Functional Medicine. A New Day to Feel Better!

Stress Awareness Month

Stress effects every aspect of your life.

Common reasons for stress:

  • Work
    • Many people feel overworked with little time and not enough pay.
  • Children
    • Trying to logistically schedule and get around to all of your kids’ activities can be demanding and overwhelming, leaving little time to focus on yourself.
  • Money
    • Money is one of the top causes for stress. With inflation on the rise and paychecks staying the same, it seems to be becoming harder to stretch your budget.

Ways to manage your stress:

  • Breathing exercises
    • There are a few breathing exercises you can do to help. Try deep breathing and focused breathing exercises. Here is a list of exercises and instructions: https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-relief-breathing-techniques
  • Meditation
    • Relaxing your mind and body can really decrease stress. Prayer and yoga are great forms of meditation, but there are many forms available. Check these out: https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858
  • Working out
    • Exercising releases endorphins that help you feel happier and good overall. You will also feel better about making yourself go exercise and over time feel better about how you look and feel.

Lavender Lemonade

https://www.thecookierookie.com/lavender-lemonade/

Ingredients

  • 6 cups water divided
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 Tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and lavender petals for garnish

Healthy Tip: Use organic ingredients

Fun Tip: Add vodka or tequila

National Nutrition Month

Nearly 70% of your immune system is in your gut! That’s why it’s so important to keep your gut healthy.

The powers of probiotics!

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria that our digestive system needs to function properly. There are billions of live cultures that live in our gut, and we have to keep them happy and healthy. If you don’t want to take a supplement, you can always try adding naturally fermented foods to your diet.

The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15

https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty-dozen.php

Most farmers use a variety of different chemicals and pesticides on their crops and all those chemicals end up in our bodies! The Dirty Dozen listed above are the worst when it comes to pesticides and being genetically modified. On the other hand, the Clean 15 are the least concerning when it comes to pesticide use.