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Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Fertility | 0 comments

7 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Trying To Conceive

7 Crucial Questions To Ask Yourself If You’re Trying To Conceive

  If you are trying to conceive and it isn’t happening as easily as you anticipated, tracking down the cause can seem like an endless guessing game. I’ve created this simple list to help you pinpoint exactly what could be preventing you from conceiving, and what to do about it. If getting pregnant is taking longer than you expect, make sure you know the answers to the following 7 questions.   1) Is age a factor?   How to find out: As we age, our ovarian reserve or egg supply ages, too. Studies have shown a decline in egg quantity and quality can start in a woman’s 30s. If your over 30, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have declining egg supply or egg quality, but there are a few tests you can do to find out: Basal follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) test. FSH is the hormone in your body that produces mature eggs in your ovaries. If your FSH levels are too high, it could be a sign that...

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Posted by on Oct 16, 2013 in Nutrition | 0 comments

5 Ways Jim Carrey Can Lift Depression By Improving Your Digestion

5 Ways Jim Carrey Can Lift Depression By Improving Your Digestion

  If serotonin were a Hollywood star, it would be Jim Carrey–under appreciated (somebody hand that man an Oscar!), multi-talented, and responsible for igniting the personality of show business.   Serotonin is all over the tabloids:  The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Science Daily, Scientific American, and many more respected sources.   Why?   New scientific research reveals this under appreciated neurotransmitter is not only multi-talented but also greatly effects our personality based on signals sent from our digestion. Yes, our digestion.   Science now tells us that over 95% of  the body’s serotonin is produced in our gut. Serotonin, as you may know, is our “happy hormone” or neurotransmitter that effects our mood and our sleep.   If our digestion is not functioning properly, our emotions can suffer. Greatly.   Not surprisingly, in Chinese medicine, there is a direct relationship between grief and elimination. Many patients I treat who have a history of depression also experience digestive and elimination issues. In Chinese medicine, the element Metal...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Pregnancy | 4 comments

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

  By popular demand, I’m finally posting all of my favorite pregnancy resources in one place! (Click here to read My Favorite Resources For Baby’s First Year.) As a health care practitioner that specializes in women’s health, I did tons of research while I was pregnant to find the best of the best resources to help me through my journey and to be of even better service to my pregnant patients. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, bookmark this post, and please share with your family and friends 🙂 If you have any resources to add, please leave them in the comments below! Some of these resources are Denver-specific, but there are some wonderful online listings as well if you are in other parts of the country. Without further ado, in no particular order, and with free commentary…   Books & Websites: Birthing From Within (Best. Birthing book. Ever.) The Baby Book (You know how they always say, “if only babies came with a manual.” This is the manual.) Ina...

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Posted by on Feb 14, 2012 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Hug A Puppy, Eat Chocolate, And 7 Other Ways To Take Care Of Your Heart

Hug A Puppy, Eat Chocolate, And 7 Other Ways To Take Care Of Your Heart

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is known as The Emperor. In other words, the Heart runs this whole slick operation called The Body, so it is of utmost importance to keep it happy and healthy. 🙂 In no particular order, and in honor of  my personal favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day, here are my favorite ways to take care of your precious Heart — literally, and metaphorically. 1) Hug a puppy (or do something that makes you inconceivably happy). I believe animals are one of the best sources of pure love on the planet. Sometimes just looking at a photo or video of a particularly cute animal or animal story (Google or YouTube are great for this!) will instantly put you in a good mood and fill you with Heart-healthy hormones and endorphins. In Chinese medicine, every organ is associated with an emotion–the Heart with joy–and laughter really is the best medicine. 2) Love yourself more. You deserve it. 🙂 3) Choose heart-healthy foods like whole grains, low fat proteins, unsaturated...

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Posted by on Dec 27, 2011 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Holiday Blog Series: 5 Simple Strategies To Easily Digest Your Food

Holiday Blog Series: 5 Simple Strategies To Easily Digest Your Food

  Around this time of year my patients usually confess to me that they have been indulging in one too many holiday treats — and that their stomach is not as happy as usual.   Here are some quick and easy tips to help your tummy more easily digest your food during this treat-filled time of year. Or anytime of year!   1) Lemon with warm water or apple cider vinegar in the morning. Drinking a mug of warm (not hot) water with fresh squeezed lemon first thing in the morning will enhance your digestive enzymes and warm your Spleen and Stomach Qi (“chee” or energy), both of which will settle your stomach and help it to efficiently digest your food for the rest of the day. You can also try a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar in warm water, which will accomplish the same thing. (Though I prefer lemon. :-))   2) Probiotic. Find an excellent probiotic that is guaranteed to deliver exactly what’s stated on...

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