The Wrong Gut Bugs Can Make You Fat and Sick (and How to Fix Them)

Stop a second and consider this:  You share your body with about 100 trillion other organisms. These bacterial cells live in your skin, mouth, nose, yet most of them reside in your digestive system and especially your large intestine. Imagine that. 100 trillion orgasms. In fact, these bacterial cells outweigh human cells by about 10…

5 Steps to Break the Cycle of Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

As a child, I had chronic urinary tract infections.  I was treated with multiple antibiotics from the age of 5 until age 17.  This chronic use of antibiotics impacted my skin and my digestive system.  It may have even contributed to the breast cancer I got at age 30.   Throughout my training in medical school…

A Functional Medicine Approach to Autism

As of March 2016, the CDC estimated that 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Key diagnostic criteria for ASD include repetitive patterns of behavior, interest, or activities and deficits in social interaction and language.  The recommended early intensive behavioral therapy can be helpful, but many times there is much more…

Here’s How I Treat ADHD: A Functional Doctor Explains

“He’s so bright but he’s failing because he won’t turn in homework and tunes teachers out,” one parent began when we first met. Another said during our first consultation: “She would do better if she wasn’t constantly talking and disrupting the class.” These understandably frustrated, worried parents bring their child into my office often because…

Top 5 Women’s Health Apps

Your monthly cycle can be thought of as a health report card. Whether your fertility goals include pregnancy or avoiding one, getting to know and support your cycle is key to optimal health. These five apps, all about women’s health, make it easier to know and take care of your body and your cycle. Clue…

Time for a Smoothie Makeover!

Looking to add some variety to your morning smoothie? If so, you came to the right place. At the UltraWellness Center, we love our smoothies! Walking through the office first thing in the morning, you are sure to come across some smoothies of varying color and consistencies. This is because they can be a quick,…

Top 5 Nutrition Apps

Nutrition and wellness trackers are all over the app store, but identifying which ones are best is tricky to say the least! The apps below were chosen for their unique features that make healthy choices easier. Cron-o-meter What is it? Cron-o-meter is a fitness and calorie-tracking app. This app has a companion website which allows…

Top 5 Meditation Apps

Meditation is a superb way to wind down after a stressful day.  It can help you transition from work to life at home, soothe a worried mind, and fall into a restful night’s sleep.  However, it can be tough to fit a new habit like this into a busy work schedule, and it can be…

Top 5 Alternatives to Sugar-Laden Treats

So many of my patients say they don’t have enough “willpower” or “strength” to overcome their cravings for sugar. Rest assured your cravings go beyond willpower. Not only is sugar addictive, but as human beings, we are wired to desire sugar! To our ancestors, sweet meant safe and quick fuel that would help them outrun…

7 Steps to Give You More Energy

I remember a time when I always felt tired.  I did not have the energy to do fun activities and often wanted to go to bed early.  I was overwhelmed by simple tasks and wondered if I would ever have energy again.  This was around 14 years ago.  In the 3 years before this time…

Top 5 Fitness Apps

It’s likely that your phone isn’t very often far from your fingertips. From emails for work to catching up with the whereabouts of your kids — there always seems to be a reason to grab for your phone.  Since it’s so close, you might as well have some wellness-focused apps to help make mindful movement…