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.
Keeping up with our healthy habits may feel more difficult while traveling – you’re out of your routine, you don’t have access to your normal foods, your sleep patterns may be off, etc., etc. Often our immune systems can become compromised, making our intended holiday or vacation time spent nursing a cold instead. Travel healthier with these immune-boosting travel essentials. Pack these 8 items with you on your next trip to keep your energy levels high and your immune system strong…
A staple of the human diet for thousands of years, bone broth is enjoying a resurgence of interest due to its powerful health benefits. Bone broth is easy to incorporate in your diet as a base for soups, stews and legumes. Follow our recipe below to make your own fortifying and replenishing broth.
This is not your grandma’s arthritis anymore. To heal arthritis we look to where inflammation begins, we find that most chronic arthritis conditions have common root causes, like poor food choices, stress, and gut imbalances.
In my practice, and in my new book 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat…And How YOU Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!, I talk a lot about the day-to-day habits that can make or break your health. At the top of the health-breakers list is inflammation. It’s a word my patients become quite familiar with as we work together to tame it. And now people outside wellness circles are also starting to hear about it a lot more too. Trouble is, most of them don’t really understand much about inflammation or just how destructive it is. You could say everybody’s talking about inflammation, but what are they doing about it? Hopefully, they’re learning to take steps to prevent it. To help you do that, here’s a topline on what chronic inflammation is all about and why it’s essential to tame it.
Modern medicine is clearly vested in what I like to call the Las Vegas mentality. We’ve all heard that “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” and it seems that, as it relates to medicine today, we still tend to look at illness as being uniquely related to the body system that is affected. For example, autism is thought to represent a brain disorder having to do with the development and functionality of that organ. This is despite the ever-increasing research that demonstrates significant gut abnormalities associated with this disorder. Further, a recent study has shown that giving children with asthma increased amounts of dietary fiber leads to significant improvement. This study clearly challenges the notion that asthma is specifically a lung related disorder.
Many of my patients are shocked to learn that their microbome, this microscopic community that lives on and in them, plays such a vital role in their health and well-being, including their weight, their mental state, and their moods.
Sleep is often the first casualty of our busy lives. We cut out an hour here and there in our quest to fit more into the day, working on the assumption that sleep is unproductive.
“I might be wiped out tomorrow,” we think, “but if I stay up a little later, I can accomplish more.”
To pass sleep off as an extended stretch of downtime is to dangerously mischaracterize it. Far from being at total rest during sleep, our bodies are intensely busy: While our waking minds go on autopilot, some of our bodies’ most sophisticated mechanisms rev up to do the hard work of repairing and maintaining nearly every aspect of our physiology and psychology.
What would happen if our children’s serious infections no longer responded to antibiotics? If an infection in the uterus of a mother who has recently given birth couldn’t be treated with antibiotics? If there were no longer a cure for meningitis, or any number of life threatening infections?
The magnitude of this reality is upon us as we enter into an era that is, according to major public health organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, defined by the global health crisis called antibiotic resistance.
You may have noticed something different about children today: The vast majority seem to have some kind of diagnosed chronic illness such as ADHD, allergies, asthma, or autism. No matter how you look at it, our children are in trouble. Something is causing these varied symptoms in their bodies. If you look closely at these children’s symptoms (inattentive or hyperactive behaviors, skin rashes, gastrointestinal symptoms, sensory symptoms, breathing problems, learning disabilities, etc.) you will find that they all have common inflammatory roots.