If you haven’t heard of the Keto diet yet, you haven’t been paying attention. This new fad (yes fad) diet has taken the nutrition world by storm. The idea is to eat high fat, moderate-high protein, and low carb. When the proper balance is achieved, it puts the body into ketosis, which essentially tells the body to burn fat stores before calorie stores. Unfortunately with any new health craze comes loads of mis-information and downright dangerous suggestions. With this one, the common theme is “eat bacon and cheese all day, every day!” Not only will you get very tired of this diet, so will your body. Ketosis can be achieved with a healthy, nutrient dense diet, and even my vegan Purium 10 Day Detox’s often put participants into ketosis.
Americans consume more caffeine as a nation than anywhere else in the world. It is estimated we consume an average of 971 tons of caffeine per year, and 54% of people MUST get their caffeine fix daily. Out of that 54%, most of them consume three caffeinated beverages per day. The go-to’s are coffee, energy drinks, and soda.
We already know how detrimental sugar is, so besides the caffeine boost, it’s clear we need to cut out soda and energy drinks. But what about coffee and other more benign options? Continue reading “The Caffeine Fix – Pros and Cons”
The occasional late night is fine, we all do it. But it’s when you skimp on sleep night after night that it becomes a real problem. Though you may think your five-hours-a-night habit is nothing to worry about, chronic sleep deprivation has been tied to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. According to the CDC and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 1 in 3 adults do not get enough sleep on a regular basis. Are you one of them? Here are five signs you’re sleep deprived.
Continue reading “5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep”
It is estimated that 60% of the population has symptoms associated with food reactions.
• Food Allergy denotes an immunological reaction involving an anti-body response
• Food sensitivity is an intolerance or reaction to a food which does not involve an immunological reaction.
What are some of the causes of Food Allergies and Sensitivities?
Food allergies are multi-factorial and there does not seem to be any one cause. Any of the following will contribute to the development of allergies and reactions. Continue reading “Food Sensitivities and Intolerance”
Since sugar is hidden within so much of what we eat, our brains have actually become hard-wired to crave it. Without us even knowing. Doesn’t that sound crazy, being addicted to a drug without even knowing it?
For many people, that is exactly the case. Here’s how sugar addiction works:
Sugar addiction works in the same way that any addiction (such as addictions to hard drugs, alcohol, and gambling) works — it interferes with the our dopamine receptors. There are theories that our brains think that sugar is so important because of a very outdated survival mechanism from our hunter-gathering days. Continue reading “How To Break The Sugar Addiction”
Anyone who has been badly injured definitely knows the difference between relief from a pain killer and being healed. In many cases of trauma, pain killers are needed. Studies have actually shown that comfort and healing go hand in hand. The same goes for antibiotics. If you have a bad infection – whether internally like pneumonia, or externally like a dog bite, antibiotics are life saving. But with both examples – pain or infection – there comes a point when you need to ask yourself if you SHOULD still be in pain, or if you SHOULD still be having infections. Continue reading “Why Suppression Of Disease Is Making Us Unhealthy”
There are many different reasons someone many experience chronic or occasional brain fog. Sometimes it can be normal – maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re exhausted from traveling, or you’re under the weather. But for the most part, it shouldn’t be something you learn to live with or pass off as normal. If you experience regular brain fog, here are some tips to helping eliminate it. If it continues or is accompanied with other symptoms, it’s best to reach out to a functional medicine practitioner and identify the root cause. Continue reading “6 Tips to Conquering Brain Fog”
Your Favorite On-the-Go Snacks
I recently asked the fans of our Facebook page what their favorite healthy on-the-go snacks are. And I got so many great suggestions, we had to share them here on the blog. These are fantastic for kids and adults alike. Do you have a favorite snack? Let us know in the comments!
Here’s the list: Continue reading “Your Favorite On-the-Go Snacks”
Why Heart Health Matter In Kids
It is no surprise to find the American Heart Association promoting the importance of exercise for our younger generation. While the obvious might be right before our nose, we can minimize or overlook the absolute importance.
Sedentary lifestyles create apathetic body systems; quite simply we are made for movement. Lack of physical activity is a major risk for stroke, obesity, high blood pressure, low levels of the good cholesterol (HDL,) diabetes and contributes to the development of coronary artery disease. Continue reading “Why Heart Health Matters In Kids”
6 Tips to Feeding Kids Wisely
When raising kids, it’s important to consider the psychology of eating and how what they learn now will affect them for life. It is not just about ‘making a decision,’ but about understanding what goes into their relationship with food.
Here are a few points to consider: Continue reading “6 Tips To Feeding Kids Wisely”