Many individuals experience a change in stool from time to time – what one has eaten, medications and supplements, and emotional events all may contribute to irregular “pooping” patterns. Perhaps there is an underlying flora imbalance, perhaps there is an emotional event trigger, perhaps there are abnormalities of the anorectal musculature or sensation, and then the accumulation of factors eventually leads to the symptoms of what is often diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome.
Central nervous system (CNS) glutamate abnormalities have also been implicated in tic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder. N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC, precursor to glutathione) is one antioxidant which has been shown to be useful in reducing symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, associated with modulation of CNS glutamate levels.
Summer is finally here. Or at least the date on the calendar is approaching such! With the sunshine and warm weather, there are so many outdoor things we are once again able to do. For many of us, this means more exercise-based activity, whether it be throwing around the Frisbee, biking a half century, or even just playing with the kids in the yard or coaching their sports team. It feels so good to be outside and moving the body that we often forget that we do not inhabit our teen or 20-something bodies all our lives.
As we shed our winter layers, dryness, rashes and acne once hidden become visible and more of a concern. Often the cause of imbalances observed on our surface layer are due to other imbalances within. Topical ointments and lotions can do only so much, as our internal milieu of hormones, chemicals and proteins that travel within our blood both feed our skin and are excreted by it.
If you are a sufferer of allergies, eczema or asthma, you are not alone. This constellation of symptoms is known as the atopic triad, as they generally occur together. Individuals who experience the atopic syndrome have a predisposition toward developing allergic hypersensitivity reactions to a variety of things. You probably know you are not alone, as your risk of suffering from atopy doubles with each first degree relative (parent, sibling, child) who also experiences one of these symptoms.
Heartburn is a symptom that many individuals can identify with experiencing at least once in their lives — the burning and aching in the chest and substernal region often associated with meal consumption. For some, however, this is a chronic state of digestive imbalance, and for these individuals, physicians often prescribe treatments such as antacids, histamine receptor antagonists or proton pump inhibitors. These medications are used as chronic heartburn is very painful and possible long-term sequelae include malignant (cancerous) changes.
Adipose tissue is the fat-storing connective tissue of our body. Our adipose tissue functions not just as an energy reserve, but also as an endocrine organ and storage receptacle for toxins known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Where better to put these dangerous compounds than a place where they can be “safely” stored away from our essential organs? However, with weight loss, these toxins are released, and require the liver to increase its activities to metabolize and eliminate them from our bodies.