Seven Amazing Probiotic Foods

Probiotics are foods that introduce healthy bacteria to the digestive tract. They are perfect to help you keep a healthy gut flora balance, and should be regularly included in your diet. These seven foods are perfect probiotics. 1.) Curtido. A fermented cabbage relish, originating from San Salvador. It is usually used as a condiment. 2.) Kefir. A thin, drinkable yogurt that contains ten times more probiotic strains than regular yogurt. Kefir is also very high in B vitamins. 3.) Kimchi. The national food of Korea. Kimchi is a spicy food made with fermented cabbage and chiles. Research has shown its probiotics to...
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Lactobacillus Rhamnosus: The Tiny Microbe That Helps Fight Obesity

We share our environment, our homes, and even our bodies with millions of microscopic organisms. Most of them don't affect us at all. A few are dangerous, causing allergic reactions, illness, and serious disease. But a third category exists: microbes that are beneficial and even necessary for our health. These bacteria live in our systems in a mutually-beneficial partnership. We provide them with food, and in turn, they help with digestion, immunity, mental health, and any number of other critical physiological functions. One of the most interesting, and perhaps most critical, is a microbe called Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The collection of...
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Is Gluten Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts?

I know that for many people, finding the right key to unlock weight loss potential can be a difficult process. Over the last few years, however, I have seen one step make a difference for more people than any other: eliminating gluten from the diet. It is now one of the first things I recommend to anyone who comes to me for weight loss advice, and the results have been staggering. While the link between weight loss and gluten is only recently becoming understood, it's not really a surprise. As grain consumption in the United States has increased, so have...
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The Link Between Gluten and Diabetes

More than 25 million adults suffer from diabetes, and as many as 79 million may have prediabetes. Given the multiplying incidences of this serious health condition, understanding the ways in which diet affects diabetes is increasingly important. One of the most important links, and one that too many people remain unaware of, is the link between grains, gluten, and diabetes. The link between gluten and diabetes is clear when looking at coincidences; while only 1% of the total population has celiac disease, a shocking 10% of people with type one diabetes suffer from celiac. Studies have suggested that eating a...
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The Link Between Gluten and Skin Health

One of the most common telltale signs of celiac disease is dermatitis herpetiformis (DH), a painful skin rash that develops as a direct result of untreated celiac. This condition, often called "Celiac disease of the skin", illustrates just how closely related gluten intolerance and skin health really are. It is far from the only skin condition that can be tied to gluten intolerance, however. Conditions that have been tied to gluten intolerance include alopecia areata (hair loss), aphthous stomatitis (canker sores), atopic dermatitis (eczema), ulerative dermatitis (related to bacterial growth), cutaneous vasculitis (inflammation), dermatomyositis (inflammatory myopathy), oral lichen planus...
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6 Immediate Benefits of Exercise

It can be tough to start a new exercise regimen, especially when weight loss and changes to physique can take a while to really show the benefits. Fortunately, there are a lot of immediate benefits to exercise people tend to overlook in favor of long-term goals. When you appreciate the instant benefits of exercise, it can be a lot easier to stick to your program and actually see those eventual gains.  1.) Exercise Helps with Mental Clarity. Because exercise stimulates neuron and synapse growth, it offers immediate mental benefits. One recent study indicates that creativity is boosted for up to...
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White Bean Salad is Perfect for Summer Gatherings

Looking for a great recipe for summer get-togethers? This white bean salad recipe is healthy, delicious, and is good for all blood types, so anyone can enjoy it! You can also customize it with your favorite herbs. I like the flavorful combination of rosemary and thyme, but feel free to make it your own. Raw White Bean Salad 14 ounces White Beans, cooked and drained 2 Tbsp diced Red Onion 1 large Radish, thinly sliced 2 tsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp Thyme, finely chopped 1 tsp Rosemary, finely chopped Pink Salt to taste In a small bowl, squeeze the...
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Exercise & Brain Health: A New Reason to Break a Sweat

For a long time, we believed that adult brain cells didn't regenerate. Recent research has proven that to be untrue, however. This emergent science of neurogenesis - the ability of the brain to grow new brain cells - has provided a number of important and exciting discoveries about one of the least understood organs in the human body.   It has long been observed that exercise seems to help people with brain function and mental clarity, but why this is the case has only recently been understood. New research from Harvard Medical School indicates that FNDC5, a protein released into your...
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Sun-Healthy Skin: 4 Tips to Keep Your Skin Feeling and Looking Great This Summer

Summer is here, and if you're like me, you're looking forward to getting a lot more time outdoors, enjoying the warm weather. Sun exposure can really take a toll on your skin, though, making it dry, leathery, and rapidly increasing aging. If you want to enjoy the sun AND healthy skin, these four steps are critical!   1.) Hydrate. Drink water, and drink it often! Halve your body weight in pounds, and that's how many ounces of water you should drink each day. Keeping yourself hydrated means your skin cells get plenty of moisture, protecting them from sun damage and keeping...
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The Life Saving Benefits of Optimal Nutrition Testimonial

Cheryl has been a long time client of mine. Being as she is a relatively happy and healthy yoga instructor, I was taken completely off guard when she came to see me just a few months ago. She had always been so full of life, but her health had taken a drastic turn. She had suddenly found herself suffering from severe anxiety, fatigue, rapid heart rate, digestion and bladder issues, and weakness. Her situation had grown increasingly unbearable to the point where some days she could barely even get up in the morning. Cheryl refused to give up on herself....
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