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Detox the Mind, Body, and Spirit

Detox the Mind, Body & Spirit 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. 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 through the body.  The liver and gall bladder meridians govern the muscles, tendons, and nerves in the body.  The liver also controls the eyes. Here are some signs that your liver/gall bladder meridian may be out of balance this time of year. You...

What You Need to Know About Hair Loss

It is normal to shed some hair. But if you are finding your shower drain is clogged every day or noticing a bald spot or thinning area it can be worrisome. We all want thick and healthy hair but thinning hair can be a sign of disruption or deficiency that needs to be addressed. Normal Hair Growth Cycles We develop our hair follicles in-utero. We have over 5 million hair follicles on our entire body and about 1 million on our heads. These are the most hair follicles we will ever have in our lifetime. As we pass through childhood to adulthood are scalp grows and so our hair follicles space out and our hair thins. Hair is made up of the follicle which is below the skin edge and...

A Functional Approach to Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune disease is the most common medical condition managed in our healthcare system, ahead of heart disease and cancer. In fact, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from some form of autoimmune condition yet it hardly gets the recognition it deserves. There are over 100 known autoimmune conditions and a significant number of them have increased over the past ten years. For example, Crohn’s Disease, an inflammatory condition of the bowel, has increased as much as 300%. An NIH study done in April of 2020 showed that an increasing number of people have a positive ANA, signaling autoimmunity. In the study, they took blood samples of 14,211 individuals who were 12 and older and found that in 1988-1991 the incidence of positive ANA was 11%. This number rose...

Why prescription sleep aids are not a long term solution

According to the CDC, one in three Americans has trouble getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep a night. While getting enough sleep is integral to your health, one of the most common solutions might be doing more harm than good. Prescription sleep medicine is commonly prescribed to patients who have trouble sleeping, but it’s not helpful in the long run. The Harm of Long-Term Use Prescription sleep medicine might be okay to use short-term, but side effects become more dangerous the longer it’s used. Depending on the prescription, side effects can range from changes in appetite, daytime drowsiness, and heartburn to memory problems, stomach pain, and uncontrollable shaking in the body. Some prescription sleep medicines can be addictive along with harmful side effects if used for an extended...

3 Natural Sleep Aids for Better Sleep

Getting 7-9 hours of sleep at night is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Sleeping enough boosts the immune systems, improves mood and memory, and lowers the risk of serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. According to the CDC 1 in 3 Americans don’t get enough sleep. While many Americans turn to sleeping pills, there is a healthier solution — natural sleep aids. Here are three natural sleep aids which can improve your sleep, and your overall health, naturally. 1) Melatonin THRIVE’s Melatonin PR 3 mg supplement provides a natural dose of melatonin to make your sleep quality better. Melatonin is one of the most common sleeping supplements and for a good reason. Best taken 90 minutes before bedtime,...

Introduction to Meditation Series

Discover how meditation can be a powerful tool for managing stress and showing up for life. It’s one of the keys to keeping your immune system high and finding calm in your body & mind. Also, meditation helps develop compassion for yourself and others. Teaching you to walk through life grounded. This series is perfect for anyone who’s interested in integrating meditation into daily life. During this series, you'll learn and practice several different meditation techniques. This gives you the opportunity to explore & learn what works best for you. Each session will include a combination of lecture, discussion, and practice. Dress comfortably and bring a journal if you like to take notes. [mkdf_button size="" type="" text="Sign Up for Series" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://thrivecarolinas.com/event/introduction-to-meditation-series-full-series/" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color=""...

What Questions To Ask Your Functional Medicine Provider?

Questions for Functional Medicine Practitioners Is getting to the root cause of your health issue a goal of yours? Our Functional Providers are all certified by the Institute of Functional Medicine and believe in delivering a whole-health approach towards healing. If you're interested in becoming a patient of Thrive's or consulting with a functional medicine provider here are some questions that you may consider asking a clinician who practices Functional Medicine: How would you describe your practice? Do you work with other clinicians – Nutrition Professionals, Health Coach, etc.? Do you have any information you could send me about your practice? Do you have experience treating my condition(s)? Please describe your Functional Medicine training. Do you take insurance? Or are you a cash practice? What are the main...

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...

IV Nutrient Therapy Now Offered

We're pleased to announce that Thrive now offers IV Nutrient Therapy!! What is IV Nutrient Therapy? IV Nutrient Therapy is used to help with the following issues Boost energy and performance Prevent illness Enhance immunity and energy levels Aid in the Detoxification process Aid in Gut health, repair and digestion By administering vitamins, minerals and other nutrients via an IV our bodies absorb them quickly, providing an optimal experience and effective treatment. What type of IV Therapy treatments do we offer? Right now, we are offering the following three different treatments: Myers Cocktail: This treatment is a combination of Magnesium, Vitamin C and B and is often associated with treating hangovers, pain, fatigue and with people working through an array of detox programs. It's a popular "cocktail" in the Infusion...

Cruciferous Vegetables

One of the best things you can do to improve your overall health is to start making small changes in your diet. 2021 brings a new year and an increased motivation to participate in cleaner eating, detox programs, and new exercise plans.   We all know that eating fruits and vegetables is a foundation aspect of a healthy diet and lifestyle.  Unfortunately, only about 1 in 10 Americans consume the recommended 5-9 servings of these foods a day.   Despite the mounting evidence of the health benefits of including these in your diet, the vast majority of us are falling short. Making a small change in just this area of your health can have big results!   One easy place to start is to expand the variety...