Tag: inflammation

Exercise and your gut health; there is a connection according to the NY Times and a new study.

Exercise and your gut health; there is a connection according to the NY Times and a new study. New research is suggesting that exercise and gut health are intertwined, and may give us a better understanding of why athletes are often healthier. Most naturopaths and other natural healthcare providers understand that the research indicates that inflammation is the number one risk factor behind many of the diseases people are treated for medicinally.  Their approach often includes treating the gut, recommending appropriate dietary changes and reducing inflammation in the body. Often the biome in the gut can make the difference between Read More »

A recent UCSF study shows how ketogenic diets keep us healthier by reducing inflammation.

A recent UCSF study shows how ketogenic diets keep us healthier by reducing inflammation. Ketogenic diets such as the Atkins diet restrict carbohydrates and have been controversial in their approach.  It was once thought that these diets couldn’t possibly be healthy for us except that people who were on these types of higher protein and low carb consumption diets often had better cardiovascular function, epilepsy and other neurological illnesses.  Ketogenic diet critics often state that their diets are healthier and better for us.  Are they really, or do their diets reduce weight without improving health? Where is their proof? A recent study Read More »

Is the problem with healthcare costs a food problem? Check out this well thought out point of view.

Is the problem with healthcare costs a food problem?  Check out this well thought out point of view. Computers that are programmed and fed bad data and code will spew out garbage or crash, something we were all familiar with when we ran earlier versions of Windows.  The old adage, garbage in, garbage out is true for computers. Humans are no so different, except that when you feed them garbage, the body can become ill over time and will develop symptoms, or worse, crash and you develop a life threatening disease process.  This is again, garbage in, garbage out but Read More »

Lowering heart disease and cancer risk by treating inflammation; a health idea pioneered by complimentary health providers goes mainstream.

Lowering heart disease and cancer risk by treating inflammation; a health idea pioneered by complimentary health providers goes mainstream. For years, naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors and other naturally based healthcare practitioners have suggested that the medical literature shows most diseases are inflammation based.  Heart disease and cancer are two of the most common, yet we are led to believe by most doctors that heart disease is a cholesterol problem, and cancer and inflammatory conditions cause most auto immune, heart attack and other disease processes. Many complimentary providers have suggested Omega 3’s and Turmeric or Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric Read More »

Do whole grains help you live longer and healthier?

Do whole grains help you live longer and healthier? Are grains good or bad for us. If you visit to grocery store, there is a growing interest in avoiding breads of all types (although, many of us still love pizza). While some people are either gluten intolerant or gluten allergic, a while back, Consumer Reports had a wonderful article about the truths and myths behind gluten avoidance. Despite their efforts, many people, including me have markedly reduced our intake of breads and other whites that have become dietary pariahs, and increased the sales of gluten free foods. While Wonder Bread Read More »