INTESTINAL PROBLEMS ARE FRUSTRATING AND CONFUSING

HEALTH PEARL #816 Lately, more and more research, some of it a bit confusing, has been coming out about our intestinal health. I have mentioned the VAGUS NERVE the other week, the one that connects the brain with major organs, including our digestive system. This explains more about the Gut-Brain, or Body-Mind connection in those […]

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ANTI-INFLAMMATORY BENEFITS OF OMEGA-6’S GLA

HEALTH PEARL #815 I have talked before about the essential fats OMEGA-3 and OMEGA-6. This means they are “essential” for our body. However, we cannot make them ourselves; so, we need them from an outside source. Fish offers the highest amount of OMEGA-3s, with flax and chia seeds as secondary sources. And OMEGA-6s are primarily […]

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WORKING WITH YOUR VAGUS NERVE

HEALTH PEARL #814 Have you ever heard of the VAGUS NERVE? This nerve starts from two thick stems in our brain’s cerebellum and the brainstem. From there it spreads into branches and wanders down to the bottom of your torso, touching your heart and most major organs. This includes your stomach, small intestines, colon, and […]

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FUNCTIONS OF OUR LIVER

HEALTH PEARL #812 The liver is the largest organ in the body; and is separated by a RIGHT and a LEFT lobe. The right lobe is the larger of the two. The primary functions of the liver are: Bile production and elimination, Expelling cholesterol, hormones, and drugs, …As well as metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. […]

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OUR PORTAL VEIN, GATEWAY TO THE LIVER

HEALTH PEARL #811 Lately, I’ve explained how our digestive tract separates nutrients from fibers and non-broken-down particles. Perhaps you are now wondering, how nutrients make it all the way to our cells?  Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats, sugars, and even herbs pass through microscopic openings in the small intestine, into the PORTAL VEIN. This is […]

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DIGESTING AND ABSORBING NUTRIENTS IN THE SMALL INTESTINE

HEALTH PEARL #810 The small intestine is where most chemical digestion takes place. After food leaves the almost EIGHT feet of JEJUNUM, it moves straight into the TEN feet long ILEUM.  The ILEUM also has villi, that finger-, or hair-like coating, which moves food and nutrients forward towards the colon, or large intestine. Along the […]

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DIGESTIN’ IN THE SMALL INTESTINE

HEALTH PEARL #809 The next part of our digestion involves the SMALL INTESTINE. After proteins, fats, and carbohydrates have been liquified by the acids in the stomach, and further broken down in the duodenum with the help of pancreatic enzymes and bile, GRAVITY will now lead these micronutrients into our small intestine. In the small […]

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FUNCTIONING OF OUR DUODENUM

Health Pearl #808 Last week I talked about the importance of NOT drinking in the time surrounding a meal. This week the food is totally liquefied by the stomach, and now the Pyloric Sphincter opens to move all that food into the upper part of the small intestines, the DUODENUM. The reason I like to […]

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STARTING IN 2019: HEALTHY PROMISES TO YOURSELF

Are you the type of person who makes healthy New Year’s resolutions? And, are you motivated enough to stick with them? Or does each year cause too many escape clauses to finally fall back into the old routines?   Perhaps it is better to promise yourself that YOU are worthy enough to take care of; […]

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