Pre and probiotic supplements have risen in popularity over the last few years. They are sold to us as a means of supporting and maintain that “good gut” bacteria to help promote digestion. But what is the difference between the two? What benefits do they provide? And who should be taking them?
In the last few years, research into “gut health” and its effect on the entire body has increased dramatically. Some have even noted the gut as the body’s second brain and have been linked to mental health issues. What’s known for sure is that gut health is crucial. It’s the system that allows our bodies to absorb essential nutrients. But poor food choices and genetics can cause issues like “leaky gut”. Let’s look a little closer and learn more about leaky gut.
Hormones. You’ve heard about them from a young age. These messengers play a vital role in many processes and systems. As a result of being triggered, hormones are released into the bloodstream as a means of transportation to their target cells. When hormones find the cells they need, they bind to receptors. Most of the time, the surface of these cells is optimal, and that hormone can work effectively. But there are times when these pathways are blocked or negatively affected, and things can get a little out of whack. Today, we want to dive into this topic to show why it’s important to balance out our hormones, how it affects our weight, and how we can find balance through the choices we make daily!
It’s a rushed, barely on time, kind of morning. Getting into work was a nightmare. Traffic was abysmal and you were certain you were going to be late. You rush into your cube like a tornado and sit down to start your computer. The minutes seem to last forever and your brain sends out the order for your stress hormones to surge. They trigger your body’s “fight or flight” response and can take a toll on the body.
If you identify as female, you may have noticed that most of the supplements marketed to you contain biotin. It has been claimed that biotin is a beauty holy grail that can enhance your skin, nails, and hair. But are these just bold claims? What is biotin anyway and is it really the holy grail we think it is?
February is a month that can leave a number of people feeling down with Valentine’s day commercialism. But all of us have something that supports us constantly – our own hearts! Our heart is continually working to pump blood and provide oxygen to every organ, muscle, ligament, and cell in our body. Unfortunately, we don’t always think about our hearts or their health. And when we stop caring for it, serious issues can arise which can later lead to serious disease and even death. This is why we encourage you to love yourself by loving your heart this Valentine’s day with this heart healthy tips!
In the last blog, we took a dive into the candidiasis infection. We discussed the ways you can become infected, as well as the different variations of the infection. This week, we want to discuss the best way to treat the fungus overgrowth. We (and many other wellness professionals) believe the best method is through the prevention of the underlying cause. And the best method to cure candidiasis is through the food we eat on a daily basis.
We’re only a few weeks into the new year. How are your resolutions going? If you’re like the many who have decided to get healthy in 2020, there’s a chance you’ve stayed strong in this commitment. However, there’s also the chance you’ve fallen off the wagon. When this happens, many of us think a drastic cleanse or organic detox is the answer to kickstart this new journey. Before you do that though, we want to take a minute and talk about this concept of organic detoxing and if you really need one to get healthy.
The new year, and a new decade, is upon us. If you’re like most, you may have set a few resolutions and goals for this year. And more likely than not, at least one of them is to lose weight or get healthier. It’s during the first month of the year that many of us choose to follow a fad diet, try a weight loss product promoted on Instagram, or completely change our lifestyles. But time and time again, any weight lost this way tends to get re-gained by the second half of the year. Are these unrealistic resolutions really working? Or do we need to start rethinking weight loss?
We’ve talked about inflammation before. It is a part of the body’s natural immune response and defense. When a cut swells up and turns red, that’s your body starting the process of healing. But sometimes, our natural response takes it a bit too far and goes into overdrive. This prolonged inflammation can cause a lot of health problems including asthma, blindness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Did you know your diet highly influences the amount of inflammation in the body? If you suffer from symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, the inflammation diet might be for you!