Friday, August 18, 2017

Thyroid Problems in Women

Natural Remedies for Thyroid Problems in Women

Natural Remedies for Thyroid Problems in Women

The thyroid is a gland produces the hormone Thyroxine. This hormone regulates the body’s metabolism, meaning the speed at which the body produces energy from oxygen and nutrients. Since it controls a biological process affecting all body organs, it plays a critical part in how well these functions operate. The most notable ones among them are determining the rate of your heart beat and how fast your body burns calories.

Approximately 20 million Americans are affected by a type of Thyroid disease. 60 percent of those affected are not aware of their condition. Furthermore, women have a higher probability of being affected by Thyroid disease than men. It is estimated that one in eight women will develop problems with their Thyroid during their lifetime. There are several causes of thyroid problems in women. Their effects include
  • Difficulty in getting pregnant as Thyroid disease affects your menstrual cycle which in turn, affects your ovulation.
  • Menstrual period problems by having too much or too little Thyroid hormone cause irregular, heavy or light periods. In certain cases, it can even lead to your periods stopping for several months or longer.
  • Difficulties during pregnancy that affect both the baby and the mother.

Hyperthyroidism, also known as overactive Thyroid, is a condition where by the gland produces excess Thyroid hormone. The causes of this condition include:
  • Grave’s Disease, an autoimmune disease is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism affecting women ten times more than men.
  • Excessive consumption of iodine.
  • Thyroid nodules that over produce the Thyroid hormone.
  • Toxic multi nodular goiter.
Hyperthyroidism Symptoms are generally not noticed when they first occur. As time goes on and your metabolism speeds up, certain symptoms become more pronounced. Signs that you may be suffering from this condition include:
  • An irregular or rapid beating of your heart.
  • Nervousness or anxiety.
  • Having trouble sleeping at night.
  • Beginning to sweat more than usual.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • An unusual increase in your appetite.
  • Feeling hot while other people aren’t.
  • Becoming easily irritable.
  • Losing weight despite eating the same amount of food or even more. It should be noted however that not everyone experiences weight loss.
  • Irritation in your eyes, their turning red or bulging.
  • Diarrhea or increased bowel activity.
  • A reduced number of menstrual periods that are also lighter.
  • Hyperthyroidism increases your risk of having osteoporosis, which is a condition that causes your bones to become brittle and break more easily.

Hypothyroidism also known as an under-active thyroid, is where the gland produces low amounts of the Thyroid hormone. Several conditions cause hypothyroidism, and they include:
  • Thyroid hormone resistance.
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which causes the gland to inflame.
  • Other kinds of Thyroiditis.
  • Insufficient iodine in the body.
  • Some viral infections.
Hypothyroidism Symptoms can include:
  • Weight gain.
  • Fatigue.
  • Irregular menstrual periods.
  • Slow movements and thoughts.
  • Increased sensitivity to cold.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Muscles that ache more or feel sore.
  • Dry skin and hair.
  • Feelings of depression.
  • Tingling in the fingers and hands. Numbness can also be felt in the same areas.
Natural Thyroid Remedies

There several types of alternative thyroid remedies, but you may want to start with a visit to your local Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner. Nutrition Response Testing is a noninvasive modality that identifies the underlying causes of your health problems. The results of these tests are based on your body's neurological responses and all the practitioner to correct chemical imbalaces through diet modifiaction and potentiall with the help of whole food supplements, which help patients adjust to diet modification programs.

