What can cause constipation and what to do about it


It doesn’t just make newborns and Grandpa grumpy—constipation is a serious digestive issue that can significantly impact your health. Conventional medicine defines constipation as having hard stools with a bowel movement fewer than three times per week, and severe constipation as less than once a week. In functional medicine, however, good elimination is having one to three healthy bowel movements per day. Although harsh laxatives can override constipation, it’s best to address the underlying … [Read more...]

Ten things that cause leaky gut


The concept of leaky gut is becoming more widely accepted—even Dr. Oz talked about it on his show recently. It's important to know the cause of leaky gut can be different for each person. For instance, it could be the result of a junk food diet for one person and chronic stress for another. Knowing why you have leaky gut can help you address the right target to restore gut health. What is leaky gut? Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, is a condition in which the lining of the small … [Read more...]

Why eating breakfast prevents weight gain and fatigue


Breakfast is the easiest meal to skip—mornings are rushed and many people don’t have an appetite when they wake up. Some people even feel nauseous in the morning (which indicates a blood sugar disorder). But if you skip breakfast you may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts, increasing your risk of obesity and blood sugar disorders, and robbing your brain of energy. Skipping breakfast associated with obesity Numerous studies show skipping breakfast is associated with higher rates of obesity … [Read more...]

Getting the Metabolic Edge


By Dr. Michael Ruscio The following are some notes from my public lecture on metabolism, please forgive grammatical errors. Summary: The primary driver of metabolism are hormones Diet, exercise and internal health all effect hormones profoundly. Dietary science has shifted from calorie counting (quantitative) to calorie type (qualitative) Exercise science has shifted from calories burnt to hormones secreted Inflammation, digestive health, infections and toxicity are the 4 most common … [Read more...]

Diet for diabetes may be different than you thought—20 percent are “type 1.5”


Although insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes get pinned on diet and lifestyle choices, in some cases these disorders could be associated with an autoimmune reaction, which is the mechanism behind type 1 diabetes. If so, this changes the diet for diabetes to manage the autoimmune condition. It is estimated that 20 percent of people with type 2 diabetes also have an autoimmune reaction against the cells of their pancreas, prompting researchers to dub this “type 1.5 diabetes.” Type 1.5 diabetes … [Read more...]

Got allergies? Fix your gut


When the sneezing, sniffling, and runny eyes of springtime kick in, most people grab for the allergy pills, antihistamines, and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut? It may sound crazy that your gut health would affect your sinuses, but in fact the two systems are very intertwined. Both the respiratory tract and the digestive tract are immune barriers, meaning it’s their job to protect the body from outside invaders. The gut … [Read more...]

Thyroid – Do You Have A Problem? Functions, Signs & Symptoms.


What are the most common symptoms of a thyroid problem? Fatigue Weight gain Depression Feeling cold Brain fog Digestive problems High cholesterol Dry hair, skin or nails Poor memory Morning headaches Low sex drive   It is estimated that 12% of people will have a thyroid problem in their lifetime (that’s just over 1 in10 people) 1. http://www.thyroid.org/thyroid-events-education-media/about-hypothyroidism/ Even more sticking is that 60% of those with thyroid disease may be … [Read more...]

What is the big deal with GMOs?


Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably been hearing about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. What is the big deal with GMOs, and can they really be that bad for you if the government allows them in our food supply? Sadly, yes, GMOs really are that bad for you despite being legal in the United States. A GMO food has had its DNA altered through the insertion of genes from another species of plant, animal, bacteria, or virus. Examples of genetic modification include splicing fish … [Read more...]

How to prevent autoimmune flare-ups while traveling


Managing your autoimmune condition—Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, type 1 diabetes, alopecia, vitiligo, psoriasis, etc.—can be tricky enough. Traveling takes autoimmune management to a new level as you must attend to not only your diet, environment, energy expenditure, and sleep, but also the added stressors traveling poses. Managing an autoimmune condition doesn’t mean you have to avoid travel. It’s just a matter of planning ahead and being more conscious of your self-care. By mastering some … [Read more...]

Still have hypothyroid symptoms despite normal lab results?


Do you take thyroid hormone medication but still suffer fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, constipation, depression, cold hands and feet, or other thyroid symptoms? Have you been told there is nothing more that can be done for your thyroid symptoms because your lab tests are normal? Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, affects millions of Americans. Many people continue to suffer from hypothyroid symptoms and a worsening of their thyroid condition despite taking thyroid hormones. This is … [Read more...]