solitude-1591169_1920Trying to lose weight? Chances are you’re already keeping track of what you’re eating and how much activity you get each day. You may also be keyed in on drinking more water, reducing stress, and taking supportive supplements. But in the long checklist of things you’re tracking, have you considered adding sleep? Research continues to prove that not getting enough sleep can contribute to weight gain because of how it impacts hormone balance. Dr. Hyman explores the concept, the research, and a case study in his engaging article on the topic:

“It’s all about the hormones… Your body has a finely tuned appetite control system that is governed by certain hormones. These hormones are affected by sleep. One group of researchers has found that depriving healthy men of sleep leads to increases in grehlin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry, and decreases in leptin, the hormone that makes you feel full.”

Getting your appetite… and waistline… back under control may start with adding more sleep into your diet. If you struggle with falling or staying asleep, check in with your doctor at Lake Pointe for solutions to help get you back on track.

“ADD is not a Ritalin deficiency.” This insightful quote is central to Dr. Hyman’s discussion on healing the body to heal the mind and reverse ADD/ADHD. Prescribed stimulants are not your final option for helping your child (or yourself!) overcome an ADD/ADHD diagnosis. More and more research is confirming that healing and balancing the body is necessary to heal and balance the mind. Watch this great video by Dr. Hyman on how Functional Medicine can reverse ADHD and then schedule your Functional Medicine appointment at Lake Pointe to begin healing your body and balancing your mind.

 

brain-951871_1920Memory need a little tune up? We’ve all heard that exercising your brain via games, new experiences, and gaining new skills can be helpful in maintaining memory, but did you know that exercising your body or eating your veggies could help too? Dr. Mercola’s article on improving memory lists 7 simple lifestyle steps to a better memory. His easy-to-follow advice lists these:

1. Eat right.

2. Exercise.

3. Stop multitasking.

4. Get a good night’s sleep.

5. Play brain games.

6. Master a new skill.

7. Try mnemonic devices.

He adds in a few bonus tips at the end to take you the extra mile. Check out the entire article here and schedule a consult with your Functional Medicine doctor at Lake Pointe to get a customized plan on how to improve memory and cognitive health through lifestyle and nutrition.

cemetery-1670234_1920Among the most debilitating and tragic of illnesses, Alzheimer’s disease is becoming increasingly, alarmingly common in our society. Many see this diagnosis as a final sentence, a slow demise of mind and body, a difficult passage into a foggy future. But did you know that Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline don’t have to have the final word? If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s be encouraged that Functional Medicine can treat this and other cognitive illnesses effectively and that it can be as simple as some lifestyle changes. Dr. Perlmutter dispels many of the myths about Alzheimer’s in his post, Five Incredible Alzheimer’s Facts You Probably Don’t Know. He enumerates what anyone experiencing cognitive decline could wish for: that there is hope, the condition is not only preventable, but reversible, and that it doesn’t have to happen as a course of aging. For the full article, click here. Then get on the phone to schedule time with one of our Functional Medicine doctors and address the root cause of cognitive decline or get a headstart on keeping your brain healthy.
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woman-698971_1920-1A case of the “sniffles” can turn bad pretty quick.  We’ve all experienced that feeling when a stuffy nose becomes fully clogged sinuses; then comes intense pressure in the face and head, inability to clear the nasal passages, post-nasal drip, poor sleep due to all these other symptoms, and the vicious cycle seem to perpetuate itself. A day or two of that might have you in urgent care begging for relief, but before you pick up that prescription for an antibiotic, nasal decongestant, and whatever else you could get a scribe for, check out this post by Dr. Mercola and Rachael Droege about the real root of most cases of sinusitis. Regarding current common treatment methods for sinusitis and the more helpful alternatives, they write,

“…despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem.

So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.

Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, only people who are prone to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis.

They took the research a bit further and in the next study found that a fungicide was effective in decreasing inflammation and nasal swelling among participants suffering from chronic sinusitis. The researchers are hoping the study will lead to the development of new antifungal medications to treat the condition.

Although antifungals may be more effective than antibiotics–antibiotics make fungal infections worse–there are other steps you can take to lessen your risk of sinus infections by getting at the underlying cause.”

If you find yourself battling chronic sinus issues, consider how an anti-fungal approach might finally address the root of the problem providing lasting relief. The doctors at Lake Pointe can help you find the right protocol to address your symptoms. Schedule a Functional Physical today at 612-922-8100.

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Reduce cholesterol

Reduce risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Promote healthy angiogenesis and apoptosis

Introduce anti-cancer compounds

Inhibit metastasis of cancer cells

If you could do all of these things every day in one simple step, wouldn’t you? It turns out that all of these benefits and more can be gained from a single source: Reishi. This medicinal mushroom extract used for thousands of years in Asia has become the focus of countless studies, all showing it to be useful in everything from detoxification to mental health benefits to the potential for effective cancer treatment and prevention.

What’s really great is that this same powerful extract has been added to all of Organo’s products to offer a simple daily way to introduce this healthy product into your life. You can easily swap out your cup of morning coffee or tea for an Organo coffee or tea and reap the benefits of making your daily habit a healthy habit. Stop by the office and pick up a box of your favorite beverage, with certified organic reishi extract in each cup, and make health another part of your morning routine.

Read up on some of the fabulous ways reishi can impact your health here and here.

shield-1595963_1920With cold and flu season approaching, a strong immune system would seem to be all one could wish for, but for the increasing number of individuals battling autoimmune disorders, robust immunity seems rather to pose quite a problem! Dr. Mark Hyman explains autoimmunity like this,

“Your immune system’s job is to defend you against invaders or foreign microbes, toxins, or abnormal cells like cancer or foreign food proteins (allergens). Imagine your immune system as an army that must clearly distinguish friend from foe.

Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissue gets caught in the crossfire. Your body is designed to fight off harmful things like infections, toxins, allergens, or a stress response. Sometimes and for reasons not fully known, that immune army directs its hostile attack on your joints, brain, skin, and sometimes your whole body.

Conventional medicine accepts this problem, but stops there, without LOOKING for what might be causing the body to be out of balance and attacking itself.

Instead, conventional medicine invents pharmaceutical drugs to inhibit, block, or anti-something, and fails to answer one simple question: Why is the body out of balance to begin with, and how do we help it regain the proper balance?”

Finding the root of the problem is the focus of Lake Pointe’s Functional Physical. A properly working immune system isn’t beyond reach when you address the underlying cause of the altered immune response. Don’t suppress the immune response… address the immune response! Heal your body through functional medicine. Start by scheduling at 612-922-8100.

For an interesting case study from Dr. Hyman’s article on autoimmunity click here.

herbal-tea-1410565_1920Instant messaging, instant coffee, instant relief, instant gratification. We’re a culture and a generation unfamiliar with the merits of delayed gratification. We want it yesterday before we even know what we want. This approach has unfortunately filtered into nearly every aspect of modern American life de-meriting the value of everything from long-lasting relationships to saving up for big-ticket purchases. To wait is to lose. That such a falsehood should be so prevalent is an injury to our society. Unfortunately impatience with life in general hasn’t been quarantined to express lanes, drive-throughs, and technological advances, but has spread into the broader concepts of health and healing.

We’ve all heard the phrase “worth waiting for” but many are losing familiarity with the value of something gained through a time-consuming endeavor. When one is not required to put in much effort or delay gratification, the end result can seem much cheapened, and quick fixes rarely result in long-term satisfaction. This is especially true when addressing health. If you’ve spent 38 years accumulating toxins and exhausting your adrenal glands while eating food that was, well… less quality than your body deserved, you will have a difficult time reversing the results overnight. Similarly, if you’ve spent the last 10 days burning the candle at both ends, eating on the run, overextending yourself, and skipping self-care, it seems unfair to expect the cold that resulted from such behavior to be gone after your first dose of EmergenC. Especially when managing health, we have to get back to a mindset that values the time and effort that always back sustainable results.

With a shift in our attitude toward our bodies, recovery truly becomes simpler. Rather than searching for the magic pill that will erase all symptoms and return us to our previous lifestyle (which had probably contributed to the onset of said symptoms in the first place), we can honor the body and healing process by allowing the time, effort, and investment necessary to gain true health. When the cold or flu knock you down, instead of chasing a potent prescription to subdue it, offer your body the rest it needs to fight off the infection and the nutrients and support it needs to replenish. When faced with chronic illness, instead of circumventing the problem or seeking an overnight remedy, find a practitioner who will address the whole body to balance your health needs and set you on a road to healing. The road may seem long from where you stand but gaining new heights is better achieved by a steady climb up the mountain than from a high-jump contest.

So if you’re feeling a bit under the weather, remember that your body was designed to take it. Offer yourself the best care you can and honor the healing benefits of time.

For more inspiration on how to change how you think about catching cold check out this post.

outhouse-510225_1920Healthy living and balance have as much to do with what leaves the body as what the body allows in.  A healthy body has an efficiently running elimination system  to take out the trash from daily living and any toxic exposure we encounter. One of the primary means of eliminating waste is via bowel movements. If bowels aren’t moving regularly that means trash is piling up contaminating the body! Keep the clean up on schedule with these five simple tips from Lauren of Empowered Sustenance. If you struggle with irregularity, it’s time to schedule a consult with your doctor at Lake Pointe! Find the personalized plan to keep your digestion tuned up and healthy. Schedule at 612-922-8100.

watercolour-1336856_1920“Within the human gut lies a “second brain”: a vast network of neurons located along the intestinal lining. It’s called the enteric nervous system—enteric as in “pertaining to the gut”—and for years researchers assumed its sole province lay in regulation of the digestive process. Researchers now know that the enteric nervous system also relays and sends neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA, responds to emotions, and has a direct conduit to the brain via the vagus nerve.

The gut is not the site of higher-level cognition. The neurochemical processes responsible for writing emails, doing trigonometry, and reading this blog post occur solely in the brain. But though decision-making and conscious thought happen up top, the gut has a lot of input on how those thoughts and decisions develop. About 90% of traffic along the vagus flows from gut to brain, and it’s not all information about intestinal contractions. The second brain is likely the province of instinct, subconscious response, and emotion. In other words, gut feeling, gut instinct, butterflies in your stomach, and got the guts? aren’t just figures of speech. They hint at real physiological processes occurring along the gut-brain axis.

Emerging evidence is showing that our enteric nervous system, and the gut bacteria, probiotics, and prebiotics that comprise and affect it, have effects on how we think, feel, perform, and respond to the world around us.” writes Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple. (Read more here.)

Mark continues to list a variety of mental and emotional health challenges that have become increasingly common in our society. Each of them is then linked to research and evidence showing that manipulating the microbiome of the gut can drastically change factors and symptoms common to mental and emotional health challenges. Depression, anxiety, autism, cognitive flexibility, and reactivity are all sited in relation to gut health in his comprehensive article on the topic. It would now seem that the answer to many common mental health problems may now begin in healing the gut. Ready to balance the mind? Get started balancing the body. Schedule a Functional Physical with your doctor at Lake Pointe for a personalized protocol to heal the gut.

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