Naturopathic and Alternative Medicine Blog

Dr Travis Elliott Naturopathic Physician in Burlington, VT

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Pay attention to your gallbladder if you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

Have you been told you don’t need your gallbladder? Think again. Sure, you’ll live without it, but the gallbladder is actually a vital digestive organ. If you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, you need to pay extra attention to your gallbladder. How Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism can impair gallbladder function Hypothyroidism has been shown to make the gallbladder distended […]

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Is your brain inflamed by Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism?

When most people think of inflammation they think of arthritic joints, or maybe a sprained ankle. But did you know your brain can become inflamed, too? This is especially the case if you have Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. The problem is an inflamed brain won’t hurt. Instead you should look for other symptoms of brain inflammation. These […]

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Less Sleep Changes Your Gene Function

We all want enough sleep so we’re less cranky and more alert. We want it for our kids too. But recent research found an even more important reason: Sleeping less than six hours a night for one week can lead to more than 700 changes in the way our genes behave. Among these are genes that regulate […]

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Common household chemicals toxic to Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism patients

It’s amazing how toxic the standard American household is. Chemicals that are toxic to the thyroid, brain, immune system, hormonal system, liver, and more are in virtually every household and body product used by the average person. When seeking to manage your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, it’s important to “go green” and use non-toxic house and body products. When […]

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Avoid loss of memory with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism

Do you always lose your keys, forget where the car is parked, or find words stick on the tip of your tongue? You may find your brain does not function as well if your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism is poorly managed (if at all). These are signs of accelerated brain degeneration, or a brain that is atrophying […]

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Overwhelmed by cooking healthy? Try batch cooking!

Does a demanding schedule prevent you from cooking healthy? Are you that overworked parent who’s too tired to feed your family well? Busy lifestyles can send our eating habits down the drain, with our health and nutrition following right behind it. Many common health issues can arise as a result. The solution? Batch cooking! Batch cooking is […]

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How to avoid those afternoon energy crashes

Do your eyelids droop and does your energy flag every afternoon around 3 to 4 p.m? Is your answer to energy crashes a soda, coffee, energy drink, or sweet snack to sustain you until dinner? If so, you’re making a bad situation worse. Even though it’s fairly common, the “afternoon crash” isn’t normal. Instead it’s […]

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7 reasons exercise recovery can be difficult

If recovering from exercise is so difficult it feels like it’s ruining your days and sapping your motivation, you may be suffering from loss of exercise tolerance. Exercise is supposed to make you feel better and give you more energy, not make you feel worse. The occasional off day is nothing to worry about, but […]

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Adrenals often wrong target with chronic stress

When stress levels go too high, the first thing many in the alternative health do is support the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized glands that sit atop each kidney and secrete stress hormones. Popular supplements include adrenal glandulars (adrenal tissue from animals), minerals, B vitamins, and a variety of herbs — all […]