How to Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally

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Cholesterol is a natural, necessary substance found in every cell in our bodies. It helps with digestion, hormone production and assists in making Vitamin D. Our bodies make all the cholesterol they need. However, we can develop issues with cholesterol either from our diets or an imbalance in how our bodies handle it. One common issue with cholesterol is that it can contribute to plaque building up in our arteries, leading to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Luckily, it’s possible to safely and easily lower your cholesterol on your own. More than Two Types of Cholesterol There are several elements to cholesterol. In a normal cholesterol…

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Listen to Your Gut: The Gut-Brain Connection

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When is the last time you had butterflies in your stomach when anxious? Or had a gut instinct about when to leave the house or a particular route to take on the way home? We have these feelings because of the connection between the brain and the gut, which scientists refer to as the brain-gut axis.  This connection also sheds light on the source of many common conditions. Gut health is responsible for mood, inflammation, appetite, immunity, your brain health, and much more. Below, I share more about the brain-gut axis and my favorite ways to ensure the health of…

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Five Ways to Prepare for a Perfect Summer

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Summer is almost here! Living in harmony with the seasons is essential to keeping our energy balanced. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, summer is represented by fire. It is a time of both expansion and light. The emotion associated with this season is joy, and the organs associated with summer are both the heart and small intestine. Take some extra time to prepare your body, mind, and spirit for an abundant summer with my five tips below! 1.    Lighten Your Heart One of the best ways to prepare for an abundant summer is to take some time to examine your heart….

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The True Cost of Wellness

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Are you able to afford everything you need to stay healthy? Rising healthcare costs are a concern for many. With rising insurance premiums, shrinking coverage, and higher deductibles, I understand the fear that surrounds healthcare. One of my goals in starting Heart to Heart Medical Center was to eliminate the worry and mystery surrounding wellness. I focus on each patient as an individual, in order to take the guesswork and anxiety out of healthcare. The best, most affordable way to ensure your health in the future is to take better care of yourself today. While everyone is different, here are…

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What Are Your Headaches Telling You?

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When I first learned about acupuncture, I fell in love with the concept of it. I had never experienced it but knew I wanted to study it. While working in the Intensive Care Unit in my residency, I met a staff member who had just started his own acupuncture clinic. I decided to go have a session with him and learn more. On the day of my first visit with him, I had a horrible migraine! Imagine the opportunity to see how well acupuncture worked. My usual headaches would last three days, no matter what I did, so this was a…

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Natural Remedies to End Seasonal Allergies

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Spring is a time of rebirth. We experience it all around us as plants, trees, and flowers bloom into new life. It’s also the season of allergies, as these new blooms include pollens and other common allergens. Fortunately, you can enjoy the beauty of the season without suffering through itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. These natural remedies support your body throughout this season of discomfort so that you can truly come alive with everything else. Inside the Allergic Reaction The sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose often associated with allergies are the results of histamines, the body’s…

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Refresh Your Life With a Spring Cleanse

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Spring is finally here! This is the season of new beginnings, of cleaning out the old and birthing the new. While many of us are familiar with spring cleaning, we often overlook cleaning out the toxins in our bodies. In Chinese Medicine, spring is the season of the liver and the gallbladder, which work hard to filter out toxins from our bodies. Now is the perfect time to honor our bodies with a detoxifying cleanse. Cleansing has many benefits, including weight loss and a boosted immune system. I have simplified this process with my own: Dr. Shiroko’s 14-Day Seasonal Reboot,…

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Heartburn: The Emotional Connection

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In this series on heartburn, I have revealed the hidden causes and shared strategies for successfully ending medication. There is another cause for heartburn, however. If you’ve eliminated problem foods and have successfully ended medication but are still experiencing heartburn, your emotional connection to your food may be the underlying cause. Eating too quickly or while under stress inhibits proper digestion. Below, I share how to practice mindful eating, so that you may enjoy your meals and live a truly heartburn-free life. Stress and Digestion In order for proper digestion to occur, our bodies must be in a state of…

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Heartburn: End Addiction to Medication

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Each day, we’re bombarded with messages about heartburn. Commercials depicting happy men, women, and children enjoying huge meals and then suffering acid reflux are resolved with a simple chewable tablet or a preventative pill. These are followed by advertisements for the latest, largest fast-food offerings. It can be confusing when our bodies are reacting negatively to this protocol that seems so “normal”. It’s understandable that many of us suffer from ailments related to diet, including an addiction to these “safe” medications. In my last article, I explored the secret causes of heartburn and how to heal. Below, I share why…

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Heartburn: The Secret Cause, and How to Heal

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It happens to everyone. The painful, burning sensation in the middle of the chest and ache in the throat. Heartburn. Also a symptom of acid reflux, this condition may seem like no big deal, based on the numerous over-the-counter products that ensure quick relief. However, heartburn occurs for a reason and must not be ignored. The Acidic Diet The leading cause of heartburn is diet. White foods such as bread, pasta, baked goods, french fries, and many other starchy carbohydrates can cause immediate heartburn. Other foods that contribute are acidic, spicy, or fried foods, as well as tomatoes, citrus, coffee,…

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