Gluten can cause leaky brain and gut

Question Eating gluten doesn’t upset my stomach. Why should I consider eliminating it from my diet? Answer Eating gluten, the protein found in wheat and wheat-like grains, has been shown to make the lining of both the brain and the digestive tract permeable or “leaky.” Leaky brain A leaky brain allows bacteria, heavy metals,...

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Always hungry? Blame this hormone made by body fat

Question Why am I hungry all the time when I am already overweight, even shortly after eating a full meal? Answer A hormone called leptin, which is produced by body fat, controls whether you feel satisfied after eating. A hormone called leptin controls hunger If you produce too much leptin you develop leptin resistance, which makes...

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Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?

Question: I am on thyroid hormones.  Why do I still have fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and constipation? Answer: For 90 percent of Americans hypothyroidism is an immune disease, not a thyroid disease. Thyroid hormone medication doesn’t address the immune imbalances. Hypothyroid symptoms Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function,...

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What Does Functional Medicine Mean?

What Does Functional Medicine Mean? Question: I keep hearing the term functional medicine. How is it different from regular medicine? Answer: Functional medicine’s focus is on correcting physiological function versus manipulating the problem with drugs or removing it with surgery. Different causes for same disease Let’s say 10...

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