Mental Health and Gut Health

Mental Health | Gut Health | Microbiome | Immunity

Scientific data is beginning to show an elaborate connection between gut health and brain function. Learn more about how you can positively influence both.

Is there a connection between mental health and gut health? And if so, is the connection in one direction, or in both directions? That is, can your brain’s health influence your gut function, and can your gut health have an influence on your  brain, and thus, mental health?

Last month, I arrived two minutes before a six-hour continuing education lecture on the subjects of immunity, inflammation, and the gut microbiota was slated to begin, and there were but a few seats left in the crowded hotel conference room. Apparently, I picked a hot topic! The majority of the participants were nurses and doctors, and based on the speed of the note-taking I witnessed, there was great interest in the topic. However, I wouldn’t expect the average person to care, even though I think everyone should.

For you, I will disseminate those six hours of lecture into the best takeaways for you regarding the connection between your gut and your mental health. For our purposes here, I’ll try to keep the medical terminology simple and on point about its connection to brain health and mental health.

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Bonus Round in 2017

Change | Counseling |Massage| Telemedicine| Seattle

Oriental Sounds Yamaha Keyboard with notebender, foot pedal, and power chord, keyboard on a stand.
A new addition to the SDC counseling room. Music is pure emotion. If music is your “thing”, let me help you unleash the music in you. And read about our other upcoming changes to the SDC office in 2017.

The longer you live, the more trips around the sun. The more trips around the sun, the more opportunities for trying new things, taking risks, and entering what I am calling The Bonus Round.

In 2016, we certainly saw a long march of artists and entertainers give their final curtain calls. This is really no different than other years — death is a natural occurrence! — but what shocked me more is how relatively young age of some of those artists. George Michael was only 53; Carrie Fischer, a mere 60 years old.

So at the beginning of 2017, I’m seeking something not quite akin to New Year’s resolutions. It’s more like New Year’s shake ups, an announcement of doing things a bit differently in order to experience more.

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The Relationship Gap in Social Media and Texting Platforms

Social Media | Texting | Emailing | Technology in Communication

Don't fall in the relationship gap created by digital forms of communication. Photo by Pixabay, public use domain.
Don’t fall in the relationship gap created by digital forms of communication. Photo by Pixabay, public use domain.

Mind the Gap.

You see the signs or hear the audible warnings inside of the London Tube, a reminder to pay attention to the gap between the train door and the platform. A misstep could result in serious injury.

I wish people would hear a similar audio byte, “Mind the Relationship Gap”, each time they send a lengthy text to someone other than themselves. Maybe it would save them the anguish and frustration that my clients talk about, saying, “I know  I shouldn’t do this, but I got into a texting fight with [name of person], and it was all downhill from there.”

It’s been brought to my attention how commonplace it is to see lengthy Social Media posts that fall into a similar pattern as long smartphone texts. What exactly is happening here when we pick up our devices and start finger tapping away? Are we accomplishing the things we think we are, and are we losing anything in the process?  Continue reading “The Relationship Gap in Social Media and Texting Platforms”