Over-the-counter medicines are a lucrative business for the pharmaceutical industry. Americans make 2.9 billion trips to pharmacies to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) drugs every year, spending a whopping $34.3 billion dollars! (1, 2) While most OTC drugs have long been considered relatively harmless, recent research suggests otherwise; in many cases, the long-term consequences of taking OTC … Read moreHow Safe Is Your Over-the-Counter Medicine?
Did you know that your gut bacteria can influence your mood? Read on to learn about how the gut and brain communicate with each other, the evidence that connects the gut microbiome and anxiety, and how to fix gut dysbiosis. Is Anxiety in Your Brain or in Your Gut? Approximately 18 percent of U.S. adults … Read moreYour Gut Microbiome and Anxiety: What’s the Connection?
In this episode, we discuss: Why there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to your diet Why quality always matters more than quantity How to choose the right diet for you The Functional Medicine approach to diabetes Show notes: The Paleo Cure, by Chris Kresser “Carbohydrates: Why Quality Trumps Quantity,” by Chris Kresser “Why Quality Trumps Quantity When … Read moreRHR: What’s the Best Diet for Diabetes?
Depression and postpartum depression—often abbreviated as PPD—still carry a stigma that hinders optimal prevention and treatment. Unfortunately, most moms who go back to their doctors for postpartum check-ups are given little more than some general mental-health advice and perhaps a prescription for an antidepressant. Read on to learn about the potential causes of PPD, the … Read moreHow to Ease Symptoms of Postpartum Depression with Natural Treatments
What is Functional Medicine? It’s true healthcare. Functional Medicine is a distinct medical model—separate and, as you’ll come to learn, vastly different from the conventional approach—one that promotes wellness and helps both prevent and treat chronic disease, the biggest health problem we face today. Although its concepts are not new, in this way, its approach … Read moreWhat Is Functional Medicine?
The health benefits of having access to “green space”—from dense forests, fields, and lush parks to simple garden spaces, tree-lined streets, or a humble backyard—are well documented in scientific literature. This shouldn’t come as a surprise given that, as humans, we evolved in nature for most of our species’ existence. If we want to experience … Read moreThe Top Health Benefits of Green Space
On the surface, it may seem like they wouldn’t have much in common. But although these three individuals are dealing with such varied diagnoses, at vastly different stages of life, it’s possible their conditions all originated from the same place at the same time: their mother’s womb before they were born. Thanks to ongoing research … Read moreDiet and Pregnancy: How to Eat Healthy When You’re Expecting
This post was originally published on this site Unfortunately, the conventional treatments available for Parkinson’s disease are limited to surgical interventions and medications that come with numerous side effects. But a growing body of research indicates that there are many modifiable risk factors associated with the condition, providing us with clues as to what measures … Read moreHow to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease with Diet and Lifestyle
Fats, in general, get a bad rap in our heart-healthy and fat-obsessed diet culture. For years, we’ve been trained to put foods containing fat (and fat itself) in the “avoid” category, even if the alternative is sugar laden and artificially flavored. (A homemade chocolate chip cookie will likely do less damage than its phony fat-free … Read moreHealthy Fats: What You Need to Know
This post was originally published on this site Whatever your objective, kudos for planning to improve your health and well-being. But do you know how to set yourself up for success? When it comes to making changes, should you think big or start small? The answer may surprise you in our aim-high culture, yet decades … Read moreChanging Habits? You Need to Shrink the Change
Why would these tech titans stop their children from using the products they helped create and promote? Because they knew the grim truth: Technology addiction is a very real problem. Not only are innovations such as smartphones, social media, and the internet addictive by their very nature, but they’re also specifically engineered to take advantage … Read moreHow a Technology Addiction Can Hurt Your Health
Read on to learn about how estrogen relates to men’s health, why estrogen might go out of balance, and what to do if your levels aren’t in line. Estrogen in Men: You Need Balance Though estrogen is largely associated with women’s health, this sex hormone regulates many essential aspects of men’s health, too. The importance … Read moreEstrogen in Men: Why You Need to Balance Your Hormones as You Age
