Forget Junk Food: STRESS May Be WORSE For Your Gut!
I talk a lot about gut health being more of a lifestyle rather than a diet, mainly because of the negative impact of stress on the body. In fact, stress has been noted to be more damaging on the gut than junk food, making our lifestyle choices and stress management critical components in order to maintain optimal health.
The human body was not designed to handle prolonged periods of stress. Sure, it can handle the stress of a deadline at work or (most) family holiday gatherings, but the chronic everyday stress is the most important.
MindBodyGreen: 3 Yoga Poses For Your Healthiest Gut Ever
With nearly 80 percent of the immune system located in the gut, gut health is rapidly becoming a widely discussed topic as it relates to optimal health. It is estimated that virtually 30 to 40 percent of the population suffer from digestive-related issues, making digestion and gut health a critical component of overall well-being. When you think of supporting gut health, yoga, I would imagine, is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, healing is an integrative approach, and it is as important to nourish the physical body as it is to incorporate other modalities.
CO Yoga + Life Magazine -- Meditation For A Healthy Gut
Medediation: the art of skillfully taming the mind, bringing intention inward and inviting relaxation and ease into the body. There are countless health benefits of meditation, primarily its proven ability to help reduce stress levels, combat anxiety and depression and lower blood pressure, to name a few. Gut health, I would imagine, is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the health benefits of meditation. However, our thoughts, feelings and emotions significantly influence the overall wellbeing of our microbiome which is home to nearly eighty percent of the immune system! Before we dive into more detail on the relationship between our emotional state and the gut, let’s first define what constitutes gut health.
CO Yoga + Life Magazine -- Three Ways To Live The Gut Health Lifestyle
Gut health is a lifestyle, not just a diet, as the gut is a reflection of more than the foods we eat, but rather, an indicator of our stress levels and self-care practice. While diet plays an intricate role in achieving optimal gut health, new research revels stress levels are equally if not more important in helping maintain a healthy gut.
Today, it is estimated that one out of every five American adults suffers from a mental-health condition (43.7 million Americans--more than the combined populations of New York and Florida), and the statistuc only seems to be worsening. Additionally, from 2011 to 2014, rates of youth depression increased 8.5% to 11.1 percent; many youth are unable to access adequate treatment.
The medical establishment blames brain-based imbalances for this epidemic. But could it be due to gut dysfunction?
I began my yoga practice roughly 10 years ago when a friend coerced me into trying a rigorous hot yoga class. You know, the type of yoga class you sweat nearly half your body mass in a dark, crowded room. I vividly remember my first hot yoga class spending most of the time wondering if they dimmed the lights or if I needed to take child's pose to refrain from passing out. Fast-forward seven years later and I would have never imagined how this sweaty yet special place on my mat would become an integral part in healing from Lyme disease.
Staying healthy during the holidays sounds nearly impossible, right? I mean, everywhere you look it's temptation at every angle. Cookies, cakes, pies, oh my! But what if I told you that staying healthy had actually very little to do with food itself? What IF staying healthy during the holidays depended more on our stress levels and mindset than anything?
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, so I have no doubt that being diagnosed with Lyme disease changed my life for the better. As hard as it has been to believe sometimes, it really has pushed me into a much healthier lifestyle. But it's definitely come with hardships along the way.
Staying healthy during the holidays sounds nearly impossible, right? I mean, everywhere you look it’s temptation at every angle. Cookies, cakes, pies, oh my! But, what if I told you that staying healthy had actually very little to do with food itself? What if staying healthy during the holidays depended more on our stress levels and mindset than anything?
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and I have no doubt that being diagnosed with Lyme disease changed my life for the better.As hard as it is to believe this at times, it really has pushed me into a much healthier lifestyle, but that doesn’t come without hardship along the way.
We recently talked about healthy fats and which are best for you. But, there has been a lot of talk around MCT Oil lately. Why? Because it is loaded with health benefits! From aiding in weight loss to keeping you energized this oil has everything! Read on to find out about why it is good for you, where you can find it and a few fun (meal prep recipes) to give it a try in!
What was once a feared food should now be at the top of your ‘to eat list.’ Fat is an essential component in building a solid meal prep . If you read our article on how to calculate your macros then you know it is one of the main three components in reaching your health goals. But, fat isn’t all the same. There are a variety of different types of healthy fats. Knowing which are better for you and how they impact your body will help you reach your health goals quicker! Read on to get the 4-1-1 on which to eat and which to toss!
YogaByCandace: 3 Simple Ways To Better Health -- Digestion
Digestion is fundamental to optimum health. Plain and simple: if you’re not digesting your foods, you’re not absorbing the nutrients. If you’re not absorbing nutrients, your body is not receiving the tools it needs to function properly. Meanwhile, undigested foods are seeping into your system which can cause problems like autoimmune attacks, leaky gut, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, and much more. So many health issues start with digestion.
Hydration is commonly overlooked and is such a critical component in maintaining optimum health. Many people seek medical attention for illnesses like migraines, muscle pains, fatigue, and constipation, yet so many of these issues are directly related to something as simple as dehydration.
Ahh stress. There is so much to say, where do I even begin? Stress is the root of many illnesses and absolutely wreaks havoc on the body. Among other things, stress increases inflammation, destroys the gut, and weakens the immune system.