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What is Menopause and Perimenopause?

Menopause and perimenopause are terms that mark a significant phase in a woman's life, yet they're often shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. Simply put, menopause refers to the point in time when a woman's menstrual periods permanently cease, typically diagnosed after going 12 consecutive months without a menstrual cycle. It signifies the end of her reproductive years, generally occurring between the ages of 45 and 55. However, the journey to this milestone begins much earlier, a stage known as perimenopause.

Perimenopause is the transitional period leading up to menopause. This phase can last for several years and is characterized by a variety of symptoms due to fluctuating hormone levels, particularly estrogen and progesterone. Women in perimenopause might notice irregular menstrual cycles, changes in menstrual flow, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, and mood swings. Understanding that these symptoms are a normal part of the transition can provide reassurance and guide women...

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Decoding Blood Test Results: Interpreting Lab Values vs. Striving for Optimal Health

bloodwork Feb 16, 2024

Blood tests are invaluable tools in modern healthcare, providing essential insights into a person's overall health and the functioning of various bodily systems. These tests often come with a range of "normal" or "reference" values that help healthcare professionals gauge whether an individual's results are within a healthy range. However, the concept of optimal health extends beyond these reference values, as it considers an individual's unique circumstances and goals. Let's explore the differences between interpreting blood test lab values and striving for optimal values, highlighting the significance of a personalized approach to health.

Understanding Lab Values

Laboratory reference ranges are established based on extensive research and analysis of data from individuals. These ranges serve as a guide for healthcare practitioners to identify potential health issues or imbalances in a patient's body. When a blood test is performed, the results are compared to these reference...

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The Top 5 Important Lab Tests Your Physician Should Be Running

As healthcare continues to evolve, medical professionals are constantly seeking ways to provide the best possible care for their patients. When it comes to understanding your health, laboratory tests play a crucial role in diagnosing and preventing potential issues. While many standard tests are routinely conducted, there are some lesser-known but equally important lab tests that your physician might not be running – but should be. Are you wondering if the tests they are running are correct? Are you wondering why your results are "within normal limits" but you still feel like $#!T?  In this blog post, we'll explore the top five lab tests that deserve a place on your medical radar and you can click the link below to order our Functional Blood Report and take control of your health.

  1. Vitamin D Levels (25-Hydroxy Vitamin D): Vitamin D is often referred to as the "sunshine vitamin" due to its production when our skin is exposed to sunlight. It plays a critical role in bone...

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Unveiling the Healing Touch: Traditional Massage vs. Shiatsu Massage

In a fast-paced world filled with stress and tension, the pursuit of relaxation and wellness has led to the development of various massage techniques. Two such practices that stand out are traditional massage and Shiatsu massage. While both aim to promote physical and mental well-being, they differ in terms of origin, techniques, principles, and effects. In this blog post, we'll delve into the fascinating world of massage therapies and explore the key differences between traditional massage and Shiatsu massage.

Traditional Massage: A Global Tapestry of Techniques

Traditional massage, often referred to as Western massage, encompasses a wide range of massage techniques that have developed over centuries across different cultures. From Swedish massage to deep tissue massage, Thai massage to aromatherapy massage, traditional massage draws on various principles and approaches.

Origin and Techniques

Traditional massages have their roots in cultures from around the world,...

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Unlocking Relaxation and Healing: The Remarkable Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Unlocking Relaxation and Healing: The Remarkable Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

In today's fast-paced and stressful world, finding moments of peace and relaxation is becoming increasingly challenging. Amidst hectic schedules and mounting pressures, it's essential to prioritize self-care and well-being. One such method that has gained popularity for its ability to alleviate stress and promote holistic healing is Shiatsu massage. Rooted in ancient Japanese tradition, this therapeutic practice offers an array of benefits that cater to both the body and mind. In this blog post, we will delve into the remarkable advantages of Shiatsu massage and why it has become a favored choice for relaxation and healing.

What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu, which translates to "finger pressure" in Japanese, is a form of massage therapy that originated in Japan. It is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, channeling the body's vital energy, or "qi," through...

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Women's Retreat Recap

The following blog is about our previous Women's Retreat. If you're interested, stay tuned in your emails about any retreats in the near future!

