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Got Winter Skin? This Will Help!
Harsh cold, nasty winds and the dehydrating effect of artificial heat can do a number on your skin. Here’s your inside-out winter survival guide for healthy, happy – glowing! – skin. Remember that your skin cells are only as good as the building material they’re made of, so give yours what they need to be hydrated, vibrant and healthy. The membrane of every cell of your body is made up of fat. For plump, nourished…Read more
Probiotics: Why Yogurt is Not Enough
Unless you live under a rock, you have likely heard about probiotics. They are popping up everywhere, and for good reason. Research shows that friendly bacteria play a key role in the digestive system by improving gastrointestinal functions, enhancing immunity, helping to regulate hormone balance, protecting us from food-borne illnesses such as food poisoning, controlling overgrowth of bad bacteria and fungus, protecting us from developing allergies, assisting in vitamin production & nutrient absorption. Probiotics are…Read more
Prebiotics – Food for Probiotics
I’m often asked the question “What are prebiotics?” so let’s talk a little about that here. Prebiotics are actually a type of FIBRE! Fibre is divided into two types: soluble and insoluble. Prebiotics are a soluble fibre. A helpful way to think of prebiotics is “food” for probiotics. We (specifically, our digestive tract) aren’t able to break down either type of fibre; however, our friends, the probiotics, do a great job of that. In fact,…Read more
Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month
April is IBS Awareness Month — a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of people it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Irritable bowel syndrome affects between 25 and 45 million Americans every day. Although its cause is…Read more
Nanda’s Power Balls
What makes these tasty little treats POWER balls? Each little ball packs a powerful punch of nutrition including 9 grams of protein, 16 grams of HEALTHY fats and 4 grams of fibre! It is a snack you can feel good about but stop at just one, please. Ingredients ¾ cup Apricots ¾ cup pitted dates ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup flax seeds 4 plain brown rice cakes ½ cup rolled…Read more
6 Tips for Reducing Stress
As #HeartHealthMonth comes to a close, I want to pass along six tips for reducing daily stress. It begins with a healthy, heart-friendly diet that includes natural supplements known to support heart health as well as promote overall well-being. Be sure to pass these along, and be good to your heart! Focus on Your Diet. Consume plenty of non-starchy vegetables, low-sugar fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, nuts and seeds, and avoid grain-based, refined, and starchy…Read more
Daily Fibre Flush with The Skinny Gut Diet
I recently had the opportunity to discuss the connection between weight loss and gut bacterial balance with Dr. Oz for a segment that aired on his show on October 23. Inside your digestive tract live 100 trillion bacteria that play a vital role in maintaining your digestive and overall health. As it turns out, the balance of these bacteria determines whether or not you will gain weight. You see, bacteria in your gut may be…Read more
Are Fermented Foods Enough for a Healthy Gut?
In my new book The Skinny Gut Diet, I talk a lot about fermented foods—those foods rich in good bacteria that support a balanced gut and healthy weight management. They include sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha (a fermented sweet tea beverage), live cultured pickles, unpasteurized miso, kefir, and yogurt containing live cultures. When foods are fermented, beneficial bacteria—those either naturally present in the food or added—begin to break down the foods in a unique process that ultimately…Read more
A Glimpse of How Gut Infections Develop after Antibiotics
Antibiotics work by killing not only the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria. It is relatively common for antibiotics to lead to gut infections that arise because potentially pathogenic bacteria are no longer kept in check by the beneficial microbes that inhabit the gut. “Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs hasn’t been well understood,” noted Justin Sonnenburg, PhD, lead author of a recent study published…Read more
Low Fibre Intake Shown to Increase Cardiovascular Risk
If you haven’t yet heard that a high-fibre diet is good for your heart, I would be surprised. For years nutrition experts, including myself, have been telling people to eat more fibre not only to support heart health, but also digestive health, which is the foundation for total-body health. A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine analyzed data from over 23,000 people to examine the role of dietary fibre in heart health. The researchers…Read more
Holiday eating is upon us, and if you’re looking for interesting side dishes to substitute for the traditional high-starch offerings at family get-togethers, this is one you will certainly enjoy. Ingredients 1 pound cauliflower, trimmed ½ cup water ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth 1 tablespoon olive oil Directions Cut cauliflower, including the core, into 1-inch pieces. Bring the water and stock to a boil in a large pot. Add cauliflower pieces. Cook until tender, 20-30…Read more
Air Pollution and Bowel Disease – Is There a Link?
The rate of bowel disease—most notably ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease—is increasing in different areas around the world, emerging as a global disease. Researchers are looking for clues about what causes these diseases so that one day they might be prevented. Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada (the country with the highest rate of bowel disease in the world) are investigating the link between air pollution and bowel disease. “We tend to think…Read more