Ronit Mor, ND
Summer has begun, and with it comes extended daylight. For many people, these long days are brimming with vacations, parties, and other enjoyable events. While these activities are most certainly fun, there could also be an element of stress involved. How our bodies handle stress, whether big or small, is important to our well-being, and excessive stress can be problematic for our overall health. To get a better glimpse at how the body manages the triggers of stress, you must go to the source of it all—the HPA axis.
What is the HPA axis?
The HPA axis is the interaction that exists between the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland, and the adrenal glands. This axis is the interconnecting of the central nervous system with the endocrine system and is responsible for regulating functions such as stress response in the body.
Ronit Mor, ND
In many ways, the brain acts like a computer. It serves as a memory bank, an information database, and the central control station for the rest of the body. Just like the files downloaded on a computer can affect its performance, the foods partaken can alter the function of the mind.
Food affects your mood!
It’s important to be aware that your daily diet has a direct correlation to your brain and how it operates. Some foods are harmful and can even trigger mood disorders such as depression.
What is depression?
Depression is a common and serious neurological disorder that negatively affects how one feels and behaves. Some symptoms associated with depression include increased sadness, anxiety, loss of appetite, dejected mood, and a loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
Ronit Mor, ND
Diabetes, or hyperglycemia, is a condition in the body that causes the levels of glucose (a type of sugar made from the carbohydrates in the diet) to rise higher than normal.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes, sometimes called adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a metabolic disorder that affects the way the body handles glucose. If someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it means their body doesn’t use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. The root causes which could trigger type 2 diabetes are lifestyle related, usually developing because of several factors, including:
Russell Skinner, MD
Did you ever consider there is more in your gut than your latest meal?
Gut flora, or microbiota, is the microbe population which is found in the digestive tract. The complex ecosystem that harbors these microbes is called the microbiome.
The microbiome is composed of numerous species of bacteria, fostering both good and bad. Good bacteria are vital for daily health by assisting in digestion, creating vitamins, and protecting the body’s system against infection.