THE FREE, EASY, EXERCISE THAT’S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

THE FREE, EASY, EXERCISE THAT’S RIGHT UNDER YOUR NOSE!

Most of us can do it, and you don’t need a gym membership to sign up to this lifetime club. You know it, you love it, and you do it every day… it’s walking!

We talk about walking a lot, but that’s because we want to stress how great it is, not only for your spinal health, but overall fitness and well-being.

Fermented Food – The Probiotic Powerhouse

Fermented Food – The Probiotic Powerhouse

In our previous posts we’ve discussed the gut being referred to as the second brain. We’ve also discussed some of the deleterious aspects of poor gut health being linked to emotional and mental diseases, not to mention the physical aspects off suffering from a weakened or leaky gut.

But what we’d like to cover here is how to address fixing these issues. How do you help to heal your gut – your second brain, which is so intimately connected to your physical and emotional issues?

What If We Don’t Have Enough Dopamine? Part 2

What If We Don’t Have Enough Dopamine? Part 2

In our last article we looked at the two neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine. We also looked at the different types of depression that manifest when one is depleted in one or the other.We also had a look at the nature of substances of addiction and how they interact and interfere with the regulation of dopamine in your brain. In this article we’re going to have a look at what happens to your mind, mood and body when you’re depleted in dopamine.

Latest Research: Toxic input from the meninges primes the brain for migraines

Story at a Glance.

  • Negative input from the dura primes the brain to be too sensitive to triggers that are normally not a problem.
  • It appears that nociceptive input from the meninges causes sensitisation of the dural nociceptive system, and that this dura-nociceptive input and sensitisation causes neuroplasticity and may contribute to migraines.
  • This brings relevance to chiropractic techniques that assess and affect the meninges, and their effect on the brain and its neuroplasticity.

Abstract –

Migraine is one of the most common and most disabling disorders. Between attacks, migraine patients are otherwise normal but are sensitized to nonnoxious events known as triggers. The purpose of these studies was to investigate whether a headache-like event causes sensitization, or priming, to subsequent subthreshold events. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) was applied to the rat cranial dura mater which produced cutaneous facial and hind paw allodynia that lasted 24 hours. At 72 hours, IL-6-treated rats developed allodynia in response to dural stimulation with either a pH 6.8 or pH 7.0 solution and to a systemic nitric oxide (NO) donor, a well-known migraine trigger. Vehicle-treated rats did not respond to either pH stimulus or to the NO donor, demonstrating that IL-6 exposure primes rats to subthreshold stimuli. Inhibitors of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) signaling given either systemically or intracisternally 24 hours after IL-6 eliminated responses to dural pH stimulation at 72 hours. Additionally, intracisternal administration of BDNF without previous dural stimulation produced allodynia and once resolved, animals were primed to dural pH 6.8/pH 7.0 and a systemic NO donor. Finally, hind paw IL-6 produced paw allodynia but not priming to paw injection of pH 7.0 at 72 hours demonstrating differences in priming depending on location.

These data indicate that afferent input from the meninges produces BDNF-dependent priming of the dural nociceptive system. This primed state mimics the interictal period of migraine where attacks can be triggered by normally nonnoxious events and suggests that BDNF-dependent plasticity may contribute to migraine.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27841839
Pain. 2016 Dec;157(12):2722-2730

Bone Broth – The New Super Food to Heal Gut Issues

Bone Broth – The New Super Food to Heal Gut Issues

There’s always some new fad that seems to hit our shelves. Bone broth has been the hipster drink de jour for the last couple of years. Given up caffeine? Bone broth. Trying to get healthy? Bone broth. The Brooklyn hipsters have been carrying around this meaty bone soup in lieu of a super sized Starbucks coffee like it’s going out of fashion.

Except it isn’t. Going out of fashion that is. Instead, this age old recipe is going mainstream. And much like encouraging people to exercise more or get a good nights sleep, this wonder liquid may well be the turning point for lots of people suffering from health issues. We’ve covered in our blogs articles relating to the gut being the second brain and the relationship between gut and heart and mind and we’ve addressed the conditions that are linked to leaky gut.

Adrenal Exhaustion The Curse of the 21st Century? Part 1

Adrenal Exhaustion The Curse of the 21st Century? Part 1

Unless you’ve been sequestered to mars over the last five years, you’ve heard about it. Adrenal Exhaustion. It’s the by-product of our busy, non stop, super-productive, incredibly overwhelming lives. Like most big issues facing our time, it’s the light bulb’s fault. Before we had 24 hour availability to light, we used to go to bed early, get up early and pretty much eat our veggies and keep a circadian rhythm in tune with the cows.

Not so much now.  In fact, not very much at all now.  Our lives are driven by our mental ability to keep pushing ourselves forward, irrespective of what biomechanically we are doing to our bodies and our brains.

Curcumin And Berberine – Offers New Hope In The Treatment Of Breast And Other Cancers?

Curcumin And Berberine – Offers New Hope In The Treatment Of Breast And Other Cancers?

You would be hard pressed to meet someone who has not been affected by breast cancer either personally or through association. It’s an insidious disease that is ranked second in all new cancer cases worldwide. It is the leading cause of cancer death in women. And it’s showing no sign of abating. Instead it’s been growing by 2% a year.

New Study Warns Work-Life Balance Health Risks

New Study Warns Work-Life Balance Health Risks

There’s a new magic number. 39. That’s the number of hours you should be working in any given working week. That is, unless you want to get sick. That’s a substantial number less than the 49-hour week limit that was brought in around 80 years ago as the internationally recognised number of what a person should be slogging out for a wage

Gluten Sensitivity – The New Coeliacs?

