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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 ...

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Stomach Pain, Bloating and Indigestion: The after meal pain and suffering

Painful swelling, bloating, gas, and indigestion along with constipation or diarrhea are all issues associated with a condition called small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) They can be a result of overeating during the holidays. It can be broken further into other categories like irritable bowel syndrome with constipation or diarrhea and include Crohn’s/inflammatory bowel disorder. SIBO, for short, is a very common condition that may lead to food sensitivities, allergies, neurological symptoms and auto-immune conditions. Hypothyroidism, Psoriasis, Eczema, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and various rheumatological/arthritis issues have all been linked to SIBO and specific bacterial infections leading to these conditions. SIBO is an over growth of “beneficial or non-beneficial” bacteria in the small intestine. Risks factors that lead to SIBO are: Low stomach acid (from acid reducing drugs), irritable bowel, high simple carbohydrate diet, diabetes, antibiotic usage, food rea ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Have you hit a wall in your Type 2 Diabetes Management?

Over the years, my patients and I have found that a few simple steps really make a huge difference in improving blood sugar control, overall health, and how you feel throughout the day. Here are three you can take now:

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How Cupping Therapy Can Improve Your Health by: Dr. Pamela Langenderfer

Cupping therapy is one of the oldest methods of traditional Chinese medicine.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Chronic Disease of todays lifestyle.

Metabolic syndrome is combination of issues that occur together and increase your risk of heart disease, cancer and early death.

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Natural Treatments for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome (commonly known as "IBS") affects millions of people on a daily basis.  The symptoms of IBS may include constipation, bloating, abdominal cramping, gas or diarrhea. While medications can provide immediate relief, the results are usually temporary and do not treat the underlying causes of the digestive problem.

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Crossfit Paleo/Zone Meal Plans

Our recommendation to "eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar" is adequate to the task of preventing the scourges of diet-induced disease, but more accurate and precise prescription is necessary to optimize physical performance.

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6 Key Supplements for Athletic Performance Enhancement

There has been much research about endurance nutrition during racing. However, there has been little suggested for the recovery phase of training.

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