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Healthy Gut Basics for Mental Health (Spoiler: You Don't Need a Daily Probiotic)

calm digest joy Jul 17, 2018

By Tim Culbert, MD

Restoring and maintaining optimal mental health requires a multi-pronged approach that supports your mind, body, and heart. A key part of that holistic approach involves caring for your gut. So, what (or who?!) lives in your gut and how can you care for it?

Your gut (AKA gastrointestinal tract) primarily includes the stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas. A collection of micro-organisms call your gut home- a housing situation often called the "gut microbiome." I call these helpful micro-organisms "good bugs" and they include a zoo of bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and fungi. Good bugs communicate with your brain constantly via chemical messengers and nerves. Some help manufacture neurotransmitters like serotonin and GABA and also help make vitamins needed for optimal brain functioning. Good bugs also support your response to stress and contribute to healthy immune system activities. Given their big jobs, it's vital that...

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Go Deeper With Your 19 Senses

By Dr. Tim Culbert

Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy.

The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.

-C. Joy Bell

In order to wake up your senses, it’s important to understand them a bit better. You probably learned about the five senses in health class: touch, smell, hearing, seeing, and taste. One appealing and straight-forward quality of the five-sense model is that each of the senses is paired with a specific, highly visible part of the body. You can point to your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, and skin. However, depending on how you define the human sense organs, functions, and abilities; there may be many more senses beyond just five. And you can access them!

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Transforming Your Relationship with Stress: Play (Part 4 of 4)

calm Jun 08, 2018

 

Dr. Henry Emmons joined Kare 11 News to discuss four key strategies to reduce stress. Watch the video below for the fourth strategy. Read more at Kare 11 >>>

 

 


If you're struggling to find the time to schedule in play or fitness, consider blending the two. Find friends to join you for a workout!

 

Learn why HIIT is foundational for supporting calm, joy, and focus and how to implement the practice.>>>

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Transforming Your Relationship with Stress: Rest (Part 3 of 4)

calm Jun 07, 2018

 

Dr. Henry Emmons joined Kare 11 News to discuss four key strategies to reduce stress. Watch the video below for the third strategy. Read more at Kare 11 >>>

 

 


Ready for part 4? Learn how to transform your relationship with stress through play.>>>

 

 

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Transforming Your Relationship with Stress: Move (Part 2 of 4)

calm move Jun 06, 2018

 

Dr. Henry Emmons joined Kare 11 News to discuss four key strategies to reduce stress. Watch the video below for the second strategy. Read more at Kare 11 >>>

 


Ready for Part 3? Learn more about transforming your relationship with stress by resting.>>>

 

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Transforming Your Relationship with Stress: Grounding (Part 1 of 4)

calm Jun 05, 2018

 

Henry joined Kare 11 News to discuss four key strategies to reduce stress. Watch the video below for the first strategy. Read more at Kare 11 >>>

 

Ready for Part 2? Learn how to transform your relationship with stress by moving more.>>>

 

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Be Well in June: Wake Up Your Senses

awaken calm focus joy Jun 01, 2018

Last month's theme encouraged you to add more activity to your day with attention to more rhythmic and diverse movements. This month, you'll activate your system in ways that may seem more subtle, but are just as enlivening and nourishing. 

The focus this month is to awaken your senses in ways that can help you feel more energized and connected. 

Wake Up Your Senses

Three strategies to focus on:

Smell & Aromatherapy

Why: Inhaling aromatherapy scents can stimulate or soothe your system and provide a way to come alive in new and different ways. 

Specific action: Take just one minute daily to focus on smelling something that you enjoy. Give your full attention to the smell and notice how your system responds. 

Not sure what to smell? Try sniffing an aromatherapy product (find some here), a flower, fruit, or another natural element.

Touch & Sensory Experience

Why: It's easy to get consumed by all the things happening around you. Those...

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Apathy: A Common Barrier to Motivation

calm focus joy May 15, 2018

By Tim Culbert, MD

Do you struggle with low energy, decreased physical activity, or feeling like you just don’t want to do much, even though you have things you should do? Understanding your motivation and the role of apathy can help you tailor strategies to help you get back to feeling and moving more like you. Let’s dive in...

The Flow of Motivation

Motivation waxes and wanes naturally for all sorts of reasons. Those fluctuations are normally no big deal. Humans are complex and life is complicated, so lots of things can cause temporary decreases in excitement, energy, and the ability to get things done. Stressful events; a bad night’s sleep; or even subtle seasonal changes in activity, light exposure, and lifestyle habits can reduce motivation in ways that may just require a day or week of patience and recovery.

But, what if motivation remains MIA for too long? When does a lack of motivation or productivity become worrisome or represent something that needs to...

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Emotional Spring Cleaning

calm focus joy Apr 10, 2018

By Tim Culbert, MD

Spring brings with it the desire to declutter, simplify, and cleanse. This craving usually applies to the physical spaces we occupy liked packed closets, overstuffed junk drawers, and tucked away spaces. Cleaning out those external spaces can be very freeing (tip: take the “Pick and Purge” and/or “Clean Up” challenge from the April newsletter). However, extending that effort to your internal landscape can help identify and release unwanted emotions that have become burdensome and which clutter up your mind and heart. Shame and guilt are two very common emotions that could likely use some spring cleaning.  

Guilt and Shame

Guilt and shame are self-conscious emotions, often brewed up in response to a perceived transgression or shortcoming. Though similar in many ways, these emotions are different. Shame is particularly characterized by the desire to hide and escape. It’s usually about the “self” and can even take shape...

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