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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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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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SIBO: What is it, and how do I know if I have it?

There may be something lurking within your gut, when and where you least expect it.   You’re probably already in tune with keeping the large intestine healthy, balanced and well- populated with good bacteria (got probiotics?).   But, what about the health of the small intestine that is located before it in the digestive tract?    The truth is, this is where the serious business of nutrient absorption happens before the waste products are sent through to the large intestine or bowel to be expelled.   As you can imagine, there’s quite a slippery slope that ensues when the flora in this critical stretch of digestive…

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What to Eat if You Get Constipated

What to Eat if You Get Constipated Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea – it’s when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it’s drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). About 14-24% of adults experience constipation. Constipation becomes chronic when it happens at least three times per week for three months. Constipation can be caused by diet or stress, and even changes to our daily routine. Sometimes the culprit is a medical condition or…

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5 Natural Ways to Deal with Bloating

Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Have you ever carried a “food baby?”   Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.    There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious condition (disease), or a food allergy or intolerance (what you eat). It can also result from how you eat.   If you have a serious digestive issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), then…

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Is my Poop Normal?

Yes, I’m serious! (And don’t you sometimes wonder anyway?) You already know that your poop can reflect your physical, and sometimes even emotional, health. You may get constipation or have diarrhea when you eat something that “doesn’t agree with you,” or when you’re super-nervous about something. And what about fiber and water? If you’re not getting enough, it’ll probably show in your poop. What about the all-important gut microbes? If they’re not happy, it’ll probably show in your poop. Here’s a trivia question for you: Did you know there is an “official” standard for poop? I mean a university-created chart!…

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Weight loss advice is so common (and contentious) now. There are competing opinions everywhere. I say, forget about “who’s right” and let’s focus on “what’s right.” Because what gets results is what I’m focusing on in this post. I respect you too much to make empty promises and try to sell you on something that doesn’t work. There are too many weight loss myths out there. I’m going to tackle the top ones I come across in my practice. Myth: Calories cause weight gain, and fewer calories are the path to weight loss Calories are important for weight loss. If…

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Cassandra

Before 10 weeks to Wow, losing weight was always my goal but never happened. I’d take all the right steps, try to eat healthy and exercise but the weight just wouldn’t come off. Terri showed me what healthy eating is really about. Portion control and moderation. 10 Weeks to Wow has helped me lose almost 50 pounds and keep it off! Terri is an excellent supporter and was always there when I needed her whether it was answering texts about nutrition right away or even attending classes with me at the gym. Although I am at my goal weight I…

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