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Prebiotics 101

In a nutshell, prebiotics feed our friendly gut microbes that are so important for good health. Our gut microbes are alive, and they need to eat too. Their favorite foods are called “prebiotics” and include dietary fiber and resistant starch. The same fiber that keeps us feeling full slows...

Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements

Antioxidants are just that, they fight oxidation. The chemical process of oxidation is like rusting metal. A molecule loses electrons and creates the infamous free radicals.  Oxidation is also the reason why apples, bananas, and avocados go brown when the skin is broken, and they're exposed to air -...

Creating a Mindset for Health

So much of our health is about habits and actions, but where do these all stem from? What if we don’t have to make as many changes as we think we do? What if there was one powerful thing that makes a lot of difference? That one thing is mindset. Mindset...

What You Must Know About Vitamin K

We’ve all heard about vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.  But did you know there’s vitamin K? That’s right! Why would they skip vitamins F, G, H, I and J? Great question! That's because the "K" stands for "koagulation" which is the Danish spelling for "coagulation." Vitamin K is the...

Top Five Foods for Healthy Skin

Having healthy skin can often feel like a challenge. There are so many things that can go wrong; from dryness to redness to blemishes, the list may seem endless. Healthy skin is a reflection of your internal health. There are plenty of creams and cosmetics to put on top of...

Foods That Will Quickly Satisfy Your Appetite

Have you ever notice that some foods quickly satisfy your appetite while others give you the munchies an hour later? That can make the advice to "stop eating when you feel full" a bit tricky if you're picking foods that aren't filling. That's a phenomenon called satiety. It's the feeling...

Real Health Benefits of Exercise

Exercise can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity. Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy,...

Do I Have a Leaky Gut?

There’s a lot of interest in leaky gut these days. Wellness and health professionals are talking about the many conditions and all-too-common symptoms that may be linked to leaky gut. Intolerances, joint pain, allergies, and even autoimmune diseases can all be traced back to leaky gut. But what exactly is leaky...

Mediterranean Diet 101

The Mediterranean diet is based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier than Americans. And they had...

9 Ways to Break Free From Stress

Meditation is thought to be the secret sauce that takes your wellness up to the status of the elite gurus. It’s considered to the “be-all and end-all” intervention for beating the infamous health-buster called “stress.” But it's not the only way to get there. The entire purpose...

Do I Need Vitamin B12 “shots”?

You may have come across clinics offering vitamin B12 “shots” (a.k.a intramuscular cobalamin injections) and wondered whether you should I get one too. I often get asked; what’s the difference between oral and vitamin B12 “shots”? Is there a difference between types of vitamin B12? (did you...

Are You Getting Enough Protein?

Protein is a critical building block required to repair damage, digest food, fight infections, build muscle and bone, create hormones and even for maintaining good moods. Higher protein diets can help fight high blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. Not to mention protein's great benefits for...