Are you burning the midnight oil, working around the clock and not taking proper nutritional breaks? Do you work odd shifts? Maybe you work nights for a few weeks, then switch to afternoons and sometimes days. Do you know the toll these crazy hours are having on your body? It’s not always possible to find a new job so here Penny has put together a few nutritional tips to help keep you as healthy as possible while working long hours and tough shifts.Read More
What is a True Allergy?
I hear people talking about being allergic to this and sensitive to that. We need to remember that a true allergy is the body’s oversensitive immune response to a substance that should normally be harmless. Food allergies lead to a variety of symptoms that can range from annoying to life threatening. When people deal with food allergies, exposure to specific proteins leads to their immune system going into overdrive. It triggers the release of chemicals into the bloodstream that creates inflammation in parts of the body. These allergies can contribute to skin problems such as rashes, dermatitis and eczema. They can lead to digestive issues like nausea, bloating, gas and elimination problems. When allergies get severe they can lead to asthmatic symptoms, or even systemic reactions like anaphylaxis that can be fatal.
1-2% of adults and 8% of children have a food allergy.
How do Allergies work?
We may not know we are allergic when we originally eat a food. When a trigger food is eaten for the first time the protein is digested into amino acids which are absorbed into the body through the intestine. (Just a note that sometimes the allergen can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.) The immune system will react to this trigger food by producing antibodies that are specific to the allergen or that particular food. The antibodies travel in the bloodstream and bind to the surface of white blood cells called mast cells which are then “sensitized”. After the first exposure there is no reaction in the body, but the cells are primed and ready for the second exposure.
The next time this trigger food is eaten the mast cells recognize the protein allergen. The mast cell then binds to the antibodies on the mast cells. This activates a process called degranulation. As the mast cell degranulates it releases histamine and other chemicals into the bloodstream. It is the effect of these chemicals on the body that produces different allergic symptoms. In extreme cases anaphylaxis occurs. Anaphylaxis results in extreme symptoms like throat swelling, severe asthma and a drop in blood pressure. It requires emergency medical attention always.
What is a Food Intolerance?
Food intolerance occurs when the body is unable to digest a component of food. This type of intolerance does not aggravate the immune system in the same way as a true allergy. You can be born intolerant to certain foods or become intolerant later in life. Intolerance occurs when you don’t have a particular enzyme that helps break down nutrients. Sometimes, it’s part of a food that a person is intolerant to and sometimes it’s the additives, chemicals or toxins in particular foods that triggers a digestive reaction. Symptoms can arise any where from hours after eating to days later. They can vary from individual to individual but commonly include nausea, bloating, cramps, constipation/diarrhea and gas. Intolerances are difficult to pinpoint as symptoms are delayed and often more than one intolerance can coexist. Elimination protocols can help remove problematic foods and relieve symptoms.
If this is something you think you might be dealing with No Shoes Nutrition can help! We can help you identify the foods that don’t agree with you and make sure you are getting all the nutrients your body needs to feel your best! Allergies or intolerance, often the only treatment is to avoid the trigger food. The exclusion of more and more foods can mean a lack of important nutrients. Are you concerned that you might be dealing with allergies or intolerances? Curious about how health coaching can help you make changes? Let’s talk! Schedule an initial complimentary consultation with me today—or pass this offer on to someone you care about! Visit www.noshoesnutrition.com and sign up for a FREE consultation. I work with people from all over the world individually or in groups so don’t let anything hold you back!
The Yogurt Culture
If you have been following my blogs and my feeds you know how much I love fermentation and the microbes, they contribute to our guts. Currently many of us find digesting dairy difficult but milk contains agents of extraordinary transformation. Bacteria. Bacteria that can produce a plethora of fermentation products that improve the way your body works. The same microbes that turn milk into yogurt, benefit your gut, brain, immune system and overall physiology.Read More
Are you Canning, Pickling and Preserving?
