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Wild Rice Wellness Functional Medicine Blog

Welcome to the Wild Rice Wellness Functional Medicine Blog where, every week, I will be posting content and articles related to health and wellness using the latest evidence in Function and Integrative Medicine. Medicine is an ever evolving field and I strive to keep current with the latest in the literature which I plan to share here with you! If there is a topic you want to know more about feel free to send an e-mail ([email protected]) and I’ll be sure to add it to the my Functional Medicine Blog topics! To learn more about Wild Rice Wellness visit our FAQ page for more! One of my favorite resources for the latest evidenced-based medicine, where I completed my Functional Medicine training, is the Institute for Functional Medicine, click here to learn more. 

What Supplements can help with Sleep? Supplements can be a great short term solution to getting good sleep but most are best used for short periods while working on sleep hygiene that will ultimately be more beneficial in the long run (more on sleep hygiene here!). There are circumstances where sleep...

Top 10 Sleep Tips: Sleep Hygiene Techniques for Optimal Sleep  It is rare that I see a patient that doesn’t struggle with some aspect of sleep, whether falling asleep or staying asleep or simply not getting enough sleep. Last week I discussed the importance of sleep on every system in our...

Sleep Health Benefits: The Importance of Sleep Getting adequate restorative sleep is essential in maintaining optimal health. Sleep is important not only for physical health but also mental and emotional health, as well. Poor quality or inadequate sleep can have many consequences beyond feeling tired the following day. Lack of sleep...

Eat the Rainbow! Diversity in our diet is one key to a healthy gut microbiome and overall health (more on gut health here). Different foods offer different phytonutrients that are key to reducing inflammation, oxidation and the negative effects of aging. By incorporating a wide array of colors in the diet,...

We Want You To Know About Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy Our case and praise of pelvic floor physical therapy and why every mom should have access to it.  What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy and Who Should Seek It?  Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy is a subspecialty of physical therapy that focuses primarily on...

Nourishing Postpartum Foods There is a lot of talk about what foods are important for women to eat and what to avoid when she is pregnant but there is far less focus on what should be eaten after delivery to replenish our stores and maintain good milk supply with optimal nutrients....

The Pillars of Postpartum Wellness Nutrient supplementation in the form of vitamin and mineral supplements is often needed in the initial postpartum period in order to replenish nutrient stores but supplements alone will not fully improve symptoms of Postnatal Depletion (click the links more on Postnatal Depletion and Postpartum Nutrients). As...

Postpartum Nutrient Needs A big part of Postnatal Depletion Syndrome (for more info on Post Natal Depletion Syndrome, click here) is postpartum nutrient insufficiencies or deficiencies. There are many vitamins, minerals and nutrients which may be out of balance due to pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. These imbalances may contribute to many...

Postpartum Wellness Postpartum health is a topic I am infinitely passionate about and there is not enough focus on in conventional care.  Even as a medical provider, I found the postpartum period to be difficult to navigate, especially after my first baby. Between nutrient insufficiencies, thyroid disturbances, adrenal dysfunction and hormone imbalances,...