A quick peek at your second brain – the gut microbiome

I’m sure by now you have heard a lot about the gut microbiome and its role in health and disease. But have you ever wondered why it is so important and what exactly is its role? Unfortunately, I can’t answer all those questions as research into the gut microbiome is relatively new and there isContinue reading “A quick peek at your second brain – the gut microbiome”

One Good Reason To Sleep

When I first started thinking about this blog, I was going to entitle it “Five Reasons to Sleep” and then discuss five benefits of a good night’s sleep. However, when I started to think about it, I realised that there is really only one reason to sleep: to keep alive! Every single creature on earthContinue reading “One Good Reason To Sleep”

What does a honey-bee have to do with epigenetics?

Did you know that queen bees and worker bees are genetically identical? They have identical DNA. So what makes them so different? What makes the queen have a larger body, live a longer life and be able to lay thousands of eggs while worker bees are smaller and sterile? It’s all in what they eat!Continue reading “What does a honey-bee have to do with epigenetics?”

Is Loneliness Killing You?

“I’m falling apart right in front of your eyes, but you don’t even see me.” Invisible Good relationships not only keep us happier, they also keep us healthier. Loneliness, on the other hand, results in a decrease in brain function, a decline in health and a shorter lifespan. The Harvard Study of Adult Development TheContinue reading “Is Loneliness Killing You?”

What we know matters, but who we are matters more – Brené Brown

Are you one of those people who thinks a lot about health? Who is always trying to read more and learn more about healthy living and how best to help yourself? Are you always following the latest research, currently ‘eating keto’, drinking bullet-proof coffee or ‘drowning in green juice’? Yet somehow you still don’t feelContinue reading “What we know matters, but who we are matters more – Brené Brown”

Stress & your hormones

When discussing hormones it’s difficult to know where to begin.  We could start by looking at different disorders related to hormonal problems: for example premenstrual syndrome, menopausal problems, infertility, thyroid disorders, weight problems, depression, chronic fatigue….the list is endless.  Or we could start by looking at different treatment options and how they work.  For example,Continue reading “Stress & your hormones”