Gut Health: The Chronic Inflammation and Anxiety Connection
Saturday, June 20
Time: 9:00 am – 4 pm
Instructor: Suzanne Tabert
Science is finally stepping up to the plate and acknowledging the supreme power that gut health has on the digestive process, chronic inflammation, and our ability to cope with stress and anxiety.
Chronic inflammation due to the body’s inability to resolve the primary inflammatory origin can cause tissue damage that then creates continued inflammatory response. Like the ripples that arise from a pebble thrown in the water, the damage can broaden over time. This broadening can put a burden on the entire system, making it even harder for the body to change the condition. Chronic inflammation can lead to chronic diseases that can be a bugger to resolve.
Anxiety can stop us in our tracks and keep us from experiencing the exquisite beauty of life. How does gut health fit into the anxiety equation? The nervous system is responsible for our moods and thoughts. Emotional health, therefore, is a function of nerve health. Upwards towards 80% of our relaxing neurotransmitters are synthesized in our small intestine and released into the bloodstream. Digestive health, therefore, is key to a healthy nervous system. To achieve good gut health, we heal and feed the gut with food, herbs, probiotics, exercise, and relaxation techniques so that a person has less anxiety and depression, sleeps better, and is better able to cope with day to day and bigger stresses as they happen.
While it’s well known that fermented foods can assist in the health of the gut, however, there can be too much of a good thing. Learn how overuse of fermented foods can cause histamine reaction leading to inflammation in many folks. We’ll discuss the advantages of fermented foods and appropriate amounts to utilize.
A day up in the mountains is healing in and of itself. Students will spend the day harvesting herbs including Oregon Grape and Willow, and making remedies to support healing the gut. Taken appropriately, the remedies will serve to allow the gut to do the myriad jobs it needs to do each day with ease.
Make and Take: Students will make a fermented cortido with veggies and piima culture, oregon grape tincture, and willow honey to take home. Students will also take home a wealth of easy to understand information that is effortless to implement into daily life and sample remedies in class.
What To Bring:
1 pint jar, 2 half pint jars with plastic lids if possible. These can be found at Fred Meyer, Ace Hardware, etc.
Cutting board, chopping knife, paring knife, and scissors
1/2 pint 100 proof alcohol of choice
1/2 pint honey
Medium to large bowl
1/4 small cabbage
1 very small onion
Optional small amount of fresh oregano and chili flakes
Lunch and beverage
Yoga mat or blanket
Location: My herb sanctuary near Snoqualmie Falls. Details are in the registration confirmation email. See YOU there!
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