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Turmeric’s Top 7 Benefits + 2 Potential Problems

Aug 23, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

  TURMERIC’S TOP 7 BENEFITS  **Please see references below for more information. 1. Memory, Mood and Brain Health An 18 month study showed individuals who had mild memory complaints saw significant improvement in both memory and attention when supplementing with curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric.  Plus, they saw improvements in mood and their PET scans showed a decrease in amyloid accumulation in the amygdala and hypothalamus (responsible for memory and emotional tasks). Curcumin was also compared to Prozac (an anti-depressant medication with a long list of side effects) in a clinical study.  Researchers were surprised to learn that curcumin could beRead more …

The Root of Mental Illness

Aug 19, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

Mental health can have its roots in a variety of conditions or imbalances in the body.  These imbalances can manifest in a variety of different ways including: Acne or eczema Arthritis Digestive health (IBS/IBD/Diverticulitis) Inflammation Autoimmune conditions Imbalanced blood sugar Hormone Imbalances Candidiasis PLUS – It’s difficult to feel emotionally well and balanced if you’re dealing with a chronic or persistent health challenge. SO… you might be wondering… –  how can this happen? ​ Many people are on very restrictive diets, because of digestive upset. Cutting out entire food groups can make it more difficult to get all the essential nutrientsRead more …

6 Key Anti-Inflammatory Supplements

Jul 29, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

**See below to purchase supplements     Fish oil   The first supplement I go to lower inflammation is fish oil (aka omega-3 essential fatty acids) which helps to lower levels of inflammation. The word ‘essential’ means you have to get it from food or supplements, our bodies do not make them.  Eating good quality, ethically sourced fish and seafood is a good idea, but difficult to get enough omega 3’s to combat inflammation, so supplementing a good quality fish oil (or algae oil for vegetarians) is the way to go.   Turmeric/curcumin    Turmeric has become a popular ingredientRead more …

Improve Memory with Autophagy

Jul 5, 2021 | Posted by in Uncategorized | 0

Autophagy is a very important ‘quality control mechanism’ for cleaning up and protecting the cell from injury and disease. Studies indicate that enhanced autophagic activity has been reported to promote beta amyloid plaque (Aß) clearance in both animal and human studies.   A recent study showed that autophagy improves cognition by enhancing memory formation and reverses memory decline during aging.   The following is a list of strategies to increase autophagy and support neurological function:   Intermittent fasting – eat within the 6 – 8 hour window.  (i.e. from 1 pm to 7 pm)   Sauna therapy up-regulates heat shock proteins.Read more …

Holistic Nutrition & Mental Health – 5 Simple Steps to Get Started

Jun 17, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

Most people understand the connection between nutrition and physical illness, yet few people are aware of the connection between nutrition and mental health.   Connections between nutrition and mental health:  – The brain is an organ with very high nutrient demands, on average it consumes 20% of a person’s daily caloric intake.  It is composed of 60% fat, and contains high concentrations of cholesterol and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as Omega-3s.– Mood enhancing neurotransmitters in the brain require building blocks (nutrients) from the food we eat such as, proteins, minerals and B vitamins.  Unfortunately, many people eat a diet ofRead more …

Top 5 Anti-Aging Nutrients

May 19, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

Let’s start with…   What is Aging?Aging is the progressive deterioration of structures and processes in the body.  Scientists are still working on understanding the causes of aging.  Some of the markers included are:–       Cellular aging Cellular aging results from oxidative stress which occurs when there are insufficient antioxidants.  This can play a role in many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, chronic kidney disease, neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s) and cardiovascular disease. –       Phenotype An individual’s progression of aging can be understood by their phenotype, which is a combination of their genetic makeup and external factors such as diet, lifestyle and environment.  –       EpigeneticsRead more …

Gut / Brain Connection

Apr 9, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

Imagine you just made a serious error at work.  Maybe you hit ‘reply all’ and sent an unintended message to your boss. YIKES – that’s doesn’t feel very good does it?  Perhaps you’re experiencing a sinking feeling in your gut…   We’re all familiar with gut feelings and the sayings that go along with them:   Gut wrenching Butterflies in your stomach Trust your gut   The gut/brain connection is more than a few phrases. The real players are the microbes that live in your gut.   There are multiple ways in which these microbes (consisting of bacteria, funghi, viruses…) impact howRead more …

How Stress Impacts Your Health

Feb 24, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs | 0

As soon as you feel stressed your sympathetic nervous system kicks into gear preparing your body to fight or flee from whatever is causing you stress…   Soon after the HPA (Hypothalamus, Pituitary, Adrenal) Axis comes into play.  As you can see in the diagram below the hypothalamus notifies the pituitary gland which then sends a hormone to the adrenals, which tells it to stimulate the production of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol has a number of effects on the body including: Increased heart and respiratory rates Slowing down digestion Putting  immune system ‘on hold’ Causing blood to flow to largeRead more …

Five Ways Your Gut Can Impact Mental Health

Jan 21, 2021 | Posted by in Uncategorized | 0

In my last blog “Leaky Gut – What’s Happening?”, (Click HERE to Read) – we discussed how a myriad of health conditions are related to the health of your gut lining, but you still might be wondering how a Leaky Gut can lead to mental health concerns?   Quick reminder:  An imbalanced microbiota, thinning of the mucus lining and damaged microvilli can lead to undigested particles of food and possible pathogens leaking into the bloodstream where the body will launch a pro-inflammatory attack.    Although this is a relatively new field of study and a complicated one at that –Read more …

Food Sensitivities – What’s going on?

Jan 21, 2021 | Posted by in Blogs, Uncategorized | 0

Do you have a food sensitivity?  Do you know someone who does?  Does it seem like food sensitivities have been on the rise over the past several years? What the heck is going on?     To be clear, a food sensitivity and a food allergy are two different things, if you’re not clear here’s an article from Harvard Medical School, click HERE.   Why are so many people sensitive to foods such as dairy or gluten (wheat)?  These foods have been consumed for generations by people from practically every corner of the world, and suddenly processed food manufacturers areRead more …