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  • Detoxification Starts With the Gut

    by Margo Gladding | March 20, 2018

    detoxIntegrative experts agree that for almost any health concern, the first step in the healing process is to start by cleaning up the gut. Leaky gut (intestinal permeability) has been shown to be present in so many chronic conditions, such as depression, diabetes, irritable bowel disease, hypothyroidism, rosacea, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.

    When it comes to detoxification, the gut is also the first place to focus. This is because if your gut isn’t in an optimal state, then you will keep passing toxins and toxic by-products to the liver and kidneys, placing an even bigger burden on these important detoxification organs. Read more

  • What's In Your Water?

    by Paula Gallagher | March 19, 2018

    bottled-waterThe World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a review of the potential risks of plastic in bottled drinking water after researchers uncovered particles in many major brands. Currently, there is no research to show that microplastics can undermine health, but the WHO says it wants to find out if a lifetime of ingesting these tiny particles might have an effect.

    The review comes after a study that screened more than 250 bottles of water from 11 different brands in 9 countries. They found that more than 90% contained tiny pieces of plastics and on average there were 325 pieces of plastics per liter. Read more

  • 5 Ways to Reduce Your Toxin Load

    by Margo Gladding | March 14, 2018

    clean-foodThere is something about spring that often makes people want to detox. Perhaps it’s the desire to reboot or recharge after a long, sluggish winter. While doing a detox can feel like a fresh start, we don’t need a particular time of year to help our bodies clear toxins. In fact, it is very important that we are detoxifying on a regular basis, and that we are continually making dietary and lifestyle choices that reduce our toxin load.

    Sadly, toxins are everywhere and they cause cumulative damage. Every source of exposure adds up and can harm every aspect of our health. Read more

  • Dinner Tonight: Sheet Pan Chicken with Vegetables

    by Paula Gallagher | March 13, 2018

    A fellow hockey mom introduced me to sheet pan meals. It sounded too good to be true. A healthy meal with things in your pantry in 30 minutes?! Well, not only is it true, my first attempt at it was delicious and sheet pan dinners have quickly become a much requested meal from everyone!

    Roasting, broiling, and baking are nutritious ways to cook too, enhancing foods’ flavors while locking in nutrients that cooking methods such as boiling leach out. And for a busy, busy family, being able to have a healthy homemade meal In 30 minutes or less, with minimal cleanup makes this recipe a winner. Read more

  • Vitamin K

    by Paula Gallagher | March 12, 2018

    chard+kaleIn our next installment of Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc, we hit on vitamin K. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be found in the diet and is also made by bacteria. The naturally occurring forms of vitamin K are phylloquinone (K1), found in plants, and menaquinones (K2 or MK), which are mostly made by bacteria living in the intestine.

    Vitamin K is very sensitive to heat and light and is easily destroyed by these conditions. Unfortunately, this could mean many people miss out on this vitamin simply because they overcook their food.

    There is a risk of vitamin K deficiency with any condition that impairs fat absorption, Read more

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