Everything You Need to Know About: Vitamin E

November 24, 2021 | Naturopathic Medicine

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals and slow the oxidative process.   Free radicals can damage cells and genetic material and cause skin aging, cancer and chronic inflammation. What is Vitamin E?Unlike other micronutrients like B Vitamins or Vitamin D that are not easily accessible in foods,  Vitamin E is common in most American diets.  Good food sources for Vitamin E include:Wheat germEggsNuts & seedsDark leafy greensSweet potatoesAvocados & asparagusVitamin E is an antioxidant complex formed by two components: tocopherols and tocotrienols.  Both forms of Vitamin E have many health benefits.  Read more about tocopherols and tocotrienols below.  Tocopherols & Tocotrienols‘Mixed tocopherols’ are even used as a preservative in food because they slow the oxidative process and extends shelf life.  Vitamin E deficiency can only be addressed with tocopherols.  Deficiencies are rare and usually only occur in people with other health conditions that impair the absorption of … 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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6 Tips For Your Best Winter Skin

February 6, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Winter in Indiana.  It’s cold and dry.  The gray days have a big impact on a lot of us.  It all wears on us, and can show up on our skin.  Besides being a protective shell, skin 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.Instead of hunching over and waiting for spring to come, keep your skin soft and fresh using these six tips.HydrateWinter is such a harsh season for our skin.  The lack of humidity in the air can cause the moisture on the top layer of skin to evaporate.  Dehydrated skin can look flakey, scaly and cracked.  Staying well hydrated helps our organs to work more efficiently.  When our organs work properly, it helps to relieve the skin from the duty of sweating out toxins.  Easy ways to … Continued

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TLC for a Healthy, Happy Gut

November 27, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

The digestive system is the power center of the body. There are more organs in this system than any other system. It keeps things moving in the right direction. Regular bowel movements are the cornerstone of good health as can ensure proper detoxification and absorption of nutrients. Anything interfering with these processes interferes with energy, sleep, mood, immune function and more. Therefore chronic constipation may lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, yeast overgrowth (candida), migraines and allergies. As a naturopathic doctor, chronic constipation is a common issue that I help address. After each meal, you should produce a bowel movement. Although it is very common, finding the underlying cause can be complex and differ from person to person.  Blanket treatments such as laxatives often do not address the true issue and long term use can come with side effects. The body is very complex and the root issue must be found for overall health.   Constipation is usually a symptom of other issues caused … Continued

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NAET for Children’s Top 7 Icks & Aches

October 11, 2018 | NAET

Kids are always running.  Running in the kitchen, to the car, on the playground, into your arms.  One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching your child play and laugh.  But while they are running from one place to the other, it seems there is a seemingly constant battle with runny noses, tummy aches, and sleep problems.  A box of tissues in every room is a crucial staple to your home’s decor. Many over-the-counter medications offered to children come with undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, and they only provide short bursts of relief.  Especially for children with severe allergies, drowsiness effects their school, social, and play time.  There’s no time to be sick when there is fun to be had!  As a Naturopathic doctor, I use homeopathic and natural remedies to help children through icky symptoms and to build strong immune systems.  One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  NAET … Continued

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