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Although water counts for 45 – 70% of the weight of an adult human body and is the most essential nutrient for survival, protein seems to me to be the critical macronutrient to keep the body functioning.  Our muscles, organs, blood cells, enzymes, hormones, and other bodily components are made of protein.  Given this fact, […]


The history of all major religions include some form of fasting, from Pagans who would fast in preparation for the spring equinox to Jesus’s forty day fast in the dessert.  Today some religions still include guidelines for monthly, yearly or intermittent fasts while others leave the practice to the discretion of the individual. But the […]


Someone reminded me recently that some of the things I take as nutrition-related “common knowledge” are only that for people who have been told the information previously.  Yeah, okay, so that sounds obvious, but sometimes I genuinely forget that other people have chosen to be experts in fields other than nutrition.  I mean, nutrition is […]


If you follow nutrition news even a little bit, then you know that the latest and greatest information often seems to contradict previously indisputable facts.  One day eggs are dangerous because of the naturally-occurring cholesterol in the yolk and the next they are a super food touted for protein quality.  One week salt intake is […]


In a series about Understanding Blood Sugar Control, you have to include an article about diabetes. It’s not because this is the only result of erratic blood sugar levels (as a reminder, I talked about the possible impacts in this post). Rather, it’s because this is the diagnosis that is directly tied to one’s ability […]


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 […]


As I mentioned in the post about identifying food sensitivities, foods that are removed during an elimination diet may include the common allergens, foods known to contribute to a particular condition (ex: GERD), and/or any foods you suspect your body doesn’t handle well. To be more specific, here are some foods that are considered for […]


Food sensitivities can be hard to narrow down for a few reasons: Symptoms can show up anywhere in the body, which is why it is often difficult to associate something you ate with what you feel physically, mentally, or emotionally. It can take up to 72 hours for a symptom to appear, which means you […]


Seems there aren’t enough words to describe all the ways a certain food may not work for a person. And it can be confusing to figure out which of the “conditions” applies to you and what to do about it. So let’s start with some basic definitions (which I’m not sure are universally accepted, but […]

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