The Gut-Brain Connection

The Gut-Brain Connection is one of the strongest connections in our bodies. The health of our gut has a strong impact on the health of our brain and vice versa. We have known about this in some way for quite some time. We get gut feelings, butterflies in our stomach, and gut-wrenching experiences that are emotional responses. What we are just recently learning is how the brain and the gut affect each other and what we can do to control it.

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Saying Goodbye to a Toxic Life

Detox has become a catchphrase in the recent years. We have started to label anything that might be damaging to us as toxic. Everywhere you turn someone has a toxic relationship, toxic job, toxic communication that they are working to detox from. Our lives have become toxic, and unfortunately many of us have been content to live that way. We have accepted the idea that we will live the remainder of our lives sick and tired because of our lifestyle choices. Some people even acknowledge that they are poisoning themselves with their food and drinks and refuse to make changes.

Toxicity is not just an abstract concept that has gained popularity in our culture, it is a scientific term used to determine the level of harm a poison can cause to us. Poison and toxins are prevalent in our lives. It is nearly impossible to live your life without being exposed to toxins. Known poisons are used in many ways in our modern lives - from the chlorine in our water to the pesticides on our foods.

Toxins affect all of us in many ways. Many people will experience mental fog, memory loss, fatigue, migraines, acne, and even cancer because of toxicity. Our body is designed to naturally get rid of toxins, but with the levels that we are introducing into our lives our bodies simply cannot keep up. The first step to living a life less toxic is to reduce your exposure to poisons in your life. A whole food diet and reducing the chemicals in your home (especially those for cleaning) is an amazing place to begin.

Although I will always be an advocate for living as toxin-free as possible, we also need to actively address the fact that we have already been exposed to toxins and need to detox.

Detoxification, or detox for short, is the process of removing toxins from our bodies and lives. Our bodies are amazing at keeping us healthy. My philosophy to detoxing is about giving your body the tools that it needs to keep itself in the best condition.

Toxins leave your body naturally in several different ways. Healthy detox is about encouraging this natural elimination of toxins.

Colon Hydrotherapy is a way to encourage your body to get rid of toxins through natural waste. It stimulates healthy bowel movements by introducing water into the colon to remove built up waste and bacteria that are hindering the colon from performing its job to the best of its ability. 

Sweat is another natural way your body removes toxins. Go for a jog, do some cardio, or sweat it out in a sauna to encourage your body to detoxify through your sweat. 

Also, when you begin to replace toxic food in your diet and lifestyle (think fast food) with natural, healthier options your body will likely begin to detox itself. This is not always a pleasant process. In fact, many people experience headaches, nausea, or fatigue when they make healthier lifestyle changes because their body immediately begins to fight off the toxins that have been in their systems for so long.  Both colon hydrotherapy and sauna therapy are proven help eliminate the symptoms of detox!

Moral of the Story: Let's detox! Life is too short to live with chronic pain and fatigue.  

 

This is a Blog Deal

In life, there are some things that remain a distant idea. I always thought running a health blog was just another one of those things! Here we are though, I am busy typing out things that I hope will be beneficial to you. 

To many of you, I am the face of Auburn Total Health. I am a female business owner with a passion for total health. I love this part of my story, but it does not fully reflect on who I am because it does not include how I got here. Maybe it is cliche to begin my blog with an origin story like I am a modern superwoman. I would never go so far to call myself a hero, but I have worked hard to become the woman I am today. Hopefully my story will inspire some of you!

During my pregnancy with my youngest, I gained a lot of weight. There were health complications and after he was born I found myself unable to lose it.

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A few years went by and I realized something needed to change. I was 100 pounds overweight and quickly approaching so many heath problems. I was a future diabetic if I lived that long. I was unable to do many things with my children, and the idea of an active lifestyle was far out of reach. We took a family trip to Mammoth Cave and I was so limited in what activities I could participate in. I was missing out on quality moments with my children and jeopardizing my chance to spend time with them in the future. That was the day I decided that I needed to change.

I was not a heath guru and had limited knowledge of nutrition and health. Looking back, my path to weight loss was not too healthy. I tried a little bit of everything. I cut carbs, counted calories, and tried the point system. I made an effort to be more active, however limited it was. I would have successes, but I would also have failures. I lost weight, but I also gained it back. It took eight years before I had finally lost the weight and was able to keep it off. 

Even though I had finally reached my weight goal, my path to health was far from finished. With my newfound energy I began trail running. I discovered parts of Auburn and the canyon that I never knew existed. I also turned my focus onto finding a healthy way to live. I spent days and weeks researching. I learned about nutrient dense foods, the role of protein in diet, and the benefits of kale. I began to study about the toxins present in our foods and how important it is to keep an active lifestyle. 

Through my newfound love for running, I began to train and entered my first official race. It was a half marathon in Lake Tahoe in the late fall. The temperatures were low and the elevation high. It was far from my easiest run, but I was hooked. I continued to train and entered 25Ks, 50Ks, and even a 50 mile run. I found myself in a community of ultrarunners. In this new circle, I discovered that my plant based lifestyle was more common than I thought.

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In my races, I am never the fastest runner, but I have endurance. I like to think that that is the story of my life as well. Philipians 3:14 says, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Even when things were not clear and my own goals seemed out of reach, I kept pressing. I would be remiss to say that I have arrived, because I still have a long way to go. What I do know is that if I keep pressing, there is no telling what I can do.