By Janelle Bertler, Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner 


In our healing journeys, the ghost of emotional trauma often plays a significant role. The adage, “No one gets out of childhood without traumas,” resonates profoundly as a universal truth. Trauma, however, is not solely confined to the grand, dramatic events that come to mind. While abuse, betrayal, illness, loss, and abrupt life changes are often seen as the monumental “big T” traumas, the canvas of our lives is also painted with “little t” traumas. These seemingly smaller incidents hold the power to create emotional distress, triggering a spectrum of negative emotions that disrupt our equilibrium. Regardless of their magnitude, these traumas demand attention and processing for healing to seed deep within the body!

Here at Longevity, sometimes we see people stay so focused on their physical symptoms (usually subconsciously) as an avoidance to feeling emotional pain. It’s a defense mechanism that may provide temporary respite but ultimately hinders the deeper healing process. Emotional traumas, like storms, can leave lasting imprints on our hearts and minds, even translating into tangible physical manifestations. The pain trauma brings might seem insurmountable, but just as a wound heals with time, so too can emotional scars. Healing from emotional traumas is a deeply personal journey that requires patience, self-compassion, the right mindset and rolling with the emotional flow of this physical life. The following steps unveil a path toward healing from emotional traumas, propelling us towards a state of wholeness and peace.



Awareness is the gateway toward healing. It’s the beginning of the path forward, out of the shadows of pain. Awareness creates the space needed for individuals to process their experiences, emotions, and memories. The process of validating the pain and the various emotions that accompany trauma is the foundation upon which recovery builds. Unprocessed emotions are wounds that remain hidden and fester below the surface, therefore, let the emotions flow. Give yourself permission to grieve, be angry, feel sad, etc., without attaching a narrative, judgment, or meaning. You may find it easiest to start with 15 minutes of manageable increments per day. Set a timer. When it goes off, promise your body you will show up again tomorrow! This process is a necessary part of integrating the trauma into one’s life story and finding meaning in the midst of pain. Awareness makes way for empowerment. It gives agency over the healing journey. You have control over your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors which allows for rebuilding a sense of self, regaining a sense of control, finding the strength to move forward and the resiliency to feel hope again.


Support Networks

Recognizing the need for help and seeking support is an integral part of the healing process. You don’t have to go through the healing journey alone. Reach out to friends, loved ones, support groups or therapists, who can offer guidance and understanding. Surround yourself with a support network who genuinely cares for your well-being and has your back. Not any one person can be all things, so diversify. Your support network can be immensely helpful during the healing process by providing validation, comfort, and a sense of belonging. Therapy can be useful in its ability to shine a light on your coping mechanisms, give you insights into your trauma, and provide you with tools to navigate healing. Therapists are excellent at providing understanding of how your formative years and specific traumas are still impacting your life. The beauty of support networks is that it can go both ways. When they need support, you can be there for them. 


Practice Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not about condoning harmful actions or letting others off the hook; it’s about releasing the heavy burden of resentment from your own heart. Forgiving doesn’t mean forgetting; it means freeing yourself from the chains of bitterness. Holding onto grudges, anger and resentment only perpetuates the cycle of pain. Forgiveness can begin by tapping into empathy and allowing release. It is a process that’s unique to each individual and may take time. Remember to incorporate self-forgiveness in the process as well. Research on forgiveness shows improved mental health, less anxiety/depression, lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, improved heart health, improved self-esteem and healthier relationships. All well worth the time invested.



Reflective practice allows us to observe our own thoughts and feelings. Most times our thoughts and feelings go unobserved, creating repetitive negative patterns. Developing the ability to slow down, creates space for observation allowing for gaining understanding, identifying patterns and triggers, transforming actions, and finding forward momentum. Self-reflection can lead to profound insights and safeguard against inadvertently re-traumatizing yourself or others. As you pen down your traumatic experiences, I challenge you to rewrite your story from a place of empowerment – extract lessons, both positive and challenging, that the experience offered. How does your prior experience reverberate in your life now? Just remember to not get lost in the mind. Bring it into action. How do you want to adapt? How are you going to bounce back? How are you going to interact with those around you, creating a different pattern moving forward? What can you let go of? Consistent self-reflection nurtures accountability, fostering personal growth that ripples outward, benefiting not only you but those who share your journey. Through reflection, you build a bridge between past wounds and present healing, fostering resilience and empowerment.



