Your great great great great great grandmother would like you to eat…

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This topic itself seems sort of boring on the surface… like mildly interesting, with a “so what” aftertaste. Talking about water feels that way, but there’s nothing “so what” about water,  just go a day or 2 without it. What I’m saying is; please stick around a bit and see if we can’t turn this seemly “so what” into a “holy crap”.  

Whether it’s vitamin D, multi-vitamins, probiotics, you name it, I’m always asked “Why is this  so important NOW? People have been living without supplements and other newage treehugger garbage for thousands of years. So why should we care now?”. Creationists and evolutionists can both agree that we haven’t changed much over the last couple thousand years. What has changed drastically is what we eat.

 

To really drive this point home, let’s imagine one of our ancestors living 300 years ago. If you’re familiar with your heritage, then you can imagine what foods they might have had available, how they were stored, and how they were prepared. Now that you’re...

Leaky Gut – filling in the holes

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During digestion, our intestines are designed to allow certain nutrients to pass into the bloodstream, and send the rest downstream. When the intestinal lining becomes damaged or disrupted, it can allow unwanted elements to get through and block absorption of nutrients… this is known as Leaky Gut (increased intestinal permeability).

 

Leaky Gut is an extremely important issue for all of us due to the sum of the following reasons...

  • The gut is the gatekeeper of nutrients, toxins, chemicals, viruses, bacteria, fungus, and whatever else we ingest.

  • Our immune system is dependent on the health of our gut.

  • Leaky Gut can cause a large number of symptoms that seem unrelated.

  • It’s hard to pinpoint that Leaky Gut is making a pre-existing condition worse, like arthritis.

  • It can be caused by a number of factors or a combination of many.

  • There is no test to specifically say that you have Leaky Gut.

  • Our actions have a LOT to do with our chances of having Leaky...

A Simple Guide To Understanding Your Fiber Needs

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Fiber is a very mysterious component of our diet.  Generally, people seem to know that it’s good for them, good for their heart, will help keep them regular, and they should eat “more” of it.  Maybe the delicate nature of the topics relating to fiber have caused advertisers to confuse the public even more than usual.  Do you remember the SNL skit with Phil Hartman about Colon Blow cereal?

Rather than a wordy article reviewing the studies behind fiber, I decided to write this in a way that I hope you can actually use.

 

How much fiber: 25-40 grams per day

 

Types of fiber:  Soluble and Insoluble (we need both)

 

Soluble fiber:  Dissolves in water and forms a gel.

  • Binds to cholesterol - Bile acids are used in digestion and also as a way to remove cholesterol from our bodies.  Soluble fiber binds to the cholesterol and carries it out of the body.  In absence of soluble fiber, much of...

Is This Strain of Probiotics “The One”?

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A recent study from Japan published in the British Journal of Nutrition found an 8.5% reduction in abdominal area fat over a 12-week period. A 2010 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed results about half as good... that’s still pretty good in my book.

 

This study looked at just one strain called Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055). But before you clear your schedule to find a product containing just this one strain, let me give you my take on it. Scientific studies are great at isolating one thing, testing that one thing in a well controlled, unbiased manner, and then reporting the results. That’s the way it’s done and that’s the way it should be done. However, it’s the interpretations and resulting actions that leave me scratching my head sometimes.

 

Our bodies contain over 100 trillion bacteria! This number ALWAYS makes me pause. It’s truly beyond the reach of my little brain to fully grasp. By comparison, in 2005,...

Fab Five, Part 1

*** This article is from an email I sent to our customers a little while back, so Brock is just fine now.***   My youngest son hit his head this morning hard enough to send us to the emergency room. Sitting in the waiting room right now seems like the perfect place to start this email, since I’m surrounded by sick people.   Everyday I’m asked for recommendations, so I thought it might be helpful to write about a group of supplements that everyone should consider and why... we’ll call it the “Fab Five”. I’ll just cover 1 supplement every few days and keep it short. I’m not going to go into too much depth, so just email me if you have any questions.   Probiotics - a few trillion of our closest friends These are the friendly bacteria that have been getting so much attention in yogurt commercials recently. Now I know digestion is not a very sexy topic, but it’s important... more important than most people know. Many Nutritionists and Naturopaths call the gut “Mom”, since it’s job is to take care of us. Others say that 70% of our...

Candida – Carbs, Corn and Candex… What the Heck is Candex?

Candida can cause brain fog, fatigue, a whole host of other illnesses and of course yeast infections.  A full 75% of women will develop a yeast infection (Candida albicans) in their lifetime and many women will battle this over and over again.  Now either these single celled yeasts got clever and unionized or something else is going on. Normally Candida albicans lives harmlessly in perfect harmony with the rest of our intestinal flora, but like most things, we are our own worst enemy.  We set the stage by creating the right environment for Candida to flourish.  Overuse of antibiotics kill off good bacteria and make room for more yeast.  Yeast feeds on sugar and we help to the tune of 135 pounds per year... that's over 5 times as much as we consumed 20 years ago.  Other factors like stress, poor digestion, alcohol and oral contraceptives all play a role in creating this yeast friendly environment.

So what can we do?

We can all start by limiting our sugar intake.  Add more fresh greens to your...

Probiotics: Good For Your Stomach, Body, And Your Soul?

Probiotics are living organisms introduced into the body usually in the form of bacteria via food or supplements. The introduction of these organisms helps to regulate the body's natural acid balance and gut flora. Infection, disease, stress, and nutritional choices may have a negative effect on a person's ability to maintain necessary balance in the intestinal tract and therefore the individual may suffer from a variety of ailments. As early as 1907, scientist have recognized the ability of healthy bacteria to benefit the organism that ingested them.1 In contrast to antibiotics, these live cultures encourage the growth of organisms and help establish balance to a disturbed system. Being an intricate system, the body likes to maintain homeostasis or many systems see deleterious effects. By correcting imbalances in the gut flora, scientists, doctors, and nutritionists have seen positive results in the following: ingesting lactose, preventing certain cancers and infections, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, affecting irritable bowl syndrome, and increasing absorption of minerals.2 Few negative side effects have been noted with the use of bacteria or yeasts that aim to balance the organisms in the gut. 

Can...