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Do this test to find out if your anxiety is genetic

Do this test to find out if your anxiety is genetic

Many different factors can cause anxiety. One little-known cause is a genetic variation that prevents your brain from making enough GABA, a calming brain chemical that prevents anxiety. You can do a simple test with a supplement to find out if this genetic variation affects you. When GABA is low, anxiety goes up, it’s difficult to sleep, [...]

Five ways eating more vegetables makes you happier

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New research shows increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables can boost your well-being in as little as two weeks. Although the study didn’t explain why, previous studies show eating more vegetables impacts brain, immune, and gut health — all of which affect your mood. The New Zealand study divided more than 170 young adults into [...]

Is poor balance the cause of your anxiety and insomnia?

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Is poor balance the cause of your anxiety and insomnia? The cerebellum (the area at the back of the brain) is best known for its role in balance and coordination. However, the cerebellum does more than that — when it starts to malfunction, the results can be not only worsened balance, but also anxiety, insomnia, [...]

Got a chronic health issue? Eat real food!

When you’re starting on a new health journey, knowing what to eat can seem confusing. For starters, there is a ton of conflicting advice out there, with proponents of each diet insisting their diet is the healthiest. The truth is, the best diet depends on which one works best for you. Factors that determine this [...]

Functional neurology versus conventional neurology

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How does functional neurology differ from conventional neurology? Conventional neurology diagnoses neurological disorders that can be treated with pharmaceutical or surgery. Functional neurology, on the other hand, identifies a broader range of brain disorders and restores function through rehabilitation that either dampens or activates specific regions of the brain. A good example is migraines. Many [...]

Why lab testing is important in functional medicine

Why lab testing is important in functional medicine

Lab testing is foundational to functional medicine, and for good reason. It can show you what is causing your symptoms, if you are headed toward a disease (even if you don’t have symptoms), track the progress of your protocol, and motivate you to stick with your protocol. Lab testing includes many different tests. Some examples [...]

Parkinson’s vs. parkinsonism and nutritional therapies

Parkinson’s vs. parkinsonism and nutritional therapies

Parkinson’s and parkinsonism — symptoms that mimic Parkinson’s — stem from the same areas of the brain. These disorders both cause tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, however they have different causes and may be helped with different nutritional therapies. It’s helpful to know the difference between the two. Parkinson’s is a disease that slowly destroys [...]

What is leaky gut and why should you care?

Does stuff really leak out of your intestines when you have leaky gut? The truth is, contents of the small intestine escape through the wall into the bloodstream. This can trigger many different inflammatory disorders and autoimmune disease, a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys body tissue. Leaky gut is associated with [...]

Why do I get dizzy? Common reasons and solutions

The sudden lack of control is frightening when a dizzy spell, or vertigo, hits you. The world spins and rocks, the ground feels like it’s giving way, your ears ring, and nausea may grip your gut. Vertigo feels terribly wrong and frightening and understandably has people worrying, “Why do I get dizzy?” Several things can [...]

Three ways to make the placebo effect work for you

The placebo effect is a target of ridicule but studies show it has become increasingly effective in recent years, particularly in the United States, where drugs for pain, depression, anxiety sometimes barely outmatch placebos. Fortunately, researchers have decided to study how and why the placebo effect works. By embracing the mystery of the placebo effect, you can harness its [...]

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