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This is the last entry in this series about understanding gluten. We’ve covered what gluten is and where to find it, what gluten does to your digestive and immune systems, and how those changes can manifest throughout the body. Today we are covering the prevalence of gluten sensitivity and who should avoid gluten. How prevalent […]


As you’ve hopefully read in parts 1 and 2 of this “Understanding Gluten” series, gluten is a protein found in some grains. Consumption of gluten appears to affect everyone’s digestive tract at least somewhat, and in some people it can cause leaky gut and trigger the adaptive immune system to make antibodies. Now that we’ve […]


In part 1 of this video series, I explained what leaky gut is by showing you how a healthy intestine works and what happens with a “leaky” intestine. In this video, I get into the meat of the discussion by describing what happens in the body as a result of the increased intestinal permeability. Within […]


Much of the time when people are talking about gluten, the conversation seems to involve praising or denigrating someone who has declared themselves gluten-free even though they do not have celiac disease. (Perhaps you’ve even seen this video about how to be gluten intolerant?) Since there seems to be some misunderstanding about what gluten does […]


Everywhere you look someone is talking or writing about “leaky gut”, especially how to determine if you have it (usually a reference to Googling symptoms) and how to fix it. While symptoms and resolution of any digestive problem are important, it’s jumping the gun a bit if we don’t really understand what leaky gut is. […]


People often use the terms sodium and salt interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing and the misnomer causes confusion (at best) and health problems (at worst). Salt is a molecule made of ~40% sodium and ~60% chloride. This distinction is important because sodium and chloride have some distinct functions in the body. As […]


Potassium is the 3rd most abundant mineral in the body behind calcium and phosphorus, which makes it really important. (Not that the other micronutrients aren’t also important. I’m not showing any favorites here!) There is a lot of information here and it can be kind of confusing because some of the symptoms for too much […]


Since we’ve covered all of the macronutrients, we’re moving onto the micronutrients. And we’re starting with the minerals because so many of us are deficient in them. (Women, especially, are familiar with the need for calcium, but the other minerals are just as important and often lacking as well!) Magnesium makes up ~1% of body […]


I hate to admit it, but it makes me happy that I hear fewer people talking about calories. (I hate to admit it because it means I’m a nutrition nerd! Ha!) However, there are still way too many people who think “a calorie is a calorie” and that weight maintenance happens when calories in equal […]

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