To be honest before I started working as a nutritionist I gave no thought to gut health. It wasn't something that entered into my consideration. Turns out many people are exactly the same way.
Two years ago I dove into gut health though. I've been living with an autoimmune condition since 2014. I had done everything I could to get my health to a more stable place. But I hit a plateau. Then I stumbled on research between gut health and autoimmune conditions. Let's just say the rest is history.
What's the gut got to do with it?
All disease begins in your gut, including autoimmune diseases. Unfortunately the standard Western diet does a number on your gut health. Compromised gut health affects your immune health because 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. Change your diet, change your gut microbiome, improve your immune health.
Poor immune health makes your susceptible not only for COVID-19 but also to any other viruses or bugs that...
As a nutritionist and health coach I strive to get as much organic food into my body as I can. However there are times when it's very challenging to get all organic. It helps to know which foods to always get organic and which foods it's okay if I can't find organic.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non partisan, non profit organization that compiles a list every year of the cleanest and dirtiest fruits and vegetables that are grown. It's good to check out their website every year to get a better handle on which foods you absolutely want to get organic.
If you go to farmer's markets get to know the farmers in your area. For small farms getting the full certification to become organic may be cost prohibitive. From speaking with the farmer you may learn they use organic growing methods. It helps to get to know the people who are growing your food.
What's the big whoop about pesticides anyway?
Many of the pesticides and...
Nutrient absorption. A few months ago a client of mine was on an elimination diet. She was eating 100% plant based, mostly organic and still she wasn't feeling great.
Turned out her gut was severely messed up. Micro-plastics and glyphosate in her gut was making it so that all the nutritious foods she was eating weren't getting absorbed.
When it comes to creating health it isn't just about the types of foods you're eating. It's also about whether or not those foods are actually getting absorbed into your body. When your gut health is compromised then your body isn't going to be absorbing everything you're eating.
We're at a point now in human history that there is NO way that 100% of humanity isn't impacted by glyphosate. If you're not familiar with glyphosate, or haven't read some of my previous blogs, here's the run down. Glyphosate is a water soluble toxin that's found in Roundup. Right now 4 billion pounds of...
It wasn't just sugar though. I liked to binge on fast food, junk food, processed food, alcohol. Even overdid it with caffeine. I had zero idea about how my body actually worked and how to nourish it.
I also was an emotional eater. Some people stop eating when they're upset. Not me. I liked to eat, alot, to soothe my emotions.
Let's just say it's been a journey to break up with my addictive eating habits. This journey has gone through variations and has taken years.
I share this because so many people struggle with food addictions. I know what it's like. But I was able to overcome my food addictions. There are a couple of things to be aware of in your journey to healing your relationship with food.
The first thing is that food companies work very hard to get you physically, mentally and emotionally addicted to their bad food. All the food...
Fact: 70% of your immune system is housed in your gut. There’s more serotonin in your gut than your brain. If your gut bacteria is out of balance, the rest of your body will also be out of balance and you may find yourself getting sick more often.
All disease begins in the gut. Making gut health your top priority will reward you with great health. It'll also make it easier for your body to fight against any foreign invaders.
What gets your gut out of whack?
The #1 suspects are poor food choices. Especially highly processed foods, fried foods, and sugar. They feed the bad bacteria and drown out the good bacteria living in your gut microbiome. Red meat, farmed fish, dairy and eggs are also not ideal for gut health.
You may find your mood is affected if you’re ingesting a lot of processed sugars. If you're getting moody highs and lows...
One of my close friends confided in me that after being forced to shut down her business for three months she can't afford another forced shut down. Who can?
Fear will never get you anywhere. But boosting your immune system and being proactive can go a long way, especially these days. In this blog I want to share with you my top tips for getting your Immune System in tip top shape.
There are many simple things you can add into your daily routine to make being a healthy the easiest option.
With all the news and experts talking about COVID-19 it can seem like individuals are helpless. We're definitely not. It's about knowing what to do and then doing it consistently.
All of us are powerful. Your body is very resilient. When you give your body great nutrition and detoxify your system regularly, optimal health is...
No, I'm not talking about tequila.
I'm talking about superfoods like chlorophyll, barley grass and wheatgrass and what they can do to bring high density nutrients into your body. There's a place in a healthy diet for liquid superfoods. When you drink liquid nutrition it goes straight to your cells rather than hanging out in your digestive system.
To be honest when I first heard of wheatgrass I turned my nose up at the idea of drinking it. This was in my early twenties and I didn't know much about nutrition.
Ignorance is bliss they say. Had I taken the time to actually learn I would've understood the power of chlorophyll and various grasses to heal the body from the inside out.
It was my own health crisis that set me on the path to learning about optimal nutrition. It has really given me a chance to open my eyes to the healing power of the body, when it's given the best nutrition possible. To create health it's important...
All disease begins in your gut. Unfortunately the standard Western diet does a number on your gut health. Compromised gut health affects your immune health. Change your diet, change your gut microbiome.
Poor immune health makes your susceptible not only for COVID-19 but also to any other viruses or bugs that might be floating around.
Along with poor diet choices there are also chemicals in your food that makes having a healthy gut next to impossible. One of the worst chemicals in the food system is glyphosate.
The word is pronounced Gly-PHO-Sate.
What exactly is glyphosate and why should you care? Glyphosate is a water soluble toxin that can be found in the herbicide Roundup. It's used mostly in farming and sprayed onto crops like oats, corn, soy and many others. Due to the fact that it is water soluble, it has the ability to travel anywhere in the environment. Since we live on a planet that's made up of mostly water, glyphosate...