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Learn How to Live a Healthier Life


Our team is happy to share news and information that will help you live a healthier life. Follow this page for valuable updates from the Naples Center for Functional Medicine team and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

The Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen: A Guide for Avoiding Produce with Pesticides

Have you heard of the Clean 15 & Dirty Dozen? This easy reference guide lists which vegetables are the most and least likely to contain pesticide residue. We recommend our patients eat 100% organic but understand that’s not always possible. Items on the “Dirty Dozen” list should always be [...]

Natural remedies during cold and flu season

Cold and flu season is upon us yet again, and unfortunately, many of us will be bit by the flu bug at some point. We’ll get cranky. Our bodies will be drained of energy and it may be difficult to get a good night’s sleep. You may miss a day [...]

No-Bake Strawberry Shortcake Bars (Gluten Free, Paleo and Vegan)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these healthy, gluten-free, paleo and vegan dessert bars from Bakerita. Ingredients For the crust 3/4 cup raw cashews 1/4 cup almond flour 4 pitted Medjool dates 2 tablespoons coconut oil ¼ teaspoon kosher salt For the cheesecake 2 cups raw cashews soaked in cold filtered water for at least four hours or preferably overnight (see [...]

Could Your Dental Floss Be Toxic?

Scary new research recently uncovered that flossing teeth could increase the body's levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) — widely used chemicals linked to a number of diseases and certain cancers. But it’s not as if we can stop flossing – dental hygiene is essential to our health. Flossing [...]

Basil, Chicken and Tomato Salad

Looking for a fast and whole-food friendly meal? Whip up this bright and flavorful salad. INGREDIENTS: 3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges Organic chicken breast from 1 rotisserie chicken (12 ounces) 5 ounces avocado, sliced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon 1/2 cup small [...]

Four easy steps to detox after the holidays

First there was the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Then there were endless hors d’oeuvres at the office holiday party – crab cakes, cheese squares, sliders and mini-cheesecakes. Then came the ham, green bean casserole, eggnog and pecan pie. At any gathering of family, friends and co-workers, [...]

Butternut Squash Hummus

Ingredients HUMMUS 1 cup cubed organic butternut squash 4 cloves garlic (skin on) 4 cloves garlic (peeled + minced) 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 15-ounce container (look for a BPA-free can or paper container) can chickpeas (lightly rinsed + drained) 1/3 cup tahini 3-4 Tbsp olive oil (plus [...]

Plastic straws are banned from many beaches; now ban plastic from your home

Within the past year, Marco Island, Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel have joined a growing list of coastal communities that have banned plastic straws from beaches for environmental reasons. They’re harmful to wildlife and pollute the ocean, not to mention they’re an eyesore for beachgoers. Our local communities join SeaWorld, [...]