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While inflammation is such a broad term used for anything from a scrape on the knee to rheumatoid arthritis, it’s fortunate we have such a comprehensive term at our disposal considering inflammation can be treated in a comprehensive way. The oh so common treatment for inflammation includes NSAIDs [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug], which work by blocking [ continue reading → ]

Whether you’re enthralled with the physiology of the body, or you merely are invested to the extent that you experience balanced wellness, the thyroid gland is an organ I highly recommend prioritizing. Not only is it the master metronome of the body, but it supports everything from hormone balance to weight optimization to emotional ability. [ continue reading → ]

Before I leapt into the world of functional medicine I was always struck with fear and confusion when I heard big terms like thyroid dysfunction or thyroiditis.   In fact, I really didn’t even know what roles the thyroid played in the body but it sounded important so every time I got my labs back [ continue reading → ]

When it comes to the intricacy of hormone balance, seed cycling is one of my favorite ways to effectively [yet gently] shift hormones back into balance. Seed cycling is the practice of eating specific seeds to support the key hormones of each phase in the menstrual cycle. The seeds used include flaxseeds, pumpkin, sunflower, and [ continue reading → ]

While the use of activated charcoal in wellness “shots,” lattes and face masks may seem like a new trend, this purifying nutrient has been used in ancient Ayurvedic, Egyption and Traditional Chinese medicine practices dating back to 1,500 B.C. It is known for its ability to bind to poisons, heavy metals and other toxins flushing [ continue reading → ]

As the days slowly become longer and brighter they awaken life all around. Just as green leaves emerge from barren branches and crocuses poke their way through the melting snow, it’s natural to feel a rush of vibrancy and renewal… which begs the question: what do we do to harness the power of this season? [ continue reading → ]

It’s 2 am and the clock is ticking… VERY… Slowly. Does this sound familiar? You my dear are NOT alone. Insomnia is a [frustrating] reflection of a deep deficiency or in some cases a hormonal pattern that merely needs to be recalibrated. No more band aids, you deserve resolution especially since, we both know a [ continue reading → ]

SLEEP is a form of nourishment. In practice I call it vitamin S. It affects everything from our emotions to digestion + metabolism. While sleep may just seem like another form of rest [that can be replicated while awake in some other way] the time spent in dreamland has an even more powerful impact on [ continue reading → ]

Rituals. By definition they are ceremonious acts, done precisely and methodically with love and devotion.  While often used to describe religious or spiritual practices, I argue that a skincare routine should be approached with a ritualistic devotion. By elevating this potentially mundane daily task to a moment of spa-like serenity I promise that both your [ continue reading → ]

Breakouts – ugh! Pimples always have a way of popping up at the most inopportune times, but those that appear monthly with our cycle can be the most frustrating of all. We know they are coming, they visit every month, but we just can’t seem to get them under control. Well, I’m here to tell [ continue reading → ]