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Enhance Your Immune System this Spring with a Detox

Cleansing your mind, body, and spirit. In turn, Detox your life and enhance your immune system Dr. Scott Greenapple   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). The spring season is 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...

Spice Up Your Life…and Your Health

Most good cooks know that using herbs and spices in food preparation helps flavor food without adding extra sodium, calories sugar, and fat. Modern science has given us more reasons to flavor our foods with these seasonings. Many herbs and spices have shown medicinal benefits and are believed to be weapons against illnesses and chronic diseases. Spices and herbal therapies have been used for thousands of years in non-Western cultures as accepted remedies and cures for disease. A common saying in India cautions that “A house without ginger is a sick house”. In the past, these “therapies” were considered unorthodox by Western doctors, yet recent studies suggest there is a basis for their longevity. In cultures where herbs and spices are used in large quantities, the incidence of...

Your Top 10 Kitchen Prescription from Thrive

Below is your new prescription from Thrive The top 10 nutritional recommendations from our Let Food Be Thy Medicine series. Americans are over-medicated. We have drifted far from where we need to be to sustain our long-term health. Think of your kitchen as your best pharmacy and arsenal for disease prevention. Make small changes as you work toward the bigger goal of health and vitality. Your Top 10 Kitchen Prescription from Thrive: Aim to eat 8-12 servings of fruits and vegetables every day! Fill up your plate with seasonal variety. Choose wisely and locally; Reference the “Clean Fifteen” and “Dirty Dozen” regarding best organic options. Incorporate a variety of colors to provide a vast array of phytonutrients and antioxidant activity. Always choose color over white! Know how to best...

Mindfulness & Meditation

Below is a list of Exercises and Practices to Start at Home Cultivate Self-Awareness and Mindfulness “Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachment to it being right or wrong, good or bad “ -- Debbie Ford Take a quiet moment and pay attention to your emotions. Are you feeling happy, angry, sad? Are your emotions reflected in or caused by the state of your body? Pay attention to your shoulders and neck; Can you relax them? As you relax, take a few deep breaths and consider what might be causing your stress, anxiety, tension or negative thoughts. Reflect on your recent interactions then bring your attention back to the present moment. Think about your toes and how they feel right...

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Food Diversity can Help Optimize Health

Nancy A. Palermo MD As we begin to learn more about the impact of our gut health, we realize we may only be as healthy as our gut. Our gut microbiome, the microorganisms including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa living in our digestive tract, appears to play a significant role in our metabolism, immune and neuroendocrine responses. Roles of the microbiome include nutrient and mineral absorption, synthesis of important enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids, and production of 70% of our neurotransmitters, like serotonin and melatonin. Our gut bacteria are also responsible for producing compounds called short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Science shows SCFAs are the drivers of gut health. They appear to improve the gut environment by helping commensal or good bacteria grow. SCFAs repair intestinal permeability, referred to as “leaky...

How can vitamin K2 help your bones and heart?

By: Harlee Palmer MSW, PA-C Vitamin K comes in different forms; K1 and K2. K1, a phylloquinone is primarily found in plant foods, such as leafy greens and is used to make proteins involved in blood clotting. K2, refers to a collection of structures called menaquinones, abbreviated as MK with a number attached. MK 4, MK 7.One might see this distinction on a supplement bottle. K2 is made in small amounts by gut bacteria and is also found in fermented food and animal products. Recent research has explored its role in bone health, cardiovascular health and insulin sensitivity. The menaquinones getting the most attention are MK 4 and MK 7. MK7 shows promise for bone health by activating a protein called osteocalcin. Osteocalcin helps get calcium into the...

March is National Nutrition Month!

We at Thrive are celebrating National Nutrition Month this March! Thrive embraces a food-first philosophy knowing that helping our patients improve their diets' nutrient density - by increasing plant and whole-food intake will improve the overall health of almost everyone!   If you are dealing with a specific health condition, or are an athlete seeking to improve performance and recovery, or are now struggling with weight loss or seek improved mood and energy - nutrition is key.    We believe that by improving your diet, you can often avoid the initial expression of disease and certainly control the progression by optimizing your food choices for your specific needs. We are each unique individuals whose genetics and lifestyle can often dictate if we are diagnosed with a chronic condition. Often medicine...

The Benefits of Foundation Training with Dr. Mehta & Josh Brigham

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The Science Behind an Apple a Day

Nancy A. Palermo MD Everyone knows the saying” An apple a day keeps the doctor away” but current research into the power of food shows there are real reasons this powerful fruit might just reduce your doctor visits. Apples are nutritional powerhouses providing 4 gm of fiber, Vitamin C, and K but more importantly, one apple can provide 22% of the phenolic antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that help to neutralize free radicals in the body which can lead to tissue damage. Getting sufficient antioxidants is associated with a reduction in cancer cell proliferation, reduction in damage to our DNA, reduction of lipid oxidation, and cholesterol reduction leading to a reduction in cancer and heart disease. One medium-sized apple contains less than 100 calories and up to 4 gm...

Understanding Viveve's Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatment

Our primary goal at Thrive is to optimize our patients' health and well-being and foster vitality in mind, body, and spirit at every age. We encourage nutrient-rich diets, regular exercise, and a dedicated focus on self-care. However, one topic not as openly discussed is that of sexual health. Over the years, childbirth, menopause, aging, and gravity can take a toll on women's vaginal tissues. The muscles, ligaments, and fascia within the vaginal canal become weaker and, as a result, can impact bladder function and sexual intimacy. Fortunately, there is an increasing number of non-invasive options to address these issues. The physicians at Thrive have been offering Viveve non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation treatment over the past few years to improve women's lives (and the lives of their...