Other natural remedies may help, but without the guidence of a doctor, your results can be "hit" or "miss." Please ask your heath practitioner for the best natural remedies for your exact condition. These suggestions are provided for general information and do not replace treatment from a medical professional.
  • Proper nutrition to help your body balance the hormones naturally. Place more emphasis on an organic diet. Increasing your fiber can help balance estrogen in your body.
  • Acupuncture can help correct the imbalance of hormones in the body.
  • Stress reduction through massage.
  • Herbs can help strengthen and tone the body’s system. They can be in dried form e.g. capsules, powders or tea. Lemon balm can support bringing an overactive thyroid back to normal. Organic green tea can provide an antioxidant effect. Avoid any caffeinated green tea or ginseng products as they may provide an over stimulation effect.
  • Increase your intake of vitamin D and calcium to strengthen the bones as hyperthyroidism can lead to osteoporosis.
  • Daily exercise is also recommended, if possible. A daily 30-minute regimen for five days a week can help reduce the glands over activity.
  • Supplements can increase your protein and caloric content per meal. This is especially if you have lost a lot of weight or have muscle weakness. Omega-3 fatty acids can help boost immunity while reducing inflammation. L-carnitine can contribute to reducing the Thyroid gland's activity. Alpha-lipoic acid provides antioxidant support.
  • You can also use a probiotic supplement where necessary to support immunity and gastrointestinal health. Vitamin C could also be present to boost the immune system and act as an antioxidant.
About the Author

Dr. Donna Sergi is a leading Holistic Chiropractor in Brooklyn NY who also helps her patients overcome severe and chronic illness with Nutrition Response Testing. Learn more by visiting her website at

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Are Organic and Natural Foods Healthier?

Are Organic and Natural Foods Healthier?
While years ago you may have been faced with the choice between a red apple or a green apple, now you have all of these other factors to consider. When trying to navigate the maze of produce aisles, you see organic food labels and claims of a healthier diet that can be confusing. Is organic and natural food really better for your health? Do conventional foods lead to cancer and other diseases? All of these questions have resulted in a dilemma for consumers shopping at the market.

It is important to note that the terms "natural" and "organic" are not interchangeable. While a food labeled as "natural" is free from artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, it does not indicate any specific methods or materials that were used to produce the food ingredients.

The word "organic" describes how farmers grow and process their agricultural products. In the U.S., organic agriculture is required to be cultivated without the use of synthetic pesticides, genetically modified organisms, and fertilizers that are petroleum-based or sewage sludge-based.

Organic livestock is required to have access to the outdoors and be on an organic diet. Livestock is prohibited from receiving antibiotics, growth hormones, and any animal by-products.

One of the most compelling reasons to buy organic food is to avoid exposure to pesticides, which are designed to be toxic. Pesticides are used to protect crops from the potential damage that can be done by insects, rodents, weeds, and fungus. However, many believe that long-term exposure to pesticides in small doses can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

Here are some fundamental differences between organic and conventional products.

Organic Produce vs. Conventionally Grown Produce

Organic fruits and vegetables are grown with only natural fertilizers such as manure and compost. Additionally, the weeds growing around the crops are controlled naturally through methods like crop rotation, mulching, hand weeding, and tilling. For pest control, natural methods like birds, traps, and insects are used in addition to pesticides that are derived from natural ingredients.

Conventionally grown produce is grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers, which often causes them to grow much larger than their organic counterparts. Pests and weeds are controlled with synthetic and chemical pesticides and herbicides, causing the toxic residue to remain on the crop.

Organic Meat, Dairy, and Eggs vs. Conventionally Raised Meat, Dairy, and Eggs

When you buy organic meat, dairy, or eggs, you can be sure that the livestock that it came from was given an entirely organic, hormone- and GMO-free diet. The livestock was also free to roam outdoors. To prevent diseases, natural methods were used such as rotations in grazing, sanitary housing, and a healthy diet.

Livestock that is raised for conventional products is given growth hormones to make them grow faster and larger. They also eat a non-organic, GMO-based diet. These animals are often cooped up in very tight spaces together without any freedom to walk around. When it comes to disease prevention, antibiotics and medications are used.

Benefits of Eating Organic Food

How your food is grown has a significant impact not only on your health but also on the environment. Organic foods can provide more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants than their conventionally-grown counterparts while leaving behind fewer chemical residues in the environment. Organic farming practices also help to reduce pollution, reduce soil erosion, conserve water, increase the fertility of soil, and waste less energy.

Organic food is often fresher than conventional food because it lacks the preservatives that conventional foods have that make them last longer. This also means that organic food is richer in nutrients because the vitamins and minerals are not given time to perish before they are on grocery store shelves.

Which Products Are the Most Important to Buy Organic?

