Your mood can be affected by a variety of factors, including thought patterns, chemical imbalances, and sleep quality. But what about your gut?

Research has shown that our gut literally functions as our second brain. Since 2013, the US National Institute of Mental Health has funded several studies to better understand how the gut microbiome (made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses) influences your thoughts and feelings.

It’s well known that stress can influence mood, and that may be partly due to the role stress plays in gut function. According to an article published in Harvard Health Publications, psycho social factors such as stress can directly influence your gut’s physiology, affecting the balance of bacteria and thereby impacting your immune system and mood. If you want the gut and brain working together in favor of more positive emotions (in addition to overall health), it’s vital that you keep your stress levels in check.

Thankfully, lifestyle changes can be made to help bring gut bacteria closer towards homeostasis, which will then influence your emotional health. Following these four tips may help restore your gut health: 


1. Take a probiotic.

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs, we carry a specific probiotic gut-brain axis supplement line called Amare. Amare means “to love”. Amare has created the first award winning gut-brain axis system. The specific strains of probiotics in their supplements play a huge role in improving overall physical vigor as well as mental health! Click here to learn more about them. Most probiotics you receive off of the counter do not hold the required amount needed to target the gut in a way that helps to increase the good bacteria in the gut microbiome. With Amare, studies have shown that depression and anxiety symptoms significantly decrease within 30 days of consistently taking the Fundamentals Pack of probiotics and other Ayurvedic supplements paired together in a cohesive pack.

2. Eat Whole Foods

Whole foods provide us with the needed nutrients that our bodies best thrive off of. Nutrient dense foods are key in helping us to feel better not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The quote that states “eat the rainbow” is one to live by! The more colors in our diet, the better the variety of whole foods we are allowing our bodies to enjoy. Whole foods not only provide nourishment to the body, but they can also help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. Try replacing processed foods with foods that benefit the gut, such as asparagus, broccoli, carrots and more.

3. Stress Less!

Stress plays a big role in gut health as it has the power to actually change the gut balance of bacteria. Reduce your body’s stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques such as gentle yoga for stress relief, relaxation massages, guided meditations, float therapy and more!

At Heal. in Altamonte Springs we are the only center in Central Florida that is a one stop shop for all that you may need to de-stress! Come check us out off of 436 for a quick tour or consultation to better reduce pain and stress in your life. We have everything that you could possibly need, all in one place!

4. Be mindful of sugar intake.

High consumption of sugar can also lead to an imbalance of gut bacteria, affecting your gut and immune system. Try to limit your intake of refined sugar and instead stick with natural sources of sugar found in organic fruits or raw organic honey.

And that’s all folks!

While there are many habits that can negatively impact your emotions and moods, there are many ways to positively impact your emotional and mental states as well. Take these healthy eating habits and steps that are well within your control to further increase your overall wellness and happiness.

Give us a call at 407-300-5364 for more information about Amare or to schedule a stress management consultation to compose a plan targeted towards your specific mood balancing needs.

“Once you truly understand that you are just beautiful energy wrapped in human form, your fear and “otherness” will disappear and you will experience deep belonging and fellowship.” – Radha Agrawal

If you feel as though your energy has been muted or your fire is dimmed, know that you don’t have to feel this way forever.

You see, our energy defines us and the people we surround ourselves with help shape our energy! Yes, everyone and anyone who you spend a lot of time with shapes your energy. Think about it, when you’re around that one friend that constantly is complaining about her job, relationship or other melodrama, don’t you sometimes go home completely depleted and lacking any energy?

Now on the other side of this, think about a friend that completely lights you up! They ooze positivity amidst the chaos of life, always emitting radiance and happiness because they’ve found that within themselves. Your conversations with each other bring you life – literally! The cloud that was once over your head following you around is now replaced by the sun as it beams down on you.

This is the feeling and type of energy you should actively surround yourself with.

It’s either energizing or completely depleting – you choose!

Our bodies are incredible. How we choose to take care of them is so important. Your “diet” is not just the foods you eat but also how much you sleep, how often you move your body and also who you allow into your energetic bubble.

You can think of energy through these different words – maybe they resonate with you better, maybe they don’t!

Vibration. Spark. Spirit. Attitude. Presence.

All of this to say that ENERGY is the most potent human attribute available to us and we need to pay closer attention to it.

“Energy is a great equalizer in life. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or how much money you have – the energy YOU put out is the energy YOU get back! Negative energy breeds negative community. Positive energy breeds positive community. It is that simple”

Energy is the invisible backbone of our lives. It controls the way in which we perceive the world and how others perceive us! It quietly shapes our daily existence and it also controls our physical health! When we are stressed, hurt, angry or sad, we often become physically rigid. Our breath isn’t as slow and fluid and our bodies don’t heal as rapidly as normal because we are in this suffocating fight or flight response.

