Jennifer Malins Lake

Welcome to Taproot Integrative Health

“Life is like a tree and its root is consciousness. Therefore, once we tend the root, the tree as a whole will be healthy.” – Deepak Chopra

Hippocrates said that all disease begins in the gut.  Both disease and healing start with the human “taproot,” or the mind-gut connection.  What we feed our bodies, we feed our brains, which can either result in anxiety and depression or peace and calm, depending on the foods we choose as well as how our unique biochemistry interacts with that food.

The reverse is also true:  What we feed our minds throughout the day affects all of our body’s systems.  If we are chronically stressed, this negatively impacts our digestion, hormone levels, blood sugar, metabolism, heart rate and much more.  It is only by living a balanced life that we can achieve true health.

The articles here focus not only on nutrition, but also on our relationship with food and others, stress management tools, and healthy lifestyle choices.


Bike Path--Calistoga

“When a plant’s leaves are turning brown, you don’t paint the leaves green. You look at the cause of the problem. If only we treated our bodies the same way.” – Dr. Frank Lipman