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The Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms (Not Those Kind)

Medicinal Mushrooms [caption id="attachment_4410" align="alignleft" width="371"] Image Courtesy of Kikkoman[/caption] At Thrive, we are always trying to motivate our clients to get in the kitchen and cook. Cooking at home is the best way to control your diet and optimize the ingredients that enter your body. As more nutritional data is released, there is clear support for the medicinal benefits of food. Nutritional studies support an Anti-Inflammatory Whole Food Plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, legumes and organic meats in small amounts. This diet is consistent with a Mediterranean diet but includes the foods of many other cultures for diversity and benefits. One of the best ways to keep yourself motivated is to introduce new foods and ingredients to keep your diet exciting. Cooked Asian mushrooms...

Why You Might Want to Give Kundalini Yoga a Try

Why You Might Want to Give Kundalini Yoga a Try Kundalini yoga is considered one of the most comprehensive of yoga practice combining meditation, mantra, physical exercise and breathing into one practice. Kundalini is also one of the oldest forms of yoga practice – in fact, it dates to 1000 BC. This ancient practice was recently brought to the US by Yogi Bhajan and has quickly been heralded as a true mind and body experience with benefits beyond the physical. In fact, the cognitive benefits of the practice are so intriguing that this form of yoga has been considered therapy for those suffering from depression, anxiety, brain fog, and early cognitive decline. Mental disease is at epidemic levels in the US. Over 16million Americans suffer from depression and more than...

Suggestions for Better Sleep

Suggestions for Better Sleep Courtesy of the Institute of Functional Medicine  MINIMIZE OR AVOID STIMULANTS Avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime. Avoid caffeine-containing beverages or foods after 2 pm; if sensitive to caffeine, avoid it after 12 noon. Avoid Sudafed or other decongestant cold medicines at night. Some medications may have stimulating effects. Complete any aerobic exercise before 6 pm.   NIGHTTIME TENSION AND ANXIETY Avoid anxiety-provoking activities close to bedtime. Avoid watching the news before going to bed. Avoid reading stimulating, exciting materials in bed. Avoid paying bills before bed. Avoid checking your financial reports or the stock market before bedtime. Avoid arguments before bedtime. Try to achieve some action plan or resolution of a discussion or argument before trying to go to sleep. Avoid repeated negative...

Power of Rest in Creating Optimal Health and Wellness

Power of Rest in Creating Optimal Health and Wellness Courtesy of the Institute of Functional Medicine Rest is one of the most important factors for creating wellness.  Restorative activities can include mental, physical, and/or emotional activities that help to promote resilience.  Particularly if you are under chronic stress, restful activities can break the cycle of stress and assist you on the path to health.   Knowing that the brain is not static, but instead has plasticity, underlines one of the key reasons to practice restful habits: you can learn to be healthier, happier, and more connected.  Focusing on the process of restoration, rather than current complaints or states, allows you to take charge of your own health and wellness.   Many people turn to televisions, alcohol, or other semi-harmful activities to...

The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases

The Outcome of Functional Medicine Residency Increases   More than 400 practitioners have received Functional Medicine training through the Tallahassee Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program (FMRP).  Approximately twenty of these practitioners have also received training at IFM’s Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) course.  With that being said, this partnership has resulted in the successful treatment of more than 1,000 patients since 2011.   In the fall of 2016, FMRP implemented an ongoing 16-week cardiometabolic medical visit program.  Each week, 12 patients attend a two-hour program to learn about lifestyle, making healthy choices, and coping with emotions.  Meanwhile, these patients rotate through 15-minute clinical appointments with a practitioner and a shadow resident.   This program is beneficial for both practitioners and patients: practitioners are able to integrate Functional Medicine into their...

Why to Consider an Independent Primary Care Physician

Independent Primary Care Physicians   Patients have been comforted into a costly daze allowing reimbursement policies to govern their decisions in managing their health.  Meanwhile, reliant on reimbursement revenue for survival, physicians may continuously reshape care delivery to mirror the ever-shifting values of payers.   This period of medicine is drawing quickly to a close.  As consumers shoulder the growing burden of healthcare costs, America is waking up to the reality of an apparent oxymoron.  With deductibles ballooning to thousands of dollars, most working-age Americans are now insured, self-pay patients.   For primary care physicians, in particular, this new reality creates an extremely important for in the road. Consumers hate the old, payer-driven model of primary care.  Now that they are footing the bill, they will seek out and buy what...

Your Health is Your Most Valuable Asset

Your Health is Your Most Valuable Asset   You can expect to spend a lot more time when you visit a Functional Medicine practitioner than you would with a conventional provider.  You can also expect to do a lot of talking, as a large part of Functional Medicine is exploring your detailed personal and family history, the circumstances around your first symptoms, and the experiences you have had with other healthcare providers.  What the Institute for Functional Medicine teaches practitioners is how to uncover the underlying causes of your health problems through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing.   People may find that working with an IFM-trained provider helps them get to the bottom of perplexing problems that have eluded other clinicians for years. Patient Tips for Working...

Harnessing the Energy of the Summer Solstice

SUMMER: ACUPUNCTURE AND THE FIRE ELEMENT Summer is officially here.  Days are longer and typically filled with sunshine.  The season brings with it abundant energy, growth, and fun-filled activities. In traditional Chinese medicine, five element theory, acupuncture and eastern philosophy, this season is considered to be in the fire element.  It is the time of year for acupuncture treatments to focus on balancing this element. All elements in acupuncture have corresponding meridians or organs and the fire element consists of the heart and the small intestine.  The fire element is primarily governed by the heart.  In fact, in Chinese medicine, the heart is considered to be the ruler, much like a queen or king.  The heart may represent our relationship to ourselves and to others. https://vimeo.com/343954725 In western medicine,...

Monday Motivation: The Case Against Cola

A 20 oz Cola has 17 tsp of sugar and is associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.   [embed]https://vimeo.com/342080072[/embed]   The caramel coloring is linked to cancer and vascular abnormalities. Drinking diet Cola can cause a 2-fold reduction in kidney function. If that is not enough maybe hearing some other uses for Cola will make you think twice before cracking open a can…. Remove Rust You can use Cola to take rust off wheel spokes or other outdoor equipment ladened with rust. The phosphoric acid in the cola is responsible for this process. You can also use to loosen rusted bolts. Bring an old battery to life… If your car battery is dead you can use cola to clear oxidized terminals on the battery. It is...

Monday Motivation: The Truth about Sunscreen

It's beach season, and we're all looking to protect our skin with Sunscreen. Listen to Dr. Amy Fletcher discuss what types of ingredients to look for when buying that next bottle. https://vimeo.com/341336253 [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" ]...