Tag Archives: Auto-immune disease

Gluten-free diets: separating fact from fiction

How did gluten suddenly become dietary enemy number one?  It is now a substance to avoid, even for those who have never adhered to any previous suggested dietary advice.  Gluten-free diets have become the cure for all that ails North Americans.  Along with the flood of gluten-free products in the supermarket, there has been a […]

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Food for thought – the latest on maintaining your smarts

Food for thought has become a hotbed of research as our population ages. Statistics show that the proportion of  seniors are climbing and with these increasing  figures comes  a greater concern about  maintaining cognitive function. If you are seeking solutions to  stave off  a decline in brain power for yourself or a loved one, be […]

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Are you wearing sunscreen today? What’s your vitamin D status?

As you head outdoors this weekend, are you heeding the advice to wear sunscreen? If so, here’s a reminder that even though your skin may be exposed to the  intense summer sun’s rays, your production of the sunshine vitamin is being blocked.  So even if you’re outside basking in the sun, don’t forget your vitamin […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Fish oil supplements

  Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Linda Searle McCarthy  writes about how to decipher  labels on fish oil supplements. She says, “My husband came home with a different bottle of omega-3s than I usually get and in comparing the labels, I found more questions than answers. Webber Triple Strength Omega-3  says it has 1407 mg with […]

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Tuna and Sliced Pepper Pasta Salad with a Light Ranch Dressing

Here’s a   lip-smacking change from sandwiches and  a  delicious way to meet your protein quota at lunch.   Enjoy it with a glass of  low fat milk or yogurt for dessert for a bigger protein hit. As a timesaver, cook extra pasta at dinner and  chop the vegetables while the pasta is cooking. If you like […]

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Vitamin D IS sexy

Somehow the more unusual sounding or expensive  a nutritional supplement may be, the more certain  people may be intrigued and be willing to pay big bucks for it. The directions on the bottle are then followed almost with a religious zeal. But then there are your everyday supplements such as vitamin D that many may […]

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Flaxseed: It’s buyer beware – read the label

Processed foods  have a bad reputation. Some, though,  may offer nutritional benefit and convenience at the same time. But occasionally  you have to wonder just what is going on. This is the case with shelled or dehulled flaxseeds. Flaxseeds are a powerhouse of nutritional goodies:  omega-3s, both soluble and insoluble fibre and  anti-cancer lignans.  But […]

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Just the flax, please

In my last post, the spotlight was on flaxseed’s potent  fibre perks  but there’s much so more goodness to this little seed.  Flaxseeds appear to offer  an arsenal of weaponry in the battle  against some common cancers. Numerous studies  are showing protective effects of flaxseeds on both the prevention and spread of  cancers including  breast,  […]

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