Mood, Memory & Immunity 

That ‘gut feeling’ is your second brain!  Our nervous system is closely connected to digestion.  There is significant amounts of neural tissue found in the gut.  In fact, 80% of neurotransmitters are produced in digestive system. The evidence supporting the gut-brain connection is established.  Mood, memory & immunity all rely on the gut.

CBD for Gut & Brain Health

by Amber Wood | December 19, 2019

The endocabbinoid system (ECS) is comprised of receptors, neurotransmitters, and metabolic enzymes that help maintain homeostasis.  The ECS has beneficial effects on digestion and immune function.  Cannabidiol (CBD) activates the ECS to reduce intestinal permeability,…

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Do You Have Serotonin Deficiency?

by Amber Wood | October 23, 2019

Which nutrients are needed? Serotonin regulates many of our neurotransmitters.  It acts like the conductor of a orchestra.  Serotonin deficiency can occur when there isn’t enough tryptophan, the amino acid that helps build it.  Enough…

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Increase Neuroplasticity with Velcro

by Amber Wood | August 16, 2019

Our brains are built to learn, adapt & grow for our entire lives.  Research on neuroplasticity has opened the field of human potential and healing exponentially in recent years.  Some say that understanding how the…

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Orgasms for Health & Humanity

by Amber Wood | June 27, 2019

Women’s Health, Human Rights & Orgasms Years ago a patient asked me, in a sincere way, how she could have more orgasms.  At the time, I worked in a busy community clinic.  I didn’t have…

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Are EMFs Dangerous?

by Amber Wood | May 15, 2019

Electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) are about intensify on the small island where I live.  Residents of Salt Spring spoke up against the proposed 5G cell tower set to go up in our little town.  There are…

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Electrolytes & other Nutrients for Keto

by Amber Wood | March 11, 2019

If you are experiencing symptoms on a ketogenic diet then it may be solved by increasing your electrolyte intake.  As the body begins to burn fat instead of glucose for energy there can be rapid…

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7 Tips for Seasonal Depression (SADD)

by Amber Wood | November 19, 2018

Seasonal Affective Disorder is Real Millions of people experience the winter blues.  This type of depression is known as SADD.  There are several interventions that can help and even reverse SADD.  Winter is an excellent…

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Depression & Allergies? Boost Methylation

by Amber Wood | November 5, 2018

Optimizing methylation can help with depression, allergies and asthma.  A recent meta analysis showed “consistently lower methylation levels observed at all associated loci across childhood from age 4 to 16 years in participants with asthma.”  The…

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Neuroplasticity & the Brain

by Amber Wood | October 25, 2018

Our brains adapt to early life experiences by creating imprints.  We have many imprints both positive and negative that become part of how we see the world.  The interesting part is our brains can change. The brain’s…

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Glycine or Collagen?

by Amber Wood | October 17, 2018

Glycine is the Amino Acid that Gives Without knowing it, glycine is helping your body every day with muscle repair, cognitive function, metabolic health, and immunity. This amino acid assists in breaking down glycogen, fat…

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Gut Psychology

The Psychology of Your Gut

by Amber Wood | August 3, 2018

Have You Heard of Psychobiotics? The microbes in our gut have far reaching psychological effects. In 2013 there was a ground breaking study proving that depressed mice were positively affected by a strain specific probiotic….

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Heart Health

Heart Health 101

by Amber Wood | May 16, 2018

Suppressing symptoms with pharmaceuticals to treat high blood pressure or cholesterol means missing the investigation as to why these are high in the first place.   We know that blood sugar issues and metabolic syndrome…

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Brain Health

Five Key Habits for your Brain and Cognitive Function

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Brain health is influenced by many factors and we know there are a few habits that support long term function.   The inflammatory cytokine model of depression shows the influence diet has on cognitive function….

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CBD is changing the game

CBD is Changing The Game

by Amber Wood | May 13, 2018

CBD (cannabinoid) is a natural, safe, and effective. Its affect includes reducing inflammation, pain and seizures.  There is evidence that it may inhibit cancer growth.  It certainly helps with nausea and other side-effects of chemotherapy…

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Mold and other Biotoxin Illness

by Amber Wood | May 4, 2018

As you many of you know I’ve been going on meditation retreats for many years. Recently I was the health person on a retreat where mold illness was affecting three people. Another member of our…

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What about Anxiety?

by Amber Wood | April 27, 2018

The Gut-Brain Connection Infections and other imbalances in the gut result in an inflammatory response in the brain.  The inflammatory cytokine theory is well established in the scientific literature and is being embraced as the…

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Kids are at Risk

by Amber Wood | April 23, 2018

Given the trends that we see in the general population towards a sedentary lifestyle it’s not surprising our kids are less active than ever before. What are the health implications exactly? What can we do…

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Love Your Liver: Enjoy Looking & Feeling Your Best

by Amber Wood | April 18, 2018

Lifestyle Medicine Your Liver As it warms up its easier to get outside more and get moving.  Discovering ways to stay active all year long is important for many reasons.  Organ health is at the…

