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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Wellness Magazine in the Palm Beaches

JANUARY 2014

PUBLISHER Meric Tunca

ART DIRECTOR Ferah Temel

The Banzai Spirit Hello, Banzai readers! Fitness centers become as crowded as Costco parking lots this month. Chiropractic and soothing massage appointments are booked. Doctors of all sorts see a spike in the number of patients. That’s because nearly everyone has resolved to feel better, to take better care of themselves – inside and out. All of these resolutions are made in good conscience. We don’t always succeed. But failure is an opportunity to try again. Those fitness centers become less and less crowded as the early months of the new year progress and we keep on trying to be the best we can to be.

EDITOR Myles Ludwig

MARKETING Rona Klein (561)306-0778

CORPORATE OFFICE Barbara Silver (561)667-1356

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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Ecem Adiloglu Saajida Shakeer Ellis Carole Lynn Grant Krista Martinelli Sandra Axelrod Jessica K. Mullendore Helen Strauss

COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Gonzalo J. Nunez G25 Inc. Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY Dana France of Sugarbelle Tracy Trevorrow Meric Tunca

Sharon Peeples

Banzai Wellness magazine has made some resolutions for the 2014. Although this is our fourth year of publication, we believe we’re poised on the edge of a breakthrough. We’re making changes in our content and in our design, changes intended to reinforce the Banzai spirit of wellness. This first issue of the new year features a story about Olimpia Zuccarelli and her family restaurant which has been a flavorful fixture of the area’s culinary scene for some 32 years and is still cooking up some of the best. As she says, her dishes are made with heart and soul.

“POISED ON THE EDGE OF also find some helpful ideas about how A BREAK- You’ll to keep your pets trim, nutritional hints to reTHROUGH” live the stress of the holidays, how you might

deal with headaches, and the healthy values of tasty turmeric and a gentle method of chiropractic...

You may notice some small changes in the way we look. There will be more to come. In the meantime, you can count on us to provide you with the best in health and wellness in the Banzai spirit. We know you mean well and we’d like to help you feel well.

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IF I COULD TAKE YOUR HAND IN MINE By Arlene J. Sherman • Stress Management Consultant, Certified Hypnotist, Addiction Recovery Coach at Angel’s Recovery

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f I could take your hand in mine, I would. I would try with all my heart to convince you that lasting recovery is attainable. I would cry with you when you relapse, laugh with you through your tears when you say you’d try again. I know recovery is hard. I would agree that temptation and opportunity are everywhere. I know you are right when you say it is so easy to just give in, give up, and have some peace for a little while. How can anything be so easy and so hard at the same time? I would offer my hand, my hope, my help.

You might find that a particular person causes cravings.

We know there is a voice in your head that wants you to use. This voice speaks up whenever anything is not going your way. It speaks up at the slightest reminder of old ways to cope, to feel. It speaks up when you least expect it. This voice is persistent, stubborn, and strong. This voice has had its way with you for a long time and is not about to back off without a fight.

You do not have to write volumes. Just get into the habit of writing something every night. I will suggest a format for the journal that may well turn out to be a bonanza of clues for your consideration.

But, this voice is not the only voice in your head. There is a new voice beginning to make itself heard. It’s still a small voice, a little unsure, but remember, the magnificent oak started as a little acorn.

SO, LET’S START. Keeping a journal lets you find the needle in the haystack. Keeping a journal lets you go on a fact-finding mission.

Maybe there is a certain circumstance that turns on the urge. Subtleties manifest cravings just as strongly as do the blatant occurrences. A journal can identify experience from past entries that take on real meaning. A thread of sameness can show up after several weeks of journaling that would have been missed without this documentation.

Aside from journaling feelings and circumstances, you can get a real feel for times of the day when you might be susceptible, or perhaps it might even be lack of sleep or not finding time to eat or any number of other situations and things that can trigger urges. Seemingly simple things can cause stress, and not managing stress is the number one reason for relapse.

