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Do You Need A Detox?  Assessing Your Toxic Load

We are all living in an exceedingly toxic world. Every day we are exposed to literally hundreds of chemicals, many of which have the potential to affect our health negatively. Toxic chemical exposures have been linked to various chronic health conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, infertility, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, autoimmune disease, memory impairment, and cancer. While avoidance is always the best, escaping exposure is nearly impossible. This constant exposure is resulting in an ever-increasing body burden or toxic load of chemicals.  Some toxins, such as smoking and plastics, are rather obvious, but others are lurking in our food, water, and skin care products.   The Centers for Disease Control began monitoring human exposure to chemicals in 1976. Unfortunately, no one knows how many chemicals are in use today. ...

Inflammation Fighters

These foods contain Omega-3s and properties which help to disrupt the production of inflammatory compounds. Walnuts: These are 1 of the only foods that provide alpha-linolenic acid, a very important omega-3 fatty acid that reduces inflammation. Spices: Turmeric, nutmeg, peppercorns, ginger, and cinnamon are all spices with potent anti-inflammatory benefits. Herbs: Many herbs, including Rosemary, thyme, and irregular no, offer strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Papaya: This fruit has significant amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, all known to reduce inflammation. This fruit also contains the enzyme papain, which improves digestion. Coldwater fish: Such as black caught, salmon, sardines, and anchovies show these are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Wild caught the same and contains abundant carotid nodes, which also have anti-inflammatory properties. Shiitake Mushrooms:...

Antioxidant Powerhouses

Free radicals are unstable oxygen molecules linked to a host of chronic illnesses that cause oxidative stress in the body, which can lead to inflammation. Free radical damage is like rust on the inside of her body and in the cells themselves. Antioxidants are foods that are high in vitamin C and E beta-carotene in Flavonoids which helped to neutralize free radicals which contribute to the onset of aging and disease. Try to include these powerful antioxidants in your diet during the 30-day detox and beyond. Dark beans: like red beans, pinto beans in kidney beans. Pecans: These tree nuts are high in vitamin E, and antioxidant thickened help prevent cell damage Red grapes: The skin of this fruit is high in resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant Apple:...

Super Detoxifying Foods

During your 30-day Detox, try including all of these foods. Detoxifying foods are naturally cleansing foods with properties supporting the liver in all three detoxifying steps. In addition, many of these foods contain ample fiber to help flush out toxins in the gastrointestinal tract. Celery: this vegetable is alkalizing and has natural diuretic properties which will help to read the body of excess fluids and toxins. Cell recedes cleanse the liver but also helps to detoxify by reducing uric acid levels. Cayenne Pepper or Capsaicin: Capsaicin help stimulate the detoxification process by increasing blood flow. It also helps stimulate sweat glands which is another way our body helps to filter out toxins. Watercress: This peppery green helps to energize cleansing enzymes in the liver, hoping to...

Gratitude

      “It is not happiness that makes us grateful It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift. … Whatever life gives to you; you will respond with joy. Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.” ― David Steindl-Rast   Thanksgiving is that time of year when we show gratitude for family, friends, and lives well lived. For a short period of time, we feel happiness-counting our blessings with an overall sense of contentment. Then when Monday rolls around it is business as usual. If we reaped any benefits from the holiday weekend they quickly disappear with the return of stress, negativity, depression, and loneliness. Our lives focus...

What Exactly is Clean Eating?

[caption id="attachment_9894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy A. Palermo MD[/caption] Clean eating is an important part of what we provide at Thrive is Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a completely different approach to symptoms and diseases. It aims to get to the root cause of the symptoms rather than cover them up with medication. When we talk about root causes we cannot proceed without discussing diet as it is such a foundational component of our health. When I first meet a patient at their Functional intake visit, we often discuss their diet. I would say that most of them say they eat clean and do not feel their diet is the cause of their issues. While this certainly might be true more than not, we can find some places where...

Myofascial Therapy with Lisa Sayegh, RN, BSN, LMT, NC

Lisa, a registered nurse, myofascial therapist, and nurse coach, has been dedicated to making a difference in the lives of her clients for the past 30 years. Her specialty in bodywork includes myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and medical massage, and when combined with her traditional medical training, she offers a unique balance of eastern and western medicine, intending to realign and reeducate not only the body but the being within. The fascia is an intricate web of connective tissue and the most superficial layer of tissue where emotional and physical trauma is often stored in the body on a subconscious level. By applying sustained pressure to restricted areas, Lisa facilitates the potential for profound healing. Myofascial release has many benefits, including relieving pain, restoring motion, and improving...

YOGA as Medicine

Yoga has taken the western world by storm. In a 2012 “Yoga in America” survey by Yoga Journal, it was estimated that over 20 million Americans regularly practice yoga. Now that number is estimated to be over 37 million. The first U.S. yoga studio opened in California in 1947. Now Yoga studios are popping up in all communities. In the US, you can perform yoga in heat, with rock music, and even in the company of pets, goats, or children. Westerners, however, still regard the practice of yoga as an alternative form of exercise.  Initially, they are drawn to the physical attributes of the practice, yet with time they recognize the mind-body benefits that go well beyond physical fitness. There is a lengthy menu of yoga...

3 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Bone Health As You Age

Good bones set you up for a successful life, but what sets you up for good bones? While bone health is determined in part by genetics and gender, lifestyle choices influence your bone health too. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone mineral density and bone strength. Over 10 million Americans are affected by this form of bone loss, with numbers expected to rise.    Why does bone health matter? When our bones are weak, we’re more at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition where the bones are susceptible to injury and breaking. Osteoporosis often leads to broken hips, knees, and arms, which disrupt our daily lives. Osteoporosis is a disease of bone mineral density and bone strength. Over 10 million Americans are affected by this form of bone...

COVID Long Haulers mitochondria

Motivation: Long Haulers COVID & Mitochondria

In this Motivation, Dr. Fletcher talks about “Long Haulers” COVID + the role of mitochondria (or the powerhouses in our cells). Join Dr. Fletcher as she talks about how to support mitochondrial health. If you are experiencing long haulers, schedule an appointment with our office.   ...

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