to support you in your goals through some simple detox tips!Looking to take on some healthier habits this year and keep them around? You’ve come to the right place! Below, you’ll find some general guidelines for building your plan and 6 tips to consider when deciding the best way to optimize your health and detoxify your life in 2021.We get it, it’s hard to create a new routine and change the way you manage your day to day life. Especially in a year where COVID-19 has changed everything, including your fitness options … Continued

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Are Wheat & Gluten Causing Your Symptoms?

July 2, 2020 | Nutritional Counseling

Last week, I met a professional goal:  I completed my studies to become a Certified Gluten Practitioner.  And while I’m thrilled to have more information to share with clients, one stat just hit me in the gut (pun intended).   Six to seven out of 10 people have some sort of Wheat Related Disorder and are on a continuum for an Autoimmune Disease. So a majority of us are running around allergic to wheat to some degree?  Are you one of them?I didn’t think I was…until last fall. My StoryI had been complaining of a drop in energy—perhaps it was my studies in Nutrition Therapy coupled with some recent life changes.  One life change was beginning my work at Dragonfly 360 Yoga & Wellness to support Dr. Melanie’s naturopathic clients with dietary challenges and changes.  Because of my symptoms, Dr. Melanie encouraged me to look into a great lab test called the Wheat … Continued

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Balancing Stomach Acid Naturally and Dangers of Blocking It

April 3, 2020 | Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux or heartburn, is a painful condition where stomach acid is backed up into the esophagus.  If you experience symptoms of acid reflux, you may experience a burning in the upper part of your chest.  Other symptoms may include gas, bloating, or bad breath.  Since the 1980s, medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) have been recommended by doctors for symptoms of GERD.  While PPIs are good at blocking excessive stomach acid and relieving discomfort, the medical community is beginning to pay more attention to the long term effects of PPIs.  Naturopathic medicine looks for ways to balance stomach acid levels naturally and address the cause with natural remedies, stress reduction, and diet changes.  Treating the whole person, and not just the heartburn symptom, gives people lasting relief, and also helps them with other nagging symptoms so they can feel like themselves again.Hydrochloric Acid’s … Continued

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The (Happier) Side Effects of Yoga

February 17, 2020 | Yoga

My yoga journey began several years ago when classes on VCR tapes and DVD’s were popular for exercise. That’s how I looked at yoga, as a workout, just physical movement and a way to stay in shape. I’ve always had a certain flexibility and strength, and yoga seemed the perfect form of exercise to use this. As time went on, I started attending gym classes instead of exercising exclusively at home. Mostly these were at the YMCA because of our family membership. I started taking more and more classes, and yoga class was always my favorite.  It became a place to fit my needs, without being the only person who felt the need to be bendy and to move slowly, intentionally.Time moved on, and I settled into an office job – two actually! Sitting at a desk for most of the day, with not much movement, my body began to … Continued

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Five Element Acupuncture

November 15, 2019 | Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into the body to activate a change in its state of functioning. You may not know this but there are many styles of acupuncture. These multiple styles were developed over the years as offshoots of Chinese acupuncture.The acupuncture points are the same points used for centuries by the Chinese but the way in which they are combined and used together to treat may be different. As acupuncture spread to other parts of Asia over thousands of years, each area “fashioned” their use of the points. Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian countries practice unique styles of acupuncture. The Five Element style of acupuncture that I practice was taught by J.R. Worsley of Leamington Spa England. Our approach aims specifically at touching the more intimate levels of human experience, especially the Life of the Spirit, which was one of the original foundations of traditional oriental … Continued

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Making Space for Emotion

November 8, 2019 | Yoga

Ever feel like you’re moving at high speed through life, running to keep up with the endless demand of information, social commitments, family, work, text messages, emails (like this one – ha)? Everything we look at seems to have an extra ad, a personalized distraction to pull our focus in a different direction. Some stress is useful, helps us get out of bed or achieve personal goals. Daily levels of negative stress creates a constant state of movement. There is no time to be still, to let what we are feeling or thinking come into focus. Yoga has teachings about how to use movement, breath, and mental focus to make space for what is happening within our minds and emotions. The simple practice of slowing the momentum, taking an hour to pay attention to the body and the breath can help us shift gears to get out of the stress loop. But … Continued

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