MFH Blog

Deep dives into the latest topics on Functional Medicine, health, wellness, and fun.

Let’s Talk Macros

Let's start by defining what a macro is. Macro is short for macronutrients, which are the three main nutrient food groups we consume daily; carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Examples of each are below: Carbohydrate: Pasta, rice, bread, root veggies, starchy veggies,...

How To Heal The Gut

We are often asked how we approach healing the gut...we’ll folks, the 5 R Protocol is the step by step process we take to help our patients find relief from uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms and improve their gut function long term. While the 5 R Protocol is...

What is our Estrobolome?

I am sure you are familiar with the microbiome, but have you heard of the human estrobolome? Yep, we've all got one! Our estrobolome is a branch of the microbiome. It's a collection of bacteria that is dedicated to maintaining estrogen balance. Metabolizing and...

Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread

Often we are the meanies who have to tell someone they need to modify their diet and, in some cases, go gluten-free. Take it from me, I know how hard it can be to make dietary changes. When I was encouraged to go gluten-free during my own personal functional medicine...

Our Little Rainbow

For years as an adolescent girl, I was told how easy it is to get pregnant and that birth control was the answer to ensure no “accidents'' happened. Over five years ago, my husband and I unlearned what we always thought to be true, and realized just how difficult...

Salty Maple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (GF)

In our recent post titled, The Truth About Sugar we explained the inflammatory reaction that occurs in the body when highly-processed refined sugar is consumed. When sugar is consumed regularly this is where we can end up with a full-fledged systemic inflammatory...

Tame Your Seasonal Allergies Naturally

For anyone who has suffered from allergies, sometimes the beauty of spring and the new blooms and colors are not always welcomed. Even though it signals the end of winter and warmer, longer days ahead, for some of us, it can be the start of many irritating symptoms....

The Truth About Sugar

I think we would all be hard-pressed to say we have never craved sugar, gotten excited about having a freshly baked cookie, or looked forward to getting a taste of birthday cake! In fact, sugar has been a part of people’s lives for centuries. Let’s face it. When we...

Mini Self-Care Checklist

For us, the two biggest takeaways from the pandemic thus far are… 1) People are innately kind and care about the well being of others. Healthcare workers are risking their lives, leaving their families and the comfort of their homes every day to battle the front lines...

Heathy Gut, Healthy Immune System

When you think of the immune system, do you also think about the gastrointestinal (GI) tract? Usually not, but little do most of us know that the GI tract and the immune system are heavily related. Our gut wall is home to 70% of the immune cells in our body, which is...

Microbiome: Part 2

If all disease begins in the gut, then that is where the healing should begin...Right?? It makes sense to us, which is why if someone has signs of an unhealthy gut we work to restore and repair their GI tract. Before we dive into how to improve the gut, first let’s...

Microbiome: Part 1

The father of medicine, Hippocrates, once said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Despite the hundreds of years that have passed since we are just now understanding the vital role that the gut microbiome has on our overall health. What Exactly is the Microbiome? The...