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Our gastrointestinal tract is a sophisticated organ system in our body. While we know its primary role of digesting and breaking down food, this is just a small role. Our GI tract is a snapshot to the rest of the body. If digestive function is compromised, it compromises the entire body. We often look at the GI tract as having four core pillars. If one or all of them gets cracked, it throws off the rest of the body. This is why we should being with the gut as the starting place to achieving optimal health.

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West Michigan is a frigid lackluster tundra for nearly half the year. So, it makes sense that we want to spend most of the summer soaking up the sun—just not sunburn, or the risk of developing skin cancer.

"Apply and reapply sunscreen," the professionals tell us, "and you won't have anything to worry about."

But it's a bit more complicated than that.

While ingredients in sunscreen shouldn't be harmful to lungs or internal organs, that's not always the case.

Published in Wellness
June 07, 2017

Got Allergies?

Finally, warm weather is upon us! With the changing of seasons though, come allergies. While most welcome the summer season, allergy victims are constantly battling nasal congestion, sneezing and watery, itchy eyes.

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February 22, 2017

Vitamin (D)eficient?

If asked, I am sure many would know their cholesterol level, blood pressure and maybe even fasting blood glucose. These are routinely checked and are used for markers to diagnosis disease. What about your vitamin D level? How many know that? Our vitamin D level can also be considered a snapshot to our overall health.

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The new year brings to light many changes for people, including the goal to become healthier. Because of this, I am often asked if taking vitamins and other supplements are necessary. The simple answer? Yes.

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November 30, 2016

Sick of Being Sick?

While considered mostly a nuisance, the common cold's impact is widespread when you factor in the health care costs and lost wages to sick days. An estimated 1 billion colds occur annually. Adults on average get two to three a year, while kids can get up to six.

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People are becoming increasingly aware of and interested in nutritional supplementation and the role it plays in overall health. Nearly 75 percent of the population takes some type of vitamin or supplement each day. There are literally thousands of brands and products to choose from. I want to emphasize: Not all supplements are created equal. This fact can be rather confusing to people who have been told to take CoQ10, fish oil, or vitamin D. You want to take the supplements to get optimal results. Consumers should look for pharmaceutical-grade or professional-grade supplements.

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Learn about the health benefits of detox.

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