We've been having fun with this homemade I Heart Guts bingo set, made with love and cardboard. The best part about playing with my kids is yelling out, "Who has the prostate?" and they say, "Me, me, I do!" Hope to actually make this someday.

Now that's an adrenaline rush!

If something is scary or stressful, your hypothalamus sends signals to pituitary and adrenal glands, which let out hormones (a fancy word for messengers) to tell the rest of the body what to do.

Adrenal glands let out a hormone called epinephrin into the blood, which gets your body ready to fight bad guys or high-tail it outa there!

Muscles feel tense & ready to karate chop your enemies!

Lungs breathe fast & shallow to get extra oxygen to your muscles

Digestive & Urinary systems slow down -- your stomach doesn't want to eat, your bladder might have an accident, and your rectum (hope it's empty) contracts!

Salivary Glands make less saliva, leads to dry mouth & you get less chatty

Sweat Glands make your hands sweaty

Pupils get bigger

Liver lets sugar into the blood for muscle power

Heartbeat & blood pressure turn up!

Example: "Acrobatics -- Now that's an adrenalin rush!"

Do you buy gifts ahead of time, or are you one of those "day-of" types? In case it's too late for guts to ship to you by Dec. 24th, check out these awesome stores that carry our guts. One of our favorites is Toy Joy, who has piles of fun goods -- especially stuffed organs!  ^__ ^

IntestineFoodIntolerance With Halloween and the holidays right around the corner, it might come in handy to speak the language of your intestines. Do you have any food allergies? Do you know the difference between allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity? According to Wed MD, almost 30% of Americans think they have a food allergy, but only 4 to 5% have true food allergies. Allergies cause the immune system to get involved. This means your body makes histamine, which starts an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can show up as hives, eczema, itchy mouth, nausea, diarrhea, sneezing, and even anaphylaxis. Food intolerance, on the other hand, is caused by not having enough of the specific enzymes needed to break down what you ate. The most familiar example is lactose intolerance, which can be fixed by taking lactase enzymes when eating dairy. Other tell tale signs of intolerance include diarrhea, gas, bloating, stomach pain, nausea, headaches, and migraines. See the University of Maryland's write up about common food intolerance culprits here. Lastly, food sensitivity is a general term that includes any adverse reaction to a food (unless, of course, you get food poisoning, which is caused by eating spoiled food). Do you have a favorite dessert recipe that makes your intestines happy? I'm dying to make this raw, vegan, non-gluten, no refined sugar dessert (Has nuts, though). Let me know if you try it!