Got Friends? The Connection Between Social Support and Health

  It can be easy to think of health, fitness and well-being as being directly impacted by our diet and lifestyle choices and not much else. Some might go further to include stress-relieving activities such as meditation, yoga, or spending time in nature when thinking about what directly affects their overall health and well-being.  Funnily … Continue reading Got Friends? The Connection Between Social Support and Health

Digestion and Mental Health

Having good digestion is the key to righting and/ or preventing so many issues that can crop up in the body. It is the center of everything that goes on because it is where nutrients are assimilated into the body for use. Without digestion working as it ought to, several body systems, including the neurological … Continue reading Digestion and Mental Health

Repercussions of Long Term Birth Control Pill Use

When I was 15 years old, I had debilitating cramps and heaviness with my period every single month. I remember not being able to do much during my period and having to lay down for a lot of it. I would take some over the counter pain meds like ibuprofen, but that didn’t even touch … Continue reading Repercussions of Long Term Birth Control Pill Use

How I Cut the Duration, Volume and Intensity of my Periods in Half

  I was 13 when I got my first period. It was pretty normal for the first couple of years. It would come every 28 days like clockwork, I would have some nominal cramping, take a couple doses of ibuprofen and be done. Then, at age 15 it got much worse. The pain I experienced … Continue reading How I Cut the Duration, Volume and Intensity of my Periods in Half

Intestinal Permeability (A.K.A. “Leaky Gut Syndrome”) and How it Interferes With Weight Loss

If you hang around the holistic health and wellness sphere for any amount of time, you are likely to hear about intestinal permeability, also known as “leaky gut”, and how it can wreak havoc on the body in many different ways. Funnily enough, you don’t actually need to have any of the classic digestive symptoms … Continue reading Intestinal Permeability (A.K.A. “Leaky Gut Syndrome”) and How it Interferes With Weight Loss

Benefits of a Three Day Fast

As I am writing this post, I am on day three of a 3 day fast. I have never attempted a fast this long before and it has taught me a lot, so I thought I would share my experience in case anyone is interested. I usually intermittent fast most days, meaning that I skip … Continue reading Benefits of a Three Day Fast

How the Health of your Mouth Affects the Health of your Skin

It may seem like a bit of a stretch to think about, but the “healthiness” of our mouth can have a huge impact on the way our skin performs, both in terms of its appearance and in its function as a barrier defense to incoming pathogens. What? you may be thinking, why on earth would … Continue reading How the Health of your Mouth Affects the Health of your Skin

Stress and Digestion: Could The Way You Eat Be Adding to Your Stress?

In our modern times and fast-paced lifestyles, most of us feel “stressed” at least some, if not a majority of the time. If you take a minute to think about all the things in your life that can promote stress you might come up with things like: tension in relationships, deadlines at work, family obligations/ … Continue reading Stress and Digestion: Could The Way You Eat Be Adding to Your Stress?

Digestion Begins in Your Head

When the word digestion is mentioned, most people begin to imagine their stomaches, or perhaps even the intestines or other organs that make up the GI (gastrointestinal) tract. In thinking about the process that takes the food that we put in our mouths and goes through the length of our torso, supplying nutrients and fuel … Continue reading Digestion Begins in Your Head

What Does Your Poop Say About Your Health?

As the famous children's book states, everyone poops. It may seem a little off-putting to some, but analyzing your own stools can be a very helpful tool in measuring aspects of your overall health. I had always thought that regularity was the most important factor when thinking about bowel behavior but it turns out that … Continue reading What Does Your Poop Say About Your Health?