All posts by Amy Guinther

Customized Weight Loss Programs: How Genetics Affect Weight

Weight Loss Programs and Problems

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When it comes to weight loss many factors come into play. We all know that diet and exercise are two important factors, but they are not the only ones. When it comes to weight loss resistance, i.e. the inability to drop weight despite your best efforts, many things need to be considered. Some of these may include food sensitivities, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal dysfunction, dysglycemia (poor sugar handling) to name a few. Continue reading Customized Weight Loss Programs: How Genetics Affect Weight

Weight Loss Tips to Improve Blood Sugar Control, PCOS & Fertility

Happy New Year!  The holidays and all the decadence that often comes with them are behind us, literally and figuratively…  As a result, for many people the new year often comes with the goal to drop a few pounds.  Below you will find my general dietary recommendations that I share with people every day in my practice.  These recommendations are helpful for weight loss and signs of blood sugar instability, such as cravings for carbohydrates and sugar or fatigue after eating.   I am a firm believer in making life style changes for more effective weight loss, rather than trying the newest fad diet.  These recommendations may also be helpful for my overweight fertility clients with PCOS as scientific studies have shown that women with PCOS can regain ovulation, menstrual regularity and decrease insulin by losing 5-10% of their body weight. Continue reading Weight Loss Tips to Improve Blood Sugar Control, PCOS & Fertility

Functional Fertility: Part 1- Food Sensitivities

When it comes to fertility challenges or the label “infertility,” it can be much more complicated than egg and sperm quality or uterine linings. Fertility can be affected by the foods we eat, our immune systems, life stress and structural imbalances to name a few.

Today, we look at food and how it affects fertility. Most of you are already aware of the obvious things when it comes to diet, such as limiting sugar and processed foods, avoiding alcohol and eliminating caffeine. However, many people don’t realize that food sensitivities, even to healthy food items, can impair fertility. Continue reading Functional Fertility: Part 1- Food Sensitivities

Gluten & Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: What is the Connection?

It is estimated that 90% (1) of hypothyroid cases are autoimmune related. Autoimmune conditions occur when the body misfires its immune response, and makes the target certain tissues in the body. In autoimmune thyroid disease, the target is your thyroid gland, which is disrupted in its ability to secrete thyroid hormones properly. You are probably wondering why your doctor never mentioned this. Continue reading Gluten & Autoimmune Thyroid Disease: What is the Connection?

The Miracle of Magnesium

Many who see me professionally know that one of my favorite supplements to recommend is magnesium. It is a mineral that has become depleted in our soils and food supply leading to widespread deficiency.

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Magnesium is a mineral that is required for 325 enzymatic processes in the body, including the creation of energy by the activation of ATP, our fundamental energy storage molecule. It is nature’s muscle relaxant. When there is excess calcium in the cell and insufficient magnesium, cramping, twitching and spasms occur. Continue reading The Miracle of Magnesium

Organic Acids: A Picture of Cellular Health

Are you feeling a change in your energy levels? Do you find yourself craving sugar or caffeine as an afternoon pick me up? Are you gaining weight or unable to lose weight, despite proper diet and exercise? Are you experiencing anxiety or depression? Have you lost your mojo?

The fact is, there can be numerous reasons for all these complaints. We now offer a great test for screening a variety of complaints, called Organic Acid Testing. Continue reading Organic Acids: A Picture of Cellular Health

Can Foods Contribute to Infertility?

Found this question and answer in The New York Times and found it interesting.

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Dr. Sheila Crowe, a professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology in the department of medicine at the University of Virginia, recently joined the The New York Times Consults blog to answer reader questions about celiac disease, an often overlooked digestive disorder that causes damage to the small intestine when gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, is eaten. Continue reading Can Foods Contribute to Infertility?

Functional Fertility: Optimizing Reproductive Health Naturally

Recent statistics show that 1 in 6 couples of childbearing age are experiencing infertility issues. Statically, female factor accounts for 1/3, male factor accounts for 1/3 and both male and female account for 1/3 of couples struggling. We are offering a new service to help people in the area as well as those outside of Madison who are struggling with reproductive issues. After treating hundreds of people in our clinic, we have identified certain functional medicine tests that uncover hidden health issues affecting one’s fertility. Continue reading Functional Fertility: Optimizing Reproductive Health Naturally