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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
July 16, 2020

Is a nutritional deficiency impacting your mental health?

With depression and anxiety on the rise, Functional Medicine can help you unlock key nutritional deficiencies to boost your mental health Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, mental health was already one of the nation’s top health concerns. Today, we…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
June 30, 2020

Is *fill-in-the-blank* stressing you out?

Cortisol, the stress hormone, increases with perceived threats. This a good thing when it comes to immediate danger and our natural “fight or flight” response. Working alongside adrenaline, cortisol prompts our bodies to appropriately react. In a stressful situation, you…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
June 29, 2020

Are you getting enough of this sleep supporting nutrient?

Magnesium may be a miracle nutrient for those suffering from poor sleep or stress. (It’s also does wonders for post workout soreness!) Found in dark leafy greens, legumes and nuts, wheat and grains, fish, and even dark chocolate, magnesium promotes…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
April 30, 2020

Treating Spring Allergies Amid COVID-19

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, staying healthy and managing symptoms this spring amid COVID-19 is top of mind. At Aligned Modern Health, our doctors offer natural treatments that can relieve common allergy symptoms without the side-effects of conventional options.…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
March 25, 2020

Guide to Freezing Vegetables

Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and fiber. They contain a lot of vitamins and minerals which keep your body in tip-top shape including support for your immune system, hormone production, and every other biochemical reaction needed for optimal…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
March 18, 2020

Viramax: Our Immunity Boosting Supplement

Amid high-demand, we are proud to offer you affordable, accessible, professional-grade supplements. To best support our patients and surrounding community, we have extended a 10% discount on all supplements and herbs. Walk-ins are welcome in our clinic for purchase/pick-up of…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
February 25, 2020

Let the Good Times Roll | Fat Tuesday

When it comes to a little indulgence, our Functional Medicine docs say that sometimes it’s best to let the good times roll! Or “laissez les bon temps rouler” as our friends in Nola would say today. The Functional Medicine lifestyle…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
January 17, 2020

Flu Seasons Surprises: Mismatched Flu Shot, Influenza B Concerns

The most certain thing about the flu season is its unpredictability. Because different strains circulate each year, creating the best vaccine is essentially an educated guessing game. This year, medical communities are concerned that the strain of flu (influenza B)…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
November 5, 2019

Fall Health Checklist | Building Balance and Healthy Habits this Season

Knowing how to prepare your body for the fall (and that other season that shall not be named) can keep you thriving amid a season of common ailments. We’ve put together a checklist of what you should be staying on…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
October 31, 2019

Medical Mysteries Behind Halloween Characters

Halloween may seem like a random day of fun and spooky fantasy, but the folklore behind the holiday is steeped in medical mystery! With the help of MDLinx, we’ve taken a closer look at some of our favorite freakish characters…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
October 30, 2019

Having a FaBOOlously Healthy Halloween

Between the sugar binges and boozy bashes, healthy habits might not be top of mind during Halloween celebrations. Thanks to MDLinx and our Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition team, we’ve uncovered some spook-free stats that will ease your fears when…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
October 1, 2019

Why is the most common hormone disorder so often under-diagnosed for women?

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition that occurs in about 9 to 21% of women who are of reproductive age. The phrase "polycystic ovary syndrome" is not really accurate in describing this condition because it implies that the…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 28, 2019

5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Omega 3 Fatty Acids

We’ve all heard the good news, that healthy fats should be added to your daily diet. Omega 3 fatty acids are “good fats” whose most well known active forms include EPA and DHA (together these two can majorly help reduce…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 27, 2019

Functional Medicine Tips to Beating Period Pains

You think we’d be used to it by now. Yet every month, many of us find ourselves feeling helpless at the mercy of cramps, nausea, bloating, mood swings, fatigue, and other various period pains. Instead of relying on over the…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 27, 2019

Top 5 Signs You Have a Magnesium Deficiency

A significant magnesium deficiency won’t necessarily rear its ugly head immediately, but when it does make its presence felt, the issues that arise are certainly to be taken seriously. This powerhouse mineral heroically multitasks managing nerve and muscle function, regulating…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 26, 2019

Brain Fog’s 4 Most Common Causes

What we recognize as “brain fog” may not actually sound like a defined “condition” to some people so much as simply being inherently a bit oblivious. Everyone muddles through an occasional absent-minded day or two, right? Let’s try something. Ask…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 19, 2019

7 Signs You Have SIBO

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth is an increase in bacteria in the small bowel. This overgrowth can lead to improper digestion and malabsorption of nutrients. This can damage the small bowel mucosa, which can lead to leaky gut and other complications…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionRecipes
August 15, 2019

Taste of Summer – 10 Recipes That Bring Out Summer

Summer is here and it is the perfect time to include the fresh, in-season produce in your meals that are light and refreshing. Summer is the time for fun activities and to spend outdoors, grilling without spending a lot of…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 9, 2019

The Difference Between Medical Grade Supplements Vs. Store-Bought Over the Counter Ones

When it comes to knowing the different between pharmaceuticals supplements versus over the counter ones, it’s simple – over the counter ones aren’t regulated by the government. When you’re taking supplements to enhance or to repair your health, you should…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
August 8, 2019

Immune Health and Zinc Support

Winter is coming! Alongside winter there are sinus infections, the flu, ear infections, colds, and strep! A simple support to build up a reliable defense against all this is an adequate zinc status. The connection between zinc deficiency and susceptibility…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionNutrition
July 29, 2019