Cultivating a resilient mindset is akin to tending to the garden of your thoughts, carefully nurturing the beliefs that shape your reality. Marisa Peer explains, “a belief is just a thought that plays over and over,” so begin to choose your thoughts wisely. Mindset influences how you think, feel, and behave in every given situation. Therefore, by growing a resilient mindset we harness our inner strength, cushioning ourselves from the effects of daily stressors. The mindset that fosters resilience begins with the following traits: optimism, positive self-talk, purpose, adaptability, emotional intelligence, and an ability to work through problems. All these traits can be grown! Srikumar Roa talks about situations as neither good nor bad. He recommends holding the perspective of “who knows, we will see.” I challenge you to invite a sense of curiosity, looking for the silver lining, even if all you can see right now are dark clouds. Resilience won’t make your problems go away — but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, allowing for satisfaction, peace, and enjoyment in life with a better ability to manage stress and adversity. If we apply the mind’s healing power, we can heal not only our mental and emotional afflictions but physical problems too.



The journey towards authenticity dances hand in hand with self-discovery and self-compassion. Authenticity is particularly pivotal for trauma survivors, as it involves shedding the protective facades and embracing one’s true self. Authenticity requests vulnerability and as vulnerability flourishes it begins to dismantle self-defensive behaviors which were constructed in response to trauma. An authentic person is someone who exudes genuineness, honesty, and comfort in their own skin, unburdened by the need for external acceptance. It’s a key that unlocks one’s true potential and is associated with higher self-esteem, psychological well-being, and genuine happiness. Authenticity forms the foundation for relationships, enabling individuals to be appreciated for their true selves. The journey of inviting vulnerability and becoming more authentic to you, is a journey that empowers healing, self-connection, and the ability to communicate needs with clarity. This ultimately leads to a life where one can unabashedly be themselves, embraced and valued for all their unique thoughts, beliefs, emotional needs, and desires. Embrace the journey of owning the masterpiece that is you – every facet and hue.


Set Boundaries

Boundaries are like the guardians of our emotional and psychological well-being, and they play a pivotal role in the healing journey from trauma. When individuals establish clear and healthy boundaries, they create a safe space where they can protect themselves from potential triggers and emotional distress. This safety provides a foundation for healing, allowing survivors to regain a sense of control over their lives and their personal space. Boundaries act as a buffer against re-traumatization, preventing others from crossing lines that might evoke painful memories or emotions. Moreover, they enable trauma survivors to define their needs and communicate them effectively, fostering a sense of agency and empowerment. In essence, boundaries are the scaffolding upon which the process of healing can be built, helping individuals navigate the path towards recovery with greater resilience and self-assuredness.


Lifestyle Support 

Lifestyle can either support or hinder the emotional healing process. Let’s highlight the categories to pay attention to in your daily life.

  1. Self-Care Practices: Exercise, Stretch, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Deep Breathing, and Tapping all assist in managing stress, reducing anxiety, and supports staying grounded.
  2. Nutrition: A nutrient-rich diet that nourishes the body supports the brain with the necessary fuel to function normally, stabilize mood and improve energy levels. 
  3. Sleep: Quality sleep is vital for the processing of traumas and supports emotional regulation. Create a restful sleep environment. 
  4. Physical Activity: Regular exercise has been proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and can assist in releasing pent up energy. It releases the feel-good hormone called endorphins, supporting elevated mood. 
  5. Creativity & Expression: Art, writing, and music are excellent therapeutics supports that can assist in processing of emotions. 