There are many reasons for attending a wellness retreat - needing a getaway, looking to connect with like minded individuals and even for the knowledge provided. Well, those that attended our Leasure Retreat last October received all those things and more!! It’s our hope we will be able to again hold our retreats in person - in the meantime I hope you can relive our last one through this post!

We had a private estate on Lake Como filled with inspiring, fun and energetic women from the northern suburbs and downtown Chicago. We brought in a private chef that doubles as a wellness coach and we got to work.

Our retreat started on Friday night with a welcome “cocktail” provided by Kombuchade - a local wellness company providing organic kombucha - a thousand year old drink of fermented tea. If you haven’t had it,...

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Peace, Love & Retreat

The following blog is about our previous Women's Retreat and our vision behind its inception. If you're interested, stay tuned in your emails about any retreats in the near future!

Over the course of my almost 25-year wellness career I’ve worked with patients individually, I’ve led workshops of fifty and I’ve lectured to hundreds in a corporate setting. I’ve discussed health with toddlers (thanks to Parker’s preschool), taught stretching to the elderly and infirmed and even worked with attorneys looking to live healthier, happier lives.  I have had the opportunity to work with clients from Chicagoland to Austria (unfortunately not in person - yet!). But something was missing…

For those of you that have had the chance to visit our clinic in the Chicago suburbs it was envisioned fifteen years ago while I was finishing up Chiropractic school. I wanted somewhere clients would feel comfortable. Somewhere that didn’t scream “doctors...

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Meal Planning Made Easy

I’m a physician not a chef. The following are my personal collection of a handful of easy and portable meals. Since the arrival of Mr Parker I knew it was my responsibility to raise a happy and healthy human being - and diet played a HUGE role in my goal. Actually that responsibility started the minute I found out I was pregnant. I minimized sugar, grains and dairy and cleaned up my diet at home and on the road.

We bring food with us everywhere (except maybe the grocery store). And always in glass containers. More on the dangers of plastics in a later blog.

This is what I made this last weekend - in just a few hours we had breakfasts and dinners taken care of for the week. I added in frozen veggies to compliment some of the meals as well as frozen cauliflower rice. Leftovers can be used for lunch.

 

Pan Roasted Chicken & Root Vegetables - 

I literally grabbed everything that looked good in the produce section of Whole Foods; rough chopped it and threw it in...

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Why "Weight" 'till Swimsuit Season?

I’m a big fan of healthy habits. I even created a FREE facebook group to help manage stress & wrap up the year on a high note - simply by instilling a few healthy habits. If you’ve found yourself doing these things and still struggling to lose weight the answer may be in your gut! Did you know your gut bacteria impacts what you crave, how hungry you are and how well you absorb the nutrition from the foods you consume? It may be the key to your weight loss struggles!

 

It’s been a stressful few months for a lot of us and if you’re holding onto a few extra pounds that you’d like to lose the answer may be below.  I’ve done them all and find them easy to implement and notice great results when I follow my plan.

  • Intermittent Fasting - there are many ways to integrate fasting. I like the 16 off and 8 on plan. For instance, I eat dinner about 6:30pm and do not consume any food after 8:00pm until I eat lunch the next day after...
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Understanding Burnout and Mental Health

Uncategorized Apr 18, 2023

Have you ever been tired, irritable, restless and have a hard time sleeping?? These can be possible signs that you are burned out!!! People are busier than ever with work, children and everyday life. Sometimes we forget when to take breaks and just relax and take one thing at a time.

Here are some signs and symptoms that you may be burning out:

  • Problems with concentration, memory or the ability to think clearly
  • Changes in eating habits (overeating or loss of appetite)
  • Unable to complete tasks
  • Feeling sad, overly worried, worthless
  • Irritability and restlessness
  • Loss of interest in activities that you have enjoyed in the past
  • Withdrawn or disconnected from others
  • Changes in energy or sleep patterns

Well what can you do about it?

  • Talk to your chiropractor, doctor, friends and family
  • Local mental health centers
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Churches or worship centers
  • If you or someone needs immediate crisis intervention then call 1-800-273- TALK (8255)

Signs that require immediate...

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