Adrenal Fatigue: Everything You Need to Know

Adrenal Fatigue: Everything You Need to Know

You can listen to my podcast above on Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue has become one of the most devastating health problems in modern society.  At no time in history has the human body been under so much stress!

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue basically means that your adrenal glands are no longer producing healthy levels of the hormones cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone.  Additionally, your adrenals may be over-producing or under-producing adrenaline (norepinephrine & epinephrine).  When you first become stressed the adrenals will pump out a lot of cortisol and adrenaline but over time they become exhausted from prolonged stress.  A deficiency of all these hormones results in adrenal fatigue. Read more

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Thyroid Symptoms in Women

Listen to my podcast above on thyroid symptoms in women.

Low Thyroid Symptoms in Women are Widespread

Thyroid symptoms in women are sadly prevalent today. In general, women are more vulnerable to thyroid disorders than men for a variety of reasons. It is estimated that as many as ten percent of women suffer harmful effects from underactive thyroid, a condition also known as hypothyroidism.

Thyroid symptoms in women are more frequently caused by the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Up to ninety percent of all cases of hypothyroidism are caused by Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune disorder that is about seven times more likely to affect women than men. Read more

The MTHFR Test

The MTHFR Test

Listen to my latest podcast above on the MTHFR Test

What is the MTHFR test?

The MTHFR test or Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase test has become extremely popular due its potential to uncover some very important health risk factors as well as mysterious symptoms that you may have been struggling with for years.

This test is basically looking for two types of genetic mutations known as C677T and A1298C that affect the MTHFR enzyme involved in folate metabolism in the body.  Proper MTHFR enzyme function ensures that homocysteine (toxic metabolite) is properly metabolized to the amino acid methionine which then makes SAMe. SAMe is known as the “universal methyl donor” which is extremely important for serotonin, melatonin and your DNA!

Folate is a B-vitamin and is important because it is at the heart of metabolism and the production of all your cells. Without it, nothing really works well so our list of symptoms and health problems would look pretty crazy. Read more

Three Things You Can Do For Anxiety

Three Things You Can Do For Anxiety

In the above podcast, I chat with Michael Diettrich-Chastain about three things you can do for anxiety.

We discussed the importance of having a daily routine that you sustain for a long time in order to get the best results.  The following can be extremely helpful for anxiety that you can implement into your daily routine:

  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Some type of movement such as exercise or just a walk in nature
  • Spending more time with people and removing yourself from isolation
  • Taking a break from technology and social media

I like the app Calm to learn how to meditate and keep track of your progress.  Visit Calm’s website or install the free app on Android or iPhone.
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My Favorite Healthy Teas

My Favorite Healthy Teas

I wanted to share with you my favorite healthy teas that will benefit you the most. Tea has, of course, been around for centuries and it is intimately ingrained in many cultures around the world. From the British Isles to Asia, people have been enjoying tea for many health benefits that they probably didn’t know about.

Let’s jump right in and cover my favorite healthy teas for health and longevity. Read more

Is Facebook Making You Sick?

Is Facebook Making You Sick?

Listen to my podcast above on Facebook and your health

Many have the false belief that Facebook was created for the benefit of people to stay in touch and see what their “friends” are up to.  In actuality, Facebook was created strictly to gather as much data as possible about its users for the single purpose of making a profit. Read more

Health Benefits of Sardines

Health Benefits of Sardines

Listen to my podcast about the health benefits of sardines above

One of my all-time favorite healthy foods is definitely sardines.  This was certainly an acquired taste and I had to learn the hard way that some brands are absolutely disgusting and others taste great.  The picture above shows the three brands of sardines I eat the most.

Why are sardines so great?

Sardines are nutritional powerhouses containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, high-quality protein, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B5, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, choline, CoQ10, zinc and iron. They’re really stacked to the gills!

Sardines are also extremely low in mercury so you don’t have to worry about toxic metals like from other types of fish.

Sardines are perfect if you are following a ketogenic diet, paleo diet, low carb diet, modified vegetarian diet or just want to add a lot of nutrition to your diet.  If you are following a ketogenic diet then go for the sardines packed in olive oil for extra fat. Read more

How to Improve Digestion

How to Improve Digestion

Listen to my podcast about How to Improve Digestion above

“All disease begins in the gut.” –Hippocrates

Was Hippocrates right over 2,000 years ago?  I would have to agree with him a majority of the time when it comes to chronic diseases.  A healthy digestive system begins with excellent digestion so let’s go over some tips to help you improve your digestion.  Firstly, I’d like to briefly cover the reason why your digestion may be out of balance.

What causes bad digestion?

Eating very quickly while on the run and not completely focusing on your meal will result in poor digestion.  You must be in a parasympathetic dominant state which is your “rest and digest” branch of your nervous system.  Many people are sympathetic dominant when they eat which is the “fight or flight” branch of your nervous system.

When your sympathetic nervous is revved up, your body produces adrenaline which takes blood away from your stomach and lowers stomach acid so you won’t digest food very well.  Watching television, reading, texting, checking Facebook etc. while you’re eating will draw you out of your rest and digest state resulting in poor digestion. Read more

How to Beat Depression Naturally

How to Beat Depression Naturally

Listen to my podcast about how to beat depression naturally above or read the article below.

Inflammation and depression

For many years there has been a generally accepted cause of depression with the treatment revolving around neurotransmitter manipulation through antidepressant medications.  It has become quite clear however that inflammation is at the core of depression, anxiety, insomnia  and other mood disorders in many people. And, you can beat depression naturally!

Antidepressants have helped many people and are definitely required for certain individuals in order to function. These medications manipulate neurotransmitter levels but they also have anti-inflammatory properties which can additionally explain why they help people.

Studies are showing that patients with increased levels of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha suffer from depression and other mood disorders. Read more