Birth Control is major Hormone Replacement

Birth Control is major Hormone Replacement
If you take birth control pills, it’s important to understand how oral contraceptives can affect your hormone balancing, your liver, your thyroid, and your brain. This functional medicine viewpoint can help you make an informed decision about contraception, or give you insight into buffering potential consequences. Birth control pills flood the body with an unnatural amount of hormones that are also synthetic. This can imbalance the body in a number of

Being “Hangry” Damages Your Brain

Being “Hangry” Damages Your Brain
Do you crash when you go too long without eating, losing energy and becoming “hangry?” Hanger—hunger plus anger—is that explosive combination of low blood sugar and irrepressible irritability that turns a normally nice person into a multi-headed hydra.  Think of the Snickers® commercials. People joke about being hangry, but when it happens regularly, it means your body and brain are in a perpetual state of alarm. This constant stress raises inflammation

Star Trek’s Zoe Saldano Needs Hashimoto’s Help

Star Trek’s Zoe Saldano Needs Hashimoto’s Help
Star Trek’s Zoe Saldano recently revealed she has Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, a thyroid disease affecting millions of women that causes weight gain, fatigue, depression, cold hands and feet, brain fog, constipation, and many other symptoms. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune thyroid disease. Autoimmunity is a condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys body tissue, in this case the thyroid gland. It is one of the most common autoimmune diseases,...

Diabetes Dietary Recommendations by ADA make disease Worse

Diabetes Dietary Recommendations by ADA make disease Worse
If you have diabetes, whether it’s type 1 or type 2, your doctor likely recommended a diet endorsed by the American Diabetes Association. But did you know the diabetic diet recommends foods that could be slowly worsening your diabetes condition? Turns out there is more to a diabetic diet than grams of carbs and sugar, although those are vitally important. For people with type 1 diabetes and for an estimated 20 percent of people with type 2 diabet...

Are You Salting Your Way to Autoimmune Disease?

Are You Salting Your Way to Autoimmune Disease?
Those with high blood pressure and heart disease know to avoid salt, but researchers have learned salt comes with another risk  — too much alters immune cells in a way that promotes autoimmune disease. Examples of autoimmune disease include Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, and type 1 diabetes. Autoimmune disease rates have skyrocketed in recent years, affecting more people than heart disease and can