Your Lifestyle Affects Your Body Chemistry

Every day, whether we know it or not, we alter our brain chemistry. We do this through what we eat,  how we exercise, how we sleep, our daily activities and how we think. These changes in brain biochemistry help to create our moods, emotions and intellectual functioning.

The mechanism behind HOW this occurs is through a powerful group of chemicals inside the brain (and body) called neurotransmitters.  It is interesting  to note that many of these neurotransmitters are found in the gut! Neurotransmitters create a wide spectrum of feelings, moods and thoughts. Everything from feelings of self confidence, self esteem, enhanced memory and deep sleep.

During the past thirty years, science has learned that neurotransmitters can be affected, often dramatically, by a wide variety of everyday behaviors. One of the most powerful – and fast acting –  is the food we eat.

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Are hidden food allergies triggering your cravings?

Food sensitivities can trigger cravings. I recommend if you feel this might be an issue, you have food sensitivity testing done or elimination testing. My husband had this done and found he had gluten sensitivity and following a food plan he lost weight and cravings

Here is an excerpt from my book  Is Your Lifestyle Killing you? to be  released January 2013

Food sensitivities may cause people to crave those foods to which they are “sensitive” to. Just as a drug addict suffers withdrawal symptoms when the drug is withdrawn, allergic people experience discomfort when they lose access to a particular food.

Compulsive eaters crave and continue to eat those allergenic foods to which they are addicted day after day. The overweight person has no idea that his or her  daily food cravings or eating habits are based on a physiological need to stop withdrawal symptoms caused by food allergy addiction.

The phenomenon of simultaneous allergy and addiction to both foods and chemicals is now well accepted by doctors specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. These specialists believe that many chronic health problems, such as migraine, fatigue, depression, and arthritis are caused by allergies to foods and chemicals and affect approximately one-third of the population living in industrialized countries

Functional Wellness Depression Plan

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Depression is not a disease. It is a symptom.

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress.  But the truth is, what we really need can’t be found at a pharmacy. The true cause of depression is not simply a chemical imbalance, but a lifestyle crisis that demands a reset. It is a signal that the interconnected systems in the body are out of balance – from blood sugar, to gut health, to thyroid function– and inflammation is at the root.

My program includes powerful dietary interventions, targeted nutrient support, detoxification, sleep, and stress reframing techniques—you can use to heal your body, alleviate inflammation, and feel like YOU again without a single prescription.

Dr KAREN’s TEN POINT FUNCTIONAL WELLNESS PLAN FOR DEPRESSION with resources
1. Food Plan www.radiantrecovery.com and Potatoes Not Prozac by Kathleen Desmaisons
2. Sleep William Dement-The Promise of Sleep and www.sleepfoundation.org
3. Exercise President’s Council on Physical Fitness Resources www.fitness.gov
4. Nutrient Deficiency www.drkarenwolfe,usana.com
5. Detoxification http://www.drkarenwolfe.usana.com

6. Gut Health www.innovativehealing.com
7. Stress Management www.healthjourneys.com
8. Social Connections/MindBody Love and Survival by Dean Ornish /Create the Body Your Soul Desires by Dr Karen
9. Light Therapy  – Lamps
10. Hormonal Balance www.adrenalfatigue.com www.fundtionalmedicine.org