Vitamin Testing – Legit or Pseudo-Science?

If you are dealing with unexplained symptoms, you are probably looking for answers outside the box.  This makes sense.  When standard options don’t provide a solution, you have to turn elsewhere.  Frequently, trying a vitamin or supplement is a first step.  With this in mind, several labs have started to offer vitamin testing.  Clinicians promote this as a way to dial in your true needs.  This should leave one asking, does this actually help me better define my nutritional needs, or just help someone sell me supplements.

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What is Functional Medicine?

Some call it nutritional care.  Those that have experienced its benefit label it wellness.  And let’s not forget the skeptics, who still relegate it to the arena of alternative medicine.  However, the official title for identifying the needs of the body and restoring them is called Functional Medicine.  The term itself has not become mainstream, though its use has been present for nearly two decades.  Not a household phrase just yet, strong indicators and trends suggest that it soon will be.  So, what is functional medicine?  Let’s dive deeper.

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Even Borderline Vitamin Deficiency Can Sabotage Your Motivation

Even Borderline Vitamin Deficiency Can Sabotage Your Motivation

The thief of your motivation and energy may be a simple vitamin deficiency.  Yet, is it fair to suggest that it is simple?  After all, it hardly seems logical to label something as simple when it is significant enough to change your entire day.  Think about it.  Are you going to be the best version of you with low motivation and energy.  Of course not!  Without you realizing it, a vitamin deficiency could be the primary reason you dread starting each day.

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Brain Fog: Is the Real Issue in Your Gut?

Brain Fog: Is the Real Issue in Your Gut?

It might seem logical to think of brain fog as a brain issue.  However, is this really the case?  Brain fog affects us all at times, but where do you turn when you feel like you are living in a fog.  If your new normal is not being mentally quick on your feet, forgetting where you placed things or why you went into a room, it might be time to take a deeper look at the cause of brain fog.

The unfortunate truth is that brain fog is a complaint that is ignored or pushed to the side too often.  As frustrated patients often report to me, they were told that it was simply a sign of aging.  Some say that have been told that it was linked to depression.  Others say they are left with no answers or hope and to return for another visit if it gets worse.  This later is called watchful waiting.  I don’t know about you, but that does not invoke a sense of comfort to watch and see if something gets worse.

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Heal Leaky Gut- 5 Best Winter Plants to Eat

Heal Leaky Gut – 5 Best Winter Plants to Eat

Most of the time healing a leaky gut requires supplementation.  Names like glutamine and probiotics typically top the list.  They do a good job and I frequently recommend them.  But even the best supplementation is limited if the food you eat is sabotaging your efforts.  I like to think of food as medicine, because it is.  One thing I learned early on is that food is either healing your body or destroying it.  That is equally true of the gut.  To heal leaky gut, the right foods are essential.

Change of Season

Leaky gut contributes to a long list of symptoms and diseases.  Most are not easily associated with a problem in the gut.  However, it is amazing the benefits one experiences when nurturing the gut.  Unparalleled and lasting effects can be seen by enhancing the relationship the gut has with the rest of the body.

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Nut Milk Alternatives to Dairy Giving You a False Sense of Security?
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Nut Milk Alternatives to Dairy Giving You a False Sense of Security?

Not that I ever visited Starbucks with any frequency, but they now offer nut milk alternatives to dairy as an option.  Now if you are a Starbucks regular, you are probably thinking they are providing you a better alternative.  Not being a dairy source, there is no concern of dairy related symptoms like increased phlegm and congestion.  Yet know this.  When you place that order for coconut milk instead of regular milk, you are doing so under a false sense of security that it is a better option.

Choosing coconut milk at Starbucks poses its own risk.  You are not getting what you think you are.  This is not unique to Starbucks.  They are just providing what is in demand.  Same goes for other coffee shops.  The burden here lies at the feet of the consumer.  Your willingness to accept a nut milk alternative to dairy as better simply because it is a different is leading you astray.  You must look deeper.  Nut milk alternatives to dairy can be better, but only if you know how to select them.

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5 Lies You've Been Told About Fasting
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5 Lies You’ve Been Told About Fasting

“Should I do a fast?”  With fasting receiving so much attention, you may be asking yourself the same question.  Fasting advocates declare it the dietary approach to trump all others.  Everyone should be routinely fasting.  I say that is nonsense.  There is no universally acceptable diet strategy.  If there was, my job would be a lot easier.  I wouldn’t have to listen to patient input, order labs and dedicate my time to deciphering the results.  Instead, I could get away with recommending everyone follow pre-generated directions.

Instead, I want to apply some critical thinking to fasting.  I have been applying fasting for several years professionally and personally, but this is my first dive into writing some content around it.  I will be honest with you.  Fasting frustrates me.  Not because I am against it.  I actually lean on it hard at times.  It frustrates me because of all the misinformation about it.

So when asked, “Should I do a fast”, be prepared.  A 30 second answer is not going to follow.  This deserves more explanation.

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How to Boost Testosterone in 2 Weeks, No Pellets, Shots or Creams

How to Boost Testosterone in 2 Weeks, No Pellets, Shots or Creams

I have had a surge in guys asking how to boost testosterone.  The first thing I tell them is that if you are listening to all the conventional gibberish about raising testosterone, then I cannot help you.  Why?  Simple!  Because your box isn’t big enough for me.  If testosterone is going to increase on my watch, it’s because I taught you that there is more to correcting your issue than using a pellet, cream or injection to raise a lab number.

Are You Still a Man?

Are you still a man?  What makes a man?  More testosterone?  Wrong!  Kick butt, consistent motivation and energy, a solid physique with ample muscle, strength and lower fat, and a demanding libido with the ability to perform.  This is after all the stereotypical male image for a reason.

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Organic Foods have More Nutrients, or Do They

Organic Foods have More Nutrients, or Do They?

Is it a natural conclusion to assume organic foods have more nutrients than conventionally grown foods?  Organic foods are all the buzz.  Their popularity on store shelves and restaurant menus has significantly escalated.  This elevated hype is driven by the assumption that organic foods are the healthier option?  But what if they are not?  It’s time to raise the question.

Organic Food Defined

There are many beliefs regarding organic foods.  Some accurate, though many are only partly so.  Being heavily interested in this topic for personal food production and also being a resource for patients, I had to dive into what constitutes organic.  Many will call organic free of herbicides and pesticides.  Admittedly, you and I both have likely made that assumption at times.  Turns out we are wrong.

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Natural vs. Non-GMO vs. Organic – The True Meaning Revealed
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Natural vs. Non-GMO vs. Organic – The True Meaning Revealed

Natural vs. Non-GMO vs. Organic.  Which one should I buy?  Frequently I am asked some variation of this question.  I am always excited when someone asks me this question.  I get it.  Trying to decipher what these words mean can be difficult.

Let me tell you the real reason I am writing this.  You see, I remember being the sucker at the grocery store looking at labels.  I didn’t know I was getting taken advantage of at the time.  Catchy words like healthy, gluten-free and natural got me more times than I care to admit.  I ate those foods thinking I was getting the best version of those foods available.  Turns out, I was wrong.

Now, you are free to make the same mistake that I did.  However, a better option might be to learn from my mistakes.  To help you avoid going down the same road I did, I am going to tell you what the food industry and their marketing teams hope you never figure out.  Let me show you how they make average food looking amazing with a few misunderstood terms.

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