A Deficiency of This Compound Links IBS, Migraines, Fibromyalgia and More

A Deficiency of This Compound Links IBS, Migraines, Fibromyalgia and More

Migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, fibormyalgia, obesity and even ADHD can all be traced back to depleted serotonin levels – and the effects on your body can be as damaging as they are diverse. When most people think of serotonin deficiency, the first thing they usually think about is depression. If that someone is you, you’d be right. But there’s a lot more to this neurotransmitter than meets the eye – a lot more. (more…)

Entering a Dialogue

Entering a Dialogue

This post comes to us from our friends at Natural Path Health Center.

There has been a disturbing trend emerging over the past months, and especially in the past several weeks that, I believe, fundamentally undermines our ability to act in a humane manner – the ability to communicate and discuss our differences. We don’t talk and listen, we just talk, with underlying agendas and a “I’m right and your wrong” undertone that works only to increase hostility and misunderstanding. (more…)

The Important Role of Biochemical Individuality in Health

The Important Role of Biochemical Individuality in Health

Biochemical individuality is a really cool sounding term (really cool to people like me:)) that simply means that every’s nutritional needs are different. These unique nutritional needs are based on each person’s genetics, lifestyle, diet and environmental exposure to various stresses. Biochemistry is a complex web of interactions that controls the way your body uses and/or responds to the things you take into your body (food, drink, supplements, medications, pollutants, stresses, etc.) and how that translates into how your body functions. For your body (biochemistry) to function properly, your body requires the right amounts and proportions of nutrients. This amount is dependent on you – the amount of a certain nutrient required by the average person (or another person) may not be the optimal amount you need for proper health (this is one of the reasons the RDA/DRI reported for nutrients is misleading at best – more on that later). (more…)

Hydration Myths

Hydration Myths

“I drink 64 ounces (or 3 quarts, or 2 gallons) of water a day – there is no way that I’m dehydrated!”

We hear statements like this a lot. And, while compared to most people you meet, you may drink way more water than they do, chances are you are still dehydrated. (We’ve tested thousands of people for hydration status and it turns out that only about 1% of people tested are properly hydrated.) (more…)

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

If you are paying attention to nutrition or health-related news, you know that not a week goes by without some new findings coming out about the health benefits of vitamin D. However, there is also a lot of confusion about how much vitamin D each person needs as well as the best/safest way to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. The purpose of this post is to try and clear some of the confusion. (more…)

Store Wars – An Light-Hearted Way to Explain the Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

Store Wars – An Light-Hearted Way to Explain the Difference Between Organic and Conventional Foods

“A long time ago, in a supermarket not so far away…”

This is how “The Store Wars” begins; it is a parody that explains the differences between organic and conventionally raised produce that can be a great teaching/learning tool for kids, teenagers and those new to organic foods. (more…)