Vitamin & Nutrient Deficiency Testing

Do You Have Nutrient Deficiencies? 90% of the time, the answer is YES, you do have vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Scientists estimate that between 90 and 92% of the US population has a nutritional deficiency. Even more astonishing is the fact...

4 Crucial Tests Needed to Determine Your Health

What's The Best Indicator of Your Overall Health? Your Health should not be based on how you feel. It's not your total cholesterol level. It's not whether you're skinny or fat. It's not your resting heart rate, blood pressure, squat max, how many...

When You’re Doing “All the Things” and Nothing Works

False Wellness and the Pursuit of Health Let me preface this article by saying I’m a big fan of Crossfit, Olympic weight lifting, weight or resistance training, interval training, running, cycling and any other form of working the body. I love all...

When Losing Weight Damages Hormones

Women Who Lost Weight & Screwed Up Their Bodies in the Process Nearly every female that consults with me regarding nutrition or dietary intake is interested in losing weight or getting lean. There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look "sexy" or at least feel...

How to Beat Weekend Overeating

Weekend Overeating (and booze) are Commonplace I live in Austin, Texas - and let's face it... everybody around me becomes a foodie monster and professional wine/spirits taster over the weekend. "It's just what people do" right? It certainly feels good to work hard all...

GMO’s: Are They Bad For Your Health?

Are GMOs Good or Bad for Your Health? Genetically modified foods (GMOs) are highly controversial. With so many people debating the pros and cons, it's hard to know what to think. So i'd like to offer a few thoughts on the subject. Despite the debate, GMOs are found in...

Are Detox Diets Good or Bad?

Are Detox Diets Good or Bad? Those colorful, expensive bottles of juice goodness look healthy. But are the detox diets they promote good for you? Like most things related to diet & nutrition... it depends. In this article we'll cover what science says about detoxing...

Should I Eat Grains?

Settling the Grain Debate Can wheat and other grains fit into a healthy - and sane - diet? Are grains saving your life, or are they silently destroying it? This article aims to discuss both sides of the debate and offer some actionable steps for you to start eating...

10 Ways to Boost Metabolism

What Can You Do To Boost Your Metabolism? The physiology of weight loss and muscle building is complex; but there are proven strategies that have stood the test of time. In this article I share with you 10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism. 1. Eat Enough Protein Hands...

Understanding Metabolism and Metabolic Damage

Can Eating Too Little Damage Your Metabolism? There's a lot of discussion in the fitness and health industry about whether crash dieting can cause metabolic damage. In this article I'd like to help separate fact from fiction and finish up by teaching you exactly why...

Why Calorie Counting is Flawed

Calorie Counting is a Flawed Science Today I want to share with you some information on The Surprising Problem with Calorie Counting!Most people who count calories for weight loss or weight management assume it's an exact science. It's not. In this article you'll find...

Nutrition is Not a Religion

Nutrition is Not a Religion. When it comes to nutrition, What You Believe Wont’ Get You Results, but Science Can. When people start talking about diet and nutrition; it’s often in the context of a belief system. In other words, the answer to “What should I eat?” is...

3 Characteristics Every Doctor Needs to Embrace

You already know this problem: Humans are in the midst of the worst chronic disease epidemic ever faced in our history. Americans are the biggest consumer of weight loss products (80%) in the world, yet still lead the world in obesity and unhealthy lifestyle. More...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 3

In previous articles I discussed 2 of the most common, but worst supplements you could be taking for your health. These supplements included Iron and Calcium. Certainly these 2 nutrients are important for our health... but when it comes to supplementing with iron and...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 2

I make numerous recommendations with respect to what nutritional supplements, herbs and botanicals a patient should take to improve their health. In many cases, supplements are necessary for therapeutic treatment and I believe that many people cannot heal their bodies...

The Most Common Worst Supplements You Might be Taking Part 1

I have many patients who ask what supplements they should be taking. The answer to that question is largely dependent on that individuals current health status, health goals and lifestyle. But what about the supplements you most likely SHOULDN'T be taking? In this...

Are You Deficient in Vitamin B12?

40% of Americans have low-normal B12 levels B12 deficiency is much more common than the conventional medicine establishment and general public realize. Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggests that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26...

