Most people probably don’t spend much time thinking about their gastrointestinal tract (GI), but I am obsessed with it. It does phenomenal work, mostly unnoticed, until something goes wrong. Common GI complaints include gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, undigested food in the stool, incomplete evacuation, belching, heart burn, and upper or lower GI pain. These symptoms are not normal and are all indications of a breakdown in the system.
The GI system is an unbelievably efficient machine allowing you to turn the food you eat into usable units for building, repairing, and maintaining your body. The large intestine is also the home to a vast array of bacteria to help you maintain a strong immune system, create vitamins, hormones and neurotransmitters. In other words, a healthy gut is central to your overall health. If there is an imbalance in the digestive process, all other body systems suffer.
April is National Garden Month. What better way to increase your consumption of fresh, tasty produce than to grow it yourself? By growing your own food, you can cultivate an atmosphere that reduces stres. In addition, eating your own pesticide-free produce, can help you tend to your inner garden – your gut microbiome.
Getting outdoors and growing your own food has so many benefits – too many to list, but here are my top 15:
1. Being in the sun allows your body to create the hormone vitamin D, which is crucial to overall health. Most people do not have optimal levels of vitamin D and over time, this can lead to numerous health consequences.
2. Being outdoors lowers your blood pressure. Studies suggest that being in nature can actually lower your blood pressure as much as medication.
March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Eat Right. Live Right. Feel Right.” That really sums it up for me. The foods we put into our bodies affect the way we feel physically and psychologically. Do you notice that you feel sleepy after eating? Do you get bloated, feel nauseous, or have heartburn? Do your joints ache? Do you get headaches frequently? What about sinus infections? Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog? How about stubborn belly fat? All of these symptoms are likely related to food.
What’s the good news? You have control over how you feel every day, just with the food choices you make. Sure, it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to the food you eat. But, there are other far more difficult challenges that you’ve overcome in life. Changing your food habits is no different than stopping smoking, earning an advanced...
Could you remove your eyes, carry them around in your pocket with you all day, and still be able to see? It seems ridiculous to think about, but that’s essentially how conventional medicine sees you – you’re a set of eyeballs, a liver, a heart, a pair of lungs, a brain; all disconnected from the host. Our current healthcare model isn’t designed to treat you as a complete person, rather you are divided into organ systems.
If you suffer from a chronic disease, you have likely seen numerous physicians, depending on the circumstance. So, for instance, if you have diabetes, you probably have an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, and a family practice physician. Each specialty may have great things to offer, but results are usually minimal because there’s really no comprehensive strategy to get to the root of why you have diabetes in the first place. It can be likened to pouring one bucket of water on a five alarm fire. You’re not going to make much p...