Healing from emotional traumas is a journey of reclaiming ourselves. It requires compassion, patience, and consistent effort. Its ultimate goal is to lighten the heart, leading to a state of wholeness and an internal sense of peace. Just as a garden requires time to bloom after a storm, so too does the soul in the process of healing. This transformation of pain into wisdom, scars into stories, and darkness into newfound serenity is a testament to human resilience. It’s important to acknowledge that healing is not a linear path; there will be setbacks and challenges along the way. Yet, each small step forward is a cause for celebration, honoring the strength within. With the right support system, self-care regimen, and a willingness to confront past pain, one can turn trauma into an opportunity for personal growth.


Homeopathic & Nutritional Supports

Longevity’s Nutrition Shop has a wide range of support for emotional healing.

  • Solace Milleu Homeopathic
  • Grief Relief Herbal
  • Relief-Tone Homeopathic
  • Relax-Tone Homeopathic
  • Calm Five Homeopathic
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Happy Saffron
  • Zen
  • Everyday Stress Relief 
  • Bach flowers
  • And a whole bunch more

Feel free to ask your practitioner which product will be supportive to you and your situation.


Further Resources

Healing What’s Hidden: Practical Steps to Overcoming Trauma by Evan & Jenny Owens

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza

It Didn’t Start with You by Mark Wolynn

I Am Enough by Marisa Peer

Tell Yourself a Better Lie by Marisa Peer

The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress Free Living by Nick Ortner

Making Sense of Men by Alison Armstrong

Understanding Women: Unlock the Mystery by Alison Armstrong

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Getting Past Your Past by Francine Sharpiro PhD


By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator


What are EMFs?

Electromagnetic Fields or EMFs are invisible fields created by the charges and currents of electrical entities. Much like gravity, these fields are invisible to the naked eye, yet have a great negative impact on our bodies. Natural EMFs are present everywhere in the environment, even on the cellular level. They are created by objects as small as atoms, electrons and even our own nerves; to objects as large as the sun and the planets that rotate around it. Visible evidence of EMFs occurs when the build up of electricity in the environment creates lightning or when the earth’s magnetic field causes a compass needle to point north. 

As the technological revolution continues, there has been a significant increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field sources, EMFs. Man-made EMFs are referred to as Dirty Electricity or Electromagnetic Radiation, these types of EMFs are harmful to the human body. For most people, exposure to EMFs occurs on a daily basis, as these fields are everywhere. Some common items that produce these EMFs include cellular phones, microwave ovens, electronic appliances, gaming systems, computers, laptops, iPods, iWatches, FitBits, MP3 players, electronic grids and even indoor lightning. 

EMFs exist on a spectrum and it depends on its wavelength and frequency. There are two types of electromagnetic fields, one has the capacity to break chemical bonds and the other does not.  

Higher Frequency EMFs/Ionizing are EMFs which include X-Rays, Gamma Rays, ultraviolet rays. These EMFs are ionizing radiation that can cause damage to cells and DNA. Some high doses of ionizing radiation can cause immediate damage such as burns, hair loss, organ damage, damage to bone marrow and damage to an unborn fetus. These types of damage can also cause long term effects with no immediate symptoms. Low-Mid Frequency EMFs/Non Ionizing EMFs include static fields, magnetic fields from electrical power lines and appliances, radio waves, and visible light. 


How do EMFs affect our body?

EMFs affect the intra-cellular communication in the body, causing our cells to die off faster than they can be regenerated, toxins collect in our bodies which inhibits the correct function of our cells and this is when health issues arise. 

Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is the term used for a variety of non-specific symptoms due to exposure to EMFs. Some people can be sensitive to both types of EMs.The symptoms most commonly experienced are dermatological symptoms such as redness, tingling and burning sensations as well as neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headaches/migraines,difficulty concentrating, insomnia/circadian imbalance, neuropathy, as well as  depression. Additionally other symptoms include  low libido and digestive disturbances are just a few of these bothersome symptoms.


How do I protect myself from EMFs?

Start with your sleeping environment. While you are sleeping, your body’s parasympathetic system works on restoring you at cellular level. Take a look at your sleeping environment and make sure that it is free from radiation emitting devices such as cellphones, Alexas, electric blankets, laptops etc. We recommend that these devices, particularly when they are plugged into the wall, are moved at least 5 feet away from your body. Additionally, it is recommended to remove any iWatches and Fitbits before going to sleep. You might also consider putting your home’s WiFi internet router on a timer so that it shuts down at night. 

