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What Makes Food Processed?

The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was - it came directly from nature - whether foraging, hunting, or farming. Now there are so many things we eat that don't resemble a natural food. Michael Pollan...

What You Need to Know about Thickeners

Thickeners are one of many ingredients added to processed foods. And they do just that: thicken. They absorb water and form a gel-like consistency. They’re often used to make foods thick and creamy, without having to add a lot of fat. Thickeners also tend to emulsify and stabilize foods they're...

Low Carb Diet: The Magic Bullet for Weight Loss?

Low carb diets have been popular on and off since the dawn of the Atkins fame (and maybe even earlier?). But, what exactly defines low carb? Does eating this way actually help with weight loss? Are there any other health benefits (or risks) to eating fewer carbs? Let’s see. What is a...

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...