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5 Common Signs of Hormonal Imbalance

What surprises a lot of people is that hormonal imbalances can affect both men and women – and of all ages. And although there are types of imbalances that are gender specific, I see many patients in Central Minnesota who are able to successfully treat hormonal imbalances with minor changes.

Nutritional Supplement Quality: Do's and Don'ts

Many individuals today are turning to nutritional supplements as opposed to prescription medications. While everyone has their own reason why they believe nutritional supplements are the best alternative, there are a number of things that you need to know when purchasing these products. After all, you want to make sure you are purchasing a quality product, not something made with inferior ingredients. As such, where you purchase your supplements is integral to the overall integrity of the product.

Zika Virus: Are You Really at Risk?

Those pesky mosquitos are going to make an appearance soon in Minnesota. It’s that time of year to stock up on insect repellent and citronella candles. What’s all the talk about the Zika virus? Is it really something you need to be concerned and precautious about? I enjoy any reason to be outdoors, especially if it involves staying active. But, I could do without the mosquitoes and their annoyance just as much as anyone. Thanks, mother nature! In this post, I’ll share some facts and tips, so you’ll know all you need to know about the Zika virus and how it affects you and your family.

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Are Nutritional Deficiencies to Blame for Your Cravings?

It’s normal to crave certain foods; it’s a phenomenon that happens to everyone. Sugar. Salt. Comfort food. A triple-shot-extra-foam-add-caramel-latte. Listening to your body and giving it the best holistic support you can is important. But is what you crave an indicator of what you’re missing? As a family nurse practitioner at Williams, I’m passionate about prevention and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. I’d love to help you learn a little bit more about what your body is telling you.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Benefits & Tips for Use

As more and more people are turning to natural and in-home remedies for a variety reasons, apple cider vinegar is often a subject of conversation. I find that when discussing practices for health maintenance and home remedies with patients, almost all of them have heard about incorporating apple cider vinegar in their diet. As a healthcare provider, I am truly passionate about helping my patients feel their best and maintain optimal health - and if I can do it in a natural way, it's even better.

While apple cider vinegar has been around for over a century, it hasn't always been known for its numerous health benefits. For example, did you know that soaking swollen feet in apple cider vinegar can sooth the aching? It's been a great remedy for pregnant mothers and athletes alike. Vinegar - which means sour wine in French - can be made by almost any carbohydrate such as grapes, dates, coconuts, beets, potatoes, and of course, apples. But is the buzz true? Is apple cider vinegar the new superfood, or is it all a myth?

Although there are some serious benefits of using apple cider vinegar (like lowering cholesterol and preventing indigestion), there are some things you should know when using it...

5 Reasons to Go on Vacation

Summertime in Central Minnesota – that’s our state at its best! It’s the perfect time for, well, everything. Crossing things off your bucket list, being outdoors more, slowing down, and enjoying the small things. It’s also the perfect time to go on vacation. In the U.S. there are 577 million vacation days that go unused each year. We’ve come up with a list of five reasons to go on vacation this summer because it’s good for you. Doctors’ orders!

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When You Need a Chiropractor vs. When You Need a Massage

The human body is a delicate, multi-faceted machine, and when the machine breaks down, it hurts. When your body hurts, it’s time to seek treatment and diagnosis of your symptoms. Options include physical medicine, chiropractic care, and massage therapy. How do you determine what the best course is? If you’re favoring an all-natural approach to treatment and recovery, you might consider a massage or a chiropractic adjustment. Both facilitate healing in regards to your body’s nervous system, but in differing ways. Both methods have a common goal: restored health and wellness.

Stop the Flu in its Tracks

This time of year is synonymous with holiday cheer, friends and family, storied traditions and unfortunately for many, the flu. If you feel like the flu is inevitable no matter what you do, let us assure you - there is hope for your health. Here are some tips and tricks for preventing the flu and minimizing its symptoms, so you can get back to life as you know (and love) it!

Napping: Fact vs. Myth

Most adults are reluctant to take a nap. While many of us tend to grow out of our napping phase, there are many benefits of napping and keeping naps as part of your daily routine. Like anything that involves your health, there are several myths about napping that you should be aware of.

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The 411 on Fish Oil

Fish oil has been a favorite herbal remedy for quite some time, mostly due to its high omega-3 fatty acid content. Omega-3 is found in a number of different foods, including fish, shellfish, and flaxseed. They are very beneficial to the human body; however, you would have to eat a lot to see the true benefits of having it in your system.

The reason fish oil is chosen as opposed to other oils with Omega-3 content is due to the additional minerals it contains. There are many different benefits of fish oil; fish are naturally high in protein, vitamins, and minerals while being low in saturated fat. This makes it easier to incorporate into special diets.