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The Forgotten Organ... Scalp-Hair-Follicles

Maybe you are wondering what nutrition has to do with hair thinning and hormones. LOTS, TONS!! Let’s start with the unknown fact that Scalp-Hair-Follicles are the Forgotten Organ. There are many reasons why this is important, but I’ll summarize the top 3… Scalp-Hair-Follicles: All of which require adequate nutrient consumption and ABSORPTION. And when this […]

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Health Coaches: the Helping Hand in Your Wellness Upgrade

By Holly Parker NB-HWC, FMCHC, MFA Health Coaching is a term that’s heard often now as this budding field gains popularity with growing evidence about the value coaches deliver to people wanting control over their health. Health practitioners of every ilk are recruiting these behavior change experts to their teams in order to guide patients […]

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The Untold Cause of Hair Loss

By Mihaela Gruita, PharmD, CFMP If you have been struggling with hair loss, you are not alone. According to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 40% of women experience hair loss by the time they turn 50. In fact, in the United States alone, more than 30 million women are struggling with […]

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Going Gluten Free: What? Who? Why? How?

Not so many years ago, the gluten-free lifestyle was reserved for an obscure cluster of people who were forced to settle for wannabe foods that resembled sawdust but didn’t taste as good. I know because I was one of them. I have been gluten-free since 2005. But, today I have lots of company. The gluten-free […]

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Toxins: Where They Come From & How They Affect Your Health?

Toxicity is a Major Problem In this day and age, it’s impossible to keep harmful toxins out of your body since they are virtually everywhere, largely due to industrialization. To make matters worse, you may have a poor diet that significantly lacks the nutritional value to fuel your body’s detoxifying capacity. All of these factors […]

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Fatigue: Main Causes & Nutrients Needed to Overcome It

Do you feel tired, even when you’ve got plenty of sleep the night before? Does your mind feel “foggy” all day long, no matter how many cups of coffee you have? Do simple tasks overwhelm you because you lack the energy and focus to get started? You are not alone! Fatigue is increasingly common in our modern […]

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Can You Really Eat Yourself Out of Diabetes?

Diabetes is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. Normally, the insulin hormone moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. But with diabetes, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or it can’t effectively utilize the insulin it produces. Types Of Diabetes Type 1 diabetes is an […]

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The Secret Ingredient That Could Be Damaging Your Health

Learn About a Common Ingredient that Could be Damaging your Health While there are a variety of food additives that are detrimental to health, there’s one, in particular, that is well known to damage the gut microbiome, and that ingredient is called emulsifiers.   Emulsifiers are chemicals that are added to processed foods to stabilize […]

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How Does Gut Health Affect Sleep?

Gut health affects your body's ability to fall asleep and stay asleep Tryptophan (TRP) is an essential amino acid, which means that it must be included in the diet because the body cannot produce it. Tryptophan is used by gut bacteria to manufacture several important metabolites, including serotonin.  Serotonin is essential for sleep and a […]

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Why Gluten Wasn't an Issue 50 Years Ago

Are People Overreacting to Gluten? Is it Just a Fad? NO, gluten sensitivity is REAL and will continue to rise among our current population. Here are some reasons why: As humans, we don’t have the enzyme to break down gluten, and most people are eating it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Gluten particles cause […]

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A Personal Story Behind the Practice Name "Fortitude Functional Nutrition"

Not only do I think the definition of the word “fortitude” is amazing, it has a personal message and story behind it that goes much deeper for me... It has to do with my dear close friend, Joni Soule. We met at Natural Grocers, where we were both employed as Nutritionists, and quickly became the […]

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What Does It Mean to Eat TRULY Gluten-Free?

The traditional gluten-free diet is the most commonly consumed. Unfortunately, this diet is merely switching gluten-containing packaged, processed products for gluten-free packaged processed foods which are still unhealthy. Many over-the-counter packaged foods contain cross-contamination of gluten. Also, many “gluten-free” products contain other types of grain-based glutens that have not been adequately studied to be safe […]

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What Are the Differences Between Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease?

