Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) doesn’t exactly pop up in conversation regularly, and most people have no idea that a MTHFR gene mutation could be the root of their health problems. If you are showing signs of the gene mutation, are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, the MTHFR test is a very valuable tool that can help you improve your health.
The Basics About Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase
MTHFR is an enzyme that helps the body use folate, also known as vitamin B9, in the way it is intended. Folate, not to be confused with its synthetic form folic acid, is a critical nutrient in the body because it assists with DNA synthesis and repair, encourages cell and tissue growth, supports normal fetal development in pregnant women, and even promotes sperm viability in men. The importance of folate to a healthy body and developing baby cannot be underestimated, so it makes sense that people lacking the MTHFR enzyme struggle from health problems. Continue reading “Understanding the MTHFR Gene Mutation and Its Impact On Your Body” »
Environmental allergies can cause severe interruptions in your daily life. Going for a walk, riding with the windows down, and even leaving the house at all can lead to swollen and itchy eyes and a stuffy, runny nose. It’s a miserable feeling, especially when all you want to do is shut yourself inside a HEPA-filtered box. Aside from the basic discomfort, allergies can become so distracting that they impact your performance at work, your ability to enjoy social situations, and your energy to exercise and stay healthy. Continue reading “Customized Drops for Your Worst Environmental Allergies” »
Do you suffer from food allergies? If you do, you are definitely not alone. Millions of Americans, including as many as 1 in 13 children, struggle with food allergies on a daily basis. A food allergy is defined as an unpleasant and dangerous immune system reaction after eating a certain food. Though some are temporary, others last for life. Even if you don’t personally have a food allergy, a friend, family member, or even your own child could have one, so it’s important to understand these four things about food allergies.
There’s a Difference Between a Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Continue reading “Four Things You Should Know about Food Allergies” »
Dr. Elisha Robinson-Asiso grew up with a father who never took her or her siblings to the doctor. Instead, her father used his training as an herbalist to treat all family illnesses with herbs and herbal remedies. Robinson-Asiso learned valuable lessons from her father, but still went on to pursue a career in traditional medicine. After attending University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, she became a breast cancer surgeon.
However, Robinson-Asiso felt increasingly unfulfilled by the role she was able to play in her patients’ lives. “As I started treating patients, I noticed there were multiple facets to patients beyond just the breasts. I noticed a huge missing link, and that was the whole body component.” Continue reading “This Cancer Surgeon is Turning to Holistic Medicine” »
It’s common to hear someone sniffle and sneeze and mutter, “Ugh, allergies,” but the term allergy is actually a broad umbrella term that encompasses a number of ways in which the body may be rejecting outside elements. In order to know exactly how to tackle your allergies, you first need to understand which type of allergies they might be.
About 5 percent of the population suffers from a legitimate food allergy, while others are simply sensitive to certain foods. A true food allergy can develop at any age when the body’s immune system overreacts and identifies an otherwise safe food as a danger and stimulates a response to fight the “dangerous” food away. Continue reading “The Different Types of Allergies that May be Causing You to Suffer” »
It’s almost summer, which means congestion, itchy eyes, and sneezing are back. Before you run to the pharmacy for your typical allergy medication, consider the nasty side effects that can leave you feeling even worse than you did to begin with. Instead of buying a pharmaceutical drug, try essential oils to combat your allergies.
The Problem With Conventional Allergy Medication
You suffer from allergies because your body responds to certain allergens by creating chemicals called histamines. The histamines cause all of your common allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes, itching, and hives. Since antihistamine medicines block the histamines from forming, they also stop allergy suffering. Continue reading “The Best Essential Oils to Beat Allergies” »
While inflammation is a healthy and natural response in the body, its chronic presence can cause major health problems. Inflammation is the body’s attempt to protect the body from damaged cells, irritants, and pathogens, all if which can lead to health problems.
In the beginning that inflammation is beneficial because it heals wounds and is a part of our natural immune system. However, continual and chronic inflammation instigates more inflammation in the body, leading to a dangerous domino effect that ends with pain and suffering. More studies than ever prove that chronic inflammation is the root cause of serious conditions like heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, so it is more important than ever to combat inflammation before it even begins. Continue reading “How to Begin the Anti-Inflammatory Diet” »
Sometimes the most powerful health solutions are the simplest. Many people are often surprised to learn that bacteria can actually be the key to regaining their health. Yes, that’s right, bacteria. It is a major misconception that all bacteria has to spell out doom. The truth is that healthy bacteria is absolutely critical to the body in order balance the gut, prevent and treat some illnesses, and even help the skin look rejuvenated.
Introduction to Probiotics
Probiotics are the opposite of antibiotics. While antibiotics kill the bad bacteria that causes infections and illnesses, probiotics actually give the body healthy doses of bacteria. This makes sense, since the word probiotic actually means “promoting life”.
When the bacteria in the body falls out of balance in favor of “bad” bacteria, the intestinal tract reacts badly. Probiotics can be found in yogurt, fermented food, and supplements to effectively put the body back in a healthy balance. Continue reading “Could a Probiotic Solve Your Health Woes?” »
We are constantly exposed to toxins in our everyday lives and activities. When we breathe, eat, drink, shower, brush our teeth, apply makeup and lotions, clean our homes, from wearing laundered and dry-cleaned clothing, driving, medications, smoking/exposure to secondhand smoke, pesticides and pollutants in the air, rain and soil. Heavy metal toxins such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium, nickel, as well as chemical toxins accumulate in our bodies often at a faster rate than our bodies are able to naturally excrete them. This exposure and accumulation of toxins can cause damage your nervous, immune, cardiovascular systems and even the reproductive systems.
Toxins have been linked to putting you at a higher risk for serious degenerative diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, Autism, ADD and and many others. At Anne Hermann Wellness, MD, PA, we offer solutions for you to rid yourself of these toxins. Continue reading “Ridding Your Body of Dangerous Toxins with Detoxamin” »
Yoga has long been known to improve overall health. Recent studies have shown that it may also help cardiovascular health. The benefits were similar to those of conventional exercise such as brisk walking according to a recent Harvard study. Study participants noticed improvements in weight, cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Thus, individuals with limited mobility may still able to improve their cardiovascular risk profile.
On average, participants in the study were able to cut five points from their blood pressure reading, and 12 points from their LDL (bad cholesterol) reading. They also lost an average of five pounds. Researchers also hypothesize that yoga may help with cardiovascular health due to stress reduction and calming of the nervous system. There also seems to be a correlation with strengthening the immune system.
Currently approximately 16.5 million Americans attend yoga classes. There are a variety of different types of yoga, but all will improve strength, flexibility, and balance. Other health benefits include better posture and calming of the mind utilizing certain breathing techniques.
Hermann Wellness is a holistic internal medicine practice located in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. We offer a variety of patient services including holistic primary care, acupuncture, weight loss and cosmetic services. Please contact the office at 813-902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.