The digestive system houses a large portion of our immune system so keeping it healthy is crucial. Dr. Maura discusses the science behind this and her recommendations for optimizing immunity through the gut. #BeWell Dr. Maura
Welcome to Quick Questions. Today’s question is from my patient David who asks, “How do you choose a probiotic? There’s so many. How do you choose the right one?” Here are my top three tips. First, look for a probiotic that contains multiple strains of two species of probiotic. One is lactobacillus, the other is bifidobacterium. And look for a probiotic that has between 1 and 10 billion CFU per… Read More
In Quick Questions, we explore a topic brought to me by someone in my practice. This one is from my patient Jennifer who asks about thyroid function. She feels tired and sluggish, but all of her thyroid labs come back normal, so what’s the story? We as naturopaths look a little bit below the surface when it comes to thyroid function, and the first thing you want to really pay… Read More
I’m perpetually inspired by my female patients: successful, interesting, socially and culturally engaged women who know their minds, and their bodies. Many of these women focus on their professional lives and hold off on having children until their late thirties and early forties, so I end up talking a lot with patients about getting their bodies in shape for pregnancy later in life. I practice in New York City, which… Read More
Many of you have asked me about the current season of the flu. I always encourage you to get educated so you can make smart, informed decisions about your health. But confusion and misinformation about the flu abounds. What exactly is the flu, how long does it last and how is it spread? What is the flu vaccine and does it work? Should I get vaccinated and should I vaccinate… Read More
What is SIBO? Small intestine bacterial overgrowth and how to get rid of it.
This video is about The 4Rs: Part 2
I continue to blog about herbal medicine over at The Huffington Post because I’m passionate about healing people with gentle, non-toxic and natural plants, given to us by the earth. Herbs really do have incredibly healing properties, no more so than when it comes to thyroid, and specifically autoimmune thyroid disease. Read on for my top picks for herbal medicine to treat autoimmune disease of the thyroid, otherwise known as Hashimoto’s disease.
In my last video, I described leaky gut and its connection with a variety of conditions from skin issues to autoimmune disease to weight gain. If your gut is in a state of impermeability, it does not have to remain that way. Leaky gut is treatable and the first step toward treating much of the chronic problems I see in my practice. We naturopaths use use something called the 4R approach… Read More
In my practice, I treat a wide variety of conditions including thyroid disease, autoimmune illness, rheumatoid arthritis, food sensitivities, eczema and metabolic issues. What do they all have in common? Intestinal permeability, or leaky gut. Research around leaky gut has existed for decades but it’s an often-overlooked cause of chronic imbalance in the body. In this next video in my gut health series, I explain: exactly what leaky gut is,… Read More