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Preventing Food Allergies and Sensitivities

5 Things I Wish my Patients Knew About Prevention of Food Allergy/Sensitivity -by Amy Timmerman, RN, BSN Do a GI Map stool test. This test looks at overall gut health, including the presence of viruses, parasites, fungi and bacteria, immune response, inflammation, levels of normal flora and digestive efficiency. An imbalanced gut can be the […]

Sleep your way to Better Immunity

I would argue that sleep is THE most essential thing you can do for a healthy immune response, yet insomnia is one of the biggest issues I see in practice, and it often derails even the best efforts to achieve weight loss and other health goals. The optimum 7-9 hours of sleep can be broken […]

Bolstering Immunity by Optimizing GI Health

About 10 years ago, I contracted a GI infection, accompanied by chronic diarrhea that took over a year to fully resolve. In the first few months, I lost 14 pounds, putting me at 108# at my lowest (I’m 5’9″).  What finally helped me resolve the issue was a DNA-based stool test that I collected at […]

Bolstering Immunity: Nourishing Spirit

I used to be an avid runner. When I was in college, I’d run everywhere. I guess that’s the beauty of an open college campus with sidewalks that never end.  I’m not really sure why I stopped running, other than learning to appreciate the comradery of group fitness, however with everything happening in the world […]

Bolstering Immunity by Eating Well

The immune system is an incredibly complex network of cells, organs, and tissues that work together, and what you eat directly impacts your immune system’s ability to fight. Eating whole, unprocessed foods is one of the most significant ways to support a healthy immune system, and the more variety you have in your diet, the better. […]

Bolstering Immunity-What You Should Know About Supplements

What’s Novel about COVID-19? As an emerging infection, it’s important to note that there are no controlled studies on specific therapies for COVID-19.  However, as information emerges about how this virus works, we feel responsible to share that information.  We’re NOT experts in treating this virus, but have had many years of experience working with […]

Meet Caitlin Pfeil, FMCHC, CPT, NCCA Personal Trainer

Hi! My name is Caitlin and I’m so excited to be part of the incredible team here at Leaves of Life. The kind of world I want to live in celebrates holistic health with a focus on balance, where body positivity is the norm, diet culture is not, and where “bad” foods don’t exist. It’s possible […]

Bolstering Immunity by Managing Stress

Stress… We use this word so often that we don’t even take it seriously anymore. Stress occurs when life’s events surpass our ability to handle them. It comes in many forms: rush hour traffic, unexpected bills, your boss yelling at you, your kids fighting, or worst yet, there’s no toilet paper to be found in […]

Robusting Your Immune Response: Supplement Strategy Basics

Many patients are asking what they can do to boost their immune system.  While none of us have encountered this particular Coronavirus previously, we do know the fundamentals of shoring up immunity. Because 70-80% of immune function is found in the GI tract, any issues there should be prioritized.  This starts with a healthy diet, […]

Meet Karen Bush

Karen Bush, National Board Certified Health and Wellness coach (NBC-HWC) has the distinction of being among the first coaches in the country to be Board Certified through the National Board of Medical Examiners, a designation that places her in the top tier of health coaches in the US. Her experience in healthcare began after receiving her […]

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