Vitamin B12 deficiency is much more common than statistics indicate, and it can have devastating consequences. It has been associated with everything from brain fog, cognitive decline, and heart disease to learning disabilities, infertility, and autoimmune disease. When you don’t have enough B12, it can affect virtually every system and tissue in the body. Despite this, B12 deficiency is rarely tested for—and even when it is tested, the lab results are problematic. Today I discuss the right way to get your B12 tested and how to treat it if you are deficient.
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A Paleo-type diet is a great option for adults, but what about children? Will it provide everything they need to thrive? Today I discuss the specific nutritional needs of kids and how a Paleo diet can meet those needs. I’ll also talk about the American habit of providing “special” meals for kids—kids’ menus at restaurants, kids’ breakfast cereals, etc.—and how these are not only unnecessary but also unhealthy.
Diet is always a hot topic in the Paleo and ancestral health community. There are diehard advocates on every side. Today I talk with Robb Wolf about his new book Wired to Eat. We explore how his approach to diet has evolved beyond just choosing the right mix of carbs, fats and protein and why a personalized approach is the key to understanding weight loss.
Traditional cooking uses meat bones as a base for delicious stock because it is the secret to cooking great recipes. But it’s also incredibly nutritious and has scores of health benefits. Read on to learn more about bone broth and why you should make it a staple in your diet.
Methylation has been a popular topic in the alternative health world for quite some time. The ease of access to genetic testing and the ability to look at things like the MTHFR gene have led many people to be concerned about their methylation status, or their body’s ability to detoxify. However—as with many things in functional medicine—genes don’t tell the full story. Today I talk with methylation expert Dr. Kara Fitzgerald about the impact of diet and lifestyle on methylation and why supplementation can sometimes be harmful.
Do you obsessively count carbs? The good news is you probably don’t need to—if you eat the right foods. Recent research suggests that the answer to obesity and metabolic disease lies not in how much carbohydrate we eat, but rather what types of carbohydrate we eat. Read on to see what we can learn from ancestral diets, how the Paleo diet shapes up in controlled studies, and what carbohydrates should make up the bulk of your diet.