Refresh Your Health With A Detox & Cleanse At The Integrative Center For Wellness

At the Integrative Center for Wellness, we believe that “Spring cleaning” is about more than cleaning out your home or apartment. Our bodies also deserve a little TLC during this time of renewal.

 Our physical health is dependent on the body’s ability to do its job. Yet, day in and day out, our bodies are exposed to toxins that […]

Understanding And Treating Depression at the Integrative Center For Wellness

 “Cheer up.” Those two simple words are an example of one of the misunderstandings surrounding depression today. Depression is not a matter of being happy or unhappy. It’s a real, chronic health issue that affects 1 in 10 Americans at any point in time. But unlike the physical ailments medical doctors treat daily, mental health issues such as depression […]

Mental Health, Neurotransmitters And Your Brain

Depression. Anxiety. Bipolar disorder. ADHD. Once considered signs of “being crazy,” these illnesses and more are slowly being recognized for what they are: health issues that need to be addressed with dignity, respect, and treatment solutions that make a difference in patients’ lives.

Just as we would expect doctors to treat a broken bone or a heart condition, so […]

Slow and Steady: Safely Ending and Adjusting Psychiatric Medications

Since 2013, multiple articles and surveys have reported that around one in five Americans take at least one psychiatric medication daily as part of their treatment plans.
But what happens when someone decides they no longer want to take their current medication?

 Every year, a number of individuals make the decision to stop taking their psychiatric medication altogether. Some do so […]

Weight, Resolutions, And Stress: Why New Year Weight Loss Goals Often Fail

 “I want to lose weight.” Every December, this single sentence becomes a goal for an upcoming New Year. Polls confirm that weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution. Yet, every year, the majority of hopeful people who pledge to drop a few pounds don’t succeed in doing so. Why does this happen?

There are a number of […]

Gut microbiota, inflammation and immunity

Scientific research continues to emphasize the importance intestinal microbiome plays in the health and immunity of the host organism. The food we consume is metabolized by the gut microbiota into small molecules that we absorb.
Over the past decade, a dysbiosis in the composition of gut microbiota has been found in patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Specifically, faecalibacterium […]

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Higher Diet Quality Linked to Less Cognitive Decline

An international cohort of 31,456 subjects aged 55 and older from 40 countries completed a Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) during baseline testing and at least once during follow-up. Each participant provided dietary information and was measured on cognitive function/decline over the period of 5 years. The study did not focus on the Mediterranean diet specifically but rather on the […]

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Psychiatry and the Gut: The Role of Microbiota in Mood Disorders

The community of bacteria and their genetic material also known as the human microbiome has been estimated to 100 trillion in the human gut alone. Gut microbiota contribute to a normal, healthy state of homeostasis in the human organism. The human body provides habitat and nutrition for the microbiota which in return provide beneficial effects on the person’s immune, […]

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Food for thought: How gut microbes change your mind

A lifelong symbiotic relationship exists between bacteria and the human body. Varied bacterial composition early in life is essential for normal brain development. Consequently, biotic imbalance acts as a predisposing factor for a number of brain disorders.
The basic microbiome composition is acquired during birth via the birth canal. If a child is born through a cesarean section, the bacteria […]

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Early antibiotics linked to later overweight

The use of antibiotics during infancy is a significant risk factor for becoming overweight in later years. Since antibiotics requite a physician’s prescription, they are considered a physician-modifiable risk factor. Due to their wide spectrum action, not only do they kill the harmful bacteria but they also alter the composition of the child’s developing gut microbiome, which plays a […]

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