From Ronit's Desk...
“A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.”
Ronit Mor, ND
It’s no secret that I am passionate about encouraging people to modify their nutrition to support their health. Food is where it all begins, and an area that we can control far more easily than other things that impact our health.
Around 20 million Americans and 250 million people worldwide have low thyroid function or hypothyroidism. Women are up to eight times more than men. One in 8 women will struggle with a thyroid problem in her lifetime. Up to 90% of all thyroid problems are autoimmune in nature, the most common of which is Hashimoto's.
How much do you understand about your thyroid, and how the foods you choose impact its critical functions? If you answered “not enough,” then this article can help you understand your thyroid and how to naturally improve its function.
Russell Skinner, MD
While autoimmune diseases have many unanswered questions, there is increasing evidence that gut bacteria is a driving factor in autoimmunity. A research group from Yale performed a study that has given us more evidence that gut health can lead to autoimmune diseases.
The Link Between Gut Bacteria and Autoimmune Disorders
The researchers discovered that when Enterococcus gallinarum was moved from one part of the gut to the liver or other tissues within mice, it triggered autoimmune responses.
In the study, they chose mice that were genetically susceptible to autoimmunity and found that as the E. gallinarum moved to other parts of the body, it causes inflammation. Also, they found that their bodies produced auto-antibodies. Both of these responses are signs of an autoimmune disorder.
They moved from testing mice to performing these same tests on cultures taken from human liver. These tests resulted in the same findings- gut bacteria played a key role in the development of autoimmune diseases.
Ronit Mor, ND
Thinking about eliminating gluten from your diet? You’re not alone. According to a survey conducted in 2013, one in every three Americans claimed to cut down or avoid gluten in their diet. But if you’re still on the fence about adjusting your eating habits, here are some facts about why and how nixing gluten can improve your health.
What is gluten?
Gluten is a complex two-part protein—consisting of gliadin and glutenin. It is the gliadin component that causes the negative reaction within the body. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, barley, etc. The word gluten has a Latin origin and means glue. Fittingly so, because gluten helps food maintain its shape, acting as a glue that holds food together.