Integrative Health Blog

Appetite Control Without Medications

Posted by on Wed, Oct 03, 2018

What causes increased appetite?

Appetite is controlled by a complex neuroregulatory system.  There are many factors affecting this mechanism to include the composition of your diet, side effect of medications, chronic stress, hormonal imbalances, and even the types of bacteria that live in your gut. 

Cravings result from a combination of social, cultural, psychological, physiological and genetic factors and can be a major obstacle to weight loss and optimizing one's health. As a functional medicine physician, it is important to examine all underlying factors which may contribute to overweight or obesity.

What can I do to improve this?

If you feel that cravings and increased appetite are interfering with your health goals, try addressing the following list of possible factors.

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Tags: functional medicine, weight loss

How Does HCG Work for Weight Loss?

Posted by on Tue, Feb 06, 2018

The HCG Weight loss program is a natural, sustainable and most importantly, an effective option istock_weightloss.jpgthat has revolutionized the way to lose weight.

How Does HCG for Weight Loss Work?
HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, a hormone that occurs naturally in the body. HCG is often referred to as the "pregnancy" hormone, as it is secreted in very large quantities during pregnancy to help support the growth of a fetus. It has been approved and safely used for many years in high dose amounts when treating fertility issues.

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Tags: weight loss

Medically Supervised HCG Weight Loss Program

Posted by on Mon, Jun 26, 2017


We are now offering the choice of HCG rapid dissolve tablets (RDT) for those who do not want to use the injectable form of HCG for weight loss.

The HCG Weight loss program is a natural, sustainable and most importantly, an effective option that has revolutionized the way to lose weight.

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Tags: weight loss

5 Quick Ways to Slim and Detoxify Your Body Now

Posted by on Wed, May 13, 2015

With bathing suit season quickly approaching, many people are searching for painless ways to shed a few pounds quickly. Adding any or a combination of the ideas listed below may help to get your body ready for the beach in less than a month.

1. Drink Bojenmi Tea.

Bojenmi tea is used mainly for assisting weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. This traditional Chinese medicinal tea is known as Baojianmei Jianfei Cha in Chinese and means "slim and beautiful". It is one of the most popular products of China for slimming and promotion of beauty and health.

The formulation is provided as loose tea or tea bags. Several ingredients are used for this herb formulation, but the main ingredient is the tea leaf from Fujian Province. Reports have revealed that 50 percent of this product contains tea leaf which has been shown to help lower blood lipids. An extract of other herbs, however, are sprayed onto the tea leaf to make the finished beverage product, which is then prepared by steeping in boiled water for 3 to 4 minutes. Up to 6 cups of the tea per day can be consumed to help increase metabolism.

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Tags: belly fat, natural options, weight loss, detoxification, i-lipo, pH level

Cut the Carbs and Lose the Weight

Posted by on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Have you been enjoying the hustle and bustle, the parties and leisure time spent eating and drinking with family and friends this holiday season?

Are you ready to start the new year with healthy habits as your main focus?

Many people tell me that the extra weight they carry around is their main concern - they want to look better and feel better.

As a nurse and a health coach I understand that what’s at stake isn’t just how our reflection looks in the mirror, it’s how our future health will be 5 or 10 years down the line. The connection between the foods we eat and the health we get to enjoy is very real.

Every time that we eat or drink something it affects our internal biology for better or for worse. During the holidays we get our fill of sweets, Xmas cookies, cakes, breads, chocolates, alcohol, cheese, crackers, candies, you name it!

We can all guess that none of the above named foods is affecting our internal biology for the better!

The quicker we can refocus our attention towards healthy habits, the faster the pounds will melt away!

Good health always starts with good nutrition.

A low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high healthy fat lifestyle is my approach. Carbohydrates come in many forms from processed foods like chips and cookies to real foods like salads, fruits and vegetables. Understanding the effect that carbs have in the body is crucial to navigating the way towards better health. In a nutshell, excess carbs create inflammation in the body and that paves the way for chronic diseases to develop, like Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

I’ve written in previous blogs about the effects of excess carbohydrates and insulin response in the body -

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Tags: weight loss, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, carbohydrates

Can Acupuncture Help Me Lose Weight?

Posted by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The short answer is “YES!”  but the true answer is much more involved and requires several more questions in order to decide how to best achieve long lasting weight loss.

Chinese medicine and Acupuncture can be an effective “assistant” to weight loss and weight maintenance but how do we go about finding out why there is a weight issue to begin with?

Many Factors Affect Weight Loss

There are several factors when considering a weight loss plan that need to be discussed.  For example,

  • Is the weight gain due to poor dietary and exercise habits? 
  • Is there a metabolic function issue that needs to be addressed?
  • Are there psychological factors contributing to the inability to lose weight?
  • Is there a hormonal or thyroid issue
  • How is your digestion?

As you can see, there are many reasons why a person gains weight and, as such, there are many techniques to help lose that weight. 

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Tags: weight loss, acupuncture, chinese medicine

Diabetes Awareness: The Truth About Carbohydrates

Posted by on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

I have long been talking about pre-diabetes and Type II diabetes as conditions that we DO have control over. The foods that we choose to eat and our lifestyle choices are of paramount importance.

November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness month.

Personal awareness has to be the starting point to turn the tide of this chronic disease. So what can you do to prevent or slow the progression of diabetes?

It’s all about the carbs!

Carbohydrates raise blood sugar and insulin levels. When a large part of the diet is made up of carbohydrates, insulin levels remain high throughout the day. Eventually, even though there is plenty of insulin in the bloodstream,  the body stops responding to it- creating insulin resistance- and body fat increases and insulin can no longer do it’s job of escorting sugar out of the blood and in to the cells for energy. Blood tests then reveal high blood sugar and a diagnosis of pre -diabetes or Type II diabetes is made.

All carbs get broken down in to sugar. Period. What’s important is whether or not that carbohydrate has fiber. Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar and that’s a good thing because it lessens the amount of insulin needed to remove the sugar from the blood. The goal is always to reduce the amount of insulin needed to get the job done and that happens when we eat foods that are low in carbohydrates.

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Tags: weight loss, diabetes, pre-diabetes, carbohydrates

Chinese Medicine and Weight Loss

Posted by on Mon, Aug 05, 2013

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

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Tags: weight loss, chinese medicine, acupuncture

How Many Times A Day Do You Eat This Food?

Posted by on Tue, Jan 15, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: weight loss, integrative health, belly fat, insulin resistance, inflammation

Why Diets are Fattening (And What To Do To Really Lose Weight)

Posted by on Fri, Jan 11, 2013

Eve Colantoni CHC

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Tags: holistic nutrition, weight loss, integrative health, integrative nutrition