Coaching Identified as “Next Big Trend” in Wellness Industry

The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) recently published their annual trends report (The Future of Wellness 2022) – and one of their top trends for 2022 is, “Health & Wellness Coaching Gets Certified

I’ve attached a highlighted version of the coaching trend report, as well as a couple of other white papers on Wellness Coaching from the GWI (see PDF attachments below).

I HIGHLY recommend taking a read thru the first trend report – it really sets the stage for Wellness Coaching being a massive trend that is expected to grow exponentially into the future – and with the “Great Resignation” underway, so many people are looking for a career path and an income stream that they can feel good about (feeding their soul as much as their bank account).

I love the fact that GWI has identified Wellness Coaching as the “missing link” between healthcare and wellness – and I also view Coaching as a way for people to get an “edge” for their mental fitness and physical performance (and then help others to do the same).

The Wall Street Journal has also recently highlighted the importance of coaching and Wellness Retreats to improve the performance of the “Corporate Athlete” – which examples like SalesForce and others investing in remote corporate retreats where employees can learn, connect, recharge, beat burnout and level-up.

All of this makes me super-excited for what we’ve been working on for the last couple of years in establishing our Amare Wellness Center (in Plymouth MA) and designing an entire curriculum to train students as Certified Mental Wellness Coaches (CMWCs).

We have trained and certified more than a hundred CMWCs (16 CEUs) to build a business around Mental Wellness Coaching – with many more sessions upcoming in 2022.

We just completed one in Honolulu, Hawaii (last week) and we have one scheduled for Salt Lake City, Utah on May 5-6-7.

After that, we have several date blocks that we are keeping open and available for CMWC sessions at our casual coastal retreat in Plymouth, MA (and they will book up very quickly based on past experience):

June 17-22

July 25-29

August 22-31

Sept 23-27

November 1-12

We can hold the Certification over as little as 2.5 days (very intense with 6 hours on day one, 6 hours on day two, and 4 hours on day three) or as many as 4 days (4 hours of instruction each morning – followed by fun stuff in the afternoon). Many groups will plan to arrive the day before the Certification starts (to settle in) and depart the day after (to relax and celebrate your success) – making for a total retreat of 5-6 days – so it is really up to the scheduling preferences of your group.

If you’re interested in bringing your group, we have 7 B&B-style rooms onsite. Each room has ONE queen or king bed – so we can accommodate up to 14 individuals (e.g. couples sharing beds) – or even “squeeze” an additional student into each of the 4 King rooms with roll-away beds (for friends looking to save on room costs).

To reserve your session, please call/text Julie Talbott at 801-712-0408 to work out the logistics (preferred dates, how many people, how many days, etc)…

You can see a bit about our location and see our rooms HERE

About the Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC) curriculum:

The CMWC is a streamlined, focused, intense course spanning 16 hours of instruction in the role of diet and lifestyle factors in balancing the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis for improved Mental Wellness. Students can expect to leave the CMWC with the knowledge and skills to start their own profitable and rewarding business as a Mental Wellness Coach.

Total costs are:

  • Tuition = $1,200 per student
  • Lodging = $1,000 for 4 nights at the Amare Wellness Center and 3Waves Wellness Bed & Breakfast – and if you want to arrive earlier or stay longer, we can arrange that too!
  • Food = included healthy microbiome-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments
  • Fun = the actual schedule/agenda will be somewhat subject to the weather, so we might adjust the days that each activity happens – but the week will include…
    • Mental Wellness Coach Certification (16 CEUs)
    • Healthy Mental Wellness Diet
    • Whale Watching or Seal Watching
    • Beach/Dune/Gratitude Trail Walks
    • Sound Healing Therapy Session
    • Yoga Session
    • Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding
    • Fire Pit Conversations
    • Daily Wellness Modalities (massage chairs, dry float bed, red light therapy, virtual reality meditation, aromatherapy, etc)
    • Free Time (to explore historic Plymouth, Cape Cod, and Boston)

Probiotics Improve Parkinson’s Symptoms?

