What does toe fungus, sinusitis and vaginal yeast infections have in common? The answer is candidiasis. While candidiasis is often thought of as a common issue for women, when there is too much of it in your body, it can spread to many places-in women and men.
Candida is a form of fungal yeast whose original function is to help you digest and absorb nutrients from food. Along with other bacteria, candida is naturally present in your mouth, gut and within your reproductive organs and urinary system. But when the amount of candida in your body gets overproduced, it can lead to infections, or what is called, candidiasis. This excessive growth causes negative reactions throughout various areas of your body.
Candidiasis shows up as toe fungus, can be a part of your sinus issues, a cause for eczema, digestive issues, UTI’s, joint pain and can prevent you from losing weight. It can even enter the bloodstream or internal organs like the kidney, heart, or...
Hello! Welcome back! I’m Dr. Grewal, an Integrative Medicine doctor here to provide you with information that will help you rewrite your health. As you may know if you are following me on Instagram and Facebook at KiranGrewalMD, I have been doing a fast this week. Not just any fast, but a fast where you are eating certain foods that are flying under the radar of your brain, as food. It is mimicking a fasting state. I prescribe a fasting mimicking diet in my clinical practice for a number of health issues such as hormonal imbalance, excessive body fat, and elevated C-reactive protein, which is a marker of inflammation. We use Dexa scale to get our patients body fat analysis so that we can measure their journey. I will go over the details of what this is, and how I decide when my patients are ready for this fast in the next few moments. However, I want to share with you right now, if you haven’t done it already, my Tiredness Elimination Diet. Before trying any other type...
Did you know, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution may be 100 times higher than outdoor pollution levels? And indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 environmental risks to the public. This is why, as a physician; I seek to get a complete environmental exposure history from my patients.
Vehicle and industry emissions from outside air blend with the byproducts of indoor air pollutants, that can make your home toxic. These are the most common sources for health issues from indoor air pollution:
Mold produces antigens, or a substance that can cause allergic reactions, by either contact or direct inhalation. Common symptoms of indoor mold exposure include non-asthmatic coughing, inflammation, allergies, wheezing, headaches and sneezing. These symptoms can be intensified if you live in an energy-efficient home, where...
You have made it through your day, completing chores, making dinner and are settling down for the night. Ideally, candles are lit, your softest PJ’s are on and you’ve got your favorite mug of tea in hand to sip while you cozy up in bed to read. But then, your phone vibrates. A string of messages starts coming through and before you know it, you’ve spent 30 minutes staring at your phone.
Rather than winding down from your day, you may often find yourself prey to the attractions of text messages, emails, Facebook, YouTube and other social media. It is so easy to allow your attention to be drawn into the world within screens. But these LED’s, along with LED TV screens could be causing you sleep and weight issues, depriving you of energy you need to tackle the next day.
How Technology Interferes With Your Sleep & Energy
Your body has an internal timeclock, or circadian rhythm that helps determine your sleep patterns. When naturally aligned with daylight,...
When you approach your spring-cleaning list, the usual items are there. Donate clothes you no longer wear or fit into, wipe the windows, organize the basement and your bathroom shelves, etc. You know this takes time, but you roll up your sleeves, put on some music and get to it. You know how good this makes you feel. Everything will be in its place and smell fresh! And you will go about your days without the frustration or heavy feeling of stagnancy and disorganization.
While you put much effort into spring-cleaning, it is important to take time to examine whether some of your relationships could use some tidying up as well. Spending time with others can be great for your health but it can also affect you negatively if the relationships are toxic.
Your friendships are important to your health. Your physical, mental and overall life satisfaction are affected by your ability, or your inability, to experience successful interpersonal relationships. Your bonds with friends...
Meditation 101: Why You Must Meditate And How To Easily Do It
You've heard of meditation and you may have heard of some of its benefits. The people you've met who meditate speak of their meditation time with a sense of peaceful euphoria that you wonder if you could ever feel!
When you think of meditation, the images that come to mind may be a dim-lit room with candles, incense, calming music playing, yourself sitting lotus position with your eyes closed lost in some zenned-out mental space.
But who has time for this? You have laundry, toys and work material everywhere, so where in your home does this meditation space exist? And what if you can't fold your legs like a pretzel in lotus position? Do all these things have to be in place for you to meditate?
The answer is no. And while creating a special space for your practice is great, the beauty of meditating is that it can be used by anyone, just about anywhere. It will also benefit you in ways you may have never thought.
When you decide to lose weight, there are moments when you find yourself reflecting on what has led you to carrying the excess pounds. Your first thoughts might go right to the times you indulged on unhealthy foods or the times you chose to watch TV versus going for a walk. You told yourself, “I don’t eat this every day” and “I just need to relax.” And perhaps, too easily, this became your everyday or weekly pattern of behavior.
It is important to understand that there is more to weight-loss beyond working out and eating right. In previous blogs, you have learned how your genetics, early life experiences, hormones and toxins are all factors that may have contributed to your excess weight. But one of the most important risk factors affecting your weight is the influence of your gut and your gut’s microbiome.
At the Grewal Center for Mind Body Medicine, understanding what your microbiome does, can be the...
Why Toxins Make Losing Weight Hard
Did you know that chemicals impact your weight? You may be surprised by how many synthetic chemicals in your everyday life increase your chances of gaining and holding onto excess weight!
You might be exercising every day, eating healthier and managing your stress better than ever but you haven’t achieved your desired health and weight-loss results as soon as you hoped. Undermining all of your efforts are chemicals called ‘obesogens.’ Obesogens are environmental toxins that increase your sensitivity to gaining weight and make it harder to get rid of.
These toxins can be found in outdoor and indoor air pollution, foods and drinks, and common products and materials that you use every day. Not only do these toxins target your waistline and general well-being, they also adversely affect your appetite. With their heavy influence on your hormones, you may be susceptible to craving foods that are high in sugar and fats.
How Your Hormones Make You Heavy
Spring is upon us and you are wanting more energy and to be further along in your weight-loss goals. You see the summer clothes being advertised and decided that this year, you will wear the tank top or swimsuit with confidence. Despite eating healthy and working out your pant size has not shrunk and the heavy aura of fatigue and tiredness continues to hover over you.
So, what gives?
Your hormones can be the sneaky culprit underlying the fact that your hard work isn't paying off as fast as you hoped. There are plenty of fat-fighting foods and HIIT workouts to burn calories, but did you know that your hormones can be a roadblock to these attempts? Your hormones can either work for you or against you as you attempt to gain energy and lose weight.
Where does this start?
Your endocrine system contains different glands all throughout your body. It acts as the warehouse that employs glands to store and release your hormones in response to...