Organic food is typically more expensive than food that is conventionally grown. This is because farming organic food is more labor intensive without the use of pesticides, drugs, and chemicals. Getting an organic certification is also expensive and buying organic feed for the livestock can cost double as much as conventional feed. Organic are typically smaller than conventional farms, which means they have to operate without government subsidies.

The cost may prevent you from eating a diet that is completely organic, but if you know which foods are the most important to buy organic, you can set some priorities.

Certain kinds of conventionally-grown produce are higher in pesticides than others and therefore should be avoided. Some others are small enough that it is considered to be relatively safe to buy the conventional option. The fruits and vegetables that are most likely to have high levels of pesticide residue are:

  • Apples
  • Bell peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Kale/collard greens
  • Summer squash
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Hot peppers
Alternatively, the "Clean 15" are fruits and vegetables that are likely to be very low in pesticides. These include:
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet corn
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Papaya
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet peas
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Cantaloupe
When it comes to meat, eggs, and dairy, buy organic whenever possible.

Organic food is better for your health and the health of the environment. However, because it is not realistic for everyone to eat an entirely organic-based diet, these are some guidelines to follow so you know which foods are the most important to buy organic and which you can buy conventional.

About the Author

Dr. Donna Sergi is a Brooklyn Chiropractor who is also one of the country's leading Nutrition Response Testing Practitioners. Learn more by visiting her website.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

7 Common Hormone Dysfunctions

Learn How Chemical Imbalances, Digestion, Blood Sugar, Unexplained Weight Gain, Fatigue, Depression, and Menstrual Cycle Difficulties are Related to Your Hormones

Learn How Chemical Imbalances, Digestion, Blood Sugar, Unexplained Weight Gain, Fatigue, Depression, and Menstrual Cycle Difficulties are Related to Your Hormones

Chemical Imbalances

For our cells and organs to know how to behave they have to receive signals. Hormones are the body's messengers that carry these chemical signals to regulate all of our body's functions. They control everything from our most basic needs like hunger, thirst, and sleep to incredibly complex systems like reproduction and digestion. They even play significant roles in our moods and emotions. 

Hormones are created in the endocrine gland as well as some other glands throughout the body, and there are many different hormones with numerous different functions, which all work in conjunction with one another to keep us functioning. Imbalances in one can cause imbalances in another, and these imbalances can cause some adverse effects on the body. When one or more of our hormones are not at the right level, our organs and systems cannot function optimally.

Hormones and Digestion

The digestive tracts of men and women are different although they perform the same general function for everyone - the breakdown of food, absorption of nutrients, and elimination of waste. The differences stem from the different hormones present and how those hormones affect digestion. Estrogen and progesterone both play roles in aspects of digestion like fluid retention and the production of digestive enzymes. 

Men and women have different levels of these hormones. Women have natural hormone fluctuations with menstruation, which for some women affects their digestion. Digestive upset like constipation, diarrhea and bloating are often the result of a person's diet but sometimes are associated with changes in hormone levels.

Blood Sugar

When most people think of blood sugar, they immediately think of insulin, which is a hormone. Along with insulin, several other lesser-known hormones also impact your body's blood sugar regulation. Glucagon, amylin, cortisol, epinephrine and several others play significant roles. Any of these hormones being lower or higher than they should be impacts the others and can cause a chain reaction resulting in fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Unexplained Weight Gain

Several different hormonal imbalances can result in weight gain as well as trouble losing said weight. Belly fat, in particular, is an indicator of a hormone imbalance. Your hormones affect not only your metabolism but also your appetite and fat storage. Having high estrogen, low testosterone, high insulin, high cortisol or low DHEA can all contribute to unexplained weight gain that is hard to get off and keep off.

Hormone-Related Fatigue

Sudden, prolonged fatigue with no other source, especially in women, is one of the main signs of a hormonal imbalance. Low levels of either estrogen, progesterone or both can cause chronic fatigue. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, may also play a role.


Several hormones directly impact the production of chemicals in the brain that affects your moods such as dopamine and serotonin. Other hormones travel along the same pathways, so fluctuations in their numbers can impact other brain chemicals. The three top hormones associated with depression and other mood changes are estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol.

