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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5 Signs You Might be Allergic to Your Vitamins

October 5, 2021 | Allergies

While becoming allergic or sensitive to vitamins may seem unusual this is a very common occurrence I see in my practice. Besides making you feel unwell, this can affect absorption of the nutrients and therefore have other long term consequences. As an example, if you are not absorbing Vitamin C, this could affect immunity and hormonal health. In addition, if you find yourself sensitive to Vitamin C then you more than likely will have issues with the many foods that contain Vitamin C.Here are 5 signs you might be allergic to your vitamins: You are not feeling the benefit of your vitamins.You are consistent at taking your vitamins but have not noticed any improvements to your health. Levels remain low in labsIf you are taking certain nutrients but consistently test low in labs then your body may lack the ability to absorb them due to a sensitivity. Sensitive to foods containing common nutrients … 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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Homeopathy for Your Family During Cold & Flu Season

October 22, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Every day in my practice, I help adults and children to address chronic conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances. A major part of addressing health concerns is dealing with the little touches of flu and viruses that come and go.As a naturopathic doctor who practices homeopathy, I team up with natural bodily functions to help the body heal itself. This is the cornerstone belief of homeopathy. According to homeopathic medicine, small doses of substances that produce similar symptoms can reduce symptoms in healthy people.In this post, we’ll discuss the basis of homeopathy and three remedies for your family this cold and flu season.What is Homeopathy?The word homeopathy is a Greek term that means means “like disease” and links back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates. German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) then tested and refined homeopathic practices and remedies.Homeopathic medicine follows two major principles, … Continued

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