Is Your Diet Making You Tired?

tiredAre you going through the day feeling sluggish, even though you have had 7 to 8 hours of sleep? It may not be your amount of sleep that’s making you feel less than your best. Rather, what you are eating may be at fault. Is your diet making you tired?

How Often Are You Eating? Do you need some coffee mid-afternoon to make it through the rest of the workday? Many of us hit an afternoon “lull” around 3-4 pm. It may be due to a drop in blood sugar. Having a healthy snack between meals will keep blood sugar balanced, keep metabolism up, can help to support healthy weight loss, and can prevent afternoon fatigue.

Sugar Control: Avoid sugary snacks that will cause large fluctuations in blood sugar, and instead pair a piece of fruit with some yogurt or nut butter. Make your own trail mix with raw nuts and seeds. Try some veggies with hummus. What you may notice with all of these snack options is that they all include a little protein and some fiber – both important to a healthy diet. Protein and fiber help to stabilize blood sugar, promote regular elimination, and support optimal health, including energy, focus and stamina to get through your day. Continue reading “Is Your Diet Making You Tired?”

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GMOs: What’s the Real Deal?

About 80% of US processed foods have at least one ingredient with a genetically modified food product like cornstarch, high-fructose corn syrup, or canola oil. The most common GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are corn and soy. Just read most labels and you’ll see some form of corn, soy or other genetically modified food in the product.

What is a Genetically Modified Food and How are Foods Genetically Modified?

When something is genetically modified, genes from one organism are transferred to the nucleus of another organism. This causes the cell to produce new proteins that are unfamiliar to the organism receiving the new material. It’s one of the reasons why someone would develop a food allergy or food sensitivity, which can show itself as a skin reaction, respiratory or circulatory system reaction and so much more.  Continue reading “GMOs: What’s the Real Deal?”

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6 Common Symptoms of Food Sensitivities in Kids

  1. Headaches
  2. Dark under-eye circles
  3. Earaches / Ear infections
  4. Eczema
  5. Asthma
  6. Irritability

There are many factors that can cause these symptoms in children. Therefore, it is critical to look at all possibilities. Food sensitivities is an important area to investigate because there are many common foods in one’s diet that can aggravate the body. For example, foods such as gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, corn, citrus, and eggs are often the main culprits. These foods can trigger the immune system and result in delayed food reactions. These reactions are different than a true allergic response such as anaphylaxis that occurs immediately after ingesting a certain food. Sensitivities to foods tend to show up anywhere from hours to days after ingesting troublesome foods. There is also a wide variety of symptoms beyond the 6 listed above. Other symptoms include behavior and attention problems, depression, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and anger. Because symptoms are so varied and are delayed, it can be a bit challenging determining which foods are causing the problem.

Fortunately there is simple blood test done through Village Green that can screen for food sensitivities. Based on the results, a plan is created specific for the child. In general, all foods that rank moderate/high are best eliminated from the diet for a period of 3-6 months while other foods are rotated in the diet. This allows the digestive system and immune system to begin the process of healing. Other beneficial supplements such as glutamine, probiotics, digestive enzymes, fish oil, and a high quality multivitamin can also provide added healing support.

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Radio Show: Food Sensitivities And Their Effects On Health

Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Bradley Bush, ND will be discussing food sensitivities and their effects on health.

Dr. Bradley Bush is the Clinical Director for NeuroScience, Inc. He practiced medicine for 7 years at New Hampshire Natural Health Clinic in Bedford, NH, specializing in neuroendocrine disorders, gastrointestinal disorders and IV therapies. Dr. Bush was the founder of the annual event Pharmaceutical Perspectives and co-founder of 4-Corners Medical Education. He has worked in the nutritional supplement industry for many years.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on antioxidants for brain health. Click to listen.

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Food Intolerances and Weight

Suzanne Somer’s new book, Sexy Forever, outlines the secrets she believes are the key to successful weight loss after age 40. She says that hormone balancing, toxic burden on our bodies, leaky gut syndrome and food allergies are all triggers that can affect weight loss.

Most of us are familiar with Suzanne Somer’s cancer survival story and how she chose a more “alternative” approach, foregoing the conventional Western approach of chemotherapy and radiation. In this new book, she shares her personal story of her struggles with weight loss. After balancing hormones, eating organic foods and exercising, she still found that she had fat around her middle that she could not get rid of. Seeing in herself the same symptoms that her gluten-intolerant husband had, she took a food allergy test and discovered that she was allergic to eggs, a staple in her diet. By eliminating eggs she lost 10 pounds.

So how can food allergies affect weight loss? Continue reading “Food Intolerances and Weight”

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March 2023