  • Estrogen boosts serotonin and raises your endorphins, both of which are known to improve your mood and happiness. 
  • Progesterone balances your estrogen and has calming effects on its own. Either of these being low can result in a depressed mood. 
  • Cortisol being either too low or too high can cause agitation.
Menstrual Cycle Difficulties

Menstruation comes with some natural shifts in hormone levels. These variations result in different symptoms for different women, but they include things like bloating, cramps, acne breakouts, irritability and changes in digestion. This varied collection of symptoms is known commonly as Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS. For some women, the fluctuations are much more extreme and can make menstruation increasingly challenging and unpleasant. These people experience worse PMS symptoms like significant mood changes, mood swings, hot flashes, more severe cramps, and other symptoms. 

A more rare condition, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder or PMDD, causes symptoms that are even more extreme than those of PMS which can impact your quality of life. It is thought to be an even more severe hormonal imbalance associated with menstruation or possibly an unusual reaction to the normal fluctuations in hormones. It results in a massive serotonin deficiency.

About the Author

Dr. Donna Sergi is a Brooklyn Chiropractor who is also one of the country's leading Nutrition Response Testing Practitioners. Learn more about Natural Hormonal Imbalance Remedies by visiting her website.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

What are the Health Differences Between Smoothies and Juicing?

Smoothies vs Juicing, both are healthy options.
Over the past decade or so, both smoothies and juicing have become increasingly popular among both everyday people and fitness gurus alike due to their nutritious content, creativity, and fast nutrient absorption.

However, what most people do not know is that, though both drinks offer a convenient, satisfying way to get your full day's worth of fruits, veggies, and more, they are not created equal. In fact, the following comparisons will help you understand the health benefits between the two.

Both Juicing and Smoothies Make It Easier to Consume More Fruits and Veggies

Both juicing and smoothies offer a convenient way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, which is good for you. The antioxidants in fruits and vegetables alone are enough to ward off many illnesses. In fact, studies show that consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables daily can decrease the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease as well as reduce the possibility of stroke by approximately 26 percent.

As good as both veggies and fruits are for you, it may be difficult for some people to get the recommended daily amount of five or more servings in a day; however, juicing and smoothies make it possible. And, they can even provide a genius way to get your kids to eat their veggies finally!

Smoothies Contain the Whole Fruit

With blending, the process to make smoothies, what you put into the blender is what you get, meaning the whole fruit or vegetable is consumed, so most of the fiber is retained, which is beneficial for good digestive health. Also, because smoothies enable you to add other types of foods such as yogurt and seeds, etc. to increase your healthy fat and protein intake, they are typically thicker and more satisfying, which helps you stay full longer.

Juicing Provides a More Nutrient Dense Beverage

With juicing, the juice part of the fruit or vegetable is divided from the pulp, which is fiber, so you receive a thinner, more concentrated liquid that contains more phytonutrients, plant-based compounds that are shown to provide positive health effects, nutrients, and vitamins. Therefore, it is ideal for those on a low-fiber, nutrient-rich diet.

Smoothies Often Contain More Sugar

Because smoothies can be blended with other ingredients such as powders, flavored yogurts, and fruit juices, etc., and they typically provide larger juice sizes, they often contain more calories from sugar in a single serving of juice.

Smoothies Can Be Used as a Meal Replacement

Since smoothies can be blended using a complete balance of ingredients, such as protein, veggies, and fruits, etc.; they can be used as the perfect meal replacement. And, since they can be blended using flavored powders, they can also be developed into your favorite flavor to help make your drink more enjoyable.

Juicing Makes Consuming Your Veggies Quicker

For those who want to increase their veggie intake but don't like the taste of vegetables, juicing provides a quicker way to get your veggies down. Since juicing provides smaller, more concentrated portions, they can be consumed faster. You could even try pouring your juice into a shot glass and consume it that way to help make getting your veggies more fun.

