Your Gut Hates Twinkies

Your Gut Hates Twinkies

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.  

Our gut is more than just our food ...

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New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

New Research Again Shows: The Answer to Effectively Treating Depression, Anxiety and other Mood Disorders is in Your Gut 

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

Depression is tricky for some people to cope with because there really is no general consensus on the origins of the illness — is it caused by an imbalance in chemicals in the brain? Or it is caused by the stress of emotional trauma? Is it a little bit of both? Debates rage on amongst scientists; however, a recent study could potentially explain what is going on in our bodies when we deal with ...

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Indestructable Gut Lining with the Nutrient of The Month: L-Glutamine

Indestructable Gut Lining with the Nutrient of The Month: L-Glutamine

By Amanda Miller MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Even if you have absolutely no gut issues, you need to hear about the endless health benefits of l-glutamine and the substantial impact our Akasha Naturals product GI Align will have on your overall health!

L-glutamine is an amino acid, a building block of protein used by the body in large amounts by various biological processes. Of important note, regulating kidney and immune function, in the maintenance of the integrity ...

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SIBO 101

SIBO 101

By Maggie Ney, ND

Remember when the thought of bacteria in the gut would make you cringe with disgust. The current research about the importance of gut bacteria is prolific and exciting. We are now recognizing that there is a solid link between the gut microbiome and our mood, brain health, immune system, and hormones. But while bacteria are no longer seen as universally “bad”, more is definitely not better, and, where bacteria are found along our digestive system, plays ...

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3 Easy & Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Summer

3 Easy & Healthy Anti-Inflammatory Recipes for Summer

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN

Here are 3 nutrient dense recipes that keep things fresh, light, and easy. Hit the local farmers market, grab your organic veggies, and let’s get cooking!

1. Easy Paleo Breakfast Scramble:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1⁄2 cup organic diced mushrooms
  • 2-3 cups organic spinach
  • 1-2 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Handful of fresh basil, chopped
  • 6 oz organic ground turkey
  • 1⁄2 organic avocado
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional to add 2-3 fresh cloves of garlicDirections:

Directions:

  1. In a large pan on medium heat, add Avocado oil and sauté mushrooms ...
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May Nutrient of the Month: Women’s Health Essential – Folate

May Nutrient of the Month: Women’s Health Essential – Folate

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Anyone trying to promote women’s health, a healthy pregnancy, and a safe birth is probably confused by competing research regarding folic acid.

Unfortunately, research is never black and white and confusion can set in — even for trained researchers.The fortification of our food supply with folic acid in 1998 reduced spina bifida birth defects by 19 percent. Great! But some estimate it may have caused an additional 15,000 cancer deaths per year. ...

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Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Maggie Ney, ND

How frustrating is it to be eating well and exercising but not see a change in your body?  This is a very common experience among the women I see in my practice. Understanding weight loss and metabolism is so much more complex and interesting than calorie in and calorie out. When weight is stagnant, despite a healthy diet and exercise, it is essential to do a comprehensive review of your entire health so that all variables that affect metabolism ...

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Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease? There is so much more to this story

Does Saturated Fat Cause Heart Disease?  There is so much more to this story

 

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

As the leading cause of death in the United States, Heart Disease has remained one of the most studied chronic conditions, and rightfully so. In fact, current research has shown heart disease to be upwards of 90% preventable (1). When this is considered, it is clear that nutritional intervention should be at the forefront of the medical approach in treating and preventing ...

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Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

Calcium Overload May Increase Your Risk for Heart Attack

 

By. Bren Boston, MD

Medical doctors monitor your health with both bone density scans and coronary artery calcium (CAC) score scans.  Have you wondered if the calcium supplements you take to prevent or treat osteoporosis might be depositing in the walls of your arteries?  If you have a family history of both heart disease and osteoporosis and feel confused as to whether you should take calcium supplements, then congratulations you are not alone!

Fortunately, there are reasonable and effective ways to ...

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Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

Intermittent Fast Your Way Through the Holidays

 

By: Maggie Ney, ND

Intermittent fasting can be an effective tool to avoid weight gain and maintain metabolic balance during the holiday season. What I hear a lot this time of year is either, “I have no interest in indulging in holiday treats” OR “I will place no restrictions on what I eat this month but will detox in January”. Intermittent fasting (IF) presents a middle ground where you can have the freedom to indulge but an eating structure ...

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