Ayurveda

Ayurveda is literally translated to mean the science of life. This knowledge of life is more than 5,000 years old and describes ways to stay well emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Practices such as yoga, meditation, herbs, nutrition, and aromatherapy are all incorporated into a persons customized recommendation for health. Yoga is considered to be a sister science of Ayurveda. Knowing your dosha can help determine what practices are good for you.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness has become the new buzz word at the water cooler, in business seminars, and everywhere in between. What comes to mind when you think of this concept? In its essence, mindfulness really just means that you have your mind actively focused on what you are doing…. without extraneous thoughts. But what does this reallyContinue reading “Mindfulness”

Foot Reflexology… that’s the foot massage, right?

“As an autoimmune disease person with anxiety issues, I found this profoundly helpful. I also started noticing that my bowels were functioning better and my sinuses drained… getting rid of that constant head pressure and groggy feeling. Can you say…. Ahhhh”

Probiotics Can Alter Your Cholesterol

A systematic review of the effects of probiotics on the lipid profile concluded that probiotic use is beneficial in improving your cholesterol.  This is amazing!   My thoughts on the data The systematic review explores how probiotics affect the Lipid profile. There are many non pharmacological factors that affect cholesterol such as exercise, diet, andContinue reading “Probiotics Can Alter Your Cholesterol”

Celiac Cross Reactivity

When the body thinks that you are eating gluten, but you are not. Why would that happen? Gluten is a large protien molecule.  This molecule has similar sections as other protein molecules.  When proteins share sections that have a similar shape, they can result in the same response.  This is super tricky, because not everyoneContinue reading “Celiac Cross Reactivity”

Insulin – a series part I

Part I – (Making The Molecules) We know we need it. We know we don’t want to be resistant to it … Does anyone know what insulin really is? Let’s start with cells – there are little bits and pieces inside our cells called organelles. A very important yet INACTIVE molecule called proinsulin is producedContinue reading “Insulin – a series part I”

What’s all that racket?

What do inflammation, cellular malfunctioning, and a lack of creative juices have in common?… Creativity is born in quiet boredom.  As it turns out a little peace and quiet can do all kinds of things.  I don’t know about you, but I’m super guilty of noise..  I’m a talker.  What’s worse is that when I’mContinue reading “What’s all that racket?”

Wiggle Room (because nobody’s perfect)

Want to cheat.. or just simply can’t live without? Perfume Baby Wipes Hand Sanitizer Febreeze Perfume  Here’s the compromise I’ve made… I am not into phthalates, however sometimes I like to wear perfume.  Brands I indulge in when I really want perfume; Phlur and Skylar.  Both are gluten free! Did you know that inhaling glutenContinue reading “Wiggle Room (because nobody’s perfect)”

The Two Sided Skin Story

“I changed what I put on my skin,
but I also changed what I put in my mouth.”
Adventures in rosacea, eczema, and even a little DH (Celiac Dermatitis Herpetiformis). I have dealt with a lot of skin issues. After visits to dermatology, functional medicine, immunology, conducting my own research, and a little experimentation, I have settled on a two sided healing approach. This means that I changed what I put on my skin, but I also changed what I put in my mouth.  Let me explain… 

The Power of Touch

  Stress is a factor The American Medical Association reported that stress is a factor in 75 percent of all diseases.   A study conducted by researchers at Duke University Medical Center linked the effects of stress to the weakening of the heart muscle. Touch Therapy Helps Therapeutic touch promotes relaxation, while affecting emotional, physical, andContinue reading “The Power of Touch”