The Essential Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet [Printable Charts]

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Do you often experience digestive stress after eating certain foods? Can the discomfort be so severe that it affects your day-to-day activities? The link between foods and digestive disorders is well recognised, and there is a good chance that FODMAPs – small carbohydrates in certain foods – are the culprit. As a food intolerance dietitian,…

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7 Things Your Tongue Is Trying to Tell You About Your Health

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Your body often sends you subtle signals when something isn’t quite right. The trouble is, if you don’t know what to watch out for, these signs can go unnoticed until the problem becomes more severe. One area where signs of an underlying health condition might show up is your tongue. You may not realize it,…

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27 Foods That Can Give You More Energy

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Many people feel tired or run-down at some point during the day. A lack of energy could affect your daily activities and make you less productive. The fact is that the type and quantity of food you eat play an essential role in determining your energy levels during the day. Even though all foods give…

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Dr. Oz Says Breakfast is a Sham, Waiting for Brunch is Healthier. But Why?

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“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” has been drilled into our brains, much to the chagrin of people who don’t like eating first thing in the morning. Now, those people may rejoice. American TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz announced that we should “cancel breakfast” in an interview with TMZ. His exact words…

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Premade Salads at Walmart and Target Recalled due to E. coli Scare

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More than 48 tonnes of premade salads have been recalled from retailers around the country because of potential E.coli contamination [1].  Missa Bay LLC. of Swedesboro, New Jersey have determined that a number of their salad products that contain meat or poultry may be contaminated with the E. coli strain O157:H7 [2].  This particular strain…

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Why Eating Nothing After 2 pm Could Be A Good Idea

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Diet tips are becoming confusing. What’s healthier, a high- or low-fat diet, high- or low-carb, or high- or low-protein? What’s better, eating whole grains or skipping grains, coffee or no coffee, raw foods or cooked, going vegan or eating meat? The list of questions goes on and plagues every individual interested in improving their health….

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Top 10 Bible Foods that Heal + the Biblical Diet

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Whether you eat, drink or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31 All throughout the Bible, references are made to the medicinal properties of foods and herbs. Representing health and longevity from Almighty God, the importance of diet and of preparing and eating food was oftentimes seen as…

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Olive Oil is found to Nourish the Brain and May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

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As if we needed more reasons to follow a Mediterranean style diet, while many diet trends come and go, the Mediterranean diet is an original, and to this day is still praised and followed for its inclusion of plant-based foods, omega-fatty acids and filling fiber coming from legumes.  However it’s one specific ingredient that gets…

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Salt Water Flush Recipe

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Are you like 20 percent of the public that suffers from constipation? It’s nothing to be ashamed about, so even if high-fiber foods don’t always do the trick, consider a salt water flush. Sometimes called a “salt water cleanse” or a “master cleanse,” it’s designed to help you cleanse your colon and digestive system by bringing on a forced…

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Salt Water Flush Recipe

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Drinks, eat, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Are you like 20 percent of the public that suffers from constipation? It’s nothing to be ashamed about, so even if high-fiber foods don’t always do the trick, consider a salt water flush. Sometimes called a “salt water cleanse” or a “master cleanse,” it’s designed to help you cleanse your colon and digestive system by bringing on a forced…

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The Snack Bar Designed for People with Swallowing Disorders

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We should take a moment to appreciate the people in this world who go out of their way to improve the quality of life for others. While we sit back and enjoy our avocado toast, poke bowls and Beyond Burgers, it is estimated that 1 in 25 people suffer from dysphagia, a swallowing disorder that…

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Common Heartburn Drugs Linked to Early Death in New Study

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Heartburn medications, called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), may increase the risk of developing life-threatening conditions, according to new research [1]. Over-the-counter (OTC), as well as prescription medications for heartburn, may increase the risk of heart disease, stomach cancer, and kidney dysfunction, among other health issues. The research notes that a person’s risk increases the longer…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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You Are Not Gluten Intolerant- You’re Glyphosate Intolerant?

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal

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It wasn’t that long ago that someone with Celiac disease would have a hard time ordering meals at restaurants or finding safe gluten alternatives for themselves at the grocery store. Now, gluten-free options seem to be the norm almost everywhere you go in North America. What happened? Is celiac disease on the rise? Did we…

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Probiotics & Heart Health: How Your Gut Helps Your Heart

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The best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, or so the old adage goes. Believe it or not, there’s more truth behind it than you may think. While the saying elicits images of cooking dinner for your sweetheart, it also holds true for your actual heart and digestive system — of which your…

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20 Anti-Inflammatory Snacks Your Gut Will Thank You For

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Learning how your body responds to inflammatory foods (like carbs and gluten) can play an important role in our health. Although some inflammation can help our bodies ward off infections from bacteria and viruses, excess (or chronic inflammation) can lead to autoimmune diseases like arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and more. Thankfully, one way to help decrease inflammation…

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fiber To Your Diet

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    Americans on average only eat about half the daily recommended amount of fiber.  It’s an essential component of the food we eat, and it may help you live longer. In studies, it has been shown to help prevent and fight type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. What The Studies Show A recently…

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How to Use Frozen Lemons: An Easier Way to Harness the Health Benefits

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Most people say ‘When life gives you lemons – make lemonade’. In this post we’ll tell you why we prefer to say ‘When life gives you lemons – freeze them’! Lemons are probably the most versatile and popular type of citrus fruit. There is an incredible amount of hype around this fruit, while a lot…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Prebiotics: 5 Benefits You Cannot Ignore

