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Laughter can be the best medicine, particularly during a Pandemic

The last 18 months have been a challenge for all of us in ways we are still understanding. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic left many feeling like victims, powerless against this deadly virus. We became dependent on a government and a healthcare system that used fear to drive our decisions. The exposure of CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester’s death toll ticker was formulated to keep people in fear and to drive up ratings by keeping people glued to the TV. There was no compassion. His explanation? “If it bleeds it leads”. The government and healthcare system have also driven the learned helplessness and victim mentality with promises to “Save the Day” with a vaccine and government funding which will miraculously get us out of the pandemic. Here...

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...

Asian Inspired Super Seven Salad

This crunchy, savory salad contains complete proteins with edamame, almonds, seeds, and quinoa plus the benefits of the fermented miso and vinegar. Add in the cruciferous powerhouses and the phytonutrients of the colorful carrots and red cabbage and you have good medicine in a bowl. The salad gets better with time so make ahead if possible so the flavors can combine. Make sure to pack a bowl in your lunch box too!! Ingredients ½ cup quinoa, rinsed 1 cup water 1 cup shelled edamame 1 ½ cup shredded white cabbage ½ cup shredded red cabbage 1 cup of shredded carrots 3 green onions sliced thin, green, and white parts. ½ cup slivered almonds ¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves Dressing 2 T toasted sesame oil 3 tsp rice...

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...

Thriving through the Holidays: Gifts of Health, Wellness, and Generosity

The holiday season is marked by food, family and of course gifts. Gift-giving is not only a big contributor to the stress of the season but also a big contributor to trash and waste. Americans throw out 25 percent more garbage between Thanksgiving and Christmas and some of the trash includes new Christmas gifts. A little mindfulness during gift selection can not only help to reduce this waste but may also please the recipients more than that last-minute holiday tie purchase.  Healthy Experiences and Services to Start 2021 Self-Care Thrive Gift Card for a Facial or Massage (Gift cards for single services or packages) Organic Skin Care- Eminence- Check out the new Gemstone Collection or one of the Organic Skin Starter sets Facial at Home-Osmosis Pur Skincare at home...

Monday Motivation: Benefits of Garlic

We're always touting the medicinal benefits of foods. One, in particular, is garlic. We know that garlic has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-oxide benefits. But there are plenty of additional reasons why you should add more garlic to your diet, spend a few minutes with Dr. Palermo as she shares why in this Monday Motivation. https://vimeo.com/394520468   [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!" ] [maxbutton id="4" url="https://thrivecarolinas.com/thrive-speaker-request/" text="Book Thrive Doc For Your Event! " ]  ...

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: Post Holiday Detox

If you're like most Americans, the time after the Holiday season is an ideal time to detoxify your body. The toxic load you typically take on during the holidays is usually higher than usual. January is a perfect time to lower this load by eating healthier, taking care of your body, exercising, and understanding how to remove toxic habits out of your life. Learn more about your Post-holiday detoxification in this Monday Motivation. https://vimeo.com/382923870 [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: Holidays and Gift Giving

The holidays are stressful and giving gifts just ads to that stress. Did you also know it increases our waste up to 25% between Thanksgiving and Christmas? Dr. Palermo shares some tips on how to limit our waste and stress in this Monday Motivation. https://vimeo.com/378177440 [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" ]  ...

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