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Reducing the Toxic Load

Reducing the Toxic Load

Every day we are exposed to harmful chemicals in our environment. Some of these toxins are known hormone disruptors and carcinogens that can negatively impact our health. Fortunately, our bodies have a brilliant way of detoxifying these substances so that our systems don’t get over-burdened and sick. Our cardiovascular system is connected to our lymphatic system, which is linked to…

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Food Sensitivities: Results and Plan

Food Sensitivities: Results and Plan

By Christy Strouse Previously I wrote about my first-hand experience with the FIT test by KBMO diagnostics. (see article here). In this article, I’ll break down my test results and explain what the results can and cannot reveal. Finally, I’ll share my personal experience and thoughts on how the test might provide valuable information. The short and sweet is that I…

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Food Sensitivities: The FIT Test

Food Sensitivities: The FIT Test

By Christy Strouse If you are someone like me who has suffered with chronic digestive issues, you have probably found yourself playing detective with your diet. No doubt, this has left you confused, frustrated, and without any clear direction. I understand! You may have considered food sensitivity testing, which can be tricky. Let me share my journey with you. Ironically, I have…

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Tips For Great Heart Health

Tips For Great Heart Health

Valentines Day is a holiday where we give our hearts to that special someone…but what about our heart health? Is it really all about our cholesterol levels? Many factors can determine heart disease risk, including stress, nutrient deficiencies, and other factors such as environmental exposures or genetic susceptibility. The human body has anywhere from 4.5 to 6 liters of blood…

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Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Most everyone looks forward to holiday festivities and gatherings, but they always seem to center around delicious food and drink! At the same time, we dread the tight jeans and self-loathing that comes around just in time for our New Year’s resolutions. Although most people accept that the holidays inevitably result in up to 10 pounds of extra weight every…

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Hormones: Adrenal, Thyroid And Sex – And How They All Work Together

Hormones: Adrenal, Thyroid And Sex – And How They All Work Together

Featured in ELYSIAN Magazine’s Fall 2018 Issue   There are more than 50 of these potent chemical messengers in the human body, and life would not be the same without them. They control waking, sleep, hunger, thirst, love, sex… You name it, and there’s probably a hormone involved. Over a lifetime, the intricate interplay of hormones controls our physical and emotional growth…

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Metabolic Syndrome: The By-Product of a Modern Lifestyle

Featured in ELYSIAN Magazine’s Summer 2018 Issue What is metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by a cluster of challenges including, but not limited to, obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and fatty liver. People who don’t exercise, make poor dietary choices, are overweight, and who drink heavily are predisposed to metabolic syndrome. Why are…

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Optimal Self

Featured in ELYSIAN Magazine’s Winter 2017/2018 Issue Welcome to the inaugural column of Optimal Self, a column designed to offer helpful insights for achieving ideal health. Over the last 12 years, I’ve seen thousands of patients in what I call a “pre-disease state,” where the body sends an alarm signal that comes in the form of vague, unsettling symptoms. Functional medicine…

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