Tag Archives: digestive issues

ACNE… At My Age?!

You know how it goes… you’re getting ready for a big event, primping like a champ – and then you notice it: a brand new pimple just trying to make its way to the surface of your skin, all shiny, red and inflamed.    But, I’m in my thirties (ok, ok, forties!) you gasp – why am I still getting zits?! Adult acne is certainly frustrating and often embarrassing to deal with, but you’re definitely NOT alone my clear-skin-seeking friend!   Let’s squeeze out the truth about this all-too-common skin issue and get to the bottom of why you’re still seeing those pesky pimples…

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What Is All The Talk About Inflammation – AND Should I Be Concerned?

Inflammation is a trending topic in the health & wellness world lately, and for good reason…   According to LiveScience, “inflammation is a vital part of the immune system’s response to injury and infection. It is the body’s way of signaling the immune system to heal and repair damaged tissue, as well as defend itself against foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.”   It sounds like a pretty beneficial and necessary physiological process, right? So, is there actually a downside to inflammation? (because that’s what popular media keeps telling us!)   Yes! The downside is when inflammation becomes widespread (and unrelenting!) in the body. However, there’s…

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INSULIN: Are You Sensitive Or Resistant?

You’ve probably heard quite a bit about these terms while perusing your daily health news feeds, but do you truly understand the role that insulin plays in your body and the difference between these two physiological states?   Let us give you the sweet lowdown on insulin and the importance of the chemical messages it’s trying to give your cells.  What is insulin’s job?  INSULIN: a biologically critical hormone secreted by the pancreas.    Glucose, also known as blood sugar when it’s in the body, is our main source of fuel. We get it from the breakdown of carbohydrate-containing foods like grains, fruits,…

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Low Fodmaps Diet 101

Yet another diet?! Well, this one is meant to be used in a therapeutic manner to decrease the symptoms of digestive issues, rather than how you might think of a typical “diet” where weight loss or body composition changes are the desired outcome.  Let’s take a closer look at why someone might consider following a Low FODMAP Diet, the potential benefits that have been studied, and what foods are allowed.  What are FODMAPs?  There are some common short-chain carbohydrate-containing foods that cause the bowel (intestines) to expand due to the fact these particular foods attract fluid and produce gas when…

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Why All Disease Begins In The Gut

While Hippocrates coined the phrase, “all disease begins in the gut” thousands of years ago, current research is finding there’s much truth in this ancient piece of wisdom!  If you think your intestinal tract is only responsible for digestion and waste elimination, think again… your gut also plays a big role in immune system function, the synthesis of essential nutrients, and balancing neurotransmitters important for brain and mood health.   It’s even been referred to as our second brain by experts in the health professional community.  It’s all about the health of our gut   Your intestines are home to billions of bacteria, collectively known…

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Can You Really Lose Just Belly Fat?

The quick ‘n dirty answer is Yes…and No. The ‘NO’ part is that “spot reduction” or losing fat from just one area on your body has officially been labeled as a myth. Fat can’t just choose to come off from only one area! So, it truly doesn’t matter how many crunches you do or the number of ways you exercise your abdominal muscles – you’re not going to suddenly be equipped with a 6-pack unless you focus on the bigger body composition picture – and that’s a combination of exercise AND nutrition. But, the real question should be this: why…

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Sulfites: What Are They And Do They Harm Us?

Sulfites refer to a group of chemical ingredients that are added to processed foods and drinks, mainly to serve as a preservative.  Sulfite-containing ingredients can go by several names, including:  ·      Sulphur dioxide  ·      Sodium sulphite  ·      Sodium metabisulfite  ·      Calcium sulphite  ·      Potassium hydrogen sulphite  Sulfites are used to prevent browning/preserve color of foods, bleach flours, increase shelf life of processed foods, and maintain freshness.   Where are sulfites found?   Sulfites are commonly found in the following food and drink products:  ·      Dried fruit  ·      Shrimp & processed seafood  ·      Soup mixes  ·      Jams & jellies (sulfites present in pectin)  ·      Baked goods & refrigerated/frozen ready-to-bake dough products (sulfites used as dough conditioner) …

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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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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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