First of all, thank you to my readers for all the encouraging messages regarding my new 2017 column in Total Health Magazine. I've been privileged to be a writer for this publication for over ten years reporting on the latest natural health news. After ...

 

SPECIAL RECIPE ISSUE - Nightshade-free recipes published in National Magazine and more...




SPECIAL RECIPE ISSUE - Nightshade-free recipes published in National Magazine


Food-For-Thought_EnglishFirst of all, thank you to my readers for all the encouraging messages regarding my new 2017 column in Total Health Magazine. I've been privileged to be a writer for this publication for over ten years reporting on the latest natural health news. After many requests, I began a new monthly column combining recipes, tidbits about the history of the ingredients, the health benefit of each ingredient, and a glimpse into my adventures in my new home base in South America. Last year I relocated my Health Sciences/Research/Publishing division of the Institute for Wholistic Rejuvenation to the high Andes of Cotacachi, Ecuador. The Institute remains in Idaho as always serving my clients and patients and scheduling my worldwide consultations via telephone.

As with any new challenge, I wondered if my readers, students, patients and listeners of my radio shows would be interested in my adventures in Ecuador...you let me know you are...so the new article recipe column was created thanks to the continuing support of my work by Total Health Magazine. Therefore, instead of sending you each article published monthly, I will strive to send you the link to them quarterly along with title and a little bit about each in my blogs. As many of my readers have done, I encourage you to print the recipes and begin to create your own "Library of Health" with taste-tempting nightshade-free delights tested in my research kitchen in Ecuador...

The following are recipe/articles published 1st quarter 2017:

January - Majado Verde (mashed green plantains): Being an advocate and teacher about the health benefits of avoiding all the foods in the nightshade family, this is my newly discovered substitute for potatoes...and they're absolutely delicious and satisfying, especially as hashed browns for breakfast.  Majado-de-platano-verde

Avocado Salsa JovanFebruary - Salsa Jovan: This has become my everything salsa and it will be yours too...especially if you love avocados like I do and understand their health benefits. 

March - Locro de Papas: This is white sweet potato soup with cheese. I love potatoes, as most of you know from my published work, so I had to find South American recipes that are traditional and make the necessary adaptations...this one is a winner!

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 Yes, I'm a "foodie doctor" and thankful that I am since I am completely inflammation and pain-free unless I eat nightshades, which is why my health detective work and creations in my test kitchen are so important. For those of you that believe avoiding nightshades takes away most of the pleasures of eating, I'm here to tell you that it doesn't because once you avoid them and experience the huge benefits you'll wish you had made the life-style modifications earlier.

Enjoy the benefits of what we research and create in my test kitchen, clink the link below to download all my Night-shade free recipes...

Nightshade-free Recipes 

Buen Provecho from Cotacachi, Ecuador...Dr. Gloria

 

 

Issue 03.17.17 Don't Be BLIND to Degenerative Eye Disorders / Diseases...

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  • Every 7 minutes someone in the United States becomes blind or significantly vision impaired.
  • Vision loss tends to strike later in life, specifically after age 60.
  • Nearly one-quarter of those over age 80 are blind or vision impaired and they are the fastest growing segment of our population.
  • Americans with blindness, low vision, or age-related eye disease is expected to grow by nearly one-third – to 50 million+ – by 2020.
  • Vision loss poses a very serious challenge to those who would otherwise remain part of a productive work force beyond age 65.
  • Currently, lost productivity because of vision loss accounts for over $9 Billion dollars in annual lost productivity.
  • Low vision or blindness affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40 – 3.3 million Americans.
  • An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.
  • An association with vision loss and vehicular crashes has been shown in older adult drivers.
  • Vision loss is a leading cause of falls in baby-boomers; one study found that visual field loss was associated with a 6-fold risk of frequent falls.
  • Even mild visual impairment doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.

