Did you know one in four women experiences some form of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)? One in four! It’s one of the most common reproductive health issues, but there’s still some confusion surrounding it (what is PCOS exactly?) and, often, women diagnosed with the condition aren’t given many solutions.
Acid reflux, resulting in heartburn, is incredibly common these days. In fact, as many as 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month. So if you’re no stranger to some mad, fiery reflux—you are not alone! And, the great news is, there are ways to prevent and treat heartburn that have nothing to do with medications like PPIs or our old friend Pepto.
While autoimmune diseases are common these days, they’re also commonly misunderstood. Their symptoms can sometimes masquerade as other conditions, making them harder to diagnose. And while treating autoimmunity with immune-suppressing drugs is sometimes helpful and necessary, often these treatments merely address the symptoms, not the root cause of autoimmunity. Because the truth is, autoimmunity can be managed and even reversed (yes!) by using nutrition and other lifestyle changes.
“Your gut and your emotions are a two-way street.”
– From the film Food Matters
I am sure you have experienced this interplay at some point in your life…butterflies before going out with your crush, uncomfortable bowels (read: diarrhea) before you had to give that uber-important presentation at work, upset stomach when you are feeling stressed or anxious…
This is our brain talking to our guts.
“Chronic inflammation is fine. Until it’s not. And then it’s REALLY not.”
When it comes to inflammation and our immune systems, there are elements that are within our control – nutrition, exercise, sleep, etc. – and there’s those that are outside of our control – environmental toxins, air pollution, etc. All of these take a toll and add up over time. Think of your immune system like a bucket and each pro-inflammatory trigger is a drop of water in this bucket. Each micro trigger, over time, fills up our immune system bucket…until it overflows!