Migraines are far more than just a bad headache. Experts believe migraine headaches are caused by abnormal brain activity, including dilation and constriction of the blood vessels within the brain. An attack can last from several hours to several days and affects a person's ability to function at home and at work. A migraine can [...]
Have you ever suffered a broken heart? Everyone can understand the intense pain, heartache, and distress that comes with dealing with a broken heart, especially when it's due to a loss of a family member or dear friend. Take, for instance, the recent passing of actress and icon Debbie Reynolds just one day after her [...]
We don’t usually associate increasing the amount of fat in our diets as a way to improve health, but when it comes to a particular type of fat, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered! Omega-3 Fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), a type of essential fat involved in several metabolic processes, and they are a crucial component of good health. Research shows omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis – conditions that often have a high inflammatory process at their root. But most impressive is the research that confirms Omega-3’s benefits on the brain.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday tradition that’s been celebrated in the US and Canada since the mid 1800s. At the heart of the Thanksgiving celebration is the universal message of gratitude. Gratitude is the expression of being thankful. It’s about having an attitude of appreciation, allowing yourself to feel awe, not taking things for granted, [...]
The following is the second in a series of excerpts on gut health from Dr. Gary Kaplan's book “Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression." To read Part 1 of this series, "Gut Feelings," click here. When scientists realized that 70 percent of our [...]
We now know that our intestinal tract has 100 million nerves – more than our spinal cords or peripheral nervous systems. With this radically new understanding, scientists have tentatively begun to refer to it as the body’s second brain.
Sleep disorders not only rob us of a restful night, they also have side-effects that go far beyond our simply feeling tired in the morning. Sleep apnea and insomnia are two of the most common sleep disorders and both pose long-term, serious health risks if left untreated. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying [...]
What do pistachios, peanuts, blueberries, and grapes have in common? In addition to providing a tasty snack, they are all sources of Resveratrol - a naturally occurring substance found in certain plants that offers a number of health benefits to the brain! Resveratrol is a type of phytoalexin - a substance produced by plant tissues [...]
Research over the last 10 years has revealed a great deal about the nature of bacterial flora (the microorganisms that live in our digestive system) and the vital role they play in our health. Because the immune system is largely housed in the intestines it makes sense that the 100 trillion (100,000,000,000,000!) bacteria in the [...]