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Healthy Gut = Healthy Brain?

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Brain-Gut-Communication

As I was driving to work last Friday in the dark and freezing hour of 5 am, I flipped on NPR and listened to my ‘stories’. An intriguing discussion was taking place, one which has been growing in popularity and scientific research: the importance of gut bacteria!

Yes, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you, but there is bacteria in your gut. A lot.disguted emoticonThere is both good and bad bacteria, and in order to maintain good health, you need to make sure there is a lot more good than bad.

In the discussion, a Dr. Mayer hinted that the mixture of bacteria in our gut may help determine what kinds of brain we have, how its wired, and how the brain is developed. Crazy, I know.

But wait, there’s more!

In another study in this discussion, researchers replaced the gut bacteria of anxious mice with that of fearless mice. “The mice became less anxious, more gregarious,” says Dr. Stephen Collins of McMaster University.

Why is this important? Because the health of our gut, which many of us take for granted, could be a possible explanation for our behavior, our ability to learn, and our mood.

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Luckily, there are ways to clean out your gut’s bacteria and restore it with healthy bacteria. And there are ways to maintain the health of your gut too (Probiotics). I’ll be leading these discussions in future posts.

For now, eat clean and stay healthy.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before

Living with Tightness

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Photo used from beachbody.com

Photo used from beachbody.com

“It’s the slow knife…that cuts the deepest” (I knew watching The Dark Knight Rises would pay off)

 

Close your eyes for a minute. I want you to think about everything you’ve done today. A typical person might say that they drove to work, walked a few blocks to get to their job where they sit down 7 – 10 hours a day. Then they drive back home just to sit down and relax. Sound like you? Afraid emoticon

And if you’re exercising like most people I’ve encountered, then you go to the gym, workout without a warm up or cool down, and you go home thinking you’ve done your body good.

This tightness that you gain from your everyday life is the “slow knife”. You might not feel the tightness build up each and every day. But then you step wrong on a curb or you twist in your office chair to reach that low drawer or you decide to go to the gym after months of not exercising . And you injure yourself (Oh No!!!!).

Let me paint this one more time. Guys, imagine wearing a suit that’s way way too tight (I’m talking skinny jeans, but a size too small). Girls, imagine wearing a dress that’s way too tight (If you’re an 8, imagine wearing a 4!). If you’re not stretching or lengthening your body’s muscle and tissue through stretching, than its like you’re wearing a tight suit everyday; and the suit is just getting tighter and tighter.

Obviously stretching is going to make you more flexible, but it will also reduce stress , increase circulation, decrease pain thumb up, and give plenty more benefits.

So get your butt up and start stretching. You can even do this while watching TV or right before bed, so really there’s no excuse.

Stay tuned for future posts where we’ll dive into some important stretches.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before