Note: This article was originally published in July 2010 and was updated in May 2018 to include the latest research. My original discussion of the research on iodine and selenium still stands, but I have updated my recommendations for iodine testing in light of new evidence and added a section with practical steps for correcting iodine status.
When lab results for thyroid function come back as “normal,” it’s easy to assume that everything is functioning well. However, there are several different reasons these results can be misleading. Today we answer a listener question and discuss the various reasons why a “normal” lab result may not always mean optimal thyroid function.
In the coaching field, it’s easy to convince ourselves that more education is the catalyst for behavior change in our clients. There’s no doubt that it helps, but it’s not enough to tip the balance towards people actually acting on it and making lasting behavior changes. Today, we talk with Ken Kraybill, an expert with over 30 years’ experience in motivational interviewing. We discuss the importance of motivational interviewing, how it’s being applied today, and why every coach can benefit from learning this collaborative style to help guide their conversations and strengthen their clients’ already existing motivation.
Choline is an essential nutrient for proper growth, development, and overall function of the human body, yet nine out of 10 Americans don’t get enough. Even if you supplement with choline, a recent study suggests that certain gut microbes could prevent proper choline absorption. This may be especially harmful during pregnancy. Read on to learn what the research tells us about choline and how to optimize your choline status to support overall health.
In this episode, we discuss: Robert Biswas-Diener’s journey from psychologist to coach What is positive psychology? Combining positive psychology and coaching The fundamentals of health coaching How health coaching differs from an expert or authority approach How asking powerful questions shifts the dialogue Framework for coaches just getting started What an aspiring health coach should look for in a training program Show Notes: ADAPT Health Coach Training Program Upside of Your Dark Side –… Read More
B12 deficiency isn’t a bizarre, mysterious disease. But recent research suggests it’s far more common than previously believed.
There are many reasons why people choose to go vegetarian or vegan. Some are compelled by the environmental impact of confinement animal feeding operations (CAFO). Others are guided by ethical concerns or religious reasons. I respect these reasons and appreciate anyone who thinks deeply about the social and spiritual impact of their food choices—even if my own exploration of these questions has led me to a different answer. But many choose a vegetarian diet is… Read More
Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are infections anywhere along the urinary tract including the bladder and kidneys, are the second most common type of infection in the United States. (1) These infections can be caused by poor hygiene, impaired immune function, the overuse of antibiotics, the use of spermicides, and sexual intercourse. The most common cause, accounting for about 90 percent of all cases, is the transfer of E. coli bacteria from the intestinal tract… Read More
This is a guest post written by staff clinician Amy Nett, MD. The normal small bowel, which connects the stomach to the large bowel, is approximately 20 feet long. Bacteria are normally present throughout the entire gastrointestinal tract, but in varied amounts. Relatively few bacteria normally live in the small bowel (less than 10,000 bacteria per milliliter of fluid) when compared with the large bowel, or colon (at least 1,000,000,000 bacteria per milliliter of fluid).… Read More
Many of you have probably heard of the ‘alkaline diet’. There are a few different versions of the acid-alkaline theory circulating the internet, but the basic claim is that the foods we eat leave behind an ‘ash’ after they are metabolized, and this ash can be acid or alkaline (alkaline meaning more basic on the pH scale). According to the theory, it is in our best interest to make sure we eat more alkaline foods… Read More
- All About Sweeteners
- Food Additives
- Effortless Paleo Weight Loss
- Thyroid Disorders
- Gut Health
- B12 Deficiency
- The Diet-Heart Myth
- Nutrition for Healthy Skin
- Paleo Diet Challenges & Solutions
- EFAs, Fish & Fish Oil
- Natural Childbirth
- Raw Milk Reality
- Shaking Up the Salt Myth
- The Truth About Red Meat
It’s one thing to tell people what to eat from a health perspective, but it’s another thing to actually make it possible and give them support. Michelle Tam knows that it doesn’t have to be hard. Making healthy recipes fun, easy, and filled with umami is the goal of her new book, Ready or Not! 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo. Today we discuss tips, tricks, and ways to get your entire family on board with cooking and eating healthy meals at home.
If you love pancakes but are on a gluten-free diet and are tired of eating pancakes that taste like cardboard and have a texture like hockey pucks, check out this recipe!
This stew is quickly prepared if you have cooked chicken breasts on hand. Make it the night before and it’ll be ready for breakfast.
Tandoori Masala is a spice mix that is used as a marinade for roast chicken in Northern Indian and Pakistani cuisine. It’s easily available in stores but commercial brands often have gluten and MSG included as additives.
What if huevos rancheros took a trip to India? They’d probably taste a lot like the spicy eggs in this recipe. If you like a milder taste, just tone down the chili powder and cayenne. This dish is excellent on its own or can be served with sausage, bacon, or any leftover meat.