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For several years now, gluten has been the subject of much debate, discussion, and disagreement.
Grocery stores and restaurants now offer a plethora of gluten-free products and meals.
You might have friends or family members who avoid gluten. Perhaps you follow a gluten-free diet, or have been paying closer attention to food labels and avoid it most of the time.
Maybe you arent even exactly sure what the heck gluten IS and are wondering why so many people avoid it like the plague.
So what is this all about, anyway?
Is gluten-free just another trendy health movement, or is there something to this way of eating?
Lets start with the basics.
Gluten is a complex two-part protein found in grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and spelt. The two different proteins that comprise gluten are called glutelin and gliadin. Breads, cereals, and baked goods are obvious sources of gluten (unless they are labeled gluten-free), but they arent the only foods that contain the protein it can be found in many items, even those you wouldnt expect.
There ARE people who absolutely should avoid gluten entirely. Lets discuss the health conditions that make the consumption of gluten dangerous.
People who have celiac disease, a chronic autoimmune/inflammatory disorder, must avoid the consumption of gluten. Celiac disease originates in the gut, but affects the entire body when untreated. In people with celiac disease, the villi of the small intestine are damaged when gluten is consumed. When a person with celiac disease continues to eat gluten, serious health problems can develop.
Symptoms of celiac disease include (but are not limited to) abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, weight loss, fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and headaches. There are over 300 symptoms that are known to be caused by celiac diseasebut some people with the condition have no symptoms at all.
But discomfort and pain arent the only problems celiac disease causes: the immune response that attacks the small intestine leads to damage to the villi, which are small finger-like projections that line the small intestine. The villi promote nutrient absorption, and when they become damaged, nutrients cannot be absorbed properly into the body. Undiagnosed or neglected celiac disease can lead to...
Calorie restriction has consistently lead scientists to molecular pathways that slow aging, improve health. However, the exact mechanism was never fully understood. The earlier calorie intake is reduced, the greater the effect. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg have now identified one of the enzymes that hold the key to the aging process. By consuming
In a study to be published online Nov. 6 in Nature Medicine, investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have shown that the development of osteoarthritis is in great part driven by low-grade inflammatory processes. This is at odds with the prevailing view attributing the condition to a lifetime of wear and tear on long-suffering
Contrary to popular belief, most fish is no longer good for you due to the massive sources of pollution in the ocean, genetic modification and farming practices which have literally transformed many species into swimming poison. The fact that the USDA has increased its seafood recommendation to 8 ounces per week are leaving many experts
by MEREDITH SKYER Ginger is the perfect herb to grow indoors. Its very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing. Besides, its delicious! Really, whats not to love about year round vegetable gardening, especially when it comes to growing ginger inside?
Snow cover protects plants from harsh, drying winter winds which can freeze the ground and damage the root systems of shrubs and trees. In fact, without snow, cold weather could freeze the soil and further damage root systems in trees. You could say that snow it acts like an insulating blanket, and in wintertime, who doesnt want an insulating blanket to stay warm? It works by trapping pockets of air that hold in heat for the plants. Mother Nature is a wondrous thing!
Beneath one foot of snow, the soil and the organisms within it are protected from changes in the air temperature above the snow surface. The moist surface of snow influences how much heat and moisture circulate between the ground and the atmosphere. For every inch of snow, you get 1 R-value of insulation. (R-value is a way to measure insulation). Although the R-value can vary with the type of snow, you can get a good idea of how insulating this really is to the garden.
The University of New Hampshires Department of Natural Sciences states that snow contains nutrients that penetrate into the soil and does some good for the plants that will grow in that soil later on in the year. Nutrients include nitrogen (most prevalent), along with some sulfur and other trace elements. Studies even claim there are more of these nutrients bound up in snow than in the corresponding amount of rain.
Snow is also a slow release moisture source. It sits on the ground and melts slow enough that the moisture has time to soak more deeply and thoroughly into the soil. This is especially good for perennials and spring emerging bulbs. As well, snow acts as mulch over your garden, conserving moisture and providing some winter protection.
The University of Colorado in Boulder reported certain organisms get more active under snow and break down plant litter such as leaves and grass clippings, making more of the nutrients from that debris available for plant growth in the spring. As well, if the ground has not frozen over, roots will continue to grow and earthworms and bacteria in the soil will continue to turn garden debris into beneficial compost. You can increase these various benefits by shoveling sidewalk and driveway snow to areas of the garden that will eventually benefit from the added moisture and nutrients. Just dont use shoveled snow that contains any salt or harmful chemical de-icers.
While many of us grimace at the idea of snow in the gar...
This is the fourth post in a series uncovering Palm Oil what it is, where it comes from, how and where its used, the health benefits and the often-confusing controversy around the topic. Given that its so prevalent in the supply chain, its important to understand the impact of palm oil in order to make informed choices, for the environment, for social justice, and for your health. Learn more about the positive benefits of sustainably sourced palm oil by visiting www.palmdoneright.com.
