Leaky Gut Repair and Prevention

What is leaky gut and what can you do about it?


Today we’re going to talk about leaky gut. The term itself seems to be pretty harmless, but studies show that leaky gut is linked to many health concerns such as autoimmune disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue, acne and other skin conditions, obesity, and more.

Your gut is truly at the root of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.
 
It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

So what exactly is Leaky Gut?

First, let’s have a little review on the process of digestion. Food that enters the mouth is mechanically broken down by chewing before being passed down to the stomach through the esophagus. Once in the stomach, food is mixed with the digestive juices gastrin and pepsin creating a mixture called chyme. This phase takes place for approximately 2 hours.
The second phase occurs when chyme enters the first part of the small intestine, the duodenum. Digestive enzymes come together to break down food into small molecules so that the microvilli can absorb them. Absorption mainly happens in the second portion of the small intestine, which is the jejunum. Microvilli, the tiny finger-like tissues at the sides of the small intestine, serve as the passageway for the food molecules to enter your bloodstream.
 
The absorption phase is the most important of all! Absorption must be functioning optimally or else eating healthy and balanced meals would be useless. We don’t want all  of those nutrients in your food to go to waste!
 
But the sad truth is, more and more people have damaged their small intestines without knowing it. How? Stress, medications, pesticides, high sugar foods, processed foods, high intake of gluten…these all damage your gut.

When there’s damage in the small intestine, your microvilli can’t absorb the food molecules inside the jejunum effectively. This can lead to another problem: the passage of large food molecules to the blood. This is leaky gut.
You see, these large food molecules are yet to be broken down into smaller molecules before they should be absorbed to your bloodstream. Unfortunately, they have managed to escape the intestines through the gaps between your gut cells. Meanwhile, a normally functioning immune system considers these large molecules as foreign bodies causing them to be attacked and tagged. An immune reaction happens, and if there are too many large molecules in the bloodstream, this can cause the immune system to overreact. This can lead to food sensitivities, digestive symptoms, depression, brain fog, fatigue, and even more serious issues like autoimmune disease.

How do we prevent Leaky Gut?

Your gut deserves the best and it is certainly in your best interest, as you can see, to support your gut as much as possible.
 
First, modify your diet by choosing healthy food (organic whenever possible to avoid pesticides!) over processed foods. Increase water intake with clean sources of protein, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, and good quality fats and oils.
Keep in mind to also decrease your sugar intake (Lakanto is one of my favorite substitutes for sugar!) and limit drinking coffee and alcohol.
 
Next, assess your lifestyle. Are there things you do regularly that increase the toxins coming into your body (i.e. smoking; poor air quality, chemical exposure)? Take a look at other areas of stress in your lifestyle. We all have some stress. Consider doing some relaxation and stress-busting techniques to help you manage it. Check this article for tips on how to deal with stress or contact me so I can support you.

Preventing and Repairing Leaky Gut through SBI

In addition to these basic suggestions, there’s something really powerful for you to consider using called an SBI. SBI stands for Serum Derived Bovine Immunoglobulin. This substance is loaded with something called IGG. IGG works by blocking and binding toxins in the gut. With this mechanism, these toxins won’t have the opportunity to destroy your intestinal lining and disrupt your normal digestive function. It’s like stopping the wood before it can feed a fire that you don’t want to burn.
 
IGG is naturally made by your body, but because diet and lifestyle can wear down your levels significantly.
 
Colostrum powder provides IGG, but if you are allergic or sensitive to dairy products, this isn’t a good option for you (as colostrum is derived from cow’s milk).
 
SBI, on the other hand is safe for individuals with dairy allergy or sensitivity (avoid if you have a beef sensitivity).
 
SBI contains more than 90% proteins and also over 50% immunoglobulins as well as other peptides and growth factors commonly found in milk and colostrum. These components bind to microbial antigens and toxins in the gut that would potentially cause damage to it. This allows your immune system to safely get rid of these potential triggers. 
 
If you are ready to heal your leaky gut or just strengthen your gut health, Mega IgG2000 by Microbiome Labs is a great option. Reach out to me if you are interested!

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

-Rebecca

P.S. If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

How Stress Weakens Your Gut Lining (and what to do about it!)

Today I want to talk with you about something really important involving your gut lining.

Why?

Because your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Part of what protects you is a part of your immune system called Secretory IgA (or SIgA). This is a substance that your gut makes and it acts as your first line of defense against toxins and microorganisms (like unfriendly bacteria, yeast, and other pathogens). Think of SIgA as your powerful gut warriors! You want to keep these warriors happy (functioning well and in the right amount).

