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Soooo..Is Gluten the Culprit for Your Acne?!

Thank you Mind Body Green for this info!!!

Gliadin is a component of gluten and is found in wheat and other cereals. It’s essential for giving bread the ability to rise properly, and it’s also the culprit behind celiac disease: the proteins activate the disease and the body responds via intolerance and rejection of gliadin (and in turn, gluten).

The reaction? Inflammation.

Distress in one organ or area of the body triggers inflammation somewhere else in the body but becomes most apparent in the skin. In fact, studies have found that more than half of all acne sufferers have gut issues. Digestive conditions like celiac disease have accompanying skin manifestations that only resolve when the underlying inflammation is treated.

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More Reasons to Eat Avocados Everyday!!


I don’t know about you….but  I LOVE avocados and can eat one everyday!!!

Thank you Mind Body Green for this info!!!

Smooth, creamy, and subtly flavored, avocados have become popular around the globe.

Not only are they delicious, but in the health world, avocados are also chiefly famous for their monounsaturated, or “good,” fats. Don’t get me wrong — I love healthy fats. But there’s also tons of exciting research on the avocado’s many other health benefits that go beyond the fats.

Avocados are rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K1, and vitamin B-6. In fact, avocados are one of the best examples of the “food as medicine” concept, with their high amounts of vitamins and minerals as well as phytonutrients, which are special nutrients from plants that help heal the body.

Here are nine more research-backed reasons why you should be enjoying avocados every day:  Click here to read more!!

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The importance of hydration to fuel your weight management goals.

Thank you Dr. Plant School of Nutrition for this info!!!

The importance of hydration to fuel your weight management goals.

Water and electrolytes are critical to fueling your weight management goals.

The biochemical process of burning fat is called lipolysis, which literally means fat destroying. This process is mediated by hormones such as epinephrine, ghrelin, cortisol, and several others. However, once the process is initiated by hormone signaling it is also a very water demanding reaction. In fact the burning of a single fat molecule requires numerous water molecules for the hydrolysis of the fat.

So, if our body is in a fat burning state but is limited on its water supply your body will cease to burn the fat.

Be sure to hydrate frequently to not only fuel the fat burning reactions in your body, but to also help you battle those unwarranted hunger cravings throughout the day.

What to drink: Water and low calorie drinks (under 30 calories) that are enriched in nutrients and/or electrolytes.


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Carbs…why are they looked at as bad?

Carbs…why are they looked at as bad?

Thank you Dr. Plant School of Natural Health and Wellness for this info!!!

There are three forms of caloric energy that our body can use: Fats, Proteins, and Carbohydrates.

The body has the ability to convert all three of these forms of caloric energy into the molecule glucose. Glucose is the primary molecule that travels through our blood and can be absorbed into the cells, providing the basic energy source to our cells.

If fats, proteins and carbohydrates can all be converted into glucose why are there so many diets focused on avoiding carbohydrates?

The answer is simple…Though they can all be converted to glucose the rate at which they are converted is tremendously different, and since the rate at which they are converted is dramatically different it has a profound impact on the way our body stores fat.

Glucose is a basic sugar, and our body (outside of those with diabetes) makes sure that the sugar level in our blood is maintained within a specific level. If our blood sugar goes up too high our body will release the hormone insulin, which is like a key that opens up our fat cells, allowing the fat cells to absorb the excess sugar that is floating in our blood. If our blood sugar drops too low it will release the glycogen in our liver to spike up our blood sugar to appropriate levels.

Our body will convert carbohydrates into glucose very quickly. In fact, many of the carbohydrates we eat are converted into glucose before it even hits our stomach. To prove this point simply put a saltine cracker in your mouth and let your saliva dissolve it…It will begin to taste sweet. That is because your saliva is breaking down the carbohydrate into the basic glucose molecule.

So, carbohydrates are quickly converted into glucose. This in turn causes a quick spike in your blood sugar levels, thereby causing an insulin release and then fat accumulation.

Now, let’s look at protein. This can also be converted into glucose, but the body will only do this if its immediate glycogen stores are depleted and fats are in short supply. So if your diet is enriched in protein your blood sugar levels will naturally stay lower compared to a diet rich in carbohydrates.

The moral of this story. Avoid carbs, especially simple carbs. They can easily be converted into fat. Unless of course you are burning that sugar quickly, which is a topic for discussion another day.


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