Feeling Stressed? Here are Some Ways to Help Manage Life's Daily Challenges

Feeling Stressed? Here are Some Ways to Help Manage Life's Daily Challenges

So, what is stress exactly? “Stress refers to any reaction to a physical, mental, social, or emotional stimulus that requires a response or alteration to the way we perform, think, or feel.” (Phyllis A. Balch, 736)

Stress can be caused in all kinds of different ways; however, we do need some stress in our lives in order to function. It only gets problematic when we become overwhelmed with stress and lose control of managing it. Our bodies have a ‘fight or flight’ response, designed to deal with immediate dangers; however, in this busy modern world, our bodies tend to respond in this way a little too often, which can cause exhaustion of our adrenals.

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Leaky gut and autoimmunity - What are the links?

Leaky gut and autoimmunity - What are the links?

Many things can contribute to autoimmunity, and leaky gut may be a bigger factor than we once thought. This is because of the impact of allowing undigested food, bacteria, etc. enter our bodies and how our immune system tries to fight them. A large part of our immune system is located just on the other side of that one-cell thick layer of enterocytes.

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What is leaky gut?

What is leaky gut?

The gut (a.k.a. digestive tract) is not just a tube that absorbs nutrients and gets rid of waste - it’s a complex alive system that’s a huge foundation of health. And not just gut health, but the overall health of our bodies and minds. We know how important it is to get all of our essential nutrients from food - and this is a big part of what our digestive tract does. But, there is way more to the story than just that.

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Leaky gut and what you can do about it

Leaky gut and what you can do about it

When our “good” gut microbes are happy eating their favourite foods they have positive effects on our gut - crowding out the “bad” microbes and producing beneficial anti-inflammatory compounds like short chain fatty acids (SCFAs).

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Omega-3's, for your inflammation!

Omega-3's, for your inflammation!

Omega-3s get a lot of notoriety - and for good reason! Not only is one of them essential for good health, but we don’t get enough of them in our diets.

Omega-3s are a kind of fat. Fats are not just a storable source of 9 calories per gram. Different fats are used by our bodies for different essential functions. They’re part of the membranes that surround each cell, and are especially important in the brain and nerves. They can mediate the effect of our immune cells as well as influence the production of neurotransmitters and hormones. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and have health benefits for the heart, brain, and our mental health.

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Inflammation and Heart Disease

Inflammation and Heart Disease

Heart disease is on the rise worldwide. It’s a serious chronic (long-term) condition.

It’s considered a “lifestyle” disease. This means that it tends to occur in people with certain lifestyles (i.e. not-so-awesome nutrition and exercise habits, etc.).

Heart disease is also linked with excess body fat, as well as inflammation.

While there are several links and risk factors, today we’re going to talk specifically about inflammation. Then I’ll give you some tips how to improve your nutrition and lifestyle.

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