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 we work 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.
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:
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.
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.
Have you heard that iodized salt is the only way to meet your needs for dietary iodine? Do you feel confused about your need for iodine and wonder how salt impacts your health? This is especially relevant during February, heart health month, as your amount of sodium intake can greatly impact the health of your heart! Read on to learn about the benefits of iodine and how to optimize it naturally in the diet to boost energy and vitality.
The truth is, it is totally understandable to feel overwhelmed by all that is needed to be done in the morning, on top of making sure you are taking care of yourself. If you are in need of streamlining your breakfast or finding inspiration in the ingredients in your pantry, a nutritionist can help with this!
In this first month of the year, our thoughts are often on improving ourselves and our health. These improvements tend to focus on the “bad” habits or foods that need to be eliminated. There are certain things in our lives and diets that our bodies would be better off without, but this approach can promote a pattern of negative thinking that is a bad habit in and of itself. So this year why not make a more positive promise to yourself to improve your health by adding more of the super-good-for-you things that you might be missing?
What if we redefine the word ‘healthy’ and reclaim it to mean self-care that supports our body, mind, and spirit? Looking at it from this well-rounded perspective, comfort food can definitely be healthy.