Health-building fats support your brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods. Health-busting fats pretty much damage all of these (brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods). Hence it is so important to know which ones to favour and which ones to avoid for for optimal health.

Sodium itself is not that bad! In fact, it’s an essential mineral and an important electrolyte in the body. It helps with fluid balance, and proper nerve and muscle function. But too much sodium is not great either! Regularly getting too much sodium can increase your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, stomach cancer, and kidney stones.

There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. Perhaps your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are acting out. But other times, the hunger may not be physical hunger. It may be a craving or an emotional trigger.

Mindfulness reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, thereby lowering inflammation and improving sleep. All of these can have massive effects on your physical and mental health. Let’s now briefly go over the research in three main areas: mood, weight, and gut health.

With a high fat intake, it may be surprising to know that studies show that a ketogenic diet is effective for weight loss. But it’s true! It can also have better results than low-fat diets. At least one study showed that people lost 2.2 times more weight on a ketogenic diet than those on low-fat or calorie-controlled diets. How is this possible?

Multivitamins are the most commonly used supplements in the world! Multivitamins are exactly what they sound like: multiple vitamins. They are supplements that contain several different vitamins in each one. They can also contain several minerals and other ingredients like amino acids or fatty acids. And because there are multiple ingredients, there are low doses of each ingredient.

Phytic acid is naturally present in most nuts, seeds, grains and legumes; it is the plant's storage form of the mineral phosphorus and is used as energy when the plant starts to grow. Phytic acid binds to the minerals iron, zinc, and calcium. When phytic acid is bound to a mineral, it is in the form of phytate.

You know that cooking is key to healthy eating. And, yes, it does get boring from time to time. Try one (or all) of my fun cooking tips to inspire you to get over to your kitchen and cook yourself some great dishes.

Heartburn, also known as reflux, occurs when the strong acid in your stomach creeps up into your esophagus. It can feel like a burning sensation; hence the name "heartburn". Other common symptoms include bloating, burping, difficulty swallowing, or a sore throat. Often there is a bitter or sour taste as well.

There are a ton of artificial, chemical, "frankenstein" ingredients in foods these days. If you see an ingredient called "artificial flavour," what exactly is it? For the most part, it’s a secret! Seriously!? Big food companies don’t want their proprietary flavours to be known, so they are allowed to say “artificial flavour” and leave the details out.

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