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Natural Sunscreen Alternatives

5 June 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

Natural Summer Skincare

Natural sunscreen alternatives

Sunscreen is typically seen as the go-to method of protection against sunburns and skin cancer. However, most conventional sunscreens block our ability to absorb Vitamin D, a necessary nutrient for many functions in the body. Sunscreen also contains chemicals that can penetrate the skin and disrupt hormones. There are natural ways, through nutrition changes and supplements, to protect our skin yet still get the sunshine we need. This article includes dietary recommendations, lifestyle changes and best food sources to up your skin protection in the hot summer sun!

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Book Review: The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne

12 May 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under , ,

The Paleo Approach

Are you struggling with an Autoimmune Condition such as, autoimmune thyroid (hashimotos), celiac, crohns disease, or psoriasis to name a few? Do you struggle with digestive issues? This book is a MUST READ! Sarah Ballantyne, PhD of The Paleo Mom created a thorough, well written and easy to understand guide addressing all aspects of autoimmune disease.

In this book, Sarah discusses everything you need to address when struggling with autoimmune disease. Following a very specific Autoimmune nutritional protocol is a key piece in reversing autoimmunity. Sarah lays out an easy to understand yet quite thorough protocol that addresses more than just these dietary changes. She addresses the causes of autoimmunity such as nutritional deficiencies, infections, and leaky gut. She dispels myths regarding trendy diets like juicing and smoothies, but also details some of the benefits so the reader can make an informed decision.

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Top 5 Foods for Leaky Gut

12 May 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

Guest post by Kathryn Kos of Primal Bliss Nutrition

Best Nutritional Recommendations for Intestinal Permeability

White Turnip Vegetables

When I work with clients who are struggling with leaky gut or autoimmune issues, I recommend dietary changes such as removing difficult to digest foods (foods that are not fully digested and can easily pass through the gut) like gluten, dairy, and sugar, and soy. However, just removing these offending foods in many cases is not enough.

The best way to decrease permeability of the gut lining is through food. However, sometimes taking supplements, such as taking a quality probiotic supplement is also imperative.

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Minerals and Muscle Recovery

1 April 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

Did you know that minerals like magnesium aid with stress response from exercise and speed recovery?

Minimizing stress through magnesium supplementation helps the body to recover from exercise-induced stress more efficiently. According to Kevin Cann (writer for www.RobbWolf.com), “Magnesium has an important protective effect in the body against damage produced from all kinds of stress. When we exercise, our sympathetic nervous system turns on and we experience a flight or flight response. In order to recover quicker, we need to switch the body into a parasympathetic (relaxed) state. Magnesium has a natural calming effect on the body. Magnesium actually plays a role in turning on our parasympathetic nervous system.” – Read More

In a double-blind randomized study1 carried out by Gulf, Bender and Gruttner (from Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry, University Medical School, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany), 23 competitive triathletes competing in an event consisting of a 500-meter swim, a 20-km bicycle race, and a 5-km run were studied after 4-week supplementation with placebo or magnesium. The stress-induced modifications of energy and hormone metabolism described in this study indicate altered glucose utilization after Mg- supplementation and a reduced stress response without affecting competitive potential. Magnesium supplementation reduced the stress response in the body for these athletes.

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Book Review: Beyond Training by Ben Greenfield

31 March 2015 - Posted by Ashley under ,

Beyond Training, by Ben Greenfield

Can something as essential to our wellbeing as fitness be detrimental to our health? Of course it can. The complex machine that is our body has the potential to do amazing things – but our challenge is to unlock this potential without triggering the numerous land mines buried along the way.

