Synopsis We all hear about how important treating "root causes" is for solving chronic health problems. In fact, the reason conventional medicine is so bad at treating chronic disease is because it manages symptoms rather than treating "root causes". But how we define "root causes" is very important, because the narrative in the functional medicine … Continue reading It’s about time functional medicine treats the root cause of chronic disease!
"...all parts of the gastrointestinal tract are under pervasive control of the circadian clock, and perturbances of circadian rhythmicity through jet lag or shift work acutely manifest themselves predominantly as gastrointestinal discomfort. Long term disruption of the circadian clock in these tissues may lead to serious diseases such as colorectal cancer or metabolic syndrome." … Continue reading Your lifestyle is wrecking your metabolism…and gut
Modern medicine has a way of approaching human health that involves isolating the affected systems and treating them as if they're separate from the whole. The problem with this approach is that every system in the human body almost never functions in isolation. This doesn't mean that the modern approach is wrong or not … Continue reading Podcast 11: 5 simple science-based tips to improve your digestion
If you're interested in joining the Circadian Retraining Program so you can participate in the Stop Leaky Gut Challenge coming up on Jan 1st, check out the details here. https://hackyourgut.com/circadian-retraining-program/ My story of ignoring cardiometabolic health It's not about weight Visceral fat vs subcutaneous fat Senescent cells in visceral fat What are senescent cells DDR, … Continue reading Podcast 5: The importance of cardiometabolic health for optimizing circadian rhythms and reversing chronic disease
What are circadian rhythms? Biological functions that vary over a 24 hour period Sleep, activity, digestion, immunity, & motivation WRT to digestion, enzyme synthesis/secretion, gastric acidity, intestinal permeability, and motility are all circadian At the cellular level, circadian rhythms help separate use from repair Circadian rhythms help you solve the puzzle that is the … Continue reading Podcast #4: What circadian rhythms do
"It's all in your head." "There's nothing wrong with you." "All tests come back negative." If you're someone battling a chronic illness, statements like these from your healthcare provider likely cut at you like a finely sharpened razor. Then, of course, come the subtle remarks from your friends and family. It's not that they don't … Continue reading Stopping the cycle of chronic disease
Sleep is one of the most important physiological events that we experience every day. In fact if you're doing it right, sleep will occupy 1/3 of your time on the planet from birth to death. Both our mind and body go through various levels of repair while we're asleep, so getting adequate sleep is crucial … Continue reading Using circadian rhythms to minimize sleep disruption from alcohol
Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of our cells due to their high energy generating capacity in the form of adenine triphosphate(ATP). In fact, 90% of the ATP generated in our body is made in the mitochondria via the Krebs cycle and electron transport chain. Cell types vary in their number of mitochondria, typically based … Continue reading Amazing mitochondria: More than just cellular powerhouses
Image source The great thing about science is that it causes us to evolve our thinking on topics over time. When we look back at the days of bloodletting as a serious form of medicine, it's easy to laugh at the simplistic approach to a very complex topic. It probably wasn't easy to laugh for … Continue reading Why We Sleep: A book everyone should read
Time-restricted feeding(TRF) is a method of meal scheduling that involves restricting your eating window every day, typically to 12 hours or less. The data seems to be up and down on whether it's useful for anything, likely because there are other factors that are at play for most of the things they study it for. … Continue reading Does early time-restricted feeding improve autonomic nervous system function?