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6 Signs You're Gluten Intolerant

Let’s talk about the thing that shall not be named…GLUTEN (gasp!). It seems these days that everybody has some sort of adverse reaction or allergy to gluten. We can even see ‘gluten-free’ packets of almost everything popping up on our grocery store shelves. But why now? What’s got everyone up in arms over gluten? Let’s take a look: WHAT IS GLUTEN Gluten is the general term for a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. All forms of wheat contain gluten, including durum, spelt, and farro. Many everyday food products have gluten, such as pasta, bread, and beer. However, gluten is also an ingredient in a variety of less obvious foods like soups, sauces and even salad dressings. WHY...

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The Skin-Gut Connection

To heal the skin, it’s essential that you first heal the gut. More and more, we are realising that the gut is the birthplace of healing and balance in the body. A thriving gut equals a healthy immune system and strong mind. If you have an unhealthy gut it can have a big impact on our overall health and especially the appearance of your skin, including spots, inflammation, eczema and rosacea. We’re not saying you should be throwing your serums and toners out. We’re just saying that supplementing yourself with natural, anti-inflammatory, pre- and probiotic foods could make a bigger difference than we ever thought. The skin and intestines are not only the human organs with the most substantial surface...

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8 Ways to Combat Bloating During your Menstrual Cycle

Did you know that up to 85% of women experience PMS (Premenstrual syndrome) before and during their menstrual cycle and that having an imbalanced microbiome is correlated to imbalances in hormones? Having too much estrogen in the body can lead to gut-related issues like bloating and fluid retention, and can also lead to symptoms of PMS such as cramps, heavier periods, mood swings, and bloating. Bloat is a common early symptom of menstruation and occurs 1-2 weeks before a woman’s period. Other PMS symptoms may also include: tiredness cramps acne food cravings swollen breasts headaches backaches Bloating is extremely uncomfortable because it may feel like you've gained weight or like your abdomen or other parts of your body are tight...

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Everyone's Talking About MCT. Is It Worth The Hype?

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are fats that are mostly commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut comes from MCTs . MCTs are a fat source for people who cannot tolerate other types of fats. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are more easily digested than longer-chain fatty acids found in many other foods. These fats can easily be broken down into molecules called ketone bodies. Which are an incredible and efficient source of energy.  BENEFITS 1.Reduces Inflammation The body’s production of pro-inflammatory cytokines are reduced and anti-inflammatory cytokines are elevated by ingesting MCTs. 2.Good energy source In the liver, the fats are broken down to be either used as fuel or stored as...

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6 Signs of an Imbalanced Gut Microbiome

 The microbiome is the community of microorganisms (such as fungi, bacteria and viruses) that exists in a particular environment. In humans, the term is often used to describe the microorganisms that live in or on a particular part of the body, such as the skin or gastrointestinal tract. Your 'gut microbiome' is made up of the trillions of microorganisms and their genetic material that live in your intestinal tract. These microorganisms, mainly comprising bacteria, are involved in functions critical to your health and wellbeing. What are the 3 types of gut microbes? 1.Bacteriome  2.Mycobiome 3.Virome  These 3 together represent, respectively, the assemblages of bacteria, viruses and fungi, living in the human gut. You can test the strength of your...

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