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When Anxiety Creeps Back In

My daughter, Emma,* recently admitted to me that she's been experiencing a fair number of anxiety symptoms lately. Anxiety and depression plagued her a couple years ago during high school. (Anxiety kept her from doing things she wanted to do. Depression caused her to sob uncontrollably—curled into a ball on her bed—for days and nights on [...]

May 21st, 2017|

Anxiety Root Causes (Part 2)

Doctors and researchers have discovered that when our microbial gut flora is compromised or lacks diversity, we may experience a number of health issues, including anxiety. In my last post, I began to explore factors that may influence our gut flora. In this post, I explore even more. Inflammation Inflammation is sometimes obvious. For example, if you cut your finger, it gets red and swollen. Other [...]

May 13th, 2017|

Anxiety Root Causes (Part 1)

Depending on which lens you use, the cause of anxiety and how to treat it will look different. How Conventional Medicine Looks at Anxiety According to the American Association of Anxiety, the exact cause of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is unknown. The symptoms tend to emerge gradually. Symptoms may begin at any age, typically emerging between childhood and middle age. [...]

May 6th, 2017|

Serotonin: Helping us Feel Happy, Relaxed, and Self-Confident

Serotonin is a juicy neurotransmitter. Juicy, because its job is to help us feel good. Ideally, we want lots of these chemical messengers running around because they make us feel happy, relaxed, and self-confident. Serotonin also regulates body functions such as carbohydrate cravings, sleep cycle, pain control, and digestion. Sounds great, right? Now let's look at how we feel when [...]

April 22nd, 2017|

I’m Not Judging Your Food!

I've overheard more than once (in reference to dining with me): "Oh no, I can't go out to eat with a health coach!" As if I plan to sit across the table and eye every bite of food they put in their mouths. I honestly don't trouble myself with what you're eating; I just want to hang out with you! (Besides, [...]

April 12th, 2017|

8 Travel Tips For Good Health

I like to believe that I take all my wellness strategies with me when I travel. The truth is, I don't. Last month I saw a friend's photo of a sunset on Facebook, which was quickly followed by a "I-must-book-a-trip-to-Florida-right-now-because-if-I-don't, I-might-die-a-slow-and-agonizing-death-by-Maine-winter-despair" moment. Two weeks later, my inner goddess beamed when I felt the kiss of the sun on my face, shoulders, [...]

April 4th, 2017|