7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day

7 Fatigue Provoking Foods We Consume Every Day Have you been experiencing a noticeable decline in your energy? Does it bug you that you’re not as productive and active as you used to be? This is not your fault. Sounds crazy right? But it is true. The modern diets and...

High Blood Pressure & Natural Solutions

Do you have high blood pressure? If so, don’t worry (too much)! While blood pressure, or hypertension, has recently been found to be the most important risk factor for premature death [1], there is good news. We now know that a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle is...

What Do Liver Function Tests Tell Us?

A group of liver function tests are often performed as part of routine laboratory testing. However, as you will learn in this article, these tests may also highlight dysfunction or disease in systems other than the liver. As a functional medicine practitioner, I don’t...

Blood Biomarkers and What They Mean for Your Performance

Blood Biomarkers and What They Mean Biomarker is a shortened name for biological marker.  Biomarkers are used as an indication that a biological process in your body has occurred or is ongoing.  Biomarkers have to be something that can be measured accurately with...

Normal Bloodwork is Not Optimal

This article applies to almost anyone who's ever had blood-work ordered by a doctor. I will always ask on an initial visit at my Austin office, if you've recently had bloodwork and 99% of the response I get is: “Oh I’ve already had a blood test done and my doctor...

Statin Drugs: Are They Worth the Risks?

Statin Drugs: Are They Worth the Risks? Statins (cholesterol lowering medications) are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in America. Approximately one in every four adults over age 40 take these drugs to lower their cholesterol levels. It is no secret...

Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?

Cholesterol has earned quite a mighty reputation over the last few decades; and not in a good sense. Synonymous with plaque formation in the arteries and heart disease, high cholesterol has possibly become one of the most dreaded words a doctor can bring up. But do...

Bad Facts or Bad Fats? Saturated Fat & The Diet Heart Hypothesis

Bad Facts or Bad Fats? Just how bad are saturated fats for the body? According to 2017 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update from the American Heart Association, heart disease remains the primary cause of death in the United States, even as the death rate from...

Are you gluten and wheat sensitive?

How to know if you're gluten or wheat sensitive In my opinion, the best way (and least expensive) to determine gluten or wheat sensitivity, or any food intolerance for that matter, is to simply eliminate the suspected food for at least 30-60 days and then reintroduce...

Autoimmune Disease: A Functional Medicine Approach

Rheumatoid arthritis. Lupus. Celiac disease. Multiple sclerosis. Graves disease. Psoriasis.  What do all these widespread diseases have in common?  They are all examples of an autoimmune disease and there are over seventy more (at least), that we know about. An...

How to Ease Joint Pain Naturally

Joints form the connections between the 206 bones in the human body. They are a crucial part of human movement.  Without them, we’d be unable to move. Joint pain is a frustrating and oftentimes debilitating symptom with a wide range of underlying causes.  Joint pain...

How to Prevent Heart Attacks & Sudden Cardiac Death

TV’s most likable dad died from sudden cardiac death last week. Alan Thicke’s massive heart attack was quick and unexpected and many of his closest friends have already come out saying there were no signs whatsoever. As tragic as this is, it’s equally upsetting to...

Spine Hygiene: What’s It all About?

Most people don’t equate the word hygiene with bones or muscles, ligaments or tendons. The word hygiene means sciences, conditions or practices that promote and preserve health. We observe the meaning of this word when we maintain personal hygiene, dental hygiene as...

Struggling With Back Pain? Don’t Put Exercise on Pause.

If you’ve ever suffered from back problems, then you know that chronic pain can make exercise feel intimidating. However, you also probably know that back pain can easily become a vicious cycle: Pain makes us feel as though we should rest, which eventually leads to a...

The Dangers of Leading a Sedentary Lifestyle

How much time do you spend exercising and engaging in physical activity during a typical week? When you're busy juggling a job, caring for your family, maintaining personal relationships, and performing the countless other tasks associated with day-to-day living, it's...

Top Foods to Improve Memory & Cognitive Function

Can't seem to remember where you placed your car keys or wallet? Whether you are a man, woman, young or old, everyone forgets things on occasion. But if you experience memory problems on a weekly or daily basis, perhaps you should reevaluate your diet....

