Our digestive, nervous, and hormonal systems were designed to work together to achieve optimum health. This is what our bodies want to do! When we overload them with toxins, unhealthy foods, negative thoughts, and behaviors, these systems don’t work as well as they should and we get sick. Detoxing brings BALANCE back (ha! Remember, Whole…

The large intestine, AKA the colon, AKA the large bowel (who knew?) is where things get a little gross and the poop discussions start: you’ve been warned! But talking about the colon is so important. I can easily name 20 people among my friends and family that suffer from colitis or IBS, and it’s a…

When we talk about digestion, there are organs that the food physically passes through. There are other organs that never even see a food particle, but there’s no way digestion could happen without them. Bring in the support staff: the pancreas, the gall bladder and the liver. Each of these support organs provide substances that…

The small intestine is such an amazing organ, I could write about it for pages. But I won’t. Instead, I’ll try to capture it’s awesomeness in this single post. When coiled up, the small intestine is 15-20 feet long; if you spread it out it flat, the surface area could cover a tennis court. All…

So ready for part 2 of digestion?  From the mouth to the stomach… Once food is broken down and mixed with saliva in the mouth, it travels down the esophagus and into the stomach. Food can stay in the stomach for anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on the amount of fat or fibre in the…

When thinking about digestion it’s easy make a beeline straight for the stomach, skipping the mouth. And while we know the brain plays a role even before food hits our tongue, as the sights, smells and even thoughts of food get our digestive juices and hormones flowing, physical and chemical digestion begins in the yapper….

Is it possible to overcome addiction and not change?   I think about this regularly.   Even without addiction in the mix, we are creatures of habit and it is very easy to stay within our comfort zone. We have a hard time letting go of those habits and comforts – and frequently they often go hand…

Substance abuse, the foods we love to eat, our lifestyle choices, and stress can wreak havoc on our bodies. One casualty of this is our hormones. Some of the most common symptoms of HORMONAL IMBALANCES are: Persistent weight gain: Underlying hormonal imbalances make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Unaddressed or emerging insulin resistance…

Part of the purpose of this blog is to address issues and questions that come up for those of you who live a sober lifestyle. There is no official “handbook” for sobriety and anyone who tells you that there is only one way to do something is kidding themselves. That being said, there are several…

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