Have you ever heard about the “microbiome?” It kind of sounds like a creature from another planet. Instead, it is a collection of “creatures” existing within each of us. Although I am no means an expert on this topic, in this short blog I’ll highlight some tidbits on this evolving research.
Within our body, and especially on our skin, in our nose, and in particular within our gut, we have around 100 trillion bacteria, fungi and viruses, collectively called our “microbiome.” We have 10 times more of these microbial cells living in our body than our own cells. And, believe
it or not, without these microbial cells, we wouldn’t survive. Estimates vary, but it is estimated that there are over 1,000 different species of both protective and pathogenic microorganisms within our body.
What is sodium? Should you care about it? Sodium is a part of what we call “salt”. You need sodium if your diet because it is a very important part of many different bodily functions, including fluid balance, and can be found almost everywhere if your body.
However if you have too much sodium, you may hold on to more fluid essentially leaving your organs to work harder to get rid of it and the water it holds onto. Daily requirements for sodium may vary but if you are at risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) or heart disease, it may be helpful to limit the sodium in your food.
Sodium is a preservative, so many processed foods need sodium to prevent them from spoiling. For this reason, it has become a necessity to our food system and hence an essential part of many cuisines and co...
Some words we speak elicit a thought, a feeling and a reaction that can leave us discouraged and feeling bad about ourselves. Below are my top five words to ban in 2019 as they serve no purpose in lifting our spirits, motivation and self-worth.
Should/Shouldn’t. I don’t know about you but when I hear, “I should or shouldn’t eat that” or “I should know better”, I cringe. Should and shouldn’t are powerful words often used to indicate obligation or correctness that often conveys criticism. When you hear yourself say, “I should/shouldn’t,” can you stop and ask yourself how this word makes you feel? Challenge how much this word helps or hurts your cause?
Bad. Although 2018 might be known as the year of clean and pure eating, you are not bad for choosing to eat something that is...
Ever feel like you have a fire stemming from your stomach up to your throat? Well it could be the typical “heartburn” sensation or it could be something known as GERD- gastroesophageal reflux disease- a condition that causes the acid in your stomach to rise into your esophagus and consequently irritate the lining of the esophagus. How to tell the difference? Heartburn can occur sporadically, infrequently, and after eating certain foods and is also a symptom of GERD. GERD however, is more chronic and long-term and the heartburn sensation associated with it is experienced more frequently. If you experience heartburn more than twice per week, you may have GERD.
I don’t know about you, but cold and flu season always stresses me out. I have never had the dreaded flu (knock on wood) and really do not want to see what it’s like! I do work in a hospital, surrounded by patient’s with the flu, so I got to thinking about ways to strengthen my immune system naturally. Eating a variety of nutritious foods with distinct vitamins and minerals is the key to staying energized with proper nutrition and, as an added bonus, will definitely benefit your immune system! Of course, no food will magically fend off the flu, but certain nutrients will lead us in the right direction of enhancing our immune system. Aiming to get our daily intake of immune-boosting nutrients from a variety of foods, especially those that are in season, is a great game plan to follow. Liste...
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder affecting the large intestine resulting in abdominal pain, gas, cramping, constipation, and/or diarrhea. Unfortunately, there is no known cause of IBS, which means it is harder to find a direct cure. Natural remedies have become very popular to help alleviate all the discomfort that comes with IBS, ranging from dietary to lifestyle changes. Below are some natural remedies to conquer the discomforts of IBS.
Fiber has had mixed reviews on IBS symptom relief, depending on the kind of fiber being consumed (insoluble vs. soluble). Insoluble fiber can be found in foods such as oat bran, wheat bran, beans, cauliflower, green beans and potatoes. When consumed, the human body doesn’t digest it, so it aids in bulking stool and excreti...