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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 [...]

Follow a healthy brain protocol after a concussion

Medical advice following a concussion is straightforward: Get plenty of rest, avoid stimulating the brain, and don't return to regular activities until your brain can handle it. But a concussion is a much bigger deal than people realize, and there is plenty more you can do to improve brain recovery after a concussion. Your diet [...]

Start the new year with an anti-inflammatory detox diet

If you're like most people, you over indulged during the holidays and now you'd like to reboot your health with a detox diet. The  autoimmune diet  calms inflammation, stimulates repair and recovery, and boosts energy while preventing hunger. It also helps tame autoimmunity and repair leaky gut. Many foods people eat daily can be inflammatory, causing fatigue, [...]

Got gut problems? The answer could be in your brain

If you have chronic gut problems, you could have a brain problem. This is especially true if you've had a head injury or if you also suffer from worsening memory, brain fog, cognitive decline, or other symptoms of poor brain function. Chronic digestive complaints — indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, burping, gas, bloating, diarrhea, pain, or [...]

Is stress making you sick? Use an adrenal stress test

You've probably heard it over and over: Stress raises the risk of disease. But how do you know if your stress is the disease-causing kind? It's helpful to know some signs and about the adrenal stress test. Severe stress can either cause you to be fatigued all the time, wired all the time, or a [...]

Restless leg syndrome? Functional neurology can help

Restless leg syndrome is a torturous condition that causes your legs to want to jump up and run away when you want to sleep. They can also itch, burn, or have a creepy-crawly feeling. Drugs for restless leg syndrome dull the body and brain and don't address the underlying cause of a condition that affects [...]

What is functional medicine? Look for the root cause

You may have noticed the term "functional medicine" becoming more popular. What is functional medicine and how is it different from regular medicine? Functional medicine addresses health disorders by looking at their root causes rather than masking symptoms with drugs or surgery. By looking at root causes, you improve your energy, sleep, vitality, and even [...]

Want to lower dementia risk? Grow good gut bacteria

With rates of dementia rising dramatically, you're not alone in wondering how to avoid becoming another casualty. Although lowering the risk of dementia depends on dietary and lifestyle changes, one little known approach involves cultivating your garden. Not the garden in your yard, but the one in your gut. A team of Harvard-affiliated researchers discovered [...]

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most commonly performed surgeries today. Did you know simply going gluten-free may lower the risk of needing gallbladder surgery? For people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, gluten triggers a wide range of adverse reactions, from joint pain to poor brain function. In the last several years, research has [...]

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