Take Care of Your Liver Before It’s Too Late!

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In the past few years, I’ve been seeing liver conditions in younger and younger populations.  This has happened on the coat tails of a dramatic increase in the consumption of sugar, alcohol, meat, dairy and a generally highly-processed diet.  One of the challenges with conditions such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is that most people […]

Best Practices for Pooping!

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Constipation is a common problem that affects so many people.  If you are constipated for an extended period of time, it can lead to bloating, abdominal discomfort, weight gain, over toxicity, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and other not-so-fun health issues. How do you know if you’re constipated?   It may seem like an obvious answer, but […]

Niacin (B3)

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Let’s dissect one important member of the B-vitamin family: niacin (B3).   Niacin is a water-soluble vitamin that is plentiful in many foods.  You may also see it called nicotinic acid or nicotinamide.  These substances get converted into the active or more usable forms of niacin in the body called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) and […]

Zonulin and Leaky Gut

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This post is a review of an article that examines the role of zonulin on leaky gut. Leaky gut is a common issue and is seen in those with GI disorders of all kinds and is also a common denominator in countless other disease conditions.  It is called “leaky gut” because the lining of the […]

Getting A’s

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Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin.  That means that instead of being dissolved in water, it is dissolved in fats or oils.  For this reason, it can be helpful to take vitamin A-rich foods with a small amount of fat.   Vitamin A is stored in the liver until your body needs it somewhere else […]

Your Brain on Sugar

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The COVID-19 pandemic is an interesting frame from which to talk about the effects of sugar on the brain. While a small percentage of the country is likely to use this unprecedented time to really focus on holistic health for oneself (creating balance, spiritual nutrition, learning/growing, health, fitness, meditation, self care, cooking at home, etc.), […]