Posts by: Felicia Newell

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 6-18% of people worldwide and is the most common gastrointestinal (GI) disorder seen in people who visit general practitioners for GI-related complaints. Symptoms of IBS vary from person to person, but include: Pain and cramping Diarrhea Constipation Alternating constipation and d…

Read Part 1 Here: What are Hormones and How do they Function? A menstrual cycle is a roughly four-week span of time when three key hormones—estrogen, testosterone and progesterone—rise and fall in a specific pattern. The cycle is determined by the number of days from the first day of one period to the first day of the…

Hormones have a powerful impact on women’s health. Many of us have felt the compelling effects that hormones can have on the body, but even if you haven’t experienced these effects, hormones still very much play a role in your health behind the scenes. From PMS to menopause, hormones can affect your mood, your weight,…

The relationship between the mind and body is very complex. The mind itself is very complicated – that’s why psychology is its own science. Most of us are aware of the powerful relationship between the mind and body, but not to its full effect. We don’t necessarily think of how it relates to our own life, or why we mig…

Folate and folic acid are forms of a water-soluble B vitamin (B9). Folate occurs naturally in foods and folic acid is the synthetic form of the vitamin. All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitami…

Ahh, the holidays. The most joy-filled time of year. A time of holiday parties, busy days, indulgent food, and holiday ‘spirits’ (aka vodka, gin, rum, and the like). It’s no secret that the majority of us end up consuming a bit more ‘empty calories’ than we would like over the holidays, and with the all hustle and bust…

The reality is, we are human and for many reasons, we crave tasty food. Here are the top tips to help combat sweet cravings, if this is something you struggle with. Be sure to read part 1 here! Keep less in the environment Our environment can play a huge role in the choices we make. If we’re constantly bombarded with s…

Sugar is a hot topic these days; the new nutrient/food that society loves to hate. Not saying that it is not somewhat justified – as more and more health organizations and professionals are calling for a large reduction of added sugar in the diet – but demonizing one specific food as the root of all problems tends to d…

Everyone has ups and downs in life. However, there is a difference between your typical ‘feeling glum’ days, and what would be considered medical depression. If you or someone you know struggles with depression, you’re not alone. Depression affects more than 120 million people worldwide, making it the leading cause of…

Did you know you have more than 600 muscles in your body? These muscles help you move, lift things, pump blood through your body, and even help you breathe. You might think that increasing the amount of muscle you have is a goal only Arnold Schwarzenegger style body builders and athletes should strive for, but you woul…