What a Nutritionist Buys at the Farmer’s Market

When the weather starts to turn warmer, Farmer’s Markets start popping up around in area neighborhoods This is great news because eating locally-grown, in-season foods is not only good for you but also good for the environment and the community.…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
July 28, 2019

Celebrities try Meat Free Mondays

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have an enlightened solution for starting their week on a refreshingly healthy note: Meat Free Monday. The “Toy Story” franchise icon and his wife of 31 years are keeping their Mondays strictly vegetarian to commemorate…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
July 28, 2019

Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of incredible growth by the human body. That growth comes with increased nutritional needs, including protein, essential fatty acids, folate, and calcium to name a few. Meeting increased protein needs (recommendations range from 70-100 g protein…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
July 8, 2019

What every 20-Something Needs to Know About Their Hormones

Your hormones play an important role in everyday life. It can be one of the first measurable markers when you are experiencing stress, changes in mood, libido, and reproduction. Stress can be physical, mental, or emotional. Stress can wreak havoc…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
July 8, 2019

Is Dragon Fruit the New Celery Juice?

Why are dragon fruit and celery juice currently the most discussed and trendy health topics?  What do an old familiar vegetable and a fairly new exotic fruit have in common?  How do they differ? And most importantly, what properties do…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
June 28, 2019

Hidden Health Benefits of Magnesium

Magnesium is easily the most beneficial mineral emphasized in far too few diets. Despite its crucial role healthy bodily functions, experts estimate that around 80 percent of adults don’t take in nearly enough of this vital powerhouse found highly concentrated…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
June 27, 2019

Kombucha Controversies

Kombucha is an ancient concoction that is currently becoming well-known and very popular. This fizzy, tangy drink has an extensive history and has been long cherished for its healing properties. Originating in China around 220 B.C.,  kombucha was discovered by,…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
June 17, 2019

Monday Motivation with Dr. Nicole Maholy, DC, CNS, LDN

Looking for some Monday Motivation? Dr. Nicole Maholy, DC, CNS, LDN, our Streeterville Functional Medicine Provider is here to help! Did you know your gut can impact your immune system, hormones, skin, brain function, and so much more? This is…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
March 28, 2019

Avoiding Dietary Triggers that Compromise Your Immune System

While external factors like pollen, mold and weather can affect our immune systems, especially in the height of allergy season, making choices as to what we put inside our bodies can weaken our body’s chances at providing resistance to infection…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
March 15, 2019

How Does a Functional Medicine Physician Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day?

Saint Patrick’s Day can be one of the crazier holidays in Chicago. For some of us, we struggle with how to enjoy the holiday, but not feel the hangover 1-2 days after. (A hangover doesn’t always just result from alcohol…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
January 3, 2019

Keep your 2019 Goals on Track with Functional Medicine

Keep your 2019 goals on track with Functional Medicine As we ring in the New Year, many of us decide to make health changes related to our diets and weight loss. While our intentions towards better health may be sincere,…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
January 3, 2019

Berry Green Detox Smoothie

Trying to reset yourself in 2019? Many people undergo an annual detox to gain energy, lose weight, improve their immune system, and boost overall body efficiency! Our 21-Day Detox includes everything you need to detox safely and effectively - with…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
December 20, 2018

Naughty and Nice Foods for the Holidays

As we near the final stretch of the holiday season, it’s inevitable that a few tempting foods might sneak into your plate.  Even if you’ve fallen off track, you don’t have to wait until New Years to entertain your health goals. …
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionRecipes
November 21, 2018

Sautéed Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

Holiday meals are meant for celebration, which can often result in us overindulging a little too much! Many traditional dishes are infamous for leaving us feeling bloated, fatigued, and inflamed. Why not let your body feel festive and amazing throughout…
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November 5, 2018

Food Sensitivity Testing | Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition

Food Sensitivity Testing | Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3AvuLqrixo Here at Aligned Modern Health, we want to help you get to the root cause of your issues. Sometimes this means completing a comprehensive test with our Functional Medicine at…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition
October 3, 2018

Recovery for Runners Starts Before the Race!

The closer we get to the marathon starting line, the more likely you’re already dreaming of crossing the finish line into a recovery fueled by delicious food. It is inevitable that inflammation will affect your body after the 26.2 mile…
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Gluten Free
Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
June 26, 2018

Key Nutrients to Consider if You Are Thinking of Going Gluten-Free

Following a certain diet "just because" can lead to imbalances in nutrition and put you at risk for serious health challenges. While there are many benefits to a gluten-free lifestyle, it's important to understand that it may not be for…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur BlogRecipes
December 11, 2017

Your Simple Mills’ Holiday Recipe Book Is Here!

Simple Mills and Aligned Modern Health’s Functional Medicine have teamed up to help you give the Simple Gift of Health to yourself and your loved ones this season. We've put together our favorite delicious, nutritionally-focused recipes for the season accompanied by…
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10 Best Foods for Spring Health
Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
May 15, 2015

10 Best Foods for Spring Health and Immunity

The weather is changing, and for the better! Flowers are blooming, the days are warmer and longer…how can you not be excited about spending your lunches outside in the park? But along with the changing temperatures comes the risk of…
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Functional Medicine & Clinical NutritionOur Blog
March 31, 2015

Thyroid Testing and Functional Medicine

Without thyroid testing, it can be hard to tell if you have thyroid abnormalities on your own. You might feel run down and tired, or be experiencing "brain fog." You might be gaining weight, pregnant, or experiencing hair loss. Other…
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