What Disrupts Your Gut Lining

Some things that can get in the way of your gut and SIgA levels from doing their best are:

  • Highly processed foods
  • Pesticides and insecticides
  • Poor sleep
  • Sugar
  • Refined carbohydrates
  • Gluten
  • Parasitic infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Imbalances in your gut flora
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Chemical toxicity
  • GMO’s
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Stress!

Common symptoms you might experience are:

  • Gas and bloating
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Indigestion or heartburn
  • Thyroid problems
  • Low or inconsistent energy
  • Food sensitivities
  • Chronic skin problems
  • Joint pain
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Poor sleep

How to Support Your Gut Lining

You can do a lot to support your gut lining and reduce or eliminate your symptoms through diet and lifestyle. Don’t underestimate the value of stress management!!! It can make a world of difference in your gut health and quality of life. There are lots of ways to help manage your stress including breathing and meditation, but I’m an especially big fan of things that you can do on the go, during your day, to nip the damaging effects of stress in the bud and break out of the habit of stress (yes, it can become a habit!).

Here are some things that you can do to support your gut:

  • Avoid vegetable/industrial seed oils (like soy, cottonseed, corn, canola, and safflower) 
  • Get to bed by 10:30-11pm
  • Move your body
  • Reduce or phase out processed foods, refined carbs and sugar
  • Increase whole, unprocessed foods that are right for YOUR body
  • Hydrate
  • Use stress management tools DURING your day to reset your stress hormones (like HeartMath tools)

Beyond these basics, there are TONS of ways to create a customized self-care plan to help you take your health to the next level and feel great.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Brain & Gut Boosting Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Foggy thinking? Support Cellular Health in Your Brain!


Have you had a head or brain injury like a concussion? Do you experience foggy thinking or reduced ability to focus? We’re going to talk about how you can use an important molecule called Phosphatidylcholine to support your brain!

Phosphatidylcholine is a big word that can look intimidating, but basically, it’s a fatty building block of your cells. It’s a chemical that makes up part of your cell membranes and allows helpful fatty acids to travel around your body where they are needed. Your cell membranes are super important! They are the gate keepers of your cells. Inside your cells is where the magic happens and that magic won’t happen if nutrients can’t get into your cells because the outer membrane isn’t working. 



Without enough phosphatidylcholine, your cells will get damaged by oxidative stress (think of when you cut an apple and it turns brown: that’s oxidative stress). This damage causes dysfunction throughout your brain, digestive tract (aka your gut), and your liver.

Your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink (like phosphatidylcholine!) and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, fight infections, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Brain Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Your brain is nearly 60% fat! And guess what? Most of that fat is made up of phosphatidylcholine. So you can see that it is essential to get enough phosphatidylcholine from your foods or supplementally.
Research supports that phosphatidylcholine can help people recovery from traumatic brain injury and protect against cognitive decline.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is brain dysfunction caused by an outside force to the head such as a blow or jolt.  1.4 million people suffer a TBI per year, but get this: 3 out of 4 are mild injuries that are not detected by MRI’s, yet still induce brain inflammation and dysfunction!

Symptoms of TBI’s include mental confusion, chronic headaches, mood changes, and an increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis.

Phosphatidylcholine appears to support recovery from TBI by promoting the growth of new neurons and decreasing brain inflammation.

Phosphatidylcholine may also protect against dementia, improve depression, reduce anxiety and promote good sleep. It is a precursor to the brain chemical acetylcholine, which supports memory and clear thinking.

Energy, Gut, Liver & Detox Benefits of Phosphatidylcholine

Your mitochondria (where you make energy in your cells) are made from phospholipids including phosphatidylcholine. When your mitochondria get damaged, your energy production is going to go down. Phosphatidylcholine gives your mitochondria what they need to replace what gets damaged day to day from food and environmental toxins and other stress so that you can keep your energy production up.

Your gut lining (aka brush border of the intestine) also has a lot of phosphatidylcholine in the cell membranes. Inflammatory foods and exposure to pathogens can damage and destroy this lining. TO repair it, your body needs phosphatidylcholine. Are you noticing a pattern here?

Phosphatidylcholine supports your body in getting rid of toxins and helps your liver to do its job well.

