Put Down the Pedialyte. Here’s 7 Healthy Alternatives.

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Pedialyte and Gatorade are two of my pet peeves.  The purpose of both of these drinks is to replenish electrolytes in the body. First off, does everyone know what electrolytes are and why we need them?  The word electrolyte has become a term thrown around a lot in marketing but most people are unclear on what they actually are. In the human body, electrolytes include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate, and hydrogen carbonate, or in other words they are minerals.

Minerals are very important for good health. Yes pedialyte and gatorade both contain (synthetic) “electrolytes” but they come along with a handful of unnecessary artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and colors – none of which are going to help you or your child recover from an illness, and could even cause other problems.

Unfortunately, pedialyte is the go-to product recommended by pediatricians for children who have a stomach virus or an illness that causes repeated vomiting to replenish lost minerals. The real truth is that it’s possibly the worst option and there are far better choices that can be made easily with ingredients you likely already have at home.

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What Should I Eat? The Answer Might Surprise You.

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The concept of bio-individuality is one of the first things I learned when I attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Bio-individuality means that each one of us is different. We have different genetic makeup and come from different ancestry. We have different blood types, different body chemistry, and each one of our bodies thrive on different foods. One person’s food can be another person’s poison.

This makes the science of nutrition very hard for many of us to grasp. One day we are told to avoid butter and the next day we are told how amazing it is for our health. What can we believe? The answer is actually inside you, it’s just a matter of experimenting and listening to your own body to discover it.

First of course, make sure your food is real whole foods that can be found in nature – no processed junk. As long as you start there, you are on the right path to finding your answers.

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Natural Solutions for Eczema [& My Salve Recipe]

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Eczema was something I have never dealt with personally until this Winter. My son started getting very dry skin and at first, that’s all I thought it was, dry skin. I kept putting lotions and oils on him and it seemed to help temporarily but it wasn’t going away. Later I started seeing tiny red bumps and some small red patches on his skin. As it turned out, it was a mild case of Eczema. Once I knew what it was I started a natural remedy protocol. There are a few different things that can be done and also some diet considerations that might help.

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Some cases of eczema can be related to diet. Stubborn reoccurring cases are a sign that there could be a food intolerance. The rash is a reaction to a food that does not agree with your child. As stated on nationaleczema.org, “Some studies of children and young people with atopic eczema found that one-third to nearly two-thirds also had a food allergy.”

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Is “Gluten-free” Always Healthy?

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two slices white breadWith Celiac Disease on the rise, and a growing intolerance to gluten, there are more and more people who are avoiding wheat. This expanding movement has created a whole new industry for gluten-free foods. Anyone who has gone to a grocery store in the last couple of years has seen the influx of new gluten-free products on a monthly basis. People with Celiac Disease often seek out gluten-free alternatives that are wheat-like in taste and texture and food companies have picked up on it.

So here’s why this isn’t always a good thing…

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Could Avoiding THIS Get Rid of Diabetes Symptoms Once and for All?

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Did you know that, according to the American Diabetes Association,  an estimated 10% of people with type 1 diabetes also have Celiac disease? Celiac disease is a digestive disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and a few other common grains. The fact that there is a good number of people with both of these conditions shows that there is a strong link between Type 1 diabetes and gluten intolerance. This number does not even include people with gluten intolerance or people who have not been diagnosed with Celiac Disease yet which means that an even larger percentage of type 1 diabetics are likely experiencing symptoms of gluten sensitivity.

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Which Grains are Gluten-Free? [free printable checklist]

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The thought switching over to a gluten-free diet can be very overwhelming. It seems like gluten is in everything. One of the biggest challenges is that most people aren’t clear which grains contain gluten and which ones do not. Once you have this distinction clear it is easier to get a handle on the whole concept of gluten-free eating.

Most people already know that wheat contains gluten but there are a number of other grains to watch out for as well. Most conventional packaged foods contain one ore more of the gluten containing grains. There are a lot of gluten-free alternatives available to replace your usual staples.

In general, whole grains are ideal. It’s important to remember even if a product is gluten-free it doens’t necessarily mean it is healthy. Label reading is just as important with gluten-free foods as it is with conventional foods.

I’ve put together a list of the most commonly know grains and separated them into two groups. The first list of grains all contain gluten so if you are trying to begin a gluten-free diet you should avoid these grains. The second list is a group of grains that are safe to eat on a gluten-free diet.

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