Very interesting study – showing the potential for a specific probiotic strain (Lactobacillus plantarum PS128) to alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s Disease. Yet another study in the growing evidence base for the importance of the Microbiome-Gut-Brain-Axis in a growing list of human conditions…

We recently started using a related probiotic (Lactobacillus plantarum DR7) for its ability to reduce gut inflammation and increase dopamine levels – and focusing those effects on the Gut-Brain-Axis for Weight Loss…

Here is the abstract from the study in Frontiers in Nutrition – full article here = https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8277995/pdf/fnut-08-650053.pdf

The Add-On Effect of Lactobacillus plantarum PS128 in Patients With Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study

Chin-Song Lu1*, Hsiu-Chen Chang1, Yi-Hsin Weng2,3,4, Chiung-Chu Chen2,3,4, Yi-ShanKuoandYing-ChiehTsai5*

Professor Lu Neurological Clinic, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Division of Movement Disorders, Department of Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou, Taoyuan, Taiwan, School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Neuroscience Research Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei, Taiwan

Background: Lactobacillus plantarum PS128 (PS128) is a specific probiotic, known as a psychobiotic, which has been demonstrated to alleviate motor deficits and inhibit neurodegenerative processes in Parkinson’s disease (PD)-model mice. We hypothesize that it may also be beneficial to patients with PD based on the possible mechanism via the microbiome-gut-brain axis.

Methods: This is an open-label, single-arm, baseline-controlled trial. The eligible participants were scheduled to take 60 billion colony-forming units of PS128 once per night for 12 weeks. Clinical assessments were conducted using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), modified Hoehn and Yahr scale, and change in patient “ON-OFF” diary recording as primary outcome measures. The non-motor symptoms questionnaire, Beck depression inventory-II, patient assessment of constipation symptom, 39-item Parkinson’s Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39), and Patient Global Impression of Change (PGI-C) were assessed as secondary outcome measures.

Results: Twenty-five eligible patients (32% women) completed the study. The mean age was 61.84 ± 5.74 years (range, 52–72), mean disease duration was 10.12 ± 2.3 years (range, 5–14), and levodopa equivalent daily dosage was 1063.4 ± 209.5 mg/daily (range, 675–1,560). All patients remained on the same dosage of anti-parkinsonian and other drugs throughout the study. After 12 weeks of PS128 supplementation, the UPDRS motor scores improved significantly in both the OFF and ON states (= 0.004 and = 0.007, respectively). In addition, PS128 intervention significantly improved the duration of the ON period and OFF period as well as PDQ-39 values. However, no obvious effect of PS128 on non-motor symptoms of patients with PD was observed. Notably, the PGI-C scores improved in 17 patients (68%). PS128 intervention was also found to significantly reduce plasma myeloperoxidase and urine creatinine levels.

Conclusion: The present study demonstrated that PS128 supplementation for 12 weeks with constant anti-parkinsonian medication improved the UPDRS motor score and quality of life of PD patients. We suggest that PS128 could serve as a therapeutic adjuvant for the treatment of PD. In the future, placebo-controlled studies are needed to further support the efficacy of PS128 supplementation.

GBX Fit & Middle Age Spread

GBX Fit – the world’s first “Quadbiotic” for weight loss is setting sales records and changing lives.

See my video presentation of it on YouTube HERE and download the slides below.

Also – see this terrific article from New Scientist (March 12-18, 2022) about the metabolism underlying mid-life weight gain (it’s not about “calories in versus calories out”) – and how the balance of hormones, cytokines, neurotransmitters, and other signaling molecules (many of which originate in your gut) might be the secret to weight loss in middle age.

Persistent Gut Dysbiosis Observed 6 Months After Recovery From COVID-19

Persistent Gut Dysbiosis Observed 6 Months After Recovery From COVID-19

“[A]ltered gut microbiome composition is strongly associated with persistent symptoms in patients with COVID-19 up to 6 months after clearance of SARS-CoV-2 virus,” stated the study authors. “Considering the millions of people infected during the ongoing pandemic, our findings are a strong impetus for consideration of microbiota modulation to facilitate timely recovery and reduce the burden of post-acute COVID-19 syndrome.”

Join me for a Wellness Retreat in May?

Amare announced an amazing way to EARN a FREE trip to our Wellness Retreat in Plymouth, MA!

(earn the trip in March and attend the retreat in May)…

We will have a lot of fun learning about the Gut-Brain-Axis and having fun with whale watching, paddle boarding, relaxing, and hanging out – living the Amare Lifestyle!

Kid’s Mood featured (again) on ABC News

I love this clip from ABC News in Los Angeles – we talk about natural solutions for helping kids (and adults) with mental focus, mood, and stress resilience – things that we ALL can benefit from these days!

ABC has aired this clip several different times – probably because there are just SO many people who are looking for natural solutions for these benefits?

At Amare, we use these natural herbals in our Kid’s Mood+ that has been shown to help kids perform in stressful situations.

If you or your kids could use a little extra mental focus, a boost in your mood, or some fortification of your stress resilience, then check out some of the safe and effective natural approaches = https://youtu.be/OyaqwFZ1rZ0

You’re Probably Burned Out – What to Do?