In order for our bodies to heal – physical, mental and even emotional bodies – we must do our best to stay energy positive in order to maintain relaxed muscles, easy breath, and calmer, happier lives.

Take a moment right here to gently tune in to your “Energetic Meter”.

Are you feeling as though your energy gas tank is on E? When was the last time you filled up your tank with nourishing, positive, healthy energy? When was the last time you relaxed? Are you eating well? What are you doing right now to energize yourself?

If you’re mind had a difficult time answering these questions or you feel as though you’re constantly giving and giving without receiving anything in return – it could mean that you’re due for an energetic reset.

Here at Heal. in Altamonte Springs we believe that you, yes you, are so capable of living your best life – day in and day out. When the weight of the world is on your shoulders however, that statement seems a little far fetched.


Just as your car needs frequent maintenance to keep on going and running smoothly, as do you!
You can’t expect to be living your life walking around on Empty! Why would you want to?


On the other side of stress there is a luscious green patch of self-care and self-kindness grass that is waiting for you. This radiant, abundant, joyful, open and healthy YOU that deserves to shine in the spotlight will finally be able to bloom and blossom.


If you’re looking to dive head first into your Energetic Reset journey, we’re here for you.


Know that we are always just one call away. If your body and mind are tired – yoga, massage, light and sound therapy, salt booth, CBD and meditation are all great tools that will assist in peeling away the layers of stress.


We look forward to relaxing with you!407-300-5364or send us an email at info@heal407.com

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a special announcement of what we will now be offering at Heal. in Altamonte Springs!

4 words: Himalayan Salt Stone Massage. Yes, it is as heavenly as it sounds!

The benefits are amazing. You can literally see and feel the effects of the salt after one session. Your skin, body and mind will thank you! So how does it work?

The purpose of Himalayan Salt Stone Massage is to assist in bringing balance to the autonomic nervous system by strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system! Let’s break down those big words: your nervous system has two “settings”. 1) Fight or Flight and 2) Rest and Digest. In our day to day lives we spend a majority of the time in the “fight or flight” response through heightened stress, traffic, deadlines, obligations, and more. Your body is then not able to heal properly while in this state, which is why Himalayan Salt Stone Massages are here to save the day.

You see, the warmth of the Salt Stones activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System (rest and digest) where the environment for healing in your body is at it’s most optimal state. The human body is made primarily of water and salt and because Himalayan Crystal salt contains all 84 trace minerals and trace elements of which the body is made, it’s no surprise that our bodies respond so well to the powerful effects of a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage.

What makes Himalayan Salt Stone Massage so therapeutic are the negative ions that are produced to create a sense of peace and relaxation. What do negative ions do? Well, when there are too many positive ions in the body it leads to inflammation. Therefore, being massaged with the stones helps balance the positive ions with negative ions. This can help reduce inflammation. On top of the decrease of inflammation, the heat of the salt melts the tense and tight fascia to allow your massage therapist to go deeper into the muscles throughout your massage. Talk about deep, deep relaxation!

The salt stones used during your Himalayan Salt Stone Massage are smooth and will easily glide across your back. Some of the stones are shaped like hearts which definitely adds a loving essence to your massage, at least I think so!

Your skin will be left feeling refreshed and renewed. I can also guarantee you’ll have the best sleep of your life the night of your Himalayan Salt Stone Massage! Profound healing, unwinding and toxin release. Speaking of toxin release, did you know that the salt rocks placed on the soles of your feet during your Himalayan Salt Stone Massage can actually pull up toxins through sweat? Perfect for hangovers and jet-lag!

Click here to order your own Himalayan Salt Stones and Salt Lamps to either place in your bath to draw out toxins or to place inside your home to aid in detoxifying your living space with the same benefits that you’d experience during a Himalayan Salt Stone Massage: better sleep, improve mood, ease coughing, reduce allergies and inflammation!

If you’re ready to relieve stress, reduce your blood pressure, dive into serenity and improve overall well-being – don’t hesitate in reaching out to us to schedule your Himalayan Salt Stone Massage at Heal. in Altamonte Springs! We’re here for you!

