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 →

Ahhh, it’s flu season. Are you prone to the sniffles? When flu season comes around, are you always the first to be struck down? Yuck. Where shall we start? How about where it begins: in the gut. What’s so special about the gut? In a word, lots. Did you know that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut? Our intestines contain more immune cells than the entire rest of our body. Researchers are learning that problems ranging from autoimmune disease to clinical depression and simple obesity may in fact be linked to immune dysfunction that begins with a “failure to communicate” in theRead More →

Tis the Season … Most health bloggers are going to blog about eating healthy during the holidays. What to eat, what not to eat, how to lose excessive weight after the holidays, blah, blah, blah. Personally, it doesn’t matter to me what you eat during the holidays. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas are about family dinners and spending time with our loved ones. However, what does matter to me is your keeping your gut healthy during this holiday season (which is so important because 80% of our immune system lives in our gut). The following are some tips on how to keep your gut healthy during the holidays andRead More →