“Blindness and vision impairment are on the rise in the United States. A recent report by Prevent Blindness America indicates that, since the year 2000, incidence of blindness and vision impairment has increased by 23 percent among Americans age 40 and older. However, most blindness in this country is preventable with proper eye care.” – The American Press

See…ing the Risk Factors…

In addition to age, major risk factors include a family history of eye disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, to mention a few.

Major findings from a survey conducted by Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, include the following replies from participants that clearly demonstrate most people do not SEE their risk factors:

  • Even though age is one of the largest risk factors for eye disease, only 10% of people aged 65 or older consider themselves at high risk.
  • More than a third of people in this age group said they did not get annual eye exams.
  • Just 17% of people with a family history of eye disease saw themselves as being at high risk, suggesting that they did not know family history was a strong risk factor for age-related eye disease.
  • 42% of those who answered the survey didn’t know that diabetes was a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy, which is a leading cause of blindness.
  • Just one in four African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians surveyed knew that their ethnicity put them at higher-than-average risk for glaucoma.
  • Only 14% of people who did not wear glasses considered themselves at moderate to high risk for eye disease. Good vision in early to middle adulthood has little bearing on risk for age-related eye disease.

Baby-boomers Checklist for Healthy Vision…

According to Dr. Evie Lawson, a practicing optometrist in Washington State, “A comprehensive eye examination provides doctors of optometry with information about the health of the eyes, and also offers indications about diseases that affect the whole body, like diabetes, hypertension and excessive cholesterol.”

The American Optometric Association developed a checklist, which presents questions about visual symptoms and scenarios where vision is especially important. If individuals answer YES to any of the questions, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with their eye health professional.

Are you…

  • Someone with diabetes, hypertension, or any other systemic or chronic disease?
  • At risk for certain systemic or eye diseases because of family history or other factors?
  • Having more difficulty reading smaller type, such as books and newspapers?
  • Experiencing frequent headaches after working on a computer or electronic device?
  • Doing a great deal of reading and other close work?
  • Rubbing your eyes frequently or having tired or burning eyes?
  • Losing track of a person or objects in your peripheral (side) vision?
  • Avoiding close work?
  • Having difficulty driving at night?
  • Experiencing frequent near misses, accidents, or difficulty parking with driving?
  • Handling or using chemicals, power tools or lawn and garden equipment?
  • Playing eye-hazardous sports like racquetball, softball, or tennis?
  • Having trouble with eye-hand-body-coordination?
  • Playing sports and having trouble judging distances between you, the ball, or other objects?
  • Having challenges judging distances, even when handling objects?

If you said YES to any question on the checklist, or you have not seen your doctor of optometry in over a year, be sure to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive examination. Your eyesight and eye health deserve to be protected and monitored. Even if you didn't check yes, keep in mind that symptoms of vision problems aren't always apparent and after age 60 you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam annually.

Take-off Your Blinders…

In the cited above survey, less than one in seven participants (15%) correctly identified at least half of the listed risk factors for age-related diseases.

“I am saddened to report that the survey confirmed that Americans are apparently more concerned about losing weight or back pain than the possibility of losing their sight,” according to Andrew Iwach, MD, a San Francisco ophthalmologist and spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Walking around with invisible blinders does not protect your eyesight.

Yes, we are living longer. That said, the challenge for us is to embark on wholistic rejuvenation principles to age without looking or feeling old…and YES…that includes our vision.

Comprehensive Natural Eye Care in…

My book, Don’t Be BLIND to Degenerative Eye Disorders is now available in eBook and paper version.

This book will provide you with the following information and much more… Images

Section I Discover the “Blind Truths” about the epidemic of eye disorders, particularly in baby-boomers; provides a check-list for healthy vision.

Section 2 An in-depth look at the origin of headaches, the sinus and eye connection, and natural therapies for eyestrain and sinus headaches.

Section 3 Dr. Gilbère shares her eye health secrets including a Chinese juice remedy, exercises to fight floaters and flashes, and self-tests for eye diseases.

Section 4 Provides published case histories and investigative reports regarding Ocular Migraines and Posterior Vitreal Detachment.

