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Sign up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge 2015!

Sign up for the Fermented for 14 Challenge 2015!

Are you ready to get your gut bugs in good shape?

Here’s the challenge: 1 serving (1/2 cup) of fermented foods every day for 14 days. 

Trust me, I know it can be hard to get in the habit of eating fermented foods. You might know that they’re great for you and that you should be eating them – but you just don’t do it. I think adding a fermented food a day is an easy change that could improve pretty much everyone’s health, but the fact is so many of us don’t do it on a regular basis (I’m guilty here, too!).

Our gut bacteria are the foundation of our health, and it’s our job to nourish them. From weight loss to eczema, fibromyalgia to chronic fatigue, fermented foods can help just about any health condition. It’s time to start eating them!  Join me in the Fermented for 14 Challenge to give those gut bugs some lovin’.

You can buy your fermented foods for the challenge or make your own (don’t worry, I’ve got recipes for you!). Or, buy some and make some – it all counts! What really matters is that your gut is getting fermented foods every day of the challenge.

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Got Anxiety? Here’s How Your Gut Microbiome Plays a Part

Got Anxiety Here's How Your Gut Microbiome Plays a Part

Anxiety is the most prevalent mental illness affecting those living in the United States with about 40 million sufferers. (1) If you deal with this condition, you know that anxiety can be debilitating and affect your quality of life. But did you also know that the trillions of microbes living in your gut can play a part in your condition and potentially help you heal?

These microbes living in us are often referred to as the “forgotten organ” because they play such a large role in our well-being, but it is only recently that we’ve started to realize the impact this organ has on the body. (2) Unfortunately, the Western lifestyle takes a significant toll on the health of our microbiome with constant stress, unhealthy diets, lack of sleep, and more leading to a condition called dysbiosis.

Dysbiosis, the imbalance of gut bacteria, has been associated with a variety of mental disorders including anxiety. (3) While there aren’t many studies done on humans, we have seen mice exhibit increased anxious behavior when exposed to pathogenic bacteria in the gut. (4) It’s probably no surprise, then, that those with anxiety are also likely to suffer from a digestive disorder associated with imbalanced gut bacterial as well like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

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Jaw Pain: The Multifactorial Nature of TMJ

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For years doctors and dentists believed that malocclusion (teeth that don’t line up correctly) cause pain in the TMJ. However, newer research shows that while structural abnormalities may be part of the picture, this disorder is also associated with biological, behavioral and cognitive factors.

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) cause pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and those with TMD usually have difficulty opening their mouths widely and may experience clicking or popping of the joint. TMD is also associated with neck and tooth pain, as well as dizziness and tinnitus.

In my most recent guest post on ChrisKresser.com, I talk about the three little known factors that play a part in developing TMD and what you can do about them. Click here to read the full article!

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Stay Hydrated With The Cranberry Lemon Refresher

Stay Hydrated With The Cranberry Lemon Refresher

It’s getting awfully hot in New York these days, and if you’re like me and try not to blast your AC all day long, you know you need to be drinking more water than usual.

I’m one of those people who tends to forget to drink – I can literally make it to the end of the workday having barely had anything to drink. Not good! While there’s some debate over the “correct” amount of water to drink, I certainly don’t think it’s a good idea to be going that long without water.

To trick myself into drinking more, I’ve been making this yummy concoction that I like to call the Cranberry Lemon Refresher. It’s super easy to make and it looks appealing and refreshing, so I’m more likely to drink it!

To make the Cranberry Lemon Refresher, all you need is water, a half a lemon, and 100% cranberry juice (not the cranberry juice “drink” that includes sugar or other juices). I like the cranberry juice from Trader Joe’s – it’s affordable and delicious!

To begin, simply put a splash of the cranberry juice in your cup or jar (I love using a quart-sized mason jar for this!).

How Your Experiences (Not Your Possessions) Make You Happier and Healthier

Ever heard that you should spend your money on experiences and not material goods? It’s good advice.

When you live in a consumerist society, it’s easy to get caught up in all the *stuff*. A better phone, a faster car, the newest model laptop, the biggest house… But did you know that spending your money on experiences can actually bring you greater happiness?

I recently did the first of my major experiences of the summer and went to Iceland with my family. It got me thinking about all the ways that experiences can make us happier and I wanted to learn more about the ways experiences make us happier and healthier.

