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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

You know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that.

 But, you may have also heard about the “gut-brain connection.” That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the “gut,” not only talks to your brain (yes, talks “to” your brain) but is kind of its own brain (a “second brain”).

And that it may influence your actual brain.

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Coffee – Who can drink and who should avoid?

Coffee is healthy. Coffee is not healthy. Drink it. Avoid it.

Why all the confusion?

If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.

Is this you? What should you consider before your next cuppa joe?

Not to mention, what’s my recommended recipe (and does it contain coffee, decaf, or tea?). Oh, the suspense!

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Favorite Mushrooms for Immune Support

Did you know that mushrooms not only taste good but are good for you and provide immune support? Lately I’ve been researching supplements to give the immune system a boost.  I don’t take this lightly because there are so many things out there that claim to work.  But I thought I would update you with my new favorite Immune system boost.

It is Stamets 7 .  It is a blend of medicinal mushrooms.

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Simply Mahvelous Magnesium

I’m showing my age.  Can anyone guess who said, “Simply Mahvelous”?   Anyway, on to my post.

Most of my blog articles are born out of  a need or necessity to acquire knowledge to heal my body through food and wellness.  I’m hoping that the knowledge I gain will help you with your quest for health and wellness from the inside out.

Every year I have lab work, for my general health and specifically for my thyroid.  During this time the doctor talks to me about my health and examines the lab results.  During this year’s visit, I told the doctor that I had been feeling extremely hot and not sleeping well.  My doctor was “on it”.  She immediately ordered more tests to check Magnesium, Iron, TIBC (Total Iron Binding Capacity) etc.

She told me that it appeared that the Thyroid meds (T4) were not converting to T3 which then the body uses. She told me that since the T4 was not being converted, my body was like a furnace and that is the reason I wasn’t sleeping and was “hot” all the time.  Most doctors would not have caught this at all.  I am so grateful for mine that wants to get to the bottom of it and not just medicate me.

After getting my 2nd set of lab results back it showed that my Iron and Magnesium levels were low and I was told to take Iron and ReMag (more on the specifics of the type of Magnesium to take tackled in another blog post).  I began to research Magnesium and its function.  I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  That some are medicated for high blood pressure when all along it may be Magnesium deficiency and they go on a cycle of high blood pressure meds that deplete them of more Magnesium then the doctor medicates them even more.  Argh!!!   Here is some of what I found on Magnesium:

 Facts of Magnesium

( http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Magnesium-HealthProfessional/)

  • Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation
  • It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.
  • It plays a role in the active transport of calcium and potassium ions across cell membranes, a process that is important to nerve impulse conduction, muscle contraction, and normal heart rhythm.

In “Invisible Minerals – Part I: Magnesium.” by Dr. Carolyn Dean, Dr. Dean states that the only way to describe Magnesium is with the word, “miracle”.  It’s a miracle she says because:

   It Prevents and treats:

  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Migraines
  • Heart Disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Asthma
  • Blood Clots
  • Bowel Disease
  • Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Detoxification
  • Nerve Problems
  • Back Spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Peri-menopause
  • Sciatica
  • …and much more
Dr. Daniel Heller says,” Magnesium (Mg) may be the most overlooked mineral.”
Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc,Gerontology, says that“About 56% of Americans lack magnesium. “
Dr. Carolyn Dean says that “100 yrs. ago you could get enough Magnesium from food up to 500 mg/day but since farmers don’t re-mineralize their soil, that number has dropped to 150mg.  The RDA for Magnesium is 350-450mg. just to ward off deficiency. “


Most people are deficient and do not even know it.  They go on a vicious cycle of medicating to treat their symptoms, when all along it may have been a need for Magnesium.  The following are some of the symptoms of Magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium Deficiency

(List from http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/magnesium-the-most-powerful-relaxation-mineral-available/#close

 Magnesium deficient symptoms:
  • Muscle cramps or twitches
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • ADD
  • Palpitations
  • Angina
  • Constipation
  • Anal spasms
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Asthma
  • Kidney stones
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • High blood pressure
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irritable bladder
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Reflux
  • Trouble swallowing

  What about Supplements?

I will go into this in the next few blog posts but if you can’t wait , please read this very important e-book by Carolyn Dean.  Your health depends on it.!  https://s3.amazonaws.com/rnareset/content_files/Invisible-Minerals-Part-I-May-4-2014.pdf


Contraindications to Magnesium supplementation:

  • Kidney failure
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Excessively slow heart rate


The entire contents of this blog are based upon the opinions and personal experience of, Deborah Lea, unless otherwise noted. Deborah is not a doctor and the information on this website is not intended to replace a relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is intended as a sharing of knowledge and information. Please make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.