Many things can contribute to autoimmunity, and leaky gut may be a bigger factor than we once thought. This is because of the impact of allowing undigested food, bacteria, etc. enter our bodies and how our immune system tries to fight them. A large part of our immune system is located just on the other side of that one-cell thick layer of enterocytes.Read More
The gut (a.k.a. digestive tract) is not just a tube that absorbs nutrients and gets rid of waste - it’s a complex alive system that’s a huge foundation of health. And not just gut health, but the overall health of our bodies and minds. We know how important it is to get all of our essential nutrients from food - and this is a big part of what our digestive tract does. But, there is way more to the story than just that.Read More
When our “good” gut microbes are happy eating their favourite foods they have positive effects on our gut - crowding out the “bad” microbes and producing beneficial anti-inflammatory compounds like short chain fatty acids (SCFAs).Read More
Omega-3s get a lot of notoriety - and for good reason! Not only is one of them essential for good health, but we don’t get enough of them in our diets.
Omega-3s are a kind of fat. Fats are not just a storable source of 9 calories per gram. Different fats are used by our bodies for different essential functions. They’re part of the membranes that surround each cell, and are especially important in the brain and nerves. They can mediate the effect of our immune cells as well as influence the production of neurotransmitters and hormones. Omega-3s are anti-inflammatory, and have health benefits for the heart, brain, and our mental health.Read More
Heart disease is on the rise worldwide. It’s a serious chronic (long-term) condition.
It’s considered a “lifestyle” disease. This means that it tends to occur in people with certain lifestyles (i.e. not-so-awesome nutrition and exercise habits, etc.).
Heart disease is also linked with excess body fat, as well as inflammation.
While there are several links and risk factors, today we’re going to talk specifically about inflammation. Then I’ll give you some tips how to improve your nutrition and lifestyle.Read More
You may have heard a bit of buzz lately around apple cider vinegar, and there are many reasons it deserves to be the apple of your eye. Apple cider vinegar offers lots of health benefits and is pretty versatile. I like to include it in my cooking and baking, but it has so many other uses, including as a tonic for its potent health benefits. So what exactly is apple cider vinegar? It is quite simply fermented apple cider. By fermenting the apple cider, beneficial probiotics and enzymes are generated that your body will soak up with love!Read More