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Recovering from Illness

One of the toughest things to do when you’re finally feeling better after days of being bed-ridden from illness is to continue to rest. However, this could possibly be the most important thing you can do in order to fully recover. As adults, we tend to push ourselves too hard. When we get sick, we …

Immune-Boosting Foods

If you’ve been reading my blog/beamer posts, you’ve often seen me write about good nutrition. Sadly, nutrition is one of those things that’s often overlooked when seeking ways to boost immunity, reduce inflammation and improve health. I can’t stress enough how important good nutrition is when seeking to balance, restore and build your vitality. Here …

Pain Management, Part 5

Nutrition & Supplementation When it comes to diet, I first want to emphasize that one size does NOT fit all. Foods that cause inflammation, leading to disease and increased pain, may not have the same effect on another. One of the neatest branches of nutrition in its infant stages is “Nutrigenomics,” which combines the study …

Let’s Talk About Macronutrients

When someone refers to macronutrients, they are referring to the three components: proteins carbohydrates fats/oils Proteins (4 calories per gram) Proteins are made of amino acids, small units necessary for growth and tissue repair. Animal foods such as meat, fish, poultry, milk and eggs are rich in protein. Good plant sources of protein are beans, …

Is My Poop Normal?

  Poop: we all do it, but not many people like to talk about it (I think that’s normal). But it’s a very important thing to know about, because it can give some insight into your health and digestive function. The above graphic is called the Bristol Stool Chart and is the “gold standard” when …

Fermented Foods vs. Probiotic Supplements

It can be very confusing (and frankly overwhelming) when faced with the plethora of options out there regarding “building a healthy gut.” How do you decide what products are right for you? Here are a few things to consider. Pros of fermented foods such as kombucha, yogurt, kefir, etc. provide external digestion of your food …

Eating the Rainbow: Green

When we look at plants, the color green seems to be present in almost all of them. The presence of green tells us something about the plant – it contains chlorophyll. What’s chlorophyll? Chlorophyll is a green pigment in plants with a very similar structure to hemoglobin. The only difference is the central molecule; in …