How to Get Yourself up & Moving!

There are many benefits to exercise. For starters, it helps keep your body strong and healthy. Also, research shows that a lack of exercise can actually increase your chances of developing certain diseases. For these reasons, everyone is suggested to exercise...

Coconut Oil 101

With over 90% of health problems related to diet and nutrition, the importance of eating clean for the best nutrition potential cannot be stressed enough. However, even health conscious individuals can fall prey to low quality food products that are packaged and...

Clinical Detoxification to Prevent Cancer

If you are looking to improve overall health and strengthen your body's resistance against conditions from the common cold to cancer, clinical detoxing is the solution. This practice eliminates the presence of persistent toxins. The human body is really a well-oiled...

Eating Clean While Road Trippin’

Many people love a good road trip. The open highway stretches out in front of you. There is excellent music on the stereo, and if you're lucky you have a few friends along to help with the driving responsibilities. Whether you're out to see the National Parks our...

The Benefits of Bone Broth

  What comes to your mind when seeing a bone? Something worthless, right? Judging by its sandpapery texture or even the pain it causes on the tooth when you bite it, you may hate it. However, inside the hard substance, lies a lot of nutrients that have uncountable...

The Power of The Push Up

There aren’t many workouts that provide an all-round muscles engagement in the body, tone up the abs quickly and burn significant calories. Fortunately, Push-ups are one of the exercises that provide significant benefits within a short time. The power of the push up...

How to Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Cholesterol can be both your friend and foe; at healthy levels, it can play an important in the normal functioning of the body, however, if its levels become excessively high, it can be a recipe for disaster and can put you at a risk of heart attack. So, What is...

Why People Hurt Themselves Stretching

If you exercise regularly, it's important that you stretch before and afterwards to help avoid injury i.e. tearing of muscles. You are probably aware of this and hopefully already practice it but there are actually two different kinds of stretching and doing the wrong...

10 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

A majority of us have been using cayenne pepper to make our meals a little spicy, but did you know that its amazing for your health? For many centuries, cayenne pepper has been used for both medicine and food. It can reduce acidity and stimulate your body circulation;...

How Good Posture Erases Back Pain

Many respected experts today have shown that good body posture is an essential element of a healthy physical and mental lifestyle. This is perhaps even more the case in terms of individuals who are in the later stages of life. That being said, one of the greatest...

The best foam rolling exercise for your glutes

Sore muscles making it tough to move around? We completely understand that. If you are a beginner at exercising or have not been working out for long and have resumed training, it is natural to end up with sore or tight muscles. Even pumping up your existing exercise...

How to Heal Leaky Gut

The life we live today is certainly not as harsh as it was thousands of years ago. But the same is not true for your gut. Modern living conditions with all its processed foods, artificial and chemical compounds make it extremely hard for your gut to function. FACT:...

Is your Turmeric Made of Powder or Extract?

Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine for its healing properties. It is derived from the Curcuma longa plant. The roots and rhizome are ground to make turmeric powder. Turmeric has a distinct flavor and color, which makes it a great addition to soups and...

How to Perform the Perfect Squat

If you are into fitness or even if you are not, it's so important that you squat for a number of reasons. Squatting is great for both men and women and they are so easy to do once you get the hang of them. They have so many benefits which we will be discussing, you...

How 10 Minutes of High Intensity Training Can Be Good for You

High-intensity training denotes a type of workout regime in which one engages in alternating short periods of exercise followed by periods of complete rest or less intense activities. A simple example of such a regime may consist of 1-minute fast runs followed by a...

The Benefits of Cricket Flour

Have you eaten bread, drank juice, had a candy bar? Well I hate to burst your bubble, but you have eaten bugs and throughout your life time I would say probably a fair amount. These pests get into everything. The rotten, bug infested apples in orchards, yeah guess...

Zero Calorie Sweeteners are Just as Bad as Sugar

STUDY PROVES IT: Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Just As Bad As Sugar (Perhaps Even Worse) At Packing on FAT... AND A HOST OF OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS! Nowadays, many individuals turn to artificial sweeteners as a substitute for their sugar fix. What most of the public isn’t...

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