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Food As Medicine: Consider the Broccoli Stalk

When your parents told you to eat your broccoli, they were looking out for your best interests. We now know that broccoli has several disease-fighting benefits that can optimize many aspects of your health. Some of this pharmaceutical importance includes its antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticancer, immunomodulator, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, and cardioprotective roles. We will dive into science a bit, but you will leave this article wanting to crunch on more of this important vegetable. Broccoli, which originated in Italy, is a cruciferous vegetable or brassica, like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cauliflower. Its edible parts include the stem, leaves, and the flowers or head of the stalk. Nutritional Benefits Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins C, K and A, It also provides important minerals like potassium, calcium and iron when consumed. Vitamins...

Summer “Do’s” and “Don’ts

We hope you and your families enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating summer. Check out the list of do’s and don’ts we put together below. Our summer here at Thrive is off to a busy start. We are excited for another year of growth and are looking forward to counting to serve you and your families. Don’t Put on Sunscreen… At least for the first twenty minutes, you are in the sun. Vitamin D deficiency is common, with over 80% of Americans being deficient. This is a result of our overreaction to the risk of skin cancer with sun exposure. Vitamin D is important for adequate immune function and control of inflammation, neurological and cardiovascular function, bone-building, fighting depression, and, most importantly, fighting and preventing cancer. The body...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Dr. Scott Greenapple May has been deemed Mental Health Awareness Month. In this article, I will combine some thoughts and theories and offer “tools” to help people become aware and educated. I will also offer some guidance for you or anyone you may know who suffers from this disease. Mental health issues are on the rise at alarming rates. Many theories are being studied and observed as to the reasons. Some of the most obvious stem from political unrest in this country and the world; the constant reality of war, poverty, climate change, financial struggle, and the barrage of news from social media are certainly at the top of reasonings. And, of course, the more personal ones such as family dynamics-dysfunction, trauma, genetics, chronic disease, pain, inter and...

Whole Health Spring Cleaning

As the flowers bloom and the weather turns warmer, we come out of the winter hibernation and tackle spring cleaning. Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice spring cleaning regularly. While clearing up the clutter and the pollen is important this is a great time to clear up some of the unhealthy practices, we allowed in during the winter months. We must tackle these “chores” mindfully to embrace true self-care. Do not think of them as obligatory but rather empowering and liberating. Reducing clutter and unhealthy habits can be beneficial for our mental health and our physical health. Let’s try to embrace this mindset while we tackle the physical jobs. Spring cleaning, like many resets, can be referred to as a “temporal landmark”. These are the times in our...

Springtime Detox to Enhance Your Immune System

In theories of acupuncture, humans are looked at as part of the natural world that surrounds them. Seasons change and during this transition from one season to another, it is important to stay balanced with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Each season is linked with an organ system in the body. Spring season is also known as the Wood element in TCM. Spring is the Liver and Gall bladder organ and meridian. Spring is when the liver should thrive. However, during transition, or early spring, the liver can get out of whack or out of harmony and become vulnerable. Acupuncture improves the function of the liver meridian and can restore balance to the organs. According to TCM, the liver is responsible for smooth flowing Qi (chi) or energy...

My Journey Overcoming an Eating Disorder

[caption id="attachment_4141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trish Bennett[/caption] National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 26th - March 3rd. 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.  Eating disorders can affect anyone and carry an increased risk of suicide and medical complications. I want to share my personal story with all of you, hoping it may resonate with you or someone you love. Suffering from bulimia and then anorexia for a decade, I weighed 79 pounds at the height of my disease. To put it bluntly, I should be dead right now. At age 30, I thought I had overcome it, but I would then trade one obsession for another (isn’t that always the case for addictive personalities). [caption id="attachment_11271" align="alignright" width="187"] This is me when I...

Thrive Big Game Bowl Recipes!

The Big Game is this Sunday… whether you are pulling for San Francisco or Kansas City, we plan to eat… a lot during the spectacle!! Thrive wants you to enjoy this tradition but help you keep the calories down while enjoying flavorful, heart-healthy dishes that your loved ones will love and maybe not miss the chicken wings and pizza. Enjoy our favorite BOWLS this weekend!!! We hope you find one that makes it's way into your weekly routine! [mkdf_button size="medium" type="" text="View Our Bowl Recipies!" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://thrivecarolinas.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Thrive-Detox-Bowl-recipes.pdf" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""]...

Are You Metabolically Healthy?

When Americans are asked if they are metabolically healthy, 75% of them will answer yes; however, a recent study (2022) done at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health showed that the metabolic health of Americans is “alarmingly low”. In fact, in the study of over 8700 individuals, the researchers found that only 12% of Americans were metabolically healthy. That means over 1 in 8 or 88% have some degree of cardiometabolic dysfunction. Cardiometabolic dysfunction is based on elevations of blood sugar and insulin, triglycerides, lipids, or blood pressure. The study researchers claimed several reasons for the findings, but one of the most remarkable was that less than 37% were aware of their personal findings despite having regular care. Many patients...

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A Holiday Gift for a Stress-Free Season

As we proceed from Thanksgiving to New Year's, it seems our calendars fill with events and obligations that must be filled into our already overburdened schedules. Because of this, we put our own well-being at the bottom of our to-do list. We can disrupt our normal routines, and once this happens, it is just a matter of time before we are sleeping less, eating poorly, and experiencing personality changes that are even Grinch-like. While it should not be the case, stress is as much a holiday tradition as eggnog and mistletoe. The disrupted daily routines can quickly impact our cortisol balance, which then disrupts sleep and optimal eating, exercise, and stress reduction modalities. This then becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. While stress is inevitable, how we allow it...

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Why Do a Detox??

Why Is Detoxing The Body So Important? Here is the cruel reality: our bodies are exposed to numerous toxins each day. These toxins include environmental toxins, chemical pollutants in the air we breathe, and toxins from our food and beverages.  Although your body has an amazing ability to remove these harmful toxins, they continue to accumulate and can have many negative effects on your body. Your organs can become bogged down, and toxicity can manifest in your body through a wide variety of symptoms. Many of the symptoms are vague and persistent. To see if you are experiencing some of the negative effects of your toxic load, consider completing an MSQ questionnaire ( see below ). This may provide you with the motivation to consider a detox...

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