Gluten Free Diet

What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in grains (wheat, rye, barley). People who have celiac disease cannot consume gluten. If consumed this will cause inflammation in their small intestine, causing discomfort in the abdominal ( this could lead into weight loss and nutrition deficiencies if continued on a gluten diet). Many who have celiac disease will have to depend on a gluten free diet. Fortunately, there are so many selections these days that can replace gluten. So you don’t have to worry about the limitation of foods! Besides avoiding ingredients like wheat, rye, barley on labels, make sure to watch out for terms MALT and HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN when choosing a gluten free diet!

Gluten Free Diet should AVIOD
-Most beers are made of gluten

For more info on what foods are allowed and what isn’t click HERE

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Eat nuts for a healthy start of the day! For those who are not allergic to nuts, I really really recommend eating this daily for all the vitamins, antioxidants they contain. All the good fats are stored in these nuts, so why not eat them. Tip of the day: Go for the healthier fats (monounsaturated fatty acids, instead of saturated fats found in animal sources).

Health benefits
-HIGH in monounsaturated fats, oleic acid
-HIGH in phenolic antioxidants.
-HIGH in vitamin E
-energy booster
-reduce breast cancer risk

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Coconut Oil

 My first encounter with coconut oil was introduced by my sister. I remember she would use this as a substitute for face/body moisturizer. I thought it was quite bizarre for her to use it on her body when the common use that I know of at the time was for food. In addition, the oily/greasy texture didn’t appeal to me as a beauty use. Only till I started seeing more and more people using this as a beauty product then I started researching more about the health benefits of this oil.

Health Benefits

Source of saturated acid known as Lauric Acid, increase HDL and lower LDL.
Lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
High in medium & short fatty acids, easy to digest. This is great for anyone who has diabetes or gallbladder disease.
Increase bone strength, Calcium, Vitamin D better absorbed.

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Sodium Na+


Sodium, also known as Na+,  is a common element in our diet. Processed meats, breads, vegetables, tomatoes, soups, pasta dishes, potatoes..are some of the food sources where we can obtain sodium. Because it is such a common element found in so many different food groups we tend to consume more than the average daily amount. 9-50 years old should aim for 1500 mg/ day of sodium each day.

-Helps regulate blood pressure, nerves, muscles for proper function
-Act as functional roles: preservation for food
-Fermentation in pickled vegetables
-Inhibits growth of undesirable organisms
-Inhibit C. botulinum
-Reduces water available for bacterial growth

When we congest more than the normal intake of sodium, our bodies will start showing many serious side effects including high blood pressure, kidney and heart failures.

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Source: Health Canada

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