As a special offer to my subscribers, we’ll include a FREE copy of my best-selling book, Pain / Inflammation Matters when you purchase either eBook or paper copy of Eye Disorders.

To order go to www.gloriagilbere.com or call (888) 352.8175 in the U.S. and Canada or Direct Line (208) 255.5252.

 

Issue 03.15.17 My New "Potatoes"...AND...They're NOT a Nightshade!

Spending time in Ecuador I’ve come to appreciate SO much that we in the U.S. take for granted. One specific thing is my withdrawal from white sweet potatoes because they are not commonly grown or used here, YET, but rather they grow several varieties of sweet potatoes that in the U.S. we often refer to as yams. Majado

Necessity is the mother of invention and I have a new favorite I discovered that taste to me just like fried hash browns cubed and they’re delicious, healthy, and so satisfying especially when we’re avoiding the genre of nightshade foods that we know ignite inflammation.

The following is a real treat and you can find green plantains in the U.S. as they are being discovered by Americans who have traveled to South America and other cultures where they are a diet staple...

Majado Verde (mashed green plantains)

The basics of this dish is green plantain cut in small cubes or shredded like hash brown potatoes. It includes onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme.

Ingredients

3-4 green plantains, peeled and cut in rounds (each plantain can be cut into 3-4 pieces)

1-2 tbs butter or coconut oil

1 white onion, diced

1 small red onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, crushed

¼ tsp. finely chopped/crushed thyme

¼ tsp. finely chopped/crushed rosemary

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1.Peel* and boil the plantains for 30 minutes or until soft but not mushy.

  1. Mash the plantains using a fork or potato masher – the consistency should have some small chunks, if it’s too smooth it will stick together.
  2. Sauté the diced onion, crushed garlic, salt and pepper on medium to medium high heat. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent, about 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add the mashed plantains, rosemary and thyme to the sauté mixture and cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and add additional salt/pepper to your liking.
  4. Serve immediately with any of the following as we do in Ecuador:
  • With a fried egg
  • Slices of fresh cheese (in Ecuador we use Queso Fresco a semi-soft cheese)
  • Avocado slices
  • Sprinkle finely chopped cilantro on top just before serving
  • OR…your favorite sauce, mine is an intensely favorable avocado sauce I named Salsa Jovan in honor of the chef here in my home town who invented it…recipe in a following blog.

NOTE: Remember this recipe is a substitute for potatoes and is used as a side-dish. That said, I often make it a main course with everything I’ve mentioned piled on top, delicioso! I also often add a scrambled egg into the plantain mixture after I mash them as described in step 4, rather than to serve with a separate fried egg. If you decide to add more greens, some finely chopped spinach can be added while sautéing the mixture in step 4.

* When you get your plantain home, the first steps in preparing them are as follows:

  • Wash plantains
  • Use a paring knife to cut off both the stem and tip
  • Slice into the skin of the plantain lengthwise at the ridges (be careful not to cut too deep)
  • Remove strips of skin using the knife, like peeling a carrot
  • Slice off any remaining peel attached to the pulp
  • From there you can dice, chop or use the plantain whole
    • Green Plantains – known as the brain-boosting and immune-building fruit. 
    • 181 calories
    • 47 grams carbohydrates
    • 1.9 grams protein
    • 0.5 grams fat
    • 3.4 grams fiber
    • 27.2 milligrams vitamin C (45 percent DV)
    • 1,668 IU vitamin A (33 percent)
    • 0.4 milligram vitamin B6 (22 percent)
    • 739 milligrams potassium (21 percent)
    • 55 milligrams magnesium (14 percent)
    • 0.9 milligrams iron (5 percent) 
    • The first lesson in using plantains is to NOT confuse them with bananas, albeit they are close relatives. Both varieties have proven in studies to offer the mentioned health benefits in addition to help regulate the digestive processes and are a very potassium—rich food. Many countries like Africa, Ecuador and Colombia grow and use plantains because of their delicious flavor but also for their jam-packed health benefits. Plantains are starchier yet contain less sugar than bananas and are much more versatile for cooking. In my town where my research and teaching institute is located at nearly 8,000 ft. in Ecuador, specifically, the growing season for plantains is year-around because of its eternal spring climate that averages 72 degrees. Plantain is a great nutrient-rich fruit that provides an abundance of vitamins and minerals and is an excellent substitute for rice or potatoes.
    • Health Benefits of Plantains…

