Functional Medicine. A New Day to Feel Better!

Protecting ourselves past COVID-19

Physical distancing and washing our hands is important and preventative but we need to go farther than that and improve the health of our immune system – we need to focus on ways to keep our immune system healthy.

We’ve heard it often, but it is important to remember to get good, restorative sleep of at least 7 hours per night. Exercise regularly. Eat a diet rich with vegetables and fruits of all colors at every meal. Avoid sugars and heavy starch loads. Stop smoking. Consume minimal to no alcohol. Avoid environmental toxins as much as possible. Reduce stress.

We understand saying the same things over and over again may not create change, after all we are currently dealing with working from home, home schooling our kids, financial insecurity, and lack of social interaction. But, we need to realize that making life-style changes and improving our sleep, diet, stress, and yes habits will play an important role in protecting our immune system.

Why is protecting our immune system so important? If our immune system is working appropriately then if we are exposed to a virus the innate immune system should respond immediately triggering the adaptive immune response. Inflammation is created and necessary to clear the infection. After the infection is cleared, in a normal functioning immune system the inflammation stops, and we go back to a healthy baseline immune system.

Poor diet, lack of restorative sleep, too much stress, and poor habits prevent our immune system from protecting us and fighting off infections. As today’s health challenges have taught us, it’s time to take control and make the required changes to enjoy a healthy and long life.

Feeling Isolated and Stressed

Did you know chronic stress, including worry, increases premature aging? And, it increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, depression, anxiety and obesity?  Don’t let this happen to you – instead lets control your worry and rumination!  Here’s how:

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN!!

MINDFULNESS—be in the here and now. Focus all your attention on the present. Do this by being aware of your breathing and external environment, but don’t hold on to any thoughts – especially negative thoughts. Let them come and pass right through you—like water traveling down a stream.

BREATHING— inhaling (taking breaths in) activates your sympathetic nervous system (SNS). This is your fight or flight system. Breathing into your chest increases your SNS. When this system is chronically activated it causes increased inflammation and oxidative stress that can lead to disease.

EXHALING – (breathing out) activates the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). This system is calming and has anti-inflammatory effects on your body and brain and helps decrease chronic stress.

PROPER BREATHING TECHNIQUE – learn to breath into your belly—not into your chest. Watch/feel your belly expand with each inhalation, not the shoulders lifting as will occur when you breath into your chest.  When you exhale—make the breath going out take longer than the breath coming in. this, too, has a calming effect. Practice this technique until it becomes automatic.  When you become anxious or upset, check how you are breathing and practice this technique. You will feel the anxiety decrease, the heart rate decrease, the pounding heart settle down.

Practice both Mindfulness and Breathing Exercises daily—multiple times a day. This daily practice will retrain your brain to stay calmer, which ultimately will keep you healthier.

DID YOU KNOW DIET CAN IMPACT YOUR SEX LIFE?

You wake up one day and realize as a man you can’t perform like you should and as a woman, you are no longer interested in sex. You realize you have put on unwanted weight and you aren’t happy about it. How can you feel sexual if you do not like the way you look

How did life get away from us? How did we forget about caring for ourselves?  And, the most important question, why is it such a struggle to get our life and diet under control? There are many answers to these questions-family and work commitments; minimal time to prepare good meals; eating on the go; and exhaustion.  Americans eat a lot of processed foods. These foods are full of preservatives, herbicides, and pesticides.  Even if you cook for yourself, if are not buying organic you are exposing your body to the chemicals in these foods. Many of the environmental pollutants act like estrogen and attach to estrogen receptors. This wreaks havoc with your hormonal balance. These toxic chemicals are stored in our fat cells making it hard for us to lose weight.

To make a change, what do you do? First realize you have control. If you choose to take action, you can improve your health and ultimately your sexual function. Start with a plan and understand what you can and cannot eat. Do not think of this as “going on a diet.” Instead, your mindset should be that you are making a lifestyle change that will allow you to enjoy your life.  The right attitude will help you focus. If you should not eat sugar accept it, focus on the plan and do not cheat.  