Really nice article about BURNOUT in The NY Times earlier this week.

Also – check out my article about using Nutrition to Beat Burnout in Thrive Global = https://thriveglobal.com/stories/2557756/

Your Body Knows You’re Burned Out

Feb. 15, 2022

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Dr. Jessi Gold, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. Louis, knows she’s edging toward burnout when she wakes up, feels instantly angry at her email inbox and doesn’t want to get out of bed. It’s perhaps not surprising that a mental health professional who is trying to stem the rising tide of burnout could burn out sometimes, too. After all, the phenomenon has practically become ubiquitous in our culture.

In a 2021 survey of 1,500 U.S. workers, more than half said they were feeling burned out as a result of their job demands, and a whopping 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in December in what has come to be known as the “great resignation.” When people think of burnout, mental and emotional symptoms such as feelings of helplessness and cynicism often come to mind. But burnout can lead to physical symptoms as well, and experts say it can be wise to look out for the signs and take steps when you notice them.

Burnout, as it is defined, is not a medical condition — it’s “a manifestation of chronic unmitigated stress,” explained Dr. Lotte Dyrbye, a physician scientist who studies burnout at the Mayo Clinic. The World Health Organization describes burnout as a workplace phenomenon characterized by feelings of exhaustion, cynicism and reduced efficacy.

“You start not functioning as well, you’re missing deadlines, you’re frustrated, you’re maybe irritable with your colleagues,” said Jeanette M. Bennett, a researcher who studies the effects of stress on health at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

But stress can have wear and tear effects on the body, especially when it doesn’t ease up after a while — so it makes sense that it can incite physical symptoms, too, Dr. Bennett said. When people are under stress, their bodies undergo changes that include making higher than normal levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. These changes are helpful in the short term — they give us the energy to power through difficult situations — but over time, they start harming the body.

Our bodies were “not designed for the kinds of stressors that we face today,” said Christina Maslach, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who has spent her career studying burnout.

Here’s how to recognize burnout in your body and what to do about it.

What to look out for

One common burnout symptom is insomnia, Dr. Dyrbye said. When researchers in Italy surveyed frontline health care workers with burnout during the first peak of the pandemic, they found that 55 percent reported having difficulty falling asleep, while nearly 40 percent had nightmares.

Research suggests that chronic stress interferes with the complicated neurological and hormonal system that regulates sleep. It’s a vicious cycle, because not sleeping throws this system even more out of whack. If you’ve noticed you’re unable to sleep at night, that could be a sign that you’re experiencing burnout, Dr. Dyrbye said — and your sleeplessness could exacerbate the problem.

Physical exhaustion is another common sign. Dr. Gold said that one of her key symptoms of burnout was fatigue. “I realized I was sleeping every day after work — and I was like, ‘What is wrong with me?’ but it was actually burnout,” she said.

Changes in eating habits — either eating more or less than usual — can also be a sign of burnout: In the study of Italian health care workers, 56 percent reported changes in food habits. People might eat less because they’re too busy or distracted, or they might find themselves craving “those comfort foods that we all like to go to when we need something to make us feel better,” Dr. Bennett said. Research suggests, too, that stress hormones can affect appetite, making people feel less hungry than usual when they’re under a lot of stress, and more hungry than usual when that stress alleviates.

Headaches and stomachaches can also be incited by burnout, Dr. Gold said. One study of people in Sweden suffering from exhaustion disorder — a medical condition similar to burnout — found that 67 percent reported experiencing nausea, gas or indigestion, and that 65 percent had headaches. It’s also important to note that burnout can develop alongside depression or anxiety, both of which can cause physical symptoms. Depression can cause muscle aches, stomachaches, sleep issues and appetite changes. Anxiety is linked to headaches, nausea and shortness of breath.

What to do

If you’re experiencing physical symptoms that could be indicative of burnout, consider seeing your primary care doctor or a mental health professional to determine whether they are driven by stress or rooted in other physical conditions, Dr. Dyrbye said. Don’t just ignore the symptoms and assume they don’t matter.

“It’s really easy to blow off your own symptoms, especially in our culture, where we’re taught to work hard,” Dr. Gold said.

If it is burnout, then the best solution is to address the root of the problem. Burnout is typically recognized when it is job-driven, but chronic stress can have a variety of causes — financial problems, relationship woes, and caregiving burdens, among other things. Think about “the pebbles in your shoe all the time that you have to deal with,” Dr. Maslach said, and brainstorm ways to remove some of them, at least some of the time. Perhaps you can ask your partner to help more with your toddler’s bedtime routine, or get take-out when you’re especially busy so you don’t have to plan dinner, too.

