How to Activate the Vagus Nerve
The main role of your vagus nerve is to help the body “rest and digest.” You can can activate your vagus nerve to calm the body and improve your response to stress with with certain daily practices including yoga, deep breathing, singing, and meditation.
Bone Broth for Gut Health
Bone broth is a healing beverage known to contain collagen, gelatin, glutamine, and various minerals. It has been used for centuries as a nourishing food that soothes and heals the gut lining.
Functional Medicine Elimination Diet
An elimination diet is a short-term diet aimed to identify food sensitivities. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities often develop over time and may cause a wide variety of symptoms
Low FODMAP Prebiotic
Prebiotics are a group of nutrients that feed your beneficial gut bacteria. However, prebiotics are high in FODMAPs which may cause bloating, gas, and other digestive symptoms in certain individuals. In these cases, we recommend our low-FODMAP prebiotic supplement
SIBO and Hypothyroidism
SIBO and hypothyroidism commonly occur together. One study found over 50 percent of the subjects with hypothyroidism also had SIBO compared to just 5 percent of healthy controls.
Best Probiotic For Acne
Acne and gut health are intimately connected. In this article, we will review the best probiotic for acne and explain how using a probiotic can help treat the root causes of this condition.
Best Soil Based Probiotics
As the name implies, soil-based probiotics are bacteria found in the soil which generally contain bacteria strains from the Bacillus family. These bugs are commonly referred to as spore-forming probiotics because they are encapsulated with a hard shell, or endospore, making them very stable and highly resistant to extreme conditions.
Inflammation Evaluation and Dietary Approaches
An important thing to understand about inflammation is that it is not an on/off switch but more like a dimmer switch. Often there are many lifelong contributors that push the dimmer switch towards a full force inflammatory process. But the good news about that is once we understand these inflammatory drivers, we can work on reducing or eliminating them from our lives.
Gluten and PCOS
Although there are no studies specifically looking at the relationship between gluten and PCOS, many women report a reduction in symptoms after eliminating gluten from their diet.
While no single food matches the antihistamine strength of over-the-counter drugs, there are some nutrients, antioxidants, and extracts that contain natural antihistamine properties.
Good Food Good Mood
Nutritious food benefits your mood by supporting healthy communication in the brain and reducing chronic inflammation.
D-hist for Allergies
D-Hist is a popular supplement containing various antioxidants, enzymes, and plant extracts. The ingredients in D-Hist are intended to degrade the histamine load, reduce inflammation, and thin mucous secretions. Many people use this supplement as a way to reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
SIBO and Acne
Some people with SIBO also (or only) present with non-GI symptoms like acne, eczema, fatigue, or nutrient deficiencies. In fact, one study reported SIBO is 10 times more prevalent in those with acne versus healthy controls
Curing Histamine Intolerance
Despite the name, histamine intolerance is not an “intolerance” to histamine. Rather, histamine intolerance occurs when you have too much histamine than your body is able to effectively break down.
Autoimmune Disease After Pregnancy
Researchers aren’t 100 percent certain why women experience more autoimmune disease in postpartum. However, there are many complex hormonal and immune-related shifts that occur during pregnancy.
How is MRT different from other food sensitivity tests?
MRT is different from other food sensitivity tests because MRT captures ALL types of food sensitivity reactions (type III and IV). MRT indirectly measures the release of inflammatory chemicals called mediators.
What is Functional Nutrition?
Functional nutrition is a powerful cornerstone to functional medicine. It uses food as a natural medicine to help restore balance, replete nutrient deficiencies, heal the gut, and more.
Prebiotics: What are they and why are they important?
Prebiotics are the fiber-rich foods that probiotics feed on. Taking probiotic supplements or consuming probiotic rich foods such as kefir, yogurt, kimchi, kombucha, and sauerkraut will only get you so far if you are not consuming enough prebiotic fiber for the probiotics to eat. We call this seed (taking probiotics or probiotic foods) and feed (giving food to the good bacteria to flourish).
5 Common Women's Health Problems That Can be Treated with Functional Medicine and Nutrition
Here at Root, we treat a variety of women’s health conditions with functional medicine and nutrition. Here is a list of 5 conditions we commonly work with: Hashimoto's thyroid, polycystic ovarian syndrome, irregular periods, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine
PCOS and Constipation
Constipation is a fairly common symptom among women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). In this article, we’ll discuss the relationship between PCOS and constipation, and how you can treat the root cause of both of these conditions with diet, lifestyle, and targeted supplementation.