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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What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

What the Doctor Packs Her Kids’ for Lunch

By Dr. Maggie Ney

*This is an updated article Dr. Ney wrote in 2019 on healthy school lunches.

It’s time to pack up school lunches again!  School mornings can be hectic so pack or plan your kids lunch the night before.  With some planning, packing lunches can be a rewarding process because you can take control of ensuring your kids eat a wholesome, nutrient-dense lunch. The best lunches should always include a protein, a vegetable, a fruit (seasonal is best), and something ...

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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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Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Maggie Ney, ND

How frustrating is it to be eating well and exercising but not see a change in your body?  This is a very common experience among the women I see in my practice. Understanding weight loss and metabolism is so much more complex and interesting than calorie in and calorie out. When weight is stagnant, despite a healthy diet and exercise, it is essential to do a comprehensive review of your entire health so that all variables that affect metabolism ...

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Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

 

By. Bren Boston, MD

Medical doctors monitor your health with both bone density scans and coronary artery calcium (CAC) score scans.  Have you wondered if the calcium supplements you take to prevent or treat osteoporosis might be depositing in the walls of your arteries?  If you have a family history of both heart disease and osteoporosis and feel confused as to whether you should take calcium supplements, then congratulations you are not alone!

Fortunately, there are reasonable and effective ways to ...

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Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

 

By: Maggie Ney, ND

Intermittent fasting can be an effective tool to avoid weight gain and maintain metabolic balance during the holiday season. What I hear a lot this time of year is either, “I have no interest in indulging in holiday treats” OR “I will place no restrictions on what I eat this month but will detox in January”. Intermittent fasting (IF) presents a middle ground where you can have the freedom to indulge but an eating structure ...

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Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

Aging Gracefully Includes A Plan to Keep Lean Muscle

 

By: Bren Boston, M.D.

The slippery slope of lean muscle loss begins at a younger age than you would guess. The medical term for age-related loss of lean muscle is sarcopenia, and it starts in our 30’s. Sarcopenia occurs at a rate of 3-5% per decade. Less muscle means less strength, less stability, and less dense bones, which all increase the risk for falls and fractures.

It doesn’t have to be this way. You can fight against the loss of lean muscle ...

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Longevity Depends on Your Liver

Longevity Depends on Your Liver

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Your health depends on your liver. The liver is your largest solid organ other than your skin. It is located in the upper right corner of your abdominal cavity tucked under your rib cage. Your liver helps you digest and absorb fats and vitamins. It stores iron so that you can make red blood cells to circulate oxygen. It stores glucose for when you need a burst of energy. It makes proteins involved ...

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