Between fad diets spruked by social media influencers, tricky marketing tactics and complicated food labelling laws, health can be a particularly confusing field to navigate these days. Should we try keto, paleo, vegan or carnivore diets? Do we need to stock our fridges with probiotics, or drink bone broth for breakfast? And what’s the deal with ice baths and breathwork?
It’s not unusual for over-whelmed, time-crunched patients to say cringe-worthy things like “who’s got time to sleep? “or “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
When we think about self care, we generally think about eating a proper diet and getting good sleep and exercise. While those three are absolutely foundational to sound health, many don’t know what to do when health still seems out of balance. Hello hormones! The missing link that makes or breaks the proverbial cake.
Digestive flare-ups after a big meal, stabbing stomach cramps right before an exam and feeling butterflies in your stomach during a work presentation. Sound familiar? If you ever thought your gut and brain are linked, you’d be correct. Our brain and gut are in constant communication and stress can affect our gut in multiple ways (Madison and Kiecolt-Glaser, 2019).