Vitamin D promotes absorption in the gut and maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate concentrations to enable normal mineralization of bone. Vitamin D has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Vitamin D also helps to prevent mood imbalances such as depression and seasonal affective disorder.
Coconut oil contains a unique type of fat known as “Medium Chain Triglycerides” (MCTs). In fact, 65% of the fat in coconut oil are these MCTs. The MCTs content of coconut oil is what gives it its “miracle” properties!
The idea behind them is that you can still get the sweetness, without the calories; like when you have a “diet pop” versus a regular one. Theoretically, this was going to help people maintain a healthy body weight, and hopefully not increase anyone’s risk of heart disease, diabetes, or obesity.
But, it doesn’t always work out the way we think it will...
With the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, there is no denying it anymore. It's no wonder what you eat feeds not only your body but can directly affect your brain.
Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.
Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn't that critical for most people.
Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies or "insufficiencies". These may be due to digestion or absorption issues, or avoidance of...
Food intolerances or "sensitivities" can affect you in so many ways.
I'm not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions.
What I'm talking about is an intolerance, meaning you do not tolerate a specific food very well and it causes immediate or chronic symptoms anywhere in the body.
Ideas that can easily become "grab-and-go" options and are not only healthy but delicious.
What’s my criteria you ask?
They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way; foods that contain protein and/or fibre, are low in the glycemic load, and without artificial sweeteners and free of preservatives.
Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we have confronted or escaped the danger. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society - it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic.
You may be taking (or considering taking) a digestive enzyme supplement. But, how do you know which one (if any) is right for you?
In this discussion, we dive into a few of the common digestive enzymes, what they do, and who should NOT take them.