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  • Plantains are a solid source of carbohydrates with a low-fat content, but they also provide several other health benefits as well. Plus, they don’t contain any significant levels of toxins.
  • Potassium is an electrolyte and is therefore affected greatly by the amount of sodium in the body. It plays a major role in regulating blood pressure because it combats the effects of sodium. Many Western diets include too much sodium, which means we could all use more sources of potassium. Snacking on plantains or adding them as a side dish are delicious ways to reach your daily potassium goals and help naturally remedy high blood pressure.

 

    • Potassium levels also affect skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, which allows for regular digestive and muscular function. It also helps regulate heart rhythm, and studies show that people who consume diets with high potassium levels tend to be at a lower risk of stroke, osteoporosis and renal disease.
    • There are 913 milligrams of potassium in one cup of cooked, mashed plantains. That accounts for about 20 percent of your recommended daily amount of potassium, making plantains one of the most potassium-rich foods on the planet. Potassium is the third-most abundant mineral in the body, but when depleted, low potassium can affect the function of numerous organs and processes.
    • Help Regulate the Digestive System - According to research from the University of Kentucky’s Department of Internal Medicine and Nutritional Sciences Program, consuming plantains is a great way to relieve constipation and provide relief from hemorrhoids and digestive conditions like diverticulitis. Fiber also make you feel full, which can help with weight control. Thus, increasing intake of dietary fiber can also help enhance weight loss in obese individuals. Soluble fiber is also known to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, which prevents heart disease as well as help stabilize blood sugar.
      • Fiber has a profound effect on the digestive system and plays a significant role in keeping it regular. One cup of plantains provides almost a fifth of the fiber recommended daily, which is roughly 25–30 grams. As a high-fiber food, plantains add bulk to food intake – aiding digestion.
  • Reduce the Number of Harmful Free Radicals - A serving of plantains can provide over 35 percent of the vitamin C needed per day, making it one of the best vitamin C foods around. The body can’t store vitamin C (excess is released in urine) or produce it independently, so getting the daily recommended amount is very important. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful vitamins, as it has a hand in growing and repairing tissues all over the body. It’s involved in forming a protein used in making skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels, as well as maintaining cartilage, bones and teeth.
  • Free radicals, which are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to other harmful elements like tobacco smoke or radiation, play a part in aging, diseases and cancer. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights free radical damage.
  • Boost the Immune System - Vitamin A also plays a large part in skin health and cell growth, and a necessary element for wound healing. Cells that overreact to certain foods are the root of food allergies and ultimately cause inflammation. Vitamin A’s antioxidant properties can neutralize free radicals and help prevent inflammation caused by overreacting cells. It also helps with eye health and vision, especially in low light.
  • Looking to boost your immune system? Then plantains are the perfect snack. They pack 36 percent of your daily recommended amount of vitamin A. As another powerful antioxidant, vitamin A provides several benefits to the body. Along with vitamin C, it helps control your immune response, which keeps illness at bay, and several important immune system responses rely on vitamin A to perform correctly.
  • Promote Healthy Brain Function - Vitamin B6 benefits healthy brain function and, according to research published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, helps make hormones like serotonin and norepinephrine, which keep moods stable, and melatonin, which regulates the body’s biological clock. This vitamin in plantains is one of the eight B vitamins that aid in processing food into energy and metabolizing fats. Like vitamin A, B6 also helps slow the onset of eye diseases like macular degeneration – it works with B12 to produce red blood cells and cells in the immune system. Boosted levels of vitamin B6 are also linked to prevention or decrease of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.
  • Homocysteine levels (an amino acid linked to heart disease and nervous system damage) are also controlled by vitamin B6. The vitamin keeps levels low to help prevent damage and maintain the health of blood vessels
  • Vitamin B6, also called pyridoxine, generates several important neurotransmitters that carry information from one cell to another. A serving of plantains can provide up to 24 percent of your daily amount needed of vitamin B6.
  • Abundant Source of Magnesium - From helping to regulate blood pressure to preventing osteoporosis, there are many ways magnesium keeps the body healthy. Magnesium directly affects calcium absorption, which can avert or reverse osteoporosis. It also lowers the risk of getting type 2 diabetes by controlling blood glucose levels via carbohydrate metabolism and insulin regulation. Magnesium has also long been used to help with migraine headaches, insomnia and depression.
  •  Magnesium deficiency is a very common problem thanks to Western diets and depleted soil due to over farming. Plantains offer about 16 percent of your daily need for magnesium, which is especially important because magnesium affects over 300 biochemical reactions in the body.
  • Avoids Aspirin-Induced Ulcers - Making healthier lifestyle choices and learning how ancient civilizations have managed to live long healthy lives despite their heavy physical work and demands, was the reason I moved my health sciences, research and test kitchen to the high mountains of Ecuador. In future articles, I’ll continue to share my new research, experiences and recipes and welcome your feedback on my blog. Please share this information with others, it’s not meant to be kept a secret, it’s presented to help us all live longer healthier lives and age without feeling or looking old, Naturally!The Way I See It…In a study published in the International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, dried plantain powder showed a significant ulcer-healing effect on an aspirin-induced gastric ulcer. Individuals who use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug therapy for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and chronic pain are at high risk for developing ulcers in the membrane layer of the stomach. According to the study, dried plantain can stimulate the growth of the inner lining of the stomach.

