Believe it or not, the “gut” (also called digestive tract, intestinal tract, digestive system) is where your health and immunity begins. It is also tied in with the mind in a big way; the mind and gut together determine how well you break down food into the nutrients that fuel your cells. For this reason, gut health is the first priority of my wellness programs.
About Susan Hughes
Sue is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and holds a Master's Degree in Psychological Counseling. She specializes in individualized natural healing support for cancer and hormone imbalance. Sue believes that the body has an incredible capacity to heal and balance when provided with the necessary tools. Her programs are unique in that they address the root cause of disease and imbalance from both the physical and emotional standpoint.
The holiday season can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a time when you are least likely to take good care of yourself. This can lead to a whole host of health and immunity issues not to mention emotional struggles. Here are a few health tips to keep you happy and well during the holidays.
It’s true. Research is continuing to support the fact that our indoor environment can actually be more toxic than our outdoor environment! But how could that be?
Well, bacteria and viruses that we have picked up during our travels will spread to others more easily in a closed-in environment. In addition to that, we must bear the load of toxic fumes created from chemical-based household cleaning products, synthetic air fresheners, new carpet or paint, as well as ingredients from building materials.
Minerals are to the body as spark plugs are to a car – they are necessary to make the engine run. The human body doesn’t have an engine, per se, but each cell manufactures energy, similar to an engine. Unless, of course, minerals and other nutrients are missing, at which point energy cannot be produced. When energy isn’t produced, hormones can’t be either.
Gratitude, or feeling thankful, is one of those emotions that is really easy to feel when something good happens in life. Your mood soars and your body feels energized but relaxed. Your threshold for frustration and anger goes way up. When you’re feeling grateful, it takes a lot to bring you down.
Without water, the body can’t live. Probably everyone would accept that as a fact. But what happens when we drink water, but we just don’t drink enough water? And what is enough water anyway? I can tell you this: it’s impossible to get and stay healthy if you are dehydrated.
The bummer of it is, more of us are dehydrated than you might imagine. As a result, the number of people suffering from pain, excess weight, lack of energy, hormone imbalance and countless other common health concerns is far higher than it needs to be. All of those things can be reversed with optimal water intake.
Unwanted weight gain is one of the main complaints of many of my female clients. This is not surprising given that about 95% of these women also have imbalanced hormones. One would think that dealing with weight issues should be straightforward – a calories in versus calories out sort of thing. However hormone imbalance and weight gain is much more complex than that.
Toxins play a huge but often overlooked role in hormone imbalance. The way the body handles toxic exposure is so complex that it can be an intimidating subject to try to understand. And when you add hormones to that picture it gets even more confusing! So sometimes it can be easier to just not deal with it at all! Today I’m going to try to break things down a bit so the relationship between toxins and hormones isn’t so confusing.
These days it seems like we’re all hating on our hormones. No matter what stage of life we’re in – puberty, child-bearing or menopause and beyond – we women seem to be in a constant battle to regain control of these funky little chemical messengers! Learn more about hair testing for hormone balance.
Some of the easiest, most effective things we can do to balance hormones involve changing how the body copes with stress. After all, stress affects hormone activity in a big way. The adrenal glands (the glands that produce stress-handling hormones that allow us to respond to a perceived threat) produce estrogen, progesterone and testosterone when they’re not making stress hormones.
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