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Exercise and Brain Health

[caption id="attachment_4816" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Amy Fletcher[/caption] As we age maintaining a sharp mind gains increasing priority. We devote a lot of time focusing on optimal nutrition, gut health, immune support, and chronic disease prevention. Over the past several decades, our understanding of the brain and neurocognitive health has dramatically expanded. We are becoming more aware of the key factors that help determine the health of the brain. One of the most important factors for optimal brain health is a compound known as BDNF. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, or BDNF, is a primary brain protein or neurotrophin that directly influences brain function as well as peripheral nerve function and mental health. One way to think about BDNF is as a “brain fertilizer”. It helps to optimize how your brain works...

Functional Medicine is Designed for the 21st Century Patient

Functional Medicine is Designed for the 21st Century Patient If you are standing on a tack no amount of aspirin or pain medication will make the discomfort of the tack completely disappear. The medicine will only subdue the pain temporarily.  You must remove the tack to allow the discomfort to abate. If you are standing on two tacks removing only one is not enough to make you feel better. You must address both triggers to be completely free of the pain. Functional Medicine does this. Unfortunately, our current medical system addresses disease just this way. Instead of getting to the root cause of a problem, symptoms are simply treated with disregard for what is causing the problem in the first place. When a disease process has multiple symptoms...

How Sleep Apnea Impacts Cognitive function

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="300"] Article by Harlee Palmer, PA-C[/caption] Sleep Apnea is a much more serious health issue that has major effects on metabolic health and brain function. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat intermittently relax and block the airway. This causes snoring and a pause in breathing. The frequency of sleep apnea increases with age, obesity, alcohol use, male gender, cigarette smoking, hypertension, and diabetes. Sleep disorders do more than make one feel tired the next day. Studies show that when oxygen levels decrease, our brain takes a big hit—executive function declines, as well as our deductive reasoning skills. Brain imaging shows decreased volume in a part of the brain called the hippocampus and reduces gray matter. This can lead to hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and...

The Allure of Adaptogens

Chronic stress has been recognized as a major healthcare crisis of the 21st Century. Even before the  global coronavirus pandemic, the vast majority of us have been burning the candle at both ends.  Unfortunately, the current situation has added more stress to our already overextended lifestyles.  Unemployment rates at an all-time high, schools and businesses closed, vacations cancelled, families  taking on new roles and responsibilities, financial concerns escalating, and so on. This great pause has forced us to slow down and reflex on the stressful lifestyles we were just weeks prior juggling. Now is an  opportune time to work on new and improved ways to get a handle on stress.   Our bodies were not designed to be in a state of chronic stress. Long term chronic...

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The Power of Sleep

Many adults feel that they are too old to nap or don’t have the time to do so. As it turns out, a 15-30 minute power nap can not only increase stamina and motor skills, but it can also boost creativity! According to studies by The Department of Psychology at the University of California at Riverside, “without a midday rest, we are not able to perform at optimal levels throughout the day.” And on top of that, studies show that a 30-minute nap could increase your cognitive faculties by about 40%! When it comes to napping, here are some tips to make the best use of your time: Power naps are short by definition. You will feel the most benefit if you limit it to between 15...

Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods

[caption id="attachment_5561" align="aligncenter" width="377"] Image Courtesy: News-Medical[/caption] The digestive tract is home to more than 500 species of bacteria, comprising about 100 trillion bugs altogether. Collectively, they are tremendously important for overall health. We give these bugs a home; in exchange, they do a variety of things for us. For instance, they help digest food, synthesize certain vitamins, and play an important role in immune defense. These bugs also act as a barrier to help our bodies filter and appropriately absorb nutrients from what we eat. There are ‘good’ bugs called probiotics, which we can constantly replenish. These probiotics also need nourishing food to help them grow. Prebiotics are the fiber-rich foods that probiotics feed and grow on. As an added bonus, a compound called butyric acid is produced...

Thriver Spotlight, Nancy Palermo, M.D.

She's one of the visionaries behind Thrive and one of the first providers in Charlotte to call themselves a Certified Functional Medicine provider. Nancy Palermo is no stranger to the medical field or healing patients. Let's learn a bit more about her in this Thriver Spotlight. What is your superpower at Thrive? Working in an environment where I can finally make a difference and help patients the way I always expected I would. Why did you choose the field of Medicine I always wanted to do something that involved education, creating art and helping others. Initially, as a child I was sure I would be a teacher - then I transitioned into writing and art. My desire to enter the medical field came later in...

Thriver Spotlight: Lee Anne Smith

If you've ever called into Thrive or checked out at our front desk, then there's a great chance you've encountered Lee Anne Smith. She's the person behind our Instagram account, the friendly face behind the desk and the phone, and most importantly the person who picks up the snacks. Get to know her a bit better in our first installment of our Thriver Spotlight. What’s on your Netflix que? Anything true crime-related – and The Great British Baking Show (of course) Dog kisses on the mouth yes or no? No, thanks! But doggy snuggles are the best Where did you grow up? Wilmington, NC Why did you choose Thrive? I have three things I look for in an employer. Is this a...

Breath Practice: Making Your Own Medicine

Some of the most chronic and debilitating diseases that affect most North Americans if not all populations can be significantly helped with something as simple as the breath. With changing the pattern of your breath, you can get almost instantaneous changes in your physical and emotional wellbeing. With deep breaths and longer exhalations, your body starts to increase and decrease certain neurotransmitters and hormones that have positive effects on your overall wellbeing. In the most basic sense, just by changing your breath to one that involves more of the diaphragm, a large muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, we can shift the body into more of the parasympathetic response of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic system is more of what is termed the rest and digest...

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The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases

The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases   More than 400 practitioners have received Functional Medicine training through the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP).  Approximately twenty of these practitioners have also received training at IFM’s Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) course.  With that being said, this partnership has resulted in the successful treatment of more than 1,000 patients since 2011.   In the fall of 2016, FMRP implemented an ongoing 16-week cardiometabolic medical visit program.  Each week, 12 patients attend a two-hour program to learn about lifestyle, making healthy choices, and coping with emotions.  Meanwhile, these patients rotate through 15-minute clinical appointments with a practitioner and a shadow resident.   This program is beneficial for both practitioners and patients: practitioners are able to integrate Functional Medicine into their...