Is the Keto Diet Good for you?

Is the Ketogenic diet good for you? Well, let’s find out. What is the ketogenic diet?  A ketogenic diet (KD) mostly consists of foods that are high in fats (oils, meat, fish, eggs, cheese, and low-carb veggies like cauliflower and leafy greens) along with keeping your carbohydrate intake to less than 20 grams per day.… Continue reading Is the Keto Diet Good for you?

Consider your milk consumption!

Cow’s Milk has traditionally been an essential part of our normal diets providing a good source of Calcium and Vitamin D. It’s the basis of most infant formulas in the form of whey protein, it’s what most of our cheese products are made out of. There’s a good deal of benefit we can get from… Continue reading Consider your milk consumption!

Functional Medicine and Fertility

Functional medicine is a practice of medicine that has been around for decades, with aspects of this practice being used for centuries. It’s a whole body systems approach to wellness with restoring the function of our health using the 4 pillars of lifestyle change. Those lifestyle pillars are nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management (use… Continue reading Functional Medicine and Fertility

Stress and Fertility Through a Functional Medicine Lens

When we’re under long term stress, our glucocorticoid hormones increase. When this happens, certain pathways get turned off in order to direct the needed energy that allows us to fight or flee. We’re going to talk about the reproductive pathway. When we’re stressed, this pathway is not seen as essential. We could be feeling generally… Continue reading Stress and Fertility Through a Functional Medicine Lens

“When are you going to have a baby?” And other things we should stop asking women

By Dr. Cici Carter As someone that has struggled with fertility, I hate this question, “when are you going to have a baby?” and it’s sister, “when are you having another baby?” In fact, most women do. So why do we keep asking it? Let’s all help each other out, and just never ask this… Continue reading “When are you going to have a baby?” And other things we should stop asking women

Heartburn, the Result of Too Much Stomach Acid?

Heartburn

FALSE! Heartburn is most commonly a symptom of having too little stomach acid! There’s a reason we have stomach acid. In fact, there are several. Here are a few – Absorption of nutrients (iron, copper, zinc, calcium, B12). Stimulates the release of pepsin which is the enzyme responsible for breaking down protein. PROTEIN! As in… Continue reading Heartburn, the Result of Too Much Stomach Acid?

Leaky Gut – What is it?

leaky gut

Why is the gut important? It’s the organ that has 2/3’s of the immune system, it produces the majority of neurotransmitters, it has more cells within it compared to the rest of the body combined, it houses the microbiome (a genome that’s 100-150 times larger than the human genome), and it has more metabolic activity… Continue reading Leaky Gut – What is it?

How Cortisol is impacting our health

Cortisol

Cortisol is the main stress hormone. It is a catabolic hormone which means it breaks things down. Effects of cortisol include: Stimulation of fat deposits Increases blood pressure Increases protein breakdown Demineralizes bone Suppresses parts of the immune system, activates others Maintains mood and emotional stability Increases blood sugar Increases coagulation In the acute setting,… Continue reading How Cortisol is impacting our health

What is Functional Medicine?

functional medicine

“Functional Medicine is a dynamic approach to assessing, preventing, and treating complex chronic disease. Functional medicine helps clinicians identify and ameliorate dysfunction in the physiology and biochemistry of the human body as a primary method of improving patient health. Functional medicine acknowledges that chronic disease is almost always preceded by a lengthy period of declining… Continue reading What is Functional Medicine?