Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know

Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know 

May is Celiac disease awareness month. 

Celiac disease, an extreme manifestation of gluten sensitivity, occurs when an allergic reaction to gluten causes small intestinal damage. It is the most severe reaction anyone can have to gluten, and is more prevalent than you may think, as most people who have this disease are never actually diagnosed.

For those of you who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s likely that you already know what it is and how it impacts your life. For others, this is the opportunity to learn the truth about celiac disease, symptoms associated with it, and how it manifests itself. 

In this week’s blog post, I’ll discuss how celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, may arise, common myths about the disease, and provide you a list of food/ingredients containing gluten that all celiacs must avoid.


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The Neurotoxicity of Pesticides

The Neurotoxicity of Pesticides

Did you know that pesticides are toxic to your brain and that children are more susceptible to neurotoxin exposure? As toxins, they can cause a variety of behavioural and cognitive problems.

Read this week’s blog to find out how and what you can do about it.


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How Clean is Your Food: 2018’s Dirty Dozen and Why I Choose Organic

How Clean is Your Food: 2018’s Dirty Dozen and Why I Choose Organic

How do you know which aisle to shop in the produce section of your local grocery store? How do you decide if paying a little extra for something labelled “organic” is actually worth it?

This week, I delve into the word of organic vs conventional food, and let you know why organic wins out in my book.

Progressively more and more people are becoming aware of the connection between food and their personal health. Perhaps you’re like one of my many clients who has decided to take ownership about optimizing their health now. 

Indeed, if my practice is any indication, becoming health conscious is no longer the exclusive domain of new or expecting mothers—nor is it the forté of those looking to overcome an ailment, disease or a condition like I was. Increasingly, individuals who are looking for a business edge or students looking to increase their cognitive performance are also realizing, like many athletes have, that what you chose to chomp on has a direct impact on your ability to perform—be it in the boardroom or the classroom. 

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How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps

How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps 

In your efforts to become whole food optimized, I hope that you have discovered kombucha. The health of your gut and the balance of bacteria within your microbiome depend on both the probiotics and prebiotics that you feed it. This includes delicious fermented foods that the healthy bacteria in your gut love. And what’s more delicious than kombucha?

If you are not sure what exactly kombucha is or if you missed my interview with a kombucha brewmaster, be sure to check it out

If you are well aware of the health benefits of kombucha, including helping you maintain optimal gut, immune, brain, and overall health, and have been thinking of starting to brew some yourself, I highly recommend you give it a go! It’s easier than you may think!

Read on to discover my simple kombucha recipe and 6 steps even you can take to brew your own kombucha!


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How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How to Improve Digestion Naturally:
Restoring your gut health can be as simple as incorporating the right foods into your diet. Keep reading to learn how to improve digestion naturally.

How often have you finished a meal and felt bloated, been gassy, had cramps or acid reflux, or felt just plain uncomfortable? It happens to everyone from time to time, and it can be a sign that your digestive system isn't working the way it should.

If it happens to you regularly, it may be time to make some lasting changes.

Your digestive system is a delicate balance of chemical reactions. Having one element thrown out of whack can wreck havoc on many aspects of your health, not to mention leaving you feeling very uncomfortable. But taking medicine for these problems all the time may not be right for you - or the you approach you want to take.

If you're looking to improve digestion naturally, read on for several tips you may just want to try.



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Eat Healthier With the Kids Using These Family Meal Planning Tips

Eat Healthier With the Kids Using These Family Meal Planning Tips

Trying to get your whole family to be healthy can seem like a difficult task, but if you follow the family meal planning tips offered in this week’s blog post, you can help everyone be healthy!

In spite of the fact that over 75% of us claim that we focus on healthy eating, most of us aren't actually getting the nutrition we need.

When you take a look at the added ingredients, excess sugar, and over-reliance on fast food, it's not hard to see why.

With roughly 36% of American adults and 18% of children classified as obese, the question becomes, what can we do about it? 

What concrete steps can you take to protect your own health and the health of your family members?

It all starts with healthy meal planning.

Yes, exercise is important, but it's what you eat that really makes a difference.

How can you ensure that your portions, nutrients, and of course, the actual taste, of the meals you make for your family is up to snuff?

Read on for family meal planning tips.

 

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Greek Lemon Chicken

Greek Lemon Chicken

Makes 2 Servings | 10 Min. Prep | 16 Min. Cooking

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health: Continued

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health: Continued

Last week, I introduced you to the ketogenic diet and how it can benefit brain health, especially after a traumatic brain injury. 

