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Lifestyle Medicine

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Recommendations for Sleep Duration for Children

Sleep is a vital component of a child’s overall health and wellness. Sleeping the recommended number of hours on a regular basis is associated with improvements in Attention, memory, and learning Behavior and emotional regulation Quality of Life Mental and physical health Sleeping too much or too little may contribute to poor health outcomes in pediatric populations.  Insufficient sleep is associated with attention, behavior, and learning problems.  It also increases the risk of accidents and injuries and is associated with increased risk factors for depression, hypertension, and diabetes. The following table contains the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s consensus recommendations for the amount of sleep needed to promote optimal health in children and adolescents. Age Group Hours of Sleep Infants (4-12 months) 12-16 hours 1-2 years 11-14 hours 3-5 years 10-13 hours 6-12 years 9-12 hours 13-18 years 8-10 hours  ...

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Autumn: The Harvest and Letting Go

Dr. Scott Greenapple In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we look at seasons and consider them as elements. With each change of the season, there are elements and meridians that correspond.  We look at the meridians and elements and how they tend to have a direct correlation to both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. We are now going from the relaxed carefree world of summer to the more serious and introspective energies that are associated with autumn. Fall is the metal element and the meridians involved are the lungs and the large intestine. This is the time of year for organization and setting boundaries.  Finish up projects you have started in spring and summer.  Focus on internal and cultivate your body-mind practice becoming more introspective.  The...

Chronic Medical Diseases We Treat

At Thrive we take an individualized and personalized approach towards treating our patients. Many people still don't know that Functional Medicine tries to help treat your ill by treating the root cause of the problem. This is a small selection of some of the chronic medical diseases we treat at Thrive.   Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): A widespread condition involving recurrent abdominal pain and diarrhea or constipation, often associated with stress, depression, anxiety, or previous intestinal infection. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) A disorder that involves chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Skin Irritations A stimulus or agent which induces the state of irritation. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) An autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. Anxiety A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with...

The Power of Movement: Living an Active Lifestyle

Being consistently active helps you to live longer, have a better quality of life, improve your mental health, and improve your self-image. Take charge of your mental and physical health in only a few minutes a day. You can make big improvements to your health and energy levels by making small and deliberate healthy lifestyle choices that involve moving more every day. Emphasize Fun What is something you love? Whether that’s music, birds, friends, trampolines, or books, you can shape your activity plan around the things you love. Walk to and from a spot where you can listen to the birds every day; explore love libraries from top to bottom; take the stairs when you visit friends; take a dance class that incorporates music you love. Make...

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It’s Not All in Your Head – Unraveling the Root Causes of Anxiety and Depression

[caption id="attachment_7952" align="alignleft" width="226"] Dr. Nancy Palermo[/caption] By: Dr. Nancy Palermo “The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it. “Hippocrates It is estimated that over 44 million Americans suffer from mental disease and half of all adults will struggle with mental illness during their lifetime. Depression and anxiety are the most common diagnoses. Women are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed. One in seven women are medicated for depression and anxiety and 1out of 4 are on medication by the time they reach their forties. Conventional approaches to mental disease focus on imbalances of neurotransmitters with treatment involving medications to increase or decrease the abnormalities. For decades we have been led to believe this chemical imbalance was the cause of psychiatric disease...

Breath Practice: Making Your Own Medicine

Some of the most chronic and debilitating diseases that affect most North Americans if not all populations can be significantly helped with something as simple as the breath. With changing the pattern of your breath, you can get almost instantaneous changes in your physical and emotional wellbeing. With deep breaths and longer exhalations, your body starts to increase and decrease certain neurotransmitters and hormones that have positive effects on your overall wellbeing. In the most basic sense, just by changing your breath to one that involves more of the diaphragm, a large muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, we can shift the body into more of the parasympathetic response of the autonomic nervous system. The parasympathetic system is more of what is termed the rest and digest...

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Monday Motivation | The Healing Powers of Breath

Dr. Greenapple shares the importance of breath and the healing within when done correctly in this weeks Monday Motivation. https://vimeo.com/351933746 [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/dr-sg/breath-practice-making-your-own-medicine/" text="Breath: Making Your Own Medicine" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/functional-and-integrative-medicine/thriver-medical-membership/" text="Become A Thriver!" ]...

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids

Food Sources: Essential Fatty Acids Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) cannot be created by the body; they are called “essential” because they must be obtained through the diet.  There are two primary families of essential fatty acids: Omega-6 and Omega-3.   Linoleic acid (LA) and Arachidonic acid (AA) are two common omega-6 fatty acids.  LA is found in most plant oils, and AA is present in meat, poultry, and eggs.  Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are the most common omega-3 fatty acids.  ALA is found in some plant foods and EPA/DHA in fatty fish.   The Adequate Intake (AI) for omega-6 fatty acids are as follows: Females, ages 19-50: 12 grams per day Females, ages 51+: 11 grams per day Females (pregnant, lactating): 13 grams per...

The Power of Movement

The Power of Movement Living an Active Lifestyle   Being consistently active helps you to live longer, have a better quality of life, improve your mental health, and improve your self-image. Take charge of your mental and physical health in only a few minutes a day.   You can make big improvements to your health and energy levels by making small and deliberate healthy lifestyle choices that involve moving more every day.  Here are a few key tips to remember to be successful.   Emphasize Fun. What is something you love? Whether that’s music, birds, friends, trampolines, or books, you can shape your activity plan around the things you love. Walk to and from a spot where you can listen to the birds every day; explore local libraries from top to...

Tips to Incorporate Mindful Movement Every Day

Tips to Incorporate Mindful Movement Every Day Mindfulness brings a new dimension to movement. Rather than moving for the sake of moving, or to accomplish a goal, mindful movement is practiced anchoring the body in the present moment. Many people feel more harmonious, relaxed, and calm after practicing mindful movement.   Known Health Conditions that Benefit from Mindful Movement: Anxiety Asthma Cardiometabolic diseases Carpal Tunnel Chronic Pain Depression Multiple Sclerosis   Standing Exercise: Stand with your feet planted, shoulder-length apart, knees slightly bent. Relax your shoulders and tuck your chin slightly. Breathe in and out, then inhale as you bring your arms out to the side, raising them slowly up over your head as you inhale. Exhale as you let your arms lower, then bring your hands in...