Fight Cancer – and get free stuff…

Special offer for anyone donating $100 to our Pan-Mass-Challenge (PMC) to fight cancer…

I’ll send you a signed copy of my recent Mental Fitness book (optimizing mood, motivation and mental wellness by harnessing the body-brain-biome) – AND a sample of one of the new dietary supplements that I’ve been working on.

One is a “liquid pouch” (sort of like a smoothie) for immune support and the other is an herbal-infused dark chocolate (sugar-free) to lower stress and improve sleep quality. I think you’ll really like them – and I’d love your feedback about what you think of them?

If you can, please donate at

Probiotics better than antidepressants?

Great to see that “psychobiotics” are rising in awareness. At Amare, we’ve been using a range of different psychobiotic strains since 2017 to help people feel and perform their best. Our products are research-supported and award-winning, including Fundamentals (Best New Product 2018, Winner), Kids Fundamentals (Best New Probiotic 2019, Finalist), and GBX Fit (Best New Probiotic 2020, Finalist). Check them out if you want to see what #MentalFitness feels like.

Psychobiotics: Microbiome to edge out pharma for depression and psychiatric help?

Your Microbiome Says You’re Hungry?

Here is a nice article from Science Focus that explains some of the signals from your gut microbiome thatch determine your level of hunger.

One science-based supplement that takes advantage of these signals to quiet hunger signals and amplify satiety (“fullness”) signals is GBX Fit – the worlds first “QUAD-Biotic” that harnesses the power of the microbiome for weight loss.

GBX Fit is a Finalist for 2022 “Probiotic of the Year because it is the first to combine scientifically-validated “biotic” ingredients, including a probiotic (beneficial bacteria), prebiotic (gut-friendly fiber), phytobiotic (anti-stress plant extract), and postbiotic (to reduce belly fat).

Read the full Science Focus article about how your microbiome might be driving your hunger HERE – and see some highlighted excerpts below…

Your gut microbiome could be telling your brain when you are hungry

Neurons in the brain that make us hungry can be turned off by a compound created by gut bacteria, researchers have found. Further understanding this gut-brain conversation could one day help treat obesity and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes.

The gut microbiome is the collection of bacteria, fungi and other microbes that live within our gastrointestinal tract. There are trillions of organisms to be found in our gut, some good and some bad. They help us get nutrients from our food, repair and replace the cell linings of our gut and our skin, and they even aid our immune system in the fight against invading pathogens.

Previous studies have found links between the make up of our microbiome and psychological factors like our mood. But the exact pathway by which our gut bacteria and our brain communicate hasn’t been identified.

This study suggests one possible answer – that bacteria in our gut can manipulate our feeding behaviour by releasing fragments that act as a message to the hypothalamus, the area of the brain that makes us feel hungry. These fragments, called muropeptides, are part of the bacteria’s cell wall. If the bacteria is dying, or growing, these pieces will break away and travel through our bloodstream.

“The hypothalamus is the brain centre for controlling hunger, thirst, body temperature, hormone release, among many things,” said Prof Gerard Eberl, one of the co-authors of the new study, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.

There are neurons within the hypothalamus that make us hungry and there are those that block the feeling of hunger after eating. Previous studies have shown that the latter have a sensor that can detect bacterial fragments, but the team wanted to find out just how much influence the microbes could have on the brain.

To test this, scientists gave food containing these bacterial muropeptides to two groups of mice – one that had the neurons to detect the compound, and the other without.

Those that lacked the receptor were found to eat much more than the normal mice, gaining more weight. Their brain was not receiving the signal to stop. Then, when the researchers gave the normal mice a different compound that can also trigger the sensor, they noticed the mice were feeding less.

“It could be that this is a way for the gut bacteria to tell the brain: ‘stop eating that stuff, it makes us die’ or ‘it makes this bad bug proliferate over us’. My interpretation, however, is that these bacterial fragments reaching the brain is an indication that bacteria are growing or dying excessively in the gut, which is a health risk for the gut, for the individual [and thus for the bacteria living there],” said Eberl. “So, then the brain can make an association between this risk and that food, and give the order to eat less and make you feel full.”

When the gut microbiome is well-balanced, the individual and the bacteria thrive. But if this balance is upset by one species growing excessively, it could be dangerous for all involved, said Eberl.

Next, the team will need to test the same pathway in humans, research that could go on to aid the development of new treatments. In theory, obesity could be treated by changing the food that someone is eating, to change the bacteria’s reaction.

“In human studies, these bacterial fragments have been associated with sleeping disorders. Mutations [to the receptors] are associated with mood disorder and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s,” said Eberl. While there is still more to uncover about how our gut communicates with our brain, the new research shows just how influential our microbial hitchhikers can be.

World Unhappier, More Stressed Out Than Ever

Emotionally, the second year of the pandemic was an even tougher year for the world than the first one: Gallup’s Negative Experience Index reached a new high, and the Positive Experience Index dropped for the first time in years.
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Fuel Your Brain

June is “Brain Health Awareness Month” – so this video and the “brain-power” slides below cover several natural options for fueling your brain for optimal mental function (focus, creativity, memory, etc).

Ingredients covered include mango leaf, lychee fruit, palm fruit, and fish oil (omega-3s EPA and DHA).

Products = Amare Edge and OmMega

Certified Mental Wellness Coach – New August Dates!

