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Should You Go Lectin Free? Reviewing The Plant Paradox Diet

Should You Go Lectin Free? Reviewing The Plant Paradox Diet

What Are Lectins? Lectins are a type of protein found in a range of foods.  Lectins are grouped together based on the fact they are all proteins that bind to carbohydrates. This feature protects plants in nature. Although it may actually cause issues with digestion as it makes lectins stable in an acidic environment. The human stomach is acidic to facilitate the breaking down of foods. Lectins are resistant to being broken down in the gut due to being unaffected by this acidity.  There are many different kinds of lectins that all have different effects on the human body. Ricin,…
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What Is The Best Probiotic For You? Strain Specificity

What Is The Best Probiotic For You? Strain Specificity

Probiotic supplementation has been at the center of discussion around gut health for decades.  But if you are wanting to try a probiotic supplement, it can be incredibly overwhelming to choose what kind of supplement would be best suited to you. I was in the chemist just the other day and walked by a huge range of probiotics, each claiming to have a very specific purpose: IBS, constipation, mood and stress relief, immune support, women’s health, skin support, and even heart health.  So are all of these probiotics really that much different from one another, or is it all a…
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Resistant Starch – The Things You Need to Know

Resistant Starch – The Things You Need to Know

Resistant starch has gained a lot of recognition over the last few years for the potential health benefits associated with it. Theoretically, it can be an easy way to improve overall gut health while resulting in a lot of other health outcomes too. What Is It? Starches are long chains of glucose found in carbohydrate-rich foods. Resistant starch is a form of starch that is resistant to digestion. Basically, resistant starch is a unique form of fibre. It passes through the small intestine to the large intestine mostly undigested. Types of Resistant Starch Type 1: Physically inaccessibleType 2: Resistant granulesCannot…
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The Complete Low FODMAP List of Foods to Eat and Avoid

The Complete Low FODMAP List of Foods to Eat and Avoid

Welcome to The Low FODMAP Food Guide! The Low FODMAP Food Guide is also available as a searchable (Ctrl+F) PDF download. This guide contains a comprehensive list of foods and their FODMAP content. If you want to know how to properly implement The Low FODMAP Diet, our blog post specifically on that topic would be the place to go. When using the complete low FODMAP food guide, note the following: Aim to eat low FODMAP serving sizes only whilst on the low FODMAP diet.Portion sizes are per meal/sitting.All fats and oils are low FODMAP. You can even use garlic and…
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Leaky Gut: A Dietitian’s Review Of The Research

Leaky Gut: A Dietitian’s Review Of The Research

Leaky gut is a hot topic of debate in the medical field. Some medical professionals don’t believe it to be a real condition, whilst others associate it with a range of symptoms and disease states.  Research on leaky gut otherwise known as increased intestinal permeability seems to be a bit of a hot mess. Hence why it is not a widely accepted condition but also why it can’t be completely refuted.  Proponents of leaky gut syndrome have linked the condition with a variety of other medical conditions and diseases. Saying that leaky gut is the underlying cause of chronic fatigue…
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Plant-Based Milk: A Dietitian’s Guide

Plant-Based Milk: A Dietitian’s Guide

Dairy milk is still the most widely consumed variety of milk, but the plant-based milk industry is growing, and it's growing fast. Plant-based milk has expanded from just soy, almond, and coconut. You can now get milk made from cashews, hemp, oats, rice, quinoa, and sesame among so many other things.  Cow’s milk is often the benchmark that we compare other milk to as it is a good source of several nutrients including calcium, protein, vitamin A, B12, and iodine.  It is incredibly difficult to find a plant-based milk option that ticks all of these nutrient boxes. However, you should…
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What Is Taurine and What Does It Do? Everything You Need to Know

What Is Taurine and What Does It Do? Everything You Need to Know

Have you ever looked on the back of an energy drink, seen taurine as an ingredient and wondered what it does? That was the first thing that made me curious enough to start looking into it a few years ago. Firstly, I wanted to check the safety of it and if there were any downsides. And I was also curious about WHY it would be included. Outside of energy drinks, taurine does have quite a few potential benefits. And even though it has been studied for decades, it looks as though we are only really scratching the surface when it…
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Pre-Workout Nutrition: Everything You Need to Know

Pre-Workout Nutrition: Everything You Need to Know

What you eat before a training session can help you get the most out of your session. Having consistently great training sessions can also potentially carry over to having better long-term outcomes. Main Meal 2-3 Hours Before Your Session On average, most people seem to perform best if they have a meal 2-3 hours before training. This meal typically should be high in carbohydrates and relatively easy to digest. Aiming for lower fibre and lower fat choices can also help a lot of people since doing this will make it digest more quickly. Additionally, it can also be beneficial to…
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Nutrition for Bloating: Everything You Need to Know

Nutrition for Bloating: Everything You Need to Know

Bloating is typically defined as when your abdomen feels full and expanded. It is a transient experience that is usually caused by an excess of gas build-up or some kind of disturbance of the muscle of the digestive system. Often there is a level of discomfort that occurs alongside this. In some cases, people experience this discomfort due to sensitivity even without the physical symptoms of bloating like expansion. Narrowing it down further though, bloating is not necessarily the same as water retention, although the terms are often used interchangeably. And it also has nothing to do with levels of…
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Why Do Sports Drinks Have Fructose in Them?

Why Do Sports Drinks Have Fructose in Them?

A question you might wonder if you read the label on sports drinks is “why do they contain fructose?” Is it because of taste? Partly, in some cases. But the main reason is there are legitimately performance-related reasons for this addition. This post discusses what those are and why sports drinks contain fructose. Carbohydrates as a Fuel Source Fat and carbohydrate are our two major fuel sources during exercise. The energy we can obtain from fat is pretty much endless during exercise, even for lean individuals. Carbohydrates on the other hand are relatively limited. We store far less glycogen in…
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