There are 100 million neurons embedded in the wall of the large intestine. Because of this, it is referred to as the second brain. There are trillions of microbes in the gut that manufacture 95% of the dopamine, serotonin and other brain chemicals and literally control our mood, mind and emotions. The microbiome – or
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Have you ever heard of a fecal transplant? It’s exactly what it sounds like – the fecal matter from one individual gets transplanted into the intestinal tract of another. The question is, why? There is mounting evidence that replacing the flora of your gut with a healthy and more diverse strain of microbes can have
It is my mission to help us transition from a culture of expensive and complex health care to a culture that seeks optimal health through natural mind-body medicine, leaving us more self-sufficient, rather than dependent on a medical system or a pill.~ Dr. John Douillard, D.C. Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP is a globally recognized leader in
In February 2013, The New England Journal of Medicine reported on a study that compared three versions of the already heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. All three of the diets followed basic “Med Rules,” which include a diet rich in beans, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, unsaturated fats (mostly from oils), and alcohol in moderation with meals.
A decrease in the length of the chromosomal telomeres has been linked to increased cellular aging, chronic disease risk, premature death and a metric for biological aging. Telomeres are small bits of DNA at the ends of the chromosomes; picture the cap on a shoelace. In this study, published in the European Journal of Clinical
Tomatoes are loaded with a carotenoid called lycopene. Carotenoids are the antioxidants responsible for giving fruits and veggies their red, yellow and orange colors. Generally, these carotenoids protect the tomato plants from the potentially damaging effects of the suns rays. When eaten, these protective properties play a huge role in optimal health and disease prevention.
Panchakarma, affectionately called, “punch your karma,” is Ayurveda’s most profound therapy. In fact, there is some truth to describing it as a therapy that will punch through your physical and emotional karma. But I thought Ayurveda was the science of medicine to fix the body, not my karma? Interestingly, both Yoga and Ayurveda –
Traditional cultures around the world cooked their food slowly over many hours. Perhaps this was because heating an oven to over 300 degrees was just not practical without electricity. Little did they know the incredible benefits they gleaned from cooking at low temperatures. Or did they? According to Ayurveda, cooking foods slowly is a way
Walnuts may be the nut that is just too good to be true. With over 35 peer review studies published in the US National Library of Medicine touting the cardiovascular benefits of walnuts, manufactures couldn’t resist making heart-healthy claims on their bags of walnuts. As a result of these unauthorized health claims, the FDA was
Research done at the University of Monastir in Tunisia measured the effects of olive oil on protecting the liver from the ravages of a toxic herbicide. The herbicide (2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) is known to cause free radical damage and oxidative stress to liver cells. Eighty healthy rats were separated into two groups. One group was given