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Overtraining: Too much of a good thing

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By DR. TRACY McALVANAH Mary was a mother of two who began a vigorous exercise program of weight lifting and running, one to two hours a day, six days a week. Not only did she fail to lose weight, she actually gained weight, and found herself battling fatigue, irritability, and constant colds and flus. As… Continue reading

Adrenals often the wrong target with chronic stress.

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By DR. TRACY McALVANAH When stress levels go too high, the first thing many in the alternative health do is support the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized glands that sit atop each kidney and secrete stress hormones. Popular supplements include adrenal glandulars (adrenal tissue from animals), minerals, B vitamins, and a variety of herbs… Continue reading

Got PMS? Stress could be robbing your body of progesterone

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By DR. TRACY McALVANAH It’s the time of the month that so many women dread, the PMS days. For some, premenstrual syndrome is simply an irritating inconvenience, but for others it is a cause of extreme suffering. Yet because it is so common, many women don’t take PMS seriously, even though the effect on their… Continue reading

Lack of sleep; early mornings cause gene changes.

Annoyed young woman covering her ears with a pillow due to sleeping next to her man's snoring.

By DR. TRACY MCALVANAH We all want enough sleep so we’re less cranky and more alert. We want it for our kids too. But recent research found an even more important reason: Sleeping less than six hours a night for one week can lead to more than 700 changes in the way our genes behave. Among these… Continue reading

Do you start each day with a cup of FEAR?

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By DR. TRACY MCALVANAH Do you start your mornings with your treasured “cup of fear?” As far as your body is concerned, that lovely and seemingly harmless cup of coffee could be tantamount to getting mugged or running from a hungry lion. The physiological reactions caused by caffeine that jumpstart you in the morning are… Continue reading

How stressed are you? An Adrenal Stress Index can show you

Stressed young woman with headache and sore throat.

By Dr. Tracy McAlvanah It’s a constant refrain: We’re too stressed out. But how stressed out are we really? An adrenal saliva test can tell you whether your cortisol (the stress hormone) is too high or too low, whether your circadian rhythm (the sleep-wake cycle) is normal, and also pinpoint the cause of your symptoms:… Continue reading

7 Things that cause Adrenal Fatigue

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By Dr. Tracy McAlvanah Feel tired all the time? You may suffer from adrenal fatigue or adrenal imbalance, a condition in which the body has difficulty meeting the demands of everyday stress. Adrenal fatigue is often associated with too much stress from a busy lifestyle and lack of sleep, however other factors may lead to adrenal fatigue.… Continue reading

How Stress Harms the Body

Stressed Afro-American woman suffering from headache.

By DR. TRACY McALVANAH Approximately two-thirds of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related complaints!    Stress is the body’s reaction to any situation that is demanding or dangerous. When we experience stress, the body responds by making adrenal hormones (such as epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol) that help your body cope. Commonly called the “fight or flight” response,… Continue reading

STRUGGLE WITH FATIGUE? Look for the underlying causes.

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By Dr. TRACY McALVANAH Do you feel like you’re tired all the time and depend on caffeine to function? Do you feel you always need extra sleep and never feel rested? Feeling tired all the time is a symptom of a larger problem, and a cue from your body you need to address an underlying health… Continue reading

Welcome Dr. Tracy McAlvanah!

Dr. Tracy McAlvanah

After a protracted search… An additional Functional Medicine Practitioner is here! We are growing!   We are excited to share that a fantastic Functional Medicine Practitioner has joined our family at Nova Clinic!  That means that we have more capacity to help more people! We want you to know that we waited patiently for a provider that… Continue reading

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