Dear Chantelle,

"Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrows;

it empties today of its strength." Corrie ten Boom

Do you ever wish you had an off switch for your brain? Do you come from a family of worriers like I do? Most of my patients tell me at some point their busy brain is keeping them up at night and impeding their focus during the day. I can help! This is an ongoing journey for me and I want to share some simple tips and important information to help you immediately.

Many of my patients have experienced anxiety, overwhelm, depression, and pain, all of which have multiple causes. Is your anxiety (or your loved one's) caused by poor diet? Lack of sleep? Situational stress? In this 2 part series, we'll help you with solutions to both physical and practical concerns, and contributors.

Brendon Burchard, bestselling author and High-Performance Coach, says, "Anxiety often comes from lack of preparation. " Boy, is that true for me! In Part 2 I'll share several experts' easy tips to streamline and simplify your systems, which is crucial for your mental health as well.

Below, read how the gut and brain are intricately connected, and the state of your gut health can significantly impact your emotional well-being. For example, some hidden causes of anxiety I've seen or personally experienced are gluten, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, or other food sensitivities. Maintaining a balanced gut microbiome through a healthy diet, acupuncture, probiotics, and lifestyle choices can be crucial in managing and preventing anxiety.

I've seen the remarkable benefits from acupuncture in alleviating anxiety and stress. Here are several ways it can help you:

  1. Natural Stress Reduction: Acupuncture stimulates the body's natural relaxation response. It helps reduce the production of stress hormones like cortisol, promoting an overall sense of calm. I love how happy and relaxed my patients look after their treatments!
  2. Balancing Energy: Acupuncture targets specific energy pathways (meridians) in the body, promoting the flow of energy, or Qi. When Qi is balanced, it can significantly reduce feelings of restlessness and anxiety.

For the full article go to: Acupuncture and Anxiety

Lastly, try the 60 second technique below (Brain Retraining video) to calm your nervous system. It's amazing and fun to teach your kids!

"If you don't take care of your body, where will you live?" Dr. Wayne Dyer

In health,

Dr. Chantelle DeShazer, L.Ac. Ph.D. MTOM

Brain Retraining

Gut Health - Anxiety Connection

Gut health plays a significant role in affecting anxiety due to the intricate connection between the gut and the brain, often referred to as the gut-brain axis. Here's how gut health can influence anxiety:

  1. Serotonin Production: The gut is responsible for producing a substantial amount of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a crucial role in regulating mood. When the gut is unhealthy or imbalanced, serotonin production can be compromised, potentially leading to mood disorders like anxiety.
  2. Microbiome Composition: The gut is home to a diverse community of microorganisms, collectively known as the gut microbiome. A balanced and diverse microbiome is essential for overall health, including mental well-being. An imbalance in the microbiome, known as dysbiosis, can lead to inflammation and affect the production of neurotransmitters, contributing to anxiety.
  3. Inflammation: Chronic inflammation in the gut can trigger an inflammatory response in the brain. This systemic inflammation can disrupt normal brain function. An unhealthy gut can exacerbate this inflammatory response.

For the full article go to: Gut Health - Anxiety Connection

Gut - Brain Axis video link

Stress Release with Massage

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Chocolate Protein Treats

Healthy Chocolate Protein Sunbutter Balls

Here's a yummy updated recipe for protein balls. Enjoy!

  • 1 cup sunbutter or nut butter of your choice
  • 2-3 TB coconut flour
  • 1-2 scoops NanoPro Chocolate protein powder or of powder.
  • 1-2 TB Lakanto Monk fruit sweetened maple syrup or real maple syrup
  • 1 TB vanilla extract (alcohol free)
  • You can also add a few drops of stevia extract to taste. Taste as you're mixing to make sure it's how you like it.

Mix ingredients well until it's like the inside of a Reese's peanut butter cup. Form into small bite-size balls. Place on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.

Coating: Melt approximately 6 ounces dark chocolate 70-85% cacao with approximately 1 tsp refined coconut oil (refined is without the coconut flavor).

Use two forks to dip the balls while chocolate is still warm and liquid. Coat thoroughly, let drip, place back on parchment paper. Freeze another 30 minutes. Place in air tight container, keep frozen til ready to eat. This makes approximately 30 - 36 balls for me, approximately 67 calories each.

Radiant Aging

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