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5 Things You Need to Know About Serotonin

Serotonin is a popular buzz word but do you really know how important this neurotransmitter is? Sure, it’s the “happy” neurotransmitter but it’s also linked to more than just your mood and depression. It’s estimated that 86% of Americans have sub-optimal neurotransmitter levels. Stress, poor diet, trauma, toxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine can cause these levels to be out of optimal range. Serotonin is one of the key neurotransmitters that needs to be balanced in order for your brain and body to run optimally. » Read more..

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Chia Seeds: The SUPER Seed

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The month of March is National Nutrition Month (#NNM). The awareness and education campaign is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (known previously as the American Dietetic Association). Its’ purpose is to promote good nutrition by spreading awareness and education about nutritional choices, and to challenge people to make the healthiest food choices they can. This month we are blogging, posting, and tweeting about #NNM.  We will share our delicious & nutritious recipe ideas and nutrition-packed foods for you and your family to try.

The Super Seed: 10 Benefits of Chia Seeds

If you haven’t tried chia seeds you are missing out!  Chia seeds are the hottest super food and phenomenally rich in health benefits. One serving has:

  1. 5 x more calcium than milk
  2. More than 1/3 of your daily fiber intake
  3. 27% of your daily value of phosphorus
  4. 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 percent of the daily value
  5. They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation) & contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  6. 3x more antioxidant power than blueberries
  7. Helps to regulate insulin
  8. Cleanses the colon and absorbs harmful toxins
  9. Contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to improve mood and regulate appetite and sleep
  10. Combat diabetes by helping to control blood sugar

Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant salvia hispanica, grown in Central America dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures. “Chia” means strength, and serves as a perfect name for this super seed, because they are filled with nutrients, protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat. Chia seeds are popular for weight loss, energy, and make a great healthy substitute for those with food allergies. They reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system – making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a bulky gel.

chia seedsChia Seed Pudding

This tasty treat is nutritional and remarkably simple – All you need is one bowl! (serves 4 – 6)

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 cups nut milk, coconut or hemp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp of birch sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (optional)
  • Pinch of sea salt

Place the chia seeds and dry ingredients in the bowl, add in milk (almond is my favorite) and then vanilla. Stir well, so that there are no clumps and the chia seeds are coated in milk. Let sit at room temperature for 20 – 30 minutes or cover and refrigerate. Within one hour you should have a delicious pudding (similar to tapioca). If it isn’t sweet enough feel free to add a bit of agave nectar or a handful of fruit.

Chia Seed Gel

Easy and energizing!

  • 2 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water

Add two tablespoons of chia seeds to a cup of coconut water and let sit for ten minutes. Like recently-introduced products from energy and sports drink companies, you’ll have a thick hydration and energy gel that’s great for runners’ recovery or other athletic activity

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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Pear Shaped or Apple Shaped?

Did you know the location of body fat may predict whether or not your brain is affected by the extra weight you carry?  A recent study found just that!

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine found that women who carried excess weight around their hips (pear shape) versus carrying weight around the abdomen (apple shape) were more apt to memory loss and cognitive decline.  The general school of thought in conventional medicine has been that “apple” shapes are more cause for concern since this body shape has been linked to heart disease.  However, we now know that the body fat cells around the hips secrete a hormone (cytokine) that is pro-inflammatory to the brain.  To read this article click here.

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