It's amazing how this essential fatty acid helps our bodies function and fight against many chronic diseases and inflammation!
GLA is converted by the body into substances that fight inflammation and cell damage. It has had a positive effect on many chronic diseases of modern society, including: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, etc.
You may have heard people in your life say that they are “gluten intolerant” or dairy or soy intolerant. Many people avoid these foods due to inflammation or the health problems they cause, while others feel fine eating them. There is one food however, that is universally inflammatory, sugar. Dr. Heidi Tumer, a medical nutrition therapist who specializes in anti-inflammatory diets to reduce pain and symptoms related to autoimmune conditions and inflammatory arthritis, says that “everyone is sugar intolerant.”
There are some stipulations to that though. For example, if you eat an apple with naturally occurring sugar, you’re not only consuming sugar, but also vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients—all things that feed our healthy gut bacteria to help our bodies metabolize the sugar that is found in the apple. The problem with processed foods with added sugar is that we don’t typically get the added nutrients in those foods and we’re typically eating sugar in its pure form—something that we’re not evolved to do.
Do you have a cherished recipe that has been passed down for generations? You know the one, every time you make it your kids all swear it’s their favorite meal, your spouse complements you, your friends and family fight over the leftovers. You may have spent time with your grandma in the kitchen learning how to master her recipe and the magic of how she made it. The phrase “grandma cooking” has been coined as the thrifty, delicious, seasonal, and intuitive cooking that nourishes our bodies, and hits the spot without being overly indulgent.
Today’s generation of children, on average, spend more than 44.5 hours per week in front of a computer, television and/or game screen, often simultaneously. Not only is that time no longer used playing outside and being active (as per past generations) but research has also found a strong association with “junk food” ads and the growing rate of childhood obesity.
Food for thought It is almost time for your kids to go back to school, and you may be wondering what you can do to give them the best opportunity to do well this year. Sometimes the answer can be so simple that you don’t even realize it. One of the best things you can do for you child during the school year is to provide...
Is diet soda bad for us? These days, soda is everywhere, every store and restaurant offer’s it, movie theaters, and sports and concert venues. It is unlikely that you have never tried soda, and of course, you know that it tastes good. Why? Because it is full of sugar! You know that drinking all of that sugar every day is not good for you, but...