In a previous article I discussed what your microbiome is, why it’s important, and how a disrupted microbiome can cause irritable bowel syndrome. In this article we will discuss how to rebuild your gut microbiome with prebiotics. What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are foods and supplements which feed your good gut microorganisms (microbiota) and allow them to grow and thrive. Another name for prebiotics are fermentable fibre. Prebiotic Foods and Supplements Prebiotic foods include … [Read more...]
Foods That Give You Energy
Do you wake up tired everyday feeling like you have to drink coffee to wake you up? Or do you find yourself yawning and struggle to keep your eyes open in the early to mid afternoon? Do you get grumpy, weak, and hungry if you haven’t ate in two or three hours? Are you overweight, tired, and sick? Do you wish you could have huge amounts of energy, strength and laser-like focus from the time you jump out of bed to the time you jump into bed at night? The quality of foods you eat will have a profound effect on your energy levels and overall health.
If you eat a lot of refined and packaged foods (i.e. breads, cereals, pasta, sugar) your energy levels will rise and fall regularly. Refined flour, sugar, and vegetable oils make up more than 50% of the total daily calories consumed by the average person in the industrial world today. This is a recipe not only for poor energy levels but is tied directly into the development of chronic illness. Poor energy levels and chronic illness go hand in hand. Chronic illnesses have been increasing since humans started farming (agricultural revolution). This includes but not limited to: diabetes, obesity, heart disease and strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, dementia, alzheimers, depression, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s, and hypothyroidism.
If you eat nutritious and natural foods (i.e. clean seafood, meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds) you will have high sustained energy levels. Our hunter and gatherer ancestors of over 10,000 years ago ate like this and so do modern day hunters and gatherers. Studies on these cultures show they are more lean, robust, and fit. They have better oxygen consumption, better vision, and stronger bones. All of this is tied into better energy levels. Unlike us, these cultures have far fewer chronic illnesses than we do in our Western culture.
If you want to increase your energy levels and get well and stay well than changing your eating habits to simulate how our ancestors of over 10,000 years ago is imperative.
I would think if the Canada Food Guide had any significant impact on the health of Canadian’s lives we would be healthier. But we’re not. The number of people who are overweight or obese is rising and so is chronic illness. However, that doesn’t mean government agencies shouldn’t try to make healthy dietary recommendations. Our federal government released the new Canada Food Guide in January of 2019. Do the recommendations they make support our genetic make up and give us the best chance to … [Read more...]
In November of 2018, CBC Marketplace and the National Post condemned the validity of IgG/IgA food intolerance testing. Although they made some good points, they misinformed the public by leaving out some important positive uses for IgG/IgA food intolerance testing. The truth is food intolerance testing can be a good tool to help patients discover what may be giving them some health problems. Last week, I wrote about the importance of identifying food intolerances. Identifying food … [Read more...]