What is Oxalate / Oxalic Acid?*

What is Oxalate? Oxalic acid is an organic compound found in many plants. These include leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, cocoa, nuts and seeds. In plants, it’s usually bound to minerals, forming oxalate. The terms “oxalic acid” and “oxalate” are used interchangeably in nutrition science. Your body can produce oxalate on its own or obtain it […]

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What’s Up With Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is Abundant in Cell Membranes Cholesterol is found in every cell of your body. It is especially abundant in the membranes of these cells, where it helps maintain the integrity of these membranes, and plays a role in facilitating cell signaling– meaning the ability of your cells to communicate with each other so you […]

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How To Make Kefir

How to Make Kefir The basics of how to make kefir are very simple. There are two ways to make kefir: using a commercial starter culture, or using traditional live kefir grains. Both methods are easy and produce kefir beverages that are similar in taste. The use of a commercial culture has the benefit of […]

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What are Ketones?

What are Ketones? Ketones are acids made when your body begins using fat instead of carbohydrates for energy. This happens when there is not enough insulin to get sugar from the blood into the cells, and the body turns fat into energy. When fat is broken down, ketone bodies are made and can over-accumulate in […]

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What is the GAPS Diet?

The GAPS diet was derived from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to naturally treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of a damaged gut lining. SCD gained great popularity after a mother, Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child of Ulcerative Colitis and became an advocate for SCD.  Elaine Gottschall is also the […]

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Linoleic Acid Content in Various Oils

Linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acid, and linolenic acid, or omega-3 fatty acid, are the two ‘essential’ fatty acids. They are termed ‘essential’ because the human body cannot synthesize them, and must obtain them from the diet. A lack of either of the two leads to ill health and causes deficiency symptoms to develop. Conjugated […]

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What is Ayurveda?

Ayurvedic Medicine Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country’s traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. India’s government and other […]

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