Tag: stress

The Gut-Brain, Gut-Immune Connection to Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a condition often considered difficult to understand. The main characteristic of CFS is persistent and relapsing fatigue, usually worsened by physical and mental exertion. It also involves neuropsychological symptoms including loss of memory or concentration, headaches, sleep disturbances, depression, and anxiety. Of these symptoms, depression and anxiety are the most common with about half of…

The Effects of the Microbiome During Pregnancy and How Mother Can Improve It

It has now been established that breast milk, similar to the intestinal tract, has its own microbiome containing possibly hundreds of bacterial species. In addition, breast milk produces its own indigestible sugars called oligosaccharides that babies cannot digest. These sugars become the food (prebiotics) for the bacteria residing in the breast tissue and milk. During breastfeeding these healthy bacteria relocate…

Exercise Prevents Emotional Stress

Moderate exercise helps people deal with emotional stress for a period of time after exercising, according to a recent study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. This study takes what we know about the positive mood effects of exercise even further. Not only does exercise make you feel good, but it even helps you allay…

The Fat and Skinny—There’s More to Consider

With a national adult obesity rate of over 35 percent and over two-thirds of the country either obese or overweight, there has been a major push toward educating people about the health risks of being overweight with particular focus on the harmful effects of the accumulation of belly fat. Not for nothing, the obesity epidemic certainly calls for increased awareness…

Magnesium and Your Colon

Magnesium is a mineral necessary to every organ in the body. Whole grains, nuts, and leafy green vegetables are particularly rich in magnesium, and although many foods contain magnesium, most people do not consume enough of this essential mineral. Further, certain health conditions, such as intestinal infections, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, and kidney disease can deplete magnesium levels. So…

Gut Organisms: More in Control than You Think

  The gut is home to over 100 trillion bacteria cells. That’s ten times the number of cells that make up your entire body. Collectively, your gut bacteria weigh about four pounds. That’s the weight of a brick. Although you might not think much about your gut bacteria, they have a profound effect on both your digestive health, and the…

Fish Consumption in Children—Watch the Mercury

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Fish is the really the best source of the beneficial omega-3 fats…

Celiac Disease—Stressed and Depressed

  According to a recent study published in the journal Chronic Illness, women with celiac disease are more likely to report stress, depression and disordered eating, even if they are following a gluten-free diet. The researchers found that women adhering to a gluten-free diet did experience greater vitality, lower stress, decreased depressive symptoms, and greater overall emotional health than those…

Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis

  The gut-brain axis involves the connection of the gut to the brain. This connection goes in both directions—from the brain to the gut and from the gut to the brain. In one way, the gut-brain axis is connected by the vagus nerve—a large nerve connecting the brain to the intestines and other organs. The vagus nerve both sends messages…