Though overindulging in sugar may not lead to death, there’s more and more evidence that overconsumption of sugar is behind the inflammation that is at the root of so many serious diseases. The association between sugar and inflammation doesn’t hold true with naturally occurring sugar, like the kind found in fruit. It’s the added kind — designed to boost taste or prolong shelf life – that should be avoided.
Whenever a patient presents with symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the first thing I want to know about isn’t what’s coming out, but rather, what they are putting into their bodies. One group of very common foods, FODMAPs, is a well-known IBS trigger, and avoiding them can be the key to relieving the bloating, diarrhea, nausea, constipation and other symptoms of IBS.
Mention the word “enema” and the person you are speaking with will either get it or they won’t. For the growing number of individuals who are in the know about the health benefits of enemas, however (and you may be one of them), the procedure has become an integral part of their regular health routine. Experts and those who practice it regularly both agree that for vibrant health, increased energy, the elimination of toxins and a multitude of other reasons, enemas are vital for overall health maintenance.
If you suffer from severe allergies, histamine intolerance, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) or any other condition that causes your histamine levels to be higher or your body to less tolerant – then you know firsthand how powerfully histamine can rule over your life. With chronic illness on the rise, I’m seeing higher incidences of histamine intolerance and mast cell activation syndrome in my practice. Though these conditions can have overwhelming symptoms, there’s a lot that can be done to keep them in check.
Dietary oxalate foods are excellent sources of key nutrients such as vitamin C, folate, and fiber and are obvious essentials to maintaining a healthy body. While you read the following list that provides examples of foods containing oxalate, think of what food alternatives have the nutrients that these sources provide.
Cholesterol is still so controversial these days. Yet, for the first time, the scientific advisory panel for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that we should no longer advise the public to be concerned about their cholesterol intake from food. Today I want to highlight the opposite end of the cholesterol spectrum and ponder what can happen if our cholesterol goes too low.
I’m asked all the time if buying organic is worth the extra cost. My answer is always a resounding “Yes!” Not only is organic food safer for your body and the environment, it is nutritionally superior to conventional produce.
Amazon has been making headlines lately due to surges in counterfeits, imitation merchants, and elaborate fake review scams. The problem is so out of control it’s crushing small businesses and leaving customers with imitation products. As a clinician, what comes to mind when I hear all of this is the growing issue of fake supplements.