“I love getting fit, feeling good about the way my body looks, and fulfilling my deep-seeded drive to live life to the fullest by achieving difficult feats of physical performance. But I was fed up with feeling like crap from all the extreme exercising, strange foods, feeling of constant stress and soreness, and worry about the toll my hectic lifestyle was taking on my body. So I created a way of training, eating and living that is perfectly healthy and natural, but still allows me to look, feel and perform at my peak capabilities. And then I wrote this book to share with you.” – Ben Greenfield

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Wellness Mama’s Guide: Healthy Pregnancy

3 March 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under

Nutrition, Supplements,  and Lifestyle for Your Healthiest Pregnancy and Birth – Order Now

Wellness Mama's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy

Looking for some thorough information on how to have a healthy pregnancy? This guide written by Katie, The Wellness Mama is full of useful tips. Katie partnered with Joule Birth, an organization working to bring basic medical supplies, alternative energy and midwife/doctor training to remote areas of the world. 100% of the proceeds from this e-book go to help Joule Birth’s efforts.

The Wellness Mama’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy discusses both prenatal nutrition and lifestyle changes that lead to an optimal pregnancy. She details foods to focus on and foods to avoid during pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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The Truth About Colds & How to Boost Your Immune System

5 February 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under

Pasteur vs BechampWant to know the truth about fighting colds? Many people think the correct way to strengthen your immune system is to “kill off the germs.” A bit of medical history reveals a different story. A French biologist named Antoine Bechamp was a prominent teacher in the 1800’s who studied and taught cell biology. He would be much more prominent of a figure today, if it wasn’t for Louis Pasteur and his germ theories.

Pasteur researched information on the germ theory of disease and did everything in his power to get his name on it, going so far as to claim he actually “discovered” germs. This set the stage for pasteurization and modern pharmaceutical interventions for fighting off illness.

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Book Review: Pottenger’s Prophecy by Gray Graham

5 February 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under

Pottenger's CatPoor nutritional choices have a direct impact on our immune health. The theory of epigenetics suggests that the foods we consume, as well as how we prepare and store these foods, can alter our genetics and the genetics of our offspring. Therefore poor immune health in the parent can actually be passed on to the genetics of the child. This impact can last for several generations!

Pottenger’s Prophecy: How Food Resets Genes for Wellness or Illness reveals how we can alter our genes through consuming, storing, and preparing quality foods unlike that of a standard industrialized diet.

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Magnesium Deficiency & Soda

1 January 2015 - Posted by Kathryn Kos under ,

If you are among those that enjoy fizzy soft drinks… you may want to reconsider!

We humans do not produce magnesium on our own. Magnesium and other minerals can only be obtained from the earth. Their biological role is multifaceted. Minerals help to maintain the pH of the body and are necessary for proper nerve conduction, contracting and relaxing muscles, and tissue growth.

Drinking Soda Can Rob Your Body of Necessary Minerals | Ancient Minerals BlogMany people are unaware of the negative effect soda drinking has on mineral intake, mineral absorption and assimilation within the body. In middle-aged adults, consumption of one soda a day is associated with a 48% higher prevalence and incidence of multiple metabolic risk factors linked to magnesium deficiency, such as diabetes, obesity, and higher resting blood pressure. Carbonated soda consumption is negatively associated with achieving adequate calcium and magnesium in children aged 6 years and older. Consuming just 8 ounces of carbonated soda decreases the likelihood of achieving recommended calcium intake for children by 40%.

In this piece we will be discussing the different components of soda that contribute to magnesium depletion in the body.

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Female Guide to Magnesium – Part 1

5 August 2014 - Posted by Ashley under , , ,

Female Guide to Magnesium - Part 1: Obstacles Women Face in Maintaining Adequate Magnesium LevelsIf you’ve ever walked the supplement aisles of a grocery store, you’ve probably noticed that there are very well-defined differences in men’s vs. women’s supplements. This same principle applies not only to blends of vitamins, minerals, and herbs in individual products, but also to label-recommended use and dosage amounts. Women have not only their own multivitamins, but also multivitamin varieties, blends catering to reproductive and sexual health, anti-aging formulas, fitness supplements, and (of course) weight loss aids.

In light of these important differences, we figured: Why not magnesium?

In this two part series we’ll explore the unique needs and options that women have for ensuring optimal magnesium. However, before we get into tactics on intake, we first need to tackle the obstacles that women in particular face.

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