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What Happens When We Get Sick

by Amber Wood | March 30, 2018

Immunity, Iron & Infections Bacteria love iron so your body will remove it from the blood and store it in the liver. This is why its important to check if anemia is due to chronic…

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Protect Your Brain and Keep Your Memory

by Amber Wood | December 6, 2017

There are 44 million people currently experiencing alzheimers or dementia worldwide.  There are a number of steps you can take no matter where you are in life to prevent and even reverse memory problems.  Regulate…

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Antidepressants That Work

by Amber Wood | November 27, 2017

Modulating your gut flora has far-reaching benefits for your emotional and cognitive health says a study published by Trends in Neuroscience.  This study uses the term psychobiotics to describe how prebiotics and probiotics affect the…

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SIFO

Do you have Candida? Or is it SIFO?

by Amber Wood | October 16, 2017

What’s the Difference? Symptoms like chronic yeast infections, brain fog and sugar cravings can indicate dysbiosis or an imbalance in the gut microbiome. About 20 years ago candida albicans began receiving a lot of attention….

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Get Your Appetite Back on Track with the Right Carbs

by Amber Wood | September 25, 2017

What makes us hungry? Carbs and the neuroregulation of appetite is getting a lot of press these days.  As the epidemic of diabetes increases even young people are suffering the effects of obesity.  The result…

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What’s the cause of chronic sinusitis?

by Amber Wood | September 14, 2017

Chronic sinusitis is unbelievably common. This is a condition termed in the medical literature as chronic rhinosinusitis or CRS. My five year old son has some dry inflammation in his sinus cavity. When I’ve taken…

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What is Methylation? Why is it so Darn Important?

by Amber Wood | May 25, 2017

A process that occurs in the body a billion times a second, is good to understand if you are interested in health.  Poor methylation can affect the brain, the gut, and the liver.  Methylation also…

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Rewire the Brain to Break the Trauma Cycle

by Amber Wood | March 31, 2017

Trauma change our brains and can create a chronic stress response.  When squeezed hard, any human will experience overwhelm.  What’s interesting is how we uniquely respond to trauma. A moment that is overwhelming lives within…

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Do You Suffer From SIBO?

by Amber Wood | March 6, 2017

What is SIBO? In a healthy state, the small intestine has a low bacterial count. An overgrowth creates a condition called SIBO. Mild to severe digestive discomfort including gas, bloating and pain results.  Bacteria is…

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Gut Ecosystem

Building a Healthy Gut Ecosystem

by Amber Wood | February 13, 2017

A key differences between the way our ancestors ate and our modern diet is how much fermentable fiber we consume. Fermentable fiber is found in processed or acellular carbohydrates. We all know that vegetables and…

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Causes of Leaky Gut & How to Recover

by Amber Wood | January 24, 2017

People ask me as many questions about leaky gut as candida. Candida is just one of many microorganisms that can be causing problems. Candida received enough attention in the last 20 years that people associate…

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Gut-Brain Axis: Irritable Bowel & Stress

by Amber Wood | December 13, 2016

Due to the amount of neural tissue found in the digestive system many now refer to the gut as the second brain. Intuition, gut feeling and butterflies in the stomach all describe this.  Ask anyone…

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Insight into Irritable Bowel Syndrome

by Amber Wood | October 26, 2016

Missing Work?  Likely it’s a cold or IBS Digestive distress is real. It can be debilitating and expensive. Irritable bowel syndrome is the second cause of missed work days. In the U.S. over 30 billion…

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Acid Reflux: the Popular Myth

by Amber Wood | July 20, 2016

The Real Cause of Acid Reflux Most people believe that acid reflux or heartburn is caused by too much acid in the stomach. This idea is supported by drug companies who make billions each year…

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Probiotics Don’t Increase Short-Chain Fatty Acids

by Amber Wood | April 15, 2016

Where Probiotics Fall Short Probiotics serve us by regulating the immune system, promoting anti-inflammatory pathways and supporting the environment for beneficial bacteria to thrive. However they do NOT quantitatively increase the number good bacteria in…

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Reset your Health for More Energy, Less Pain & Weight Loss

by Amber Wood | March 7, 2016

The momentum that the seasons bring is felt deeply when we tune in.  Life expresses the spring from the darkness of winter or the gathering quality of the autumn harvest. By riding these waves, we…

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Digestion, Inflammation & Mood

by Amber Wood | July 26, 2015

Gut-Brain Health The root of health is absolutely in our digestion. This has been known in traditional medicine for literally thousands of years. Gut health plays centre stage but it’s not just about what we…

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Feeling Good Begins in your Gut

by Amber Wood | April 8, 2015

Neurotransmitters Did you know that 95% of our neurotransmitters are made in our digestive tract?  So it makes sense that focusing on our gut health is an excellent place to start in terms of improving…

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