In any human body there are around 30 trillion human cells, but our gut microbiome is an estimated 39 trillion microbial cells including bacteria, viruses and fungi that inhabit our gastrointestinal tract, and have a major influence on our metabolism, body weight, propensity to illness, immune system, appetite and mood. These microbes mostly live in … Continue reading Eat the rainbow for a Healthy Gut
Are You Getting Enough Iodine?
Iodine is an essential nutrient naturally found in earth's soil and ocean water. It’s important to get enough iodine in our diet as it regulates our hormones, fetal development, and more. Generally, you can get enough iodine from your diet by consuming iodized salt, seafood, and certain vegetables like kelp, potatoes, lima beans and green … Continue reading Are You Getting Enough Iodine?
How to make your Hormones work for you?
Can you choose to ignore the smell and cravings of freshly baked pastries? Perhaps for a day or two maybe, but what about 24/7, 365 days a year when a hormone is “screaming” out to you with increasing loudness to take a bite? Photo by Karolina Grabowska on Pexels.com Although the hormonal “push” for you … Continue reading How to make your Hormones work for you?
What is Leptin?
Many people believe that weight gain and loss is all about calories and willpower. However, modern obesity research disagrees and scientists increasingly say that a hormone called leptin is involved. Leptin is a master hormone in the body that controls hunger and feelings of satiety. Leptin is a hormone produced by the fat cells … Continue reading What is Leptin?
Obesity…Is it your zip code or genetic code?
Although eating fatty foods and no exercise are the most common and obvious determinants of obesity, they are not the only ones. Obesity involves more complex factors like the environment we live in, our genes, lifestyle, cultural background, socio-economic status, education level, hormonal issues and even stress. Photo by Daniel Reche from Pexels Weight gain and obesity are … Continue reading Obesity…Is it your zip code or genetic code?
This delicious healthy granola recipe is naturally sweetened with pure maple syrup (or honey). It’s made with oats, coconut oil and your favorite nuts. Make it your own! Recipe yields about 8 cups granola, enough for about 16 half-cup servings. INGREDIENTS • 4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (use certified gluten-free oats for gluten-free granola) • … Continue reading Healthy Granola
Cholesterol and our Mental Health
For the last quarter century, we have been told that cholesterol is dangerous for our health and were advised to avoid it in order to live a healthier life. However, cholesterol is essential in maintaining good mental health. The brain is the most cholesterol-rich organ in the body, and depriving the brain of essential fatty … Continue reading Cholesterol and our Mental Health
The Power of Probiotics
Probiotics are highly beneficial for immune health There is a belief that probiotics are only beneficial of digestive health but the benefits of probiotics in your gut go beyond just healthy bowel movements. A healthy digestive system has been linked to improvements in mental health and immune response. (1) Probiotics act as microbial food supplements … Continue reading The Power of Probiotics
Should we take supplements or not?
The Supplements Dilemma For as long as I can remember, has always been a question people ask noting the influence of marketing and advertising about the need to take supplements for every alignment under the sun and the many health specialty stores and supermarkets that sell these over the counter supplements. It’s a huge billion-dollar … Continue reading Should we take supplements or not?
Fasting for Health
Ramadan is always looked at from a spiritual and behavioural aspect rather than the health aspect and its physical benefits. It is my aim here to discuss the health benefits for those who are not interested in the spiritual aspect thus refrain from fasting. We should not look at this holy month as a chore or a … Continue reading Fasting for Health