Inflammation: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

You don't get very far in life without getting a few bumps and scrapes. When our bodies suffer injury, our immune system quickly jumps into action and produces the familiar signs of acute inflammation: swelling, pain, redness, and heat. This acute inflammatory reaction is a good thing - a normal and necessary part of the healing process. Sometimes, however, the inflammatory response continues unabated. It's then that too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing, resulting in a state of chronic inflammation which can wreak havoc with your health without your even knowing it. Overtime, this can lead to serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer. Could You

Want to Improve Your Mood? Get Moving!

There's no time like the present to improve your overall well-being by getting active. And there's no other action that you can undertake that has as great an impact on your health and delivers benefits as quickly as exercise. The key is finding an activity that not only keeps you moving, but is something you enjoy as well. The Benefits of Exercise Are Endless, So What Are You Waiting For? Starting an exercise regimen is one of the hardest things about exercising, but once you've got a routine, you won't want to miss a workout. To get you motivated, let's look at a few of the many benefits of exercise: Helps reverse the detrimental effects of stress Enhances your ability to learn Keeps your

Spring Is Here And So Are Ticks: Are You Prepared?

As the days get longer and warmer, most of us will be spending more time outdoors. Whether you're a gardener, a hiker or just enjoy spending time in your yard, it's important to know about the risk of tick-borne diseases like Lyme and how to protect yourself and your family. They're Bad and They're Nationwide Ticks are everywhere and Lyme disease is now a nationwide problem. In fact, ticks carrying Lyme disease have been found throughout the world. The infections they carry can wreak havoc with your health and the CDC estimates that there are now 34 new cases of Lyme disease per hour in the United States. One of the things that makes them so bad is their size. The type of ticks that transmi

Thirsty? Drink a Glass of Water, But Be Sure You Know if It is Truly Clean

Water is one of the most important components in our bodies and, thus, vital for good health. So, are you drinking enough water daily and how good is the quality of your drinking water? The tragic events in Flint, Michigan should have us all asking: how clean is the water I drink? Where Does Your Water Come From? The water we drink in the U.S. generally comes from 3 sources: Public water system Private water supply Bottled Water Public Water System Public drinking water originates from one of two sources: surface water--water found in rivers, lakes, and reservoirs--or from ground water--water from wells which tap into underground aquifers. Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), both sur

What Do My Test Results Mean?

Having a hard time understanding the lab tests ordered by your health care practitioner? It's easy to get confused by all the terminology you see when looking at your test results, so let us help you better understand the meaning of some of the most common tests ordered by your functional medicine provider. Food Allergy Testing Immunoglobulins Depending on the nature of your specific symptoms, you may need or have had a blood test to detect if your immune system is reacting to certain substances--be it various types of food, animal dander or types of bacteria, viruses, fungus or parasites--by producing antibodies. Antibodies--also known as immunoglobulins--are produced by the immune system

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