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The skin is one of our largest organs. And directly beneath, we have a delicate network of lymph nodes, ducts, and vessels. Our lymphatic system is invovled in removal of toxins and waste products and plays a role in delivery of hormones and nutrients. As Ginger Nash, ND, states it here, “All hormones, nutrients, and […]

Non-Toxic Living

Dry brushing

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Unless you are an avid gardener, you probably haven’t thought much about the millions of little organisms beneath your feet. Bacteria makes up a vast portion of life here on earth, and we depend on having a healthy microbial imbalance for so many things: good digestion, emotional health. And when you are a mother-to-be, you […]

Pregnancy

River of Life: Breastfeeding and Food Sensitivities: Part One

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We all know the struggle:  It’s the holidays, and everyone is bringing over their favorite “guilty-pleasure” dishes. For those of us who have food sensitivities or restrictions, it can be kind of an adventure to navigate through the maze of lemon icebox pies, store-bought hot dogs, and all the gluten you could ask for. You […]

Recipes

[Recipe] Berry Bowl

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Microbes. They cover everything, and are responsible for a lot more activity than we may notice. The human body alone is covered in multiple strains of microbes, both inside and out. The building of the micriobiome is influenced by a couple of different factors: Our birth environment. Our genetic/epigenetic expression The kind of diet we […]

Wellness

Let Them Play with Dirt!

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It’s springtime and all the vibrant colors blossoming in the garden is truly breathtaking. Although I’ve written about my concerns about smoothies being meal replacements and their impacts on digestion (read more here), I’m not completely against them. I still think that we can enjoy them from time to time and that they are actually […]

Recipes

[Recipe] Eat the Rainbow: Smoothies

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For those who are looking to conceive, it’s important to consider dietary fat intake. Fat is a fertility food that often goes neglected. Knowing the role of fats in fertility and how to select healthy fats are key to those considering pregnancy. Why Our Bodies Need Fat There is a lot of fear in our […]

Pregnancy

Fat for Fertility

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Q: Why am I making healthy changes but not losing weight? Weight rebalance is complex. The thought that weight loss equates to more calories out over calories in is an old belief that should be retired. While intake and movement are elements in what determines our weight, it’s not so simple. It’s a complex system […]

Wellness

Why am I making healthy changes but not losing weight?

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I ran my hands through my hair, washing the shampoo out of my hair. I looked down at my hand and saw a clump of hair in my hand, along with more stands covering the drain. It’s every postpartum woman’s nightmare. Many women experience a similar situation and are left with questions and wondering what’s […]

Pregnancy

Postpartum Hair Loss

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The microbe population living within us, including on our skin, within our oral cavity and gut, is what makes up our “microbiome”. Our microbiota contains hundreds trillions of microorganisms, including at least 1000 different species of known bacteria with more than 3 million genes.1 That means that we are more bacteria than we are actually […]

Recipes

[Recipe] Gut Health + Ruby Red Probiotic Applesauce

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Folic acid versus Folate in pregnancy I sat on the couch crying in extreme pain as I was trying to nurse my newborn, who was also crying from frustration. I had years of experience supporting nursing moms and I knew pain was to be expected in the early days. But never in my wildest dreams […]

Wellness

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