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Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health

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Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health. Most diseases of the brain do not start in the brain. Depression, anxiety, ADD and dementia often have a foundation in the gut. It doesn’t make sense anymore to separate gut and brain. Most of the neurotransmitters are made in the gut and lead to mood stabilization when gut is healthy. The Broken Brain documentary series is being released this week and hosted by a well known functional medicine doctor, Dr Mark Hyman.  I am so excited that this information I have been teaching is becoming more mainstream.

The sad truth around Alzheimer’s and Dementia is that the statistics are grim.

  • 10% of 65-year-olds, 25% of 75-year-olds, and 50% (literally HALF) of all 85-year-olds will develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • In severe forms of dementia, people’s memories disappear, they stop talking, and their personalities evaporate.
  •  This is a terrifying, progressive, irreversible process, and dementia does not have any good medical treatments at this time.

The good news, however? This is NOT something you are doomed to experience.

Next week I am holding a webinar all about Your Microbiome: The Missing Link in Achieving Optimal Health

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I will be sharing how to optimize your microbiome. The microbiome is the community of trillions of bacteria that live in your digestive tract and elsewhere throughout your body. Collectively weighing about three pounds — the same weight as our brain. When your microbiome is balanced, you have good digestion, clear thinking, balanced mood, and glowing overall health. When your microbiome goes out of balance, however, you risk such symptoms as brain fog, depression, anxiety, bad skin, insomnia, obesity, diabetes, and cancer.

Invite your friends and families!!! Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

6:00Pm – 7:30pm (Pacific)

7:00pm – 8:30pm (Mountain)

8:00pm – 9:30pm (Central)

9:00pm – 9:30pm (Eastern)

Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today is different.

I just found out that a fabulously fit, amazingly healthy young man had a brain bleed while hiking and it stopped me in my tracks. How could that happen? His life is forever changed in an instant. Yes, I am sure he will make a huge recovery from his brain injury but the truth is that could happen to any of us at any time, so I wanted to muse on the notion of living in the moment.

Being a wellness seeker is about being able to live fully in the moment. Feeling clear headed and energetic and vibrant so that each moment counts. I have never said this out loud, but I think we need to bring the concept of mindfulness front and center in our health and wellness teaching.

Being a wellness seeker is NOT about deprivation now for a brighter tomorrow. Some people live this way but I recommend we change that perspective. Living for tomorrow is a missed opportunity!

Here is what I know for sure . The meaning of anything is about being fully present while you do it.

This is a big leap for me as being a competitive athlete growing up, I was always delaying gratification for the hope of a better future! Perhaps it is living longer and realizing how precious life is that has shifted my perspective.

What do you think?

How Is the Gut Connected to the Brain?

Did you know your gut is intricately connected to your brain? The brain needs a lot of nutrients to do its job. Not just food nutrients, but minerals and raw materials needed to help metabolic processed. If you do not have these nutrients in your diet, or your gut is too inflamed to absorb them well, you will have shortages in the brain.

Another huge aspect of the gut – brain connection is how bugs (microbes) manipulate the brain. The impact of gut microflora on brain function has again been confirmed by UCLA researchers who, in a proof-of-concept study, found that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) indeed altered the brain function in the participants.

The human body contains trillions of microbes, collectively called the microbiome. In just one person’s body, they are estimated to weigh two to six pounds — up to twice the weight of the average human brain.

Most reside in the gut and intestines, where they can help us to digest food, synthesize vitamins, and fight off infection. But their influence seems to reach the brain in a powerful way.

The benefit of a healthy gut is illustrated most effectively during early development. Research has indicated just how sensitive a fetus is to any changes in a mother’s microbiotic makeup, so much so that it can alter the way a baby’s brain develops. If a baby is born via cesarean section, it misses an opportunity to ingest the mother’s bacteria as it travels down the vaginal canal. Studies show that those born via c-section have to work to regain the same diversity in their microbiome as those born vaginally. Throughout our lives, our microbiome continues to be a vulnerable entity, and as we are exposed to stress, toxins, chemicals, certain diets, and even exercise, our microbiome fluctuates for better or worse.

The most empowering aspect to the gut-brain connection is the understanding that many of our daily lifestyle choices play a role in mediating our overall wellness. This whole-body approach to healthcare and wellness continues to show its value in our longevity, well-being, and quality of life: that both physical and mental health go hand-in-hand.

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