How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable? Oh, the words “blood sugar.” Does it conjure up visions of restrictive eating, diabetes medications, or insulin injections? Blood sugar is the measure of the amount of sugar in your blood. You need the right balance of sugar in your blood to fuel your brain and muscles. The thing is, it can fluctuate. A lot. This fluctuation is the natural balance between things that increase it; and things that decrease it. When you eat food with sugars or starches (“carbs”), then your digestive system absorbs sugar into your blood. When carbs are…

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How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D? When we think of “vitamins,” we know they’re super-important for health. But vitamin D is special. It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D; vitamin D is, therefore, a very common deficiency. So, let’s talk about how much of this critical fat-soluble vitamin we need, and how you can get enough. The three ways to vitamin D are exposure to the sun, consuming vitamin D containing food, and through supplements.   Why is vitamin D important, and how much do we need? Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium from our food and acts like…

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Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?  Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep? All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately. Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones. But what happens when they become “overworked?” You’ve heard of “adrenaline junkies,” right? Adrenaline and cortisol are…

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The Coconut Oil Craze – Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?

The Coconut Oil Craze – Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?   No, you shouldn’t! (end of post). But what exactly is it about coconut oil that makes it so unhealthy? Let’s dive into some of the fascinating research and find out.   Coconut oil is a special kind of fat Coconut oil is a fat and contains the same 9 calories per gram as other fats. It is extracted from the “meat” of the coconut. Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature.  People are running out to the stores and buying up “Virgin Coconut Oil which…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: How to Feed Your Brain

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain If there was ever a call for “digestive health,” this is it! Yes, it’s true. Your gut is considered your “second brain.” There is no denying it anymore. And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it’s no wonder what you eat feeds not only your body but can directly affect your brain. I find it amazing (but not too surprising).   What exactly is the “gut-brain connection.” Well, it’s very complex, and to be honest,…

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The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in soda pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few. Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store. Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues. A while ago, one of the food industry’s responses to the demand for lower-calorie foods that still taste great, was artificial sweeteners. The idea behind them is that you can still get the…

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Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals? Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked. Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people. Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption issues, or avoidance of certain foods (due to allergies, intolerances, or choice). And I’ll tell you that the answer isn’t as simple as “raw is always better” or “cooked is always…

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Is My Poop Normal?

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…

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

Why is My Metabolism Slow? You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight. Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down?   What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy.  And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or slowly) it works, i.e. your “metabolic rate” (which is measured in calories). But don’t worry – we know that metabolic rate is much…

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night? Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day? Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!   The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the factors that can affect it. Lack of sleep affects just about everything in your body and mind. People who get less sleep…

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