We recommend investing in products that transform hazardous EMFs into fields of protection around you. House shields, meter shields, cell phone and laptop shields, EMF blocking jewelry are excellent ideas to keep you safe from harmful radiation.  Home shields typically plug into an electric outlet and protect 2,500 square feet of your home. Cell phone/ laptop shields can be placed directly on the object for protection, and will last about 2 years.

Check out our Smart 5G Shield, designed to block radiation from common sources such as 4G and 5G cell phones, tablets and laptops. These shields are powered by a patent pending solar cell device that increases effectiveness to divert the high intensity frequencies from cell towers that harm human cells. Call our nutrition shop for more information 770-642-4646.



By Carrie Rutledge, Longevity Patient Coordinator 

Who are the largest consumers of saturated fat in the world? It may surprise you to know that Spain, France, and most European countries are some of the biggest consumers of dietary saturated fats[1]; yet are leading in health outcomes.  In reference to the 2019 global report on healthiest countries in the world based on a range of factors (the United States didn’t make the top 20), Spain is in first place, with Italy right behind and France at number 12 [2].

It’s important to understand that European countries currently ban several types of pesticides and artificial ingredients; France, Italy and Spain also cook their foods with olive oil, butter, and animal fats. In fact, a roux in France is commonly made with butter, bacon drippings or lard. The most common cooking oil for Americans is vegetable oil. Soybean, canola, safflower, sunflower, corn, rice bran, and grape seed oil have been spouted as “healthy” but may be causing Americans to suffer from inflammation including high rates of autoimmune disease. Moreover, it is nearly impossible to dine out in America without consuming these oils.

Longevity in the United States has not improved much over the last few centuries. In fact, if you look back at the signers of the Declaration of Independence, 23 out of 56 lived past their seventies and 35 of them lived into their sixties. This was in 1776, before plumbing, infrastructure, antibiotics, and the numerous medical interventions we have today. One would assume with all these interventions that Americans would be some of the healthiest people on the planet. So, the question remains why are Americans still suffering from chronic inflammatory diseases including high rates of autoimmune disease? Could it be the highly processed, industrialized vegetable oils we are ingesting daily?


The History Behind Vegetable Oil  

Americans slowly began introducing vegetable oils for cooking in the early 1900s, and we began replacing animal fats for cooking in the 1980s. In 1990 McDonalds replaced beef tallow with 100% vegetable oil. Today, most restaurants will use highly refined vegetable oil for cooking and frying.

The refining process of vegetable oils includes bleaching, degumming, and deodorizing to make these oils edible[3]. Once these oils are bottled and shelved, they still contain many inflammatory and toxic components. A study done by the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, showed that cold-pressed vegetable oils contain pesticides, PBDEs, PCBs, and PAHs.  All are regarded as hazardous chemical contaminants.[4]

Moreover, Global Data, found that the United States and the United Kingdom have a higher prevalence of inflammatory autoimmune diseases compared to other countries.[5] The use of vegetable oils in America, specifically soybean and canola oil, may be contributing to the rise in the various inflammatory conditions we see today. Specifically, the rise in auto-immune disease and allergic conditions.


The Necessity of Essential Fatty Acids

 It’s important to understand that the human body requires Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) to function. EFAs are Polyunsaturated Omega 6 (Linoleic Acid and Arachidonic Acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA and ALA (Alpha-linolenic acid)) that must be acquired from the diet because the human body cannot make them on their own. While scientists say that EPA and DHA are not essential because the human body can convert ALA into EPA and DHA, the conversion rate is low to none for most individuals. EFAs are precursors to eicosanoids which are cell signaling molecules responsible for building cell membranes, regulating many inflammatory processes and vasodilation. [6]

Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are the primary component of neurons in the brain and extremely important for fetal and infant brain development. Sources of Omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are human milk, oysters, and fish. Sources of Omega 3 Alpha-linolenic acid are flaxseed, wheat germ, walnuts, and chia seeds. Omega 3 also comes from canola oil in the form of Alpha-linolenic acid; however, it is highly processed, oxidizes easily and the conversion rate is very low.[7] Omega 6 fatty acids are pro-inflammatory meaning they are required for the inflammatory response. Omega 6 linoleic acid and Arachidonic acid sources come from most vegetable oils including soybean oil and sunflower oil, poultry fat, meat, eggs, nuts, and seeds.

