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Boosting Gut Health With Delicious Foods Let’s explore the benefits of resistant starch, highlight some mouthwatering recipes, and share expert insights on how to optimize your gut health. Understanding Resistant Starch Resistant starch refers to a type of starch that resists digestion in the small intestine and reaches the large intestine intact. It acts as a prebiotic, fueling the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and promoting a healthy digestive system. Some benefits of consuming resistant starch include improved insulin sensitivity, increased satiety, enhanced mineral absorption, and reduced risk of colon cancer. Top Foods High in Resistant Starch Delicious Resistant Starch Recipes Nurturing a Healthy Gut Incorporating resistant starch-rich foods into your diet can positively influence gut microbiota, leading to improved overall health. Gradually increase your intake of resistant starch to allow your body to adjust. We also recommend consulting a functional medicine healthcare professional if you have any specific dietary…

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How nutrition, lifestyle, and a functional medicine approach can help With summer in full swing, it’s important to remember the importance of protecting our skin from harmful UV rays. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the world, with over 5 million cases diagnosed each year in the United States alone. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer through nutrition, lifestyle, and a functional medicine perspective. Nutrition plays a crucial role in skin health and preventing skin cancer. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods can help protect your skin from damage caused by UV rays. Foods such as berries, leafy greens, and nuts are all great sources of antioxidants that can help fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. Additionally, consuming omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish like salmon and sardines can also provide protection against…

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21 Days to a Healthier You featuring Kristen Brown and Ashley Muse

Every year in May we celebrate Women’s Health Month, which helps raise awareness about the unique health needs of women. Over the course of a woman’s life, nutritional needs change. During pregnancy, for example, a woman may require additional B vitamins and iron. However, after menopause, women typically require less iron and more calcium and vitamin D.    To celebrate Women’s Health Month, I’m offering you a discount of 10% on all of your orders through my Fullscript dispensary, so making your health a priority is easier than ever. Below is some useful information about top recommended supplements for women’s health, including popular products from my dispensary. Vitamin D Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin involved in many body functions, including calcium absorption, bone formation, hormone regulation, brain and neuromuscular function, and immune health. Primarily obtained from sun exposure, vitamin D is also found in certain foods such as eggs and dairy products. In northern…

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Seasons change. 🌷 With the change of seasons, we often think of transition. We clean out our closets, add a fresh coat of paint, scrub the floors, clear out the cobwebs, and hope for a fresh start. 🌷 How about getting a fresh start on YOUR renewed health? 🌷 Functional Medicine approaches health by looking for and treating the root cause of your health concerns. 🌷 At Altheda Health, we offer free 10-minute phone consults to see what we do is what you need. 🌷 Visit our website at to schedule your appointment to speak with our nurse practitioner, Kristen Brown, ARNP-C, who is also a certified functional medicine practitioner through the The Institute for Functional Medicine. 🌷 You are worth it!

That’s quite the topic for a conversation starter, isn’t it? If you’ve been working on getting to the root cause of your symptoms for awhile, I’m sure these are thoughts that have crossed your mind. What’s the difference? Is my current food plan a Life Sentence? Can I “cheat” every once in awhile? By now you also know that you are using food as medicine. You are using food to help heal yourself. That’s quite a powerful position to be in. We also use food for other purposes like comfort, reward, coping, to satisfy hunger, and many more. I recently came across a great podcast about this very topic. I’ve known about Sarah Ballantyne, PhD for awhile. She’s one of the hosts of The Paleo View along with Stacy Toth. They are a wealth of information and present it in an engaging way. Even though this topic is one that…

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I made this graphic of helpful tips to keep in mind when grocery shopping. Label reading is so important. What we put in our mouths influences so much more than we even know. Fresh is best! Feel free to share.

Asthma Allergies & Eczema Wellness Talk

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Altheda Health 40 Lake Bellevue Drive #100 Bellevue, WA 98005 Free but seating is limited. Q&A to follow. Healthy snacks provided.  Allergy season is ramping up but pollen and changing weather may not be the root cause of your allergy, asthma and eczema. Join us for a free community wellness chat featuring Altheda Health Founder, Kristen Brown and special guest Brooke Erickson. They’ll discuss the flood of science confirming the relationship of “gut microbiome” and diet with overall health.  Symptom relief with therapeutic foods – including tips for what to feature in your diet and what to avoid Exploring the connection between gut health and your immune system Healing the gut – getting to the root cause and experiencing optimal wellness Brooke Erickson, MS, CN is a Functional Nutritionist and founder of NourishThrive. Her passion is to help people achieve optimal wellness and to feel their absolute best! She believes in using food as medicine and looks…

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Review us on Google If you’re happy with your experience, we’d love for you to post a review on Google. Click the button below to get started. Tips for Referring to Kristen Brown, ARNP Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner Functional Medicine – getting to root cause instead of putting a bandaid on symptoms Master’s research on Compulsive Overeating – she is comfortable with and sensitive to patients with eating disorders Team approach to wellness – including patient and family, nutrition, therapist, etc. Education for patient/family through entire process – knowledge is power Spends more time with her patients than traditional western medicine providers Free 10-minute phone consults are available before you book your first visit Functional Medicine differs from traditional western medicine by working to find and treat the root cause of your symptoms instead of putting a bandaid on your symptoms to temporarily…

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Stop. How’s your breathing? Did you know that you can manage your anxiety, food cravings, and stress, by controlling your breath? Check out this short 7 minute video that will teach you breathing techniques that will help you feel better in no time.