welcome to the

global wellness lab

Healing strategies for chronic health problems through the power of plants, botanical research, & traditional knowledge from all over the world. 

Your Lab Partner

When it comes to chronic health problems, I’ve played every role: patient, practitioner, and caregiver. I’ve been a health and wellness educator for over 15 years. I now work as a clinical herbalist AND as a geography teacher – professions that are more intertwined than you might think. I’m also a second-generation holistic health practitioner, which is relatively uncommon among Americans of European descent. My family jumped on the early wave of holistic health care in the 1980’s U.S. It’s hard to believe that as recently as 1995, most people didn’t believe it was important to eat whole wheat rather than white bread! So, obviously I was the Wednesday Addams of my neighborhood. And even though it was isolating at times, I’ve got to admit that there’s some fun in notoriety. 

Now, the health solutions that seemed so bizarre 30 years ago dominate every magazine cover. And natural health products and quick fixes (of widely varying quality) are a dime-a-dozen. Evidence-based natural health strategies and solutions are much harder to find. 

I’m driven to find natural strategies for chronic symptoms not just because it’s central to my family heritage and professional communities, but because every day of my personal life is shaped by the struggles of chronic health conditions. I know what it feels like when you can’t get out of bed and have to put your life on hold because your body demands it. I also know what it’s like to finally be able to get out of bed when you find a powerful new strategy. And for me, those strategies have almost always come from plants and plant research.  

My holistic herbal and botanical wellness strategies are based upon clinical experience, cutting-edge research, and global healing traditions. The Global Wellness Lab is not a place to find a diagnosis. It is a place to seek knowledge and draw a roadmap towards healing.

You are the most important factor in any strategy. You know your body’s needs and the dimensions of the spaces and places you call home. I am here to be your virtual partner: to listen, seek to understand, and help you make a plan. I offer personal online health coaching services and free guides to my wellness programs. But ultimately, I aim to give you access to a whole new world of botanical healing solutions to explore on your own or with your practitioner. 

-Miranda Brist, M.A. 

Clinical Herbalist, Phytotherapist, and Health & Wellness Coach. Human Geography Educator. Aspiring Ethnobotanist.

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the four dimensions of health

Your health is part of a network of people and settings and situations, including:
• Your body
• Your relationships
• Your environment
• Your health system

Think of these elements as concentric circles that surround each other, starting from your body inside the inmost circle, expanding outward to the systemic circle that represents a variety of global elements interacting with one another to impact your health. 

All of these elements leave an imprint on you. 

What can you do at the Global Wellness Lab?

Explore

Find out about the origin of those pesky symptoms that just WON’T LEAVE YOU ALONE.   

Strategize

Redesign a cutting-edge wellness strategy that FINALLY gets to the root of your problem. 

Co-Create

Build a kick-ass health care team and support network to make your strategy a reality. 

Download our free ebooks for step-by-step wellness strategies.

Current e-book: Anti-Viral Wellness Toolbox

When you encounter a virus, your body has to to counteract all four stages of viral infection to keep you healthy. If a virus succeeds it will:

  1. Enter your body. 
  2. Replicate and spread throughout your body. 
  3. Resist direct attacks from your innate and adaptive immune system. 
  4. Cause collateral (and sometimes irreparable) damage in its war with your immune system. 

In our free guide, you will find evidence-based herbal and nutraceutical strategies to help boost your immune system’s ability to defend against each stage of a viral infection. Subscribe to download your own copy.

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Meet our amazing nutraceutical partners!

We have longstanding personal relationships with the dedicated teams of each of the following retailers. Even though they have a national and international reach, they are locally based-hailing from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, just like us! They are our primary affiliates-meaning that when you buy their product via a link through our website, you are supporting the ongoing educational mission of the Global Wellness Lab. Both organizations are similarly passionate about education and active in providing patient and practitioner learning opportunities. When we recommend one of their products to add to your wellness plan, we are confident in the efficacy and the evidence behind that choice.  

NutriDyn is a third-generation-owned business with international acclaim. For 46 years they have remained true to their mission: to provide high-quality, third-party-tested, evidence-based, and clinically beloved supplements and nutritional products for clinical use by holistic health care providers. NutriDyn™ collaborates with a select few branded manufacturers who have multiple GMP registrations, organic, kosher, and non-GMO certifications, and undergo audits from various government and private agencies. The company takes quality assurance seriously and only works with manufacturers who meet their standards. From the initial research to every stage of production and to delivering a premium product, proper diligence and quality assurance guides all actions. We have had a professional relationship with NutriDyn for over a quarter of a century. There’s no company we trust more to provide professional-grade supplements for targeted wellness strategies. 

My Formulary’s patented Efficacy Engine® delivers food, supplement, recipe and menu recommendations clinically proven effective in the treatment or prevention of disease. The organization sells 75,000 brand-name foods, supplements, beverages, body, and home care products for sale and share our revenues with our partners. They also have a retail partnership with Whole Foods, which has broadened their ability to source popular grocery and holistic self-care products that GWL loves to use! We also are excited to offer access to My Formulary’s efficacy engine–an unusual, vital (and fun) resource to help you choose product ingredients with the most research in improving specific conditions. 

What is a nutraceutical?
“A nutraceutical product may be defined as a substance which has physiological benefit or provides protection against chronic disease. Nutraceuticals may be used to improve health, delay the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, increase life expectancy, or support the structure or function of the body.” 

For more information on the cutting-edge wellness solutions provided by nutraceutical products, read the rest of the International Journal of Preventative Medicine article here.