The problem we are seeing in the United States today is an imbalance of these essential fatty acids. History shows that 100 years ago humans had a ratio of around 4:1 in favor of omega-6 fatty acids. Today, due to the overuse of industrial seed oils, nut milks, nut butters and the decreased consumption of seafood, many Americans have a ratio of 20:1 or higher. [8]


Maintaining a low Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio in Relation to Autoimmune Conditions

Studies are showing that maintaining a lower omega 6: omega 3 ratio at a level of 4:1 is effective in reducing inflammation; whereas a higher ratio is associated with increased inflammation, allergies and autoimmune disease.8 Scientists estimate that our ancestors in the Paleolithic era consumed anywhere from 660mg to 14,250mg of omega 3 fatty acids per day. Today, the decreased consumption of marine omega-3 and an increase in the consumption of omega-6 through industrial seed oils which contain a ratio of 60:1; we have seen a dramatic increase in pro-inflammatory autoimmune conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, asthma, and allergies.8,10

Clinical studies are showing that Omega-3 fatty acids are able to reduce inflammation and may improve symptoms in individuals with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition in which the immune system attacks the lining of joints causing inflammation and pain. In one study composed of 68 Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, 34 were put on an anti-inflammatory diet with less than 90mg/day of arachidonic acid (omega-6), the other group followed a standard American diet and patients in both studies were given placebos or fish oil capsules. The study showed that those who had a diet low in arachidonic acid, supplemented with fish oil and followed an anti-inflammatory diet saw a significant decrease in pain and inflammation. [9]

Furthermore, Crohn’s patients also saw a decrease in inflammation when lowering omega-6 fatty acids in their diet. The primary mechanism for which Omega-6 fatty acids contribute to the inflammatory response in a Crohn’s patient is through the activation of Nuclear Factor-Kappa Beta (NF-kB), a transcription factor that promotes inflammation. The cells and macrophages of Crohn’s patients have an increase of TNF-alpha and Interleukin-1, which may promote further activation of NF-kB. Studies show that oxidative stress is increased in Crohn’s cells exposed to omega-6 (linoleic) fatty acids. The data from the study implies that dietary restriction of Omega-6 fatty acids in the form of oxidized vegetable oils along with arachidonic acid inhibitors while increasing antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, may provide relief for Crohn’s patients.8,[10]

Likewise, studies are showing the increased consumption of oxidized omega-6 fatty acids are correlated with an increase in allergies such as asthma and eczema because alpha-linoleic acid and linoleic acid compete for the same enzymes. Moreover, the increased intake of omega-6 fatty acids, provide high amounts of linoleic acid, which competes with EPA and DHA in the membrane of the cell. A low intake of omega-3 fatty acids will lead to an increase in omega-6 fatty acids and a large production of inflammatory cytokines and recruitment of mast cells. Additionally, Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) are shown to reduce the breakdown of Arachidonic acid into pro-inflammatory compounds while increasing the anti-inflammatory response. Because allergies are characterized by a chronic inflammatory state, the reduction of omega-6 fatty acids and increase in omega-3 fatty acids, may help the body to heal chronic inflammatory conditions.8,[11]    


 Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation in Pregnancy Outcomes

Fish Oil Supplements in Pregnancy Reduce Asthma Risk in Offspring

Clinical studies are showing that the consumption or supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnancy may reduce allergic diseases in offspring. In one randomized placebo-controlled study, 154 women who were affected by allergies or had previous children with allergies, were given 2.7 grams of Omega-3 fatty acids.  They supplemented with EPA and DHA at 25 weeks gestation until 3-4 months of breastfeeding. The results showed that the risk of food allergy decreased by over seven-fold and the risk of food related eczema decreased by three-fold.8,12 Likewise, the observational data showed that mothers who didn’t eat fish during pregnancy had an increased risk of having a child with asthma. In fact, a low intake of ALA and omega-3 fatty acids coincided with a 66% increase in offspring with asthma. 8,13

