Floss Your Teeth Daily To Reduce Your Risk Of Stroke

You may be familiar with common stroke-prevention strategies: Exercise regularly, eat plenty of vegetables, minimize stress, and keep inflammation at bay. But did you know taking good care of your teeth and gums is a major way to lower stroke risk? A new study has found a significant link between stroke and oral bacteria. An analysis of blood clots from …

Depressed & Anxious? Volunteering Reduces Symptoms

Depression and anxiety are hitting all-time highs these days, sending millions of Americans in search of relief. While many avenues reduce or eliminate symptoms, particularly functional medicine protocols that reduce chronic inflammation, one must still tend to the health of the psyche. One powerful but overlooked relief from depression and anxiety is to spend time volunteering.  Volunteering has been shown …

Your Gallbladder Can Cause Gut And Health Problems

People tend not to think about their gallbladder unless gallstones become a painful and debilitating problem requiring surgery. However, your gallbladder could be causing gut problems or chronic inflammatory issues, even if you have no overt gallbladder symptoms. In fact, gallbladder issues are one of the most common reasons people have chronic gastrointestinal symptoms that are difficult to treat. This …

Nine Possible Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight

For some people weight loss is pretty straightforward: They just need to cut out sodas and sweets and hit the gym regularly. For others, especially those with a chronic health disorder, weight loss remains elusive despite and weight gain happens far too easily despite doing everything right.  Weight gain and weight loss resistance are very common symptoms among people with …

Controversial New Study Reports Statins Useless

A controversial new study found that high cholesterol does not shorten life span and that statins are essentially a “waste of time,” according to one of the researchers. Previous studies have linked statins with an increased risk of diabetes.  The study reviewed research of almost 70,000 people and found that elevated levels of “bad cholesterol” did not raise the risk …

Gut Problems Can Have Different Root Causes

In the world of functional medicine, it has long been known that gut health is paramount to the health of the rest of the body. For decades we didn’t fully understand why, although we knew the gut was the seat of the immune system and chronic inflammation. Now with the gut microbiome renaissance underway, we also understand how integral gut …

“Lazy” And No Motivation Can Be Due To Inflammation

Many of us are pretty good at beating ourselves up when we have lost our motivation, calling ourselves lazy or worthless. But research shows laziness, or lack of motivation, can actually be a symptom of chronic inflammation.  A natural state of health is to want to engage in life. If you don’t want to and don’t care, this is a …

What Type Of Brain Inflammation Do You Suffer From?

If you suffer from autoimmune Hashimoto’s low thyroid, you may also suffer from some degree of brain inflammation. Symptoms of brain inflammation brain fog, fatigue, poor motivation, and depression. Sometimes brain inflammation can be debilitating if it is advanced enough.  What type of brain inflammation do you have? Brain inflammation can be subtle, moderate, or severe. It can also be …

Exercise And Autoimmune Disease: A Balancing Act

Although autoimmune disease symptoms can vary depending on the tissue the immune system is attacking, most people with autoimmunity struggle with bouts of fatigue, energy “crashes,” brain fog, inflammation, and pain. These symptoms can throw a frustrating wrench in your exercise habit. Or if these reoccurring symptoms have prevented you from starting an exercise routine, take heart. Regular exercise can …

Autoimmune Diseases Considered Epidemic Today

 Although few doctors know how to successfully manage autoimmune disease — a condition in which the immune system attacks the body — researchers say it has become a modern epidemic, affecting more people than heart disease and cancer combined. Conventional medicine also argues autoimmune disease has mysterious origins and is primarily genetic, but again research paints a different picture — …