Low Salt Diets for Hypertension: A Good Idea or Bad Advice?

Hypertension is one of the most common health problems in our country.  To some degree, its a normal part of aging.  There are lots of things that can cause hypertension, and for some, a low salt diet may be a good idea.  These include people with heart failure or kidney failure, as their bodies simply can’t pump blood effectively or eliminate excess water and sodium effectively.  But for the vast majority of people who have hypertension, their hearts and kidneys are working fine, yet we still recommend a low salt diet.  Is this a good idea?

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Healing Diets

Since I wrote a couple of posts on autoimmunity and its link to gastrointestinal health, I’ve had a few readers contact me and ask what kinds of diets are good for healing the gut and reducing the development of autoimmune disease.  I figured it might be helpful to do a post on the subject, since I’m sure there are more people out there wondering the same thing. Continue reading

Rome wasn’t built in a day…or…Change is hard, so take it slow.

I’ve been getting questions lately from my readers about how to actually transition to a real foods diet.  What does it actually look like, and where do you start?  It can sometimes be daunting, and even discouraging.  Different people say some foods are good while others say they’re bad.  There’s the fight between those who say local produce is better than organic produce, and more and more people talking about how our soils are depleted and we aren’t getting as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as we used to.  Do you have to find a farmer in order to get quality meats?  What if there isn’t one near you?  Or you can’t afford it?  Today, I’d like to talk about some easy, practical steps to take on your health journey, and encourage you that you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight in order to reap the benefits.

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What Causes Autoimmunity?

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My last post listed some of the more common autoimmune diseases and the three main factors that are thought to contribute to autoimmune disease: genetic predisposition, triggering factors, and a leaky gut.  Today I’d like to talk more in depth about these contributing factors and how they lead to misdirection of the immune system and the development of disease. Continue reading

What is Autoimmunity?

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These days, it seems like more and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases.  Whether its multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or Hashimoto’s disease, these autoimmune conditions are becoming more common.  Why is that?  How are all these seemingly unrelated diseases all occurring with increasing frequency, and what can we do to stop this alarming trend? Continue reading

The Origins of Heart Disease

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So, I decided to take a bit of a detour in this series.  Don’t worry, we’ll get back to the five elements of heart disease tomorrow, but in order for you to understand the nutritional aspects of avoiding heart disease, you have to have an understanding of all the factors that contribute to heart disease.  And this is where you might be a bit surprised.  Continue reading