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  • Supporting Adrenals and Nervous System with Supplements

    As women, we are constantly juggling a million things at once. We work, we take care of our families, and we try to stay healthy and fit. It can be tough to keep up with everything, and sometimes our health takes a back seat. However, there are certain supplements that can help support our adrenal and nervous systems, keeping us feeling our best. As we get older, our bodies go through changes that can sometimes be difficult to manage. We may not have the same energy levels as we did when we were younger, and our anxious or nervous system may not be as strong as it used to be.…

  • The Importance of the Vagus Nerve in Health and Mood.

    The vagus nerve, also called the wandering nerve, is an important part of the autonomic nervous system, which controls unconscious body processes such as heart rate, digestion, and respiratory rate. The vagus nerve also plays a role in the regulation of the body's stress response and in maintaining homeostasis. Dysfunction of the vagus nerve has been associated with a number of health conditions, including inflammatory disorders, heart disease, and mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. In recent years, vagus nerve stimulation has been studied as a potential treatment for a variety of conditions, including epilepsy, depression, and anxiety disorders. More specifically the vagus nerve is important for: Heart…

  • What to eat if you can’t go … you know!

    What to Eat if You Get Constipated Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea - it's when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it's drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). About 14-24% of adults experience constipation. Constipation becomes chronic when it happens at least three times per week for three months. Constipation can be caused by diet or stress, and even changes to our daily routine. Sometimes the culprit is a medical condition or medications. And sometimes there…

  • Feeding your brain by creating a healthy gut!

    The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain  If there was ever a call for "digestive health," this is it! Yes, it's true. Your gut is considered your "second brain." There is no denying it anymore. And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it's no wonder what you eat feeds not only your body but can directly affect your brain. I find it amazing (but not too surprising). What exactly is the "gut-brain connection." Well, it’s very complex, and to be honest, we’re still learning lots about it! There seem to be multiple…

  • How do I know if I have leaky gut?

    How Do I Know if I Have a Leaky Gut? "Leaky gut" is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It's been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut. But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut? What is a leaky gut? Simply put, your “gut” (a.k.a. “intestinal tract”) is a tube that makes up part of your digestive system. It’s not as simple as a hose…

  • About 70% of our immune system lives in and around our gut.

    How to Improve Gut Health Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” And while this may not be 100% true for every disease in every person, more and more research shows that our gut (digestive system) has a bigger role in many diseases than we used to think. And we're not just talking about heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, etc. We're talking about all kinds of issues like allergies, pain, mood disorders, and nutrient deficiencies. There are a lot of reasons for this. Our gut is the portal to the outside world. It's here where we take in disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and parasites. We also take in nutrients (and…

  • Can my symptoms be a food intolerance or sensitivity?

    Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance? Food intolerances or "sensitivities" can affect you in so many ways. And they’re a lot more common than most people think. I'm not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about emergency medication, if necessary.    What I'm talking about, is an intolerance, meaning you do not tolerate a specific food very well and it causes immediate or chronic symptoms anywhere in the body. Symptoms…