Additionally, a review of 10 cohort studies and 5 randomized controlled trials showed that women who consume or supplement high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may be taking the first step in preventing allergic disease in future generations. In fact, more than 70% of observational studies found a significant decrease of inflammatory allergic conditions in offspring with an increased consumption of fish or omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy. Ensuring an optimal omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio before the fetal immune system develops, may be an important step in preventing allergic diseases in children.8,12  


How to Safely Consume Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acids

 Omega-6 fatty acids are essential to the diet and serve to promote the inflammatory response in the human body, but we should be getting them from healthy whole-food sources instead of highly processed oils. By eating pastured meats, eggs, olive oil, nuts and seeds you can be assured that you are getting enough omega-6 fatty acids. Lowering the ratio can be easily done by enjoying these foods daily and by increasing the amount of seafood in the diet. While consuming walnuts, chia, and flaxseed oil will increase the ALA in the diet, the conversion rate to EPA and DHA is low; therefore, it is imperative to eat wild caught seafood such as salmon, sardines, shrimp, oysters, and anchovies while taking a quality fish oil or algae supplement. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements can be in the form of fish oil, krill, cod liver oil, and algae (for vegans or seafood allergies). 11

Additionally, the quality of seafood does matter as farm raised fish do not contain omega 3 fatty acids. Fish rely on their diet of algae to make EPA and DHA and farm raised seafood is often fed grains, soy, corn, and plant proteins making them high in omega-6 fatty acids.14 For this reason, it is crucial to purchase wild-caught fish as opposed to farm raised. 11,14



 Without a doubt, Americans are lacking in their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and this results in a high omega 6: omega 3 ratio. Studies are showing the imbalance of these fatty acids may be contributing to the high rates of autoimmune disease in our country. Currently, the benefits of omega-3 supplementation are being studied for several inflammatory conditions including obesity, cancer, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and depression. While studies show that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids can reduce inflammatory autoimmune diseases overall, more research needs to be done. Some studies were observational or used questionable methods to substantiate evidence such as using lower doses of fish oil capsules which proved to be ineffective. The optimal ratio of omega 6: omega 3 is debatable, has not been clearly defined, and may be specific to the individual. Other limitations such as environmental and nutritional factors must also be considered when evaluating research.








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by Janelle Bertler, Traditional Naturopathic Practitioner


Little did I know that finding myself dating again in my 40’s would lead to a new found appreciation for men, yet this story isn’t about my dating experience. It’s about the many MANY amazing human beings that I have met along the dating journey. Couple this appreciation for men with a desire to assist everyone to show up as their best selves, and at that crossroad is where this series of articles was born. Let’s begin.  

It’s a “no-brainer” that men are important to society for their contributions to family, community, leadership, education, innovation and more. Now more than ever before in history, the state of the world is having an effect on everyone, and the stressors continue to compound! For any healthcare practitioner, whose goal is to support the physical health of any human being, they must look at supporting the mind, body and spirit. We know that the body is so intertwined and connected that if you affect one of these systems, it in turn affects the others. 


Here are some statistics in regards to the physical-mental health connection: 

  • Men with depression have a 30% higher risk for developing heart disease.
  • Men with mental health disorders are at a higher risk of developing cancer and are more likely to die from the disease.
  • Men with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with substance abuse. Men with substance abuse are at a higher risk of developing liver disease, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Men with mental health conditions are more likely to experience chronic pain.
  • Men with mental health disorders are more likely to experience sleep problems, which can lead to an increased risk of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. 
  • Men with depression have a 60% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, compared to men without.
  • Men with mental health conditions are more likely to be obese, which can lead to a variety of physical health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. 
  • According to the World Health Organization suicide rates among men are about 3x’s higher than women.


