Designing a Social Life Based on Growth: Part 2

In our previous post, we talked about the benefits of healthy friendships.  But most of us understand that they’re beneficial already, even if only anecdotally. Venting to a good friend feels good. Spending an evening with people who know and love you, laughing and reminiscing, feels good. Puzzling out a tough problem with a pal […]

Designing a Social Life Based on Growth: Part 1

It’s likely that as you sit reading this, you’ve been alive during several decades, two centuries, and two millenia. You’ve now added another decade to your resume. Pretty impressive. Take a moment and pat yourself on the back.  It’s also likely you’ve experienced tragedy, loss, growing pains, transitional periods, and heart capacity expansion. A lot […]

Lasting Change You Can Actually Affect in Six Weeks

New Year’s resolutions have an expiration date. And it’s about six weeks into the new year… January 12, to be exact, according to Strava, the social network for athletes. Strava conducted a study, analyzing 31.5 million people’s online activities, to find the average date people decide their resolution experiment has failed. In fact, according to […]

Feed Your Gut the Greens It Needs Over the Holidays

Especially for those with digestive issues, feasting during the holidays can be a huge source of discomfort.  Cookies, gluten, candy, fudge, heavy dishes with red meats and sauces, eggnog, fried latkes, creamy potatoes, cheese plate after cheese plate…  They’re all pretty much an irritated bowel’s worst nightmare. The last thing you want to experience when […]

How Sleepless Nights Affect Your Gut

It’s becoming common knowledge in scientific circles that our guts, or “second brains,” have a symbiotic relationship with almost every other system in our bodies. What this means is that the composition of your microbiome is not only influenced by your body’s systems… But that it influences them as well. For example, stress can change […]

Hangover Anxiety: It’s Real and Here’s Why It Happens

Norwegians call it fylleangst… But you might recognize it in its millennial incarnation: “hangxiety.” Believe it or not, it’s become so heavily referenced in popular culture, it’s causing whole swathes of young people to quit booze. You may be thinking you’ve never experienced it before… but think again. Have you ever woken up suddenly after […]

Physical Fitness to Get Your Gut Health in Gear

A lot can happen in 42 days. Habits form, people fall in love, zucchinis grow.  And according to recent research, the bacteria in the gut microbiome changes after only 42 days — or six weeks — of exercise. That’s without changing your diet, medication, or anything else.  A burgeoning field of study, the gut microbiome […]

Self-Soothing Vs. Self-Care – Is There a Difference?

“Treat yo’self” is the millennial anthem. Self-care can be generally defined as being a friend to yourself. Recognizing when you need a soft, gentle environment, when you need a break, when you need a treat, when you need some space, when you should pay special attention to your mind, body, and soul. Living in the […]

What You Need to Know About SSRIs and Your Gut Health

In 2017, one study reported that one in six Americans takes an SSRI every day. That was nearly two years ago – would you surmise that that number has gone up or down? Even if that number stayed exactly the same, that’s a heavy load of the population taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.  Since the […]

What High FODMAP Foods Do To Your Gut

A few days ago, we published an article about what a low FODMAP diet can do for those with digestive issues — specifically IBS, but not excluding diverticulitis and other forms of leaky gut. The research in favor of a low FODMAP diet for IBS sufferers is pretty overwhelming.  The main deterrent for most people […]