23 Ways To Start Being Healthier Today : Dr Kim's Blog

23 Ways To Start Being Healthier Today

23 Ways To Start Being Healthier Today

1. Cut Back On TV. Think of the difference it makes for your body if you take a walk or if you sit for hours instead. The first is using what you have, the second is losing what you have. The same is the case for your brain when you watch TV, replacing the absent minded activity with something that engages you can keep your brain sharp and ward off a host of diseases.

2. Sleep More. Depriving yourself of sleep can greatly affect your ability to concentrate, to remember and to perform mentally. Continue reading “23 Ways To Start Being Healthier Today”

Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care : Dr Kim's Blog

Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care

Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care

Modern, mainstream medicine uses an acute care approach when treating patients.  This approach is generally short sighted and best for acute conditions that can be cured with surgery or a simple course of prescription medication.  Unfortunately, it is still the primary route taken even when the conditions are not acute, but are instead chronic, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, and autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis.  The reality is, acute care is ill equipped to address complex and chronic disease. Continue reading “Why Functional Medicine – Acute vs Systems Oriented Care”

Stop Stressing and Start Meditating : Dr Kim's Blog

Stop Stressing and Start Meditating

Stop Stressing and Start Meditating

The effects of stress, primarily chronic stress, on your health are profound and should not be ignored.  Stress serves a purpose relating back to the days of our ancient ancestors when humans had to hunt their own food or outrun predators.  But although we no longer live in the times where stress response was needed to thrive, the stress response still exists.  Spontaneous stress hormones will raise blood pressure, increase heart rate, make your palms sweaty, boost your energy.  Infrequent spontaneous stress responses are normal – but when it no longer happens infrequently, the stress can become chronic, and this is cause for worry. Continue reading “Stop Stressing and Start Meditating”

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health : Dr Kim's Blog

Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health

For years we’ve been hearing about two important additions to our diet – fiber and probiotics.  But rarely in the same sentence.  Fiber has been touted as good for constipation, lowering cholesterol, aiding in weight loss by helping us feel full longer, stabilizing blood sugar, and a handful of other amazing things.

And probiotics on the other hand have long been known for curing what ails you in the belly – whether it be IBS, diarrhea, and recently their benefits are beginning to be discovered to go far beyond what was ever imagined.  Studies are finding that good gut bacteria, probiotics, may help with everything from inflammation, to auto-immune disease, and even depression.  Pretty incredible, right? Continue reading “Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Your Health”