Foods with Phosphatidylcholine

Phosphatidylcholine is found in egg yolks, beef liver, fish roe, sunflower seeds, beef, chicken, pork, soybeans, peanuts, and krill oil. Many fruits and veggies have some as well. However, research implies that most of us aren’t getting nearly enough phosphatidylcholine from our diets. If you continue to struggle with low energy, gut issues, foggy thinking, and poor detoxification, then you may need more phosphatidylcholine.

Supplement?

If you want to support your brain and gut health, reduce fatigue, and support detoxification, then phosphatidylcholine is one nutrient you should seriously consider incorporating into your diet and lifestyle.

There are many phosphatidylcholine products on the market. Micellized Pure PC by Quicksilver is a very high quality one that is very well absorbed because it’s broken down into small droplets. This is available through a practitioner. You can use this link and the code 1159 if you’d like to try it out.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Keto Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe is SOOOO delicious! If you feel more satisfied, sustained, and lean when you eat a lower carb (but plenty of veggies), higher fat and moderate protein diet, this recipe is for you. If you’re not sure what your best “fuel mix” is, give it a try (and also, reach out to me to talk about how to test for the best foods for your body).

I used the recipe from this site: https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/keto-shepherds-pie with slight modifications (noted below)

Ingredients

Cauliflower mash

  • 1½ lbs cauliflower (can also use riced or frozen)
  • ½ cup crème fraîche or sour cream (I used sour cream)
  • 1 egg (I’ve made it with and without the egg and there isn’t a taste difference that I could tell–the mash holds together a little better with it)
  • 3 oz. butter, melted
  • ½ leek, finely chopped (I included this with the meat rather than in the cauli mash)
  • 5 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper

Meaty Goodness

  • 1¾ lbs ground lamb or ground venison or beef (if you are a Santa Cruz local, Staff of Life has a blend of venison and beef that is AWESOME)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (I like Lea & Perrins)
  • 2 tbsp tamari soy sauce (wheat free)
  • ½ tbsp tabasco (I omitted this)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp butter, for frying

How to:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F
  2. Wash and cut the cauliflower into smaller pieces (or use riced OR frozen cauli to make it even faster and easier). Steam until soft. Drain thoroughly.
  3. Mash the cauliflower with a hand mixer or food processor. Mix in crème fraîche or sour cream, egg (if using), butter, leek and half of the cheese. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Fry the ground meat in butter. Add the sauces and the spices.
  5. Spread the meat out in an oven-proof dish, cover with the cauliflower mash and top with the rest of the cheese.
  6. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!!!

In health, Rebecca

The link between your sinuses, throat & gut health


So last week I had a REALLY sore throat. Like possibly the worst I’ve ever had. When I woke up the next morning, my left tonsil was so swollen I could barely swallow or talk from lack of space in my throat. As you can imagine, it was quite scary!
I went to the doctor immediately to see what was going on. No fever. No stuffy nose. Strep test negative. No signs of being sick, but clearly something was very wrong.

Antibiotics were recommended even though there wasn’t a clear diagnosis (though an abscess on my tonsil seemed most likely). I cannot even tell you the last time I took antibiotics. Much as I love to do things naturally, I know that antibiotics can be life saving when needed, so I was trying to keep an open mind.

I also know that some natural remedies are even more fast-acting and that I had taken some before driving to the doctor’s at 7am. By the end of the appointment, the swelling had come down. I felt like I could swallow without choking and I could talk more clearly. 

I decided that I was most comfortable with using my full natural approach arsenal of heavy duty herbs, salt water gargling, colloidal silver, Biocidin throat spray, and lots of soup and throat coat tea. I monitored myself closely and even took pictures for objective data so I would see how the swelling was changing.

Good News

It worked! My body healed within days. Bodies are great at healing after all. Why am I sharing this with you? I know a lot of people right now who are having sinus and throat infections! My story is a great example of how a healthy body will fight off an acute infection so that it doesn’t become chronic.
In today’s newsletter, I’d like to empower you with some tools for supporting your gut (oh yes, your gut has a lot to do with it) so that you can more effectively fight off both chronic and acute infections.

Your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. It’s also where 80% or more of your immune system lives.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Chronic v. acute

When something seems to come on suddenly, it’s more likely an acute infection (like getting a cold once a year). When you experience symptoms that seem to come on suddenly on a regular basis and you always feel like you are “putting out fires” with your health often, there’s likely something chronically imbalanced (like getting a cold one month, an outbreak of diarrhea the next month, sinus infection the next month). You may also be dealing with a chronic infection if there’s a symptom that never quite seems to go away (lingering stuffed or drippy nose, digestive issues, can’t lose weight).

