Stress is a huge player in the gut-brain axis.  

Digestion is the root of health. Science backs this ancient truth. There is endless research and of the human microbiome. That ‘gut feeling’ is your enteric nervous system at work. Stress impacts appetite and immunity. In fact, 80% of our immunity and neurotransmitters come from the gut. Cardiovascular health, memory, and mood all rely on the gut. Improve mood, memory and focus by getting to know your 2nd brain. It’ll show you the life you’ve always wanted.

7 Tip for Seasonal Depression (SADD)

7 Tip for Seasonal Depression (SADD)

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 time to get extra support either from a...

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Gender, Bias & the Brain

Gender, Bias & the Brain

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 ability to reorganize and form new neural...

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Glycine or Collagen?

Glycine or Collagen?

Glycine is the Amino Acid that Gives Without knowing it, glycine is helping your body everyday with muscle repair, cognitive function, metabolic health and immunity. This amino acid assists in breaking down glycogen, fat and other nutrients to be used as energy at the...

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The Psychology of Your Gut

The Psychology of Your Gut

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. Around the same...

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Heart Health 101

Heart Health 101

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 contribute to heart disease. In fact there are...

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CBD is Changing The Game

CBD is Changing The Game

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 including loss of appetite. ...

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Mould and other Biotoxin Illness

Mould and other Biotoxin Illness

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 mould illness was affecting three people. Another member of our community is literally debilitated from mould illness so it's quite...

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What about Anxiety?

What about Anxiety?

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 number one cause of depression. But...

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Kids are at Risk

Kids are at Risk

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 to change this? Do It Yourself Kids pick up on everything so...

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What Happens When We Get Sick

What Happens When We Get Sick

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 disease, iron deficiency or another cause. White blood cells are produced to destroy the...

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Antidepressants That Work

Antidepressants That Work

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 brain.  The central nervous...

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Do you have Candida? Or is it SIFO?

Do you have Candida? Or is it SIFO?

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. For awhile there it was the cause of a long list of ailments...

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Get Your Appetite Back on Track

Get Your Appetite Back on Track

What makes us hungry? The neuroregulation of appetite is getting a lot of press these days.  The epidemic of diabetes grows and even young people are suffering the effects of obesity.  Researchers are hell-bent on finding solutions.  Our bodies have a feedback loop...

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Do You Suffer From SIBO?

Do You Suffer From SIBO?

Is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Affecting You? 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 swept...

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Building a Healthy Gut Ecosystem

Building a Healthy Gut Ecosystem

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 fruits are important for health. But which ones and...

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The Popular Myth of Acid Reflux

The Popular Myth of Acid Reflux

The Truth about 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 off of acid suppressing pharmaceuticals. The problem for patients is these...

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Why Probiotics Aren’t the Answer

Why Probiotics Aren’t the Answer

Where Probiotics End & Fermentable Fibers Begin 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...

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Is it Time to Reset your Health?

Is it Time to Reset your Health?

The momentum of the seasons is as old and ingrained as the earth itself.  Life is pushing from darkness of winter or gathering of the autumn harvest. By riding this wave we have the opportunity to replenish and renew ourselves for the next cycle that's coming. I'll be...

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The Human Microbiome

The Human Microbiome

We hear more and more these days about changes in the human microbiome and the importance of gut health. There are many products offering probiotics. Recently I noticed a government sponsored ad warning of the overuse of antibiotics. Is it really this simple? The root...

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