Despite popular culture coverage of the issue, burnout can’t be “fixed” with better self care, Dr. Maslach said — in fact, this implication only worsens the problem, because it lays the blame and responsibility on those with burnout and implies that they should do more to feel better, which is not the case, she said. However, some lifestyle choices can make burnout less likely. Social support, for instance, can help, Dr. Gold said. This could include talking to a therapist or meeting with friends (even if over Zoom). It may also help to take advantage of mental health or exercise benefits offered by your employer. Sleeping more can help too — so if you’re suffering from insomnia, talk to a doctor about possible treatments, Dr. Bennett suggested.

When burnout stems from job-related woes, it may help to request better working conditions. Dr. Maslach suggested brainstorming with co-workers and presenting your employer with ideas that would help — like providing quiet areas for breaks and personal phone calls, creating “no meeting” days so that employees can have more time to focus, or ensuring that there’s always coffee in the break room. Even small changes like these can make a dent in the risk for burnout if they fix a problem people face at work every day. “It’s the chronic job stressors that drive people really nuts after a while — they don’t have the right equipment, they don’t have the things they need, they don’t have enough people to do the work,” Dr. Maslach said.

Taking time off work could also help, but it’s likely only a temporary Band-Aid, Dr. Gold said. She compares it to using a bucket to empty water out of a sinking ship. “It’s still sinking, right? You have to do more than just occasionally take the water out,” she said. Still, it is important to take time off regularly, Dr. Dyrbye said.

Ultimately, you want to ensure you have some freedom and autonomy in your job, Dr. Gold said. “Anything you can do to regain an element of control can be really helpful,” she said. That could mean doing your least favorite work activity right before your break, so you have something to look forward to during the task and time to recover from it afterward. Or it could be trading a dreaded task with a co-worker and, in return, picking up their most hated task, which might not be so difficult for you.

Finally, while you may not want to add more to your plate, try to make a bit of time each day for something you love, Dr. Dyrbye said. Her work has found that surgeons who make time for hobbies and recreation — even just 15 to 20 minutes a day — are less likely to experience burnout than surgeons who don’t.

“You have to have something outside of work that helps you de-stress, that helps you focus and helps you relax,” she said.

Melinda Wenner Moyer is a science journalist and the author of “How To Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes.”

Amare Edge is a Finalist for “Best New Supplement”

Very excited that Amare’s Edge product (for mood, motivation, and metabolism) has been named as a FINALIST for “Best New Supplement” in the NEXTY Awards.

Edge was chosen by a panel of expert industry judges form more than 1,100 nominations.

You can learn more about Edge here = Amare Product Stacks – with EDGE

And see more about the NEXTY Awards here = https://www.newhope.com/products-and-trends/nexty-awards-finalists-natural-products-expo-west-2022/gallery?slide=6

Butyrate Reduces Inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Very interesting new study about how “taking” butyrate as a dietary supplement might help reduce the inflammation and tissue damage seen in rheumatoid arthritis.

An even more effective way to increase butyrate levels may be “making” it yourself via your own microbiome. Several studies have shown this – including a few of ours on Fundamentals – that we can nourish the microbiome with the right “biotics” (probiotics, prebiotics, postbiotics, and phytobiotics) to significantly increase our internal production of butyrate. The benefits include better mood, higher energy, sharper focus, better immune function, and even weight loss – it’s pretty miraculous what this little microbiome-derived molecule can do – and Amare is the only company with products that allow you to “take” butyrate (MentaSync) as well as “make” more of your own butyrate (Fundamentals and Kids Fundamentals).

Gut microbiome butyrate and rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers at Peking University People’s Hospital in Beijing and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified an intestinal imbalance in the microbiomes of people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis linked to the levels of a short-chain fatty acid known as butyrate. Sequencing the gut bacteria of 25 people with untreated rheumatoid arthritis and comparing them to 29 people without the disease, they found people with the disease have lower levels of a number of bacterial species producing butyrate—and elevated levels of bacteria that metabolize it. They showed that feeding mice dietary butyrate supplements reduced aspects of the disease, suggesting the potential for butyrate supplementation therapy for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35148177/

Intestinal butyrate-metabolizing species contribute to autoantibody production and bone erosion in rheumatoid arthritis

. 2022 Feb 11;8(6):eabm1511.

doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abm1511. Epub 2022 Feb 11.