Saturated fat, often demonized as being unhealthy, is finally making a comeback. The fear around saturated fat began in the 1950s with inaccurate data linking saturated fat/cholesterol with rising rates of heart disease. Despite the widely accepted idea that plant-based saturated fat leads to heart disease, there is a lack of evidence proving this, and quite a bit of evidence supporting the opposite. In fact, Recent research has shown, that eating saturated fat may actually be important for preventing heart disease. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature, and are more stable than unsaturated fats. Saturates tolerate higher temperatures during processing and for use in cooking. Recent studies show that plant-based saturates consumed in balance with Essential Omega 3 and 6 fats, serve as an important source of energy for the body and aid in the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
Changing the oils in your diet can be an important first step to improving your physical and mental state. Optimal health is achieved from a balanced intake of good fats, which primarily come from plant sources, and limited amount of bad fats, which primarily come from animal sources or hydrogenated oils. There is ample evidence that eating more healthy fats can improve heart, brain, skin and immune health, plus support healthy weight loss. Palm and coconut oil are significant contributors of saturated fat to the diet. Predominantly used in the East, these oils, particularly coconut oil, are now gaining more attention in the Western world, in part due to the medium-chain triglyceride content which has been shown to exert positive metabolic effects.
Why Palm Oil
For generations, red palm oil has been revered as both a nutritious food and a valuable medicine. It was prized by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt as a sacred food. The oil was so highly valued it was entombed with the pharaohs so they would have access to it in the afterlife.
Red palm oil is the fresh oil that is obtained before refining. It contains a vast number of nutritiona...
Six million people in the USoutside of institutions, mind youare wheelchair bound.
Two million in the US are either in nursing homes or assisted living.
And a whopping 50% of those will die within 12 months of entering such a facility.
Millions more are unable to participate in recreational activities.
And, as most people know, the last five years of lifeparticularly if you havent been paying attention to your healthare pretty grim.
It doesnt have to be that way.
Last year, after almost 27 years in the weight loss industry, I decided to change my focus a bit. After all, most people who want to lose weight are looking to do so because they believe losing weight will change their life for the better. So why not just address the issues that make life better? Sure, weight loss might be part of that, but its definitely not the whole deal.
I decided to expand my portfolio, if you will, and start talking more to one of the most underserved populations on the planetolder men.
Now, dont get me wrong. Women have their own sets of issues about aging, many of them overlapping with ours, but some unique to women (just as we have issues that are unique to us). One difference: There have always been champions of women, brilliant and inspiring writers and practitioners like Christiane Northrup, MD, whose book, The Wisdom of Menopause casts aging in a whole different light, or the great Tieraona Low Dog, MD, whose unique brand of earth-mother wisdom and encyclopedic medical knowledge has also recast the whole notion of what it means to be a woman in the second half of life.
But for men? Not so much.
So in this column (and the next one) Im going to focus specifically on men and mens issues. Having counseled many of these men myself, having socialized with them on the tennis court for over a decade, and having talked extensively to the physicians around the country who treat them, I can say that there are two issues that come up for older men with amazing consistency: energy and sex.
Now, full disclosure. I am a huge fan of hormone-replacement therapy, and Ill get into that more in my next column. But hormone-replacement therapy isnt for everyone, if for no other reason than it aint cheap and its not usually covered by insurance. So lets save the hormone discussion for next time, and talk about some less expensive and more accessible interventions that would be great for every man over 40 (at least the ones Ive met over the course of a lifetime).
A word about genes
Im often asked about the role of genes in healthy aging. After all, weve all heard of families where virtually everyone lives into their 90s, and weve heard of entire societies that have more than their share of healthy centenarians (the Blue Zones). Isnt there a gene...
In this episode, Stacy and Sarah discuss joint health and rheumatoid arthritis and why they recommend collagen for all joint issues!
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Englewood Cliffs, NJ Nicole Wescoe was named president of Whole Foods Markets Northeast region. The 24-year company veteran will oversee 41 stores in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Wescoe worked her way up from a team leader position in the bakery, specialty and grocery departments at stores in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Chicago, IL Molly Hjelm was named vice president of marketing for SPINS. She will lead the companys marketing efforts including communication strategy, corporate branding, events, and media relations. Hjelm has nearly a decade of experience consulting with retailers and manufacturers and worked most recently at IRIs Media Center of Excellence.
Edison, NJ Steve Council has joined AAKs West Coast Innovation Team as Customer Innovation Manager and will lead the Richmond, California-based Customer Innovation Team with Dr. James Jones. Council brings 23 years of fats and oils experience to AAK, most recently as Innovation Manager, IOI Loders.
Rodolfo Rudy Nava joins AAKs West Coast Innovation team as Customer Innovation Senior Applications Specialist with accountability for the Richmond Bakery Applications Lab. He brings more than 20 years bakery industry experience in product development, commercialization, technical service, and technical sales, with companies such as Pillsbury Bakeries and Food Service.
Cecylia Szewczyk joins AAKs West Coast Innovations team as Customer Innovation Senior Applications Specialist Dairy and will manage customer-driven and self-directed projects at the Richmond Dairy Applications Lab. Szewczyk brings 12 years of dairy industry experience to AAK, and has worked with companies such as CSK Food Ingredients.
Benjamin Schwartz joins AAK USA as Customer Innovation Application Specialist in the Personal Care Lab of AAKs West Coast Innovation Center in Richmond, California. He will support customer Co-Development through application process...
Another report sounding the alarm about climate change.
Another missed opportunity to talk about the most promising solution: regenerative agriculture.
The New York Times yesterday cited a new report by the notoriously conservative Government Accountability Office (GAO), which said climate change is costing taxpayers billions.
CNN also reported on the GAO study, which calls on Trump to craft appropriate responses.
The CNN coverage noted several initiatives to combat climate change undertaken under the Obama administrationthe Environmental Protection Agencys Clean Power Plan, which sought to lower carbon emissions on a state-by-state basis, and the Paris climate agreement, which saw almost every country agree to voluntary limits on future carbon emissions.
The current climate-denying Trump administration wants to scrap those and other climate initiatives, in favor of prioritizing corporate profits.
But thats not why I...
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