When you are in a high–risk situation and you have journaled about how you successfully maneuvered yourself to a safe place, it is empowering to remind yourself of these wins. Reading about past successes reinforces future behavior. If you see how you have won once, for sure you can win again. No journal entry is to be dismissed as not important enough. This is you simply reporting the news. We are not looking for an editorial. Look upon your journal as a book of clues. With the right amount of clues, any mystery can be solved. Everyone’s story is different. Everyone’s journal is different. What is the same, is that all journals are a view into the recent past, which without writing it down can murky with the passing of time. Any format you use is fine. Make a line across the middle of the page from side to side. Then make five columns starting at the top, but only going down to that middle line in the center of the page. The first four columns should be very slim. Label those four as: (1) day/date; (2) location, AM or PM; (3) whom you were with; and (4) craving y/n, and then the fifth column, which is really wide, should be labeled why. The why column should state why you feel the way you do, good and bad. One page per day is a minimum requirement. A pattern will emerge with time. Along with whatever you write in the bottom half of the space, make it a promise to include in that bottom section a great reason for staying in recovery. Do not fail to do this. It matters.

YOU MATTER!

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A Bad Headache Can Ruin Everything

chiropractors can help relieve the pain A severe, unexpected headache can make everything look grim. It can be a very debilitating experience. True, aspirin or ibuprofen can sometimes provide temporary relief, but recurring headaches need a different kind of care because they are often the result of muscle spasms. These can be treated by chiropractors.

Common causes of these kinds of headaches can be stress-related, a result of improper neck alignment and strain, visual issues, high blood pressure, hormonal changes, some medications and TMJ. Many of the most common types, including tension and cervicogenic headaches, some types of migraines, others that originate from neck and associated structural misalignment…and even nutrition can be treated by chiropractor care that focuses on the close relationship between the bones, muscles and nerves. If any part of that relationship is disturbed, it can result in dysfunction and discomfort, creating a domino effect that can eventually bring on a mind-boggling headache. Chiropractors aim to heal this by restoring the body’s natural balance, structure, and optimal nervous system function, dealing with the underlying issues. Some easy things can often help decrease headaches.

By Dr. Arianne Weiss

1. Increase water intake 2. Try not to sit in one position or stair at something for more than 20-minutes without at least a 30-second break 3. Try to avoid teeth grinding or clenching; relax the jaw 4. Take a 20-minute walk 5. Decrease sugar and salt intake 6. Take some time for meditation, yoga and stretching Weiss Family Chiropractic Center, custom-tailors care to a patient’s specific needs with a variety of techniques: chiropractic care, massage therapy, acupuncture, trigger point therapy, manual release, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, nutrition, kinesiology taping (those colorful tapes that Olympic Beach Volleyball players sported) and more.

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Pet Fit

IS YOUR PET OVERWEIGHT?

According to a recent survey of veterinarians, 54% of our pets are overweight.

likely to develop diabetes as a complication oftheir obesity. “

“More and more of our pets are entering into the highest danger zone for weightrelated disorders.” says Ward.

An online poll conducted by APOP found 93 percent of all dog and cat owners gave treat, often three or more times a day.

Some of the common weight-related conditions in dogs and cats include osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, breathing problems, kidney disease, and shortened life expectancy. Orthopedic surgeon and Director of Clinical Research at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Steve Budsberg said, “the prevention of obesity needs to be at the forefront of all discussions people have about the health of their pet with their veterinarian. The body of evidence that shows the negative impact of obesity on all the body’s systems is overwhelming.

