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Is Eczema An Autoimmune Problem?

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.

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How our microbes influence blood sugar balance

A healthy microbiome is a trendy topic these days with shelves lined with probiotic supplements and probiotics such as kombucha and lacto-fermented fermented products increasingly on the shelves.

While you may have heard about the benefits to your digestion, what you may not know is that your gut microbiome influences a variety of health outcomes such as regulating mood, immune function, nutrient absorption and your blood sugar.

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What Is Leaky Gut?

Leaky gut is a term you may have heard about and in this post, I’ll give you clear information on what it is, the symptoms and how it can impact your immune health.

Leaky gut, also known as intestinal permeability, means that the cells that form your intestinal lining are damaged and have small holes between the cell junctions. Your digestive tract is technically outside of your body – it’s one continuous tract from your mouth to your anus. It’s designed to allow digested food particles to absorb into your body and into your bloodstream, to be distributed through your body.

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Recipe: Falafel

I don’t know when I first tried falafel. Quite honestly, it may have been post-bar during my university days. 

I love chickpeas. I love them almost any way they are served: masala, roasted, in salads, hummus… if it’s chickpeas you can pretty much guarantee I’ll love it. 

I learned how to make falafel a number of years ago when someone gave me a cookbook that had a recipe for them. Since then I’ve modified it so that they hold together better. It’s gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan.

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Why Does My Tongue Itch When I Eat Fruit?

I’ve been meeting a lot more people lately who have either described the symptoms of this phenomenon to me, or have expressed that they’ve actually had a diagnosis for it.

My first time experiencing this type of allergy was in my late teens.
It was the first allergy that I developed.

Not very many people know about this type of allergy, but it seems to be getting more common all the time.

Okay, okay I’ll tell you what it is. It’s called the Oral Allergy Syndrome.

Intrigued? Read on for more…

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What Everyone Ought To Know About Probiotics

Earlier this month I posted about prebiotics and I thought it would be a nice idea to dedicate a specific post to probiotics.

I have written plenty about the human microbiome and its importance to our health, in its own post and in other posts that aren’t specifically about that topic, but I realized I haven’t really given you information about these microbes and how to make sure your microbiome is healthy, happy, strong, diverse, and abundant.

Let’s explore the world of probiotics: the healthy, friendly, happy microbes that live in and on us. Where do they come from? How do we use probiotics? And why is this important again?

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Prebiotics – Sunchoke Recipe

Have you ever eaten a sunchoke?

Maybe you’ve seen them at the grocery store, arranged next to the root vegetables or with the ‘specialty’ produce in a small quantity.

Maybe you’ve even been visually repelled by their knobbly structure, which is often caked in some soil.

I agree, sunchokes are not the most aesthetically pleasing vegetables, but after reading this post and checking out the recipe at the end, you’ll want to give them a try – they have the most delicious flavour!

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How Does Added Sugar Impact Immune Health?

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…

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What Is the Microbiome?

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.

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