Choose Another Pet Food if Yours Has These Ingredients

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 4, 2015

worst ingredients in commercial pet food

Pets today are suffering from the same diseases of modern civilization as their owners:  obesity, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal illness, and cancer.

The skyrocketing cost of veterinary care and treating pet illness when it strikes has caused some owners to resort to carrying pet health insurance. One surprising story I read about recently was a man who forked out $495 to save his constipated goldfish!

Yes, this really happened.

The good news is that proper diet that mimics what our pets would naturally eat in the wild largely avoids these chronic and degenerative health issues. The bad news is that the commercial pet food that the vast majority of owners rely on varies considerably from a natural diet in terms of macronutrient profile, particularly for cats and dogs.

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The High Risks of Low Cholesterol

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist January 2, 2015

low cholesterol health risks

One of the most misguided things a doctor has ever said to me occurred during a routine physical when I was in my twenties.

My blood test had come back with a total cholesterol number in the 150’s, and after reviewing the report, he proceeded to extol the benefits of my low cholesterol and how this was such a excellent indicator of overall health.

Mmmm, I thought to myself.

Then why was I so doggone exhausted, experienced light-headedness like I was going to pass out if I stood up too quickly, felt lousy a lot of the time, and suffered from more than my fair share of colds, flu and sinus infections that frequently needed antibiotics to resolve?

The truth is that low cholesterol is not even remotely close to the health panacea that conventional medicine portrays it to be.  In fact, compelling research warns that low cholesterol can be downright deadly especially the older we get.

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Washable, Homemade Filters for Clean Indoor Air

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 31, 2014

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By Joette Calabrese, Classical Homeopath, HMC, CCH, RSHom

Snow is falling, cold wind is blowing.  The furnace clicks on.

Uh oh!

What about all that dust and dirt and who knows what else that has collected in the air ducts over the past months?

Here’s a simple solution for keeping the dusty and even moldy muck from spewing into your air and into your lungs when you breathe.

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Using Lunaception to Improve Hormone Health and Fertility

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist December 29, 2014

lunaception to balance hormones

Is lunaception, or harnessing the power of light to normalize menses and improve fertility, untested anecdotal bunk or a valid approach to hormone health and family planning?

Much of the answer may depend on your particular worldview when it comes to health matters in general.

Light, after all, plays a crucial role in many aspects of human health so it’s not such a stretch to consider its role in the process of ovulation and conception.

For starters, the pineal gland in the brain produces melatonin, that critical hormone that controls the 24 hour day/night cycle also known as the circadian rhythm. Melatonin production is suppressed when the retinal ganglion cells of the eye detect sunlight and produce the photoreceptor melanopsin.

Proper synchronization of the day/night cycle based on the detection of sunlight by the eyes governs the following bodily functions:

  • Endocrine rhythms
  • Body temperature
  • Glucose homeostasis (critical for blood sugar control)
  • Lipogenesis (the process of converting simple sugars to fatty acids)
  • Locomotor activity

Disruption of circadian rhythm can have a profound effect on health. Nighttime shift work or exposure to light at night, for example, has been found to increase the risk of certain cancers.

How then does light affect hormone health?

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The Healthiest Resistant Starch For Your Gut

by Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner December 23, 2014

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By Carla Hernandez of Wise Roots Nutrition

Carbs, amylum, polysaccharides, call it what you will, starch in all its forms has gotten a bad rap lately.

Some of this negative attention is valid, as excessive starch in the diet can contribute to many health problems, not to mention gut issues.

The truth is that not all starch is bad, however, and one starch in particular has been gaining a lot of attention lately as it has been shown via research to be extremely beneficial to overall health, especially for those with gut related problems. This may seem hard to believe at first given that many forms of starch are avoided on gut healing diets like GAPS.

Resistant starch is a type of starch that does not break down (it literally “resists” digestion), instead of being absorbed as glucose like most starches. Instead, resistant starch travels through the small intestine to the colon where it is turned into beneficial, energy boosting, inflammation squashing short-chain fatty acids by intestinal bacteria.

But, be wary as all forms of resistant starch are not the same!

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