“Treats are the silent saboteur of slimming down,” said Ward. But only “49 percent of surveyed cat owners reported their veterinarian had discussed obesity and excess weight with them compared to 72 percent of dog owners.” • 41.1 million dogs are overweight or obese ; 47.3 million cats are overweight or obese • Only 8 percent of dog owners and 9 percent of cat owners classified their pet as obese in the study. That’s less than half the actual figures determined by survey veterinarians. “The fact that few pet owners admit their pet is obese leads to a lack of interest in helping their pet lose

“The most distressing finding…was the fact that more pet owners are unaware their pet is overweight.” noted Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) founder Dr. Ernie Ward who said, “22

“As an orthopedic surgeon I see… the effects of obesity on dogs and cats with osteoarthritis. It is very frustrating to see how much pain and discomfort excess weight has on my patients. Veterinarians and owners have the ability to stop obe-

percent of dog owners and 15 percent of cat owners characterized their pets as normal weight, when they were was actually overweight or obese.”

sity…no animal goes to the refrigerator or the pantry and helps themselves.”

weight. They know it’s a problem, just not for their pet,” said Ward.

Ward calls this the “fat pet gap.”

Ward agrees. “Pet obesity is plainly a people problem, not a pet problem.”

Sadly, that gap has widened according to the latest nationwide survey conducted by the APOP. The fifth annual veterinary survey found 53 percent of adult dogs and 55 percent of cats were classified as overweight or obese by their veterinarian.

Endocrinologist and fellow APOP board member Dr. Mark Peterson says. “Obesity…is associated with important metabolic and hormonal changes. Heavy or obese cats are up to four times more

•Average age of the cats in the study was 6.7 years and 6.4 years for dogs. 76 percent of surveyed pet owners reported they learned about pet nutrition from their veterinarian; 71.5 percent from the internet, 22% from a pet store.

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•When it came to deciding which pet food to feed, 69.4 percent trusted their veterinarian... • According to Ward, a 95-pound male Golden Retriever is comparable to a 5’4” human female weighing 184 pounds or a 5’9” male of 214 pounds. • A 10-pound Chihuahua is comparable to a 5’4” human female weighing 242 pounds or a 5’9” male of 282 pounds. • A 15-pound domestic short-haired cat is comparable to a 5’4” human female weighing 218 pounds or a 5’9” male of 254 pounds. • A premium pig ear (231 kales) fed to a 40-pound dog is the equivalent of an adult human drinking six 12-ounce Coke Classics™ (840 kcals). • A typical dog biscuit (25 to 27 kcals) fed to 20-pound dog is the equivalent of an average adult human eating two Keebler EL Fudge Double Stuffed Sandwich Cookies (180 cals).

“Help your pet stay trim and fit. The staff at PetLife can assist you in finding the right diet, treats and supplements within their budget and nutritional consultations are free.” This article was compiled with the assistance of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. You must not rely on the information from on this page as an alternative to medical advice from your veterinarian, call 561-790-6464 for more information or visit www.PetLifeFL.com

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Life, Love and Passion By Sandy Axelrod

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limpia Zuccarelli grew up in the restaurant business, literally. Her parents Frances and Ralph Zuccarelli opened Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen 32 years ago with old family recipes brought with them when they emigrated from Italy. To this day that tradition is kept alive in the kitchen. There are no shortcuts here. They use the ďŹ nest ingredients carefully blended, cooked and served with love.

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Olimpia is on a first name basis with most of the locals who have been enjoying the traditional Italian flavors and friendly atmosphere for many years. Customers travel from near and far making Zuccarelli’s their destination for dining pleasure. They have become old friends and part of their extendWed families. Zuccarelli’s is a place to bring visitors from out of town to introduce them to a taste of authentic Italian food in South Florida. To quote Olimpia, “This is my house and our guests are my family.” And as her “family” continues to grow Olimpia wants to encourage patrons to make this a destination that they want to come back to again and again. Following her strong work ethic passed down to her from her mother she never asks anything of her staff that she wouldn’t do herself. She believes in leading by example and being hands on each and every day. Treating them this way makes for happy staff and a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It also shows in the loyalty of her employees, many of whom have been working there for 10 years or more. A couple of staff members hold the distinction of working with the Zuccarelli family for over 20 years!

