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

Food Sensitivities and Intolerance

It is estimated that 60% of the population has symptoms associated with food reactions.

• Food Allergy denotes an immunological reaction involving an anti-body response

• Food sensitivity is an intolerance or reaction to a food which does not involve an immunological reaction.

What are some of the causes of Food Allergies and Sensitivities?

Food allergies are multi-factorial and there does not seem to be any one cause. Any of the following will contribute to the development of allergies and reactions. Continue reading “Food Sensitivities and Intolerance”

How To Break The Sugar Addiction

Since sugar is hidden within so much of what we eat, our brains have actually become hard-wired to crave it. Without us even knowing. Doesn’t that sound crazy, being addicted to a drug without even knowing it?

For many people, that is exactly the case. Here’s how sugar addiction works:

Sugar addiction works in the same way that any addiction (such as addictions to hard drugs, alcohol, and gambling) works — it interferes with the our dopamine receptors. There are theories that our brains think that sugar is so important because of a very outdated survival mechanism from our hunter-gathering days. Continue reading “How To Break The Sugar Addiction”

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

Why Suppression Of Disease Is Making Us Unhealthy

Anyone who has been badly injured definitely knows the difference between relief from a pain killer and being healed.  In many cases of trauma, pain killers are needed.  Studies have actually shown that comfort and healing go hand in hand.  The same goes for antibiotics.  If you have a bad infection – whether internally like pneumonia, or externally like a dog bite, antibiotics are life saving.  But with both examples – pain or infection – there comes a point when you need to ask yourself if you SHOULD still be in pain, or if you SHOULD still be having infections.   Continue reading “Why Suppression Of Disease Is Making Us Unhealthy”

6 Tips to Conquering Brain Fog

There are many different reasons someone many experience chronic or occasional brain fog.  Sometimes it can be normal – maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re exhausted from traveling, or you’re under the weather. But for the most part, it shouldn’t be something you learn to live with or pass off as normal.  If you experience regular brain fog, here are some tips to helping eliminate it.  If it continues or is accompanied with other symptoms, it’s best to reach out to a functional medicine practitioner and identify the root cause. Continue reading “6 Tips to Conquering Brain Fog”

Easy Ways to Ease Muscle Soreness : Dr. Kim Blog

Easy Ways to Ease Muscle Soreness

Easy Ways To Ease Muscle Soreness

Even when you feel great mentally after a strong workout, your muscles may be sore. This soreness is inflammation of the fibers. There are some easy ways to help ease the discomfort and avoid potential injury.

REST

The body is the most effective healer but to accomplish this it needs time and space to mend. Doing so will give you added strength when you pick up your exercise routine again, creating better results.  Exercise is wonderful, but don’t push yourself to the point of injury.  Listen to your body.  Continue reading “Easy Ways to Ease Muscle Soreness”

Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend

Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend

In today’s society, young women are expected to be a beacon of health, beauty, and fertility.  But statistics show that young women are disproportionately affected by certain diseases and health conditions, and they’re often not taken seriously by both their doctors and the general public – especially when they “look” healthy.  

This is why it is becoming more important than ever to advocate for yourself.  It is not normal to not feel well all the time.  Brushing off symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, bloating, aches and pains, etc simply because you’re young is not a good solution – in fact, it is dangerous. 

Continue reading “Young, Sick and Invisible – A Dangerous Trend”

An In Depth Look at Functional Medicine and Cardiovascular Health : Dr Kim Blog

An In Depth Look at Functional Medicine and Cardiovascular Health

An In Depth Look at Functional Medicine and Cardiovascular Health

One in three Americans suffer from heart disease. For most, it is preventable and reversible, however majority of people are getting only a fraction of the picture when they have their annual labs run for cholesterol. You can take action to improve your heart health by focusing on in depth functional labs and four aspects of the biochemical system. At Colorado Center of Health and Nutrition we dig deeper and look at all aspects of cardiovascular health to give our patients the full picture of their cardiac risks. Continue reading “An In Depth Look at Functional Medicine and Cardiovascular Health”

An Alternative Approach to Pain Relief : Dr Kim's Blog

An Alternative Approach to Chronic Pain Relief

An Alternative Approach to Chronic Pain Relief

By definition, chronic pain is pain that consistently lasts longer than six months, and it’s a serious problem in the United States. It affects over 100 million people, diminishing productivity and quality of life.  Billions of dollars are spent each year on prescription and over the counter pain medicine.  The opioid epidemic has a frightening grasp on this nation and it’s not going away anytime soon.  However, we are fortunate to also live in a time of easy access to alternative therapies to manage – and even eliminate – pain.  Here are a few alternative approaches to pain management. Continue reading “An Alternative Approach to Chronic Pain Relief”

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?

Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?

Hypothyroid symptoms can be from many causes. Primary hypothyroidism is due to a decrease in the thyroid gland producing and secreting thyroid hormone. It may also be caused by issues within the thyroid gland, pituitary gland or hypothalamus gland or the regulation systems of each. There are many causes of hypo-thyroid and testing to determine if the problem is with the thyroid gland, peripheral conversion of thyroid hormone, the hypothalamus gland or pituitary gland is vital when looking to treat a thyroid condition. Continue reading “Is Your Doctor Doing The Right Thyroid Tests?”

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You? : Dr. Kim's Blog

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?

Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?

Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the functions of the immune system leaving us more susceptible to chronic diseases like arthritis, autoimmune conditions, cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

But I hear from patients all the time “I eat a balanced diet, exercise and take a multivitamin, how can I be missing nutrients?” Did you know that 50% of people taking multivitamins are still nutritionally deficient?  Many people lead healthy lifestyles, yet some individuals still have deficiencies. Why? Continue reading “Is Nutritional Testing Right for You?”