Mental health has a significant impact on men’s physical health. This highlights the importance of addressing mental health concerns as a key part of overall health and well-being. It is true that men may be less likely to seek help for mental health issues. They are more likely to cope with mental health issues on their own, possibly due to social/ cultural norms that stigmatize mental health as a sign of weakness and vulnerability. Let’s dive into what men can do to support a healthy mental wellbeing!

We all know we should eat right, sleep well, exercise, blah, blah, blah. I’d like to share with you the “why” and some other areas that you may want to incorporate into your life. 

  1. Healthy eating reduces inflammation and reduces stress. It supports a healthy gut, deeper healing sleep, improves mood and increases energy.
  2. Prioritizing sleep has all the benefits of eating healthy, as well as assisting cognitive function, reducing irritability and increasing healthy emotional regulation. 
  3. Exercise not only improves mental health, but it also reduces the risk of chronic disease, improves sleep and relieves stress. Don’t forget about weight-lifting exercises. Muscle mass is important for supporting healthy testosterone levels, proper glucose control, bone health and improved self-image. 
  4. Maintain healthy relationships – Find your balance between family connections, friends and social groups. Loneliness and social isolation has been linked to an increased risk in depression, cardiovascular disease and decreased longevity. Males thrive on having friendships with other males, someone to talk to when times feel tough, and I’m not just talking about the superficial “sports” buddy. I’m talking about meaningful deep friendships. Finding friends as an adult might be easier by using a “finding friends” app or by joining groups that fit your favorite activities. A “gym buddy” might be a great way to fill multiple needs. 
  5. Take time for activities that bring joy and relaxation. It is important to find out what you need and enjoy. This will be different for every person and it may take trial and error to discover what works best. Carving out a little time in your life to feel elevated emotions can be very powerful, and we all need to find a little more relaxation to balance out our very busy lives.    
  6. Practice mindfulness in the way that works for you! This can take multiple forms: yoga, meditate, practice breathing exercises and/or try legs up the wall. There are all types of apps that can assist in this category; and remember to fill your spiritual needs as well.
  7. Limit screen time. Not only does blue light suppress melatonin making it harder to fall asleep, but devices keep your brain active and alert. Reducing screen time allows the brain to slow down and focus without distractions. Overtime this increases the ability to regulate emotions. Not to mention that media can have either a beneficial or negative effect depending upon what you choose to consume. 
  8. Serve others! Sometimes it takes getting out of our daily life and personal needs by putting attention on supporting others to get us out of the depths of mental health struggles. Volunteer your time. You might be amazed at how connecting in this way feeds the soul.
  9. Detoxify the body! By reducing the toxin load of the inner terrain, your Naturopath can assist you in feeling your best. 


It is when we feel our best that we have more “bandwidth” to deal with the everyday stressors of life. Put your own oxygen mask on first. Fill your own cup first. Take time for self-care! That way you are able to choose how you interact with those around you each and every day. Imagine a world where everyone has grace for everyone around them and can gently respond with kindness because everyone feels their best. That is the world I want to live in. Please join me in creating this world by caring for yourself and sharing this information with all the men that are important in your life. If you find yourself needing support in feeling your best, we are here to help! 


By Mariela Amiri, Traditional Naturopath & Patient Coordinator 

A coffee enema is a type of colon cleanse used in alternative medicine. During the procedure, a mixture of brewed, caffeinated coffee and water is inserted into the colon through the rectum. 

The purpose of coffee enemas is to promote the removal of pathogens and free radicals from the blood and decrease the toxic load on the liver. They can help reduce the burden on a system that is being bombarded with the stress and toxins of everyday life.

The Benefits of Coffee Enemas: 

  • Boosts immunity
  • Increase energy
  • Stops yeast overgrowth
  • Supports detoxification in people with autoimmune diseases and cancer
  • Removes parasites from the digestive tract
  • Removes heavy metals from the body
  • Relieves symptoms of depression

The coffee solution is not held in the liver. In fact, it’s held in the colon. The vessels in the lower part of the descending colon and rectum carry the solution to the liver. The potent compounds in coffee are absorbed by the hemorrhoidal and mesenteric veins that route to the liver.