Supporting your entire immune system

What chronic and acute infections have in common is your immune system, which as I mentioned is mostly in your gut.
You can support your entire immune system and gut in 3 ways:

  • Eating clean and hydrating
  • Transforming stress
  • Rest and sleep

Targeted testing and supplementation can also be immensely helpful for both chronic and acute infections. Herbs like garlic, echinacea, elderberry, clove, and oregano can be powerful immune regulators.For more acute infections, you can step up your self-care further (I shared the additional support I added in). Depending on what ails you and what your weakest self-care link is, you may want to double down on healing foods, or rest, or herbal antimicrobials. If you are already eating spot on, look to one of the other options to help you move your health needle, like perhaps you regularly don’t drink enough water…upping your hydration will help your immune system function more effectively. If your hydration is great but you’ve been going to bed late all week, then let that guide you. There are lots of tools for transforming stress. My favorite is HeartMath because you can do it anywhere, anytime and it’s effective.

Some additional and targeted tools for sinus and throat support, nasal rinsing, hydration, warm compresses, slippery elm, zinc, vitamin C, nettle, and apple cider vinegar can be very helpful.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

P.S.
Email me at rebecca@choosinghealthnow.com if you suspect you are dealing with a chronic imbalance.

A jiggly gut-friendly treat

Did you ever enjoy Jell-o? Today I’d like to share a MUCH healthier version with you that is loaded with gut healing benefits. 

Because your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. It’s also where 80% or more of your immune system lives.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Gut friendly Gelatin

So here is an easy gut friendly gelatin treat that you can make that doesn’t have any harmful food colorings, flavorings, sugar or empty calories. Instead it’s high in beneficial amino acids like glutamine, proline, and glycine which are essential to gut healing, healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.
Enjoy! Here’s the recipe!

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

What’s the best gut support?

If your health isn’t quite where you’d like it to be, listen up.
In today’s newsletter, I’d like to empower you with some tools for supporting your gut.

Because your gut is truly at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. It’s also where 80% or more of your immune system lives.

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, chronic infections, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

There are all sorts of ways that you can support your gut health. Today, we’re going to take a look at bone broth, bone broth protein, gelatin, and collagen.

Bone Broth versus Bone Broth Powder

Bone broth has many health benefits including gut healing properties. Bone broth is a liquid made from cooking bones for a long time so that the nutrients are made bio-available. Bone broth is high in beneficial amino acids like glutamine, proline, and glycine which are essential to gut healing. For more info on the benefits and for a recipe, click here. You can also purchase quality bone broth in stores. Here is a current review of the best brands for both broth and broth powders.
Bone broth powder or bone broth protein powder seems like a genius idea because it is super convenient and portable. However, quality is everything. For bone broth powder to actually be comparable to bone broth, it needs to be non-GMO, come from healthy animals, be antibiotic and hormone free, processed at lower temperatures so the proteins don’t get damaged, and be free of carcinogenic chemicals, preservatives, and flavorings.
See this review of the best quality brands.

Gelatin versus Collagen

Both gelatin and collagen are powdered options for getting the gut healing nutrients we talked about.

Gelatin is the cooked form of collagen. Collagen is the basic structure of things like bone, tendons, hair, skin, and connective tissues.

To use gelatin, you must add hot water to dissolve it, it tends to have a stronger flavor, and if you let it cool, it will gel and firm up (so it is great if you are making healthy puddings, sauces or things like that). Collagen powder on the other hand dissolves in cold or hot water and will not gelatinize.

When collagen is made, the the amino acids are broken down into smaller pieces than gelatin. Some people find collagen easier to digest for this reason.

Generally, gelatin offers more gut healing benefits than collagen (aka collagen peptides, hydrolyzed collagen) but collagen does offer benefits to the skin (elasticity, moisture), hair, nails, joints, and supplies important amino acids for gut repair as well.

In sum, all four of these healing foods offer gut support and supporting your gut is essential to good health.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Have you heard of Pique tea?

I’m always on the lookout for simple ways to support good gut health.

Why?

Your gut is at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Today I’d like to introduce you to something called Pique tea and some of its health benefits.
 

What is Pique Tea?

Pique tea are tea crystals that come in packets. No tea bags, boiling water, or waiting. You open the packet, pour it into a cup of water, the crystals dissolve, and you’re good to go. They offer black, green, and herbal tea varieties.