4 Ways Experiences Trump Possessions
1. The Lead-Up Is Exciting

Ugh, waiting for your new laptop to arrive in the mail?! You’re going to be impatient. Sure, you’re excited, but you’re way more impatient than excited. (This hit a bit too close to home as a new laptop is making its way to me… sometimes you do need to buy *things*, especially when your business runs from it!)

Researchers have found that the waiting period for an experience, on the other hand,

Paleo Rehab: Adrenal Fatigue Enrollment Is Now Open!

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I can’t even tell you how excited I am to open up the Paleo Rehab: Adrenal Fatigue program today! Laura and I have been slaving away for months and months to make this an absolutely amazing program for you.

There are lots of online programs out there, but Laura and I noticed that there was one in particular that was missing… one about adrenal fatigue! There is so much you can do to heal from adrenal fatigue, and we though it was unfortunate that no one had made a program that we could refer our clients to.

Well… you guessed it – we decided to make one! And I am so incredibly thrilled to open enrollment for you today after testing the program with our beta groups for the last 5 weeks.

Want in? Just click below to learn more about the program and sign up. Can’t wait to see you inside!

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Does Stress Cause Digestive Problems?

Does Stress Cause Digestive Problems?

Most of us can probably guess that stress affects the body negatively – but how does it affect the gut?
The Gut-Brain Axis

Changes in our mental state, like feeling scared or nervous, can lead to problems in the gut. Ever had to do a big presentation or take an important test and experienced heartburn or diarrhea as a result? That’s the brain and the gut in communication. This goes the other way too. Changes in our gut microbiota and changes in our intestinal permeability can affect our mental state, causing depression and anxiety. (1) These bidirectional signals going from the gut to the brain and vice versa can either keep us healthy or they can cause a great deal of discomfort.

It is vital to deal with any significant health issues that affect either the brain or the gut, but it’s important to note that neither will truly heal if you don’t also focus on the other. If you have a parasite and you treat it without dealing with your chronic stress, you leave yourself open to reinfection or sometimes, your body simply won’t be able to get rid of the parasite because of the chronic stress.

PODCAST: Women’s Health and the Female Athlete Triad with Kate Callaghan, RD

PODCAST: Women's Health and the Female Athlete Triad with Kate Callaghan, RD

Click through to hear Laura and I talk with Kate Callaghan about all things women’s health:

  • What the Female Athlete Triad and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea are and what causes these problems
  • Health consequences of the Female Athlete Triad, both short and long term
  • Common mistakes with going low carb Paleo that can contribute to hormonal issues
  • How to recover from this common condition using nutrition, activity, and lifestyle change

What Can You Do About Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)?

What Can You Do About Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia)?

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Blood sugar regulation is process that is carefully balanced by our bodies.

We break down food to produce glucose and this is used by our cells for energy. Insulin, a hormone, acts as a key to open the door into the cell and allow glucose inside. If our blood sugar goes too low, another hormone called glucagon is released, which allows us to break down a stored form of glucose called glycogen. The process works much like a thermostat – when blood sugar is high, insulin is released to allow it to enter the cells; when it’s too low, glucagon is secreted to release stored glucose. Both high and low glucose can be dangerous, which is why our body works so hard to keep our levels in balance.

Today, I’m going to share my top tips for dealing with low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia.

Prolonged low blood sugar can cause serious medical problems, including seizure, coma, and even death. But the symptoms of a shortened period of low blood sugar can be more subtle.

It’s quite common for someone with hypoglycemia to not know it, and the symptoms are sometimes attributed to anxiety or panic attacks.

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PODCAST: Recommendations for SIBO and “Paleo” Alcohol Choices

Thanks for joining us for our fourth episode of The Ancestral RD podcast!  This is definitely a longer episode today, so buckle up and get ready for nearly an hour of Ancestral RD goodness! If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode!

Remember, if you’d like to submit a question for our new podcast, or suggest a guest that we should host, CLICK HERE.

Here’s what Laura and Kelsey will be discussing in this episode:

  1. Are there any special instructions for the getting started with a Paleo diet for someone with SIBO?
  2. What are the most “Paleo” alcohol choices I can drink? (36:40)

CLICK HERE to listen to Episode #4!