Jing He  1   2 Yanan Chu  3 Jing Li  1   2 Qingren Meng  4 Yudong Liu  5 Jiayang Jin  1   2 Yifan Wang  1   2 Jian Wang  3 Bo Huang  1   2 Lianjie Shi  1                   2 Xing Shi  6 Jiayi Tian  1   2 Yunzhi Zhufeng  1   2 Ruiling Feng  1   2 Wenjing Xiao  1   2 Yuzhou Gan  1   2 Jianping Guo  1   2 Changjun Shao  3 Yin Su  1   2 Fanlei Hu  1   2 Xiaolin Sun  1   2 Jun Yu  7 Yu Kang  3 Zhanguo Li  1   2   8

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Abstract

The imbalance between pathogenic and beneficial species of the intestinal microbiome and metabolism in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) remains unclarified. Here, using shotgun-based metagenome sequencing for a treatment-naïve patient cohort and a “quasi-paired cohort” method, we observed a deficiency of butyrate-producing species and an overwhelming number of butyrate consumers in RA patients. These outcomes mainly occurred in patients with positive ACPA, with a mean AUC of 0.94. This panel was also validated in established RA with an AUC of 0.986 in those with joint deformity. In addition, we showed that butyrate promoted Tregs, while suppressing Tconvs and osteoclasts, due to potentiation of the reduction in HDAC expression and down-regulation of proinflammatory cytokine genes. Dietary butyrate supplementation conferred anti-inflammatory benefits in a mouse model by rebalancing TFH cells and Tregs, as well as reducing antibody production. These findings reveal the critical role of butyrate-metabolizing species and suggest the potential of butyrate-based therapies for RA patients.     

Microbiome Predicts Diabetes Onset

https://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/943704

Composition of gut microbiome predicts the onset of type 2 diabetes

16-Feb-2022Peer-Reviewed Publication

University of Turku

The international research group utilised targeted machine learning techniques to discover if specific signals in the gut microbiome composition were associated with increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

They identified six bacterial groups from family Lachnospiraceae and its close relatives which were associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes during the follow-up. 

– People from Eastern and Western Finland are known to have both genetic and lifestyle differences, which are also reflected in their health. Despite these differences, the microbes identified in the research were robustly associated with incident disease throughout Finland, explains one of the two main authors of the research article, Postdoctoral Researcher Matti Ruuskanen from the University of Turku. 

– These bacterial species have been also previously linked with prevalent type 2 diabetes and several other metabolic diseases, such as fatty liver disease. They also seem to be at least partly linked with the quality of diet, says the other main author, Postdoctoral Researcher Pande Erawijantari

The results of this study support previous notions on links between adult-onset diabetes, dietary habits, and metabolic diseases, likely modulated by the gut microbiome.

Risk Factors Help Predict Disease Occurrence

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes is still increasing around the world. The disease has major impacts on quality of life, and it is recognised as a serious and costly public health concern. Prevention and treatment of adult-onset diabetes are thus highly important research topics. 

– One viable strategy in preventing the development of the disease would be to identify the early signs of type 2 diabetes to undertake preventative measures, such as lifestyle modification, says Matti Ruuskanen. 

Previous research has identified several risk factors for type 2 diabetes, such as genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Moreover, changes in gut microbiome composition have also been associated with type 2 diabetes, but previous studies have mostly reported differences between healthy volunteers and those already diagnosed with the disease.

– The results of this study help us better understand the risk factors of type 2 diabetes and could aid in the development of more effective treatments in the future, envisions Pande Erawijantari.

The analysis was conducted by studying fecal samples collected from a large, representative, and unique Finnish population cohort, FINRISK 2002. Extensive health data from over 5,000 participants was collected during sampling, and the incidence of disease was tracked for nearly 16 years through electronic health records. This enabled the identification of microbial biomarkers which predicted the incidence of type 2 diabetes in participants who were healthy at the baseline examination.

The research was funded in part by grants from the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Finnish Foundation for Cardiovascular Research, the Emil Aaltonen Foundation, the Finnish Medical Foundation, the Sigrid Juselius Foundation, and the Academy of Finland.  

The research article “Gut Microbiome Composition is Predictive of Incident Type 2 Diabetes in a Population Cohort of 5,572 Finnish Adults” has been published in the journal Diabetes Carehttps://doi.org/10.2337/dc21-2358


Journal

Diabetes Care

Method of Research

Data/statistical analysis

Subject of Research

People

Article Title

Gut Microbiome Composition Is Predictive of Incident Type 2 Diabetes in a Population Cohort of 5,572 Finnish Adults

Article Publication Date

31-Jan-2022