Is Chronic Stress Destroying Your Gut Microbiota?

In previous blog posts, I have discussed at length the impact of dietary factors on the gut microbiota. In this blog, I’d like to switch gears and discuss a non-nutritive factor that profoundly impacts our gut microbes – chronic stress.

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How To Optimize Your Circadian Rhythms To Promote Healing From Chronic Illness

Our ancestors evolved in an environment in which life was governed by the earth’s natural rhythms, including the cycles of light and dark that characterize day and night. The interaction between our biology and the earth’s light cycles led us to develop a unique system within our bodies, the circadian system. Disruption of the circadian system predisposes us to issues such as elevated stress hormones, lowered immunity intestinal dysbiosis, and impaired brain function. Over time, health issues such as these may contribute to the development of chronic illnesses. In my own journey of recovery from Lyme disease and mold illness, repairing my disrupted circadian rhythm has helped me make significant improvements in my health. Read on to learn six simple strategies for optimizing your circadian rhythms.

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A Prescription for Nature: The Ways In Which Contact with Nature Promotes Health

For a growing number of people, contact with nature is a novelty that occurs sporadically, perhaps on a yearly vacation to the beach or a trip to the mountains. With increasing urbanization, we are spending more and more time indoors, and far less time in wild, natural places. An emerging body of research indicates that we should not treat nature exposure as a novelty; rather, it should be an integral part of our daily lives, especially considering the many health benefits nature has to offer.  

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