My Story: How Pregnancy Struggles Helped Me Reclaim My Health

Many of us practicing functional medicine have a personal health story that brought us here. My story became most apparent after pregnancy complications and recurrent miscarriage helped me to uncover underlying health issues associated with gut infections, food sensitivities, hypothyroidism and environmental toxins. I share my very personal experience because I want people who are struggling to know that there is hope. I want my patients to know that I can relate to what they are going through much of the time. I’ve been through a lot with my health – truly this story is just the beginning – and while it was a challenge, I’m thankful for the experience because it has made me a better physician.

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Ways to Support Your Health During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Written by: Alejandra Carrasco M.D. and Christine Maren D.O. We are facing a challenging and uncertain time. COVID-19 has thrown us for a loop, and you may be feeling vulnerable and overwhelmed. If you are in fear, you aren’t alone. But we want to encourage you to fight fear with facts, and find strength in […]

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A Functional Medicine Doctor’s Clean Beauty Routine

Through my own health journey, I came to an important conclusion: beauty is an inside job. When my health was at its worst, I had acne, rashes, bloating, weight gain, and inflammation. The glow was gone. Getting my health back was a long process that involved healing my gut with dietary changes, sleep, exercise, stress […]

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12 Tips for Surviving the Stomach Flu from a Doctor Mom

Acute gastroenteritis is commonly known as the “stomach flu,” but it’s not actually the flu at all. The most common cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S. is norovirus. Sometimes we prescribe medications to help with the nausea, but there is no magic bullet for viral gastroenteritis. My natural approach offers comfort and speeds recovery. Here are 12 simple tips to recover from the stomach flu.

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Eat These 10 Foods to Support Detoxification

Detoxification refers to your body’s ability to get rid of waste. If that is impaired, or if we are bombarded with too many toxins, we get sick. The liver is central to metabolic detoxification and dependent on adequate nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and protein. You can improve your body’s ability to detoxify by using key foods that help balance metabolic detoxification in the liver, and provide good fiber.  As an added benefit, this can help with weight loss, since resistant weight loss is often related to toxicity.

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Probiotic Supplements + Restoring Balance to the Microbiome

Probiotic supplements have become very popular – and with a good reason. They modulate the immune system through a variety of mechanisms and help restore balance to the gut microflora, referred to as the microbiome. But the market is flooded with choices, and choosing the best supplement is confusing. I’ve spent years researching this as both a clinician and as a patient with gastrointestinal issues, and I’ll share below what I’ve learned about probiotics.

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The Epidemic of Food Allergies & Sensitivities

We have en epidemic of food allergies and sensitivities in the country. When I was in second grade, my teachers doled out salted peanuts as a reward. Can you imagine? It’s now the norm that classrooms are strictly nut-free because there’s at least one child who has a dangerous, even life-threatening reaction. That’s a food allergy. But food sensitivities like gluten intolerance are also a growing concern. They are a cause of chronic disease, a sign that something in our environment has gone awry, and a problem that should be taken seriously.

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Lebanese Tabbouleh | with Gluten-free + Grain-free Options

Quinoa is a gluten free grain with a lot of protein, fiber, folate, iron and magnesium. It’s one of a few plant-based complete proteins. Did you know it’s a relative of Swiss chard, spinach and beets? This take on middle eastern tabbouleh pairs great with lamb. 

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Flu Season: 10 Natural Remedies You’ll Find in My Medicine Cabinet to Fight Influenza

Many of us have been hit hard with the flu. This season my daughter became very ill overnight with influenza A. I attribute her quick recovery to the many natural remedies we used at home. The rest of us stayed healthy, as well, likely in part to natural medicine. Want to know my secret weapons? Read on.

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Addicted to Sugar: Sugar excess, food addiction, and a guide to help you navigate added sugars

The massive intake of sugar in this country is one of the main drivers of chronic disease. Just like drug addiction, sugar causes real “food addiction” in some people, making it hard to stop. And how much is too much? In this article, I’ll explain the evidence and help you set a reasonable goal for daily sugar intake. You’ll also get access to a guide to help you make smart decisions about how much added sugar you consume on a daily basis.

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How to Cook Your Way to Better Health (Even if You’re Busy!)

If you’re headed into the New Year with a plan to live healthier, start by cooking more meals at home. Home cooked meals are more nutrient dense and have fewer calories. I think that’s obvious, but a study from Johns Hopkins University published in 2015 backs it up. The study showed that home cooks consume fewer calories and less sugar. Interestingly, cooking at home was also associated with lower calorie intake when eating out.

But I get it – feeding your family home cooked meals is no easy task. Even harder when you have a J-O-B. Here’s how I do it.

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Strawberry Vanilla Chia Pudding

This sweet vanilla pudding with tart berries is simple to make, great for digestion and full of healthy fats. Enjoy it for breakfast or even dessert.

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Curry Chicken Salad

This recipe was inspired by my favorite restaurant in Boulder called The Kitchen. My 4 year old loves this dish and calls this “the yellow one” because of the turmeric. I sneak turmeric in wherever I can. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, and is one of my favorite healing spices.  

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Nourishing Vegetable Soup

This is one of my favorite ways to use us all of the organic vegetables from our weekly CSA box. It’s extra nourishing with bone broth.

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Chocolate Chia Pudding⎢Gluten-free & Dairy-free

This chia pudding is simple to prepare, gluten-free and dairy-free. It makes a powerhouse breakfast, and you can even call it dessert. I love it, and so does my little girl!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Two little ones at home means my slow cooker is getting some action these days. I can’t say I love many slow cooker recipes, but this one is a favorite. I like the shredded chicken and it’s reminiscent of tortilla soup. Best of all, it takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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I'm Dr. Christine Maren, a board-certified functional medicine physician and mother of three. I advocate for real food, healthy living, and clean beauty. I think physicians should be role models when it comes to nutrition and healthy living. This is where I share that passion. Thanks for joining me!

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