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Have you ever wondered why your table salt is fortified with iodine? It's because iodine deficiency is a global issue that many countries have been fighting for centuries. For many years it was hard to explain the continuum of how iodine deficiency affects the world's populations. With moderate to severe cases showing things such as goiter or appearing in thyroid conditions the research was geared towards severe deficiency, the effects on the thyroid, and how to prevent these from happening. In recent years, research has started looking deeper into what mild to moderate deficiencies may affect...including pregnancy and infant cognitive health.
MCT oil has become extremely bougie, with famous actors, physicians, health coaches and everyday people touting the health benefits. But what is MCT oil and how does it work in the body? With limited research in pregnancy, is it safe?
Vitamin B6 has been widely used in the treatment of morning sickness, and other types of nausea. B6 has been known to have antiemetic effects since the 1940s. There are multiple forms of B6 in blood circulation and knowing which form had the most significant effect on nausea and vomiting had been a bit of a mystery until newer research pointed to the pyridoxal-5-phosphate (P5P) form of B6 as being associated with the decrease in nausea and vomiting symptoms. But, it's not just this simple (of course)
I have patients all the time who question the practitioner grade supplements versus the ones they can find over the counter at Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores. It's always a hard conversation to have when they have been taking the supplements for a long time, but have not seen changes in lab work and health.
How effective and safe are these over the counter supplements?
Magnesium is an essential mineral for life. It is the catalyst of over 300 different enzymatic reactions. It is also tricky to absorb and requires the perfect environment.
Even if everything is perfect, dietary magnesium is, at best, 50% absorbed.
When you are low in magnesium, it is important to make sure you are absorbing as much as you. Knowing what increases and decreases absorption is the first step.
Depression is prevalent in the US. In fact, depression medications are some of the most prescribed medications in the country.
Depression has risen 3x higher than it was before the beginning of COVID-19 precautionary measures. The rates of suicide among teens jumped by 25%. These rates will rise as we enter the winter months, where depression symptoms are more common.
Medications are the only options that western medicine has in the battle against depression. Medications only work 50% of the time, leaving half of those suffering with no relief. Acupuncture offers a non-medication option in the battle against depression.
What if your anxiety symptoms are NOT a sign of emotional or mental stress? What if your anxiety is a sign of cellular toxicity and inflammation?
A recent, 2018, study by Cornell University has the prenatal nutrition world buzzing about choline, and it's not the only study showing the benefits of higher maternal intake of choline on fetal brain development.
Nutrition is a critical determinant of immune responses and malnutrition is the most common cause of immunodeficiency worldwide. Your body requires both macronutrients and micronutrients to do its job of keeping you safe from invading pathogens. Deficiency in protein, and micronutrients zinc, selenium, iron, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E, and B-6, and folate, even mild deficiency, is associated with immune dysfunction and increased infection complications.
Sleep is important. Without enough, your body does not function properly. I am a doula, as well as a Functional Medicine Acupuncturist, and sometimes that means long nights attending births, and no sleep. Days, like today, I am reminded why we need sleep, and the consequences of not getting adequate sleep. (...because I am writing this while really tired!) Not getting enough sleep can cause dysfunction in your mental, physical and emotional health.