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3 Ways You Can Ensure Beautiful Harmony Between Your Gut And Brain.

Positive attractive mature woman isolated outdoor The short answer is yes. And actually the long answer is yes, too.

Your body is a universe of bacteria, yeasts, chemical reactions and hormonal responses that combine to create an environment where you and your body live out each moment. They are the unseen, unsung heroes of our existence. And although our brain matter is vital to it all working and functioning properly to allow us to experience good health, research is showing that the real CEO of our body and our brain, is our gut. Or more accurately, the bacteria that lives within our gut and the critical balance that exists between the friendly and not-so-friendly flora.

The gut is being called the second brain by scientists. Although they have known about the connection and communication that goes on between the gut and the brain for many years, new findings continue to astound scientists concerning the complexity of this communication and how it affects our body.

It seems as though the bacterial balance in our gut can affect everything from our vitality to our feeling of happiness to how many times we call in sick to work. When the bad bacteria and yeasts over-colonize and take over our gut, it can cause our body to turn into something we barely recognize as our own.

We crave foods that are not good for us, but feeds this bacteria quite nicely. We can experience emotional upsets ranging from simple mood swings to intense depression. We are sick more often, have a harder time fighting off infections, experience fatigue, cognitive issues, not to mention all the gastric and digestive issues that plague most of the population throughout the world.

So what is happening here?

Essentially, our gut has been invaded and colonized by the ‘enemy’. Now don’t get me wrong. It is all about balance here. We do need some of those yeasts and bad bacteria in our body. It is when they have taken over and crowded out the good bacteria that we have issues.

Where do all these bad bacteria come from?

In our day to day life we are bombarded by things that destroy our delicate balanced gut environment. We are stressed, fearful, anxious. Our food and water are filled with chemicals, hormones and antibiotics that completely disrupt the microbiome residing in our gut, killing off the good bacteria and supporting the bad.

But there are things you can do now to return balance and harmony to your digestive tract.

1. Find a high quality, multi-strain probiotics supplement that works well for you. Give it a good month to two months before deciding whether it is working for you or not. It took time for this imbalance to occur so it will take time for things to heal.

2. Do your very best to eat healthy and organic. Pay attention to where your food comes from. It is not enough to just pick up some raw vegetables, greens and fruits. Most product from grocery stores comes filled with unwanted and nasty pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and who knows what other ‘cides.’ These are toxins you are bringing into your body and will destroy not only the good bacteria, but cell integrity, increased free radicals and many other harmful things.

This goes for meat, as well. Most meat is pumped full of antibiotics and hormones to get it ready for our table. Look for grass fed, free range, happy critters. Or ditch the meat altogether.

And it’s sad to say, but tap water is also filled with harmful chemicals that can kill off good bacteria.

3. Relax! Yes, de-stress, chill, let it go. Stress is our number one killer. Allowing stress to rule your life affects every single bodily function and process in a negative way. Once you have your gut happy and healthy, you will notice that you feel happier, less stressed and may find that life is a lot more fun.

Having A Bad Day? The Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Probably Not Your Fault.

High heels shoes on white background. We’ve all had those days, or weeks even, where nothing seems to go right and everything just makes us mad. And you wonder what the heck is wrong with you? Why can’t you just feel happy?

Well, the good news is, it may not be you.

There are many things in our environment and in choices we make, that can affect our moods. Most of the time we never give a second thought to what color the walls in our house are painted or what color shirt we are wearing. And if we think about food, it’s mostly how delicious it tastes or “what can I have for breakfast that’s fast so I can get the kids to school and me to work?”

Here are the top 3 reasons you may be having a bad day.

1. Mood = Food, Food = Mood.

Did you know that food can make you happy? And it can also make you sad!! The foods that we eat can be very helpful in regulating our emotions.

Walnuts have a calming effect on our nervous system, helping to alleviate anxiety and stress. This is due to their high alpha linolenic acid content. Dark chocolate is wonderful at lifting off a bad mood. And not simply because it tastes so yummy. Dark chocolate has the ability to improve the blood flow to the brain, lifting the spirits and enhancing alertness.

2. No News Is Good News.

Next time you watch the news, be aware of how it makes you feel. Do you feel sad, angry, hopeless or helpless? This is not uncommon and gives us a very good reason to stop watching the daily news. Have you ever noticed how they rarely report an good news? I don’t understand it myself, but bad news sells. If you find it impossible to stop cold turkey, simply cut back to once a week or so. Eventually you will be able to give up your nightly ‘dose of depression” and notice how much happier you feel.

3. That Is So Not Your Color.

Strange but true: wearing the wrong color can have a direct influence on how you feel. Be aware of how certain colors make you feel. And remember that hormones may play a part in your reactions, as well. Red is a color of passion and creativity. But it is also a color that can induce anger and downright crankiness, possibly more-so during your moon cycle. Blue can be very calming and relaxing or it can trigger tears that spring from out of nowhere.

If you do feel overly emotional, for whatever reason, try wearing something in a nice light green, pink or purple. Honouring your emotions is important. They are surfacing for a reason. But working with them from a calm state will be much more productive and you will be much more insightful. Adding a few of these calming colors to your wardrobe can help shift your emotional state. They are sort of like your ‘rescue wardrobe.’

By simply paying attention to your subtle reactions to certain colors throughout the month, you will be able to breeze through your day with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

And if all else fails, buy new shoes!

5 Great Holiday Stress Busters.

Is Christmas stress getting the upper hand?
Is Christmas stress getting the upper hand?

Although the holidays are a great time for enjoying time with family and friends, it has also become one of the most stressful times of the entire year for many people.

The holiday season creates more stress and anxiety than any other time of the year. We feel it is very important for people to pay extra attention to their health during this time. One of the best things to do is find ways to have a great holiday season while changing the way we do some of the things that can cause stress.

Here are 5 great tips to manage that stress, get everything done and enjoy your time with your loved ones.

1. Do what you can in the weeks before Christmas.

  • Cook and freeze meals, appetizers, desserts and cookies.
  • Get your shopping done early and take advantage of online shopping as well.
  • Get gifts wrapped at the store, set aside a day to get them all done or do a few at a time throughout the days leading up to Christmas.
  • If you are one of those wonderful crafty Goddesses, do as much as you can throughout the year.

2. Make Lists. Lots of them. Here are some ideas:

  • important appointments, parties or dates you have to remember.
  • what foods you are preparing for the Big Meal and for any entertaining you will be doing.
  • make a master grocery list so you know ahead of time what you need.
  • of course, your gift and shopping list.

3. Simplify. There are many ways you can lighten your work load and still do all the entertaining, etc, that you normally do.

  • make your pre-Christmas party an appetizer potluck.
  • give gifts that don’t require wrapping, such as donations in your loved one’s name, homemade
  • coupons for special treats throughout the year, gift cards.

  • shop online.

4. Take care of yourself.

  • get plenty of rest.
  • take some time to relax.
  • remember to take your vitamins and probiotics daily.
  • get some sort of exercise every day.

5. Take time to have fun.

  • go sledding, build a snow man or hit the slopes.
  • take a hike or a walk in the woods.
  • take the kids to check out the neighbourhood Christmas lights.
  • spend time just relaxing with your family and friends.

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season. Joy to you throughout the coming year.