Did you know that green vegetables are a key source of nutrients for fighting stress and healing your gut? Scientists are learning more and more that when our bodies are under stress, we release chemicals called inflammatory cytokines. If you’re frequently overwhelmed, anxious, or having trouble with your memory, you could have inflammation in your body. Do not fear however- there are several green vegetables that have some major healing power!
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Many people are living with a food intolerance without realizing it. Symptoms of a food intolerance (and food allergies) manifests in subtle, yet profoundly damaging ways. Brain fog, skin irritations, inflammation and behavioral symptoms are often ignored. This is your body trying to tell you that it is fighting off a pathogen.
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Did you know that several healthy foods can increase attraction, happiness and well-being? The month of February is all about feeling more love so why not add in some well known aphrodisiacs to your meals? Your mental and physical health can benefit greatly.
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Are you stressed? Most of us feel stress on a daily basis and although this is common, it isn’t healthy for your mental or physical health. The American Psychological Association reports that about half of Americans report lying awake at night due to stress, one-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress, and more than three quarters of us feel that money and work are the leading causes of stress. Stress impacts your body and your mind. The more you can recognize the physical and emotional signs of stress, the more confident you will become in reducing the stress in your life.
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Did you know that supplements can change your brain chemistry? If you ever find yourself having difficulty focusing or concentrating you aren’t alone. These problems plague millions of Americans every day. We rely on our cognition and focus to help us stay alert and alive. The right supplements can not only improve focus and memory but rebuild your brain chemistry.
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Our Flash Sale is going on now, just in time for the New Year! For a limited time only, selected products and test kits are up to 30% off. Don’t wait, supplies are limited.
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There are simple ways to improve your diet and your brain chemistry even during the hectic holiday season. It may seem impossible to avoid eggnog and sugar cookies, but your mood and metabolism will improve when you swap them for something more nutritious (and delicious). We have some simple tips to help you feel your best during the holidays. » Read more..
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If your GI tract is out of whack, your mental and physical health will be too. Fatigue and fuzzy thinking, not to mention bloating and irregular bowel movements, are linked to your gut health. If your sick and tired of feeling less than your best it’s time to look at your gut health.
Your GI Tract is Your Second Brain
Scientists consider the GI tract (Gastrointestinal tract) the body’s second brain. It’s vital to your mental and physical health. The microbes in your gut are responsible for more than 80% of your immune system and can help your body fight off foreign invaders such as the cold or flu.
Your GI tract is also a key player in your brain chemistry. It breaks down amino acids in your gut turning them into neurotransmitters in the brain. If this process isn’t running smoothly (literally) your mood and health are compromised.
Is Your Gut Hurting or Helping Your Brain Chemistry?
As you know, amino acids are found in the foods you eat and the supplements you take. When your GI tract is balanced, your mood and energy levels are too. Allergies, stress, and toxins can cause severe damage to the lining of your gut; this disrupts your mood and mental health too. If your feeling down, depressed or drained testing your neurotransmitter levels can help identify if there is an imbalance; in your brain and in your gut.
Your GI tract is responsible for producing important neurotransmitters such as serotonin and GABA. The bacteria in your gut is in charge of making these inhibitory very important neurotransmitters that regulate your mood. In fact, more than 95 percent of the serotonin in your body made in your gut. If you struggle with depression or anxiety, your gut health is likely to blame.
Is My Gut Imbalanced?
Some of the most common symptoms and side effects of an imbalanced GI tract are:
- Headaches or Migraines
- Eczema or Asthma
- Intense Seasonal Allergies
- Fibromyalgia or Joint Pain
- Chronic fatigue or Fogginess
- Hives or Rashes
- Mood Disorders and Anxiety
- Autoimmune Illnesses
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Type 1 Diabetes
What Can Cause or Contribute to a GI Tract Imbalance?
- Refined carbohydrates, processed or fast foods
- Processed white flour
- Foods high in sugar: The more sugar we eat, the fewer the binding sites available for Vitamin C and therefore a dampened immune response.
- Artificial flavors and dyes (such as Blue #1, Blue #2, Red #3 and Red #40 and Yellow #6)
- Preservatives (BHA, BHT, sodium nitrate/nitrite, sulfur dioxide and potassium bromate) and flavor enhancers (Monosodium glutamate and Disodium Guanylate)
- High-fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats)
- Toxins such as processed wheat, soybean and corn oil that can contribute to leaky gut
- Gluten or dairy
- Birth Control
- NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin. NSAIDs can inhibit your body from rebuilding the intestinal lining.
How to Balance Your Gut and Your Mind
There are natural ways to balance your GI tract. The most important thing to do is talk to your practitioner and look at your histamine levels (high histamine indicates a food allergen). This will help to identify if there is a trigger in your diet, and without removing it, all the supplements in the world will not heal your gut. Repairing your gut may take some time, but when you are working with a trained practitioner like those here at Neurogistics, you will have support and accountability along the way. Other ways to repair your GI tract include:
- Taking supplements to support immune and central nervous system such as glutamine that supports immunity and digestion and Omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin D
- Avoiding chemicals, pesticides, and other environmental toxins
- Taking Probiotics such as kefir, sauerkraut, and yogurt
- Reducing Stress through these mindfulness exercises
Significant changes in your GI tract and your brain can take just a few weeks to start working. For more information on testing your neurotransmitter levels and balancing your GI tract look into our programs.
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Did you know that probiotics can help prevent the flu? Flu season is in full swing. With the temperature dropping every week, staying healthy doesn’t just mean taking a few extra vitamin C tablets. Your immune system is your best defense against flus and colds. Adding in probiotics can help protect your body against foreign invaders in the environment.
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