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Motivation: CoQ10 enzyme

In today’s Motivation, Harlee Palmer, PA shares why CoQ10 is so important. It provides energy for all cells in the body and is a powerful antioxidant that can help to counteract the processes that happen as we get older. Learn more about this powerful enzyme and we hope you have a wonderful week! https://vimeo.com/623487057  ...

Environmental Toxins

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="300"] Harlee Palmer, PA-C - Functional Medicine[/caption] In recent decades more than 100,000 chemicals have been introduced in common everyday products. Among these chemicals are endocrine disrupters that can have a significant impact on health. They can trigger autoimmune reactions such as allergies, eczema and modulate the immune response. Chemicals we breathe, eat and put on our bodies can affect the endocrine system and the gut which in turn can impact autoimmune disease as well as brain function. While genetics plays a role in the development of autoimmune disease, our lifestyle and environment can impact how these genes are expressed. It may seem overwhelming to think about how to protect ourselves from the constant assault of pesticides, pollution, and chemicals but there are definitely things we...

How Sleep Apnea Impacts Cognitive function

[caption id="attachment_4826" align="alignleft" width="300"] Article by Harlee Palmer, PA-C[/caption] Sleep Apnea is a much more serious health issue that has major effects on metabolic health and brain function. Sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the throat intermittently relax and block the airway. This causes snoring and a pause in breathing. The frequency of sleep apnea increases with age, obesity, alcohol use, male gender, cigarette smoking, hypertension, and diabetes. Sleep disorders do more than make one feel tired the next day. Studies show that when oxygen levels decrease, our brain takes a big hit—executive function declines, as well as our deductive reasoning skills. Brain imaging shows decreased volume in a part of the brain called the hippocampus and reduces gray matter. This can lead to hormonal imbalances, inflammation, and...

Monday Motivation: Elimination Diet & Food Sensitivity

Happy Monday! I’m Harlee Palmer, PA here at Thrive. As functional medicine providers, we often say that food is medicine. Yet, most of us make food choices throughout the day without really considering how it is impacting us. [embed]https://vimeo.com/535054098[/embed] If you paused for a moment and really checked in with your body, how do you feel? Are you tired, bloated, irritable? Do your joints hurt, have headaches, acne, acid reflux? Maybe your hormones are out of balance? Food intolerances can trigger some of these symptoms and the best and most affordable way to figure this out is an elimination diet. An elimination diet is the gold standard for figuring out which foods make you feel great and which create some of the symptoms I mentioned. So what does it involve?...

Monday Motivation: Alcohol & Habit Forming During COVID

We're stressed. COVID-19 put our lives in disarray and we're finding coping mechanisms to help relieve the stress. Many of us are turning to alcohol more to cope with this stress, however this is not the best answer. Thrive Physician Assistant Harlee Palmer shares the numbers that increased alcohol consumption is doing to our bodies and some hints and tips in finding alternatives. https://vimeo.com/473133098 Catch Up On Motivation Become A Thriver! ...