April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

When it comes to Omega 3 fatty acids, there are few nutrients that pack this many health benefits into one compound. It is quite the understatement to stay Omega 3’s are crucial to achieving optimal health. In fact, they benefit everything from fetal development to heart health and stress reduction.

Omega 3’s are a polyunsaturated fatty acid and consist of 4 different types.

Kinds ...

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Stress Eating: How to Break the Cycle

Stress Eating:  How to Break the Cycle

 

By Bren Boston, MD

You know the feeling of your internal pressure cooker building up, when work demands, deadlines, financial burdens, and interpersonal conflicts conspire to send your stress level through the roof.  At those times, you want something QUICK and EASY to soothe your frayed nerves.  And for lots of people, that soother is sugary foods.  It makes sense from a medical perspective.  Sugar has a drug-like effect in the reward center of the brain. Sugar causes a surge of ...

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The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

 

Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

Chronic stress can stay in your nervous system and affect your short- and long-term health.  It can impact every part of the body, leading to a weakened immune system, digestive disorders, heart and autoimmune diseases, chronic body tension or challenges healing from injuries, and more. We will always have stress, but we can learn to build internal resiliency to heal from past stressors and bounce back from current stress.

Normal path of stress

It is normal to ...

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Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

According to research, childhood anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric problem in children. It may cause severe impairment and excessive distress. Although effective psychosocial and drug therapy exists, let’s focus on more traditional and natural ways to help our children.

Although thought to be benign, these disorders can interfere with academic, social, and family functioning.

How to recognize anxiety in children: Common signs.

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fear of being alone
  • Picking at skin
  • Nail biting
  • Strong startle response
  • Being overly self-critical
  • OCD-like behaviors ...
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March Nutrient of the Month: Restorative & Sleep Powerhouse, Magnesium

March Nutrient of the Month: Restorative & Sleep Powerhouse, Magnesium

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

According to a study published by The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine , a deficiency in this specific mineral can DOUBLE your chance of dying (1).

As profound as this statement is, I am talking about Magnesium, a mineral up to half of Americans are typically deficient in and one that can often help or even cure a long list of symptoms and diseases.

As a critical care nurse in the hospital, we ...

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7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

7 Steps to Hack Your Sleep

 

by Maggie Ney, ND

Sleep is one of the most valuable tools we have to be able to experience the highest level of energy, productivity, and creativity so that we can make the greatest contributions to the world around us.  We need to protect our sleep and treat this time of the day as sacred.  In my practice I see many patients who sacrifice sleep to get things done. These are ambitious, successful women who feel sleep ...

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Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

Is Sleep Deprivation the Next Tobacco?

by David Laramie, PhD

For decades, medical science overlooked the considerable damage associated with smoking cigarettes, and it is hard to comprehend that physicians ever condoned smoking and overlooked its harm.  Similarly, medical science is now rushing to highlight another long-overlooked risk factor – sleep deprivation.  Poor sleep can worsen inflammation and increases the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, depression, and some cancers.  In the short term, insufficient sleep can impair memory, attention, and executive ...

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Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

Vagus Nerve Yoga for Sleep

 

By Alicia Maher, MD

One issue that can make sleep so difficult is that of sympathetic nervous system activation. The sympathetic nervous system tells us to fight, flight or freeze. Obviously helpful when you need it, but we rarely do. And being in this sympathetic state makes it harder for us to engage in the parasympathetic side of the nervous system that controls the activities of resting and digesting. This explains why you might have trouble sleeping and relaxing, and ...

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February Nutrient of the Month: Heart Health Powerhouse COQ10

February Nutrient of the Month: Heart Health Powerhouse COQ10

 

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN

Being possibly one of the most important nutrients when it comes to heart health, Coenzyme Q10 bouts significant benefits to every cell in the body. As an antioxidant, COQ10 protects cells from oxidative damage and aging. In its active form, it is used for supplying cells with energy, transporting electrons and regulating blood pressure.

Declining COQ10 levels has been associated with cognitive decline, diabetes, fibromyalgia, cancer, and heart disease. This decline ...

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease? There is so much more to this story

Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease?  There is so much more to this story

 

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

As the leading cause of death in the United States, Heart Disease has remained one of the most studied chronic conditions, and rightfully so. In fact, current research has shown heart disease to be upwards of 90% preventable (1). When this is considered, it is clear that nutritional intervention should be at the forefront of the medical approach in treating and preventing ...

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