• Health,  Nutrition,  Research

    What I learned about Leaky Gut

    Last week I watched a webinar about leaky gut with Dr. Josh Axe. It was super interesting (nutrition nerd alert), & I made sure to take notes in order to simplify this very interesting topic for you that I know everyone else is so curious about! 😉 First of all, what is leaky gut? Leaky gut is referred to as intestinal permeability. Okay, now I know what you’re thinking… What the heck does intestinal permeability mean? Our gut is meant to be semipermeable, meaning the lining of our intestines allow certain substances to pass through, and not others. Permeable on the other hand, is letting all substances to essentially pass through the gut and…

  • Health,  Nutrition,  Research

    Essential Fatty Acids

    Believe it or not, our bodies can synthesize all the fat it needs, and saturated, monounsaturated, and trans fat (including cholesterol) do not need to be consumed through the diet. Omega-3 and omega-6 are the only two which the body cannot synthesize and therefore they are considered essential fats. Technically, only one kind of omega-3 needs to be obtained through our diet: Alpha-lenolenic acid (ALA), which has the ability to produce other omega-3 fatty acids in the body such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, this conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is relatively limited, and it is often recommended that EPA and DHA be consumed through the diet as…

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    Prebiotics and Probiotics.. what’s the difference?

    Probiotics always seem to be a topic of interest among health-conscious individuals. Most of us have at least heard of probiotics, and maybe we have even tried a few products containing them when we have gotten some type of cold or other sickness (because that’s what your neighbor told you to do, or your friend’s friend has suggested it, or because you googled probiotic and the first website you read claimed probiotics are the ‘real-deal’). But I often wonder if we really understand what a probiotic is. What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics? And should we really trust either one? I’ve learned about these two forms of bacteria in some of my classes, I’ve done…

  • Health,  Recipe,  Research

    Tofu Grilled Cheese

    Plus an article about the nutrition confusion among all of us. It’s personally one of the most frustrating things to deal with, when everyone around me acts as a nutritional expert because they know how to type in the search bar on google. There really is a skill that we all need to learn when it comes to using the internet as an educational tool, and I’m so grateful that I learned about research methods during my psychology education a couple of years ago. I hope to post an article soon about this! For now, it’s valuable to understand that many health and nutritional information you find on the internet focus on very specific nutrients…