“Good” cholesterol is also known as HDL-C (HDL Cholesterol). HDL is a transport molecule that carries cholesterol from our body back to our liver. When higher amounts of cholesterol are brought back to the liver, the liver recognizes that our body has too much and in response, decreases its production. Higher HDL cholesterol has been associated with less cardiovascular events.
This can be a difficult transition time for some of us but our bodies thrive on routine so staying on the same sleep/wake cycle as much as possible is the best thing for your health. Our immune system and hormonal regulation revolve around our sleep/wake pattern so to optimize these systems getting a consistent good night sleep is key.
The deleterious effects of chronic dietary consumption of foods with high lectin contents is receiving a great deal of attention these days. Many common plant foods contain lectins which the plant employs as defense mechanisms. Gluten is a lectin. When humans consume such foods, the lectins in them deploy n the gut. The immediate mechanism of their action is to provoke an auto-immune reaction by way of molecular mimicry. Lectins (there are a great many) are functionally indistinguishable from proteins and bind to cell receptors causing havoc with hormone regulation.
All you do is pick your milk and any additions like fruit, nuts, chia seeds, nut butters, coconut and voila, in the morning you have a ready to go breakfast. It can also double as a quick lunch or dinner when you’re pressed for time.
Being a mother can be one of the most fulfilling jobs, but it can also be quite perilous on your health. No one truly prepares mothers for what is to come after your baby is born. Some mothers may struggle with breastmilk production, or not be consuming enough fluids, while other mothers may struggle with self-care. Below is a list of dos and don’ts for moms.
Bloating is a digestive complaint experienced by many people.
You may be bloated if you feel your pants are too tight after meals, your gut feels like there are tiny “explosions” occurring or if you experience an uncomfortable fullness after consuming a meal. Digestive concerns are very common these days and this is due to many factors including the North American diet, lack of movement, stress, and not prioritising time when it comes to preparing and eating meals. More often than not, people are eating on the go or eating out.
There are two kinds of cholesterol in the blood: Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), “the bad” one and High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), "the good" one. Having a healthy diet can help in controlling cholesterol levels. A nutritionally balanced diet with a low intake of trans saturated fats, and incorporation of food sources rich in soluble fibre, and plant sterols can decrease LDL levels.
The word ‘keto diet’ trended as one of the top ten highest health terms searched on google and keto food products have been popping up almost quicker than we can try them. Gaining popularity alongside the ketogenic diet are the many different low-carb high-fat diets, otherwise known as LCHF diets.
Finding the right healthcare practitioner can be challenging. It is hard enough to find a medical doctor these days who is even accepting new patients! Aside from someone local, whose hours work with your schedule, and who you don’t have to wait two years to see, one of the most important things in your journey towards better health is to have a practitioner who you can trust and who supports you. Whether they are a medical doctor, specialist, naturopathic doctor, or another member of your healthcare team, I believe the following are the most important things to look for when finding yourself a healthcare practitioner.