The end result will be worth the sacrifice.  You will find you lose weight, have more energy, sleep better, have a clearer mind, a better mood, and an improved sex life.

Therefore, if you find yourself lacking in sexual function, the first thing to do is assess your diet .

Start making healthy eating choices, drink plenty of good filtered water, be constant, stay the course and results will follow!

Erectile Dysfunction: Treatment Options

Erectile Dysfunction: Treatment Options

When it comes to Erectile Dysfunction (or ED for short), you are not alone. There are over 3 million cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Although ED is more common as you get older, it doesn’t need to be something you have to live with. Thankfully, there have been immense breakthroughs in treatment options that allow you to regain your vitality. No longer does ED have to be a main focus of your relationship in the bedroom. If you are in the Columbus, Ohio area, or anywhere in the U.S., and suffer from ED, we have proven methods of treatment available for you. Take control today and learn more about your options for treating ED.

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Brain Health and Stress

Brain Health and Stress

Stress is a given. Everyone faces stress. It is not the stress that impacts our brain health, however, it is how we handle the stress that affects us. Cortisol is our stress hormone. When we are under stress of any kind (whether psychological or physical) this hormone rises to assist us through the stressful times. However, if our stress becomes prolonged and our cortisol remains elevated for extended periods of time, we may experience emotional and cognitive changes. These changes could include difficulty sleeping, difficulty thinking and remembering, increased weight around the waist, and insulin resistance. Increased cortisol is beneficial for our brain and health short term making us more hyper-vigilant. However, prolonged elevated cortisol could result in decreased cortisol production to protect our neurons (brain cells). Reduced production may end up causing severe fatigue and emotional fragility, higher susceptibility to inflammation, and decreased thyroid function.

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How Brain Health Affects Your Attitude

Brain Health and Attitude

What does attitude have to do with brain health? Actually—a lot! Our emotions are expressed biochemically. There is a connection with the hormones in our brain, body, and neurotransmitters to each other and our emotions. Our feelings, our outlook on life, our stressors, all impact our body and brain function. Therefore, how we relate to one another-all our relationships-effect our brain health. Being happy and light-hearted or sad, angry and uptight all play a role in the well-being of our brain. We all need to strive to maintain a positive attitude for the sake of our health.

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Get Out and Dance!

Did you know that when you are dancing you are maintaining and improving your brain function? As you are having fun, gaining new skills, meeting new people you are also preserving your thinking skills and memory. Moving also makes you feel younger.

Studies have documented brain cell growth in individuals who exercise. In fact, a research study conducted at the Colorado State University reviewed three specific types of exercise including walking, stretching and balancing and dancing. Participants were given a brain scan before and after the testing period. With the participants working out three times per week with their assigned exercise routine, only the dancer group showed improvements in cognitive function.

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The difference between functional, integrative, and holistic medicine

If you watch medical shows on television like Dr. Oz or The Doctors, you’ve probably heard the terms functional medicine, integrative medicine, and holistic medicine thrown around from time to time. Maybe you’re curious if one of these approaches can help improve your health, but what are they exactly? And how do they differ from each other?

Here’s an explanation of the similarities and differences between functional, integrative and holistic medicine practices.

Traditionally, a medical doctor prescribes medications to treat the symptoms of a dysfunction or disease, but there are alternatives to taking drugs.

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Everything You Need to Know About the O-Shot (Orgasm Shot) & P-Shot

Improve your sex life with the O-Shot and P-Shot

Men and women of all ages are fortunate to have Dr. Tuttle right here in Columbus, Ohio. Why? As a functional medicine doctor, she offers all the latest preventive and wellness treatments available that focus on long-term optimum health.

Dr. Tuttle also offers two relatively new procedures not yet available everywhere: The O-Shot and P-Shot. These amazing treatments help improve sexual performance and enjoyment in both men and women, and you could see results with the very first treatment!

Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Here are some common questions people ask Dr. Tuttle about these safe, non-surgical, in-office treatments that can improve your sex life.

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