Eight Hidden Weight Loss Pitfalls

Have you decided to lose some excess weight this spring? A lot of people do, and right about now is when people often start to feel discouraged. Taking stock of your diet so far, and making adjustments where necessary, is  the best way to keep yourself on track. Don't give up! Learn how to make weight loss less of a struggle. There are all sorts of pitfalls on the way to healthier weight, and you might never have thought of some of them. Are any of these factors secretly sabotaging your diet? 1.) Your Bedtime Researchers have long believed that there's a...
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Managing Your Allergies Through Diet

As the weather warms up, you may find yourself sneezing and coughing as you battle seasonal allergies, but have you considered how the foods you eat could have a similar impact on your health? Food allergies and sensitivities are extremely common and can cause a variety of health issues. The good news is that there are many ways to manage them through your diet. Within a few minutes to a few hours after eating something you're allergic to, it causes an inflammatory immune response that is often accompanied by nasal, gastrointestinal, and other allergy symptoms. What you may not know...
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The Health Benefits of Vitamin D

With summer just around the corner, now seems like the perfect time to tell you about the health benefits of the "Sunshine Vitamin," also known as Vitamin D. By spending more time outdoors, eating the right foods, and supplementing when necessary, this vitamin can help you keep looking and feeling fantastic all year round.    Vitamin D is a key vitamin we all need to stay healthy. Research shows that its positive benefits on our bodies and health are enormous! For one, vitamin D is essential to our health on a deep, DNA level. Not only does it help the 2,000...
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The Importance of Immune Health

Spring is on the horizon, and there is no better time of year to get motivated to heal your body and embrace habits that will improve your health. I recently discovered some fantastic new research from Dr. Russell M. Jaffe about how bolstering your immune system and balancing your body's pH can help heal your body and restore it to an optimal state of health. Having a healthy immune system helps us defend ourselves from infections, allergens, and more.  But sometimes, our immune system becomes overwhelmed by sensitivities to food, chemicals, or our environment. This can lead to inflammation, which has been...
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The Importance of Gut Health

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I want to offer you some new ways of thinking about what a huge impact nutrition can have on your life. Today I'd like to share with you how eating better can improve your gut health, make you feel healthier overall, and reduce your risk for many chronic diseases.  It is crucial for microbes in the gut to be diverse and in balance. When the microbes in our guts are diverse and in balance, they do an incredible job of helping us regulate digestion, stay at a healthy weight, reduce inflammation, and keep our...
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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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