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How many times has this happened to you?

You are stressed out and you eat something sweet or salty to feel better. You feel better temporarily, but then feel bad you ate something that caused you to gain weight or feel bad. We all have our “comfort foods!” They are usually starchy and sugary.

There is a biological reason for these cravings:ID-100157943

  • Sugar increases serotonin in the brain
  • Serotonin makes us feel good

The issue is that sugar increases inflammation in our body and can feed pathogenic microorganisms in the gut.

When we are stressed, chemicals are released. These are the same chemicals that would be released if a wild animal were chasing us! This response has helped us to survive. If you were being chased by a tiger, would you munch on a cookie? I don’t think so!

We don’t really need to eat when we are in this state. Our bodies aren’t very good at digesting when we are in this state. During a stress response, saliva decreases and large food particles are more likely to ferment in the gut. Inflammation will increase, cortisol increases, and immune function diminishes.

If you want to digest your food better and engage the parasympathetic nervous system for optimal digestion, you want to eat mindfully. Pay attention to how the food tastes and feels in the mouth and enjoy the memories associated with the food. Eat delicious and nourishing foods. Enjoy and appreciate each meal.

You can eat comfort foods… but there are ways to tweak some of the ingredients to make them less harmful and still taste delicious!

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We are bombarded by lots of toxins in our world today, so we need to lessen the load on our bodies as much as possible in order to be healthy and well. One of the things we can look at is what we put on our skin, as we ID-100115084absorb everything that we put on our skin. A study done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information demonstrated that moisturizers containing certain toxic chemicals can significantly increase the risk of developing skin cancer. Some of the offending products were:

  • Eucerin
  • Dermabase
  • Vanicream
  • Dermovan

I’ve had some clients who aren’t on any hormones go through my saliva testing and come out with very high hormones like estrogen & progesterone from using moisturizers or creams like Eucerin! Alarming!

Here are some of the usual ingredients to avoid:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is one of the worst
  • Parabens
  • Isopropyl palmitate
  • Propylene Glycol
  • BHT… & more!

Simple ways to protect yourself are to stay away from products with long lists of ingredients and use plant-based products. My moisturizer of choice is Coconut Oil. It works great and there are no chemicals.

Stay informed to protect your health!

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