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Dr. Carrasco is a family physician who specializes in integrative and functional medicine. She offers the best preventive strategies to maintain good health, as well as the best scientifically proven strategies to restore health. Her goal is to find the root causes of ailments, not to mask their symptoms temporarily. Proven, natural therapies are always considered first, with standard conventional
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If you’re deficient or have insufficient levels of these specific nutrients, it can directly affect the appearance and thickness of your hair!
What nutrients contribute to hair loss?
I’ve found in my practice that women often lack B-vitamins and iron due to absorption issues either rooted in gut infections or methylation issues, and/or due to blood loss from their periods.
The quality of your diet also plays an important role.
Thus, it’s a good idea to address any digestive, hormonal, and methylation issues if you suspect or confirm suboptimal levels.
The best overall defense against nutrient deficiencies is to eat the rainbow and nutrient dense foods!
🌈 7-10 servings of vegetables (emphasis on leafy greens) per day
🌈 2-3 servings of fruit per day
🌈 30 grams of protein at every meal
🌈 eating enough fiber
🌈 focusing on healthy fats
I also recommend (ideally) having your nutrient levels checked, especially iron or vitamin D, before beginning a supplementation program.
Questions? Drop them below!
I see dozens of patients a week, in their 30s, 40s, and 50s, who complain of a lack of mental energy, brain fog, and cognitive issues they can’t chock up to a “senior moment”.
The not-so-good news is, despite its growing prevalence, this is NOT normal for young to middle-age adults.
But there is a LOT you can do to fix it without resorting to drugs, sugar, or other stimulants. Starting with adding in some great brain-boosting supplements!
Though there are a lot of products that claim to improve memory and boost cognitive function, these are some of the ones I frequently recommend:
🧠 High DHA Fish Oil
Again, just because brain fog is common (especially during the parenting years) doesn’t make it normal.
Don’t spend years and years functioning at sub-optimal brain power when you could be out living your dreams and changing the world.
Check out my full-article on how to boost brain fog naturally at nourishmedicine.com or linked in my bio @dralexcarrasco!
Red foods have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent chronic disease.
Some of my favorite red foods are:
Make sure you swipe all the way through to learn about specific benefits of red foods and to see one of my favorite red food recipes!
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We're talking to @taylordukeswellness about preparing for pregnancy today on this week's podcast. Taylor is full of valuable information and experience from her time as a board-certified family nurse practitioner, a wellness center owner, and her work with Amy Myers, MD.
➕ Why is it important to avoid toxins as much as possible?
➕ Boosting nutrients
➕ Prenatal vitamins
➕ Prenatal blood draws
and a lot more!
Check it out via the link in my bio @dralexcarrasco or on your favorite podcast platform.
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Migraines are terrible. As a 4th generation migraineur, I have personally experienced (watched my family members) experience the suffering and turmoil that chronic migraines cause.
Based on global burden of headache reports in 2016 and 2018:
✔️14% of the adult population worldwide suffer from migraine
✔️migraines are three times more prevalent among females and imposes high burden at the individual and society level.
✔️migraine has been recognized as the first leading cause of disability in those aged less than 50 years
✔️the exact pathogenesis of migraine is still undefined but implies numerous factors
Migraines have no singular cause. Similar to many of the other issues we discuss on this page, migraine is influenced by numerous factors - and they can all work synergistically together to tip the scale toward migraine attack.
Here are some of the most common factors that drive migraine:
😑Blood sugar imbalances
There are some factors, like genetics, that we cannot change, but many other factors can be identified and improved upon.
I recommend working with a physician who can quantify and measure things like nutrient status, nutrigenomics, gut health, hormonal imbalances, environmental toxins, blood sugar status, etc...
Lots of love for my migraine warriors out there.
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If you’re experiencing hair loss, especially if combined with other symptoms like cold intolerance, insomnia, hormonal imbalance, weight issues, fatigue, mood swings, etc., there is a chance that your thyroid is involved.
According to a review published in Molecular Biology of the Cell, thyroid disorders caused by disrupted T3 and T4 hormones can cause hair loss, especially in untreated conditions.
In my medical practice, I run a full thyroid panel and check for:
Six tests may seem like overkill, but due to the complex nature of thyroid hormones, accompanied by the increase prevalence of Hashimoto’s Disease, these six tests give us a complete picture of your thyroid health.
Have you had thyroid + hair loss issues? Let me know below and share with a friend who needs this info.
Stress is a contributing factor to nearly every type of chronic disease—and it plays a role in hair loss, as well.
A recent study from Harvard found that stress hormone modifies a gene in the dermal papillae of the hair follicle and can actually stop growth.
The obvious—but not necessarily easy—first step is to reduce day-to-day stress and to recover from the trauma of past events.
I recommend one or more daily self-care practices such as:
✳️Time in nature
✳️Spending time with friends and loved ones
✳️Listening to music
For trauma healing, many people find that working with a professional therapist or counselor paves the way for true healing.
Supplements can also help tame the stress response.
Some of these include:
Have you tried any of the above supplements for stress support? What helped you? Let me know below!
If you’re someone who has experienced or is experiencing unexplained hair loss, you know how devastating it can feel.
The truth is that up to 40% of women experience hair thinning by the age of 40, but as a society, we don’t talk about it a lot.
We'll be diving into this topic for the next few weeks, but I wanted to start off by letting you know what the most common causes of hair loss:
⭐Postpartum Hair Loss
⭐Acute or Chronic illness
Hair loss, like many other issues, is multifactorial and can be influenced by several of the above factors. In addition, hair loss has the potential to be indicative of a bigger problem so getting to the root cause (see what I did there) is extremely important.
I’ve written a whole article on hair loss based on knowledge from my personal experience, as well as what I see in my clinic. I’ll be sharing that knowledge with you over the next several days but I’ve also linked the article in my bio if you’re ready to jump in now.
Head to @dralexcarrasco ➡️ links mentioned in posts ➡️ and then click this graphic!
Happy Sunday, y'all! May it be filled with rest and peace!
How can you keep your house clean when we live in such a toxic world? It may be easier than you think! And it's definitely worth working towards because household cleaners alone are a huge source of unregulated, poisonous chemicals and toxins.
At least one study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine showed worsening symptoms in asthmatic women after completing household tasks, linking the worsened symptoms to conventional household cleaning products.
In addition, fragrances used in household cleaning products are collectively considered among the top five allergens in the world, and air fresheners in the home have been linked to higher incidences of diarrhea and earaches in infants and depression in their mothers.
I could go on and on, but needless to say: it's 100% worth it to clean up your cleaning caddy and evaluate how clean your home really is.
For now, let's start with the ABCs of Cleaning House:
👉🏽 Adopt a no-shoe policy.
👉🏽 Banish (or reduce exposure to) other indoor toxins such as flame retardants, dust, and kitchen toxins.
👉🏽 Choose non-toxic cleaners (or make your own).
Before you cross "flame retardants" off your detox list, make sure to take a look at things like:
🚫 baby and children’s sleepwear
🚫 carpeting, etc...
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We're still talking gut health this week! If you've missed the last week's posts, head back and check them out before moving forward! We know a healthy gut is hugely responsible for overall
But what actually influences poor gut health?
➡️ Chronic stress
➡️ Multiple-rounds of antibiotics
➡️ History of food poisoning/gastroenteritis
➡️ Consumption a highly processed diet
➡️ Take NSAIDs regularly
➡️ History of corticosteroid use
➡️ Nutrient deficiencies such a B12, iron, and zinc
➡️ Poor sleep
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