Adrenal Glands, Stress and Your Diet

adrenal glandsWhen it comes to the subject of stress and how it affects your body, there’s a lot to cover.

Even when we narrow that subject down to your adrenal glands, there’s a lot.

We’ll try to stick to the basics.

 

Here’s what you really need to know about how depleted adrenal glands change your body and how you can change your whole worldview with your diet.

The Facts About Adrenals, Cortisol and Stress

Adrenals are walnut-sized glands that produce a plethora of hormones that regulate our bodily functions, including the infamous cortisol.

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Buying Protein Powder? Ask Yourself These Questions

perfect protein powderWhether you’re a fan of the gym or you’re just trying to add a bit of protein to your diet, choosing the right protein powder often requires serious effort.

There are so many kinds, with so many different, specific purposes, that it can be tough to keep track of what you actually want.

Your first step? Assessing your goals.

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Non Dairy Probiotics: A Dream Come True for You

Did you know that approximately 65 percent of the human population has a more difficult time digesting lactose after infancy?

non dairy probiotics This stat may have slipped right by you. Maybe you missed it because milk is a staple for the average American diet. Maybe you missed it because “Got Milk?” is as ubiquitous a slogan as “Just Do It,” and the “do it,” in this case, is guzzle the dairy product like it’s going out of style – which it isn’t.

The most popular probiotic sources are dairy products—even in probiotic supplement formulations. We won’t argue that the probiotics a dairy-loving person can get from yogurt aren’t quality (most are)—but if dairy is less than ideal for your digestive system, they might not be for you.

After all, you eat the food or take the supplement in order to support digestion, and some of the support you need comes from the fact that you just ate dairy products.* Quite the conundrum.

That’s why finding a probiotic that features only non dairy strains matters.

Have you found the right probiotic for your body? Are you aware of your sensitivity level to lactose? Tell us in the comments!

For more information on non dairy probiotics, click here.

What are the Big Benefits of Kefir?

Trendy superfoods have been coming and going in and out of the spotlight for decades. But kefir is different. It has true staying power.

It’s one of the oldest products of its type (cultured milk) in existence. Kefir has been sold as kefir drink since 1908 in Moscow, and it keeps its spot on our health-food radar for a bunch of reasons.

In fackefir milk recipet, many people believe that the origin of the word kefir is the word “keyif”, which refers to the “good feeling” you’ll get after drinking or eating it.

So, what is it?

Kefir is a grain, but is more popularly known as a drink, a fermented milk product made from using the kefir grains as a yeast/bacterial starter. You can buy it pre-made or make it at home. Continue reading

Is Seltzer Bad for your Bones?

carbonation and calciumI drink a lot of seltzer. Because despite my knowledge of the facts about H20, I really have a hard time getting it down the hatch.

So I do what I can to stay hydrated, opting for coconut or orange seltzer instead.

Yesterday, though, someone scared me with this little factoid: “Seltzer or carbonated water depletes calcium.” I wanted to take that at face value, but I of course had to find out for myself.

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You Should Make These Veggies This Thanksgiving

These Brussels sprouts and cauliflower dishes will liven up your veggie selection without scaring off the veggie haters this Thanksgiving. Dig in!

cherrypecansproutsWhat to make:

Cherry & Pecan Brussels Sprouts With A Tarragon & Madeira Wine Reduction – from The Urban Poser

Why you should make it:

It’s paleo, vegan and GAPS friendly. It’s Brussels sprouts that aren’t soggy or bitter. Instead, they have an extra kick of fall and winter flavor with cherry and pecan accents, and they’re sure to add both color and novelty to your Thanksgiving table.

 

What to make: Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Soup

Why you should make it:

It’s thick, creamy, and rich – but without the cheese, because it’s also vegan. This soup is made with almond milk and is a bit tougher as far as recipes go, but if you’re looking for a great meal starter that provides the cauliflower you want in your family’s bellies, this is the one.

What to make: skinnysproutsEasy Skinny Roasted Brussels Sprouts – from Amy’s Healthy Baking

Why you should make it:

It’s roasted. It’s a two-ingredient dish. It’s a 16-minute endeavor. It’s delicious. Need we say more? Ok, fine. These sprouts have just 41 calories per serving, 0% of your total fat intake, a whole bunch of fiber, and 3.2 grams of protein.

What to make: Crackling Cauliflower

Why you should make it:

Fragrant spices like ginger and curry make this dish pop. It’s spicy and sweet (the peas lend the sweetness) and only takes about a half hour to prepare. All of that makes it an excellent potluck dish – perfect for your Thanksgiving grazers!

What vegetables will grace your table this Thursday? Share in the comments below!

The Gluten-Free Label: A Regulation for Good

gluten free stickersOver the last two years, the gluten-free market has seen an incredible surge in purchasing. In fact, recently released Mintel research shows that the “gluten-free food market is estimated to reach sales of $8.8 billion in 2014, representing an increase of 63% from 2012-14.”

Given that huge boom, and all of the precautions we talked about regarding celiac disease, the FDA has had to make some changes to regulatory standards.

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The Only Healthy Football Snack Recipes You Need This Weekend

footballsnacksFootball finger foods are a great way to bring people together. The assembly, the noshing, the compliments – they all create a camaraderie that is in keeping with the spirit of watching the big game with your crew.

Football finger foods are also a great way to pack your weekly calories into one afternoon. How can you get the best of both worlds – the food and the good gut feelings?

Try these four healthy football appetizer recipes this weekend. They’re the only ones you’ll need to make every guest happy.

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Celiac Disease, Gluten Free and You: What you Need to Know

6677360_l“Celiac disease” and “gluten free.” Undeniably, they’re buzzwords. Buzz topics, even.

The sharp increase in diagnoses of celiac disease and the subsequent market boom surrounding gluten-free products have undoubtedly reformed our collective thoughts on bread and our health. From Wheat Belly to FDA labeling guidelines – everyone is taking notice.

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