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Improve Your Health (and Vagal Tone) With These 4 Tips

The vagus (sounds like Vegas) nerve plays a critical role in many areas of your health.  It’s the tenth cranial nerve and originates in your brainstem. It goes through your neck and thorax and extends down to your abdomen. It is one of the biggest nerves that connect your brain and gut through a two-way […]

Common Drugs That Affect the Gut Ecosystem–And What to Do about It!

Within your gut lives billions of microorganisms that promote your health. Collectively known as the gut microbiome, this microbial community works as a giant factory producing various chemicals or substances that pass through the intestinal wall to join the bloodstream and affect your body’s cells. Different factors affect the composition and quantity of your gut microbiome, […]

5 Ways Sunlight Impacts Your Metabolic Health

Did you know that sunlight has a direct impact on your metabolic health?All the cells of your body take some direction from the sun on how they should function. Here are the 5 ways sunlight impacts your metabolic health: 1. Plants make food for your cells using sunlight.Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants […]

What Determines Health: Genes or Lifestyle?

If you think that genetics alone determines your health or your risk of developing certain diseases, think again. Epigenetics, the interplay of how your behaviors and environment can cause changes that affect the way your genes work, is what we’re going to explore today. The word epigenome comes from the Greek word epi which means above the genome. […]

The 4 Most Important Nutrition Guideposts

I was at the grocery store the other day and had a very chatty cashier. He shared with me that he was trying to get healthier, but that all the information out there was just so confusing and overwhelming!That conversation inspired me to write today’s newsletter…because I’m sure he’s not alone. There is SO much […]

What High Levels of Uric Acid on Blood Tests Can Mean

If you remember several newsletters back, I talked about optimal and normal levels of lab tests. I did not touch on uric acid, so that’ll be the focus for today. What is uric acid?  Uric acid is produced as an end product of purine, nucleic acid, and nucleotide metabolism–basically, the levels represent the end product […]

What is Histamine Intolerance?

Ever heard of histamine intolerance? This condition is relatively new and difficult to diagnose. In fact, some people only hear about it when the symptoms show up! Before that happens to you or anyone you love, I hope today’s newsletter will help you stay your healthiest. First on all, what is histamine? You are probably […]

Health Benefits of Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton are microscopic organisms that live in watery environments.  There are different types of phytoplankton, but the most common type is the single-celled plant. Just like land plants, phytoplankton contains chlorophyll that converts sunlight into chemical energy in the form of photosynthesis. It uses carbon dioxide in the process and gives out oxygen as a byproduct. […]

Blackberry Protein Pancakes

I’ve modified my traditional protein pancake to give it a better, less dense texture. Instead of using starchy flour which can raise blood sugar, contribute to weight imbalance, and cause energy to tank, I swap out a bit of the almond flour for coconut flour. Ingredients: 4 large organic chicken eggs (pasture-raised is best!) 1 cup […]

6 Natural Ways to Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Whether this newsletter topic applies to you directly or indirectly (as it could help someone you care about), my goal today is to provide you with a deeper understanding of menopause AND find natural ways to help you or someone you care about ease through this transition. There are actually three stages of menopause: Perimenopause – the […]