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Scientific research continues to point toward the benefits of fasting to lose weight and improve your health. Intermittent fasting has becoming increasingly popular and has been shown to induce weight loss, improve immune regulation and slow the aging process. (You can read more about my take on intermittent fasting here.) But for those who find it difficult to commit to a full-on fast, here’s something new to consider.

It’s called the Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD), created by Valter Longo, PhD, and it’s an alternative to fasting that allows you consume small amounts of food. Instead of abstaining from food altogether, as in a traditional fast, or even intermittent fasting, ...

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In my previous article, I introduced the idea that modern changes in wheat processing may change the makeup of wheat, making it more immune-stimulating.

Here are five key ways modern wheat processing has shifted from traditional methods:

Using ungerminated grain — Naturally, wheat, rye and barley contain enzymes that break down difficult to digest wheat proteins (including gluten) after germination. However, allowing the grain to germinate greatly reduces shelf-life of products made from it, making germinated grain less useful for commercial applications.

Replacing long and diverse fermentation with fast-acting baker’s yeast — Fermentation breaks down the proteins of wheat, m...

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The prevalence of celiac disease is estimated to have increased two- to four-fold over the last 50 years. But why? What’s behind the sudden rise in celiac disease and non-celiac wheat sensitivity?

In a discussion about celiac disease, there are a number of factors at play, but let’s take a look specifically at the impacts of food processing on wheat sensitivity. Wheat processing has changed over the last 100 years, and modern practices can alter the makeup of wheat, causing it to be more immune stimulating — perhaps at least partially to blame for the increasing prevalence of celiac, wheat allergy and non-celiac wheat sensitivity.

To understand how processing practices impact...

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Classic allergy reactions called IgE (immunoglobulin E) can occur under a variety of circumstances and are usually swift, obvious and can cause potentially life-threatening to somewhat debilitating symptoms —“ shock and awe” symptoms.


The sudden reaction is triggered by the IgE antibody binding to the offending object triggering a histamine response, which is the cause of the onset of symptoms ranging from runny nose, sinusitis, earache, or itchy eyes to itching of the skin, eczema, or shortness of breath. In most extreme cases, the immune response can lead to sudden death. Much of the time people with classic allergies know about them because the immune response is rapid an...

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The body requires specific nutrients to function properly. When we don’t get adequate nutrition, our bodies begin to fight back and systems begin to fail. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is generally lacking in nutrient-rich foods, thus the obesity and health epidemics that are sweeping across our nation.


To keep gut function healthy, you need adequate amounts of nutrients including water, magnesium, vitamin C, and fiber to name a few. Just eating too little of these nutrients will lead to slow digestion and constipation.


Fiber — Adds bulk to stools. The USDA recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. Foods rich in fiber include: beans, berries, and dark, gree...

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Balance of bacteria and organisms in your gut matters more than you may think. When the bacteria are out of balance you may experience symptoms such as bloating, cramping, gas, belching, constipation and diarrhea.


There are two types of organisms in the gut. One group is bacteria, the other is an archaea—a one-celled organism like a bacteria that also inhabits the gut. An over growth of archaea that produce methane gas causes constipation, while overgrowth of hydrogen sulfide producing bacteria causes diarrhea. Archaea can also cause gastroparesis, a condition in which the signals to the digestive system falter or slow down, thus slowing the digestive processes down.


The Vicious Cycle In...

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Statistics show that at some point, nearly 75 percent of women will be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome at some point in their lives. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the intestines and causes symptoms such as cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.


Symptoms of IBS often occur when bacteria from the large intestine encroaches on the small intestine where foods are digested. FODMAPs—Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols—are the food molecules that the intestinal bacterial like best and are poorly absorbed by some people, creating an environment for IBS to thrive.


SIBO—Small Intesti...

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GMOs banned but not US. Take it from Hungary: genetically modified foods are not safe, and should be banned, or better yet — burned. The U.S. should follow the lead of Hungary, which set at least 1000 acres of farmland ablaze to destroy maize that was found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds. Hungary isn’t alone in its efforts to ban GMOs.


In fact, while GMO’s can be found all across the United States and Canada, many countries have enacted a partial or complete ban on genetically modified crops.


Here’s a brief overview of other countries’ view on GMOs:




  • South Australia has a ban on all genetically modified crops.




  • While he Japanese people are against ...

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Animals raised on many of America’s factory farms are pumped with antibiotics to prevent illness and disease caused by the inhumane living conditions on those farms. In the 1940’s, scientists discovered an added benefit to farmers who give their animals antibiotics: those animals put on more weight per pound of feed. When the purpose is to raise animals and make them as fat as possible before going to the slaughterhouse, farmers were no doubt delighted about this unexpected benefit and seized the opportunity to make more money.


But if antibiotics can make animals gain weight, do they have the same effect on humans?
Scientists have recently discovered that small doses of antibiotics...

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The relationship between alcohol and health isn’t always clear. Some research suggests alcohol can be healthy—when consumed in moderation—while other research suggests alcohol is more unhealthy for you than it is healthy.


And what about when you’re trying to lose weight? Does alcohol limit weight loss? Here are a few basic facts you should know when it comes to alcohol and your health.




  • Alcohol contains “empty” calories. A 5-ounce glass of wine has about 150 calories. And what about your favorite tequila? Just 1.5 ounces of tequila contains about 100. The number of calories in beer varies widely, but generally speaking, the darker the beer, the more calories....

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