Think Before you drink

Posted on by Akasha Naturals

With the pandemic appearing to be somewhat under control and the warm summer months quickly approaching, most of us are ready to move on from the necessary safety restrictions. It's likely going to be tempting for folks to go overboard with their alcohol intake. All indications show that there will be more celebratory relief with increased outdoor activities and traveling.  Excessive use of alcohol has been linked to depression, anxiety, societal withdrawal, violent behavior, impotence, increased unprotected sex, car accidents, accidental drowning, and domestic abuse. The adverse effects of alcohol on the brain, liver, heart - on just about every...

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Alcohol, Hormones, and Metabolic Health

Posted on by Akasha Naturals

  Alcohol is probably the single most common variable contributing to difficulty losing weight and hormone imbalance. So many of my patients live a clean lifestyle with organic eating, low sugar intake, healthy amounts of exercise, and meditation BUT may also drink 2-3 drinks 3-5x/week. They do not feel as good as they want and many struggle with hormonal imbalances and difficulty losing weight. Women cannot tolerate alcohol as well as men, especially after the age of 35, due to our bodies having more fat and less water. Even where we are in our menstrual cycle can affect how we...

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The gut microbiome as a contributor to the pandemic

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  Those of us at the forefront of the fight against COVID -19 have suspected since the beginning of the pandemic that "Long COVID" appeared to be linked to Imbalances of Gut bacteria. An impressive array of studies has now proven that the microbiome, which reflects the variety and volume of bacteria in the gut, is indeed implicated in the severity of COVID and immune system response to the infection. According to a study published online in the journal Gut, imbalances in the microbiome may contribute to persisting inflammatory symptoms, dubbed “long COVID.”   The gut, the second largest organ in the body...

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Genetics vs Epigenetics

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It’s Not All the Luck of the Draw Sometimes it’s easy to assume that whether you get a disease is all the luck of your genes.  And sometimes that might be true.  But there is another player in game of luck and it is called epigenetics.  Epigenetics is how your lifestyle – your behaviors and surroundings, regulate which genes get expressed and to what degree.  Epigenetic changes are reversible because they involve the choices you make, but they can be inherited, so the good choices you make can improve the health of your offspring. Genetics is the DNA you inherit...

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Foods & Supplements for Estrogen Detoxification

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Epigenetics and Estrogen – How our Lifestyle Choices Can Affect Our Hormones   Our lifestyle choices can influence how we experience our superpower hormone, estrogen. For us to be and feel hormonally balanced, estrogen cannot be too high or too low.    "Estrogen should be produced and then processed and cleared efficiently from our bodies."     Detoxification, the process of transforming estrogen into metabolites that we can excrete from our bodies, is partly controlled by our genetics. We have the power to affect how our estrogen is metabolized and, therefore, we have the power to work with our genes in...

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