Immune System Support

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As a follow-up to the blog post I wrote last year about inflammation, here is a short video in which I describe: What inflammation is Why we should not be trying to ban it from our bodies How we can eat to support our immune system and make inflammation our friend. Inflammation is necessary for […]


Cancer. What a terrifying word. And with good reason. In 2015, the National Institutes of Health estimate that 1.6 million new diagnoses of cancer will be made in the U.S. 1.6 million. That’s about 0.5% of the U.S. population. I get it doesn’t seem like a large percentage of people. And it may not be […]


Although the name suggests otherwise, vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin. Vitamins are micronutrients that we must get from our diet because our body can’t create them. But we can create vitamin D, under the right conditions (more on that later). Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in this incredibly important prohormone and that is […]


In a previous blog post, I described what autoimmune diseases are and how they develop, including the necessity of a trigger and a leaky gut. What this means is that your genes are not your destiny, as it relates to acquiring an autoimmune disease. (Or lots of other conditions, for that matter, but this post […]


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 […]


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 […]


You won’t be surprised to know that my conversations with people often turn to discussions about food. As soon as someone finds out I’m a dietitian, one of the first questions they ask is, “What do you think of <insert “low carb”, “Atkins”, or name of some other diet>?” The second most common thing that […]


The prevalence of autoimmune diseases is on the rise. At least all the current estimates indicate this is true. However, it’s difficult to figure out exactly how many people have an autoimmune disease because new ones are being identified all the time. Researchers have identified 80 different autoimmune diseases that affect 23.5 million Americans. The […]