The Hidden Hypothyroid Problem

Posted on Jul 13, 2017

The thyroid is a small gland located in your throat and works like a thermostat in your body regulating temperature and energy expenditures. It controls metabolism and hormone production and is vital to your well-being.  Hypothyroidism is the term for an underactive thyroid.  It’s more common than hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) and has a disproportionate effect on women who are of reproductive age through menopause. The thyroid produces hormones out of nutrients called T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). These are Read More >

Making Room for Mushrooms

Posted on Jul 07, 2017

You may love the distinct taste of a mushroom, or you may be one who gets creeped out by the existence of edible fungi, but either way, you should know about the health benefits of mushrooms.  There are too many kinds, too many flavors of the like (stick with the kind you find in a grocery store, trust me) to go over them all, but about 100 of the thousands of species are known to have medicinal properties. Adding them Read More >

What Is Pregnenolone?

Posted on Jun 29, 2017

As we continue to investigate how our bodies function (or don’t), the more we see words with definitions that we have never heard before. It can become overwhelming to take it all in and process, but it helps when one of these discoveries can help improve your cognitive abilities. Pregnenolone, like DHEA, is a steroidal hormone that occurs naturally in the body. It’s synthesized from cholesterol in the adrenal glands, liver, skin, brain, testicles, ovaries, retinas and spinal cord. It’s Read More >

GABA

Posted on Jun 22, 2017

GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid), is an amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter and is crucial to the release of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine in the brain to control its activity levels. It’s the primary inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain and reduces excitatory neurotransmitters like glutamate, leading to a calming effect that is necessary for lower levels of stress and a good night’s sleep. Anti-anxiety medications like alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) work by increasing the amount of GABA in your Read More >

Top Ten Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted on Jun 16, 2017

One of the most useful things on the grocery shelf is apple cider vinegar. It is full of enzymes and beneficial bacteria that when consumed raw, organic and unfiltered can improve your health in many ways. Noted, it doesn’t taste great (has anything “good for you” ever tasted great?) and should never be taken straight from the bottle because it can irritate your esophagus. When diluted with a glass of water and maybe a little organic honey to sweeten it Read More >

A Healthy Coffee Alternative

Posted on Jun 09, 2017

How many of us are convinced that we need a coffee boost to start our day and even more to keep us going? The noradrenaline effects of a cup of coffee can provide a quick energy boost, but it is often followed by a “crash” when the noradrenaline in the brain is depleted. That doesn’t even include the effects of sugars and creamers some use to up the flavor. There is a healthier alternative you may want to try. Spearmint Read More >

Iron Woman

Posted on May 26, 2017

Women may be tough, but they aren’t made of steel. In fact, about 10 percent of women are iron deficient. Depending on your age and general health status, the amount of iron necessary for healthy blood levels varies and can often fall below guidelines. Younger women need more iron because of the losses that come with their normal menstrual cycle. Women between the ages of 19 to 50 need about 18 milligrams of iron each day, about twice as much Read More >

Your Other Brain

Posted on May 19, 2017

There is a lot of evidence that your mood can be affected by the health of your digestive system. The enteric nervous system (ENS) controls digestion and can work independently from your brain. The small intestine contains as many nerve cells as your spinal cord, and a malfunctioning gut can trigger mood swings, depression and anxiety. The effects of an unhealthy balance in the gut can cause more than a belly ache. Your gut is connected to the brain via Read More >

This Is Juicy Stuff

Posted on May 11, 2017

If you are looking for a way to kick start your day, your diet or your overall health plan, “juicing” is a great place to begin. Mixing up an elixir of veggies and some fruits is the most efficient way to get micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes straight into your system. Throwing fresh vegetables into a blender or juicer and liquidating their green goodness is a perfect way to boost energy (better than that cup of coffee) and get essential Read More >

13 Reasons Why You Should Eat Your Broccoli

Posted on May 04, 2017

Broccoli is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients including vitamins A, C, K, & B-complex, calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, & iron, and beta carotene. Broccoli has an ingredient called Sulforaphane that has antioxidant properties known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and protects against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Broccoli can inhibit the H-Pylori bacteria that causes digestive issues like ulcers and reduces stomach inflammation and helps protect the stomach lining. Broccoli is a brain food that has been shown to sharpen Read More >

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