The Healthy Home Economist http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com Traditional Diet, Holistic Wellness Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:34:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Debunking the Absurd Notion of Vitamin D in Mushrooms http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/vitamin-d-in-mushrooms/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/vitamin-d-in-mushrooms/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:29:10 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16665 By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1). This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many... Continue Reading »

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By Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN

The majority of the US population today, anywhere from 30% to 80%, are vitamin D deficient (1).

This is concerning because scientists have found that not only is it necessary for calcium absorption in order to build strong bones, but vitamin D plays a major role in many body processes such as brain development and plasticity, immunity and autoimmunity.

Vitamin D deficiency is strongly related to the development of diabetes, autism, psoriasis, tuberculosis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease and cancer, even hypertension and psoriasis.

In addition, vitamin D helps to make cathelicidin which kills pathogens like tuberculosis in the body, herpes in the brain, and many others. In the research, colon cancer development is strongly linked to D3 deficiency (2).

Vitamin D has become a superhero.

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5 Reasons to Swim In Natural Waters (as Much as Possible) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/5-reasons-swim-natural-waters/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/5-reasons-swim-natural-waters/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:11:59 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16682 by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally. We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in... Continue Reading »

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by Melanie Christner, NTP, CHFS, CGP

After over two years of searching, we’ve done a happy cannonball into our new home in the Vermont mountains. Quite literally.

We just purchased the remodeled No. 6 school house in our little town. We even have the original carved schoolhouse sign from when it was first built in 1882!

Even better than the historical features (at least in the kids’ minds) are the ponds on the property, which channel the runoff of the mountain springs within the national forest around us… providing for a most excellent swimming hole.

“Swimming holes” are just what I want to talk about today. There’s something a bit magical about water, you know?

Besides the entertainment of salamanders, bullfrogs, and jumping trout – or shells, crabs, and sand castles, depending on your location – there are several key health benefits from contact with natural waters and in particular, swimming in them.(...)
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Red Palm Oil: Healthy Fat that Rivals Coconut Oil http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/red-palm-oil-healthy-fat-that-rivals-coconut-oil/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/red-palm-oil-healthy-fat-that-rivals-coconut-oil/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:47:45 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16647 When it comes to tropical oils, coconut gets all of the attention.   Smooth and slightly sweet, coconut oil has become the glamorous starlet of the health food industry in recent years. It is a fame that has been rightfully won: with metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids and an impressive trace mineral content, there is no... Continue Reading »

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When it comes to tropical oils, coconut gets all of the attention.  

Smooth and slightly sweet, coconut oil has become the glamorous starlet of the health food industry in recent years. It is a fame that has been rightfully won: with metabolism-boosting medium chain fatty acids and an impressive trace mineral content, there is no denying that coconut oil is highly beneficial.

Yet there is another all-too-often ignored tropical oil that has shown tremendous promise in fighting inflammation, quelling disease, and stabilizing appetite.  If you are allergic to coconut or coconut oil, this is especially good news!

This rivaling fat is none other than the colorful and nutrient dense red palm oil.

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How to Take Probiotics for Maximum Benefit http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-take-probiotics/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/how-to-take-probiotics/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:44:36 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16510 Our digestive system is home to at least 500 different bacterial species.  Ideally, 85% of the bacteria in our gut is beneficial to our health.  When the vast majority of gut flora is of the friendly variety, the remaining 15% which are pathogenic bacterial strains and yeasts are easily handled and kept under control. In... Continue Reading »

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Our digestive system is home to at least 500 different bacterial species.  Ideally, 85% of the bacteria in our gut is beneficial to our health.  When the vast majority of gut flora is of the friendly variety, the remaining 15% which are pathogenic bacterial strains and yeasts are easily handled and kept under control. In fact, in a well balanced gut, the friendly bacteria can actually harness some of the pathogenic strains to perform helpful functions!

The problem is that most people today have this proportion reversed with the majority of gut flora of the unfriendly variety. This tipping of the balance in favor of pathogens occurs due to antibiotic use, the birth control pill and other meds that negatively affect gut flora, and the consumption of processed foods and high amounts of sugar which feed pathogens and candida.

The health consequences of a pathogen dominated gut are many.

Diarrhea, constipation, excessive gas, bloating, allergies, eczema, irritable bowel, inflammatory bowel, kidney stones, ear infections, strep throat, colds, vaginal yeast infections, Crohn’s disease, lactose intolerance, thrush, athlete’s foot, cancer, and on and on.

The good news is that proactive steps can be taken to rectify the situation to tip the balance back in favor of the friendly bacteria and beneficial yeasts.

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Healthy Corn Dog Recipe http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthy-corn-dog-recipe/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/healthy-corn-dog-recipe/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:17:25 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16441 When I was a kid, a corn dog on a stick dipped in ketchup was one of my all time favorite foods. Corn dogs as food?   Mmmmm. Well, maybe not food! “Ingestible” might be the more appropriate term here! Even the supposedly “healthy” corn dog brand I checked out recently at the healthfood store... Continue Reading »

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When I was a kid, a corn dog on a stick dipped in ketchup was one of my all time favorite foods.

Corn dogs as food?   Mmmmm.

Well, maybe not food!

“Ingestible” might be the more appropriate term here!

Even the supposedly “healthy” corn dog brand I checked out recently at the healthfood store was not acceptable. These healthfood store corn dogs contained sugar, soy flour and corn flour (all most likely of GMO origin), not to mention the unbelievably high price for a pack of 4!

