Could Sugar be Sabotaging Your Health?

When I was a kid, I figured my discernment would improve as I got older. Then as I got older, I realized that my discernment isn’t fancy: I simply am able to distinguish my inner divine voice from my inner saboteur— the voice of my ego or of grasping. For the next twenty- four hours, focus on your … [Read more...]

Why do Hormone Imbalances Happen?

Hormone imbalance stems from various factors. In fact, symptoms and sensations you might consider normal as an aging woman are actually from broken hormones that can easily be fixed with some lifestyle adjustments. Here are the main culprits causing hormonal troubles: Stress Hormone imbalance is far … [Read more...]

Six Tips for Better Sleep, Improved Detoxification, and Weight Loss

You already know the importance of sleep to your health. But did you know that sleep governs over 600 genes? Those include weight loss genes (such as CLOCK) as well as the genes that predict your risk of Alzheimer’s disease (APOE4). If you’re like me and have the variation of CLOCK, you need eight hours … [Read more...]

Kickstarting Health in the Gottfried Home: Our Morning Rituals

Do you race out of bed to get your morning caffeine, or do you meditate quietly for thirty minutes? Do you take the time to eat a nutritious breakfast, or consciously skip it as you rush out the door? What measurements or supplementation, if any, do you perform or take each morning? In the Gottfried … [Read more...]

‎5 Genes That Make It Hard to Lose Weight, and What You Can Do To Combat Them

Do you ever feel like you exercise and eat well, but don’t see positive results? I feel you. I've been there! The problem may be with your genes. As scientists look into weight-loss genes, they have found that people with variations of certain genes are more prone to put on weight than others. I know, … [Read more...]

How My Great-Grandmother Influenced My Functional Medicine Practice

My great-grandmother embodied healthy living. She was a whole foodist and yoga practitioner—way before these things were trendy. When she visited us, she came armed not with candies and gum like my friends' grandmothers, but with kale, carob, and wheat-berry cookies. She drank hot water with lemon every … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Health Lessons of the Year: HIIT, Blood Glucose, Divine Unrest and More!

As I close out this year and look toward next year, I want to continue what was good and improve upon it. I have a vision of myself, fully expressed, beaming love and kindness to my family, friends, and community. But I started the year not in that state. So I took the vision of my future self, and … [Read more...]