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How Your Gut Makes Serotonin

We know that there’s a huge connection between the gut and the brain—so much so that it’s got its own term: the gut-brain axis. We’ve also known for awhile that there is a definite relationship between the gut and mood regulation. Serotonin is the “happy” neurotransmitter best known for its [...]

By |2019-10-04T08:39:57-07:00October 4th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Mental Health|0 Comments

Methylation and Neurotransmitters

Methylation involves taking a group of one carbon and three hydrogens (-CH3) from one biochemical compound and tacking it on to another. This changes the identity of both compounds. The process mostly refers to the “activation” of folate, and it involves passing the methyl group from one compound to another to [...]

By |2019-09-20T06:59:35-07:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Allergies|0 Comments

Why Does Your Period Cause Insomnia?

There are some period symptoms that are common but fixable in most cases (like PMS,  cramping, and moodiness), and others that, for the most part, are physiologic (like bowel changes)--but it’s possible to mitigate them with a few habit changes. Sleep disruption around menses falls into the latter category, too, [...]

By |2019-09-06T11:55:21-07:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Women's Health|0 Comments

Supplements to Assist with Sauna Detoxification

I wrote here on the health benefits of sauna in general, and here on infrared vs dry heat saunas. Quick recap on at least the detoxification portion, though: toxins, especially solvents, tend to persist in fat cells for years unless eliminated—and elimination occurs via sweating and weight loss. Sauna, therefore, is helpful for [...]

By |2019-08-23T14:51:57-07:00August 23rd, 2019|Categories: Articles, Detox|0 Comments

PQQ and the Mitochondria

I wrote here on mitochondrial dysfunction in depth. But as a quick recap: mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells, generating the body’s energy currency called ATP. They’re the last step in the process of converting glucose into energy. Therefore, under-functioning mitochondria will have broad-reaching consequences, affecting potentially every body system. [...]

By |2019-08-16T07:18:30-07:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Supplements|0 Comments

How Taurine Affects Anxiety and Adrenaline

I wrote here about how taurine affects overexcitable membranes in general, and it essentially boils down to two interrelated things: the NMDA receptor (which is stimulated by the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, and inhibited by calming neurotransmitters glycine and GABA), and calcium conduction (the flow of which occurs when the NMDA receptor [...]

By |2019-08-09T06:53:19-07:00August 9th, 2019|Categories: Chronic Illnesses, Supplements|0 Comments

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