What are adrenals? Our adrenals sit right on top of our kidneys and produce numerous hormones like adrenaline, sex hormones, and cortisol—the hormone that responds when we are stressed. We can think of our adrenals as the “fight or flight” production center. They are hard at work when we are a little too hard at work. So, you heard it here first, adrenal fatigue is a real thing.
The days are getting shorter here in the Pacific Northwest, and there’s almost some subconscious timer or internal clock that lets you know it’s getting to be the holiday season. While there can be a lot to look forward to, sometimes the excitement of decorations, lights, and gatherings isn’t always as joyous as one might think. When this is the case, how do you get through this season and still come out feeling okay…or even with some peace?
It’s that time of year again; with familiar orange orbs appearing all around. From your front porch to your local market, pumpkins are by far the trendiest gourds of the season. Their popularity is even reflected in seasonal latte offerings – be honest, were you in line the first day PSLs were back at Starbucks? I was. Beyond spooky jack-o-lanterns and Thanksgiving pies, pumpkins are delicious roasted, sautéed, added to soups, stews and smoothies; they can even be lacto-fermented and used as a crisp salad topper!
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.
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.
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?
Some of the most common complaints we receive from clients are about gastrointestinal (GI) issues. They are widely common. In fact, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately 60 to 70 million Americans are suffering from digestive diseases right now. Oftentimes, what can be most frustrating about GI issues is that they can be difficult to diagnose and therefore, to treat.
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.
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:
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.