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Tuesday
Feb232016

Just What Is Gluten?

This podcast is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

Tuesday
Feb022016

Why Gut Health Matters for Metabolism

What organ is the source of greater metabolic activity than the liver, supplies over 70% of the immune system, and consists of 10 times the number of cells than the whole rest of the body put together? The gut!

An amazing and surprising fact: 70% of Americans have digestive symptoms or disease, yet don’t think twice about its impact on their weight and health.

Gut health breaks down due to many factors in our lifestyles and environment. These factors can over-activate the immune system and ultimately cause internal havoc. Conditions such as migraines or chronic headaches, food or environmental allergies, autoimmune conditions like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis, chronic fatigue syndrome and celiac disease have all been shown to correlate with digestive dysfunction.

Today, we'll discuss the roles of the gut, what factors disrupt its functioning, and tips for improving gut health to ultimately enhance metabolism, weight management and overall health.

 

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Sunday
Dec132015

Beat the Bloat: 5 Foods That Inflate Your Belly

They’re the foods that leave you struggling to fit into clothes that appeared easy enough to put on just this morning!

What is it about certain meals that seems to change our waist measurement almost instantaneously?

There’s a multitude of reasons why your belly may feel inflated and uncomfortable after eating, but one thing’s for sure – you want to get to the bottom of it and avoid any further discomfort.

Check out these top five offenders for belly bloat.

 

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Sunday
Oct182015

Should Age Affect How You Eat?

Should age affect how you eat? 

It’s a fair, if not fundamental, question.

As you add up the decades (and life experiences), you may notice that your body needs a little extra TLC with daily stress, a little more recovery following challenging workouts, a little more discipline in the nutrition department.

The fact is, while our age shouldn’t be an excuse for a slowing metabolism, digestive issues, stiff joints or weight gain (just to name a few factors), it may make us more susceptible to those things. Our condition as we age, however, is an intersection of our body’s natural physiological trajectory and the positive/negative inputs we give it. 

 

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Sunday
May312015

Diabetic Directive: 6 Steps to Take Post-Diagnosis

One in four readers of this post may have diabetes. 

Complications from diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Many other medical conditions that are leading causes of death are worsened when diabetes is also part of the equation. 

Each year, nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with some form of diabetes – most of them with type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes. In all, it’s estimated over twenty million people have been diagnosed with the disease, with another eight million or so who are undiagnosed (unaware they have the condition). (PDF)

 

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Tuesday
May052015

The Insidious Story of Inflammation: What It Is and Why It Matters

Inflammation - it’s a technical process but not a complicated story.

In short, a long time ago our bodies evolved the incredible ability to respond to injury and infection through a rather ingenious process of self-repair.

What a lucky development, huh? But wait! Now we see inflammation all over health news with the media equivalent of emergency sirens blaring and public health officials’ urgent calls to action.

What gives? How did something so necessary to human survival become public enemy #1?

Are we really talking about the same bodily process? Is the media just inflaming the inflammation headlines?

In short, yes and no, respectively. Let’s back up a bit, however, and look at how A becomes B - how healthy inflammation becomes unhealthy inflammation - and what it all has to do with you

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Thursday
Mar262015

The Healthy Way to Detox - Part 1

Spring can feel like the perfect time to start fresh with health goals.

In fact, it's a common time to read about detox regimens that kickstart those efforts.

Not every detoxification regimen, however, is safe or effective. It’s important to not only understand the benefits of detoxification but the ways an individual detox plan can support (or hinder) your body’s own detoxification efforts.

In this three part article series, we'll examine these issues and offer a guide that can help you make the best choices for your detoxification goals.

 

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