Juicing Requires Specific, Often More Expensive Equipment

Though it is not a health factor, it is still important to note. If you opt for the juicing method, to get the concentrated juice that you desire requires specialized equipment to do this, which means you will need to invest in a juicing machine. Juicing machines on average cost more and tend to be a bit bulkier than other equipment, so plan accordingly. Also, the process of juicing typically takes a bit longer than other juicing methods, so keep this in mind as well.

Smoothies Can Be Made Using A Variety of Equipment

Making smoothies requires no specialized equipment; therefore, they can be concocted using just about anything from a blender to a potato masher to a high-end product like Vitamix. And, since they take just a few minutes to mix, they make the perfect treat for those times when you need your vitamin fix in a hurry.

No matter which type of vitamin drink you prefer, there are a few important things to keep in mind to ensure you receive the most health benefits. For starters, always use a variety of fruits and vegetables to get the most antioxidants, minerals, and other nutrients. And remember, they should be consumed within 24 to 48 hours to prevent a loss of vitamins. Also, when concocting smoothies, in order to keep added calories at bay simply steer clear of calorie rich foods like sweeteners, whole milk, and ice cream, etc.

Dr. Donna Sergi is a leading Chiropractor in Brooklyn who uses Nutrition Response Testing to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet modification and whole food supplements. Learn more by visiting her website at
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

10 Foods for Improved Digestive Health

Ten Foods to Improve Digestive Health
Ideally, your body should be able to digest almost any food you put in your mouth. However, recent changes in the way food is processed and prepared, as well as lifestyle changes, mean our bodies are not able to efficiently handle everything we eat.

Some foods, such as fatty meats, are best to avoid if you want to maintain proper digestive health. The good thing, however, is that there are plenty of foods that can ease digestion.

The first step to fixing your digestive health is to take a good look at your diet and alter it as necessary. For the best digestive health, your diet should include both healthy fats and foods that are high in fiber, while avoiding processed and fried foods.

It is critical to incorporate leafy green vegetables and fruits every day to help maintain your regularity. Eating three meals each day that are well-balanced, not skipping meals, and avoiding eating too much at one time all contribute to healthy digestion and superior gastrointestinal health. It is also important to stay well hydrated. Here are ten foods for improved digestive health.

Yogurt - Your gut already has trillions of bacteria that help you digest your food, and yogurt naturally contains a lot of healthy bacteria, which are noted as "live and active cultures" on the label. The bacteria in yogurt replenish the healthy and normal flora in the digestive tract to keep it healthy.

Kimchi - This Korean favorite is typically made with cabbage, onion, radish, and spices. With its main ingredient being cabbage, it promotes the growth of healthy and beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Cabbage is a kind of fiber that is not digested, so it helps your body eliminate waste, which keeps your bowel movements regular.

Beans - Beans contain much-needed fiber, which is an important part of keeping your digestive system on track. Beans are a great food for their high fiber content and low-fat characteristic. Try some dried beans and lentils to help give your digestive system a boost.

Fish - The healthy oils in fish have anti-inflammatory properties. This can benefit your heart and your digestive tract. The best fish to eat are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. However, it is important to note that the amount of fish oil that your body needs for a real boost to your gastrointestinal system is extensive, which may require supplementation.

Ginger - Ginger is a traditional Asian remedy for stomach aches and nausea. It is great for digestion and a natural remedy among pregnant women who are suffering from nausea. Ginger aids digestion by helping food move quickly from the stomach into the small intestine.

Chia, Flax, and Acacia - These high fiber additives are great to put into your morning smoothie or incorporate into a filling breakfast bar that you can grab on your way out the door. While they are high in fiber, they are also high in omega 3s, which also help keep your digestion healthy.

Fresh Carrot Juice - Fresh carrot juice contains enzymes that help your body digest food properly. These enzymes are created naturally by your body, but giving them an extra boost with fresh carrot juice is an excellent way to aid your digestive system.

Lean Meat - If you are going to eat meat, choose chicken or other lean meats, which will be digested a lot easier than red meats such as steaks. Red meats are much fattier. Your body can handle lean meats like chicken a lot better.Additionally, lean meats have not been associated with an increased risk of other health concerns such as colon cancer like red meats have.

