Phytonutrients (otherwise known as phytochemicals) are chemical compounds that occur naturally in plants (“phyto” means “plant” in Greek). Some are responsible for color of foods – such as the deep purple color of blueberries; others are responsible for the smells of certain foods – such as the smell of garlic or onions. (more…)
Many people wonder whether or not they need supplementation in order to optimize their health. The answer is (like most things related to health): it depends. (more…)
Part 1 in this series outlined the need for antioxidants and how they can protect our bodies from a whole host of disorders and dysfunction. In this post, we’ll review some of the key antioxidants and why you may want to take a variety of antioxidants. (more…)
As we go through life, we are literally bombarded (both inside and out) by tiny packets of unstable energy (molecules) called free radicals. These free radicals come from many places. The environment around us supplies a steady dose of free radicals from such things as ultraviolet (UV) light, radiation, cigarette smoke and pollution. However, many free radicals also come from within us, due to inflammation and even day-to-day metabolism. (more…)
The sensation of pain comes from many places. Obviously, there is a nervous system component; after all, it is our nerves that transmit the signals that alert us to pain and it is our brain that responds to those signals. In addition, there are structural components – if your leg is broken, it must be reset in order for the healing process to proceed quickly; if you have a subluxation in your back or neck, you’ve got to see a chiropractor or osteopath to help you get that corrected so the nervous system can respond appropriately.
However, the degree of our pain, and the length we suffer with that pain is to a large extent the result of chemical messengers that are created in response to an injury. This is called inflammation. However, how this inflammatory process plays out is largely dependent on what we eat. (more…)
Acid reflux (also called heartburn) is one of the most common disorders of our modern day society. And we take a LOT of drugs to try and reduce the burn – over 200 million prescriptions are filled annually for proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and other acid reflux medications. However, acid reflux is not a disease; it’s an adaptation by the body and it can almost always be corrected.