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4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

4 Surprising Conditions Related to Immune Health

When you think of immune health, the illnesses that come to mind are cold and flu, bacterial infections, or even autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. But you might be surprised to learn that immune health plays a role in many more conditions than you realize. Read on to learn about four conditions related to immune health…

5 Ways You Might Be Weakening Your Immunity

5 Ways You Might Be Weakening Your Immunity

I’m focused on immunity this month because if we wait until cold and flu season hits to work on building up our immune systems, it might be too late. The best way to fortify your immunity is to identify the ways you might be weakening your immune system in the first place. Then you can make changes to reverse those…

Cut the Stress, Free Your Mind

Cut the Stress, Free Your Mind

One of the joys of the holiday season is when we reconnect with our families, young and old. Of course, it’s great fun when we get to hear of our Grandparent’s exciting trip they took to Ireland last year. But for some families the reunions are more bittersweet, as we notice the progressive changes that a year has taken on…

Sleep Your Way to Happy and Thin

Sleep Your Way to Happy and Thin

At this extremely busy time of year, it may seem like even more of a challenge to maintain your weight along with your good attitude. Could it be because you are not getting enough sleep? Through the years I’ve blogged often on how important sleep is to your health. And it’s simply so important that I wanted to have a…

Mother’s Prenatal Stress Affects Infant’s Gut Bacteria

A number of studies have linked stress during pregnancy to premature birth and low birth weight, eczema, asthma, skin condition, and general illness as well as anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired cognitive and psychomotor development.1 The reasons for these associations is not completely understood. Some researchers believe that gut microbes play a role. Intestinal microbes affect the development…

Lower Stress for Allergy Relief

Almost eight percent of American adults have allergies, or more specifically, hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis. It seems as though the allergies this spring are at an all-time high. A recent study published in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology found that among 179 individuals with rhinitis, those allergy sufferers under persistent stress experience more allergy flares than…

Don’t Dwell on It

Just as it is important to attain—and maintain—physical health, we also need to work on our mental health. After all, each is related to the other. When one is out of balance, the other is affected. Just think about what happens when you are not well—it affects your emotions and thought processes, right? Well the same thing happens when you…

Probiotics Ease Stress-Induced Gut Inflammation

When you experience stress, especially on a regular basis, gut-brain interactions result in a decrease of inflammasomes—immune compounds that help maintain gut bacterial balance. This is one way stress leads to gut imbalance, or dysbiosis—an imbalance in the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut. Chronic stress is almost the norm in today’s world, however. So how can…

The Stress Factor and Your Heart

It’s true that just about everyone is stressed these days. Our lives are packed with things to do, places to be, and then more things to do. We are constantly on the move with little down time to help us recuperate. And sleep? It’s usually cut short to make time for something else seemingly “more important.” This current pattern of…