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Like the butterfly effect, the food and lifestyle choices you make can create a ripple that impacts you at the cellular level. The majority of today’s chronic health issues are manifestations of one problem: an imbalance within your body’s microbiome (collection of microbes that live in and on you). That means we have the power to prevent, treat and potentially reverse even the most troubling health conditions. If even the smallest shift in your lifestyle could improve your health, wouldn’t you make the change?
Health isn’t the absence of symptoms, it’s the presence of happiness!
The Butterfly effect: The scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can create drastic changes elsewhere in the universe.
There are more microbes in the human body than there are stars in the Milky Way.
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” – Dr. Seuss You are so incredibly unique. Stop comparing your lifestyle with others and embrace what makes you euflorious!
Microbes are tiny organisms that live in, on and around you. In fact, over 100 trillion microbes are inhabiting you right now, with more on your hand than the population of the entire world. But don’t be alarmed! Without the support of these amazing microorganisms – previously called microflora – the quality of your life would drastically decrease. The importance of a balanced microbiome is scientifically acknowledged, and as research continues to advance, it overwhelmingly supports a lifestyle that nourishes your friendly flora.
Microbes have many roles in our health. They are integral in helping create:
Genetically speaking, you are more microbial than you are human! The DNA that dictates your human traits accounts to a meager 20,000-22,000 genes compared to the roughly 5,000,000 genes that come from microbes in and on you!
The composition of your microbiome and all of it’s activities are involved in most, if not all of the processes that contribute to your health & disease.
Did you know that your gut and your brain are connected by a superhighway of neurons that operate independently of your central nervous system? While we all have different relationships with stress, things like traffic, work and even our loved ones can cause stress that becomes extremely toxic. Even the slightest stress or anxiety activates your amygdala, the nerves responsible for triggering your “fight or flight” response, which in turn cues your body to release inflammation. Want to reduce your stress? Work on the difference between a reaction and a response.
We are creatures of habit, and our stress levels are no different! Once our bodies learn that pulling into the parking lot for work means a tough day, they automatically trigger a stress response – every single time!
Your enteric nervous system, often called your second brain, is embedded in your gastrointestinal lining.
It’s estimated that 90% of serotonin, your mood regulator, is produced by microbes in your gut!
Whether you realize it or not, your surroundings have a huge impact on your senses! That’s why it’s essential to pay close attention to the elements we surround ourselves with by leading a lifestyle approved by nature. Sometimes the most radical disruptions to your health are hidden in the monotony of your life. You are a product of your environment, and since you can’t see microbes, it may be hard to fathom how skincare, interactions with others and air quality can be microbial disruptors.
Cohabiting with pets, dogs especially, increase the diversity of the microbiome of your home! That makes man’s best friend even more lovable knowing that they are essentially a natural probiotic!
Saving trees and recycling are great for our environment but simply consuming less animals in your diet can make a huge difference. Did you know that the greenhouse emissions from animal agriculture outnumber the entire transportation industry!
Make your home more euflorious by finding alternatives to things like: antibacterial soap, synthetic fragrances & pesticides, vinyl and cookware!
We rely on nutrients from food to survive, yet the average individual could be getting so much more nutrition from their diet. Once you learn discipline with where your food is coming from and how well you’re digesting it, you can master anything! Throughout their journey from the soil through your intestines, microbes play integral roles in the cultivation and consumption of your food. That means choosing toxic foods not only prevents you from achieving your best self but they can also cause dysbiosis in your body. Dysbosis is a term that simply means bacterial imbalance in your body, which can contribute to a wide array of issues. The more you become aware how food is so microscopically connected to your health, the easier it will be to choose nutrient dense over nutrient nonsense!
You’re familiar with food allergies but did you know your body has another immune response known as food intolerance/ food reactivity? The antibodies released from foods you’re intolerant to can affect you up to 72 hours after consumption and can lead to systemic inflammation in your body.
40-50% of the energy in a carb is extracted by fermentation in the gut!
Eat organic when you can. Did you know that up to 56 pesticides can be found on an apple?! Check out the “Dirty Dozen” and the “Clean 15” for info on what is essential to buy organic.
Fruits and vegetables are abundant with a type of fiber called oligosaccharides that can help reduce inflammation and endotoxins.
The Universal Law of Vibration states that everything in the universe is vibrating at one frequency or another and that everything you have created around you is the result of your inner world. There are countless benefits to being positive and intentional with your thoughts and actions. The journey you’re on requires a lot of energy, and if you’re not careful, remaining attached to all of your emotional baggage can rapidly wear you down.
Find a routine you love! Your circadian rhythm, the internal process of a 24 hour cycle within your body that manages many aspects of your behavior and physiology, is directly associated with your day-to-day habits and environment and has a bi-directional connection with your microbiome. It’s recommended to synchronize the rhythms of your microbes with other circadian rhythms, such as your sleep/wake cycles and food intake patterns, to prevent a wide range of issues and diseases that are associated with circadian rhythm disruption!
Vitamin D, best received from sunlight, has been connected to improved balance of the microbiome, and with additional support from the research of Seasonal Affective Disorder, it’s evident that we need more exposure to the sun!
Everything in nature begins to deteriorate once it stops growing, so it’s vital to incorporate a practice of continual development into your life. We’ve all heard the saying “life is a marathon, not a race,” and it’s true! When it comes to committing to yourself for the long haul, pick a fitness routine that fits you, even if you have to switch it up every month. Exercise has been shown to increase the abundance and diversity of beneficial microbes, and it helps your body to circulate the feel-good chemicals that keep you going.
Think beyond your physical capabilities and explore the strength of your mental, emotional and spiritual capacity. In which ways do you feel weak? What would it look like for you to commit to strengthening these areas in your life?
On average, one can go without food for roughly 30 days, sleep and water for a few days and air for a few minutes but without nerve supply, we could only survive for a few nanoseconds- don’t underestimate the power of proper posture and a healthy spine!
If you know you could be healthier and happier, today is the right time to make a change. Wherever your journey to wellness has taken you, we’ll meet you there and help you grow. A healthier you awaits.