Women’s Health

The Health Benefits of Magnesium Include a Better Night’s Sleep

If you find yourself tossing and turning at night, getting only six hours or less of sleep instead of the normal eight or nine hours that your body needs, you may be suffering from magnesium deficiency & maybe consider a functional medicine in Tampa, FL. While we often think of magnesium as being an essential mineral that’s needed for normal bone development, it is also a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate biochemical reactions in the body. These include protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, and the regulation of blood pressure and glucose. For example, magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation (a process for harnessing energy), and glycolysis (a first step in the breakdown of glucose for the purpose of extracting energy for cellular metabolism). It is required to synthesize DNA, RNA, and glutathione — a powerful antioxidant. Magnesium also plays a role in the …

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Healing from Toxic Mold with Phospholipids

It seems every month there’s a new story surfacing about toxic mold in South Florida. Recently, a Pinellas County woman discovered black mold growing in the walls of her new home. Subsequently, she was told that her insurance company was in receivership, further complicating her ability to resolve the issue. At about the same time, tenants at Silver Oaks Apartments in Tampa’s 33610 zip code were preparing to sue management over mold. We’ve posted extensively about the topic of toxic mold in South Florida. Why all the buzz? Two reasons — toxic mold is common in Florida, and it poses a serious health risk. Our tropical climate provides the perfect breeding grounds for mold, and some of these common molds that grow in homes and other water-damaged buildings can make you seriously ill. In fact, mold can be deadly. Fortunately, we can gain the upper hand over toxic molds and …

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Toning Your Vagus Nerve: Why and How

Did you know that poor vagal tone may be the root cause of your chronic health condition? Not sure what means or refers to? In this post, we share everything you need to know the vagus nerve and vagal tone. The vagus nerve, also known as the 10th cranial nerve or CN X, is a very long nerve that extends from the brain stem down through the neck and into the chest and abdomen. It provides a communication pathway between the brain and vital organs, including the heart, lungs, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and spleen.  Your vagus nerve also serves as the control center of the parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates bodily functions when the body is in its rest-and-digest state (as opposed to its fight-or-flight response). You actually have two vagus nerves (left and right), but they’re commonly referred to collectively as “the vagus nerve.” The vagus nerve …

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Update on Diagnosing and Treating Long-Haul COVID-19

Are you starting to think COVID-19 will never go away? Are you afraid that mask mandates, vaccines, and mandatory shutdowns will continue to plague us for the rest of our lives? For people with long-haul COVID, that feeling is far more personal and poignant. For these unfortunates, “never going away” means continuing to struggle with persistent and often debilitating symptoms for months after their immune systems have defeated the virus. A mild to moderate case of COVID-19 typically lasts about two weeks, maximum. Approximately 30 percent of people who get infected show no symptoms. In contrast, about 25–33 percent experience lingering health issues after they’ve recovered from the acute phase of the illness. In other words, they continue to experience symptoms even when the virus is no longer active — when they would test negative for the coronavirus. This syndrome has been described by many names, including:  Long-haul COVID-19 Post-acute …

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Mold Exposure Treatment: Mold in Florida’s Military Housing Communities

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Mold exposure can cause sleep problems, memory loss, difficulty concentrating, and confusion. Do you suspect mold in your home or office? Having mold in your home and mold exposure won’t necessarily make you sick, but it does have the potential to cause specific health issues. Is it time to have a mold exposure treatment? If you follow our blog, you may recognize a familiar theme in the title of this post. In 2019, we wrote about mold outbreaks at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, and at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg. We wrote that these were “chronic, recurring mold outbreaks that are literally making military personnel and their family members, patients, and treatment providers sick.” Then just last year, we posted an update about five military families that filed a class-action lawsuit against owners and managers of private housing at MacDill. Like mold …

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The Functional Medicine Approach to Recovering from Burnout

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While few people would consider burnout to be a medical condition, we at BioDesign Wellness Center know it to be a root cause of far too many doctor visits. Unfortunately, when visiting a traditional medical practice and general practitioner (GP), these visits rarely provide patients with the relief they seek.  According to the American Psychological Association, burnout is “physical, emotional, or mental exhaustion accompanied by decreased motivation, lower performance, and negative attitudes towards oneself and others.” If these symptoms describe how you’re feeling, you’re not alone. More and more people are suffering from burnout than ever before, and it is no surprise. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing political and social unrest, intensifying international conflicts, concerns over climate change, and rising inflation, along with personal and work-related challenges, people have far more stress to deal with than in even the recent past.  Unfortunately, conventional medicine does not consider burnout to …

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