Your gut is your gateway to health or illness and what you put in your body is the key.
You house an incredible 25 feet of intestines! This is where you absorb your nutrients from food, make your feel good neurotransmitters and where a vast network of immune cells and nerve cells reside. When your gut isn’t working properly, it affects every system in the body from your brain to your hormones and immune system.
Your gut health or imbalance is the result of your food intake, your stress response, immune system, sleep and lifestyle habits. When stressors are put on your digestive system, the gut lining becomes permeable and inflammation is the result.
Lower GI infections such as parasite, bacterial and fungal overgrowth, SIBO( small intestinal bacterial infection) and toxin overload creates a permeable gut. Leaky gut is a key term used often occurs when there is chronic infection, toxin overload or food sensitivity reactions. All these will which will trigger an immune response that results in inflammation.
Tennee | November 11, 2019
Every year, people go to their health care provider to get their annual checkup and along with that checkup comes a CBC/CMP/blood workup. These are the panels that your health care provider uses to screen for health issues and its what I see the most frequently when meeting with new clients.
It’s quite common for people in my office to note that they don’t "feel like themselves" and yet they had their annual blood workup done and their doctor said everything appears within the “normal” range.
Tennee | September 12, 2019
I had a couple of interesting appointments last week...
A woman came to see me covered in a red rash complaining of inflamed joints. She shared with me that her whole body felt “totally off.” Her doctor had run a couple of standard lab panels, and yet, the only bandaid that he could give her for her joint pain was a prescription for steroids. This woman was clearly dealing with symptoms associated with an autoimmune situation yet her doctor mentioned nothing about diet or any natural anti-inflammatory support.
A young woman in her early 30s reached out to me who had stopped cycling and had high cholesterol levels. Her provider had put her on statins to lower her cholesterol and offered a prescription for birth control pills to help "regulate the cycle." The dietary advice given was to consume a low-fat diet as well. He had not taken into consideration the fact that the body uses cholesterol to make steroid hormones and was giving her medication to suppress the cholesterol, thereby reinforcing the issue.
Tennee | August 19, 2019
To preface this blog on Mold and MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome) I would like to just pitch a shout out to all the canaries in the coal mines, you know who you are. You are the ones who get sick when exposed to things that “everyone else can handle”. You may be sensitive to chemicals, have skin reactions to beauty products, are allergic to many foods... you get the picture. I’m citing the canaries because some of the greatest healers I have met are often the most sensitive people.
Tennee | July 1, 2019
The joys of summer are finally here!
This is the time to pay attention to your magnesium levels as we spend time in the sun playing and sweating.
I like to rev up my magnesium during the summer months as the loss of electrolytes can disrupt magnesium stores and can cause adrenal fatigue if left unchecked.
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