Acupuncture and Massage therapy has been shown to provide effective forms of stress relief. This can help improve emotional and mental well-being and ease symptoms associated with specific mental health disorders, such as anxiety and depression
Many traditional doctors are partnering with doctors in other fields in order to make a multidisciplinary approach to mental health treatment. It is hoped that by using natural healing and talk therapy that the use of powerful prescriptions could decline, giving people a better overall quality of life without the burden of mental health symptoms. If you or someone you know is affected by Mental Health and are looking for a more natural alternative treatment plan, Functional Medicine could be for you.
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This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. Anyone can be challenged to have a family. No matter what race, religion, sexuality, or economic status you are, infertility doesn’t discriminate.
This week unites millions of people who want to remove the stigmas and barriers that stand in the way of building families.
Functional Medicine works to restore balance to your body with the aim of achieving optimal health for the rest of your life.
By addressing the whole person and the underlying causes of disease or dysfunction, functional medicine provides strategies and a road map to optimum health.
When having trouble conceiving, it can be really difficult to decide what the best steps towards finding help can be. In Functional Medicine, we look to get the individual’s underlying root cause of imbalance within their body.
For many people, infertility can be improved with lifestyle, for example reducing stress, improving your diet, reducing over-exercising, and improving sleep.
Improper nervous system function, poor nutrition, and high stress could be one of the many different reasons why one may be infertile.
There are many different fertility treatments that you can try. Some are successful and some are not.
Many seek chiropractic care for wellness purposes and don’t realize the effect it may have on the body. While chiropractic doesn’t cure infertility, it does reduce stress and interference in the body.
At NWA Health Solutions, we want to help you succeed and make lasting changes. Food sensitivities can cause chronic inflammation in the gut, which can cause bloating, bowel regulation, acid reflux, weight gain, and more. We test for more than 100 food sensitivities: grains, legumes, nuts, dairy, vegetables, meats, fruits, fish, and more. A simple blood draw or finger prick using a US BIOTEK LABORATORIES test kit can be used to identify food-specific antibodies that may be associated with immediate and /or delayed food reactions.
Weight gain or loss
Chronic infections and fatigue
Our goal with this program is to help guide you in the right direction with diet, exercise, and lifestyle. It includes office visits, food sensitivity testing, pH testing, supplements, specific nutritional guidelines, and exercise tailored to each individual.
We carry AlkaLine B.E.S.T. Process supplements. These supplements include digestive enzymes, cleanse products, multivitamins, weight loss shakes, probiotics fish oil and more.
” One year ago Dr. Josh and Dr. Sarah diagnosed me with 10 food sensitivities. I now have ZERO due to their recommended dietary changes and supplements.
Spring can always feel like a fresh start with flowers blooming, and the days becoming longer. You can finally get outside and enjoy the brighter days and warmer weather. Spring can be a time of new beginnings and the start of new healthy habits. You can begin exercising, begin a new hobby, or start taking care of your self by practicing self-care. Chiropractic care is a great way to take of yourself and help you feel like a spring chicken.
When it’s cold and dreary outside you, tend to stay indoors, and not be as active. Being less active can cause your joint to become stiff, and your mobility and flexibility can decrease. Chiropractic care benefits you by reducing your pain, enhancing mobility, increasing your flexibility, and activity levels. By reducing your pain you, are enhancing your overall health. The more energy you have, and the more your body functions efficiently, the better you will feel about yourself.
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, often causing localized redness, swelling, pain, or heat. It may cause loss of function of the involved tissues. Acute inflammation is typically a protective and localized response to infection or injury. It’s designed to heal the body and restore normal tissue function.
Inflammation of the joints, including stiffness and swelling are common symptoms of arthritis.
If inflammation persists for a prolonged period of time, it becomes chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can be the result of an infection, autoimmune reaction, or allergy.
Certain foods have been identified as anti-inflammatory. They may help to reduce chronic inflammation and pain. Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, certain nuts, and even chocolate have all been acknowledged for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Research into exactly how well these foods reduce inflammation in the body is mixed, but promising. One easy way to incorporate anti-inflammatories into your diet is through the use of spices.
Turmeric is a brilliant yellow spice common in Indian cuisine that you can find in any grocery store. Turmeric has been used as a medicine for centuries to treat wounds, infections, colds, and liver disease.
Studies have shown that curcumin, a compound in turmeric, may reduce inflammation in the body.
Ginger is a zesty spice used in many cuisines. You can buy it powdered or as a fresh root in most supermarkets. Ginger has been used as a traditional medicine to treat stomach upset, headaches, and infections.
The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger have been praised for centuries, and scientific studies have confirmed it.
Cinnamon is a popular spice often used to flavor baked treats. But cinnamon is more than just a delicious additive in our cakes. Studies have shown that the spice has anti-inflammatory properties, which can ease swelling.
Keep a good supply of cinnamon on hand and sprinkle it in your coffee or tea, and on top of your breakfast cereal.
The anti-inflammatory properties of garlic have been proven to ease arthritis symptoms. A little bit can go a long way. Use fresh garlic in almost any savory dish for added flavor and health benefits.
If the taste is too much for you, roast a head of garlic for a sweeter, milder flavor.
Cayenne and other hot chili peppers have been praised for their health benefits since ancient times. All chili peppers contain natural compounds called capsaicinoids. These are what give the spicy fruit its anti-inflammatory properties.
Chili pepper is widely considered to be a powerful anti-inflammatory spice, so be sure to include a dash in your next dish. It has long been used as a digestive aid as well, so that’s an added benefit.
