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What are Oxalates and How Can They Affect Your Health?

What are Oxalates and How Can They Affect Your Health

We’re going to tackle this topic by answering the following question from a site visitor.

“Cynthia, my oxalate level on a recent Organic Acid Test from Great Plains Lab was 250. I don’t know if that is seriously high or not, but it was recommended that I reduce them. I cut out the spinach, severely reduced greens (but not kale) and almonds. I don’t have any idea if that has made a difference. I have so many symptoms from so many things, I don’t notice any difference when I do “indulge” in higher oxalate food. Are oxalates really harmful at that level? I hope I have reduced my level of Candida which you and I have connected on in the past, but I’m not sure about that either. Still have gas, bloating and constipation. Have been gluten-free since 2007 and tested negative recently for SIBO.” ~Lynne

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Choosing the Right Natural Health Remedies

Choosing the Right Natural Health Remedies

Choosing the right natural health remedies can be difficult and confusing, because there’s so many opposing viewpoints to be found it’s hard to know what really works. One of the reasons that we see so much conflicting information is because not everyone responds in the same manner; different approaches work for different people. There are several key factors to keep in mind when choosing which remedies are right for you. [click to continue…]

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Save the Humans – An Overlooked Earth Day Cause

One of the most overlooked issues on Earth Day is the condition of the human species and its correlation to environmental health. We have Save the Whales, Save the Dolphins, Save the Speckled Frog, Save the Trees, Save the Ozone layer, etc. etc. All great, worthy and essential causes; but let’s not forget the humans. [click to continue…]

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Top Five Health Benefits of Spinach

Top Five Health Benefits of Spinach

Popeye ate spinach for a reason – because it is absolutely great for the body. Spinach packs the healthy punch of several top-notch “superfoods” all rolled into one. It tastes good on anything from salads to soups, and there are ways to prepare it so that even the pickiest eaters will appreciate its beauty. Below we take a look at a few of the amazing health benefits of spinach and why it is a good choice as a mainstay in your diet. [click to continue…]

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Reduce Stress and Relax by Being One with Your Self

Reduce Stress and Relax by Being One with Your Self

Use this quick and simple mindfulness meditation technique to experience less stress, better mood, deeper inner peace and more relaxation instantly at any time throughout your day. [click to continue…]

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Is Bone Broth Good for You?

Is Bone Broth Good for You?

Bone broth is rich in a wide array of highly absorbable nutrients like glycine, arginine, proline, chondroitin, glucosomine, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. It has been consumed by our ancestors for millions of years and is very popular in the Paleo community and many other diet philosophies, because it supposedly can help heal and seal your gut, oppose inflammation, encourage healthy digestion, support the immune system and inhibit infection by microbes, reduce joint pain and inflammation, promote strong and healthy bones, hair and nail growth and a more balanced nervous system. [click to continue…]

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The Low-Down on Histamine

The Low-Down on Histamine

Histamine is an organic molecule produced in the body that is involved with immune response, gastric acid production, vasodilation, cardiac stimulation, and most smooth muscle contraction (ileum, bronchi and uterus) or acting as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It is derived from the decarboxylation of the amino acid histidine via the enzyme L-histidine decarboxylase with B6 as a cofactor. [click to continue…]

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Candida, SIBO or H. Pylori?

Candida, SIBO and H. pylori

Candida, SIBO or H. pylori (helicobacter pylori) may occur alone, but they frequently exist in conjunction with one another or one leads to the other at some point. Since many of their symptoms overlap and testing for each of them is not very reliable and complete eradication is very difficult in each condition, it can sometimes be hard to differentiate between the three of them or get an accurate diagnosis. [click to continue…]

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SIBO Treatment, Diet and Maintenance

SIBO Treatment, Diet and Maintenance

This post is a follow-up to our previous conversation on small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and will look at the aspects involved in treatment for SIBO, which typically involves a very low-carb diet, herbal or pharmaceutical antibiotics, nutrients to heal the gut, addressing confounding factors like Candida overgrowth, stress management, and ongoing maintenance. [click to continue…]

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SIBO 101: A Comprehensive Guide to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

SIBO 101: A Guide to Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

When overgrowth of bacteria occurs in the small intestine, it is called SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), and it may have negative effects on both the structure and function of the small intestine that can result in a wide array of disruptive physiological and psychological symptoms. The small bowel typically does not contain very much bacteria, so it should not be present there in large numbers. It houses less than 10,000 organisms per milliliter of fluid, compared to 1000,000,000 per milliliter fluid in the large colon, and the bacteria in the small bowel are different from those that inhabit the large intestine. Most bacteria in the small intestine is L. acidophilus. We have bacteria throughout the entire digestive tract from mouth to anus, but most of it resides in the colon. [click to continue…]

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