Monthly Archives: July 2012

Antibacterial Ingredients and Allergies

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  Germs are a big concern for many people. Hand wipes and antibacterial…

Toxins and Metabolic Syndrome

The link between toxins and poor health is not very well understood. We know there is a link, but we are only scratching the surface of knowledge about the harmful effects of these toxins and just how they exert damage. In my new book, Heart of Perfect Health, I devoted a chapter to this topic, though it could easily be…

Antibiotics and Asthma and Gut Microbes, Oh My

One of the most interesting aspects of the gut connection is the ability of the gut microbes, or gut microflora, to affect areas of the body seemingly far removed from the gut. It can be difficult to imagine that what happens in your gut affects what happens in, say, your brain or your lungs, but it does! Truly, optimal gut…

Fat Is Not the Enemy—It’s a Nutrient

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  The low-fat diet craze has been popular since the ‘70s when scientists…

Omega-3s and Inflammation

One of the most important benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is their anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is an underlying feature of most, if not all, chronic disease. But what is inflammation? Most people think of pain, swelling, and redness when they think of inflammation. These are the hallmark features of acute inflammation, like when you cut yourself. But the inflammation that…

Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio of Breast Milk

Infant growth and development begins in the womb and continues at a rapid pace during the first months and years of life. Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for this development, especially when the mother’s nutrition itself is optimal. The fat content of breast milk is of great importance to infant development—especially when it comes to the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, and…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Dirty Dozen Plus from Environmental Working Group

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  The Environmental Working Group is at it again. This group is at…

Low Vitamin D? Expect Weight Gain

Vitamin D has received a lot of attention over the last few years, and for good reason. The negative health effects that have been associated with low vitamin D levels make up a long list, indeed. Dr. Smith wrote a great blog on vitamin D a couple winters ago with an overview on the best ways to raise vitamin D…

Green Coffee Bean—Not Your Morning Cup of Joe

Weight loss is one of the biggest concerns of, well, most of us. With over two-thirds of people in the United States overweight and one-third obese, weight loss is a big issue. I have always said that diet is the main factor of addressing any health issue, and weight loss is certainly included. I have also said that a healthy…