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How to talk to an overweight child about their weight

Ours is a tricky culture in which to raise a child. We idolize thinness, shame the fat, yet live in a society that constantly begs — if not harasses — us to over indulge in sugary, fattening foods. Also, thanks to busy working parents, many kids are left to their own devices when it comes to meals and it’s no surprise they go for junk food and sodas. As a result, about 20 percent of America’s children are now obese and rates of type 2 diabetes among children are on the rise. Children who are obese are more likely to…

Balancing chronic autoimmune illness with raising children

Because women make up about 75 percent of autoimmune disease diagnoses, this means many sufferers of chronic illness are also raising children. It’s common for women to feel disappointed or inferior because they are not the kind of mom they had envisioned. But the perfect mom is an unattainable myth, and it’s possible your illness is even cultivating good qualities in your children. In fact, some of the world’s greatest functional medicine researchers and innovators who have helped countless numbers of people discovered their passion because of their mother’s autoimmune illnesses. A chronic autoimmune illness means days when energy is…

Can cannabis or CBD reduce your pain?

If medical marijuana has done anything, it has been to educate us about our own endocannibinoid system (ECS) — a system of receptors on cells that play a role in inflammation, appetite, pain, mood, memory, and even cancer prevention. These receptors have come to light because they respond to compounds in cannabis, or marijuana. A functioning ECS, which is vital to good health, produces its own cannibinoids and doesn’t need them from cannabis. For instance, the cannabinoid anandamide is so powerful researchers call it the “bliss molecule” because of its role in happiness and higher thought processes. However, researchers have…

Are HERBS an effective way to support your immune system and inflammation?

  Nearly one fourth of the drugs prescribed all over the world are originated from plants! Of the 252 drugs considered as basic and essential by the World Health Organization (WHO), 11% are exclusively of plant origin and a significant number are synthetic drugs obtained from natural precursors. Examples of important drugs obtained from plants are digoxin from Digitalis spp., atropine from Atropa belladonna, and morphine from Papaver somniferum. It is estimated that 60% of anti-tumor and anti-infectious drugs already on the market or under clinical trial are of natural origin. The vast majority of these cannot yet be synthesized…

Carbohydrates are not just about weight loss.

If you are counting carbs to stabilize your blood sugar, lower inflammation, balance hormones, or lose weight, experts say looking at carbohydrate density is a more important strategy. Carbohydrate density measures how many carbohydrates are present per 100 grams of food. Low carb density foods don’t raise your risk of chronic disease. Research shows eliminating dense carbohydrates from your diet improves health, prevents disease, and can even improve periodontal disease. While many diets focus on how many calories or how many grams of carbohydrates you should eat per day, the carb density diet instead focuses on how many grams of…

Having digestive problems? It could be your BRAIN?

  You may have a “gut feeling” about what I’m going to tell you, and it is likely you have used the expression “I have a gut feeling” or the saying “I feel butterflies in my stomach.” As it turns out, it is not a coincidence that these phrases involve the gut and brain. Do you know those irritable people that always seem angry or depressed, sensitive to emotion, live in constant chaos, or seem perpetually stuck in unfavorable situations? Sometimes, this is just a byproduct of poor brain function. Of course, naturally optimistic people can suffer from poor brain…

The Ketogenic Diet and blood sugar, inflammation, blood pressure, and memory?

  “To Diet or Not to Diet” has become the present-age dilemma. To be fair, it is more about being health-conscious than body image-conscious for the millennials of today. It is no surprise then that the ketogenic diet, or the ‘keto diet’ as it is popularly known, was one of the most searched terms on Google in 2016. A lot of diet fads have come and gone, but it seems like the keto diet is here to stay. Is it good for you? Or does it cause more harm than good? Read on to know more. What is a ketogenic…

Can Detoxification Diets help your hormones?

  The benefits of modern life are undeniable. Who would not accept cold air coming from an air conditioner on a hot day? Could you completely stop using your cell phone for two or three consecutive days? Could you travel from one country to another without using modern transportation such as airplanes or bus services? The logical answer is NO. Most of us are totally dependant on the luxuries of life made available because of advances in modern technology. Yet, there is another side of the coin, and simply, nothing comes without a price. Very often, advances that speed up…

What can you do for Constipation?

  Have you ever been too embarrassed to talk with your doctor about problems with constipation?  Constipation is the irregular bowel movement and the difficulty in the passage of stools. It can often last uncomfortably for at least several weeks. This condition is usually determined when a person has less than three bowel movements a week. Read on to know more about this condition. What is constipation? If the digestive system moves the stool slowly and you can’t do anything to speed it up for elimination, it eventually loses water and becomes dry and hard. This makes it even more…

Does Meditation help High Blood Pressure?

  High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the heightened pressure of the blood that is pumped through the arteries. This condition usually has no warning symptoms or signs. People typically do not even notice that they already have the condition. Over the course of a prolonged period, the constant increased pressure can cause accumulated damage that manifests first in your circulatory system then spreads to the rest of your body parts. Fortunately, there are ways to help regulate this problem. One of this involves meditation. Hypertension is a condition that is beyond the 120 over 800 mmHg mark….

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