Probiotics, For Life

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Uncategorised

Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when consumed or applied to the body. Pro in latin means “for” and biotics means “pertaining to life”. They can be found in yogurt and other fermented foods, in supplements and even beauty products. Although people often think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful germs, many are actually …

The Immune System and Our Gut

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Uncategorised

The human gut is home to an enormous and complex community of microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – known as microbiota. This microbiota has co-evolved with its host over many years. In fact our first colonization of microflora happens at birth and is known as the microbial fingerprint!   The gut microbiota provides benefits to us in many …

Alka Practice For Inflammation

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Uncategorised

pH is a measure of how acidic/basic a solution is. The range goes from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A pH of less than 7 indicate acidity, whereas a pH of greater than 7 indicates a base/alkaline. Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled …

Inflammation in the Body

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Uncategorised

Inflammation is a fascinating process in which something marked as foreign triggers an immune response in an attempt to remove it from the body. Inflammation is at the root of many diseases and any condition that ends with “-itis” means there is inflammation. – Appendicitis (appendix) – Arthritis (joints) – Bronchitis (bronchioles of the lungs) – Colitis (colon, aka large …

Our Body Is a Garden

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Foundations For Health

“Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners.” – William Shakespeare Our body is a garden, and we are the gardeners. We are given the raw materials to work with and what we do with them is entirely up to us. As with any garden there is a beginning point, conception and lots of planning go into building a …

20 Tips to Boost Your Mood Naturally

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Mental Health

Some days staying positive and upbeat can feel like an uphill battle. Maybe it was a stressful day at work, a fight with a family member, or even just an off day (or year)! 2020 was a tough year no doubt and as we approach the middle of winter, winter blues on top can mean an all time low for …

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Nutrient Spotlight

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because it can be obtained from the sun and can physiologically brighten your day by affecting mood and neurological function – this is why we call it “D-Vine Sunshine”. It is well known for its benefit for bone health with osteoporosis, but research indicates that it has the potential to benefit many …

Back To School Anxiousness?

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Mental Health

As many are preparing to go back to school this year (or not), with things looking a little different this year, there is no doubt with this change and unknowing that anxiety starts to pop up. Feeling anxious is a normal feeling, especially at times of change or increased stress, BUT feeling anxious all the time and for a long …

Foundations For Health – Part 6

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Foundations For Health

So far I’ve talked about Diet and Nutrition, Digestive Health, Body Movement and Sleep as important foundations for health! Lastly, I would like to further the discussion of BALANCE  in terms of overall well-being. We often speak of having a balanced diet in terms of physical health, or having a good work-life balance when it comes to mental health. Even …

Foundations For Health – Part 5

Dr. Kate Kuntze, ND Foundations For Health

So far I’ve highlighted Nutrition/Diet, Digestive Health, and Body Movement/Exercise as important Foundations For Health. Next up – SLEEP! We tend to view sleep as a time when the body and mind shut down, but that’s not really the case, newer findings suggest sleep as an offline brain state. Many important processes happen during the time we are asleep, and it’s …