My Newsletter and Top Reads for April are posted on website.
Here's a preview:
In the Newsletter, you'll find:
1. Announcements: I'm on the Radio, check out the link!
2. An Overview: Stress & Brain Balance
3. April Top Read's Highlight on Gluten
April Top Reads: Highlights
As April approaches, signifying spring, rebirth, and renewal, the question on everyone's mind is, "how many inches predicted this month?" Sigh. Really??!! April snow showers bring May flowers?
How much more snow shoveling shocks can our poor circulatory and sympathetic nervous system handle? Thankfully, Upstate New Yorkers are hardy, and compared to other nature games, we may be considered lucky by many of other environmental terrains. Still, I have faith; the sun will eventually grace the grounds of NYS.
Now, although some may argue this, we can't do much to change the weather. In fact, worrying about it or trying to change things we don't have control over, only creates more strain and stress on our biochemistry. It all begins with the thought, that triggers the pituitary, to signal the adrenals, to release the catecholamines and cortisol, to trigger a flight and fight survival response. For a detailed rundown on this stress effect, read my previous blog.
One reason why some people worry more than others or have a harder time adapting to change may be related to the balance of their 5 brain systems. These systems modulate our behavior and how we interpret our environment. It may be that those with a healthy cingulate gyrus have the ability to shift attention, adapt, cooperate, and be more cognitively flexible than their friends with a more unbalanced brain. There are nutrients which can assist someone to be more cognitively loose and flexible and it's all about assessing which portion of the brain needs attention and what to give. This is the work of Dr. Amen, MD, and it's produced exceptional responses by many of my patients.
Speaking of circulatory and sympathetic nervous system stressors, what better way to calm our cortisol and catecholamine stress response by nestling up with our cozy chamomile and hawthorn tea while reading about this month's highlighted health topics? If you're saying, "well, Ti-vo", then, you can always come back later when you're refreshed.
If you can remember to the dreary days of February of 2010, I did a summary of the immune reactivity of gluten. Recently, the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM) released two webinars with this common theme of a healthy gastrointestinal tract in overall systemic wellness. Due to the fact that over 70% of your immune system and neurotransmitters (via the enteric nervous system) is located in your gut, it's understandable why a bad diet and nutritional deficiencies can create such havoc to one's both mental and physical health. Furthermore, complicating the picture is that everyone has different capacities for absorption and digestion related to their genetics, environment, toxic load, stress response, emotional, physical, and spiritual health. However, it is true for all, that eating foods that your body is sensitive or allergic to is not good.
When the body can't affectively break down a substance, due to a compromise in the digestive or immune process, the gut releases incompletely digested proteins systemically. This is due to a compromise in the gut's barrier from chronic attack via inflammation. (Remember in February's Top Reads that these proteins can create an addictive response on the brain, making it hard to quite!? This creates a hurtful habit hard to break. ) The body responds to these "foreign materials" with either an acute, immediate reaction or a low-grade, chronic response creating long-term energy and nutrient drains, potentially leading to chronic illness. When the body's immune cells respond by trying to attack these "invaders", which are really complexes of undigested peptides, it can become confused and attack your tissues instead! This is one way to create immune complexes in your body that can lead to autoimmunity.
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