Health Benefits of Pique Tea

Good for your gut!
Your gut contains over 100 trillion bacteria. Well, tea is really high in plant compounds called polyphenols. Polyphenols are a prebiotic-type substance that feed healthy gut bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.  Having a healthy balance of gut flora supports every aspect of your health including digestion, weight loss, and immune function. Pique tea has 12x more polyphenols than other teas (verified by 3rd party testing). It also has been screened for toxins like heavy metals (unfortunately common in lower quality teas), mold and other toxins.

May help reduce cravings!
Catechins are a flavanoid and antioxidant. Catechins in tea can help with regulating the hunger hormone ghrelin and reduce hunger cravings.

Reduce stress!
Tea is high in L-theanine, an amino acid that is a precursor to GABA. GABA is a brain chemical that helps you handle stress better, reduce feelings of anxiety, and sleep well.
 So you may want to give Pique tea a try. I’m also a big fan of high quality teas that come in a regular bag (like Gaia, Traditional Medicinals, and Numi). Besides the actual ingredients which can yield numerous health benefits like supporting good digestion, helping regulate the stress response, and supporting detoxification, there’s something to be said for the ritual of pausing and enjoying a cup of tea. Taking that daily pause is something every single one of us can benefit from.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Gut Health, Weight & Low Energy: Your Symptoms Are Clues!

What your symptoms are trying to tell you…


What do low energy, bloating, gas, digestive issues, and imbalanced weight all have in common?

They are all symptoms. They’re a problem but they aren’t “the” problem. They are precious clues that your body is giving you because it’s trying to tell you something is off balance.
You’ve heard the expression “don’t shoot the messenger” before, right? Well, it’s really easy to get annoyed, upset, or resentful of symptoms. It’s convenient in the short-term to slap a band-aid on the symptom and go about your day.

But you already know that the symptom usually comes back and over time, gets worse and multiplies with other symptoms.

Why?

The symptom isn’t the problem. It’s the clue that there is a problem: that things aren’t able to function normally in your body anymore, so this symptoms is showing up. Your body will always do the best that it can. So if your best includes symptoms, that’s because things have broken down and until you address the root of the problem, not the symptom, you’re going to keep having symptoms.

Your gut is at the ROOT of your health.

Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, think clearly, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like low energy, gut/digestive issues, excess weight, mood imbalance, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

Meet Your Gut-Brain

Did you know that your gut has its own brain? The enteric nervous system (ENS for short) is an amazing network of nerves in your gut that control all sorts of things including the movement of food through your body, releasing enzymes to digest your food, and even pain perception.

When your ENS isn’t working well, you can experience an array of symptoms ranging from excess weight, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn, nausea, high blood sugar, low energy, and inflammation.

Your Brain-Gut Connection

Psychological stress plays a MAJOR role in the function of your ENS.
Your heart, lungs, brain and gut are all connected via the vagus nerve (the longest nerve in the human body).
Some symptoms of chronic stress are constipation, anxiety (GABA is a brain chemical that gets depleted with chronic stress–this can prevent your brain from “shutting off” the worry signal, can interfere with sleep and can also slow down your digestion and contribute to constipation), and weight gain (stress hormones imbalance your body’s ability to properly manage blood sugar which can lead to weight gain or weight that feels impossible to lose).

As you can see, your gut health is SUPER important for quality of life. And as you’ve seen, there’s a HUGE connection between your gut health, your thoughts, and your feelings. I refer to this relationship as your Gut-Stress Trio. We all have it. What makes us different is how we support it!

There’s a lot that you can do to support the Gut-Stress Trio. A great place to start is to take a look at the methods that you have to daily manage the way these 3 pieces relate to each other. Are you eating the right diet for YOUR body? One-size-doesn’t-fit-all! How do you create a healing mindset daily? How do you reset your stress button during the day? How are you repairing your gut from previous damage?

Your answers=your stress resilience toolkit. You can build resilience to stress, it’s not fixed. You can heal your gut, it’s not broken.

If you’re struggling with symptoms, your toolkit may need some updating.

This is something I can help you with. Email me and tell me what symptom(s) you are having, what you’ve tried so far that doesn’t seem to be working, and we’ll go from there. My email is rebecca@choosinghealthnow.com

The good news is that both your body and your mind have an amazing capacity to heal!
You really were designed to be healthy.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Keto Beef Short Ribs

Oh my gosh, these ribs turned out amazing and they were SO simple.

Ingredients:

  • 3 full beef short ribs
  • 1/2 cup bone broth (optional; can use instead of or in addition to the butter and olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon organic butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I like Lea & Perrins)

How to:

Add all ingredients to a crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hrs or until super tender.

Enjoy!