“This is my house and our guests are my family.” The restaurant has been in its current location for 3 years. It has given them the opportunity to expand and fulfill her dream of making Zuccarelli’s a “one stop shop”. Add to this a huge amount of take-out business as well as cater-

ing and you truly do have a place for all of your entertaining needs. Olimpia is extremely proud of her family’s accomplishments and of their kitchen. She adds that the heart of the house is the kitchen. Italian food is simple it just needs heart and soul to make it taste good, not a lot of fussing with. Mama and Olimpia are always there. There are many dishes that no one else can make. The focus is on having consistently high quality ingredients. Fish is bought daily so that it is always fresh. And the open kitchen is always spotless and in plain view of the guests. As for the front of the house it is always being updated to look fresh and clean. Olimpia goes to Verona, Italy each April to attend a huge wine show. This helps her keep the wine list exclusive, unique and reasonably priced. Keeping traditions alive the restaurant observes St. Joseph’s Day and Festa della Donne in March as well as seafood on Christmas Eve. But Zuccarelli’s is closed on holidays so that they and their staff can spend it with their families. You would think that Olimpia already had enough on her plate. But in addition to having grown up in the restaurant business and raising a son, now 23, she has a cookbook and memoir which is soon to be released. We were privileged to get the exclusive scoop on the title, “A Chair at My Table, Living, Cooking, Eating and Living a Zuccarelli The book is expected to be released within the next couple of months. It is a book about real working women and will include about 35 of those delicious, traditional, original Zuccarelli recipes. What’s next for Olimpia Zuccarelli? A television show, perhaps? Olimpia Zuccarelli beams when she talks of her family and about her restaurant. She is proud to be named for her beloved late grandmother. And she is thankful for her loyal customers who have recognized Zuccarelli’s Italian Kitchen as the best authentic Italian restaurant in South Florida. Be sure to stop by and say hello. You can expect to be welcomed with warmth, a genuine love for her restaurant and maybe even a big hug.

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An Advisor in God’s Waiting Room

hat’s what they called it, and still do. Palm Beach, is colloquially known as “God’s Waiting Room”, because of the aged population that inhabits the island. For many years, I held my Financial Advisor practice on this same island. I worked very closely with Private Bankers, who’s first job of each day was the macabre task to scan the obituaries of the local paper, and to flag the accounts of the deceased. This was to prwevent any unauthorized activity on the account, in the event a family member was a bit tardy in notifying us of the account holder’s passing.

At the time, I was Vice President of Investments at the oldest private bank on Palm Beach. It housed 65% of all the wealth on the island, and the other 21 banks collectively shared in the other 35%. In my practice, my youngest client was 73 years old, and my oldest in his early 90’s. This “oldest client”, had amassed his wealth the old-fashioned way—he earned it. He had a major construction firm that built automobile factories in the 1940’s and 1950’s, the true industrial age. Each winter season, he would be spotted at the Leopard Lounge in the Chesterfield Hotel, this 6’3” framed man, dining and dancing 5 out of 7 nights a week!

With my clients, as well as my observance with my mother, there was a noticeable change in behavior surrounding money. For my mother, she would donate $5, by writng a check, to any and all phone solicitors claiming to be charity, and there were many, every day. For my elderly clients, I find that they call to check their investment balances almost daily, or, ask simple questions that had been asked and addressed the day before. So, pay attention to your parents spending habits, or, more unfounded fearful behaviors around their finances. Making sure that your parents won’t outlive their money is a critical step in ensuring that your own finances will remain sound. Caring for your aging parents is not only an emotional burden for you but may be a financial one as well. Do not be afraid to ask your parent’s authorization to speak with their Financial Advisor, and to be sure that their money is invested wisely for the needs of the parent. Photography by: Tracy Trevorrow

“Then suddenly, the music stopped for this client.” This ending is rare, as I find more people are dealing with prolonged frailities of elderly parents, for years in a declining state of health. I went through it personally, with both parents, and I witness it with my elderly clients, and offer guidance to their children. How do you know when to get involved with managing your parents? Do you feel like you are impeding their independence? What are some clues of deteriorating mental capacities? Often the children, are the last to accept these changes. Often the children, must adopt the new role as the “parent”, and make some parental-type decisions.