Gluten Sensitivity – The New Coeliacs?

Gluten free is everywhere these days. You can’t stop for a coffee in your local café without seeing half a dozen gluten free (GF) muffins or friands. Fancy the GF pasta or pizza? Or how about being alerted to the fact your spicy prawns are GF too? Menus everywhere are touting GF options galore. So what’s going on? Have we all just jumped on the gluten free bandwagon or is this a real issue that requires a genuine diagnosis and intervention?

What On Earth Are We To Do About Lifestyle Diseases?

What On Earth Are We To Do About Lifestyle Diseases?

Yes you’ve heard of them before, the diseases we attribute, without trying to sound pithy, to our lifestyle. Obesity. Heart disease. Diabetes. Stroke. Cancer. Chronic respiratory diseases. But they’re not called lifestyle diseases. They’re called NCDs, non-communicable diseases. Which means you can’t catch them because they’re not infectious. But they will kill you. Just as surely as Ebola will. It will just take a bit longer. 

Are Microwaves Bad For Your Health?

Are Microwaves Bad For Your Health?

Did you know the molecular nature of food is changed through the microwaving process? But it’s not just the food you put in your microwave that undergoes changes…Microwaving changes the molecules of any substance you put inside your microwave. And that goes for the plastic containers you put in there as well. The problem is as you heat the plastic or cardboard containers they leach carcinogenic toxins into your food.

Are Altruistic People Wired Differently? (Part 1 of 2)

Are Altruistic People Wired Differently? (Part 1 of 2)

Why are some people more compassionate than others? What makes one person altruistic and another self serving? Well, perhaps not surprisingly, the answer lies in our brains. To be precise the answer lies in our amygdala. The amygdala sits in the temporal lobe of your brain, under the temporal bone, which is roughly behind your ear. If you were to draw a line from the centre of your eye going into your brain and one from the centre of your ear also going into your brain, where those two lines intersect, you’ll find your amygdala.

Why Do We Cry?

Why Do We Cry?

It’s not just for babies, we all do it. Women do it more than men, on average 50 times a year, compared to the stalwart male who on average only cries 10 times a year. Children do it when they don’t get what they want, babies do it at ungodly hours of the night. We do it when we are deeply moved, sad, grieving, desolate or unhappy but we also do it through pure joy, through feeling loved and during sentimental moments.

Fat Grandpas Pass on Love of Junk Food.

Fat Grandpas Pass on Love of Junk Food.

Epigenetics is the study of how inherited genes switch themselves on and off due to internal or external environments. And it’s in this area of science that has been looking at the harmful legacy parental obesity can pass on to future generations. With over 14 million Australians now obese, it’s food for thought. Blame it on the rain… Or your Grandfather. Turns out, being fat might just be his fault. Associate Professor Catherine Suter heads up the epigenetics department at the Victor Chang Research Centre in Sydney.

People Who Exercise Have Bigger Brains

People Who Exercise Have Bigger Brains

Just when you thought pumping iron was only good for giving you big guns, science goes and gives us yet another reason to hit the gym. The benefits of exercise just seem to keep on growing. Not only does it create endorphins, new brain cells and keeps your waistline in check, it turns out, it’s also going to give you a bigger brain. If there was ever a reason to get off the couch and pull on your sneakers this might be it.

Can You Catch A Cold From Being Cold?

Can You Catch A Cold From Being Cold?

Winter has well and truly set in and as we rug up against the cold. Those common signs of sneezing and sniffling are all around us, so is it true, does the cold weather make us more susceptible to catching colds? Or is it just an old wives’ tale? Turns out, when your Nana told you, “Put on a jumper before you go outside or you’ll catch your death of cold,” she might have been correct. In fact, science may actually agree with Nana.

Living Low Chemical - The Cosmetics Edition

Living Low Chemical - The Cosmetics Edition

The quest for health and wellness has many of us heading down the road of the organic or low chemical. It’s a smart choice, as pesticides and herbicides are thought to have some very real effects on health. But often, it’s the little things that sabotage our organic efforts. Ground zero can be cosmetics – the chemical soups that we put on our skin in order to ‘get cute’ of a morning.

Avocado Consumption Shown To Reduce Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

Avocado Consumption Shown To Reduce Risk Of Metabolic Syndrome

There was a time in the history of food when ‘fat’ was the dietary equivalent of a swear word. As monounsaturated fats make up 77% of the calories in the humble avocado, its popularity waned [1]. However, the role of good fats in the healthy human diet are making a welcome comeback and with it comes a surge of research as to the health benefits of foods like the avocado. 

Trouble Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions?

Trouble Sticking To Your New Year’s Resolutions?

It’s already the first couple of months into 2017. After committing to yourself you’d do a stellar job of keeping to your new fitness routine, your new eating habits or whatever else was on your goal list, here we are, and how’s it shaping up for you? If you’re one of those people who made your resolutions and you were pumped on January 1st only to have let them slide, you’re not on your own. A new study by the University of Scranton1 has found only a staggering 8% are likely to succeed.  Eight percent? With such dismal results we may as well go back to bed now.

The Three Brains: Why Your Head, Heart and Gut Sometimes Conflict

The Three Brains: Why Your Head, Heart and Gut Sometimes Conflict

What is a brain? This might seem like a stupid question – it’s that thing between your ears, the grey matter, the master controller of the nervous system that sits atop the spine and under your skull. Behavioural modelling expert and author Marvin Oka has an interesting claim to make on this seemingly simple issue – that we actually have three brains. They reside in the head, the heart and the gut. All three have massive networks of neurons and very distinct roles. It explains the clash between what we think and what we often feel. Only by understanding the three brains can we arrive at a point where we make better decisions.