Let’s face it, we all like to think we are in control. But the truth is, 90-100% of our decisions come from a primal, instinctual and sub-rational (below the level of conscious reasoning) part of our brain. The part of our brain responsible for conscious thought either provides rationalizations for our sub-rational decisions, or acts as an override mechanism that allows us to revise them. Continue reading 6 Brain fuel foods that help boost mental performance
As I mentioned last week, I’ve been testing out elimination-diet-friendly recipes with the intention of growing my collection of meal recommendations for clients who need to avoid the common offending foods (dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, eggs) and really liked this quesadillas recipe I found in The Candida Cure Cookbook. Continue reading Black Bean Quesadillas
Our poop is about 75 percent water. The rest is a combination of fiber, live and dead bacteria, miscellaneous cells and mucus. The characteristics of your stool will tell you a good deal about how happy and healthy your digestive tract is – the color, odor, shape, size, and even the sound it makes when it hits the water and whether it’s a “sinker” or a “floater” are all relevant information. Continue reading Getting to know your poop
Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common in North America, but many of us are not aware that we may be lacking this important nutrient. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include:
- general tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
- severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause the person to walk with a waddling gait
- stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips
As Valentine’s Day is around the corner and I suspect a bunch of you will be eating chocolate, I wanted to share my favorite no-bake chocolate cookies that is both delicious and quite healthy as far as desserts go. They’re gluten free, dairy free, high in omega 3 fatty acids and taste like heaven! Continue reading Healthy no-bake cookies for Valentine’s Day
Allergy today is generally misunderstood, and it’s more common than we realize. Our greatest challenge is recognizing it. Allergy is the cumulative effect of many insults to the body which, over time, have overwhelmed the body’s protective mechanisms. While dust may appear to be the cause of your runny nose, in reality it’s only the trigger that activates the symptoms in an already comprised organism.
People inherit the disposition for allergy rather than the specific allergy itself. Metabolic individuality can cause people to react very differently to various substances. What adds to the challenge is that cellular injury releases endorphins, creating a subconscious addiction to the offending foods so you can actually be craving the foods you are intolerant to (In fact, this is a good tool to use to identify what may be causing your symptoms – what do you crave all the time?).
Food allergy or intolerance can be caused by intestinal permeability, allowing undigested proteins and food particles to pass through the gut into the bloodstream causing systemic body inflammation. It is the body’s response to the foreign object that becomes the problem more than the object itself.
The Physiology – Food allergy occurs when a specific immunoglobulin antibody (blood proteins produced in response to an allergen or toxin) reacts to a foreign object (the allergen) that is found in our bloodstream, causing our immune system to react abnormally whenever exposed. Our Ig (immunoglobulin) antibodies work to identify triggers that could be harmful to the body, and tell the body to release histamine. Histamine causes your blood vessels to swell or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem.
What causes Allergy?
- Allergy appears when the accumulation of toxic substances leads to metabolic overload (when your body can no longer keep up).
- Nutritional deficiencies further stress the immune system leading to vulnerability of developing allergy.
- Chronic infections heavily contribute to the production to allergic symptoms. Infection of the intestine can make it’s lining more permeable to undigested food particles, which end up in your bloodstream & produce allergic symptoms.
- Toxins produced by Candida (including acetaldehyde, carbon monoxide & alcohol) also play a major role in allergy as well.
- Stress is any form, whether emotional, physical, chemical, or environmental will also contribute to allergy by weakening your immune system and adding to your metabolic overload.
It’s increasingly becoming common knowledge that our gut microbiome influences digestion, allergies, and our metabolism. We are also discovering how it influences anxiety & depression. After all, 90% of serotonin is made in our digestive tract.
There is a huge and ever-growing body of evidence connecting the health of the gut to the health of the brain. If you have inflammation, parasites, fungal overgrowth or dysbiosis in your gut, that is going to produce an inflammatory response that in turn affects the brain and can cause inflammation and a whole bunch of other problems in the brain. While unfortunately not a lot of primary care doctors or even psychologists and psychiatrists consider this connection, it is now well established in scientific literature. Continue reading The mesmerizing gut-brain connection
Hello fellow empowered eaters 🙂
Welcome to my first blog post. I will be posting information about nutrition and wellness in the weeks/months/years to come!
Blogging is quite foreign to me, so as a practice to help me get into the flow, engage readers, as well as sharing some great insights, I’ve decided to offer a sharing of excerpts from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison. Continue reading New Years Resolutions