Whole Grains - Whole grains like oats and brown rice are a great source of fiber. In addition to helping your digestive system, this fiber also helps you feel full longer and lowers your cholesterol. Complex carbohydrates are slowly digested by your body, so you will not have a blood sugar crash a few hours later.

Bananas - Bananas help to restore your normal bowel function, especially if it has been compromised. Bananas also restore electrolytes and potassium, which can be lost if you have poor gastrointestinal health. Bananas also have a lot of fiber that helps aid digestion.

It is so important to eat things that your body can process easily without causing stress to your digestive system. It is best to avoid processed foods or anything your body sees as unnatural. Try to eat foods that only have one ingredient and are as close to their original source as possible.

Dr. Donna Sergi is a leading Chiropractor in Brooklyn who uses Nutrition Response Testing to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle with diet modification and whole food supplements. Learn more by visiting her website at
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Common Problems of Imbalanced Hormones

Woman with insomnia experiencing one of the common problems of imbalanced hormones
Hormones are the chemical messengers that tell the cells and organs what they should be doing. When imbalances occur, parts of your body fail to function correctly or optimally. Everyone has different hormones constantly moving through his or her bodies at different levels. Hormone levels naturally shift throughout a person's life, but irregular shifting can cause a wide variety of issues and problems that can range from mild to severe.

When no other cause of your symptoms or ailments can be determined, it can be your hormones at work. Depending upon the hormone or hormones involved, you can experience anything from sleep problems to chronic acne to anxiety. Many people are surprised to discover that their symptoms are the result of their hormones. Hormone imbalances can affect both men and women.

Sleep Problems

Progesterone and estrogen levels can both play a role in your sleep, and they react in different ways. If you have trouble falling asleep or do not feel rested after sleeping, your progesterone might be lower than it should be. It can sometimes make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. If your estrogen levels are low, you may experience hot flashes or night sweats that can make sleep much more difficult. Estrogen levels being too high may cause hot flashes in some people as well. These two hormones often work in conjunction to regulate a lot of the body's functions.


Very sudden hormone changes can cause you to experience increased anxiety and sometimes even depression and mood swings. Your hormones, especially estrogen, play a role in the release of some chemicals in your brain - dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, and much more. Some other hormones also travel along the same pathways and can affect your mood and emotions if their levels are either too high or too low.

Weight Loss Issues

A decrease in estrogen levels can cause an increase in appetite in some people. Along with eating more because of this hormone imbalance, it also makes it more difficult to lose any weight you have gained. Digestion and the storage of fats are regulated by hormones.


It is normal to experience acne breakouts during adolescence, and many women often continue to break out during or before menstruation. Unexplained breakouts, as well as persistent acne, can be from a hormonal imbalance. Adult acne is usually the result of higher than normal androgen levels. Androgen can make your oil glands over-produce your body's natural oils, and this can clog your pores. It can also affect the skin around your hair follicles, which may also clog your pores.


Bloating can be mild to severe and sometimes cause a great deal of discomfort. Women often experience some bloating with menstruation. Just like acne, this is because of the hormone fluctuations associated with their cycle. Bloating at other times with no other known cause can also be the result of fluctuating hormone levels. As mentioned with appetite and weight loss issues, progesterone and estrogen play roles in things like fluid retention and digestion, which can lead to bloating.

Low Libido

Testosterone is the hormone that regulates your sex drive, commonly referred to as your libido. Lower testosterone can cause a lower sex drive, while higher testosterone levels result in an increased desire for sex. This is true for both men and women, although testosterone is often thought of as only a male hormone. In actuality, this hormone is present in everyone, but in different levels for men and women.

Hot Flashes

Hot flashes at night can impact your sleep, but they may also occur during the day, and they can vary from being manageable to a major issue that interferes with your life. The hormone changes that occur with menopause often cause hot flashes. Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms associated with this major bodily change. Hot flashes can occur at other points in a person's life as well and are the result of abnormal hormone imbalances. For some people, they are caused by low estrogen, and for others, they are due to high estrogen and very low progesterone.