As traditionally done, its the season for the harvest to come in. We all know that there is much too much to eat during harvest and it’s going to be a cold winter so preserving the extra is needed. Most cultures have persevered foods by various methods to extend the shelf life of the food harvested in the fall.Read More
Stress, Hormones and Getting Fat
We all have more stress than we should these days. There is traffic, school, career pressure, balancing family and friends with the rest of life and being about to pay for it all. This is not “real” stress, well, at least not in the sense that we are in imminent danger and about to plummet to our death kind of danger. I’m not even sure many of us have experienced that “true” primal stress but that doesn’t mean we haven’t tricked our brains into thinking we are in danger and about to lose everything.Read More
Fermented Foods – Love Your Guts!!
If you’ve been on social media or even watching the news there has been lots of talk recently about fermented foods. Is this a new trend in the dieting roller coaster? Will there be a new fad diet using fermented food? I doubt it but wouldn’t put it past the media! Fermented foods have been around for centuries and have been dietary staples in many cultures!Read More
Vitamin D – What is it and Why do I need it?
I keep hearing that summer is coming. Spring is apparently here but there is still snow in the forecast!! This gets me thinking about Vitamin D, the “sunshine” vitamin. I am supposed to be able to make this essential vitamin in my body by getting exposure to the sun. But, I live in the great white north so is it possible to get enough vitamin D from the sun when there are very few days when the sun seems to shine?Read More
I know what you’re thinking! Is she crazy? When am I supposed to find time to do that? Well, here’s what I suggest. We all schedule so much into our days, evenings and life in general. I’m asking you to schedule some sleep and here’s why.
First, sleep is as important as exercise and the food you eat. In fact, if you find sleeping difficult the foods you choose and the exercise you do can improve your sleep. Did you know it should only take you 10-15 minutes to fall asleep at night? WHAT? That’s right! When is the last time you fell asleep that quickly?
Healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep to perform their best. Some people can perform with only 6 hours, but some people need 10 to be fully functional! If you work shift work, you are at an increased risk for a variety of illnesses as the body NEVER adjusts to shift work.
Did you know that if you are chronically sleep deprived you are at a higher risk for developing obesity? Your appetite is increased because of an imbalance between the hormones Leptin and Ghrelin. When this imbalance is regularly occurring, your appetite increases.
Sleep deprivation decreases your memory. If you are trying to learn something new the best idea is to practice your new skill and increase your sleep. In children, improved sleep is proven to improve their grades as well as sharpen their attention!
Lack of sleep promotes inflammation in the body. This can have a great impact on people already at risk of inflammatory related issues like heart disease and stroke. It’s also hard on people with inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease. Did you know that sleeping on your belly/front can improve digestion?
During the cold and flu season sleep is important as it affects your immune system. T-cells, important for fighting off viruses are decreased, and immune function is suppressed. The immune system also has to work harder when there is increased inflammation in the body from lack of sleep making it harder to fight off pathogens.
So, what do we do to improve our sleep? Let’s go back to the beginning of the challenge as each one of the suggestions that have come before this one can improve your sleep. But there is more that will help for the days you have off over the holidays. Try not to stuff yourself with sugary treats late at night. Avoid caffeine in the afternoons and evenings. Make your bedroom as dark as possible. Go to sleep when you are tired. Don’t stay up just to watch one more TV show (screen time works against sleep) or because you feel obligated to visit with house guests. Go. To. Bed. In the morning, wake up when your body tells you it’s time. Believe me, I have kids, I know how difficult this is going to be! But between you and your spouse maybe you each get to pick a few days to sleep in? Try to get as much sleep over the holidays as you can so that you can start 2018 rested and refreshed. Your body will thank you by keeping you healthy over the holidays!
Thanks for all your comments! I am enjoying reading about your journey thus far! Keep it up!! I can’t wait to see who makes it all the way to Day 31!! I appreciate your support! I am in this with you! See you tomorrow!
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