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If you have been keeping up with the latest health information, then you have probably heard the term “microbiome” a few times. The microbiome is essentially all the bacteria that live in and on your body, and it has a huge impact on overall health, in particular the immune system. In fact, our guts are home to trillions of bacteria. Did you know that there are more bacteria that live in your gut, than there are cells in your body? Pretty amazing. For those practitioners who have a focus on holistic nutrition, we have always understood the importance of a healthy gut and the microbes that live there. But more and more scientific evidence is supporting the role that a healthy gut microbiome has on overall health – everything from […]
How much protein should one get each day? This has been a hotly debated question for many years, if not decades in the nutrition field. Let’s start with some basics though. The recommended dietary allowance or RDA is the amount needed to maintain the health of 97 to 98 percent of individuals in groups according to age and gender. The RDA for protein is a modest 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. That translates to an average of 46 grams of protein daily for women and 56 grams of protein for men. Keep in mind though, that the RDA represents the minimum amount you need to keep from getting sick — not the specific amount you are supposed to eat every day. Experts in the field often […]
By now, most of us are educated as to the reasons to avoid farmed salmon. For instance, farmed salmon harbor PCB’s in their flesh, are administered higher levels of antibiotics than livestock, and are kept in containment areas that restrict movement, which can lead to disease. But you may not be aware as to why you should be cautious when purchasing and eating one of the most popular seafood items in the United States. What is it? Shrimp. Oh, we all love shrimp. You see, Americans tend to favor a mild taste when it comes to seafood. I can attest to this. For years I have been trying to convince my clients to eat sardines – one of the healthiest and lowest mercury fish available. But, probably less than one percent […]