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February 24, 2019

If you don’t know someone with a food sensitivity, you must be living in a bunker.  It can be super annoying to remember and work around everyone’s sensitivities. 

“Okay everyone, Karen can’t have gluten.  Chris can’t have eggs.  Sonya can’t have red meat.  But other than that bring whatever you want for the company potluck”.  

I mean are these “sensitivities” really legitimate?  I have seen Sonya mow down on a burger or two so how serious can it be? 

Food intolerances or "sensitivities" can affect you in so many ways.  And they’re a lot more common than most people think.  As many people as you know with a sensitivity, there are even more out there that haven’t made the connection. 

I'm not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or p...

February 17, 2019

Digestive enzymes are great because they are quick and easy “fix” for that dreaded bloat.

But not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal.

Over the years I have found there are 2 types of people.  Those that are skeptical and resistant to all supplements and those that are on board, looking for that quick fix.  Now I am ALL for the power of a supplement and use more than a handful in my life but they are never my “PLAN A”. Not to mention, that some supplements can be harmful if used inappropriately.

So, let’s dive into a few of the common digestive enzymes, what they do, and who should NOT take them.

WHAT ARE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES?

Technically, “enzymes” are compounds that help critical biochemical reactions to happen in your body. These reactions can be anything, from making neurotransmitters like serotonin, to burning food for energy, to breaking down food we eat into smaller pieces that our guts can absorb.

Oh, and they all end with...

February 10, 2019

STRESS!!!  Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree?

Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death when being chased by a moose and then return to normal after we’ve fought it with our bare hands (or ran for our freakin’ lives). But, that usually only happens when silly tourists stop to feed the wild animals on the side of the highway. 

And yet we are constantly initiating our “fight or flight” response over an internet connection that’s not working, kids who won’t eat their food if it touches, or traffic that’s moving SO slowly you are going to miss you’re yoga meditation workshop!  “Get moving!  I am going to be late for my ZEN!”   It becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.

You’ve probably heard of our “friendemy” cortisol.  It’s a hormone released from your adrenal glands whenever you start stressin’. In the right amounts its actually really good for us.  Cor...

February 3, 2019

Having a food intolerance is not fun.

Beyond making it impossible to find places you can eat, it can cause abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea.  You may start considering planning a baby shower for your 5 month pregnant food baby.  It also causes embarrassing symptoms (or in my five year old son’s eyes – hilarious symptoms) like flatulence and diarrhea.

But what most people don’t realize is that mowing down on foods your body doesn’t like can cause these less obvious side effects: muscle or joint pain; headaches; exhaustion; and even skin symptoms like rashes and eczema.

Dairy is one of the most common foods that many people seem to be intolerant of, and of course it is also hidden in a crap ton of processed foods.  Seriously Lays!  Why are my salt and pepper potato chips covered in whey powder???  There are three main components of milk that people can react to: lactose, casein, and whey. 

MILK SUGAR (LACTOSE) INTOLERANCE

It’s estimated that up to 75% of adults...

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