It’s common that when most of us experience skin issues that we look to creams and topical applications to help reduce the itchiness, dryness, or redness that is occurring. There are companies that make lots of money selling expensive products claiming to benefit your skin – we’ve been trained to think that there’s a next best product to lather up with and it will solve our skin issues.
But most of the time, it doesn’t work.
Do you want to know why?
Skin issues start in the gut.
First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page about what this phenomenon really is.
We’re talking about Adrenal Fatigue.
Even though it’s become a bit of a buzz word that some people don’t like to use – we all know what it is and we can all agree that it’s a problem.
In recent decades, the overgrowth of a naturally occurring yeast in our bodies, Candida albicans, has been recognized in the naturopathic and holistic realm as a condition that leads to many health complications and diseases.
Despite criticism that candida overgrowth – or candidiasis – is a fad diagnosis, it continues to be attributed as contributing to many systemic and polysystemic (meaning involving more than one body system) disorders and diseases, including the development of allergies.
I’ve written about gluten in my post Gluten: The Good The Bad and The Ugly and there I talk about my experience with gluten sensitivity.
In this post I wanted to delve a little deeper into my experience rather than all of the scientific aspects. I adore exploring the science of nutrition, but it’s just as important to get the personal side of things.
Refined, processed sugar has a direct and immediate action on the functioning of our immune system.
It can make illnesses worse, it can hinder the healing process and it can create and feed illness including allergies and autoimmunity.
How does this happen? Read on to find out…
Did you know that we humans are not just a single organism, but that we are an ecosystem?
Micro = small;
biome = a community occupying a habitat. Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!
Thus the microbiome is a community of small organisms (microbes) that occupy the habitat of our human bodies. Making us a living, breathing, walking ecosystem!
Our specific mélange of microbes living in and on us is called the human microbiome. We all have a slightly different mix; the health and diversity of which depends hugely upon our diet, our thinking (mind-body connection), how we came into this world (natural birth vs Cesarean section; breastfeeding; introduction of solid foods…), how often we’ve taken antibiotics, where we live, what toxic exposure we have, and more.
If you are currently or have been a client of mine you have likely learned about and gotten recipes for chia pudding. The reason: it’s so good for you AND it’s so delicious!!
Read on for the recipe!
Today I did my first “scope”. I assume a bunch of you have no idea what that is… it’s a live streaming video on a phone app called Periscope. I’m trying it out as something fun to do to share things like this! If you want to check out my scope, go here – it’s only available for 24 hrs after it has been broadcast… so sometime tomorrow morning it will be gone!
If you want to follow more scopes then you’ll want to follow me on Twitter.
What I decided to scope about first is a facial treatment called a turmeric face mask. If you’re guessing it has something to do with putting turmeric all over your face, you are absolutely correct! You might be wondering what this has to do with allergy? Well, last week I ate something I’m allergic to: cheese (doh!) and as a result my skin broke out badly. 🙁 So I’m using the turmeric face mask to help it heal.
A while back I wrote a post about ‘true allergy’, or IgE-mediated hypersensitivity. Those are the allergies that we often recognize as having the potential for anaphylaxis, and if they don’t they at least trigger a bad histamine response which leads to what most of us relate to as allergy: swelling, redness, itchiness, rash, etc. I also promised a follow-up with a post on ‘sensitivities’. Well, I’ve finally posted it! If you want to go back and read the first post, you can find it here.
Are you ready to get control of how much sugar you take in each day?
Do you want to better understand how to identify those sugars in the foods you buy?
Do you want to feel more energized, more ALIVE, less bloated, less achy, lose the muffin top, fit into those jeans you’ve been saving in your closet?
Then join us on this Sugar Free Challenge and significantly reduce your sugar intake!
Get guidance and support along the way! Details below…
You’ve asked and I’m delivering… finally going to start posting some of my recipes up here!
The first one: No Bake Snack/Protein Bars
I’ve been making this recipe for about a decade. I don’t remember where I initially got the idea for it, but I know I had been looking to make a healthier and more affordable alternative to the protein bars or sports bars that we can purchase.
I played with the ingredients until I had something that I really liked and found portable, and I haven’t changed it much since.
When I used to do long group rides on my bike I’d take a few squares of this in my back pocket. I stored them in the freezer, so they would be easy to grab-and-go while still frozen, but they’d thaw just enough to be perfect for eating when I wanted them!
They are gluten-free, vegan, refined-sugar-free, dairy-free… they can really be ‘free’ of anything that you don’t want in them! And they can also be loaded up with anything you really DO want in them!! The beauty of making your own!
Sugar Detox Master Challenge
The 21-day Sugar Detox Challenge has evolved over the years and is better than ever!
Now you can sign up as soon as you’re ready and follow the three-week format, or go at a pace that suits you.
So many of my clients continue to come back and do this challenge at least once each year – because it continues to build lasting health benefits for them.
For those who are new to the challenge, you might ask yourself: why would I go sugar-free and what does this entail? Well, truth be told, it’s more of a sugar-reduction challenge and everyone has their own goals and obstacles to overcome.
They key is that we focus on your goals:
- improve immune health (stop catching every cold that’s going around!)
- lose the muffin top
- balance your blood sugar (eliminate the ‘hangry’)
- improve stamina/energy levels
- reduce pain and inflammation
- lose those nagging pounds, and so much more!
Over the course of the challenge, you get all kinds of resources to help you cut back dramatically on your sugar intake so you can regain your health, set yourself up for a vibrant, thriving future, and become empowered to make the best possible choices for yourself and your family. And you have me to help you all along the way. It is one simple dietary change that has multiple, dramatic, and highly meaningful positive consequences. It’s one of my favourite programs to do with you!
5% of all my web-based program earnings goes to a local Food Share program to help those in need get access to healthy food! Your registration gives back. Hello warm and fuzzy.
Click this button to go to the program page and find out more!