The ‘D’ Missing from Depression

March 14, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Depression is very common, but you may still feel alone, helpless, and lost.  Long term depression can be debilitating.  Getting out of bed is a Spartan feat, and yet falling asleep is almost impossible.  While some depression is caused by circumstances such a loss of a loved one, it can become a physical problem.  Doctors may prescribe medications that work at first, and then stop.  If the underlying issue is not addressed, depression can become a chronic condition.Vitamin D & DepressionWhen I work with depressed clients, I often find that their Vitamin D levels are deficient.  Deficient Vitamin D levels impact the production of important ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters like serotonin.   Vitamin D receptors are found in the amygdala (the part of the brain that controls emotion), which influences production of serotonin.  When Vitamin D is low, production of serotonin can be reduced.Vitamin D & MagnesiumUnfortunately, treating depression isn’t as simple as … Continued

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Stop Guessing at Weight Loss: Genetic Testing for Weight Loss

January 10, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Attempting to find the right diet and exercise program is confusing, especially when there are so many different opinions about the correct way: Paleo Diet, Ketogenic Diet, Mediterranean Diet…. which is right for you? Genetic testing looks at your unique chemistry and can provide a tailored diet and exercise program that eliminates the guess work involved in weight loss.The research behind genetic testing for lifestyle and wellness improvement has progressed dramatically. Specific genes can identify how the body processes carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and micro-nutrients as well as determine the effectiveness of different types of fitness. In addition, it is a guide to understanding how the body uses food and what foods work best for you. A 2010 Stanford University Study shows that women on genetically appropriate diets lose significantly more weight. People on genetically appropriate diets lose twice (2x) the number of waist inches compared to those who guess. Genetic testing to support Weight Loss includes … Continued

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Love Your Liver: 12 Tips for Detoxing

October 26, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

I love the colors of fall, the smells, the excitement as families come together.  As I meditated on the leaves falling from the trees, I thought about how autumn is a season of release.  What do I need to release?  Definitely stress, worry, and over-commitment of my time.  Easier said than done!  There are ways to soften the impact that especially chronic stress and worry have upon the body because sometimes life is hard.  Regular detoxification is important for your physical, mental and emotional health.The primary organ of detoxification is the liver.  The function of the liver is to filter blood.  In fact, 1/4 of total blood volume passes through the liver every minute.  It also stores glucose for energy, breaks down steroid hormones, produces/secretes bile (fat digestion), and plays a major role in Phase I and II detoxification.  Many medical practices around the world also believe that the liver is … Continued

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Get Back to Great: Beat Inflammation with the Paleo Diet

August 23, 2017 | Paleo Diet

Almost every chronic health issue is due to inflammation.  As a naturopathic doctor, it’s my job to find the root cause of this inflammation. Many people don’t even notice their inflammation responses because they don’t fully know what it feels like to not have inflammation.  I have been recommending the Paleo Diet for years because it removes inflammatory foods and increases the patient’s awareness of the foods that make them feel sluggish or ill. The cause of Inflammation from foods can have many sources. As an example, casein (milk protein) can cause a histamine response. Another example is wheat gluten. Wheat  gluten is hard to digest.  On top of that, wheat now has 40-50% more gluten in it than it did 50 years ago making it more difficult to digest and potentially causing leaky gut. 

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Naturopathic Medicine Explained

June 7, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

I always strive to help my clients balance mind and body with yoga and Naturopathic services.  But you may be wondering just what Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) do and how they differ from Medical Doctors (MD’s).  Holistic CareThe main difference is that MD’s focus on individual organs or body parts to relieve immediate symptoms.  Naturopaths instead focus on entire systems and the relationships between them in order to correct underlying causes of disease. Oftentimes, people seek out naturopathic medicine after seeing a host of specialized doctors.  Many people feel like that are not being heard or believed about their symptoms.  ND’s listen in a different way than MD’s do.   Natural RemediesAnother major difference is that MD’s rely heavily on pharmaceutical medications, while ND’s prefer natural methods such as dietary changes and herbal supplementation.  Additionally, ND’s take a holistic approach, also addressing emotional well-being, lifestyle, sleep, and stress issues.  Treatments are highly individualized and … Continued

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Creating a Personalized Supplement Program

March 21, 2017 | Uncategorized

Why take vitamins to supplement our diets? Isn’t it enough just to eat properly? We’d like to think so, but the unpleasant truth is that the nutritional value of our food supply has been seriously compromised. Reasons for this include:Use of pesticides, herbicides and GMO’sInferior diets fed to livestockFood processingNon-sustainable farming practices which over time depletes soil nutrientsCreating a well-rounded supplement program has become imperative to maintaining optimal health.  A high quality, broad spectrum multi-vitamin can go a long way in replacing vital nutrients which likely are not being obtained from your diet.Due to our current toxic load, it’s also a great idea to take an antioxidant.  Some of these can be obtained in a multi-vitamin such as vitamins C & E but there are many other types. For maximum effect, find a supplement which provides a combination of things. PhytoMulti, contains a broad spectrum of plant based antioxidants such as … Continued

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Skin Nutrition: Beauty Inside and Out

June 5, 2016 |

The skin is the body’s largest organ. Besides being a protective shell it has many functions such as regulating our body temperature, making and storing Vitamin D, and eliminating toxins. In fact, it is responsible for releasing one third of the body’s toxins. Similar to other organs in our body the skin needs proper nutrition for optimal health.Here are some skin nutrition and supplement tips.Water: For most individuals drinking about 1/2 body weight in ounces of water a day is ideal. Essential Fatty Acids: Flaxseed oil, cold water fish, nuts, omega 3’sVitamin C: Citrus fruits, red and green peppers, tomatoesMSM-Sulfur: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, eggs, garlic or onions.Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinachBeta Carotene: Broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, asparagus, peaches, mangoes, cantaloupeVitamin B6: Liver, whole grains, egg yolk, walnuts, avocados.Zinc: Nuts: brazil nuts and pecans highest. Also in pumkin seeds, lentils, garbanzo beans. May help in collagen formation and the … Continued

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Healthy Digestive System = Healthy Immune System

November 5, 2015 |

Digestion is an important process in our overall health due to the absorption of nutrients which our cells, tissues and organs depend on to function fully. And if we do not have proper elimination of waste we could develop toxic build up in our intestines which can stress the immune system and create health problems.  The intestinal tract is the largest organ in the immune system. The stomach, small intestine and large intestine, liver, pancreas and gallbladder (with other accessory organs) all play a vital role in digestion. These organs function in both chemical and mechanical processes. Enzymes are utilized to break down and assimilate food and the muscles are used to churn food and to move it along our digestive tract. The term probiotic refers to the good bacteria that are similar to those normally found in the colon. 70% of our immune system comes from these beneficial bacteria. Probiotics … Continued

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