Functional Medicine Fort Collins

The Effect of Popular Diet’s on Nutrient Status

Recent research into the Atkins, South Beach, Best Life and DASH diets showed that all 4 of these diets failed to meet the recommended daily intake (RDI) for 27 micronutrients analyzed. Specifically, vitamin B7, D, E, chromium, iodine and molybdenum were identified as consistently low across the board in all four diet groups. These findings… read more

Paleo Taco Casserole

This recipe was adapted from Juli Bauer at www.paleomg.com–if you haven’t checked out Juli’s amazing paleo focused recipes, you must head over there for inspiration! I love LOVE one pot meals, casseroles, and really anything that blends all the ingredients of one meal into one dish. Why? Because it makes life so much easier! Plus,… read more

Metabolic Syndrome, a Recipe for Diabetes and Heart Disease

The incidences of type 2 diabetes (adult onset) and pre-diabetes have reached epidemic proportions in our country and worldwide. According to the 2010 United Health Report, over half of the American population will be afflicted by 2020. Currently it is estimated that 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, 67 million Americans have pre-diabetes, and… read more

Iodine Protects Against Breast Cancer

As a nation we are iodine deficient. In fact, some sources will say 50% or more of the adult population is deficient in this crucial nutrient.  Iodine plays an important role in the health of women’s breast tissue. In the presence of chemicals and enzymes found in breast tissue, iodine has been shown to exert a… read more

Curried Lentil Soup

Ingredients: One bag red lentils, rinsed and washed One yellow onion, chopped 6 cloves fresh garlic, or more to taste, minced 5 stalks celery, chopped 5 carrots, chopped 8 cups organic chicken stock One 15oz can coconut milk Salt and pepper to taste One tsp garam masala spice Two or more tsp curry powder, or… read more

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Have you tried the lettuce wraps at PF Changs?? One of our staff members, Kara, developed this recipe after trying, and loving, the lettuce wraps there! Use this either as an appetizer or as a full meal. YUM! Ingredients: 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 Tbsp sesame oil 1 lb ground chicken 1 large onion, diced… read more

Vitamin D: A miracle Cure?

I have recently been asked a lot about the media hype over vitamin D. Is it really necessary to take vitamin D? If so, how much is necessary? Why is vitamin D necessary and lastly, can I take too much vitamin D? Let’s start by explaining a few things. Vitamin D deficiency is very common… read more

Nutrient Testing

Why should I have nutrient testing done?? Nutrient status is a vital foundation of health. Each micronutrient plays an indispensable role in promoting optimal cell function. When some cells do not function at their best, the foundation of our health is compromised, setting the stage for the development of disease. Identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies… read more

Magnesium…an underappreciated nutrient!

I have looked at many nutrient panels as part of my practice at Balanced Well-Being Healthcare. One of the most common nutrient deficiencies I am seeing is magnesium.  Magnesium is an essential mineral for humans and is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in our body.  It is the fourth most abundant mineral found in… read more

Honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In reality, every month should be breast cancer awareness month due to the unfortunate reality that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. What exactly is breast cancer? It is a disease in which cancer cells form in the tissues of the breast. Sometimes, the… read more