This year we have seen unprecedented acts of violence in the United States and abroad - from Orlando to Brussels, Nice, Istanbul, Dallas, Baton Rouge, and beyond. Any society that experiences such tragedies has deep issues across wide areas, such as income inequality, racism, and, of course, untreated mental illness. Read more.
Sleep: the great equalizer. It's our proverbial "reset switch"Â. We quite literally can't live without it, and yet societal pressures often force us to forego sufficient sleep in lieu of a perpetual need to accomplish more: make more money, have more friends, make more of ourselves. This desire to acquire comes at tremendous cost though: less long-term quality of life.
It is evident both from clinical experience and laboratory research that our bodies have an incredible ability to renew themselves if we create the conditions for optimal health. In many ways, the fact that as a species we fare so well in spite of a variety of man-made environmental toxicities is a testament to this recuperative ability.
As a naturopathic doctor, when there is research available regarding dietary therapies which could influence cognitive health, I take note. Proper nutrition is a foundational cornerstone of the philosophy of naturopathic medicine and critical to our brain health. If overlooked, it will often result in pathological processes which become recalcitrant no matter the intervention.
It is common knowledge that a decent night of sleep has a plethora of positive effects on our mental, physical and emotional well-being. Research has shown adequate sleep decreases the stress hormone cortisol, lowers the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and obesity, improves memory consolidation and strengthens the immune system. It also reduces inflammation, stimulates creativity and promotes longevity. Plus, we all know that a solid eight hours of sleep does wonders for our overall mood and energy levels!
Practitioners have known for a long time about the therapeutic benefit of mindfulness, meditation and relaxation for a wide range of health concerns. Research is now offering us the mechanisms to explain how these powerful tools impact the cells and the physical and emotional bodies.
Many people don't feel thirsty early in the day and forget to drink water. Then, during your activities over the course of the day, you continually breathe out water vapor and continually sweat at least small unnoticeable amounts.
The treatments go beyond needles and spinal manipulation. They include Emotional Freedom Techniques -- tapping on the body's "energy meridians" as the patient thinks about upsetting incidents -- and craniosacral therapy, which involves a gentle rocking of the head, neck, spine and pelvis.
The sun is coming out and the temperatures are warming up! This should be the time of year where we relax, play outdoors, travel, feel light and happy... right? Not always. Although you are likely exposed to more sunlight and creating more vitamin D, which has a mood-boosting effect, if you are feeling down and out you are not alone.
Migraines are painful, often debilitating headaches and are a common concern in primary care practices. Up to 17 percent of women and six percent of men report experiencing a migraine headache in their lifetime. In general, women are three times as likely to have migraines as men.