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Gardening For Your Health with Dr. Tracy Larson

Spring is here right on time. There has never been a more important time to pause. To step out into the yard, take a deep breath, smell spring in the air and the grass beneath your toes. It's time to reconnect with nature and enjoy the emotional and physical benefits of gardening. It's a great way to get outdoors, reconnect with nature and practice social distancing! Learn more from Dr. Tracy Larson https://vimeo.com/399864965 [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/category/monday-motivation/" text="Catch Up On Motivation!" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/functional-and-integrative-medicine/thriver-medical-membership/" text="Become A Thriver!" ]...

Pan-Seared Cod in White Wine Tomato Sauce

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons Light Olive Oil 4 pieces Fresh Cod Fillets (200-250 grams each) 300 grams Cherry Tomatoes cut in half 1/4 cup Garlic, chopped finely 1/2 cup Chardonnay White Wine Juice of 1 Lemon Fresh Thyme Leaves Salt & Pepper, to taste Directions: Heat oil in a large sauté pan. Season cod fillets with salt and paper. Add it to the pan and cook until golden brown and tender, it will take about 3 minutes on each. Once the cod fillets are cooked, remove from the pan and set it aside. Use the same sauté pan, add more oil if pan is getting dry. Add the cherry tomatoes and cook until they are soft and blistering. Add the garlic and sauté for about a minute. ...

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...

Mindfully Detox Your Life

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.” – Robert Tew   Detoxing is not solely related to nutrition. The act of mindfully detoxing should involve all aspects of your life. From letting of what no longer serves you, to creating space for more things that bring joy into your life - mindfully detoxing your life is a wonderful act of self-respect. There are many ways to create space for renewal as you embrace this new decade with a healthier you. Each week we will provide another area on which to focus. After 6 weeks, you will be well on your way to a less stressed and cluttered life. And invigorated for a healthy spring!   Step 1: Mental Detox: Mediation...

Monday Motivation: Mindfulness & Stress

As you wrap up on the new year detox season, it's important to understand that your mind needs a cleanse, too. Don't forget to nourish your mind with meditation, mindfulness, and peace. https://vimeo.com/393342202 [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/category/monday-motivation/" text="Catch Up On Motivation!" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/functional-and-integrative-medicine/thriver-medical-membership/" text="Become a Thriver!" ]  ...

Why Magnesium Matters…

Magnesium is an essential mineral and is the fourth most abundant mineral used in the body. It is an essential cofactor for over 300 enzymatic systems in the body that regulate biochemical reactions. Some of these include protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood pressure maintenance, bone structure, energy production, memory, and detoxification. In 2015 the Food and Drug Administration concluded that Americans were under consuming magnesium and listed it as a “nutrient of concern”. Turns out over 60% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. The recommended RDA in men is 400 mg and in women is 310 mg. (older adults and athletes may need 20 – 50 mg more). Deficiency symptoms include anxiety and agitation, restless legs and muscle cramps, sleep disorders, abnormal heart rhythms, poor nail...

Monday Motivation: Magnesium Levels

Magnesium is vital during any detox program to maximize your body's ability to eliminate toxins. We often have a hard time getting enough magnesium into our diets. Dr. Palermo discusses ways to boost your levels and the benefits of each option in this Monday Motivation. https://vimeo.com/385268869 [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/functional-and-integrative-medicine/thriver-medical-membership/" text="Become A Thriver!" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/category/monday-motivation/" text="Catch Up On Motivation!" ]  ...

Monday Motivation: Winter Health: Acupuncture and the elements

WINTER: STAYING HEALTHY WITH ACUPUNCTURE AND THE ELEMENTS [caption id="attachment_2447" align="alignleft" width="269"] Scott Greenapple D.C., C.C.S.P., F.I.A.M.A.[/caption] In winter, nature seems to be at rest. Within the darkness and hibernation, we can rest and recharge. Slowing down, conserving our energy and working on our internal balance or more “Yin” energy. In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the element associated with winter is water and the two meridians and organs associated with the water element are the kidneys (Yin) and the bladder (Yang). The kidneys and the bladder control water metabolism and maintain homeostasis. Earth is made up of 75% water and approximately 60% of our body weight is water. In western medicine the kidney’s control and stabilize blood pressure, filter and eliminate fluid waste. With aging, we tend to lose water. Our bodies...

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The Relaxation Response

The Relaxation Response is a simple, effective, mind/body approach to relieving stress.  Some qualities of the Relaxation Response include… Decreased heart rate Decreased blood pressure Lower respiratory rate Lower pulse rate Decreased oxygen consumption Decreased muscle tension Reduction of cortisol Reduction of noradrenaline Steps for the Relaxation Response Sit quietly in a comfortable position. Close your eyes. Deeply relax all your muscles, beginning at your feet and progressing up to your face. Keep them relaxed. Breathe through your nose. Become aware of your breathing. As you breathe out, say the word, “one”, silently to yourself. Continue for 10 to 20 minutes. Do not worry about whether you are successful in achieving a deep level of relaxation.  Maintain a passive attitude and permit relaxation to occur at its...