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OHmega! Grass vs. Grain Fed Beef

hfghdfhdfghCows are meant to eat grass but when we feed them a diet comprised of grains it changes their muscle and fat composition thus negatively effecting our health when we consume them. To make matters worse, Omega 6’s are EVERYWHERE: corn, soybean, safflower, canola, and grape seed oil to name a few! Our consumption has increased as result of them being used in dressings, sauces and as cooking oils. The once touted “healthier” oils are increasing inflammation and chronic disease. There is a direct correlation between the increased amounts of Omega 6 fatty acids in our diet and the increased use of NSAIDS in the US. (i.e. ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc). Coincidence? Likely not, as these oils promote INFLAMMATION! We get way too much Omega 6’s in our diet (30:1– Omega 6:3) Aim for foods rich in Omega 3’s to decrease that ratio closer to 2:1!

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Is Your Medication Sabotaging Your Nutrition Plan?

At least half of all Americans take at least one prescription drug, with one in six Americans taking three or more medications chronically, according data released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). (i) Additionally, the average American is reliant on six different medications by the time they are 65 years old. (i) While such medications are often modern day miracles that lessen symptoms, ease pain, and most importantly save lives, they are not without side effects that may have a profound effect on our nutrition status.

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Gut Check

probiotics2Did you know that 70% of the immune system is located in the gastrointestinal tract?  As a result, a healthy gastrointestinal tract means a healthy immune system.  Unfortunately, more and more Americans are in a state of dysbiosis or too many negative or bad bacteria in comparison to healthy bacteria.  Dysbiosis is occurring in many due to a variety of reasons, such as, a poor diet, use of pesticides and herbicides that kill probiotics naturally found in foods, processed foods, sugar in the diet, and increased use of prescription and over the counter medications.

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