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When Probiotics Are Bad For You

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Are you one of those people who has tried probiotics because of all the press that they’re THE best thing for your guts, only to feel way worse when you take them? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Not everyone can take them and do well. Probiotics are increasingly popular, with a lot of new science showing the connection between gut health and brain health and how probiotics play a role in it. There is a bewildering array of new products coming out every day. With everything from easy kits for fermenting food at home to refrigerated supplements, you can find…

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Natural Treatments for High Blood Pressure

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Do you have high blood pressure? If you’re like many Americans, these numbers show an alarming risk for problems such as heart attack and stroke. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is increasingly common, with one in every three adults receiving a diagnosis. Luckily, there are many natural ways to bring these numbers back into a healthy range. Know Your Numbers One of the first steps to take control of your blood pressure is to learn what is normal for you. The following list shows ranges of both chronically low blood pressure (hypotension) and high blood pressure (hypertension). I recommend taking…

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How to Save Your Marriage: The Food Sensitivities Secret

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Running a wellness practice grounded in love has often given me a front row seat in the lives of my married patients. Recently, I was given the opportunity to watch a struggling couple shift their relationship from conflict and tension to understanding and love.  The secret was in an undiagnosed food allergy: a gluten intolerance for Nancy, and a sugar intolerance for Steve. Shockingly, the food we eat can affect our moods, especially if you’re allergic to something you’re eating. Could this be the case for you? Here is what to look out for, and how to regain control! Going…

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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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