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Are the foods served at school disrupting our children’s ability to learn and affecting their behavior?

  Last week, our 16 year-old had an epiphany: after eating school lunch, he feels foggy, irritable and distracted. If he brings his lunch from home, he’s able to focus and is in a much better mood. While we could have pointed this out months ago, it wouldn’t have done a thing. Josh is an experiential learner and needed to …

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Are you inadvertently running into “road blocks” to your weight loss efforts?

Even through you’ve cleaned up your diet and started exercising you may still be asking yourself ”Why can’t I lose weight?”   Weight loss doesn’t have to be a complicated process. This week’s blog outlines 7  possible “road blocks” to your weight loss efforts. 1.       Don’t  obsess with dietary purity or over-think about the nutrition in your food If you’ve identified food sensitivities or intolerance’s  it is …

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Wheat- is it the staff of life or a weed of disease?

      The public is becoming more aware of the negative effects of wheat and other grains on their health. Many of these effects present as chronic problems unresponsive to conventional treatments. Over the past decade, there has been an increased recognition in the prevalence of gluten intolerance. Gluten intolerance can result in chronic gut inflammation and damage to …

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Diet not working? Food sensitivities could be stopping you from losing weight

    Food sensitivities can be a common cause of weight gain. Foods such as wheat, corn, milk and eggs are often the culprits Avoiding these potentially problematic foods can also relieve ailments such as headaches, depression, digestive problems and skin conditions. Don’t count on it Counting Calories as a strategy consistently fails millions of people. If you’ve tried low …

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Eat This for That- Using food as medicine

  Eyes (vision)- Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants found in Kale, Spinach And Collards, that protect and maintain healthy cells in your eyes. Ears (hearing) – Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant shown to protect brain and nerve tissue. It is found in Spinach, Potatoes, Broccoli, red meats and liver. Vitamin E works to make the blood vessels and nerves …

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Is a Calorie a Calorie?

    When it comes to weight loss, most health professionals base their program design on    the 1st law of thermodynamics, which is essentially, and energy in/energy out equation. If you consume more energy in the form of calories, than you expend through activity,   then you are doomed to gain weight. On the contrary, if you consume less than you …

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Turning Down the Heat: Using Food to Reduce Pain and Inflammation

    Inflammation is the body’s response to injury. It is a necessary part of the healing process. If you have an injury causing inflammation, there are a few things you should and probably shouldn’t do. Inflammation: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly The good: inflammation initiates the healing process and is usually self-limiting The bad: the primary negative …

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Is Your Diet Making You Dumb?

  Research published in the Journal of Physiology(http://jp.physoc.org/content/590/10/2485) suggests that a diet consistently high in fructose slows the brain and hinders memory and learning. Sugar Intake Two primary sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweeter added to processed foods, soft drinks and condiments as a sweetener and preservative. According to …

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Wheat or Heroin- What’s your poison?

        There are several substances in wheat that can potentially adversely affect your health 1.  Amylopectin A– a readily-digested starch which is highly disruptive to blood sugar 2. Lectin– a toxin known as wheat germ agglutinin, which can cause inflammation 3. Gliadin- a component of gluten in wheat which has drug-like effects. Because gliadin may not be …

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Integrative Approaches to Performance Enhancement

  Whether you’re a professional athlete or avid recreational sports enthusiast, preventing injuries and having that competitive edge are two things that athletes strive for. Many of my patients want to know what they eat or do for performance enhancement. There numerous training styles, formulas and nutritional supplements claiming to offer athletes the winning edge. Some work, while many do …

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