While commercially produced corn dogs are a junk food unmatched by almost any other (ok, maybe sports drinks are just as bad or worse), you can make this quintessential factory food healthy if you choose whole ingredients that haven’t already been fractionated and repurposed into ingestible status.

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Can You Drink Yourself Skinny with Weight Loss Shakes? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/wont-be-skinny-with-weight-loss-shakes/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/wont-be-skinny-with-weight-loss-shakes/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:45:40 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=15478 By Sandra Brougher, CNT “Lose 20 lbs. in 30 days!” “Say goodbye to illness and regain your life!” Don’t these marketing blurbs for weight loss shakes sound awesome? Short, enticing phrases that are specifically designed to elicit an instantaneous, strong emotional reaction.  “I want that!” It is no secret that we all want to look fantastic... Continue Reading »

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By Sandra Brougher, CNT

Lose 20 lbs. in 30 days!”

Say goodbye to illness and regain your life!”

Don’t these marketing blurbs for weight loss shakes sound awesome?

Short, enticing phrases that are specifically designed to elicit an instantaneous, strong emotional reaction.

 “I want that!”

It is no secret that we all want to look fantastic and feel great, and the skinnier and fitter the better. Right?

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Low Carb Portuguese Focaccia (Gluten Free or Paleo) http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/low-carb-portuguese-focaccia/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/low-carb-portuguese-focaccia/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:47:23 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=10666 I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen this summer experimenting with different gluten free and grain free flours both alone and in combination. Learning how to easily bake delicious breads, cookies and pastries with various flour combos – both grain and non-grain based – is something I am very much interested in mastering. My reasons... Continue Reading »

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I’ve been puttering around in the kitchen this summer experimenting with different gluten free and grain free flours both alone and in combination.

Learning how to easily bake delicious breads, cookies and pastries with various flour combos – both grain and non-grain based – is something I am very much interested in mastering.

My reasons are mostly practical …. baking is a very easy way to successfully incorporate a variety of grains and nuts into my family’s diet.  For example, one of my children won’t eat almonds but will happily eat the ginger snaps I make with sprouted almond flour.

I must admit, though, experimenting with flours is just plain fun even when a dish doesn’t turn out exactly as I had hoped!

Low carb focaccia is one recipe I recently made which my family thoroughly enjoyed.  You can see the focaccia end result in the picture above paired with seasonal, organic lychee.

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The Truth about Your Morning Coffee Fix http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/coffee-fix-truths-infographic/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/coffee-fix-truths-infographic/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:43:18 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16362 Did you know that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world ….. every single day? Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with... Continue Reading »

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coffee fixDid you know that over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world ….. every single day?

Or, that the lethal dose of caffeine in a human is about 100 cups of coffee in four hours and that coffee affects the same area of the brain as cocaine, amphetamines and heroin – just with milder effects?

These and many other interesting factoids about coffee are contained in the infographic below sent to me and used with permission by a reader in Ireland.

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Why I’m Not a Fitbit Fan http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/fitbit-health-concerns/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/fitbit-health-concerns/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 13:09:09 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16260 A Fitbit is a type of electronic device used for personal activity tracking. These wireless-enabled, wearable devices measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics. The Fitbit was developed by the company of the same name founded and managed by James Park and Eric Friedman. Since then,... Continue Reading »

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fitbitA Fitbit is a type of electronic device used for personal activity tracking. These wireless-enabled, wearable devices measure data such as the number of steps walked, quality of sleep, and other personal metrics.

The Fitbit was developed by the company of the same name founded and managed by James Park and Eric Friedman.

Since then, a proliferation of various styles and models have taken the workout world by storm with Fitbits and similar knock off devices crafted for every personality and need.

The very simple Fitbit Zip, which is about the size of a quarter, tracks only steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. The sophisticated Fitbit Flex, which is worn 24 hours a day even while showering and swimming, tracks all its wearer’s movement including sleep patterns.

There are Fitbit apps for the iPhone and Android too which allow fans to log their food, activities, water intake, and weight, as well as track their fitness goals throughout the day even while offline.
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Why Meatless Mondays Aren’t Really So Green http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/meatless-mondays-are-not-green/ http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/meatless-mondays-are-not-green/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 23:07:47 +0000 http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/?p=16242 Last month marked my very first podcast with Fearless Parent Radio, a provocative weekly radio show that’s on the pulse of new parenting. The tone of the cohosts is positive and compassionate, with an emphasis on health and wellness that is evidence based and informed by research, common sense, and traditional wisdom. My guest was the... Continue Reading »

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Last month marked my very first podcast with Fearless Parent Radio, a provocative weekly radio show that’s on the pulse of new parenting. The tone of the cohosts is positive and compassionate, with an emphasis on health and wellness that is evidence based and informed by research, common sense, and traditional wisdom.

My guest was the smart, witty, and hilarious Dr. Kaayla Daniel who I am also glad to count as a friend.  Dr. Daniel is the author of The Whole Soy Story which is a must read for anyone who might still be under the impression that soy is a healthfood.

Dr. Daniel has also recently finished the book Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World with co-author Sally Fallon Morell, President of the Weston A. Price Foundation.  I received my preview copy of this fascinating book just a few weeks ago, and I look forward to sharing more about it in the coming weeks as we approach its release date in September.  Make sure to get on the list for preorder information by clicking here.

During our Fearless Parent discussion, Dr. Daniel and I chatted about the Meatless Mondays trend and why it isn’t as green a habit as it is portrayed to be.  Some of the topics we covered include:(...)
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