HealthDetective_LOGOThe Way I See It…

Making healthier lifestyle choices and learning how ancient civilizations have managed to live long healthy lives despite their heavy physical work and demands, was the reason I moved my health sciences, research and test kitchen to the high mountains of Ecuador. In future articles, I’ll continue to share my new research, experiences and recipes and welcome your feedback on my blog. Please share this information with others, it’s not meant to be kept a secret, it’s presented to help us all live longer healthier lives and age without feeling or looking old, Naturally!

 

Issue 03.03.17 Need More Sleep? "LIVE" Plants to the Rescue...

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Many of you that follow my blogs and work know I was a victim of chronic insomnia after my much written about accident many years ago. I struggled, as do most of my clients, with not being able to get to sleep or stay asleep, despite using every natural aid I could get my hands on (and there were dozens). One thing that I didn’t try until recently is adding specific plants to the bedroom, and I had studied their health-enhancing effect...so why not, after all I use and recommend pure essential oils extensively but being the health detective that I am I needed to see some more recent science before trying it. After convincing in-depth research, I decided to see if live plants would help me so I could recommend the same to those I counsel. WOW, it did help get me to sleep faster! I’ve slept well for several years but still use various types of natural remedies (rotated monthly so the body doesn’t get complacent and they lose their effectiveness) to get to sleep – with my long hours and a Type A personality it’s hard to calm the brain. After all, what did I have to lose? They did what the research said they would – helped me calm my brain and get to sleep. Why not try one of the following (or all of them) in addition to other natural sleep aids, after all they're working for a tough case, yours truly. Don’t expect a “miracle” plant, place them in your bedroom and allow at least two weeks before you pass judgement on their benefit...

FACT CHECK…

  • Over 40 million Americans admit to a sleep problem or disorder, especially multi-taskers, those who work on computers long hours, and individuals whose liver is toxic (the liver time, according to thousands of years in the practice of Chinese medicine, is between 1: and 4: pm).

It’s easy for someone to tell you to simply relax, much harder to do so. For centuries plants have been used as medicinal remedies for most of what ails us, including lack of sleep. The following is a quick list of plants extensively researched – consider placing some in your bedroom – I have all four of them that I rotate monthly in and out, would you expect anything less?

