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Should You Get The Flu Vaccine or Flu Meds?

In the fall, one of the most common questions I get asked by my clients is: “Should I get the flu shot?” They know I’m an evidence-based practitioner, which means I’m going to give advice according to the scientific literature. Doctors are told by their boards to recommend the vaccine,

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Why You’re Still Tired With Enough Sleep

The quantity of sleep we get is not the only factor that determines if you wake up still tired; the quality is just as important. There are 5 stages of sleep, and we get low quality sleep when we don’t spend enough time in 2 of those stages. I’m going

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How To Tell If You Need Magnesium

You might hear and read a lot about magnesium, because it’s such an important nutrient! It participates in over 300 reactions within the body, helping to power your body and metabolism. Yet it’s harder than ever to get sufficient amounts. The food we eat has lower levels than it used

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Fix These 4 Common Exercise Mistakes

These Exercise Mistakes Can Reduce the Effectiveness of Your Workouts and Limit Your Results Tired of putting in the effort to exercise and not sure it’s really doing anything for you? Working out should lead to results: stronger, more toned, better cardiorespiratory fitness, improved overall energy. If you desire to

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Is Salt Worse Than Sugar?

You’re in the process of making dinner and you’re wondering, “should I really add all that salt in the recipe?” You grind some over your meal, and wonder if you should be using less. Doesn’t salt cause high blood pressure? But isn’t it a necessary nutrient? Can we use it

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The Truth About Sunlight That Could Save Your Life

I have a sign that hangs prominently in my living room that says “I was made for sunny days.” Soaking in sunlight renews my sense of energy towards life. I love it enough that I turned down a scholarship to the honors school at University of Michigan (where I’m from)

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15 Food Swaps For A Better Immune System

Stay Healthy Year-Round With These Super Practical Tips I haven’t had a cold, flu, or sinus infection for 11 years. I’ve never even missed a day of work! What’s my secret? How can we stay healthy when traveling, or over the winter, or when around someone who is sick? Or

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What Is A Whole Food And Why Does It Matter?

The Life-Saving Power Of Eating Foods That Are Unprocessed From Whole Foods Market grocery stores to the viral popularity of the Whole30 diet, the term whole foods has become a buzz word. When I ask my patients to focus on eating more, they often don’t have clarity on how to

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Top 4 Mistakes When Going Keto

What You Need to Know if You’re Considering Keto The ketogenic diet, referred to as keto, is a diet consisting of low carbohydrates, moderate protein, and high fat. The diet is considered ketogenic when the body starts producing moderate amounts of ketones. Ketones are the metabolite, or breakdown product, of

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The Best Way To Stay On Track While Traveling

Have you ever said that you’ll get started on your health plan when you get back from your trip? Or that you have to really buckle down on your plan so you can get as well as possible before you travel? There seems to be some mysterious rule about being

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Your Roadmap to Boundless Energy- Pt 2

…Advanced Root Causes of Your Fatigue In the previous post on this topic, we discussed how inadequate sleep, relaxation, nutrition, and movement contribute to fatigue. Some of you have tried your best in these areas, and yet still feel a lack of energy. You can get stuck in your progress

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Your Roadmap to Boundless Energy- Pt 1

…Get to the Root Cause of Your Fatigue *Feel free to skip to the summary at the bottom if short on time!* If you are tired more often than not, and it’s affecting your life, you’re not alone! A 2015 poll found that 38% of Americans are tired at least

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Finger-Lickin Snickerdoodle Recipe

I LOVE studying nutrition, but working with food in the kitchen is not my comfort zone. But when I had a shelf full of baking ingredients gifted to us by someone that was moving that were going to expire soon, I gave in. I thought, if I’m actually going to

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Eat These Herbs to Reverse Aging

*I am not an herbalist. This is information anyone can apply! Read the bold and bullet points if you’re short on time!* Think about the time in your life when you felt pretty darn good. Nothing was stiff when you woke up in the morning, your skin was smooth and

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My Favorite Way to Detox

A Scientific, Research-Proven 5 Day Diet Now, let me just say up front, I am NOT into crash dieting or anything that preaches restriction for weight loss. I also don’t feel like we have to take a bunch of herbs to cleanse our system, or hook tubes up to our

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Feeling Stuck? How To Get Back On Track

…3 Steps To Get Motivated After Holidays, Vacations, or Stress I’m writing this a week after Thanksgiving, mostly because I’ve had to remind myself how to get back on track after the holiday and figured you guys could benefit from the lessons I’ve learned over the years. Because my body

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The Bad Habit That Can Ruin Your Health: Ignoring Sleep

…Major Cause of Chronic Disease No One’s Talking About Researchers and epidemiologists have been reporting on a public health epidemic sweeping the nation that no one is really talking about. 28% of Americans are severely deficient in this nutrient that when lacking causes everything from diabetes to obesity to dementia.

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Lamb Curry Recipe

This Recipe Is Perfect Fall Comfort Food! Want to sit down with a hot meal that warms the soul, too? I have just the recipe! Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Lamb Lamb raised organically and grass-fed is a nutritious food that can be a great weekly addition to your menu. I

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Why Diets Don’t Work

…Diet is Only One of the 4 Foundations of Wellness Have you ever followed a diet and had one of 2 results: you either didn’t lose very much even though you were cutting calories and following the plan, or you lost a good bit but as soon as you ate

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Is “Bad Cholesterol” Really That Bad?

…Inflammation, Not Cholesterol, as the Root Cause ***Feel free to just read the quotes & summaries if you’re in a time crunch!*** When we go to the doctor and get our blood checked, a cholesterol panel is always on the list. We all know the story: eat cholesterol, cholesterol goes

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The Potential Risks of Calcium Supplementation

…Is It Worth the Risk? TAKE NOTE: This is a subject of which I’m passionate, it could change people’s lives, and there’s a lot of research on it, meaning this post is a bit long. If you don’t have time to read, please scroll to the bottom for the 3

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Why You Should Rotate Foods

…Rotating Your Foods Gives Your Health a Boost There are 3 reasons why you don’t want to eat the same foods every day: We need a diversity of food in order to feed diverse bacteria in our gut (our microbiome). Microbiome diversity is indicative of good health. Different foods will

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How Your Childhood Influences Your Pain

…Negative Emotions, While Not the Only Cause, Make Pain More Likely Have you ever thought about seeing a counselor for your neck or back pain? After reading this you will! My mother experienced many unexplained symptoms while I was growing up, including widespread pain. Unfortunately in the 90s, doctors had

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When Whole Foods Aren’t Enough

The quality of the foods in our fridge is lower than it was a few decades ago. Unless you grow your own food or are part of a local co-op, you are not getting as many nutrients in your produce as you would have in 1950. There are many reasons

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The Missing Piece to Healing

…Using Mindset to Make Lifestyle Changes Sustainable What is the missing piece to healing? The idea that there might be one food we just haven’t cut out yet, or one supplement we’re missing on our crowded supplement shelf, is attractive to us all. Deep down inside, we believe there’s an

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Why We Need Functional Medicine

Conventional Medicine Conventional medicine is the typical Western approach to healthcare. It was originally developed to treat infectious diseases and accidents, the main health concerns of the population. When practitioners meet with a patient, they focus on classifying the symptoms and providing a medication or surgery to treat or manage

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Mission

To transform the lives of those struggling with energy, inflammation, or weight issues who are eager for a sustainable solution. We help people thrive using a personalized, supportive, functional medicine approach.