Autoimmune Diseases – What are they? Who gets them

The immune system is your body’s protector against germs and viruses that can make you sick. Immune system action involves lots of complicated pathways, but in general, it works through the production of antibodies. Antibodies are produced to “fight” and rid the body of foreign invaders. But what happens when the immune system isn’t in…

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Healthy or Hyped?

Apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) is basically made from apples, sugar & yeast and is put through a double fermentation process, and it has also become very popular among natural health enthusiasts. Many supporters claim that consuming just a small amount of ACV can result in all sorts of health-optimizing wonders: Reducing the appearance…

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Bone Broth – All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Remember when Grandma would always have a big pot of broth or stock simmering, filling the kitchen with the enchanting aroma of chicken soup? Well, move over dehydrating, overstimulating afternoon coffee – because there’s a new “addiction” in town! Not only does a cup of hot broth provide good “warmth factor”, but when prepared through…

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Is Corn Safe To Eat For Those With Gluten Sensitivity?

Like gluten, corn – and its many derivatives are in everything. No joke – EVERYTHING. From packaged foods to dairy products and chewing gum. It’s even in so many of your favorite household, health and beauty products — nooo, not my toothpaste, aspirin, perfume, shampoo and makeup?! Ever get a hint of popcorn when you…

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Hair, Skin, & Nails – Why are they considered our beacons of health?

Your physical appearance can tell you a lot about your internal health. Most natural health practitioners include a physical examination since the condition of your hair, skin, and nails can be indicators of underlying health issues, like nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and the health of your digestive system. The growth and maintenance of healthy hair,…

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Magnesium 101: What You Really Need to Know

Magnesium is one of those nutrients we don’t hear about too much, despite the fact that it’s one of the most abundant minerals in our bodies. Moreover, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral that we have! So what role does magnesium play? Do we really need to be consuming magnesium or taking supplements? Let’s find…

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Do Broccoli and Kale Deserve the Desired Superfood Status?

Broccoli and kale are often touted to be “superfoods.” And, yes, they really are amazingly healthy for you. If you’re wondering what exactly is in these green powerhouses that makes them so “super,” I’ve dived into the research to give you some nerdy reasons to make these a staple in your diet. To start, they’re…

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What to Eat if You Get Constipated

Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea – it’s when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it’s drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass. Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).…

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What to do About a Leaky Gut

Leaky gut is also known as increased intestinal permeability. It’s when the cells lining our intestines (gut) separate a bit from each other. They’re supposed to be nice and tightly joined to the cell beside it; this is to allow certain things into our bodies (like nutrients), and keep other things out. When the tight…

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Processed Food Additives: Thickeners. Are They As Bad As They Sound?

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 added to. Emulsification allows fats…

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