Are all your co workers coughing or calling in sick? Have you recently had a viral infection passing from one family member to another? What can you do to support your immune system during the winter when everyone is more vulnerable to infections that knock you down for weeks?
Stress is pervasive. It effects absolutely everyone, knowing no boundaries. While a small amount of stress can actually motivate you to take positive action in your life, too much stress can weigh on you like an illness. In fact, stress does contribute to several types of mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression. And if left unaddressed, too much stress can actually cause physical health concerns, even increasing your risk for heart disease.
Isn’t it wonderful when you wake up with that feeling of everything going your way? The alarm doesn’t startle you awake, the sun isn’t glaring in your eyes, your morning coffee is just as you like it and your clothes don’t have a wrinkle in sight. If every morning went smoothly it would be easy to keep a positive attitude day after day. Unfortunately, most of our mornings are going to hit little pitfalls, whether it be traffic or an argument with a coworker. This is no reason to let your day spiral out of control! Focusing on the little positives in your life can help you make every day feel a little bit more amazing.
It isn’t always easy to stay motivated. Life has a way of throwing curve balls at you when you least expect them—not to mention are least prepared for them. When you are participating in any sort of wellness program, either an anti-aging program or weight loss program, keeping your motivation level up is important.
It is no secret that sugar isn’t the healthiest food out there. In fact, in recent years there has been an overwhelming amount of evidence that sugar is actually a leading factor in the rise in obesity across the United States, and that high levels of sugar intake could cause chronic health concerns, from inflammation to type-2 diabetes, and potentially even increasing your risk for developing certain types of cancer.
Diabetes is a chronic health condition, meaning that it is something that many people will struggle with over the course of several years—potentially even for the majority of their lives. Your functional medicine doctor can help you develop a plan for managing and overcoming your diabetes.
Everyone has those days when nothing seems to go right. Everything is frustrating, nothing is as it should be and the world seems like a big disparaging place. It’s amazing how the state of our mind can have such a grand impact on the world around us. When you are upset, your perception of everything else changes to fit your mood, creating a cycle of depression, frustration, and fatigue.
How junk food influences more than your waist line.
Sugar has been a hot topic in the past five years, mainly as a result of an outpouring of medical research regarding how sugar influences the brain. According to these studies, sugar is addictive, it is one of the primary causes of type-2 diabetes, and it is consumed in way too high of quantities across the United States. You don’t have to look far to see evidence of sugar addiction. Even in Rochester Hills you can see that junk foods like ice cream and cookies are a constant favorite, and there are few who will prefer a plate of organic vegetables next to a freshly baked tray of sweets.