The use of various plant-based cooking oils has become a significant component of the modern diet. Oils contribute essential fatty acids (EFAs) and polyphenols that can offer unique health benefits. Each seed, nut, or fruit used as the source for any oil has a variety of qualities that may be influential on cellular physiology, inflammatory pathways, and other areas of human health. Their impact can be either positive or negative on the body based on the different qualities of each, including its composition, processing, refinement, among other factors. Because of their significance in our current diet and their influence on health, it’s important to understand not only what your best choices are, but also why – so you can better navigate the often-confusing public health messaging surrounding them.

Whole Food Vs Refined Food

For too long, nutrition science has taken a predominantly reductionistic approach to the study of food and its relationship to health. Rather than appreciate the complex nature of plants and their potential to synergistically work within the body, we have fragmented foods into specific components in an effort to mimic certain observed benefits. In doing so, the interplay of thousands of molecules working in harmony is lost, and often with it, the art of true nourishment. Quite simply, whole foods are more than the sum of their parts. The powerful response that whole foods offer the human body is almost never replicated by one nutrient that has been isolated from a particular plant or a food that has gone through processing and refinement.....

How to Maintain Mitochondria

The Role of Mitochondria in Health

Mitochondria are small organelles located in each cell that are responsible for producing the majority of energy in the body through the Kreb’s cycle. Because of their central role in energy production, the health of mitochondria is key to properly functioning cells and central to human health. The organs that have the highest density of mitochondria are those that require the largest amount of energy – the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys.....

The Ketogenic Diet: How and Why Ketogenic Interventions Can Improve Outcomes

The ketogenic diet refers to a high fat, low carbohydrate style of eating. In recent years nutritionists and other professionals have begun recognizing the potential clinical benefit of ketogenic interventions. To many though, its implementation and use still raises concern – often because it is used incorrectly, misunderstood, or like other eating styles, may be followed in an unhealthy way. It is important to understand what constitutes a true ketogenic diet, how it is impacting the body, where might it be beneficial, and especially emphasize the importance of maintaining quality food choices.....

Why Peptides?

Aug 06, 2020

Whether you are part of the enteral nutrition or the mainstream nutrition conversation, peptides are being referenced more and more. Yet what they are and the myriad of reasons they can be beneficial are often overlooked. It’s important to understand both of these when considering if or how one should incorporate them into their life – especially when we consider their ability to maximize nourishment to those who might need it most.......

Fats are an essential part of any diet. From the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and maintaining blood sugar balance to their role in brain health, immune function, mitochondrial health – their importance as a foundational aspect of one’s diet cannot be emphasized enough. There is a growing body of evidence that supports not only its inclusion, but that they may be required for optimal health. Still, with a long history of being vilified in public health messaging, the important role they play is often misunderstood or poorly accepted within the broader community.........

A recent investigation among an Australian Islander population, the Torres Strait Islanders, confirmed those aspects of a modern diet that contribute to major depression and highlighted two specific fats that are highly involved in the development of the disease (1).  The Islanders that ate more fish, less take-out and fast foods, and subsequently had higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, had the lowest risk for depression and depression-related issues.

Turmeric is increasingly being shown to have favorable influences on various cancer treatments, primarily through its ability to increase rates of apoptosis and with its unique effects on AMPK levels.

Chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) are a major ingredient in Liquid Hope and Nourish. Research shows that chickpeas provide a wide variety of nutrients and regular consumption may be a good predictor of a person’s nutritional status(1).

One of the most controversial aspects of nutrition is the practice of not eating, at least for a limited or moderate amount of time.  While this has served our species well over the course of evolution, it has always been enforced by seasonal or environmental pressures causing limited food availability and, until more recently, has rarely been self-imposed. 

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