Optimal digestive health is essential for lifelong health and vitality. Breaking any component of the digestive process leads to downstream symptoms such as poor intestinal motility, bacteria overgrowth, and a dramatic decrease in vitamin and mineral absorption. Over time, maldigestion can lead to any number of chronic diseases such as IBS, hypothyroid, hormonal imbalance, and even headaches and fatigue. All medical textbooks explain in detail the role stomach acid plays in the digestive pathway, yet conventional medicine ignores the consequences of acid suppression and often promotes it to treat lifestyle choices and poor eating hygiene. The worldwide antacids industry is…


Give yourself permission. That’s a loaded statement. Give yourself permission for what? I want to give myself permission to grieve, to be weak, to not always have my s@#$ together, to recognize when I experience trauma and to not brush it off as if nothing happened, to not always be “ok” and to accept and acknowledge that I am not perfect and to be at peace with my imperfections. Yesterday, I did not give myself permission to grieve and I was left feeling exhausted and disappointed in myself. Yesterday was a hard day.

Yesterday my dog passed away after 13…


How chronic stress can ruin our health and vitality

Seven months ago, my fiance and I took his two children to the beautiful, serene mountains of North Carolina. We wanted a quiet get-away that would keep us safe from COVID and give us a little bit of a vacation from work and school. Our first hike for the weekend started on a peaceful trail located within Dupont State Forest. Dupont State Forest is home to several unique waterfalls, including Hooker Falls, our destination for the first hike. Barely a mile into the hike, we rounded a bend to find a…


Use bodyweight exercises to build your mental and physical muscle

You might be asking yourself, “why would I want to unleash my inner virago, and by the way, what does virago even mean?” You might think I made this word up just for the sake of a catchy title. I actually came across the term in an article entitled “13 Awesome Words for Woman You Need to Start Using Right Now,” by Laura Miller. I wanted to expand my vocabulary and stop using the overused strong which is coined so often in health and exercise articles. …


The spread of antibiotic resistance is a growing threat. Two major factors contribute to this. The first is one we often think of in a community setting. Overusing antibiotics for viral infections has been a problem for several years. Many people expect an antibiotic from the doctor, even though it may not be warranted in a particular situation. Doctors are pressured by patients to give them something, leading to resistant bugs sweeping through the community. The second factor is one that I doubt many people are even aware of and is a growing problem in the United States. How many…


Have you ever thought about the health of your brain? Most of us go through life without even thinking of how our daily food choices and physical activity, or lack thereof, affect the health and function of our brain. Grain Brain will teach you how to eat to promote optimal brain function, ward off degenerative brain diseases, and clear up the “brain fog” that you might be suffering from daily.

I had heard about this book several years ago. When it first came out, there were many in the medical and nutrition community that couldn’t believe anyone would dare to…


A Guide on How to Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals and Find Your Ideal Body Image

Do you look in the mirror and wish for the body of a bikini supermodel? Do you try fad diets and the latest “fat-burning” exercises for months without success? Are you tired of looking in the mirror and feeling disappointed with your body? Many women feel like they have no control over their bodies. We all want to look like those smiling women on the cover of fitness magazines but many of us don’t have a clue how to get there.

Here is the…


What is food? Have you ever googled it? I did. It brings up a map and the quickest way to get to the three fast-food restaurants near me. That makes sense since the country is facing a health crisis of epic proportions; the root cause being the quality of food we consume.

The Role of Food

The role of food is to maintain health, prevent disease, and give cells information so the cell can adapt and respond to the environment in which we live. …


What is magnesium?

Magnesium is an essential micronutrient. Essential meaning that we must consume magnesium in our diets, and we cannot make it on our own. It is a powerful element because of the variety of ways it impacts our bodies on a cellular level. Magnesium is so vital to the health of cells, and yet, the average adult is borderline deficient and doesn’t even know it. Most physicians don’t test for magnesium deficiency, and it isn’t on their radar unless severe signs are present.

Just how powerful is magnesium?

Magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body…


So many self-help books line the shelves at the local bookstore. Type in self-help on Amazon, and you get over 80,000 results. It can be a daunting task to choose just one book to help you on your journey to better health. Sometimes, all it takes is one book, one phrase, or one concept, to ignite a desire for change. Once that spark has ignited, it takes many more books, podcasts, and journals to continue to fuel the flame and impart information in a way that we can grow and learn, and become healthier and happier. Some tools may resonate…

Laura Hedrick

I am a pharmacist, certified personal trainer, diabetes care and education specialist, and fitness nutrition specialist.

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