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Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

February 17, 2020 - 4:19pm
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 422 million people with diabetes mellitus (DM) and 318 million with impaired glucose tolerance (dysglycemia). This is an important public health issue that requires attention given its relationship to a plethora of chronic diseases as well as economic burden. We know that overweight (BMI > 25) and obesity (BMI>30) also lead to increased health risk relative to increasing values. However, we must look beyond these numbers alone and consider numerous factors that contribute to metabolic imbalances.

3 Reasons Why DHA is Important for Kids

February 10, 2020 - 11:05am
3 Reasons Why DHA is Important for Kids

As more and more baby boomers enter their senior years, suggestions on how to improve neurological health seem to be gaining in popularity. With this recent surge of interest in optimizing brain health, we may lose sight of its relevance in children. Yes, aging adults may experience a decline in cognition, memory and learning, but the neurological development that occurs in an infant’s first few months of life is nothing short of amazing. Also, laying the foundation in the early years for strong neurological connections only benefits us later in life. Therefore, considering the impact of diet and the environment on children’s brain health is as important, if not more important, than in the elderly.

DHA Pathway to the Brain

February 3, 2020 - 4:23pm
DHA Pathway to the Brain

The health benefits of two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), seem indisputable and range from improved cardiovascular risk factors and body composition to promotion of healthy inflammatory pathways. Lately, however, DHA has received a brighter spotlight of attention in the news due to its ability to influence the structure, function, and signaling of the brain. This impact results in a positive effect on memory and the nervous system, appealing to an aging population concerned about cognitive decline.

Cannabis Sativa: History, Chemistry & Uses

January 27, 2020 - 3:27pm
 History, Chemistry & Uses

Hemp and marijuana are both from the same Cannabis sativa plant, but hemp is marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin mostly used for the extraction of cannabinoids. As legislation around hemp and marijuana change in the US, it’s important to understand the history and to know the difference between the plants.

Hemp 101

January 17, 2020 - 6:43pm
Hemp 101

The interest and use of hemp products have grown exponentially over the past several decades as the understanding of the plant’s bioactives continues to garner attention. First thing, the difference between hemp and marijuana must be established given their relation to the Cannabis industry and legal considerations. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. Hemp, however, is defined in the 2018 Farm Bill as the cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC by dry weight and marijuana is the term used for plants containing greater than 0.3% THC. THC is the compound delivering the psychotropic effects of “getting high”, while CBD is the main non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. THC is used medicinally as well as non-medicinally for its intoxicating effects.

Not All Supplements are Created Equally

January 10, 2020 - 5:24pm
Not All Supplements are Created Equally

Dietary supplementation is now commonplace in the American diet with many people concerned food alone cannot meet nutritional requirements. However, not all supplements are created equally. In order to ensure that an individual can successfully navigate the endless choices of supplements, it’s important to know some do’s and don’ts of proper dietary supplementation.

4 Ways Melatonin Regulates the Stress Response

January 6, 2020 - 12:59pm
4 Ways Melatonin Regulates the Stress Response

Acute or chronic stress can trigger an overactive sympathetic nervous system, resulting in high oxidative stress. The immune system functions at its best in the parasympathetic state so when it switches to a sympathetic state, the body is vulnerable to disease. Chronic release of hormones such as cortisol, catecholamines and neuropeptides due to stress also has a deleterious effect on the immune system, which impacts the sleep cycle and circadian rhythm. Psychological stress can also have a negative effect on the skin, triggering or exacerbating immune-mediated dermatological disorders.

Simple 3-Step Gratitude Practice

December 26, 2019 - 1:03pm

Gratitude is more than a positive personality trait or a willy-nilly feeling. Gratitude has the power to change the lens through which we view the world, bringing us more joy, health and satisfaction. It’s easy to see the problems in life, not because we are cynical, but because we are looking for what we can improve in our lives. The downside to this is that we can skip over the miracles in our lives, taking the small gifts for granted. 

7 Tips to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

December 20, 2019 - 4:40pm

Overwhelmed by the mounting to-do list this holiday season? You’re not alone. The holiday season comes with what seems like a never ending list of additional responsibilities. Holiday stress is a real thing - and something that you can manage if you follow a few tips and tricks. 

