Inflammation, A Common Experience A Case Study

Inflammation, A Common Experience A Case Study

A common experience among our clients here at Starkel Nutrition is inflammation of some sort. Inflammation is a normal process that we all experience. It is the body’s reaction to injury, infection, or disease. There are foods that might be promoting inflammation, and it can be helpful to identify those through food sensitivity testing and a food/symptom log. However, if you are experiencing symptoms beyond the scope of “normal,” inflammatory disease can be difficult to define. It may cross over to the point of being chronic. Chronic inflammation may contribute to the development of a disease or condition. It is also a response present in many different diseasesA common experience among our clients here at Starkel Nutrition is inflammation of some sort. Inflammation is a normal process that we all experience. It is the body’s reaction to injury, infection, or disease. There are foods that might be promoting inflammation, and it can be helpful to identify those through food sensitivity testing and a food/symptom log. However, if you are experiencing symptoms beyond the scope of “normal,” inflammatory disease can be difficult to define. It may cross over to the point of being chronic. Chronic inflammation may contribute to the development of a disease or condition. It is also a response present in many different diseases.

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A Reason to Add Turmeric & Black Pepper to Your Summer Grilling Anti-Inflammatory & Delicious

A Reason to Add Turmeric & Black Pepper to Your Summer Grilling Anti-Inflammatory & Delicious

Turmeric has been receiving a lot of praise due to the health potentials of its bioactive compound, curcumin. Lately, it seems like every nutrition TikTok you scroll past and every summer recipe on Instagram’s For You page involves the bright spice in some capacity. We’re just catching onto this now – turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as both a spice and medicinal herb. Now, it is getting more traction in Western cultures as research is able to provide evidence behind the medicinal properties. 

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It All Starts In The Gut Getting to the Bottom of your Autoimmune Condition

It All Starts In The Gut Getting to the Bottom of your Autoimmune Condition

Do you suffer from an autoimmune condition such as celiac disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, or some other kind? Are you tired of your family or friends telling you that your symptoms are “in your head” or tired of your health care provider throwing their hands up in dismay?  

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Reading Food Labels

Reading Food Labels

If you’re looking for a small, attainable step you can take to start achieving a  healthier lifestyle, reading food labels is that step! Unfortunately, no one knows this better than the various food industries vying for your business, and they will often resort to misleading tactics in order to pedal potentially less than reputable products. It is important to possess the knowledge that will enable you to make choices that will benefit your life without fear of being misled, and consulting with a nutritionist is a great first step in learning your best defense. With that in mind, here are some essentials to think about the next time you are grocery shopping. 

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Immunity in the Spring: A Case Study

Immunity in the Spring: A Case Study

One commonly overlooked aspect of immune function resides in a very unglamorous part of our bodies: our guts. Our gut bacteria modulates our immune function and does a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to defending us against parasites, bacteria, and yes, even viruses. Let’s take a look at how Lisa Ackerman, MS, CNS works with clients suffering from gut issues, and how that is directly linked to your immune system:

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Spring Allergies A Case Study

Spring Allergies A Case Study

This is a transitional time of year in which we emerge from the winter’s gloom into the gentle sunshine, surrounded by beautifully blooming flowers and the green that tells us that warmer days are on the horizon. Although it is a wonderful time of renewal, it bears weight for many as it also means the return of the dreaded seasonal allergy season. With itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, headaches, and sneezes we head out on the first hikes of the season, antihistamines in hand, to explore the world.

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Seasonal Allergies A Case Study

Seasonal Allergies A Case Study

Congestion, sore throat, headaches, sneezing, fatigue…Is it allergies or COVID? This spring, it may be hard to tell. The two can share similar symptoms, so it is important to continue getting tested for COVID. However, once COVID and other infections are ruled out, there are additional dietary and lifestyle considerations to help aid in symptom relief of seasonal allergies. Here’s what Cassie Petro, MS, CN, MSGH did to help one of her clients experiencing this: 

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Managing Stress & Anxiety for Weight Loss Tips & Tricks

Managing Stress & Anxiety for Weight Loss Tips & Tricks

You are probably familiar with how stress and anxiety make you feel– uncomfortable! While these all-too-familiar experiences may start to feel “normal”-  it’s worth taking a closer look at the impact they have on your health. The reality is that stress and anxiety have wide-reaching impacts on health, and they can also get in the way of our best efforts to reach our health goals.

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Menopause & Women’s Health A Case Study

Menopause & Women’s Health A Case Study

Our lives are full of BIG transitions and one that is least celebrated is perimenopause. The body that you have come to understand and appreciate over the years begins to change in mysterious and frustrating ways. How women experience this transition depends on several different factors, inflammation being key. Supporting optimal well-being in each of our systems and our overall health plays a major role in how well and easily we age. 

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