Happy New Year! It’s here. 2018 and time to make those New Year’s resolutions that so many of us (including me) break before the end of January. One of the most common reasons we break our New Year’s resolutions is that we get a little overzealous when we make them and we over-commit. This time around, I have decided to make resolutions that I plan on keeping. I started thinking about my 2018 New Year’s resolutions and what I would like to create (and resolutions I am pretty confident I can keep). It was simple to do. I found a quiet place, gave myself 15 minutes of uninterrupted time, and answered the followingRead More →

At a very young age, it is imprinted in us that holidays are a time for families to come together to celebrate. Holidays mark the passage of time, and as such, they hold so many memories. Holidays also magnify the loss. So here we are. The year of firsts. My first Christmas without my Mom. I am not gonna lie. Christmas really hurts this time. I am a Christmas-y kind of girl. This is my favorite time of the year, but this year, I want to yell at Karen Carpenter when the radio plays “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to just shut.up (and forRead More →

What IS This Thing Called Brain Fog? Brain fog. It starts with something you can brush off: the standard Where in this enormous mall parking lot did I leave the damn car?! Happens to everyone, no big deal. Until you realize it wasn’t just today at the mall; you’ve somehow spent most of your week feeling as if you’ve made major decisions behind a smokescreen. If you find yourself constantly feeling fatigued, distracted, moody and just plain “off,” you’re likely dealing with some sort of “brain fog.” Brain fog has become an unwanted side effect of our fast-paced, industrialized lifestyle. Unfortunately today, many of theRead More →

We Go Together Like… Turkey and stuffing, hamburger and French fries, peanut butter and jelly, ice cream and (well, just about anything goes with ice cream IMO). Some things are just meant to go together which brings us to the love fest between prebiotics and probiotics. You might be thinking to yourself, what in the world is the difference between the 2? Ahhh, let me do some explaining. Meet Our Friend, Probiotics: Probiotics do A LOT of good for your body. These are the good bacteria that help with many things including GI issues like diarrhea, improving the immune system, increasing hormone balance, and regulatingRead More →

Probiotics Are Our Friend: At the end of the day, do you rush home and change into something with an elastic waistband? Gastrointestinal distress is no laughing matter — it’s more than twice as common in women as men, and women often have it worse because of complicating factors like menstruation, fibromyalgia, migraines and heartburn. While diet is important, there are simple, effective steps for relief from your digestive issues, starting with our friends, probiotics. What Exactly Are These Things Called Probiotics? Probiotics are supplements of “good” bacteria that are found naturally in your body. They keep “bad” bacteria away, and support functions such asRead More →

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates. Hippocrates said this more than 2,000 years ago, but we’re only now beginning to understand just how right he was. Research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome (who has one or more of these diseases?) Let’s talk about 2 important players in the gut: Gut Flora: Gut flora is a healthy garden that needs healthy soil. Our gut contains, get this, approximately 100 trillionRead More →

The “F” Word … I am going to open this blog by dropping an F bomb .. and it’s so not what most of you are thinking. I am talking about (drum roll please), Flora!! If I am being completely honest, Flora is now known as gut microbiata but I would not have gotten your attention had I titled this blog “The M Word You Need to Know About” … tricky, aren’t I? These little flora (microbes) are our friend. We have trillions of them in our gut. Pretty cool right? You know what’s even cooler? 2/3 of our little friends are specific to YOURead More →

Your Gut and Diabetes: You may need a gut check—literally. Not only has past research linked intestinal bacteria to both obesity and Crohn’s disease, but a new study adds another concern to the list: type II diabetes. In recent years, new research suggests that microbes in our gut may play a role in the development of type II diabetes. Some microbes form toxins that enter the gut and cause inflammation in the body, which affects the liver and fat cells. As a result, insulin sensitivity and overall metabolism can change. Diabetic Gut Syndrome: We all carry almost six pounds of microbes, otherwise known as intestinalRead More →

Digestive Issues and Menopause Connection: I read somewhere that approximately 70 million (you read that correctly, 70 million) Americans suffer from digestive issues. That’s crazy! Medical conditions ranging from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) to celiac disease (the inability to process gluten) to acid reflux (GERD) are on the rise. What’s changed in the last 10 years to make your stomach so fussy? You still love it…somewhat. Digestive issues are definitely part of menopause, but what does gut health have to do with it? First of all, one of the most common period in one’s life to develop is the few years leading up to menopause, (lovinglyRead More →

Depression and Your Gut Did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization? More than 300 million people suffer from this mental disorder globally, with women more prone than men. Research is increasingly showing a mind-body connection and that depression could be a result of bacteria in your gut. In 2012, scientists at University College Cork discovered that brain levels of serotonin, or the ‘happy hormone,’ (I love the happy hormone) are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. In other words, normal adult brain function depends on the presence of gutRead More →