This post was originally published on this site As you’d imagine, year-over-year gains in this calculation are the goal and are indicative of a healthy society. Stagnations are cause for concern, while declines are, to put it mildly, alarming. Falling national numbers can signal the deterioration of a country’s healthcare infrastructure, especially in the quality … Read moreLife Expectancy in the U.S.: Why the Numbers Are Falling
If you’re extremely exhausted and feeling detached and ineffective at your job, you’re likely experiencing professional burnout. Learning how to avoid burnout at work—or how to correct it if you’re already experiencing it—can do wonders to help your happiness and your health. Burnout can affect anyone in any occupation, although it’s rampant among physicians and … Read moreHow to Avoid Burnout at Work and Stay Motivated on the Job
Coconut milk, a milky white liquid derived from coconut meat, has an impressive array of health benefits and is an excellent dairy alternative for those who are allergic or sensitive to cow’s milk. Read on to learn about the health benefits of coconut, traditional uses of coconut milk, and how to make your own coconut … Read moreCoconut Milk: This Is Your Comprehensive Guide
Do you have a thyroid disorder? They’re increasingly common—in fact, approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. (1) Numerous factors can impact your thyroid, like chronic stress, pituitary dysfunction, resistance to thyroid hormones, and even your gut microbes. Even the foods you eat could make your symptoms worse. Goitrogenic foods like cabbage, … Read moreHere’s What You Should Know about Goitrogenic Foods and Thyroid Health
In this episode, we discuss: What the research says about bee products How Carly created Beekeeper’s Naturals The health benefits of honey What you should know about propolis, bee pollen, and royal jelly Why global bee populations are in trouble—and how you can help How you can get a 25 percent discount at Beekeeper’s Naturals … Read moreRHR: The Health Benefits of Bee Products, with Carly Stein
This post was originally published on this site A little stress is the spice of life, and it has its benefits. Healthy stress can help sharpen your focus so you can power through that work presentation, for example, creatively solve a pressing problem, or even run a 5K at top form. If you had no … Read moreMy Top 5 Breathing Exercises for Stress Relief
This post was originally published on this site What if it’s chronic anger, frustration, anxiety, sadness, or grief? Do those emotions also affect your health? And how can you let go of them? The short answer is yes—positive or negative, your emotions do impact your health. The good news is that through positive psychology, you … Read moreHow to Use Positive Psychology to Improve Your Health
This post was originally published on this site In this episode, we discuss: Why communication matters How to practice nonviolent communication How to approach a conflict with curiosity and care Focusing on what really matters How communication affects your body, your brain, and your health Examples of nonviolent communication at work Show Notes: Say What … Read moreRHR: Why You Should Practice Nonviolent Communication, with Oren Sofer
Fortunately, a root-cause approach and the right nutritional strategy can help to slow or even reverse the progression of autoimmune disease. Read on to learn what the research says, the connection between diet and autoimmune disease, and how to determine the most effective dietary approach for you. What’s the Connection between Diet and Autoimmune Disease? … Read moreDiet and Autoimmune Disease: What You Need to Know
This post was originally published on this site If this frustrating scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. I regularly see these symptoms in my patients—ironically, among those who are most committed to living a healthy lifestyle. The likely culprit surprises them, and it may surprise you too: undereating. We all know the hazards of overeating. … Read moreAre You Undereating? Here Are 6 Common Signs and Symptoms
This post was originally published on this site Are you one of the 20 million Americans who has thyroid disease? (1) Have you taken proactive steps to improve your thyroid health, such as cleaning up your diet and supplementing with thyroid-supportive nutrients, but with little to no improvement? If this sounds like you, you may … Read moreCan Chronic Stress Cause Hypothyroid Symptoms?
This post was originally published on this site In this episode, we discuss: Why your stool microbiome may not be a good indicator of your gut health Why probiotics aren’t useless How your gut microbiome fights change What really happens when you take probiotics after antibiotics Why you should consider banking a stool sample, if … Read moreRHR: What the Latest Research Says about Probiotics, with Lucy Mailing