Preventative

Summer's coming - time for (safe) sunscreen!

Summer's coming - time for (safe) sunscreen!

Research shows that 80% of what we apply to our skin gets absorbed into our body.  And women especially are prone to this - our skin is exposed to many more toxins than most men, in the form of cosmetics, lotions, body washes, and even cleaning products.  In fact, research shows that 78% of those with autoimmune disorders (for example, Hashimoto's thyroid disease, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis) are women!  Could our products be a contributory cause to this rise in autoimmune disease?

Oil: Friend or Foe?

Oil: Friend or Foe?

Recently, 60 minutes covered a story highlighting the risks of purchasing olive oil in the United States.  The journalist Tom Mueller, who wrote the book Extra Virginity, researched the olive oil industry and estimates that 75-80% of extra virgin olive oil that is sold in the U.S. does not actually meet the legal grades for extra-virgin oil.  

So what are we to do with this information, since we all know there are benefits to extra virgin olive oil?  First, know the best oils to consume for optimal health, and learn the best brands (particularly for olive oil).  And second, learn the best strategies to use when purchasing cooking oils.

Resistant starch - the new superfood?

Resistant starch - the new superfood?

Carbohydrates get a lot of negative press, but carbohydrates can be roughly divided into 3 different types: sugars, starches, and vegetables.  When we are talking about a “low carb” diet, this is usually referring to low sugar and low starches in the diet.  However, within the starch category is a type of carbohydrate that has been shown to help with weight loss, decrease colon cancer risk, and help anyone with a blood sugar issue.  This type of starch is called indigestible, or resistant, starch.

I like recommending resistant starch for a number of reasons, but the biggest benefit to incorporating resistant starch into the diet is...