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Top 5 Causes of Your Fatigue

1. Low or high thyroid function (thyroid dysfunction)The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located in your neck. Thyroid hormone regulates your metabolism. Fatigue is a major symptom your thyroid is out of balance, it can happen in both hypo and hyperthyroidism. Getting a thorough thyroid panel will help you to determine if this is cause of your fatigue. Ask for the following labs: TSH, Free T3, Free T4, TPO, Thyroid autoantibody, Reverse T3. Also ask for a test of the nutrients that help your thyroid to function better such as: ferritin, vitamin D, B12. If these nutrients are low they are another reason for fatigue. 2. Low or high iron levels (iron dysfunction)Having too much or too little iron can cause fatigue. Low iron is often referred to as anemia. Often a CBC (complete blood count) is ran to screen for this but by the time this shows up in lab work the person is usually severely anemic. Thus ferritin is a better indicator for the need for iron supplementation because it measures the storage fo ...

Fix Your Hormones with Fiber - by Dr. Pamela Langenderfer

Many women suffer from hormonal imbalances such as PMS, uterine fibroids, hot flashes, PCOS, and acne. One of the most effective things to help restore balance is to include more fiber in your diet. Our liver is responsible for processing excess hormones and in doing so prepares extra estrogen to be released into our digestive tract to be eliminated in our stool. If we suffer from constipation or do not have enough probiotic bacteria, the estrogen can be reabsorbed and go back into circulation. A special kind of dietary fiber called lignin, present in flax seeds, beans and lentils, binds to estrogen in the digestive tract to ensure it is eliminated and not reabsorbed into our system. Dietary fiber also feeds the beneficial probiotic bacteria living in our gut and keeps them healthy. In this way fiber and probiotics work together with your liver to reduce your risk of breast, thyroid and prostate cancers and reduce PMS and perimenopausal symptoms. Dietary fiber also enhances blood sugar control. This action ...

Is a Leaky Gut Contributing to Your Health Problems?

The gut is the gateway to health. If your gut is healthy, chances are that you're in good health. However, there's a condition called leaky gut that can lead to a host of health problems. What is a leaky gut? The gut is naturally permeable to very small molecules in order to absorb these vital nutrients. Regulating intestinal permeability is one of the basic functions of the cells that line the intestinal wall. In sensitive people, things such as infections, toxins, stress, sugar, medications and gluten can also cause these tight junctions to break apart. Common medications that contribute to leaky gut are motrin, advil, steroids, antibiotics, and antacids. Common infections that contribute to leaky gut are candida overgrowth, parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Once these tight junctions get broken apart, you have a leaky gut. When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via ...

Natural Ways to Increase your Libido

The number one complaint that I hear from both men and woman is low libido. Low libido affects men and women. When faced with low libido or impotence, men (unfortunately) often turn to performance enhancing drugs, like Viagra. Women don't have the same options in prescription drugs, which is actually a blessing in disguise. Even though pharmaceutical drugs seem like an easy answer, they don't solve the root cause of low libido.

Do You Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

Did you know breast cancer is the second most common cause of death in women? Did you know that there is an easy way to assess your risk for breast cancer and other estrogen sensitive cancers such as uterine, ovarian, cervical, and prostate? Did you know that you can decrease your risk with diet, herbs, and vitamins? Estrogens are anabolic hormones that produce tissue growth. Since these hormones exert great biological activity in small doses, it is very important that the body effectively eliminates them.

Optimize your Fertility with Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture

Hormones are funny little things, you can't see them but they have a very powerful effect on our day to day well being. When a woman's hormones are out of balance she may experience symptoms such as PMS, fatigue, irregular periods, infertility, or depression to name a few. Naturopathic medicine and acupuncture can offer a safe natural way to restore balance.

The Benefits of Whey Protein

Adding protein to your diet is one of the most important changes you can make that will have a significant affect upon your health. Protein has many benefits to your health such as raising HDL (your good cholesterol), lowering triglycerides, decreases insulin resistance, promoting lean muscle growth and satiety.

Start the New Year Right with Our 10 day or 21 Day Detox

I don't know about you but I certainly overindulged a little too much this holiday season! The new year is a great time to do a detoxification program to restore, renew, and reset your sights for the upcoming year. Detoxification is a great tool because its simple, low cost and has superior therapeutic results. Our bodies detox continuously as a natural function. It's only when our detox mechanisms become overloaded that the process becomes less efficient and symptoms may occur. Toxins may be internal or external in origin. Pollution or pesticides in our food source put undue stress on our detox organs, especially the kidneys and liver. Improper digestion and imbalanced gut ecology provide internal forms of toxins in the way of metabolic by-products stemming from certain bacteria which have toxic side effects and therefore impact negatively on overall health by compromising detox pathways.

Supplement Quality: Is yours making the grade?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is in regards to over the counter supplements. People will tell me that they found CoQ10 for $10 and why would they pay more. The reality is that not all supplements are created equal.

Do you have Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common problems that I see in patients. Many chronic symptoms that people experience on a day to day basis are in part due to their overtaxed adrenal glands. Individuals experience continuous stress from emotional stressors and physical stressors (e.g. sleep deprivation, caffeine consumption, pain, extreme exercise) without adequate recovery.

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