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are not the same thing. However, with both it is recommended and important to avoid gluten consumption 100%. Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease have been shown to cause malabsorption of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Both have been linked to over 200 medical conditions. Gluten can cause leaky gut syndrome […]

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Health While Saving Money

1) Start saving money with grocery store shopping. Shop the perimeters of the store where you will find delicious whole foods. This way you can ditch the processed, addictive foods that cost more. Don’t shop when you are hungry. Know what produce you can buy organic or not. Refer to the “Dirty Dozen” to learn […]

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Social Isolation and Loneliness are as Unhealthy as Smoking 15 Cigarettes a Day, Alcoholism or Obesity

Being connected with others may be much more important than you thought… “Loneliness and social isolation are just as much a threat to longevity as obesity, smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic” as documented in a study done by Brigham Young University  “Relationships are — not surprisingly — enormously important for health, […]

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Quick Stress Tips

Have you ever experienced: Feeling overwhelmed? Scattered? Pulled in 100+ different directions? Your mind in overdrive? Afraid of saying no because you don’t want to disappoint? You can’t turn off your mind turning round-and-round — even to sleep? Read More... (Note this will take you to another site, hit your back button to return to […]

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Tackling Your Toxins

No doubt, today’s world is full of dangerous toxins. They are in the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, and the products you use. Scientists estimate that the average adult has about 700 contaminants in their body at any given point. Rising rates of chronic diseases and other ailments have […]

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Benefits of Melatonin Are More Than a Good Night’s Sleep!

Do you often find yourself overtired, but too wired to get a good, restful night’s sleep? In our electronically overstimulated and illuminated world, it’s not uncommon. Many factors can contribute to sleeplessness, but a lack of melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns, is often the culprit. Melatonin is often called the "Dracula of […]

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Hydrate for Health

Up to 60 percent of the human body is water: the brain is composed of 70 percent water; the lungs are nearly 90 percent water; and about 83 percent of our blood is water. In other words, we are aqueous beings. Water is in every cell and tissue. Biological processes like circulation, digestion, absorption, and […]

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Death of an Icon

I thought I'd post this for those of you who were having a crumbling day... Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a candida yeast infection, Ulcerative Colitis, and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in […]

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DIM for Healthy Hormone Balance

Hormones can be a woman’s best friend… or they can be her worst enemy. When they are balanced, hormones work together to promote health and harmony in our bodies, driving a number of important biological functions and processes. But a hormonal imbalance can wreak havoc on physical wellbeing. Fortunately, there are tools available to help […]

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Beat the Seasonal Allergy Blues with Broccoli Sprouts

No one wants to suffer through the spring allergy season feeling miserable with a runny nose and itchy, watery eyes… or the headaches, fatigue, and sleep troubles that come with allergies. And you don’t have to rely on those commonly used OTC allergy medications that make you feel groggy and drowsy. A recent study has […]

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Bilberries Are Berry Beneficial to Vascular Health

The vascular system, also known as the circulatory system, is made up of the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body from the brain down to the toes, delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs and removing waste products. In addition to circulating blood and lymph through the body, the vascular system […]

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What is Bio-Individuality and How Does it Affect Your Health?

Within the health-o-sphere, there are endless diets, thousands of self-help books, cult-like workout routines, and a smorgasbord of pills and potions with extravagant claims. Do you eat vegetarian or paleo? Cardio workouts or powerlifting? Protein powders or whole foods? How do you decide who to listen to? The answer ultimately is to listen to yourself. […]

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Behind The Label: Boost Nutrition Label Literacy

by Julie Olson  Nutrition facts labels are meant to be easily read, but can be confusing, misleading and even inaccurate. “The American consumer is at a disadvantage when it comes to reading food labels, namely because we don’t speak metric. Our food labels are in grams, but our kitchen language is in teaspoons,” says Kimberly […]

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Listen to Your Gut; It’s Your Second Brain

Gut flora, gut microbiota, or gastrointestinal microbiota is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of all vertebrates. The gut microbiota has the largest numbers of bacteria. This microbiome also contains the greatest number of species compared to other areas of the body. An associated term, sometimes used interchangeably with gut […]

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The Link between Hormones and Happiness

