Slavery is alive and well in our society, but it’s not what you may think. Americans are slaves to sugar, and the bonds are tightening every year at a rate of nearly 2%. Back in the 1700s, before the conveniences of modern industrialized life, we consumed, on average, 4 pounds of sugar per year. Nowadays, it’s more like 78 pounds per year. This infographic puts
Intuitively, we know that what we eat impacts how we feel. The Diet section will cover diets advertised to help autoimmune symptoms and flares, leaky gut and research on trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar.
Are ingredients in processed foods (food additives) a contributor for leaky gut? Food additives have been proposed as a likely culprit in increased intestinal permeability, or leaky gut syndrome (1). In particular, surfactants/emulsifiers added to food products are known to increase intestinal permeability. Connecting the dots is not difficult when considering that surfactants are used as ingredients in medications to increase their absorption by opening
I strive to be discerning and unbiased in my work as a Nutritionist, and as an integrative practitioner, I feel that it is paramount to remain open to new perspectives. This doesn’t change the fact that I feel horrible when I realize that I’ve been giving the wrong advice, or that I’ve allowed a potentially harmful product to slip under my radar. Such is the
If there’s one thing that a person with autoimmunity should do to start the healing process, it is to first figure out what foods are acting as inflammatory triggers. For many, this can seem daunting. We have deep-rooted emotional connections to the foods and beverages that we consume, whether we realize it or not. Embark upon an elimination diet, and you will soon understand what
A very important, but sometimes overlooked, element of managing diet for us autoimmune moms is the acid-alkaline balance. There will be more discussion on this in future posts written by our amazing functional nutrition author, but for now, I wanted to share the best infographic to use as a reference plus some other good articles. Why is acid-alkaline balance important? If your diet is too