The benefits offered by the ketogenic diet may have far-reaching effects. It can help a brain injury survivor with cognitive and motor impairments and the metabolic changes that occurred upon injury. It can also help improve cognitive performance and prevent age-related cognitive decline in anyone - from those who have a strong family history of Alzheimer’s who would like to prevent getting the disease to professionals wanting to improve performance to students looking to improve focus.

In a nutshell, the ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein approach to eating that switches the body’s metabolism to using fat as a main source of fuel.

Read on to discover some important considerations when implementing the ketogenic diet, what foods to eat on keto, and how to achieve a state of ketosis.

 

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Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health and TBI

Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet for Brain Health and TBI

  • Have you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury?
  • Do you have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease?
  • Are you experiencing signs of cognitive decline?
  • Did you know that sustaining a TBI dramatically increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s later on in life?
  • More importantly, did you know that the right diet may help?

Read this week’s blog post to discover how healthy and damaged brains process glucose for energy differently and how nutritional therapy can work to improve TBI symptoms, energy creation, and cognitive function - wether you’ve experienced a TBI or not.

You’ll also discover what the ketogenic diet is, which fats are good for the brain, and several benefits of the keto diet for brain health.

So Read On!

 

 

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Concussion Protocol 10 Things to Do When You Have a Concussion

Concussion Protocol 10 Things to Do When You Have a Concussion

Concussion Protocol: What to Do When You're Concussed

Suffering a concussion can be extremely debilitating. However, if you know what to do, the recovery should be much smoother. Read this concussion protocol to learn how.

I want to talk to you about something very serious: concussion protocol.

Now, I know movies would have you think that head injuries are this gateway to a new life: something someone gets for a second chance at life.

However, if the current news circulating NFL and brain injuries has taught us anything, it is that head trauma is nothing to be entertained by. And this form of injury affects way more people than the protagonists in films and thirty-two football teams. In fact, nearly 3 million people a year in the US suffer from a TBI (traumatic brain injury).

This is a topic I hold very close to my heart, due to how much just one traumatic brain injury changed my life forever.

Keep reading to learn what to do when you or someone you love has suffered a concussion.

 

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One Pan Salmon, Kale & Cabbage

One Pan Salmon, Kale & Cabbage

Makes 2 Servings | 10 Min. Prep | 16 Min. Cooking

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Salmon-Stuffed Avocado Boats

Salmon-Stuffed Avocado Boats

Makes 1 Serving | 10 Min. Prep

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Smoked Salmon Salad

Smoked Salmon Salad

Makes 2 Servings | 10 Min. Prep | 15 Min. Cooking

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The Benefits of Neuronutrition: for Brain Health and Longevity

The Benefits of Neuronutrition: for Brain Health and Longevity

 

Are you looking to restore cognitive function after sustaining a brain injury?

Are you a professional who’d benefit from a better memory or improved productivity?

Would you like to be rid of brain fog or neuro-fatigue?

Are you interested in maintaining or improving cognitive function as you age?

Would you like to protect your most valuable asset and learn what you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

Read this week’s blog post to find out how.

You’ll also discover what neuronutrition is, what nutrients can fuel the brain, what can devastate it, and who can benefit from neuronutrition. You’ll also find out how you can use neuronutrition to prevent cognitive decline associated with aging, or improve mental focus, cognition, and productivity. Whatever your motivation, feeding your brain can nourish your mind.

I’ve also attached links to some easy new recipes for you to enjoy that can help get your brain in optimal working order.

Coming Soon to HappiHuman.com…

I have an exciting new program in the works for anyone who is looking to improve cognitive performance, prevent Alzheimer’s, or wants to learn more about nutrition for the brain!

 

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Neuro-Fatigue: What it is and What You Can do About it

Neuro-Fatigue: What it is and What You Can do About it

This week, in my continued quest to honour National Brain Injury Awareness month, I’d like to discuss a topic of great concern to many brain injury survivors - mental fatigue or “neuro-fatigue”. 

As fatigue, both mental and physical is a common complaint of people with a brain injury, I’d also like to offer some tips to help you manage it.

So, if you or a loved one suffers low energy from a weakened brain or are showing signs of age-related cognitive decline, please read on:

This blog post is for you as I discuss 12 Tips to Managing Neuro-Fatigue.

 

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