About Dr. Eno Nsima-Obot

Dr. Eno describes herself as a lifelong learner and has always been passionate about exploring and sharing ways to create and promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She describes herself as ‘a Thrivor’ after a brief brush with cancer several years ago. Following that, she made a personal commitment to more closely ‘walk her talk.’ This led her to discover the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM). Delighted that she had finally found her tribe, she completed the intense certification program and, in 2019, became one of a growing number of certified practitioners worldwide. She is committed to working with women over fifty with a particular focus on women of color, and those living with chronic illness, who want to optimize their health and well-being so that they can experience wholesome lives and fulfill their purpose on the planet as they THRIVE into their golden years.

The five pillars for restoring gut health

2022-03-19T01:49:21-05:00

The five-pillars for restoring gut health commonly used by functional medicine practitioners is called the 5R approach.  This is because it consists of 5 processes that start with the letter R. Remove Replace Re-inoculate Repair Rebalance Let's review what each of these steps involves. Remove This is the first and most crucial step to healing the gut, and it involves removing things that are causing harm to the gut resulting in it not functioning well. The common culprits would be the type of food we eat, exposure to certain bacteria, parasites, or viruses, and the build-up of toxins in our body [...]

The five pillars for restoring gut health2022-03-19T01:49:21-05:00

The Gut Microbiome- three things you need to know

2022-02-03T18:06:12-06:00

The gut microbiome consists of millions of microbes in your gut. Microbes are living organisms that are found everywhere in nature. They consist of viruses, fungi, yeast, and bacteria. The microbes that reside in our gut are called the gut microbiome.  It might sound gross, but the truth is that we need our microbiome to live. The population of the microbiome in our gut weighs about 200 g and contains more genes than all the cells in our body. We build our microbiome from the time we are young. Our gut microbiome is affected by the types of food we eat. [...]

The Gut Microbiome- three things you need to know2022-02-03T18:06:12-06:00

An Introduction to Gut Health

2022-02-03T05:12:38-06:00

Is it possible that conditions such as asthma, eczema, autoimmune disease, migraines, arthritis, obesity, diabetes could be linked to the health of your gut?  There is a consensus that our overall health is indeed related to our gut health. The proper function of our digestive system is critical to our overall health. What we eat, and how what we eat interacts in our intestinal system plays a critical role in our overall health. The gut also happens to contain a large part of our immune system. Based on that fact alone, with the impact the current pandemic is having on our [...]

An Introduction to Gut Health2022-02-03T05:12:38-06:00

Broken heart syndrome is on the rise in women ages 50-74 years

2021-11-16T06:13:14-06:00

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog article on how stress can cause a broken heart. At the time, I had just taken care of my very first patient diagnosed with Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. Needless to say, I was both excited and intrigued by this condition. That is because it confirmed a tangible link between our minds and our bodies. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, there has been a recent rise in Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy in women age 50-74 years. This is also known as broken heart syndrome and stress -induced cardiomyopathy. [...]

Broken heart syndrome is on the rise in women ages 50-74 years2021-11-16T06:13:14-06:00

Connection and Spirituality in Medicine

2021-05-08T04:23:03-05:00

This is an essay I wrote over 10 years ago. I came across it in my files as I was looking for content to write this week. It seems to resonate now more than ever. This updated post is dedicated to the memory of a patient -Ms. CJ- I recently had the honor to take care of her in the last week before she passed through transition. May her memory be a blessing and may she rest in perfect Peace Profound.   Bringing connection and spirituality into the patient encounter can be therapeutic. Treating medical illness can become a daunting task [...]

Connection and Spirituality in Medicine2021-05-08T04:23:03-05:00

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 3)

2021-02-04T04:05:35-06:00

Hello and welcome back. In part 1 of this series, I explained what chronic kidney disease is, as well as addressed some of the common causes. In part 2 of the series, I reviewed the common laboratory tests used to assess kidney function. I also suggested some questions you ask your healthcare provider if you are concerned you may have chronic kidney disease. This is the final part of the series. In it, we will cover:  Steps you need to take if you have been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. When (or if)  you need to see a specialist. Here are [...]

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 3)2021-02-04T04:05:35-06:00

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 2)

2020-10-22T21:02:52-05:00

Welcome to the second of three-part series on what you need to know about chronic kidney disease.  In the first part of the series, I outlined how chronic kidney disease affects 37 million Americans.  What is even more concerning is that 9 in 1o do not know that they have chronic kidney disease. In this episode we will go over: What laboratory tests need to be ordered. How to interpret your lab tests. Questions you need to ask your healthcare provider. Some ways to reduce your risk of developing chronic kidney disease. What laboratory tests need to be ordered The basic [...]

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 2)2020-10-22T21:02:52-05:00

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 1)

2020-10-08T18:08:41-05:00

It's an all too familiar scenario.  A patient gets admitted to the hospital under my care. As I review their admission laboratory tests, I suspect they may have chronic kidney disease. My suspicions are confirmed when I take a look at their laboratory tests over the last several months to a year. Then I ask if they have ever been told that they have abnormal kidney function?  They respond by saying either, “No one has ever mentioned that to me” or “Yes my doctor mentioned they were a little abnormal and that we would just watch it for now”.  When I [...]

What you need to know about chronic kidney disease (part 1)2020-10-08T18:08:41-05:00

Welcome to the launch of my brand new website THRIVE

2020-09-22T21:01:45-05:00

Welcome you to my brand new website THRIVE.  The dictionary definition of Thrive is to grow, to prosper, and to flourish. THRIVE is a wellness platform designed for women fifty and over who are looking for easy to implement ways to optimize their health and wellbeing so that they can fulfill their life purpose well into their golden years. First of all, being a woman over fifty myself, I recognize what a unique and varied segment of the population we are. We are a heterogeneous blend of Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers. I love this description of women over fifty by Gail [...]

Welcome to the launch of my brand new website THRIVE2020-09-22T21:01:45-05:00

Five Tips on How to Stay Healthy If Attending Protests

2020-07-29T16:58:58-05:00

On May 25 2020 of an unarmed black man George Floyd was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. This event has sparked a wave of protests in more than 1700 places in the United States alone. Protests are a way of expressing our opinions. They are part of our first amendment rights as citizens of the United States. They draw the attention of our leaders to issues which need to be addressed so that corrective measures can be put in place. According to a recent economic report by the National Bureau of Economic Research, there does not appear- at [...]

Five Tips on How to Stay Healthy If Attending Protests2020-07-29T16:58:58-05:00
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