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Food Preservatives

Food Preservatives

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to “preserve” them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly. You can find them in all kinds of products in grocery stores. Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats…

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in pop, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store. Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of…

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Food intolerances or “sensitivities” can affect you in so many ways. And they’re a lot more common than most people think. 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,…

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein, and Whey)

Having a food intolerance is not fun. It can cause abdominal pain, discomfort, and nausea. It also causes embarrassing symptoms like flatulence and diarrhea. Other symptoms linked to food intolerances include muscle or joint pain, headaches, exhaustion, and even skin symptoms like rashes and eczema. Dairy is just one of those foods that many people seem to be intolerant of.…

All About Digestive Enzymes

All About Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzyme supplements can be great digestive aids, but they’re not for everyone; and not all enzyme supplements are created equal. As a nutritionist, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times, I would rather try other strategies first. If you’re in need of digestive support, chances are there’s…

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Whether you realize it or not, there are a number of factors including artificial lighting, sounds, smells, and emotional stress (think: action movies) that can increase your stress level without you even realizing it. You don’t have to feel “stressed” for your body to be under stress. That’s why stress can be an undetected…

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Do you love your breakfast?  Do you have a short list of “go-to” recipes?  Feel like you need a bit of inspiration to start eating breakfast again? As life (and mornings) get busy, breakfast is often the first thing that goes out the window. After all, your colleagues will noticed when your shirt isn’t ironed, but they can’t tell you…

How to Improve Gut Health

How to Improve Gut Health

Hippocrates, the father or modern medicine said, “All disease begins in the gut.” And while this may not be 100% true for every disease in every person, more and more research shows that our gut (digestive system) has a bigger role in many diseases than we used to think. We’re not just talking about heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, IBS, IBD, etc.…

How to Read the New Nutrition Facts Tables

How to Read the New Nutrition Facts Tables

The Nutrition Facts table is on the side of most packaged foods. It’s often found close to the ingredient listing. The purpose of it is to help consumers make better nutrition decisions. When people can see the number of calories, carbs, sodium, etc. in food, they should be able to eat better, right? Whether you like the Nutrition Facts table…