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Which Oils Should I Cook With?

Cooking with oil brings flavor to food along with fat to keep us feeling full longer and act as precursors to hormones. The type of oil used to sauté vegetables or meats matters since oils have different smoke points. Smoke point is the temperature at which oil turns to smoke. Each oil has a different …

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Staying Healthy in Hazardous Air Quality

It’s fire season and poor air quality is here. Below are resources to help you stay healthy amidst the smoke and ash, which contain small particles of various toxins: Before exercising outside or spending significant amounts of time outside, check the current air quality using AirCare app or IQair.com/us/. Avoid doing the above if the …

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Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

What Omega-3s are essential fatty acids, meaning the body needs them but can’t make them on its own. Adequate omega-3 intake is required for maintaining brain and nervous system health, improving mood and concentration, preventing and reversing inflammation, decreasing cardiovascular events, and reducing food cravings. Why Fish oil is helpful for many conditions, including autoimmune …

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Balancing Hormones with Seeds

Seed cycling can be a gentle, tasty, and effective tool in balancing hormones. What: Seed cycling is the rotation of two seeds, pumpkin and sunflower (or sesame), throughout the month. It is easy and inexpensive, giving biphasic support to balance hormones. Pumpkin seeds are high in vitamins and minerals that support the estrogen-dominant follicular phase. …

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Part 2: Optimizing Hormone Health

Last month we reviewed common hormones found in the body. Now let’s explore how to best support these hormones. First, the liver is the organ responsible for processing and recycling hormones. Our livers can become inundated with contaminants from our environment (such as plastics, fragrances, air pollution) and from what we put into our bodies …

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Hormones 101

Our endocrine system regulates hormone production and usage and is closely tied to both our immune system and our nervous system. All three systems work together to maintain balance and influence behavior in the face of our ever-changing internal and external environments. The 3 basic hormone categories (with a sampling of different hormones): Peptides (the …

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Are you getting enough “Vitamin N”?

For thousands of generations, humans spent all their time in nature, living and working with the land. As towns and cities developed, our ways of living changed, bringing us to today, where most people work inside looking at screens and end the day inside looking at screens. Technology, including notification sounds and screen lights, elevates …

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Allergy Support – Simple Steps to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

It’s springtime and with the beautiful blooms and new growth many of us experience allergies. Allergies can show up as a runny nose, red itchy eyes, cough, headache, or facial pressure and they can affect concentration, energy levels, and sleep. Allergies are a hypersensitivity reaction involving the Th2 immune response and immunoglobulin E (IgE), resulting …

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Moving Lymph for Immune Support

We all can likely benefit from extra attention to our immune system. The lymphatic system is often overlooked but highly linked to our immune function through lymphocytes, the body’s clean-up crew for infections. What is the lymphatic system? Lymph is the excess fluid between cells and consists of white blood cells (lymphocytes), small molecules, and …

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Eating with Intention for Better Digestion

You’ve likely heard that it’s good to eat in a relaxed environment while slowly savoring each mouthful of food. But is it really that important? Yes, and here’s why. How each digestive process changes when under stress (sympathetic dominance): Esophagus: Increases strength of contractions and begins spasming, leading to gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and chest pain. …

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Improving Digestion & Immunity through the Vagus Nerve

How does your nervous system affects your digestion and immunity? You’ve likely heard the terms “fight or flight” and “rest and digest”, referring to the sympathetic nervous system and parasympathetic nervous system, respectively. Both are part of the autonomic nervous system and detect and categorize the threats we experience in our environment. In a sympathetic …

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