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Latest lifestyle news, trends and updates from Dr. Katherine Birchenough and Dr. Shawn Birchenough at OptimalSelf MD.

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: 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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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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Light Therapy

What is LED Light Therapy? LED light therapy is the BEST health and beauty tool you never knew you needed! It has been clinically proven to be effective for a variety of uses such as anti-aging, hair restoration, skin conditions, acne, wound care, and pain relief. Specific wavelengths penetrate the skin helping to naturally jump- start tissue recovery, skin rejuvenation,…

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Skin Care Ingredient Hype: It Does Matter!

So, you’ve probably noticed there’s a lot in the media about the beauty industry lately regarding the toxicity of ingredients and lack of regulation. There are certain skin care ingredients you should learn to avoid. Should you pay attention?  YES.  Here’s why: Your skin is constantly regenerating from the basal layer. As the cell layers mover closer to the surface…

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