Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

By Kelsey Wood, RN

The Gut-Brain connection has been recognized in medical literature by leading innovators of integrative and functional health such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic. Our gut is literally our “second brain.” Many of us have experienced “gut feelings” or “butterflies in our stomachs.” The mind and body are interconnected, and each can affect the other in both positive and negative ways.

Previously, it was thought that the brain controlled the body and gut, but new research ...

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The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

The 3 Amigos: Our 3 Brains and Inflammation

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

No, you do not need new reading glasses. You read it right; we have 3 Brains.

Wait! Three brains? I can barely handle my head Brain!

The first one is the HEAD, then the HEART one followed by the GUT brain. These 3 brains are interconnected through an extensive network of neurons, each with particular roles. Resembling a highway of information, these brains, when balanced, provide stability, grounding and the intuition (gut feelings) necessary for ultimate ...

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Your Gut Hates Twinkies

Your Gut Hates Twinkies

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.  

Our gut is more than just our food ...

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SIBO 101

SIBO 101

By Maggie Ney, ND

Remember when the thought of bacteria in the gut would make you cringe with disgust. The current research about the importance of gut bacteria is prolific and exciting. We are now recognizing that there is a solid link between the gut microbiome and our mood, brain health, immune system, and hormones. But while bacteria are no longer seen as universally “bad”, more is definitely not better, and, where bacteria are found along our digestive system, plays ...

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Intermittent Fasting: What Are the Benefits?

Intermittent Fasting:  What Are the Benefits?

 

By. Dr. Bren Boston

Intermittent fasting (IF) has been associated with weight loss, improved brain health, improved energy, enhanced tissue healing, and longevity. Intermittent fasting can mean fasting for 16 hours overnight while eating during the remaining 8 hours during the day, or it can mean reducing your caloric intake to 500 cals/day for two non-consecutive days of the week while eating a normal healthy diet the other five days.

Research out of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has shown ...

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Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

Break Unwanted Habits With Mindfulness!

 

By Dr. Swati Desai

I remember getting really angry when I was doing my Akasha Cleanse and it required me not to have my morning cup of coffee. It is hard to let go of habits even when they are unwanted. It could be habits around food, alcohol, smoking, or some patterns of strong reactions which we regret later. We know we want to change them and yet we fall into the same hole again and again. How do we ...

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Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

Freeing Up Your Gut with Abdominal Massage

 

By Kevin Kunkel M.A.

The health of your body and mind relies on the health of your gut.  Consider:

  • nearly 80% of one’s immune system is in the gut, placing a large responsibility on our gut for fighting diseases, infections, and illnesses
  • Nearly 90% of the sleep and mood-regulating neurotransmitter Serotonin is made in the gut
  • the digestive system controls our metabolism and our ability to absorb the vitamins and nutrients critical for our health and energy level
  • the gut and brain are intimately ...
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Do I Need Heavy Metal Detox? Possibly.

Do I Need Heavy Metal Detox? Possibly.

By Bren Boston, MD

Could my headaches, mood swings, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, joint pains, tingling, or fatigue be from exposure to heavy metals?  The answer is possibly.

Heavy metals, like mercury, arsenic, and lead, surround us in our environment.  Our body’s internal detoxification process can handle a certain low level of exposure to heavy metals.  If the level of exposure overwhelms our ability to excrete the metals, then we can be left with symptoms that require treatment.

In order to estimate the ...

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Group Cleanse Detox: Reset & Renew Yourself for 2016

Group Cleanse Detox: Reset & Renew Yourself for 2016

Announcing Akasha’s Online Group Cleanse Detox:

As the Holiday season recedes from your thoughts, you enter a new year full of opportunity and hope. Like many of us, perhaps you’ve set or recommitted yourself to goals that will bring greater happiness and health.

Whatever your aspirations are, we are here to support you. Which is why we invite you to join our Take Charge Online Group Cleanse Detox program.

» Click Here to Sign Up

  • Participate in real-time with Akasha Center practitioners in an interactive ...
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The Benefits of an easy-to-follow 8-step Cleanse

The Benefits of an easy-to-follow 8-step Cleanse

Maggie Ney, ND                                              

My own health has improved tremendously since I started cleansing regularly. In contrast to a decade ago, I am now filled with energy from morning to night. I am able to focus for hours at a time and I feel happier and more spry.

I have seen my patients, family, and friends experience ...

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