How Acupuncture Works

Have you ever wanted to try acupuncture but weren’t sure how it worked? Acupuncture is a type of Eastern holistic medicine that was developed over 2,000 years ago. It uses a unique system to diagnose any imbalance the body may have and uses specific points on the body in order to restore and regain balance. By using this method of therapeutic intervention, acupuncture allows us to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

What’s the Story with Fruit?

Brightly colored, naturally sweet and full of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants, fruit is considered nature’s candy and offers an array of health benefits. But as you may have heard, not all fruit may be best for everyone, and different types of fruit (along with how they are eaten) can determine the positive or negative effects that they have on your body.

Q and A with Dr. Josh Axe, Author of Eat Dirt

You’ve heard of leaky gut—the sneaky, hard-to-diagnose illness that robs you of your vitality and turns every single meal into a minefield of potential health destroyers. And as a board-certified doctor of natural medicine who’s also a doctor of chiropractic and certified nutrition specialist, Dr. Josh Axe has seen up-close how relatively small gut leaks can lead to huge health problems.

The Cortisol Curve

This “stress hormone” is essential for energy and health, but when it’s out of balance, you are, too. Learn how to manage cortisol to keep inflammation, cravings, and belly fat at bay.

Cortisol has a bad reputation.

Commonly known as the “stress hormone,” it’s produced, in part, by the adrenal glands when we’re under pressure and perceive a threat. The pituitary gland determines how much hormone the adrenals should release to help us fight or flee.

Strategies to Beat the Afternoon Slump

Does your local barista know your name? Does the bakery a block away have your cookie ready before you even walk in? Is the office kitchen’s snack supply calling your name at the same time every day? Well, then it might be time to get real about your 3pm energy slump! You see, you don’t actually have to experience that 3pm “I need a cookie and coffee now” situation every day. There are ways to prevent it by choosing better options throughout the whole day, starting with breakfast. What you fuel your body with from the moment you get up in the morning sets you off on the right–or wrong track for the day. Here are some common culprits and ways to improve your daily habits to avoid the energy rollercoaster and keep you feeling great, focused and sharp all day.

How I Discovered I Was Carbohydrate Intolerant

As a functional medicine physician, I’m used to helping my patients find the solutions to their health problems. When they start gaining weight and feeling fatigued, for example, I become a kind of detective, searching for clues as to how their diet and lifestyle might be interfering with their bodies need to achieve optimal function.

So, when I myself began putting on some extra pounds and struggling with late-afternoon exhaustion, I had to look at my own food choices.

6 Signs You’re Eating Too Much Sugar

If you’re constantly tired and reaching for your next pick-me-up, chances are you’re on a blood sugar rollercoaster. When we’re tired, we often reach for even more sugar to counteract the fatigue, which leads to a cycle of sugar-fueled highs and lows. If you decide to cut out sugar, give your body a few days to adjust – and then you’ll begin to feel your energy levels even out.

Food Allergy versus Food Sensitivity: What You Need to Know

It’s Food Allergy Awareness Week this week. In the early years of this work, when we first began speaking about food allergies, people used to look at you like you were making it up. How could a child be allergic to food? And since when? As kids, we ate PB&Js and had cartons of milk for lunch at school. They weren’t loaded weapons on a lunchroom table. What’s changed? And why has it changed so fast?

Fibromyalgia: What it is and How to Treat It

After my recent post on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), I felt it was important to spotlight Fibromyalgia (FM), a debilitating symptom of CFS and a free-standing diagnosis all its own. For many people, FM and CFS are the same illness. For others, FM exists without all of the other symptoms of CFS.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Symptoms & Treatment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by severe and long lasting exhaustion, but it can also manifest in symptoms of sleep disturbance, memory and concentration difficulties, widespread muscle and joint pain, headaches, and extreme tiredness following any physical or mental exertion. It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have severe fatigue, lasting at least one month at any time.