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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You may have heard of probiotics, but do you know about prebiotics? Despite the similarity in names, there are some key differences. While probiotics rightfully get a lot of praise from health experts, prebiotics are important as well. So, what are prebiotics, and how can you get more of them? Keep reading to learn more…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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Hirschsprung’s Disease: How One Man Had 30 Lbs of Feces Removed from Colon

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Every once in a while, we let our healthy daily diets escape us. So we up getting backed up and have some trouble going to the bathroom for maybe a day or two. But even then, the bloating, discomfort, and abdominal pain can be unbearable. That’s why we were blown away to hear about someone who…

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Why You Should Consider Donating Your Poop to a Stool Bank

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You’re probably already familiar with the idea of donating blood, plasma, organs, or even hair in order to benefit someone in the middle of a medical crisis. But, did you know that donating stool can save lives too? That’s right, donating your poop to a stool bank is a great way to help someone in…

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Can Green Tea Extracts Cause Liver Damage?

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Sipping on organic green tea in the mornings is a great way to help protect your brain from dementia, encourage a healthy metabolism, and boost insulin sensitivity (1). But popping a few green tea extract pills every day is a totally different story. 50-year-old Jim McCants of Prosper, Texas learned this the hard way, and…

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Did You Know the Color of the Carbs You Eat Matters? This Doctor Explains Why

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Should We Avoid ‘Beige’ Carbs? Carbohydrates have previously gotten a bad reputation for spiking blood sugar, causing weight gain, and even contributing to diseases such as cancer [1]. As such, low-carb diets have been around for a while, including the ketogenic diet, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Atkins diet, which dates back…

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3 Myths and 3 Truths About Acid Reflux Everyone Should Know

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Acid Reflux: What Is it? Often experienced although not often clearly understood, acid reflux (AR), as well as gastroesophageal reflux (GERD—a more severe form of reflux) is an uncomfortable and potentially life-altering affliction when it’s not dealt with. It may seem like a benign condition, but its debilitating symptoms can severely affect a person’s quality of life, especially…

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6 Painful Health Problems Grapefruit Seeds May Be Able to Treat

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Can the simple seed of a grapefruit hold potent health benefits? Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) is a supplement that’s received a growing number of health claims, including its potential ability to fight off everything from bacterial infections to candida to even diabetes. Here, we break down the science behind GSE to see if it’s a…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, Weight Loss

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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How to Use Herbs, Tea, Fats, and More to Stop Bloating for Good (You’re Not Fat, Just Bloated)

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Jump to…. Find Out What’s Causing Your Bloating 6 Foods to De-Bloat If you constantly feel bloated—even if you’re not over-eating or dealing with a temporary issue like PMS—you may be suffering from certain underlying digestive issues that can leave you feeling puffier than normal. Taking over-the-counter anti-gas products may provide temporary relief, but they…

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Metamucil Linked to Gut Destruction, Cancer

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Despite the fact that we don’t openly talk about going to the bathroom, especially in regard to bowel movements, it is one of the most important things we all need to do to be healthy.  But most of us don’t really know what’s considered normal and what our bowel movements should be like. Many of…

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Chronic Bloating? IBS? This Diet May Get Rid of It for Good

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Do you suffer from abdominal bloating, altered bowel habits, and recurring abdominal pain and discomfort despite following a relatively “cleanâ€� and healthy diet?  Does it seem as if certain foods trigger your symptoms, but it’s hard to pin down exactly which ones? If so, you may be one of the 7-10% of people worldwide who…

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9 Powerful Tonics to Ease Digestion (Natural + Homemade)

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Got tummy trouble? Try mixing up one of these nine healthy tonics to help improve digestion. Digestion is a process that takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, depending on what you’ve eaten, and the efficiency of your digestive system. In most cases, food passes through the stomach and small intestine in less than eight hours…

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Hashimoto’s Diet: The 8 Worst Foods To Eat If You Have Hashimoto’s Disease (And Top 8 Replacements)

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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Before we can talk about the Hashimoto’s Diet, we must first learn what Hashimoto’s is. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the autoimmune disorder of hypothyroidism. In a nutshell, antibodies attack the thyroid gland which leads to chronic inflammation throughout the body. I can personally attest to the frustration of having Hashi’s with symptoms such as chronic fatigue,…

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Stop Throwing Out The Leftover Pickle Juice. Here Are 7 Unexpected Ways To Use It At Home

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For those of us that love pickles, it can seem like a waste to throw out all the leftover juice when they’re gone. And you’d be right! Pickle juice can be just as healthy and even more useful than the pickles themselves. Pickle juice usually contains salt, sugar, vinegar, garlic and onion, but it can…

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This Woman Got Rid of Her Bloated Belly By Changing These 6 Things

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Doesn’t it always seem that you get a bloated belly at the worst possible moments? Like when you need to dress up for a fancy dinner, or you’re doing a big presentation at work in front of the whole team? Feeling bloated can put a huge damper in your day, and sometimes it’s difficult to…

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How the Keto Diet Helped This 69 Year Old Control His Weight, Cholesterol, Diabetes, and Blood Pressure

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A lot of popular diets have come and gone through the years, but today there’s only one diet on people’s minds – the keto diet. It’s the most popular diet right now, and for good reason. It really works! There is one man in particular who can attest to this fact, and his name is…

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