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Dr. Rachel Alioto

I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Rachel Alioto will be joining Balanced Care beginning June 7th! She is a board certified Naturopathic Doctor who is excited to begin seeing patients at Balanced Care. I have known Dr. Rachel for the past 4 years and know she is going to be a perfect fit for the patients in Edina.

You can find Dr. Rachel at the Edina office on Wednesdays from 9:30am-6pm and Friday afternoons from 1:30pm-5pm. She holds special interests in sports medicine, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine/hormone disorders, women’s health, naturopathic oncology, pediatrics, homeopathy, botanical medicine, and clinical nutrition. To schedule an appointment you can call 612-564-2218 or schedule online here.

Taking the time to listen and understand each patient’s unique condition in order to create a personalized treatment plan is something you can expect from Dr. Rachel. Her goal is to heal, teach and inspire each patient to be an advocate for his or her own health. Time test treatments will address the whole body, stimulating the body’s self-healing processes.

Dr. Rachel has always loved athletics and healthy living. Because of Dr. Rachel’s love for swimming and working with kids, she also coaches the swim team at Life Time Fitness. She moved to Minnesota from California to attend the University of Minnesota and has since returned to the Minneapolis – St. Paul area to practice her passion for natural medicine.

Rachel loves swimming, weight lifting, cooking, doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling, being in nature and spending time with her family. Although she is a California native, she has come to appreciate and love Minnesota for all it has to offer. Dr. Rachel is very excited for the opportunity to work with Dr. Katie at Balanced Care.

To read more about Dr. Rachel, you can visit her bio here



The weather is finally warming up. For most of us this means that plenty of get togethers and an abundance of decadent food and drinks are right around the corner. For those of you struggling with digestion issues, however, just thinking about the food and beverages probably has your stomach churning. Digestive disorders can take the fun out of our most enjoyable moments. They don’t have to however. The faster we can pinpoint the cause of our ailments, the sooner we can treat them properly and enjoy our lives normally again.

One disorder that has been getting a lot of attention lately is candida overgrowth or candida albicans, its official term. Candida is a type of yeast, or fungus, that is found naturally in the body. For the most part when the bacteria in your body is balanced, candida is not a cause for concern. However, if you are living with an overgrowth of candida or a lack of good bacteria in your gut, you may experience one or a number of symptoms that can wreak havoc on your body and spoil the fun at your future gatherings.

No one likes to talk about their digestive disorders, however if ignored too long they can permeate into bigger issues. You don’t need to suffer through the discomfort. The more you know about candida, the better equipped you will be to take control of your digestive health.    

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Candida Symptoms and Causes

Symptoms of candida can vary, but include anxiety, depression, yeast infections, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, foggy thinking, fatigue, and skin issues. Like most ailments candida overgrowth can make you feel terrible. However, as you can imagine some of these symptoms have the added benefit of also being extremely embarrassing. If you find yourself enjoying a couple of beers or other delights this season only to be followed by bloating and digestive discomfort, you may be suffering from candida.

Other common symptoms of candida include severe allergies, sugar cravings, and respiratory problems. Whether you are experiencing one or a few of these issues, candida can truly interfere with your quality of life.

So, what causes candida overgrowth? Eating a standard American diet that includes a lot of carbohydrates and highly refined foods is one of the many causes of candida. Candida feeds off of sugar and processed foods, allowing it to grow and take over your intestinal tract. Another cause of candida overgrowth includes the heavy use of antibiotics, which may have killed off the good bacteria while treating the bad. Birth control pills, stress and even chemotherapy are additional common causes.


Candida Treatments?

If you suspect that you may be suffering from candida, one of the simplest things that you can do to try and get it under control is to change your diet. Eating a diet comprised mostly of whole unprocessed low carbohydrate foods, such as non-starchy vegetables, will help to starve the yeast.

Candida cleanses and diets are currently being marketed everywhere. Some cleanses include the use of probiotics. Although these diets may be beneficial to some candida sufferers, they might not work for everyone. The best thing to do is to work with your physician to determine what will work for you. This could save you money and possible disappointment.

Given the varying degrees of symptoms, candida affects its victims in many different ways. This means that it may take more than just a change of diet and added supplements to cure your particular candida overgrowth. Eating healthier will be beneficial regardless, however in order to cure candida you will need to determine what is required for your individual situation.


Get Tested

Sometimes candida overgrowth can appear visually on the tongue. If you take a look at your tongue and notice white coating it is likely that you have candida overgrowth. However, the only way to be absolutely sure is to get tested by a doctor.

Many candida overgrowth symptoms can be vague. Therefore, it can be hard to determine whether you are actually dealing with candida. Testing will help you determine and confirm whether candida is the true cause of your discomfort.

At Balanced Care we offer specific testing in order to find out whether or not you are truly suffering from candida overgrowth.  If it turns out that you have other ailments but have misdiagnosed yourself as suffering from candida, this could potentially lead to more health problems. If you test positive, we will use natural remedies for candida or yeast overgrowth and will work with you to prescribe the best treatment for your particular situation.




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Balanced Care is located in Edina and Woodbury, MN. We specialize is natural therapies that address the root cause of the problem. Dr. Katie and Dr. Rachel are here to create a holistic treatment plan designed with only you in mind. We offer complimentary 15 minute consultation and look forward to hearing from you.

Say it with me “I am so done with the sugar!”. Yep, you said it, its time to cut out the sugar. The holidays can do a number, not only on our waistline, but our health too. You know sugar isn’t good for you, but you eat it anyway because you can and because it tastes good and because you deserve it and because your coworker brought it to share and the list goes on. Here is your chance to join me in saying “no” to the sugar this February.

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Need motivation? Here are a few good reasons to ditch the sugar:

  • Low energy and fatigue. Feeling exhausted?
  • Inflammation. That is not water retention, but swelling from the inflammation sugar causes. I had it too and guess what? It goes away quickly once the sugar is gone!
  • That spring break trip coming up…swim suite required
  • Prevention (and treatment!) – why wait until you have a serious or uncomfortable health concern like diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, constipation, or reflux just to name a few.

According to the American Heart Association, American consume “20 teaspoons of sugar a day according to a report from the 2005–10 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) database. Teens and men consume the most added sugars. Average daily consumption for men: 335 calories, women: 230 calories, boys: 362 calories, girls: 282 calories.” That is almost 3 cups of sugar per week! No wonder cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the US.

Health And Fitness Apps On Apple Iphone 5SListen, your body deserves better than a few cups of sugar each week to help deal with the fatigue, stress, or (insert sugar craving cause). Follow along with me on Instagram @balancedcare and Facebook @Dr. Katie Corazzo throughout the month of February. I will offer tips, inspiration, and recipes to help you quit the sugar and begin feeling light and health again.


Dr Katie CorazzoDr. Katie is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Woodbury and Edina, Minnesota. With a focus on addressing the underlying cause using natural medicines and nutrition, Dr. Katie can help you too. Appointments can be made online here.