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How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep

How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep

Part 5 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, discusses how stress and our cortisol levels can disrupt our sleep and offers advice on how to keep things balanced. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol (this post) Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the… Read the rest

How Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Sleep

How Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Sleep

Part 4 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni discusses why eating too much, too late can make it hard to sleep (it’s all about blood sugar). She offers some simple tips to help you take control. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance (this post) Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin… Read the rest

Are Trips to the Bathroom Disrupting Your Sleep?

Bathroom Trips and Sleep Disruption

Part 3 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni explores how waking up to go to the bathroom disrupts your sleep, leaving you feeling tired the next day—and offers tips for avoiding night time wake-ups. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom (this post) Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the next… Read the rest

The Complete Guide for How to Have a Stress-Free and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Complete Guide

Dr. Doni Wilson has prepared a complete guide for a gluten-free Thanksgiving, including 5 stress-free holiday tips, a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal plan, a complete set of recipes, and even a helpful downloadable shopping list for the big grocery run! Talking with patients this week, it became clear that it can be overwhelming to think of turning Thanksgiving into a gluten-free event. Once you are on a path towards improving your health by avoiding food allergens, it is disruptive to be re-exposed to those foods that are all-to-often present on a… Read the rest

Sleep Better by Changing Your Environment

Sleep Better by Changing Your Environment

Part 2 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia In Part 2 of the series, Dr. Doni explores how the environment can affect your sleep and gives 6 tips to help turn your bedroom into a haven of restfulness. In the introduction to this series, I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep: Timing Environment (this post) Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the next… Read the rest

How to Lower Your Cancer Risk

4 Steps To Lowering Your Cancer Risk, Naturally

In an article that was orignally published on Inspiyr.com, Dr. Doni Wilson offers tips for making positive changes in your health that can lower your risk of cancer. October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but any time is an important time to reflect upon how natural approaches to wellness can play a leading role in lowering your cancer risk. Through my fifteen years of practicing naturopathic medicine I have discovered first hand how the foods we eat and our lifestyle choices can either support or suppress health. With this in mind,… Read the rest

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Part 1 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni explores how timing is crucial to restful sleep and gives 5 tips to help you fall asleep—and stay asleep—until morning. Last week, I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing (this post) Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the next few weeks I will examine each of these reasons in… Read the rest

Insomnia: 12 Reasons Why You May Not Be Sleeping at Night

Insomnia: 12 Reasons Why You May Not Be Sleeping at Night

Introduction to Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia In a 12-part series of articles on sleep, Dr. Doni gives an overview of insomnia and explains how our ability to fall asleep—and stay asleep—can easily become disrupted. Sleep is arguably one of the most important things we do, next to breathing, eating, and drinking. In fact, studies show that people who skimped on sleep had an increased chance of developing diabetes1, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer’s2. That’s how important it is to a functioning human body. But in our modern… Read the rest

5 Easy Changes to Make Halloween Healthier For You and Your Family

How to Have a Healthy Halloween

Nutrition and health expert Dr. Doni Wilson explains how simple choices can make a huge difference in your health and your children’s health—even on Halloween! Sugar, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), and artificial sweeteners (like aspartame and sucralose) are strongly associated with weight gain, insulin resistance, diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver, as well as IBS (digestive issues), mood and focus issues (ADHD, Alzheimer’s, anxiety), hormone imbalances (PCOS, infertility), and cancer—even in children. If you’d like to learn more, check out my blog post about The Sugar Challenge, which includes a… Read the rest

13 Ways to Support Your Mitochondria and Boost Your Energy

13 Ways to Boost Your Energy and Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cancer

Health expert Dr. Doni explains how the body produces the energy it needs to keep itself going, and gives some tips on what you can do to help things along. Have you ever wondered how the human body turns the food we eat into the energy that keeps us going? Believe it or not, almost every cell in your body (with the exception of red blood cells) is involved in this gigantic task. Today I’m going to explain how this process works, what can happen if it goes wrong and what… Read the rest

DISCLAIMER: Donielle Wilson is NOT a licensed Medical Doctor (MD). She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in CT and WA states and practices as a health consultant in New York. Any reference to the practice of naturopathic medicine does not apply in New York State. Information on this website is provided for general educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute (i) medical advice or counseling, (ii) the practice of medicine including psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy or the provision of health care diagnosis or treatment, (iii) the creation of a physician patient or clinical relationship, or (iv) an endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship of any third party product or service by the Sponsor or any of the Sponsor's affiliates, agents, employees, consultants or service providers. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly.