General Health

Your Fertility Treatment Questions Answered

If you and your partner are trying (and struggling) to get pregnant, you may have discussed the possibility of infertility. This certainly isn’t a fun conversation, and the concept of infertility can be scary, but it’s important to have as much information as possible if you’re heading down the road of fertility treatments. One in eight couples will struggle with infertility, with either one or both partners having difficulty conceiving. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for a [...]

5 Cancer-Causing Foods You Should Avoid

It should come as no surprise that the food we eat has a significant impact on our health. Food provides us with the essential nutrients and energy that our bodies need to function properly. Eating whole, nutrient-rich foods can help prevent a lot of diseases. But some foods have the opposite effect. The typical Western diet (comprised of highly processed foods, too much sugar, lots of salt, and unhealthy fats), for example, contributes to a whole host of diseases, [...]

Why You Should Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

We know sugar is bad for us, but we just can’t seem to get enough of it. “Sugar” is the broad term for sweet carbohydrates and it encompasses many types of “natural” and “added” sugars. Many foods, like fruits and grains, contain natural sugars. Added sugars, on the other hand, are put in foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared. High consumption of these added sugars increases your risk of many health problems including obesity, diabetes, metabolic [...]

Benefits of Eating Locally & Seasonally

What’s in the season? This question might conjure up thoughts of farmer’s markets, strawberry fields, or pumpkin patches depending on where you live and the time of year. Restaurants often offer seasonal menus, giving you a taste of freshly caught fish or a fresh berry pie. You probably notice prices of certain foods drop and peak at various times throughout the year. Eating food that is local and in the season has many benefits, in addition to being fresh [...]

Top 7 Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used in Eastern cultures for more than 8,000 years, but it’s still a relatively new concept in the West. During an acupuncture session, ultra-thin needles are placed into specific acupuncture points in the body. These needles are placed along channels, or meridians, in the body, allowing qi to flow freely. Depending on which acupuncture points are triggered, patients will experience a wide array of responses, from the way their bodies regulate hormones to how they react to [...]

Take the Functional Medicine Route For Robust Health

Before we ever had medicine, we had food. Food, when used as medicine, is often effective at correcting diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and more. What’s more, food does not cause side effects, while medications often cause such serious side effects that people need to take more medications to manage them. Also, food can be used to treat the root cause of a problem, while medications are usually used to treat the symptoms [...]

Six Foods to Avoid if You Have Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis that causes intensely painful joint inflammation. Most people with gout experience occasional acute attacks. An initial attack usually only affects one joint (typically the big toe). Eventually, other joints, usually the wrists, knees, and ankles also become inflamed. If the bout of gout is chronic, then joints will remain slightly inflamed all the time. Repeated attacks or chronic gout can cause permanent damage to joints, negatively impacting flexibility, the range of motion, and [...]

7 Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels Naturally

Do you find yourself feeling drained halfway through the day? Do you hit the coffee shop at 3 p.m. every day, like clockwork so that you can make it through until bedtime? If you find yourself low on energy consistently, and it’s not the result of a medical condition, then it’s time to take control of your habits and work on your energy levels. You shouldn’t have to rely on caffeine to get through the day. Instead, try these [...]

How to Eat Organic on a Shoestring Budget

We are surrounded by toxins everywhere we go, from the air we breathe to the products we use on our skin and hair. These toxins build up in our bodies, causing health complications like illness and disease. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has even named airborne toxins as one of the biggest health threats facing the current population. One of the easiest ways to avoid toxins and other chemicals is to eat organic produce, which isn’t sprayed with [...]

Spring Clean your Diet with “Clean Eating”

Clean eating is a type of eating that encourages the consumption of natural and wholesome foods. This eating plan emphasizes on whole, unprocessed foods, lean meat, fresh fruits, and vegetables and avoids pre-packaged, processed, frozen dinners and fast food. The basic idea of clean eating plan is to avoid food additives, colorants, chemicals, and other preservatives, hence the name “Clean Eating”. Principles of clean eating The guidelines of clean eating are the same as a basic healthy eating plan. The [...]