If cayenne is too hot for your liking, you’ll be happy to know that the milder black pepper has been identified for its anti-inflammatory properties as well. Known as the “King of Spices,” black pepper has been valued for its flavor and antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Studies have shown that the chemical compounds of black pepper, particularly piperine, may be effective in the early acute inflammatory process.
Cloves have been used as an expectorant, and to treat upset stomach, nausea, and inflammation of the mouth and throat. Research is still mixed, but evidence suggests that they may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Powdered clove works well in baked goods and in some savory dishes, like hearty soups and stews. You can also use whole cloves to infuse both flavor and nutrition into hot drinks like tea or cider.
Call today and ask about our food sensitivity testing.
The first step to controlling inflammation is understanding your bodies unique responses to its environment,
and letting those work for you…not against you.
While anti-depressants are often the medical go-to choice for increasing serotonin, they often have undesirable side effects like low libido and low energy. However, recognizing some natural ways that your body can make serotonin and obtain plenty of the important co-factor, vitamin B6, may free you from needing to rely on long-term use of prescription drugs. If you decide to go this route, it can be helpful to work with a creative licensed practitioner who understands the power of food to influence your body’s biochemical processes.
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Firstly, you need to know about tryptophan. It’s an amino acid that’s vital in the production of serotonin, so if you increase your dietary intake then you put yourself on the fast track to happier days.
Some of the best foods to eat include lean meats, eggs and dairy foods, but don’t fret if you’re on a vegan diet! Nuts and seeds are also packed with tryptophan, so make them a staple snack.
You might already have a sense that a massage can influence your mood, but you probably don’t know that this isn’t just the result of working out muscular tension.
Research on how massage changes body chemistry suggests that serotonin levels often peak after a session, most likely because of a 30% reduction in cortisol. When too much of this hormone is circulating around your system, your brain is actually blocked from making the right amount of serotonin. (479) 636-1324, call and check schedule availability for your massage today.
Every vitamin in the B family helps you feel good and plays a role in keeping your body fit but there are two particularly useful ones when it comes to serotonin production—vitamins B12 and B6. There’s even evidence that B vitamin supplementation can help to treat depression in the elderly population. Most people benefit from a dose of about 50-100mg per day but check with your doctor (and don’t be afraid to ask for a blood test in case you have an underlying vitamin deficiency). (479) 636-1324, we offer a full line of supplements and complementary medicine as well as food sensitivity and metabolic profile testing.
Whenever you’re outside in the sunlight, you kick-start your brain’s serotonin production. This is true even if there’s some cloud cover, so there’s no excuse to stay inside all day in winter!
Do your best to spend at least 20-30 minutes outside every morning or afternoon—this is a great opportunity to go somewhere beautiful, or just reflect while listening to your favorite songs.
You may not give much thought to magnesium, but some reports estimate that as many as 75% of the American population could be deficient in this mineral. It’s not only capable of influencing serotonin balance, but also helps to control blood pressure and regulate nerve function.
In supplement form, it has been shown to help some patients recover from even major depressive episodes. To add more to your diet, look to foods like dark leafy greens, fish, bananas and beans.
Increasing the brain’s serotonin levels isn’t just about external things like diet and environment—psychological studies show you can also influence neurotransmitter production by working to change your attitude to life. Figure out what makes you feel good about yourself and the world around you, and do more of that! Good examples include socializing with people you love, allocating an hour a day to an inspiring hobby, deliberately visualizing a happy event, and keeping a gratitude journal.
Interestingly, one of the major symptoms of low serotonin is a craving for sugary foods—this is because insulin is needed to manufacture some of the components of serotonin. Unfortunately, this increased sugar consumption backfires, as it typically leads to a mood crash (counteracting the benefits of the helpful neurotransmitters you’ve just produced). Protect yourself from illnesses like diabetes and heart disease, and focus your efforts on healthier ways of increasing serotonin.
Yes, we know, meditation comes up in every list that relates to well-being! However, there are good, evidence-based reasons for this—meditating really can help just about every area of your life. Serotonin levels increase in response to any form of meditation that raises 5-HIAA, an acid that the brain needs when making serotonin.
As a bonus, meditation combats the influence of stress hormones, which not only makes you feel happier but also reduces unnecessary inflammation in the body. (479) 636-1324, call and ask about scheduling for our next meditation class.
You’ll already be getting a bit more exercise if you follow the above advice about sun exposure, but take a critical look at the rest of your week and see if you can make time for extra workouts. Anything that gets your heart pumping can elevate your serotonin levels, and the associated endorphins make you feel fantastic as well. Think outside the box to find types of exercise that you actually find fun—for example, swap the treadmill for jogging through the park, attending a dance class or learning water aerobics.
While vitamin C doesn’t seem to be as crucial to serotonin as B vitamins, there is some emerging research showing an increasingly strong connection with mood. For example, some studies indicate vitamin C has natural antidepressant properties, and one group of scientists even found that people who increased vitamin C felt happier within just a week. This may not only be to do with serotonin but also vitamin C’s role in producing other neurotransmitters like dopamine and epinephrine—both of which make us feel good. Oranges, bell peppers and tomatoes and leafy greens are all excellent choices if you want to get more vitamin C.
Finally, you’ve probably noticed that ways of regulating cortisol have come up a few times because cortisol blocks serotonin from being made in the first place. This means that essentially, anything you can do to reduce stress levels can have a positive knock-on effect on the amount of serotonin in your brain.
If you’re the type of person who puts others first, takes on too much and is constantly working, start looking at ways to prioritize self-care in your week and more serotonin will follow. Self-care means different things for different people, but you can brainstorm good ideas by making a list of ten things that make you feel truly happy!