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Sleep Must Be a Priority

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy A. Palermo MD[/caption] Getting quality sleep is foundational for optimal health yet one out of every three Americans is not getting sufficient sleep. This reduction in sleep quantity and quality is leading to an array of health issues including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and mental disease. The conventional approach to sleep issues is a pill but this is not without side effects. Prescription sleep aids are associated with reduced sleep quality and even worse they pose a 5 times greater risk of memory and concentration problems, 2 times increased risk of falls and fractures, and 2 times the great risk of motor vehicle accidents. Long-term use is also associated with parasomnias-abnormal behaviors like sleepwalking, sleep eating, and sleep-driving. Recent data has shown...

This is Stress on Your Brain

[caption id="attachment_4832" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy Palermo, MD[/caption] Have you ever been in a stressful situation where you were so overwhelmed you could not think straight? More than likely it was related to your cortisol levels. Cortisol, which is produced by the adrenal glands in times of stress, plays an important role in aiding the body’s response to a stressful situation. When we are in an acute period of stress the body and mind need to be hyper-focused on survival. We remember details about the situation are not important, but when we are constantly stressed and cortisol levels remain high for long periods of time, it can wreak havoc on many organs, including the brain. When the brain is under prolonged stress the limbic system which is composed of the amygdala...

Motivation: Blue 💙 Zones and Moving

In this week's Motivation, Dr. Palermo talks more about the healthy habits of those living in the Blue 💙 Zones. Today we talk about the importance of moving freely. Do you find yourself sitting all day after your one-hour workout? Moving freely throughout the day is extremely important, so be more mindful if you are sedentary throughout your day. Dr. Palermo also talks about finding purpose and how this is a key lifestyle habit for those living in the Blue Zones. We hope you can implement some of these healthy habits into your everyday lives! ...

Motivation Gratitude and Being Thankful

Dr. Palermo talks about gratitude in this week’s Motivation. Do you perceive your glass as half empty or half full? Practicing gratitude + being thankful for what you have is the best way to fill your glass. We always like to think of something we are grateful for every single day-it’s an easy thing to do and a great way to start your day. We are so grateful for all of you and hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with friends + family. ...

Gratitude

      “It is not happiness that makes us grateful It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift. … Whatever life gives to you; you will respond with joy. Joy is the happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.” ― David Steindl-Rast   Thanksgiving is that time of year when we show gratitude for family, friends, and lives well lived. For a short period of time, we feel happiness-counting our blessings with an overall sense of contentment. Then when Monday rolls around it is business as usual. If we reaped any benefits from the holiday weekend they quickly disappear with the return of stress, negativity, depression, and loneliness. Our lives focus...

Motivation: Diabetes and Blood Sugar

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans will develop diabetes in their lifetime? In this week’s Motivation, Dr. Palermo talks more about Diabetes Awareness Month. The holidays can be hard when trying to keep our blood sugar in check. We are here to help you navigate the holiday season. On November 15th, we offer a cooking class focusing on Healthy Holiday recipes. Planning ahead always helps with this time of year + Thrive is here to help you do just that! ...

What Exactly is Clean Eating?

[caption id="attachment_9894" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nancy A. Palermo MD[/caption] Clean eating is an important part of what we provide at Thrive is Functional Medicine. Functional Medicine is a completely different approach to symptoms and diseases. It aims to get to the root cause of the symptoms rather than cover them up with medication. When we talk about root causes we cannot proceed without discussing diet as it is such a foundational component of our health. When I first meet a patient at their Functional intake visit, we often discuss their diet. I would say that most of them say they eat clean and do not feel their diet is the cause of their issues. While this certainly might be true more than not, we can find some places where...

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