Hormones… they certainly don’t get much respect at times. What do they have to do with happiness? Actually, hormones play a big role in our feelings and other factors. Learn what we can do to capitalize on them. How Hormones Work Hormones are special chemical messengers that control most of the body’s processes. The endocrine […]

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Why Your Microbiome Cannot Be Ignored

Called one of the top scientific discoveries of the 21st century, the human microbiome, cannot be ignored. It’s a game changer for better understanding disease and health. The microbiome is a crew of bacteria (also referred to as microorganisms) that live in and outside the human body. In fact, there are 100 trillion of these […]

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What Stress Does To Your Immune System

Stress is a normal part of modern daily life, but most people are not aware of the negative consequences of stress on their health—until it is too late. Some people are able to cope with stress better than others, while others take practical steps to reduce their stress each day to diminish its wear and […]

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Keto Diet 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Eating Plan

Many different versions of low-carb diets have come and gone over the past several decades, but one carb-restrictive diet that’s been around for generations and is garnering significant attention today is the ketogenic diet. Far from a fad diet, the keto diet has actually been practiced safely since the 1920s, when it was first used […]

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Paleo vs Keto: Similarities, Differences + Which Is Best For You

The Paleo diet and the Ketogenic diet have both gained extreme popularity in recent years for their acclaimed ability to promote weight loss, fat reduction, improved metabolism, and numerous other benefits. While there are a lot of overlapping similarities between the two, Paleo and Keto each have their own unique purpose that, at times, can […]

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Intermittent Fasting Rules

If you’re new to intermittent fasting, or thinking about giving it a try, here’s a quick list of the most fundamental rules you’ll need to follow and some mistakes you’ll need to avoid. Intermittent Fasting Basic Philosophy The use of short term fasting has shown to have a dramatic influence on specific hormones related to […]

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Intermittent Fasting Benefits: Changes the Brain and Body Within Only a Few Days

Before we can discuss intermittent fasting benefits, we must first know what intermittent fasting is. Intermittent Fasting (IF) is the self-imposed abstaining from food for a specified period, usually about 16 hours with a window of 8 hours to consume meals. Most commonly, this is achieved by skipping breakfast and having the first meal of […]

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Seasonal Allergies Link to Gut Health

What does gut health have to do with hay fever or seasonal allergies? Probably a lot more than you might think. Allergies and hay fever are an inappropriate defensive response to pollen and other substances. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, "Besides being associated with inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, or celiac disease, […]

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What Is SIBO?

SIBO (pronounced SEE-bo)  stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. It is one of the causes of leaky gut, but the two vary quite a bit when it comes to treatment. The most common symptoms of SIBO are abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating/distention, diarrhea and/or constipation, and extreme burping and passing gas. It tends to be […]

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The Right Mental Attitude

You must develop the right mental attitude on your road to success. Without being overly simplistic, think of “The Little Train Who Could.” Instead of having an “I Can’t” attitude, replace it with an “I Can!” attitude. A positive outlook is necessary to see change coming, to be able to work with the change, and […]

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The Importance of Attitude

In his book, The Winning Attitude, John C. Maxwell noted author and speaker, explains attitude as: The “advance man” of our true selves. Has inward roots but outward fruits. Our best friend or worst enemy. More honest and more consistent than our words. An outward look based on past experiences. A thing that draws people […]

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Yes! Eating Gluten-Free Can Help with Weight Loss & Chronic Pain Management

Many people lose weight when they begin eating gluten-free. If you have gluten intolerance, you may lose weight because your body can process the food better, but you may also lose weight even without an intolerance. Along with weight-loss, eating gluten-free modulates silent inflammation in the body, which in turn should ease any pain you […]

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Inflammation and Your Immune System

The word inflammation comes from the Latin inflammare, to set on fire. In the context of our immune system - heat, redness, pain and swelling form as a reaction to either injury, or a perceived threat in the body. If you've ever accidentally cut your finger with a knife, the body responds with an "acute" […]

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Enzymes Rule

Your body is designed to digest and absorb the food you eat. Unfortunately, many people struggle with digestion even though our body creates enzymes for just this purpose. If you seem to get gas no matter you eat, you often suffer from heartburn, bloating or stomach discomfort, or if constipation is an issue for you, it […]

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