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How Does L-Theanine Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 22, 2021

Like SAMe and GABA, l-theanine is a naturally-occurring amino acid. Results of animal- and human-based research support that regular intake of l-theanine improves mental performance, attention and quality of sleep. But how exactly does l-theanine work, and how does it affect your mood? How Does L-Theanine Work? L-theanine increases levels of GABA, serotonin, dopamine and…

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How Does GABA Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 17, 2021

Like SAMe, GABA (Gamma Aminobutyric Acid) is an amino acid naturally found in the body that works as a neurotransmitter. GABA is classified as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it blocks or restrains certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system.1  When GABA attaches to a GABA receptor in your brain, a calming effect…

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How Does SAMe Affect Your Mood?

Posted On Feb 08, 2021

S-Adenosyl-L-methionine, much better known as SAMe, is a chemical naturally found in the body. First discovered in the early 1950s, SAMe is made from methionine, an amino acid found in foods. SAMe is vital to many diverse functions in the body, from liver function to hormone regulation to mood regulation.1 In this blog we focus…

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Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Posted On Jan 25, 2021

It’s common to worry about things like germs or to double check that the stove is turned off. But for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), these thoughts and behaviors are so severe that they interfere with daily life. OCD is a mental health condition that causes repeated unwanted thoughts, called obsessions. This can trigger compulsions—the…

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Posted On Jan 19, 2021

This year will be different. That’s usually what we tell ourselves before making resolutions. We get all psyched up about big changes and ride that wave right through New Year’s Day. We may have ordered new workout clothes, equipment, or self-help books. Here we are, less than 3 weeks into 2021, and many of us…

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The Importance of Zinc to the Immune System

Posted On Jan 12, 2021

Zinc is quite the powerful mineral to the human body. Some of the functions zinc facilitates in the body are protein synthesis, wound healing, DNA synthesis, cell division, normal growth, and your sense of taste and smell.1 Another huge need for zinc is proper immune function, which we’ll be focusing on in this blog. The…

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Dr. Wilson’s Tips for Making it Through Lockdown

Posted On Jan 05, 2021

Dr. Wilson’s mantra for living life well, factoring in what he’s learned from the pandemic lockdown My mantra is “’AUM’ (aka ‘OM’).” Although it is known as the universal sound, or the original sound, to me it is my sound. It is my homing signal. It is my grounding note. Everyone’s AUM is unique. Your…

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Reducing the Stress of Family Gatherings

Posted On Dec 15, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has changed or eliminated many of our holiday plans. That could add even more stress and dread to an already stress-laden holiday season. For those of us still planning to meet with small groups of family during the holidays, here’s how to we deal with the stress of these gatherings. Causes of…

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Taking the Stress Out of Gift Giving

Posted On Dec 08, 2020

Does the thought of Christmas shopping give you a sense of dread? Do you find yourself stressing out over what to get who, and what you can afford? If so, take a deep breath, read on and realize you are not alone. In this blog we’re going to provide an understanding of this type of…

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Get to Know Your Adrenal Glands

Posted On Nov 23, 2020

The last, but certainly not least, part in our Get to Know Your HPA Axis series is the adrenal glands (we previously covered the hypothalamus and pituitary). If you’ve ever experienced stress or adrenal fatigue, you certainly know about the adrenal glands. But just how much do you know about the ‘glands of stress?’ Location…

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