Dr. Donna Sergi is a leading Chiropractor in Brooklyn who uses Nutrition Response Testing to help people maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle with diet modification and whole food supplements. Learn more by visiting her website at
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Learn Why You Are Allergic to Pollen, Dust, Dog and Cat Hair

Young girl suffering from allergies who is allergic to pollen, dust, dog and cat hair.
All allergic reactions are immune system disorders. The symptoms can vary in harshness between individuals and also depend upon the allergen.

Many allergies result in symptoms like sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes.Pollen, dust, and cat and dog hair often cause these types of symptoms. All of these allergens are airborne particles. These types of allergies are much different from food-related allergies, although both are immune system reactions.

When you have an allergy and you are exposed to the allergen, your immune system overreacts to the stimuli. Allergens are all harmless substances, but your body mistakes them for dangerous substances. Your immune system reacts by producing antibodies and continues to react to the substances each time you are exposed. Allergies can develop at any time. You may become allergic to something you were not previously allergic to, and your allergies may change in severity over time, as well, as your body responds differently to the allergens.

Some people are genetically predisposed to allergies. If your parent or parents have allergies, you are much more likely to suffer from the same allergy. Often a child's allergies are much more severe than their parents'. Allergies may also be related to exposure to allergens at an early age.

Living in highly-industrialized countries further increases the likelihood of a person developing allergies. This is particularly true if you live in an area with a great deal of pollution. You are more likely to suffer from more allergies and have more severe reactions under these conditions. Allergies are much more common in urban areas than rural.

Pollen Allergies

Being allergic to pollen is often referred to as hay fever. It is a seasonal allergy and is the most common type of allergy worldwide. During the spring, summer, and fall, various plants release pollen to reproduce. These tiny particles float easily through the air and are carried by the wind to fertilize other plants. As a result, these particles can also easily enter our respiratory system through our noses and throats.

It is very difficult to avoid pollen. When the pollen count is high, it can even get into your home through your ventilation. Ragweed is the main cause of pollen allergies in North America. This weed produces very large amounts of pollen that many people are sensitive to. Some people are only allergic to specific plants during the different seasons.

Pollen allergies cause sinus and respiratory symptoms. Along with itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, and sneezing, pollen may also cause a sore throat, cough, headaches, and worsen asthma symptoms for those who suffer from asthma. This type of allergy shares a lot of symptoms with the common cold and some other maladies. Unlike a cold virus, pollen allergies are treatable. In order to know if you have this type of allergy and not a cold, you can be tested by your doctor.

Dust Allergies

Dust allergies are very similar to pollen allergies. This type of allergy can cause tightness in the chest and shortness of breath, also worsening asthma symptoms and causing the other common allergy symptoms. For some people, a dust allergy causes skin itchiness instead of respiratory symptoms.

Dust is made up of a lot of different tiny particles, any of which may present as an allergen. They can include dust mites, cockroach refuse, and mold spores. Sometimes pollen and also pet hair can be in the dust mix. Cleaning actually stirs up dust and usually makes symptoms worse for people with dust allergies. Dust tends to settle, but vacuuming, sweeping and dusting sends the particles into the air allowing them to be inhaled. Being allergic to dust can be dealt with by taking antihistamines as well as minimizing the carpet in your home, decreasing humidity, and using high-efficiency filters for heating and cooling.

Pet Hair Allergies

Most people that are allergic to pet hair are technically allergic to pet dander. Dander is made of proteins found in pet saliva. Cats and dogs both lick themselves to get clean, and this transfers their saliva to their fur and also skin. Their hair and skin particles can be inhaled as with pollen and dust. For this reason, there are no breeds of cat or dog that are completely hypoallergenic, though ones with shorter fur that shed less tend to be less bothersome to allergy sufferers. Like other airborne allergies, pet allergies are treatable, so giving up your pet is not necessary if you find that you have developed allergies.

Dr. Donna Sergi is a leading Chiropractor in Brooklyn who uses Nutrition Response Testing to help people maintain a heart-healthy lifestyle with diet modification and whole food supplements. Learn more by visiting her website.
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