Recently, fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi have been making news, even though they are, in fact, anything but new – fermented foods have been around for thousands of years. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration, fermentation has always been not only a simple means of food preservation, but also a way to imbue foods with health-promoting properties, an essential tool for maintaining the gut health.
If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from an autoimmune disease, I want to tell you, as a functional medicine physician who specializes in treating autoimmune patients and as someone who has battled an autoimmune disease myself, that the most important thing to know about autoimmune diseases is that they can be reversed.
Good digestion is fundamental to overall health. Even if we are eating a “perfect” diet, without proper digestion, we are not absorbing the nutrients and will not benefit from all that great food. Key signs that our food is not being well digested include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and reflux or heartburn as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which may indicate absorption issues.
On her road to better health, Amie Valpone uncovered the underlying issue of all her symptoms. “One of the crucial things I learned on my healing journey is that because we are all encoded with a unique DNA, each of us has a unique response to chemical toxins and how well we methylate. Some of us can detox and process these toxins, while some of us cannot. Find out how the MTHFR gene plays a role in our health and detoxification.
When your digestion is working optimally, you shouldn’t even notice it working at all. But, for many of us that’s not the case… Gas, bloating, rumbling and even cramping are symptoms we experience on a daily basis. Instead of learning to live with the discomfort, do something about it today!
Here are 6 ways to deal with the causes and help relieve the symptoms.
Don’t you love finding beauty in the most unlikely of places?
Sometimes beauty lies in the most unlikely of places: in a messy, bed-head hairdo, a smoky smear of eye makeup, or the flush in your cheeks after a hard workout. Beauty isn’t perfection; sometimes it’s even more compelling when it’s unconventional. Along those same lines, I’ve found that some of the foods that make us look and feel our most beautiful are, well, … downright ugly, stinky and pungent. Not all of nature’s beauty foods are as pretty and sweet as raspberries and pomegranates. Check out my list of the seven unlikeliest foods that make your skin, nails and hair quite beautiful. I try to eat them as regularly as possible- and make sure to brush twice afterward!
Many people live with digestive problems thinking it’s normal to feel not that great most of the time – that is, until issues like bloating, diarrhea, IBS and/or constipation start to make it physically impossible to get to the 9 a.m. department meeting or Junior’s soccer game. Truth be told, though extremely common, gastro-intestinal distress is not normal – it’s your body’s way of telling you that your gut isn’t functioning properly and needs your attention. The good news is that the majority of belly complaints can be treated relatively easily, resulting in a well functioning digestive system will energize you, help your immune system and prevent all sorts of diseases.
To juice or not to juice, to blend or not to blend, that is the question! Which one is best? What’s a girl to do? Panic! Freeze! Give up! Sleep! NOPE.
Hands down the best way to increase our alkalinity and detox our purdy bodies is to consume a diet full of sunlight aka liquid chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that’s said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation, oxygenate the body, and counteract harmful free radicals. By eating (and drinking) a diet high in chlorophyll (raw fruits and veggies, especially leafy greens), we dine on liquid oxygen, the very substance we need to stay alive and thrive.
Is Detoxification safe? A good detoxification program is based on safe, effective, all-natural herbs and nutrients. The program should be gentle and work with your body’s own detoxification ability and normal patterns of elimination. It should eliminate foods and toxins that put an extra load on your body’s natural detoxification systems. But at the same… Read more »
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a detox is and how to do it, so let me explain how I understand detoxification. Detoxification is what your body does naturally to neutralize, transform or get rid of unwanted materials or toxins. It is a primary function of the body, constantly working and interacting with… Read more »