Adrienne E. Rowles, Wealth Advisor, CFDP Connor Financial Group An Independent Firm 8461 Lake Worth Road, Suite 178 Wellington, FL 33414 561-340-1467 Adrienne.Rowles@RaymondJames.com www.adriennerowleswealthadvisor.com Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC

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A Gentle Approach to Chronic Pain Chronic pain takes many shapes and forms, but we know that it has a huge social and economic burden. The Institute of Medicine reports that roughly 116 million, or 30% of the population suffer from pain lasting a year or longer. Many chronic pain patients do great under chiropractic care, but there are several that are afraid that their spine is too fragile to handle a heavy-handed adjustment. What most people don’t know is that there are many kinds of adjustments, and some don’t require any forceful twisting, popping, or cracking. This isn’t to say that heavy handed adjustments are bad, but the truth is that some people may want a more gentle approach. In my office, I attract many patients with fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, and

TMJ problems that are Secondary to a Structrual problem in the neck called Atlas Displacement Complex. Most of these people are afraid to be touched, and gravitate to a lighter approach. This type of condition requires a precision type of adjustment called a NUCCA Correction. This type of adjustment is so light, that most people often wonder if I even touched them, and then they start to feel their body change. Currently, only about 300 doctors in the country are trained in this type of care. One of the greatest joys of doing this type of work is giving people a glimmer of hope. So many people are convinced that they have to live in pain, or have been told that the problem they’re having is all in their head. In my office, I’ve helped hundreds of people recover from chronic pain with this gentle procedure. However, it’s not for everyone. Only people with a problem in their Atlas can receive this type of care, and that requires a detailed Structural Chiropractic Examination to identify the problem. Sometimes a little bit of hope is all a person needs to start healing again.

Dr. Jonathan Chung is a Doctor of Chiropractic who focuses on Structural Correction and is primarily concerned with Structural Shifts of the spine. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Dr. Chung then went on and received his doctorate from Life University’s College of Chiropractic. Dr. Chung is certified in pediatrics from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, and is a Structural Chiropractic Researcher who has been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.

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The Healing Spice

Turmeric: Good Taste and Treatment

By Meroe Rabieifar

“It is one of the healthiest spices...” Let me introduce you to a spice that’s been used for centuries as a remedy in Asia and recently in Western medicine. But this spice does more than just entice. Turmeric, a relative of ginger, adds flavor to many Indian, Asian and Middle Eastern dishes. It is commonly used in curries and also lends foods its distinctive yellow color. It may also be a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic agent. Turmeric may actually be one of the healthiest spices one can consume. Its component curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent and has reportedly been used to relieve joint pain, migraines, and back pain. I think turmeric is one of the most effective herbal products used to reduce inflammation.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition that may be improved by curcumin, because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Even in small amounts, curcumin may reduce symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. Because curcumin may cross the blood-brain barrier it may reduce inflammation in the brain. This could make it useful in conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and even in certain cases of autism. Combined with cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage it may decrease the growth of prostate cancer cells and prevent metastasis in some cancers. Turmeric may also advance significant improvement of symptoms in patients with MS. Whether used in foods or taken as a supplement, in my opinion, the whole family can benefit from turmeric. Stop in at My Community Pharmacy for more information.