A 2015 Healthline study found that 62% of those surveyed said their stress levels were elevated during the holiday season. Researchers cited the main stressors this time of year as - finances, family dynamics and keeping fit.

Stress - The Mind-Body Connection Part 2

December 12, 2019 - 5:56pm

Welcome back to Part 2 of “Stress - The Mind-Body Connection”.  In Part 1, we discovered the science and psychology behind the mind-body disconnect, how hormones affect our perception of the world, how stress produces visible changes in the brain as well as enhanced emotionality, and much more. If you have not read part one, check it out here.

In this article, we’ll explore how stress can actually rewire the brain’s neural architecture, allostasis and the whole-body response to stress, as well as 5 molecules that are required to help rebuild the brain. Let's dive into Part 2 now.

Stress - The Mind-Body Connection Part 1

December 9, 2019 - 12:01pm

Dualism states that the mind and body are separate and this theory is accepted by many despite much evidence showing an observable bidirectional relationship between the mind and body. For example, the gut microbiome sends signals to the brain, and vice versa. The heart sends signals to the brain and the adrenals are also known to send signals to the brain by way of hormones that can alter our perception of the world. Neuroplasticity has shown us how our environment alters physical make-up. Modern scientists now have very sophisticated tools that can monitor brainwaves, microbes and other factors that change the mind. Stress is clearly a full-body response, and the idea that the mind and body are separate seems an outdated viewpoint.

Detoxing the Brain: Sleep and Glymphatics

December 2, 2019 - 11:51am

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), there are over 85,000 synthetic chemicals in circulation today, which is hard on the immune system and elimination pathways. The first step to properly detoxify the brain is to do everything in our power to reduce and eliminate toxins from our lifestyle, such as avoiding synthetic chemicals whenever possible.

When looking at how the brain detoxifies, it’s important to understand how it became toxic in the first place. Alongside the buildup of cellular waste, pesticides, and herbicides, neurotoxins can damage the brain and central nervous system (CNS). In addition, several heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, aluminum and copper can settle in the brain and cause damage. Some artificial sweeteners including Aspartame, NutraSweet®, and Equal® are considered excitotoxins and, as such, can also damage the brain and nervous system.

Have Your Sugar and Eat It, Too

November 22, 2019 - 3:35pm

Our sweet tooth is more demanding than ever. As a result, food companies add a lot of refined sugar to our foods to make them more palatable. Unless you are eating  food in its natural state, odds are you are consuming some kind of added sugar, and likely more than you think. The average American eats about 150 pounds of added sugar each year. Just flip a food product over and look at the label. Chances are you’ll see some variation of processed sugar, such as high fructose corn syrup. 

9 Reasons the Lymphatic System Is the Key to Health

November 19, 2019 - 11:41am

Gaining a clear understanding of the body's great lymphatic system unveils the pathophysiology of many diseases and a clear road to health. Microbes, viruses, inflammation, and bacteria all play a part in the progression of disease. However, the lymphatic system, when combined with the microbiome could expose clues that will allow us to live a life of vitality that is free from suffering.

8 Powerful Detox Herbs

November 11, 2019 - 12:56pm

Nature is filled with herbs that have a wide range of healing properties, many of which are perfect for detoxification. You've probably heard of a lot of great detox herbs like parsley, dandelion or Hibiscus. This article won't be covering these commonly known detoxification herbs, but instead will dive deep into ancient herbs that are being investigated by science for their powerful healing and detoxification properties. 

Concerned about Glyphosate?

November 4, 2019 - 4:13pm

Glyphosate [(N-phosphonomethyl) glycine] (GLY) is the most widely used herbicide worldwide. First introduced in 1974, it sells under the brand name, “Roundup”. Since 1996 and the introduction of “Roundup Ready” crops (genetically modified crops resistant to heavy application), glyphosate use has increased approximately 15-fold. It kills broadleaf weeds and grasses and is most-known as a weed killer for commodity crops such as soy, corn and canola.