The coffee enema itself does not produce bile. The coffee does cause some stimulation of the liver to produce bile, but it’s the potent compounds including caffeine, theobromine and theophylline that dilate blood vessels, bile ducts and relax smooth muscles, increasing the flow of bile.

Electrolytes are lost during evacuation, and therefore coffee enemas should always be balanced by juice or minerals. The body does not become dependent on coffee enemas to have a bowel movement.

A variety of coffee is appropriate for use, ranging from gold, green and white, to light and medium roasts. Dark roasts are not appropriate because the potent compounds have been roasted out. Gold, green or white beans are very potent, with light to medium roasts typically well-tolerated by most. If you are new to coffee enemas, green, gold or white beans may not be best to start with. Instead, start with a medium or light roast. Coffee must be organic and we recommend fair-trade, sustainable coffee


Coffee Enemas Are Not Recommended for People with the Following Health Concerns: 

  • Currently undergoing chemotherapy
  • Currently in renal, cardiac or respiratory failure
  • Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis or other conditions with bleeding and/or ulceration in the digestive tract
  • Ileostomy (no colon)
  • Those with Hypertension and/or tachycardia
  • Pregnant women (consult with your primary physician or Gerson Practitioner)
  • Those experiencing acute or chronic diarrhea (until investigated by a physician)
  • First 6-8 weeks post-surgery (always check with your primary physician)

How to Perform a Coffee Enema:

To perform a coffee enema at home, you need to purchase an enema kit along with organic coffee. Below you’ll find directions for how to make a coffee enema recipe.

  • Enema kits can be found in certain health food or drug stores, and definitely online. There are several types available. No matter the type you use, look for one that has a tube and nozzle attached to either a bucket or bag that hangs above you when you lie down.
  • After choosing a enema kit, you need to purchase coffee beans. You want to purchase only certified organic coffee and regular (not decaf) beans that are free from all chemical sprays — this is important considering the quality of the coffee determines how effective the detoxification process will be.
  • Best to do one immediately after having a bowel movement if possible, which makes it more comfortable, effective and easier to retain for longer. You can also do an enema even if you haven’t recently had a bowel movement (for example, if you’re constipated), but many people like to perform enemas in the morning directly after going to the bathroom.
  • Some practitioners recommend taking an activated carbon charcoal binder before and after a coffee enema to help bind to toxins released from the bile duct so they can be eliminated from the body. 
  • It’s recommended to do an enema about once a week. 

A step-by-step guide for administering a coffee enema safely:

  1. Brew your coffee. Filtered water is highly recommended by most experts and might offer fewer risks than tap water (which contain traces of minerals or chemicals). Add 1-3 tablespoons of organic coffee beans to your pot along with 3-4 cups of filtered water. Then bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Let the mixture cool down to a little warmer than room temperature (70-85 degrees)  once it’s boiled for about 15 minutes. It’s important to allow the mixture to cool because there’s a higher risk for injury and side effects when a solution that is too hot.
  3. You’re now ready to perform your enema, so choose a location that’s comfortable where you can lie down for about 15 minutes, such as the bathroom floor with some towels. Wherever you choose to be, take your enema kit and place the bucket or bag at least 1 meter above you and the ground. So if you’re lying on the floor, you might try hanging the bucket or bag on a towel rack, shower rail, etc. This helps gravity push the coffee liquid down faster so it’s better able to enter your digestive tract and do its job.
  4. Pour your coffee liquid into the enema bag or bucket and hold the tube and nozzle shut. Locate the lever on the tube and nozzle that helps you stop and start the flow of the enema. Before beginning, make sure the valve is shut so no liquid escapes. Use a lubricant such as coconut oil to coat the tip of the enema nozzle, which will make it easier to insert into your rectum without being uncomfortable. Lay on your left side.
  5. Use the valve that helps you to start the flow of coffee and keep the liquid slowly entering your rectum through the nozzle until the bag or bucket is emptied. Take your time and squeeze in so the liquid doesn’t escape as much as possible. Sit however you are most comfortable. That helps you keep the coffee inside of you for about 12 to 15 minutes — 15 minutes is the max time that you need to effectively cleanse your system, so at this point you can stop holding in and can go to the bathroom.

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