Cravings and Gut health

Could gut hormones be the answer to cut calories, stop smoking and alcohol? A new study suggests that maybe indeed the case. Gut hormones are what causes us to feel full after a meal and could be a way to lessen or urge to eat more. This isn’t only true for food, it could also…

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Adrenal Fatigue and Its Symptoms

Defined as a collection of body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems, adrenal fatigue is often mentioned in holistic approaches but it isn’t accepted as a diagnoses by many in traditional medicine. At Mandala Integrative Medicine of Davenport, Iowa, we recognize that adrenal fatigue is a very real problem, affecting people from every…

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Happy Hormones

We all go through ups and downs in life and that’s completely normal. However, sometimes we seem to get in a “slump” that is hard to get out of. What can you do? Are you a victim of your mood and hormones? Certainly not. When it comes to your happy hormones and neurotransmitters, sometimes your…

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Low Libido

It’s no secret we humans are sexual creatures. News flash, right?  Pretty obvious. Well there are no shortage of studies out there to prove that sex and great relationships are good for our emotional and physical well being. A healthy sex life can facilitate a healthier, longer, and of course more enjoyable life. It can…

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The Liver and it's effects on your Hormones

You probably don’t think much about the largest organ in the body…your liver. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say you take all the things your liver does for you on a daily basis for granted. How ungrateful and inconsiderate you are!   All kidding aside, your liver is really amazing. Did you…

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Alcohol and Hormones

Alcohol is consumed by many people and the negative side effects on cognitive function and health are well known. Most have heard of cirrhosis of the liver as a result of alcohol abuse. But my area of concern of course is hormones and what most don’t realize is the effect that alcohol can have on your…

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Coffee: How it may impact gut health

Coffee…I don’t think there is any beverage that has brewed so much controversy (Pun intended!). If you are health conscious individual, you may have at one point tried to do some research on whether coffee is good or bad for you. Good luck on figuring it out! There are studies and research on both sides…

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Hormones and Dark Chocolate

Okay ladies, before you go out and buy a bunch of Hershey’s chocolate bars, you will want to read this entire article! Yes, specific kinds of chocolate do have health benefits but not all chocolate is healthy. Here are some highlights about the health benefits of dark chocolate: Stressed out? A 2009 study in the…

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Hugging

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]ver wonder why it feels good to hug? According to a study published in the journal of Comprehensive Psychology, a hug is effective in combating stress, fatigue, heart disease and boosting the immune system overall. The study cited that a hug of ten seconds or more releases positive hormones like oxytocin while dropping your cortisol.…

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