  • Aloe Vera 17898311-aloe-vera-in-pot-isolated-on-white-background-Stock-Photo-plant

– studies show that the aloe plant releases an abundance of oxygen at night. The extra oxygen helps fight insomnia and helps your body achieve and maintain a peaceful sleep and helps promote dreams.

  • Snake Plant  Snake plants– this plant, like aloe vera, releases a lot of oxygen at night, much more than in daylight hours.

 

  • English Ivy

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 – one of the plants easiest to grow to help purify the air. Ivy soaks up toxins and emits healthy oxygen. Studies show Ivy reduces airborne mold by up to 94%, therefore, a huge benefit to those with asthma and other breathing issues.

  • White Jasmine How-to-grow-jasmine-Jasminum-officinale-280939337-1280

 – not only does this plant have a pleasant aroma, it possesses many natural healing properties. It’s been used thousands of years to help with sleep and is very effective to reduce stress, anxiety and panic

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  • – last, but certainly not least, this plant has been used for centuries to reduce stress, anxiety, fight-or-flight response, and to slow the heart rate. Its calming properties are credited and used extensively in spas and homes especially in essential oils. I chose to use a good-sized dried bunch and periodically replace with a new bunch placed on my nightstand.

 

 

AND, for those “other” nutrients and supplements that I use and rotate monthly along with my live plants here they are, you asked!

These are all professional proprietary products (not available over-the-counter) and are available from the distributor that supplies all products used and recommended by me, the Natural Rejuvenation Solutions Store, click here: www.naturalrejuvenation.solutions or call toll-free in the U.S. and Canada (888) 352.8175.

Your Partner in Health,

Dr. Gloria

 

Issue 02.17.17 Your Intestinal Ecology - It's Effect on Behavior (Brain Biochemistry), Anxiety & Overall Emotional Health

Gut-BrainWhen working with clients who are victims of emotional imbalances that include, but are limited to, anxiety, panic, and depression, we work together to help them balance Wholistically: body, mind and spirit.

Science has demonstrated the importance of cultivating a healthy intestinal ecology known as the – microbiota – those health-enhancing microorganisms in our digestive health - critical inhabitants   to achieve wellness.  

Research has now validated that the bacteria in your gut can directly affect your behavior, emotions and everything from the ability to lose excess weight to our immune responses. This might be surprising for many, however it’s a critical, and often overlooked factor in treating anxiety. Healing and restoring balance to one’s digestive tract, ideally with the help of a nutritionally-aware health professional like a certified Wholistic Rejuvenist practitioner, can make a huge difference in alleviating symptoms and overcoming imbalances...

Your digestive tract can be damaged by chronic stress, medication use (prescription and over-the-counter), exposure to foods that aren’t “real” food and have been chemically-altered, toxic environmental exposure, toxic dental products/restorations, etc., to name a few. In addition to the biological factors, other factors such as being in an unhealthy relationship, suffering from low self-esteem, struggling with panic attacks over needless worry about little things, all affect your intestinal ecology and therefore manifest throughout your body and mind.

No matter what the underlying issues of your anxiety, panic attacks or depression, experiencing it leaves you feeling isolated, down-right scared and mentally exhausted. When it comes to treating emotional distress, utilizing multiple agents of change is the most beneficial way to experience relief. For example, when treating anxiety, it’s extremely beneficial not only to receive therapy, but also to change your diet, exercise, use positive patterns of self-talk, self-discipline for self-care, introduction of relaxation techniques, and unconditionally understanding that we are what we eat!

Scientifically Speaking…

I believe the credit of this ground-breaking science, as it relates to the mind-gut connection, belongs to Dr. Michael Gershon. His work first highlighted the science of your gut bacteria and its effects on emotional health when he conducted laboratory research with rodents.

