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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Get back in balance with our End of Summer Special. Now through September 15th, all NeuroFocus Test Kits are on sale.
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There are simple ways to improve your diet without disrupting your sanity. Eliminating foods can cause panic and stress for most people, but what they fail to realize is it enhances their health. Our clinicians have some helpful tips that you can implement into your life today. » Read more..
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Avoid the summer’s ‘brain drain.’ Before school starts back up this fall, why not get the little ones’ brain back into balance? Now through July 29th, take advantage of our Children’s Program Summer Special.
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Many parents struggle to find summer activities that are both engaging and educational. Summer ‘brain drain‘ is real and accounts for many of the academic and behavioral challenges that occur when the school year begins. Don’t let your child fall behind, here are some of our favorite summer activities that boost brain power, increase cognition and focus, while regulating your child’s nervous system. » Read more..
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Healthy snacks are vital for fueling your brain and body, but it can be hard to get the nutrients you need when you’re feeling rushed. Don’t let lack of time keep you from caring for your body and mind. These healthy snacks are ready to eat, are non perishable and can keep you and your kids feeling fueled even on the busiest of days. » Read more..
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Do you struggle with getting your greens in? Many of us opt for a juice or a salad when we are feeling like we need to get more veggies into our diets. The problem is, rarely do these on-the-go meals provide enough nutrients. They may seem healthy but could they be doing more harm than good?
Busy adults and children rarely get enough greens in their diet. By greens we mean leafy veggies, filled with vitamins and nutrients and often hard to eat if your short on time or picky about taste. Stress makes us reach for the easy stuff, that juice or side salad. Stressed out parents struggle too. Whether you’ve got a picky eater or you’ve got very little time to take care of yourself, getting these vital nutrients into ones diet can be hard. No one has much time these days to focus on how many veggies they eat, but our bodies need them for optimal functioning. We need more vegetables and a great way to get them in our everyday diet is to drink them.
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Are you eating the best foods for your brain? March is National Nutrition Month and we are taking the time to discuss the best foods to supporting your brain chemistry and health. It’s no coincidence that many foods don’t give you the nutrients your body needs to work efficiently (think processed and packaged foods). Here’s what you need to know about the best foods to support your health brain chemistry and a healthy mood.
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