Cocoa and chocolate are derived from the seeds of Theobroma cacao trees. The tree produces yellow pods, with a white fruit inside, and the seeds are contained therein. Cocoa contains more phenolic antioxidants than most other foods. In fact, cocoa has more phenolic phytochemicals and a higher antioxidant capacity than teas and red wine, which […]
As a naturopathic physician, digestive complaints are one of the most common reasons patients seek my care. It also seems like the majority of Americans suffer from some sort of digestive complaint- heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, diarrhea AND constipation, you get the picture… When we think about improving a patient’s digestion, we typically dive […]
Lots of people start the New Year with resolutions to eat healthier and include more veggies in their diet. But many people completely miss out on one huge opportunity for this- Breakfast! A favorite breakfast of many of the integrative practitioners I know is kale and eggs. In nutrition terms, it’s the “breakfast of champions”! […]
In 2007, Cordyceps sinensis was reclassified and dubbed Ophiocordyceps sinensis when molecular analysis revealed the need to create a new family, Ophiocordycipitaceae. The diverse health benefits of this unique sac fungus are impressive. For thousands of years in Asia, traditional healers have used cordyceps for a variety of conditions, including energy, appetite, stamina, libido, endurance […]
We all know how important and helpful natural interventions can be in supporting a healthy immune system. Many botanicals have proven antiviral, antibacterial and immune stimulating properties1, and no immune support protocol is complete without them. My own regimen for winter health includes daily beta glucan from both yeast products and mushroom products to help […]
The use of mushrooms, mushroom extracts and mushroom combinations in the care of human health is thousands of years old. There are few agents in the record of human history that can rival the duration, impact or reputation of mushrooms in medicine. In some ways, one may believe that the use of mushrooms in healthcare […]
Research has shown that regardless of the season, the level of serotonin in the brain is affected by the amount of sunlight on any given day. In addition, inadequate exposure to sunlight affects our vitamin D levels. Both low serotonin and low vitamin D status can affect mood and many people find their mood changes […]
Whether we call it the “information age”, the “tech era” or “the social media age”, we now need to sort through huge amounts of information efficiently. We spend a lot of time processing and learning new information. Some of it we also want to remember! This article reviews some of the research on two natural […]
When stress levels run high, sleep is one of the first things we hear patients cite as problematic. There are no supplements, drugs, food or exercise that will replace a good night’s sleep. While the totality of the metabolic functions and happenings that occur during sleep are still being discovered, there is an abundance of […]
With holiday feasts fast approaching, we wanted to remind you (so you can remind your patients!) that digestive teas are a great way to: 1) Help assist the digestive process and relieve indigestion 2) Relieve uncomfortable distention, bloating and gas Ginger tea has a warming and stimulating effect throughout the body, increasing blood flow and […]
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