3 Ways Growing a Garden Can Prevent Cognitive Decline

Getting your hands dirty in the garden has been linked to longer life, better emotional and social health, and healthier diets. Can these benefits extend to brain health? YES! Growing your own food, whether in the backyard or a community garden, can keep your body and brain functioning at their best. Inactivity is significantly linked to severe cognitive impairment, and …

Breathe at Your Own Risk

In a new study, researchers came to the dramatic conclusion that there’s an undeniable relationship between air pollution and cognitive decline. This could explain why, in recent years, cognitive disease diagnoses like Alzheimer’s are on the rise. Researchers from China were especially concerned about rising levels of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and particulate matter <10µm in 2010 and 2014. Given …

Up the Antioxidants in Your Fight Against Low Thyroid Symptoms

“Antioxidant” is definitely one of those nutrition buzzwords. You know that you’re supposed to be getting enough antioxidants, and every product that promises to have them seems enticing. Well, I can safely say that antioxidants are worth the hype, especially in light of this new study that suggests antioxidants are powerful tools in treating thyroid disorders. Researchers used a strong …

Have Diabetes? Head to the Beach!

You’ve probably already heard that if you’re going to stay healthy, you’ll need the sun’s help. Vitamin D deficiency has long been linked to chronic illnesses, but a new study has found that vitamin D can specifically target diabetes and help improve the health of those with it. Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease– …

The Top Six Superfoods That Will Help Your Thyroid Thrive

If you’re dealing with the symptoms that come with an underactive thyroid–fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and cold hands and feet–or if you’re struggling to accept your hypothyroidism diagnosis, you should know that you don’t have to give up. Below, I’ve outlined six foods that your thyroid actually needs in order to produce hormones and convert them into energy. By …

Avoid These Top 4 Diabetic Diet Mistakes

Nutrition is undoubtedly at the center of optimal health and reversing your diabetes. When my diabetic patients come to me, they’re usually already making healthy lifestyle choices by following the diabetes dietary guidelines. There are other factors that you may be overlooking that have the potential to prompt inflammation and lead to high blood sugar. You’re already this far in …

4 Essentials for Living with Hashimoto’s

If you are living with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, you already know that it can be daunting to decide where to start. However, a few basic dietary and lifestyle changes can work wonders for starting the healing process. For patients with this autoimmune disorder, immune cells inaccurately “tag” healthy thyroid cells as problematic and destroy them by producing powerful immune cells called …

Hacking Your Bad Genes 7 steps you can take to overcome your genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes

There’s a common misconception that you’re doomed if your genes have predisposed you to certain chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes. But there’s a saying in functional medicine: “Your genes are the gun, but your environment pulls the trigger.” In other words, even if you have a genetic makeup that may heighten your probability of contracting an illness, it’s really …

Women and Thyroid Disease

If so, you may be at a higher risk for thyroid disease. According to the American Thyroid Association, women are five to eight times more likely than men to develop thyroid disorders. If left undiagnosed, thyroid disease can lead to higher risks of other serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, and infertility. Unfortunately, researchers don’t know exactly why women …

Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes Soaring in South Carolina

South Carolina has some of the best people on earth. We’re friendly, we’re fun, we know how to cook, and we know how to have a good time. But with all that goodness, we do have some things to work on. The number of our people diagnosed with prediabetes and type II diabetes is exceeding the national average. As Ann …