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Healthy Snack Recipes – Sesame Chews, Asparagus & Mushroom Bruschetta, Hummus

Posted On Dec 06, 2012

The holiday season seems to be the hardest time to stick to healthy eating habits, with cookie plates and potlucks around every corner. When we eat poorly we tend to feel and operate poorly, and who wants that? Here are some nutritious and delicious recipes to help make the holidays a little healthier. Sesame Chews…

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Snack Doesn’t Have To Be a Bad Word: Healthy and Creative Snack Ideas

Posted On Nov 29, 2012

The word snack often has bad connotations, reminding us of those things we eat in secret we hope no one else sees. Snacking doesn’t have to be bad; in fact, when snacking properly, you can actually support metabolism, provide yourself with natural energy, and avoid overindulging at mealtime. It’s suggested to eat every 2-3 hours…

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Are We Eating Wrong? The Idea of Big Breakfasts and Small Dinners

Posted On Nov 09, 2012

Meal Reversal Believe it or not, one of best things we can do for our digestive environment is meal reversal. What this means exactly is eating a larger meal for breakfast, a medium size meal for lunch and a smaller meal for dinner. I have personally witnessed many patients benefit from this change, when many…

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There’s More to Fiber Than a Little Roughage

Posted On Oct 25, 2012

Fiber, commonly known as roughage, is the part of plant-based foods—such as fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, or nuts—that the body can’t digest.  Dietary fiber is often divided into two broad types: soluble and insoluble. If you mix soluble fiber in water, it dissolves and forms a gel. Soluble fiber is found in psyllium, oats, apples…

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Stress and Leaky Gut: Implications and Solutions

Posted On Oct 18, 2012

Stress has many negative effects on gastrointestinal function, including increased intestinal permeability—otherwise known as “leaky gut.” When a person experiences stress, the brain releases a chemical called corticotrophin releasing factor (CRF). CRF triggers a cascade of other chemicals which eventually cause the release of the stress hormone, cortisol, from the adrenal glands, but CRF receptors…

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Digestive Health, Candida and Dysbiosis: The Battle of Good and Bad Bacteria

Posted On Oct 03, 2012

It’s been estimated that up to 60% of your body’s immune activity is inside your small intestine. Up to 500 species of bacteria, perhaps more, live in your digestive system, and the quality and quantity of each species is determined by many factors. Diet change, climate and lifestyle changes (like moving to a new area),…

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Natural Flu Support: EPS and Lactobacillus Bulgaricus

Posted On Sep 13, 2012

Back to school often means back to the sore throats and muscle aches of colds and flus. However, you don’t have to face the season armed with only crossed fingers and a box of tissues. In fact, there are some natural substances you might not be aware of that may be very helpful in supporting…

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Vitamin C, Zinc and the Common Cold: Mom Was Right

Posted On Sep 06, 2012

Sometimes findings in science take us leaps and bounds beyond current knowledge; other times a “big discovery” is something your mother knew long before the scientific data was there to support it. A paper was recently published on one of those “Mom knew that” discoveries. Researchers found that a combination of vitamin C and zinc…

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School Yourself on Back to School Stress

Posted On Aug 23, 2012

It’s back to school time, and the hope of free time springs eternal in parents’ souls. Then, splat! oatmeal lands on the Cocker Spaniel’s head, bringing buckets of laughter from your 5 year old and tear-filled yelps from your toddler. You wipe the dog down, console the toddler and urge the kindergartener to remember to…

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Exercising for stress relief? Have fun!

Posted On Aug 15, 2012

If your stress response system is compromised, either reacting too much or too little, it is important to tailor the amount of exercise to a level your body can handle. This is because high intensity exercise or exercise of an extended duration tends to elicit a greater stress response. Adrenaline is secreted when exercise intensity…

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