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Lee Dennis, ND
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Thyroid | Autoimmune | Primary Care
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Fermented foods are the traditional form of the modern probiotic and they have been around for a long time. Originally, food was fermented more for the sake of necessity, rather than for any possible health benefits. Since, we didn't always have convenient refrigeration to preserve foods, our ancestors had to be a little more creative. Hence, the development of fermentation as a means of preservation. Sauerkraut wasn't always just a topping for your hot dog: http://drleedennis.com/blog/fermented-foods-and-probiotics.html

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We are in flu season and whether or not you like to get the flu vaccine, I think we can all agree that it's not extremely useful against the flu this year. So, what else can you do to prevent and treat the flu? Luckily, there are many natural options to help out. For those of you who have already had the flu, I apologize that this article did not arrive sooner: http://drleedennis.com/blog/prevention-and-treatment-of-the-flu.html

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What do you think of when you hear the word microbes? Perhaps you think of all the horrible diseases caused by those nearly invisible little bugs - influenza, tuberculosis, syphilis, pneumonia, strep throat, et cetera. But, should we define a whole biological kingdom based on a few misunderstood villains? I think not. The truth is that the large majority of microbes (I'm admittedly mostly speaking of bacteria here) are not the villainous creatures we think them to be. In fact, many of them can actually be beneficial to you: http://ow.ly/I6KoE

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Would you like to find a way to enhance your creativity? Whether it's writer's block or the need for some creative solutions, meditation may provide the answer. Yes, among the long list of the benefits of meditation, we can add enhanced creativity. Researchers, however, have found that different types of meditation techniques can have different effects on creativity. For example, certain types of meditation, such as open monitoring meditation, work better for enhancing divergent thinking - the ability to come up with as many solutions as possible to a problem. http://ow.ly/DA4X3

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Do you love coffee? As it turns out, how much you drink and whether or not coffee loves you back may be determined by your genes. Researchers have found that the speed at which we metabolize caffeine may determine whether or not coffee is good for you or bad for you. They've also found that how much you tend to drink may be genetically determined. Certain genes may help one to "naturally modulate" coffee intake in order to maximize the beneficial effects of caffeine. http://ow.ly/CzV4D

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Acetate, the primary component found in household vinegar, may be a novel treatment for anemia. Researchers have found that acetate can trigger the production of new red blood cells. http://ow.ly/CwNkS

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Another study that exemplifies the importance of reducing plastics and synthetic chemicals in our environment. Phthalates are known to pose a variety of health risks and are known endocrine disruptors - meaning they alter the effects of hormones in our body and/or mimic certain hormones. Phthalates are found in a variety of plastics (most notably #3 plastics and PVC) as well as personal care products including perfumes, shampoos, soaps, deodorants and others. They are often hidden in the product label under the term "fragrance". While it is important for everyone to avoid these types of chemicals, it is especially important for pregnant women and children. http://ow.ly/BEXDA

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Many of us have experienced some degree of anxiety at various times in our life. This is perfectly normal and usually not a huge issue. Anxiety can become a problem, however, when it becomes chronic and begins to interfere with our lives. Whether you suffer from chronic anxiety or just occasional anxiety, there are things you can do to put yourself in a more relaxed and calm state of mind. Here are 7 tips to help keep you feeling calm: http://ow.ly/B3SQF

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Our breathing patterns are intricately connected to our autonomic nervous system or ANS. The ANS is the part of our nervous system that we're not generally aware of because it's on automatic pilot. It influences things like our heart rate, digestion, hormone secretion and breathing rate. Yet, one area where our somatic nervous system (the part we control) and autonomic nervous system meet is in the breath. That's because we can control our breathing rate and pattern when we focus on it. This has huge implications, because it allows us to use our breath to influence our state of mind! http://drleedennis.com/blog/breathing-through-stress.html

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We hear about stress all the time, but what exactly is stress? This isn't always an easy answer, because it's different for everyone and it can manifest in different ways. We know that stress can have negative affects on the body, from contributing to chronic illnesses to affecting memory and concentration. But, is stress always bad? And, if we can't avoid stress, what do we do? http://drleedennis.com/blog/philosophy-of-stress.html
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