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What’s Poop Got to do With it?


Written by: Christine Schoenek, ND

This content is from the March 2017 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine

Do you experience brain fog, unexplained headaches, joint pain, skin rashes or eczema, mood swings, or fatigue? These are just a few of the many symptoms that can be caused by leaky gut and food sensitivities. 

Many health practitioners believe the gastrointestinal tract is central to our overall health and wellbeing. Anatomically, it is a tube that runs through the middle of us, acting very much like our skin, protecting us from outside invaders, wastes, and toxins. Nothing is truly inside the body until the GI tract allows it pass through into the bloodstream.  Along with this very important function, the GI tract also contributes largely to our immune system, produces many neurotransmitters that influence mood, is responsible for breaking down foods that provide us with health-promoting nutrients, is home to trillions of beneficial bacteria, and eliminates much of our waste. It’s no wonder that gut health can have such a profound impact how we feel. Continue Reading

Nutrigenomics: Choosing Foods According to Your Genes

Written by: Dave Johnson, MD Left out of the conversation within the never ending dietary hype and promotion, is the fact that there are individual genetic variations that can affect how people respond to the foods, beverages, and supplements they consume. An emerging field of nutrigenomics is beginning to reveal these variable responses and how… Continue Reading

7 Approaches to Better Your Relationship

This content is from the January 2017 issue of Women’s LifeStyle Magazine by Kerry Hart, LLMFT Invest in a better future for yourself by devoting time to your relationship. When you’re in a romantic relationship, a good deal of your happiness depends on how that relationship is going. Beat the odds by taking a more… Continue Reading

Introducing Elina Organic’s Crushed Pearl Makeup

Did you know, the United States of America allows more toxins in their cosmetic products than any other country in the world?  The FDA states, “Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate… Continue Reading

6 Tips to Handle a Family Member Who Drinks Too Much

This content is from the November, 2016 issue of Women’s LifeStyle Magazine by Kerry Hart, LLMFT, Couple and Family Therapist  With the holiday season upon us, you may be excited about the fun you expect to have at upcoming holiday parties. Some families may not be as excited, as they may have family members that… Continue Reading

Why Choose Holistic Skin Care

My name is Lauren Ramey and I am a holistic Esthetician, meaning I work with non-toxic products and I do not practice invasive skin care treatments. What makes holistic and organic non-toxic treatments unique to the esthetic industry? Why choose to go the holistic skin care route? See my reasons below. “It is unfortunate, that laws governing… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Spice Three Easy Ways

Written By: Andrea Hop, Health Coach We start to feel a cool tinge to the air and the leaves begin their yearly change from green to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges, and we realize fall has come again. Thanks to Starbucks, many people think the fall season is actually a Pumpkin Spice extended holiday.  Well,… Continue Reading

A Collaborative Approach to Holistic Health Care

Written by: Dave Johnson, MD, Jennifer Kurinsky, ND & Christine Schoenek, ND We at Grand Rapids Natural Health want you to know that your health is our mission. Our holistically oriented health care practitioners come from a variety of healing approaches including; naturopathic medicine, counseling, health coaching, massage therapy, skin care and now integrative medicine, with… Continue Reading