We have 3 new sessions in August for training to become a Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC):

August 11 (Th) – 12 (F) – 13 (Sat) – Charlotte, NC – Info HERE

August 19 (F) – 20 (Sat) – 21 (Sunday) – Dallas, TX – Info HERE

August 24 (W) – 25 (Th) – 26 (F) – Irvine, CA – Info HERE

About the Certified Mental Wellness Coach (CMWC):

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. Here is a short video outlining what the CMWC is all about.

Why Becoming a CMWC is Important

At no time in human history have we ever been so “advanced” technologically and yet so miserable psychologically.

It’s no exaggeration to describe stress, depression, anxiety, and burnout as epidemics – literally the “Black Plague” of our modern times.

How you feel is not just in your head, it’s also in your gut, and your heart, and your immune system, and in many other places inside and outside the actual brain in your head.

National surveys show that happiness and life satisfaction levels are at all-time lows, while depression, suicide, drug addiction, and use of prescription antidepressants and pain-killing opioids are at all-time highs.

There is no physical health without mental wellness. They are two sides of the same coin, and they are vital for each other and for our ability to reach our peak potential in this one life that we have to live.

The CMWC uses a “workshop” format with more than 500 slides to explore research-supported natural approaches that can improve how we feel mentally and perform physically in every aspect of our daily lives, including:

  • Science – the emerging science of Mental Fitness
    • Scope of Practice = What Mental Wellness Coaching is NOT
      • Counseling, treatment, prescribing, medicine…
    • What IS Mental Wellness Coaching
      • Education, Guidance, Training, Support to help unlock potential
    • New Paradigm of the Microbiome-Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Science-based natural products
    • Mental Wellness Economy
    • Science Deep Dive
  • Practice – What to DO?
    • Mindset
    • Ingredient Sourcing
    • Functional Nutrition
    • Cellular Stress
    • Immune System
    • Stress
    • Microbiome
    • Gut-Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Endotoxemia / Metabolism
    • Heart-Brain-Axis
    • Physical Performance
    • Sleep
    • Anti-Aging & Hormone Balance

Riding for Ryan

Hi Everyone,

For anyone out there who has had their life F-ed up by cancer, I wanted to let you know about a fundraising ride that I’m doing in about 2 months – the Pan-Mass-Challenge (PMC) – 186 miles across the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

My brother-in-law, Ryan Graham, fought osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer) for many years – ultimately dying from it and leaving behind a wife (Lindsey) and young son (Ben).

Lindsey and Ben are doing great now and moving on with their lives – and we will all have Ryan in our memories forever.

I’m a proud supporter of the PMC because it is leading a charge to beat cancer. In fact, last year 100% of rider-raised revenue went directly to support the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s tireless commitment to finding a cure.

The PMC course passes just a few miles from our new business in Plymouth Massachusetts – 3 Waves Bed & Breakfast – and we’ll be hosting a house full of riders and donating those proceeds to our fundraising efforts.

If you can, please join us in donating to fight cancer. F@#K Cancer.

Probiotic of the Year?

Amare’s GBXFit is a Finalist for “Probiotic of the Year”!

The world’s first “Quadbiotic” combining a probiotic, prebiotic, phytobiotic, and postbiotic in the same formula targeting weight loss.

See my video recap HERE

There’s a new crop of treatments for ADHD in kids. Are they any better?

Very interesting article from Stat News last week (link below) – and also appearing in the Boston Globe print edition on May 2 – outlining some of the new drugs (mostly stimulants), medical devices (brain stimulators), and even video games (Akili- which I think is super-cool) that might help treat ADHD.

But, as I’ve written about many times before, most parents are completely unaware of the very safe and very effective natural alternatives to help their kids focus (pine bark), but also help them modulate stress (theanine), enhance mood (saffron), improve sleep quality (corn grass), and boost resilience (specific strains of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers).

As a parent of two very busy college-aged kids (who take a lot of these supplements), and a PsychoNutritionist who studies this stuff, I think that MOST parents would be interested in trying a safe/effective NATURAL option for their kids before resorting to a potent and addictive synthetic stimulant with a long list of serious side effects?

Some of these natural options have shown equivalence to Prozac for improving mood in teenagers and Ritalin for sharpening focus in kids – and most of them deliver noticeable and meaningful improvements in “monkey mind” and brain fog within a few days – without side effects or dependency.

I talk about a lot of these natural options on my YouTube channel and in my books and on this blog.

The more that parents know what their options are, the better they can make informed decisions about what is best for their kids (and themselves).

Parents and doctors now have more tools than ever to help manage symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in kids.
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Parental Burnout

Excellent article in the New Scientist magazine (January 23, 2021) about “Parental Burnout” – which you can read online HERE – or see the highlighted PDF below.

As an author of many books about stress and burnout, here are some of the points that stood out to me…

Burnout (severe emotional exhaustion) was more likely in highly educated women who were trying to “do it all” – and especially among women who had kids at home and who had to continue working defusing COVID lockdowns.

These women had stress hormone (cortisol) levels that were double those of other “normally stressed” parents – and those levels were even higher than patients with severe chronic (physical) pain.

One study outlined in there article indicated that “mindfulness” therapies aren’t particularly effective for many parents – and might actually be harmful because it adds just another thing to do to an already long to-do list (and makes you feel even worse with guilt when you fail to get around to your mindfulness session).

The solution for burnout? I have a number of effective natural options in a recent article on the topic…