He was first prompted to study the connection because of his interest in serotonin; 90% of our serotonin is produced and manufactured in the gut! He wrote, The Second Brain, which describes the role of the digestive tract in regulating emotional health and decision making. Some fascinating research has been conducted to further his findings and methodologies. Researchers swapped the bacteria in anxious mice and fearless mice by changing diet, adding antibiotics or adding probiotics. They found that the timid mice actually started taking more risks and acting more gregarious and the opposite also happened: the fearless mice acted more timid. In a 2013 study published in the journal Gastroenterology, researchers studied the effects of probiotics in humans. After four weeks of ingesting probiotics, they scanned the brains of each participant. The researchers found subtle signs that the brain circuits involved in anxiety were less reactive.

But, how do the brain and the gut communicate? The brain and the gut are in constant communication via the vagus nerve, a large nerve that connects the two. The concept of “gut feeling” and “butterflies in your stomach” is a real thing! In a study conducted in Ireland, researchers found that when the vagus nerve was cut in mice, they no longer saw the brain respond based on changes to the rodent’s gut flora.  Scientists have also begun to study certain neurochemicals that have not been described before being produced by certain bacteria, thus suggesting that gut microbes can produce their own version of neurotransmitters. This is another way that gut microbes may communicate with the brain. Fascinating, right?!

How to nourish your intestinal ecology (digestive tract):

  • Eat Mostly “Live” Foods…

Limit processed foods, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Choose fruits, veggies, gluten-free whole grains, beans, and lean proteins. Choose a sweet potato (any variety) instead of fries, eat half of your dessert rather than the whole plate, or order an open-faced sandwich. Changes should feel do-able, not overwhelming and anxiety producing!

  • Learn to Interpret Your “Body Talk”…

Notice how you feel after eating; take note of fatigue, bloating, anxiety, gas, reflux or any other symptoms that you might be experiencing. This will allow you to start mapping patterns and become aware of what foods might be troublesome for you. If you continually eat foods that don’t react well to your body, it can damage your delicate digestive lining (only the thickness of your eye lid) and create imbalance of good bacteria. Even if you usually sleep well and one night you don’t, go back and track what you consumed the previous 24-48 hours, often the clues to sleep disorders like unrestorative sleep or insomnia are in what we’ve consumed. If you occasionally need help with stress and sleep issues, consider a proprietary formula called StressLess Sleep™, it’s all natural non-habit-forming ingredients are formulated to take 1-2 capsules as needed during the day for stress and 2 at bedtime to help you get and stay asleep. To order contact the exclusive distributor, Natural Rejuvenation Solutions at (208) 255.5252 (Mon. – Thurs. 8: - 2: PT, closed Friday).

  • Eat foods rich in probiotics…

This can include yogurt, kefir, fermented foods and sauerkraut. If you aren’t able (or willing) to consume a good amount of fermented foods daily, supplement with professionally-formulated probiotic capsules. However, I have found in over thirty years of guiding clients to health that when the type and potency of the probiotic is rotated (by the bottle usually) it maintains its overall health benefits rather than just finding a brand you like and sticking with it. In my practice, I have clients rotate from 60 Billion to 150 Billion per capsule, just one a day. These formulas are available through the exclusive distributor of all products I use and recommend, the Natural Rejuvenation Solutions store, Click Here: Natural Rejuvenation Solutions Store for more information or to order.

  • Reduce Stress…

Stress, particularly chronic long-term stress, damages your very thin digestive lining. Practice relaxation techniques, meditate, use positive self-talk and engage in activities that bring joy. Managing stress will help you to heal from the inside out and reduce anxiety symptoms.

  • Avoid Negative People…

 

One thing I learned from a dear friend that we should all keep in mind and live by, “You can afford anything in life except being around negative people because their negative consciousness tends to bring us down with them; whether we immediately realize it or not.” You can change everything suggested in this article but if you’re surrounded by negativity, it can be stronger than your efforts to overcome it. Just like “we are what we eat”, we are also products of the company we keep. The only “pill” that can help negativity is your determination to surround yourself with positive, supportive people! AND, remember that your gut microbiota react to negatively as well!

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