This might sound like an odd question coming from a Health & Nutrition Coach but it is a funny way of asking: where should we start when it comes to being well?

This morning, as I was getting ready to take my five-year-old daughter to camp, I felt myself in a whirlwind of stress. We were late, her lunch was not made and she was so exhausted from the week that she refused to get dressed. As I was frantically brushing my teeth, I thought about just throwing in the towel and staying home today. Then I took apurposeful, but way too short breath, and considered the relaxing herbs and essential oils that were lined up in my medicine cabinet. But as I went to open it I caught a glance of my frantic self in the mirror and stopped short. Other th...

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The start of Spring brings longer days and blooming flowers. Along with all we enjoy though the seasonal change can pull on our immune systems due to allergic reactions and underlying inflammation. Pollen and other environmental allergies are just a part of what can cause our immune system to weaken.

The liver is a great mediator of inflammation in the body, and when it is working overtime metabolizing our stress hormones, medications, alcohol, and processed foods, allergies can flare. Many factors affect allergic propensity, including genetics (some people are prone to making more IgE antibodies, which mediate the allergic response), gut flora, environmental pollutants, and nutrient deficiencies.

The liver also filters all the blood c...

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