Tag Archives: digestive issues

AutoImmune Diseases – What are they? Who gets them?

The immune system is your body’s protector against germs and viruses that can make you sick.    Immune system action involves lots of complicated pathways, but in general, it works through the production of antibodies. Antibodies are produced to “fight” and rid the body of foreign invaders.    But what happens when the immune system isn’t in tiptop shape?    For starters, you may be prone to more frequent illnesses, like the common cold or seasonal flu. But a chronically compromised immune system – when it’s too active or not active enough – can result in a whole host of health disorders called…

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Corn…Shaping Up To Be The New Gluten?

Like gluten, corn – and its many derivatives are in everything. No joke – EVERYTHING.   From packaged foods to dairy products and chewing gum. It’s even in so many of your favourite household, health and beauty products — nooo, not my toothpaste, aspirin, perfume, shampoo, and makeup?!    Ever get a hint of popcorn when you lick an envelope to seal it? Yep, corn’s in the adhesive strip too. (told you it was in literally EVERYTHING!)   Just take a look at the ingredient list of most packaged or processed foods, and you’ll surely recognize a few sources of it: cornstarch, corn oil, and the often-vilified –…

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Bone Broth – All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Remember when Grandma would always have a big pot of broth or stock simmering, filling the kitchen with the enchanting aroma of chicken soup?   Well, move over dehydrating, overstimulating afternoon coffee – because there’s a new “addiction” in town!    Not only does a cup of hot broth provide good “warmth factor”, but when prepared through simple old school, traditional cooking, you’ll not only be amply hydrated but well nourished with many valuable minerals and a hefty dose of high-quality protein – thanks to its rich amino acid profile.    You can see why it’s now become a staple in both the Paleo- and…

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Hair, Skin, & Nails – Why are they considered beacons of health?

Your physical appearance can tell you a lot about your internal health.    Most natural health practitioners include a physical examination since the condition of your hair, skin, and nails can be indicators of underlying health issues, like nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and the health of your digestive system.    The growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails is dependent on your intake, and absorption of a variety of nutrients, including plenty of vitamins and minerals.    You should regularly check out the appearance and condition of your hair, skin, and nails for clues as to what foods, and therefore what…

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Could Your Health Issues Actually Be Due To Nutrient Deficiencies?

Many nutrition professionals generally advise that a healthful, balanced diet can provide most people with the nutrients essential for good health.   Fruit and vegetables naturally contain a number of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other biologically active components – or phytochemicals.   In fact, it has been documented that consumption of at least 5 servings per day is linked with a reduced risk of various diseases, including several cancers and heart disease.  Link to: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2017001/article/54860-eng.htm   However, with the overall lack of nutrient bioavailability due to things like:   adequate fruit and vegetable servings  soil depletion   over-processing of food  treated water  It’s no…

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Detox Diets and Body Cleanses: Are They Even Safe?

Detox diets…body cleanses…colon cleanses…bowel cleanses…  You’ve probably heard all of these terms used in reference to “ridding your system of unhealthy toxins” — but what do these terms actually mean?   Do you really need to be on a ‘detox diet’ or ‘cleansing’ your body?   Are programs and products marketed as detoxes and cleanses even safe to do?  To start us off, all of these terms get a LOT of hype in the media, and people tend to use various terms interchangeably, which makes it especially confusing for consumers.   So what IS the difference between a Detox Diet and a Cleanse?   Generally,…

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What is a “Health Halo” and are my foods wearing one?

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.    But when you step into a grocery store, things get a bit more complicated. The majority of store shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods.    So, how do shoppers know which foods are healthy options?    Most people turn to nutrition and health claims found on food packaging labels to help them decide which products to pick and which to skip.    You may think you’re doing a good thing adding “healthful” sounding foods to your cart…

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Why Does Every Nutrition Pro Tell Me To “Heal My Leaky Gut”

There’s A LOT of talk in the health world about gut health these days. You’ve probably even heard that the key to reversing a whole host of health issues, ranging from skin issues to serious autoimmune conditions, starts with healing your so-called leaky gut. Afterall, Hippocrates is famously credited with stating that “all disease begins in the gut”. Several factors are thought to disrupt the normal intestinal environment and contribute to a leaking gut. But what the heck is a “leaky gut” – and how do I know if mine is actually leaking? (Eww!) This refers to damage and/or thinning…

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Life “Hacks” of the Longest Lived People

Think living a long and healthy life well into your nineties or even one hundred years old is only for those lucky few who hit the genetic lottery? Think again.    Lifestyle factors, i.e. the things you do every day over the long-term – can add up to increase the number of quality years in your lifespan. Look no further than the people of Blue Zones for proof of how powerful everyday habits are when it comes to staying healthy for the long haul.    The Blue Zones are regions around the world where people have very low rates of chronic disease and…

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What the numbers on the bathroom scale really mean/daily weight fluctuations

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!    Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:  1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into account to determine if you are approaching or maintaining your optimal body weight.    2| When you wake up after fasting – usually for around 12 hours, you’re completely dehydrated…

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