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HOLIDAY STRESS The holiday season is behind us and it is no wonder the feeling of stress creeps into our lives so insidiously. Over the last few weeks, the flurry of activity in the stores is abuzz, and merchandizing began everywhere. We were blasted by media, signs, and mall teasers. Phone calls began as families begin to discuss travel plans, dinners, and holiday traditions. Work demands ever present, and day to day routines already seem full, and then, the hustle and bustle began and calendars fill with events, parties, and other holiday gatherings. Is it any wonder the stress begins to build up the back of your neck and muscles tighten around your shoulders and head causing tightness and perhaps a bit of a headache? The solution is to gear up for the next few months of flurry by having a tool kit of solutions to keep you happy, fit, and relaxed instead of stressed or depressed this time of year. We all know how busy things get so , first off set some realistic limits during the week. Block off time for yourself and commit to it, even if it is 2 hours on Tuesday night and do something or nothing just for you. Actually, make time on the calendar like every other appointment to commit to

yourself. Second, set priorities to have some goals and timelines to keep you focused and on track. Realize too that the goals are just that and if you need to move things around, give yourself a break and be flexible. It will help you to know that some things can be moved and aid in taking off a little bit of stress. Other stressors that compound the holidays are folks that suffer from seasonal

affective disorder and holiday gatherings over indulging in food or alcohol. These two areas often linger into the latter part of the season as either the depressive side of the dark and long days takes hold or the scale reveals the effects of all the added gatherings with extra calorie consumption. Again, to head off the issue , plan activities to get outside during the

day this winter and begin to plan for added time with family and friends trying to factor in meal time with scheduled events and limit excessive indulgence. The secret‌ Plan ahead, set priorities, let the baggage and stress go, ask for help, lower some expectations when trying to “get it all done.â€? Think positive and make time for you at least one day per week. Those that keep a balanced meal going for breakfast and lunch, and incorporate regular movement into their day tend to feel better throughout this holiday cycle. For your physical, emotional, and mental well-being, consider incorporating a 30 or 60 minute massage into your week as you make special time for yourself. It is a great way to decompress, and de-stress. Massage has been known to have positive and cumulative effects to combat depression, and assist in overall well-being and you will realize how important quality therapeutic touch is to heal the body, the heart, and the soul. Happy New Year from La Vida Massage & Wellness Patti Gilliano RN, MSN, Owner

References : www.wikihow.com/aviod-stressduring-the -holidayshttp://stress.about.com/od/ understandingstress/a/holiday_stress.htm www.crchealth.com/articles/depression/managingstress-during-the-holidays/

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Probiotics and You Our health is supported by trillions of beneficial microorganisms that comprise our intestinal flora. When our intestinal flora thrives, we can too. But when it is impaired or imbalanced, we become more prone to acute health problems, IBS and other digestive problems, allergies, asthma, urinary tract and yeast infections, hormonal imbalance, obesity, and many others.

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Digest certain sugars, proteins and fats Manufacture B vitamins and vitamin K Break down carbohydrates for energy Prevent bloating, gas, and yeast overgrowth Control the pH level, or acidity, of the intestines Deprive invaders of nutrients Reinforce the mucosal barrier Block dangerous pathogens, toxins, and allergens Stimulate the immune system by increasing T-cell Produce natural antibiotic and antifungal substances Metabolize and recycle hormones, which facilitates proper hormonal balance

Signs You May Need Probiotics 

FUN FACTS   

Intestinal microbes can die off by the millions with illness, stress, medication use, and poor diet Good bacteria feast on fiber. The bad guys love refined sugar and animal fat Micro flora make up three to five pounds of your total body weight, and their genes are estimated to outnumber your own by about a hundredfold!

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Symptoms of GI sensitivity (cramps, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, IBS) Gluten sensitivity, sensitivity to sugar, or other food sensitivities Yeast infections, cold sores, thrush Urinary tract infections Headaches, migraines, stuffy nose, increased mucus production Joint aches Rosacea, acne, or other skin problems Other inflammatory conditions, like asthma Fatigue, irritability Chronic bad breath (halitosis) Increased symptoms of PMS, perimenopause, or menopause

(Note: Although these symptoms can indicate foral imbalance, they can also indicate more serious conditions. See your healthcare provider with any ongoing concerns.)

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