407-300-5364 or email us at info@heal407.com

Picture this: It’s typical Orlando summer weather, and everyone is on a short fuse. You worked until 8 p.m. trying to stay on top of a project that’s due this week, and your kiddo forgot to tell you until last night that she needed three dozen cupcakes for a bake sale today, and that’s when you discovered you were out of eggs. You went to bed exhausted, but only slept a couple of hours because your brain wouldn’t shut off, and now you feel like a zombie. A zombie who wishes there was a cowcatcher mounted to the front of this car, so you could just shove all this traffic aside and get to the office on time. Sound familiar? We thought so.

Stress isn’t just a bunch of unpleasant feelings that leave you drained and aggravated. It’s a cumulative condition brought on by everyday life, and it leads to critical health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease, asthma, gastrointestinal problems, and depression. Managing your stress takes intentional action on a regular basis. Float therapy is one of the most effective ways to reduce your stress and relieve the symptoms it causes without drugs.

Soothing Magnesium Sulfate

Float therapy is a process of relaxing your entire body and mind, so you can let go of stress and anxiety, slow down the tornado of thoughts whirling in your mind, and help your body correct its natural alignment. Your therapy session takes place in a floating pod, which creates a sense of protection and safety, so you can truly relax. The water contains magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, which soaks into tense muscles to loosen them, and it makes you more buoyant in the water so that you can enjoy effortless floating. 

Sensory Deprivation 

Once your float therapy session begins, you’ll experience total silence and a calming dark environment inside the float pod. Because you’re floating, you’ll also have a reduced sense of your own body in relation to the space around you, which scientists call proprioception. This sensory deprivation interrupts the constant input to your mind, so you’re able to slow down, focus on the soothing sound of your own breathing and achieve a meditative state. 

Total Relaxation

As your mind and muscles relax, your body is able to gently ease back into its correct alignment: Letting your neck, spine, and joints fall back into their natural positions. If you work at a desk or spend a lot of time on your computer, you’ll begin to notice these effects very quickly during your float therapy session, even if you didn’t realize that there was a problem to start with!

Get Relief Now From Pain & Stress With Float Therapy

From the first appointment at Heal Pain & Stress Relief Center in Orlando, float therapy clients report better sleep and focus, and a more relaxed outlook on life in general. Contact us to schedule a session in one of our float pods, and start enjoying the immediate benefits while building toward long-term stress management and pain relief.

Sensory deprivation therapy in a float tank is a remarkably simple process, and you’ll feel results immediately after your first session. With regular sessions, many people find lasting stress management and anxiety relief without using medications. If you’re already taking meds for these conditions, you’ll want to check with your physician before changing or stopping your meds, but you may be surprised at how quickly you’re ready to have that conversation after you try float therapy!

Effective Stress Management

Urban life piles stress after stress on us, and many of us find ourselves living in a perpetual state of clenched jaws and quick tempers because of it. Stress can cause depression and physical ailments, dental problems resulting from grinding our teeth in our sleep, and a general feeling of unhappiness and annoyance. Spending an hour or two in a float tank on a regular basis helps our bodies and minds to reset, releasing stress and fully relaxing, so that we leave each session refreshed and ready to deal calmly with whatever life throws at us next. 

Lasting Anxiety Relief

 If you live with anxiety, you know all too well how anxiety builds to high points. Where you feel like the world is out to get you, or no one really likes you, or nothing you do is good enough, and you’re just a ridiculous pretender. Float therapy helps shortcut that build-up and allows you to take control of the endless loop of negative thoughts that can seriously affect every aspect of life. Inside the float pod, you’ll experience sensory deprivation, which is uncomfortable for some people at first. But, as you relax and begin listening to the sound of your own breathing, and you float so comfortably in the warm salt water that you lose track of where your body ends and the water begins, you reach a meditative state where your mind can slow down and stop feeding on its own frenzy. Repeated float sessions help you to build an upward spiral of relaxation and positivity and lasting anxiety relief, instead of an endless loop of self-destructive negativity.

Reduced Physical Pain

The float tank is about the size of a queen bed, and the warm water is loaded with Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate), which makes you more buoyant than if you were swimming in the Dead Sea. Magnesium sulfate is also well-proven to reduce muscle tension and swelling, and floating also relieves stress on your body so it can return to its normal, healthy shape, instead of the cramped and crunched positions we find ourselves in after too many hours on the road and behind our desks, working on a computer. When your body doesn’t hurt, your stress and anxiety levels are lower, and you’re likely to find yourself sleeping better.

Try Drug-Free Stress Management and Anxiety Relief  

If you’re ready to try natural pain relief, drug-free stress management and anxiety relief in Orlando, float pods are waiting for you at the HEAL Pain & Stress Relief Center. Heal 407 is a facility designed for relaxation and healing, and you’ll feel comfortable and cared-for from the moment you walk in. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment for your float tank session!