Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

Help, I can’t get my school-aged kid to go to sleep!

By Bren Boston, MD

Help, I can’t get my school-age kid to go to sleep!  If this sounds familiar, then you must be a parent because this is a universal parent experience.  What parents need to remember is that kids are not born knowing how to sleep and they don’t care that sleep is important.  If left to their own devices, kids will not choose to get the amount of sleep that is optimal for their health and brain development.  That is where the ...

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What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

By Dr. Maggie Ney

*This is an updated article Dr. Ney wrote in 2019 on healthy school lunches.

It’s time to pack up school lunches again!  School mornings can be hectic so pack or plan your kids lunch the night before.  With some planning, packing lunches can be a rewarding process because you can take control of ensuring your kids eat a wholesome, nutrient-dense lunch. The best lunches should always include a protein, a vegetable, a fruit (seasonal is best), and something ...

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Families and Screen Time

Families and Screen Time

By David Laramie, PhD

While recently traveling on vacation, I was wholly unsurprised yet continually dismayed to see the incredible hold that cellular phones have on the modern mind.  My favorite example was seeing a father who had ordered fried eggs at a breakfast buffet.  During the scant one or two minutes that his eggs cooked, he frantically played a game on his phone.  This was despite the fact that if he had lifted his head, he could have taken in ...

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Promote Vitality this Fall with September Nutrient of the Month – EGCG

Promote Vitality this Fall with September Nutrient of the Month – EGCG

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a type of polyphenol, a plant based compound known as a catechin. These types of plant compounds are best known for their protection against cellular damage caused by free radicals (1).

Free radicals are highly oxidized, damaging particles that can lead to inflammation in the body. Antioxidants like catechins and polyphenols found in plant compounds can help to limit the damage free radicals may cause (1).

This allows EGCG to be a ...

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Your Gut Hates Twinkies

Your Gut Hates Twinkies

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.  

Our gut is more than just our food ...

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New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Depression is tricky for some people to cope with because there really is no general consensus on the origins of the illness — is it caused by an imbalance in chemicals in the brain? Or it is caused by the stress of emotional trauma? Is it a little bit of both? Debates rage on amongst scientists; however, a recent study could potentially explain what is going on in our bodies when we deal with ...

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Indestructable Gut Lining with the Nutrient of The Month: L-Glutamine

Indestructable Gut Lining with the Nutrient of The Month: L-Glutamine

By Amanda Miller MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Even if you have absolutely no gut issues, you need to hear about the endless health benefits of l-glutamine and the substantial impact our Akasha Naturals product GI Align will have on your overall health!

L-glutamine is an amino acid, a building block of protein used by the body in large amounts by various biological processes. Of important note, regulating kidney and immune function, in the maintenance of the integrity ...

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SIBO 101

SIBO 101

By Maggie Ney, ND

Remember when the thought of bacteria in the gut would make you cringe with disgust. The current research about the importance of gut bacteria is prolific and exciting. We are now recognizing that there is a solid link between the gut microbiome and our mood, brain health, immune system, and hormones. But while bacteria are no longer seen as universally “bad”, more is definitely not better, and, where bacteria are found along our digestive system, plays ...

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3 Easy & Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Summer

3 Easy & Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Summer

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN

Here are 3 nutrient dense recipes that keep things fresh, light, and easy. Hit the local farmers market, grab your organic veggies, and let’s get cooking!

1. Easy Paleo Breakfast Scramble:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2 cup organic diced mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups organic spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 oz organic ground turkey
  • 1⁄2 organic avocado
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional to add 2-3 fresh cloves of garlicDirections:

Directions:

  1. In a large pan on medium heat, add Avocado oil and sauté mushrooms ...
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Tick Bite: How To Safely Remove A Tick. What to Do Next.

Tick Bite: How To Safely Remove A Tick. What to Do Next.

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, ND

Summer is here. Do you enjoy spending your time at the beach or prefer quieter places, hiking in nature far from the crowd?

Did you know that you could get infected with Lyme disease after a tick bite? Tick are natural carrier of the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease and infected tick can not only found in the North east but now in many states including California. 

Each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to ...

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