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What Is the Purpose of Nutritional Therapy?

The purpose of nutritional therapy is to bring about positive health changes through a modified diet. Patients often work with a nutritional therapist after being diagnosed with a chronic condition that can be managed or treated with lifestyle and dietary changes. We also help nutritional therapy patients who have recently learned that diet has a significant impact on psychological challenges like depression or degenerative joint conditions like arthritis. (more…)

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Food Allergies

Food Allergies: Knowing the Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Food allergies are serious and sometimes life-threatening medical conditions that affect 32 million Americans. Some allergens, like milk or wheat, are more common than others. The list of potential food allergens is long and unique to each person. Optimum Health Rehab offers a number of food allergy and food sensitivity services and would be happy to help you identify your food intolerances. What Is a Food Allergy? A food allergy is caused by an abnormal response of your immune system to an allergen in the food you eat. Your immune system falsely identifies the allergen as a threat and defends…

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non-celiac food sensitivity

What to Know About Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) is a condition in which you experience negative reactions to gluten or symptoms similar to those suffered by people with celiac disease without actually having celiac disease. Patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity do not possess the antibodies or the intestinal damage commonly associated with celiac disease. The Differences Between Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease Patients with non-celiac gluten sensitivity tend to have more symptoms that aren’t specific to their gastrointestinal system. In the hours (or in some cases days) after ingesting gluten, they often experience: Mental fogginess Numbness in the extremities Joint pain How Do…

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Good Fats

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Fat

Most of us grew up being taught to avoid and fear fat. We’re told it “makes you fat” and “causes health problems”. A great amount of medical research is spent on this topic and the cause of many top health issues (heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes,…). What we now know is that not all fat is created equally and fat may not be to blame. What happened during the ‘fat-free craze’ was the removal of fat from products replaced with sugar; what was created was high sugar, low nutrient foods that were anything besides healthy. So, what kinds of fats…

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Food Sensitivities and Your Health

Food allergies are well known in our society. These allergies are an immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, digestive system upset and in some rare cases severe symptoms that can lead to a medical emergency. The most common food allergies are to nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. Food intolerance, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and…

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Fall Season Superfruit

8 Fall Foods Worth Finding

People have been eating seasonally since the beginning of time – there was no other choice. We usually find that ‘in-season’ foods taste much better, cost less, and are readily available. It has also been found that these 8 fall foods contain a greater quantity of nutrients than when you purchase the same food out-of-season. Top 8 Fall Foods That Contain an Array of Nutrients and Benefits Pears – try the Bartlett variety which contains a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and copper. Additional benefit: people who ate a diet high in white-fleshed fruits like pears or apples had a…

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy on a budget has a lot to consider. Two things often fall short in our daily lives: time and often money. Industries taking advantage of this include fast food manufacturers and grocers. We are often drawn to expensive, over-processed convenience foods that impair our waistline, health, and budget. About 50% of meals are consumed outside the home! With our limitations on time, the temptations of these items seem far better than cooking. We also may feel our kitchen skills are below average, have busy children’s schedules, and are often just ‘too tired’ for added effort and ‘deserve a…

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Fruit Detoxification

Detoxification Is Not Only for Your Body

When you hear the word “detoxification,” you probably think of a regimen involving an altered meal plan and something to support your liver, gastrointestinal system and to help you lose weight. Yes, these ideas about detoxification are correct! However, it’s also important to detoxify your kitchen! Overall health begins with what we put in our body – it’s our foundation. However, our cabinets and refrigerators are often filled with overly processed, sugar-laden, nutrient-poor foods. If your kitchen is filled with only healthy, nourishing foods, it’s hard to make the wrong dietary decision. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it.…

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Couples Shopping 5 Foods to Aid in the Reduction of Joint Pain and Inflammation

5 Foods to Aid in the Reduction of Joint Pain and Inflammation

We’re all looking for ways to improve our health, particularly in the reduction of joint pain and inflammation. Joint pain is one annoyance that a great majority of our population experiences, whether due to disease or a weekend of increased activity. There are various herbs, supplements, and foods that can be used in place of or in conjunction with other treatments for these reasons. To protect your well-being and your pocket-book, the following are 5 foods to aid in the reduction of joint pain and inflammation that can be added to your diet: Blueberries. This delicious fruit contains a variety of phytonutrients…

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Coconut Oil

Uses of Coconut Oil – Not Just for Cooking

Every day, we get questions about the many uses of Coconut Oil. Today, let’s explore at least 10 ways coconut oil can be used as part of your daily beauty regime. Dry Hands. Not to be used as an on the go moisturizer but definitely at home, coconut oilcan work wonders on your dry hands. Keep a jar by the kitchen and bathroom sink. Use it after doing the dishes or before heading to bed. Cheekbone Highlighter. Nothing brightens up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a…

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