Can Intermittent Fasting Help You?

Intermittent Fasting

Fasting, the exercise of going prolonged periods of time without food, has been practiced in many cultures for centuries as a way to restore clear thinking and optimal body function, as well as connect with one’s spirituality. Lately, it’s been touted as the newest and best method for weight loss. The longest fast on record is 382 days long, and

Health Matters: What is Diabetes?

Health Matters

Big news! I have recently agreed to collaborate with WJON’s Health Matters Program were I will be talking about all things wellness. As part of my collaboration on WJON’s Health Matters Program, I have been doing a few podcasts. This week the topic is Diabetes. I’ll be talking about the three types of diabetes and which one is most common

Kari’s Gone Crackers

gone crackers

Actually, I haven’t totally gone crackers, but I did make home baked crackers from scratch the other day.  It makes me realize how convenient our food supply has become and how the amount of food we consume might change if we were forced to make everything from scratch.  I’d also like to think that my crackers were a bit healthier

Diverticular Disaster

diverticular

It’s probably no surprise that people eating a Westernized diet suffer from more digestion disorders than other populations. In particular, diverticular diseases that result in the formation of small pouches in the colon develop from chronic constipation. Bacteria and other irritants get trapped in the pouches causing spasms, pain, inflammation, diarrhea, and sometimes bleeding. The consequence flare-ups associated with these

Osteoporosis is Inflammation in the Bones

With so many of A to Zinc Nutrition’s patients being near or in the phase of their lives where osteoporosis is a concern, we get a lot of questions. Understandably; it’s a scary disease. It causes people to become fearful of falling and breaking a bone as it means a long and difficult recovery or, in cases where a person

Conquering IBS

Life Before LEAP The pain and bloating in my stomach started when I was middle school. It wasn’t too serious at first. The older I got, though, the more constant and persistent it got. I started having severe pain episodes around four years ago. As I look back, I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t have stomach pain.

National Vegetarian and National Vegan Days

Monthly themes around food get me a little excited.  September was National Fruit and Vegetable Month.  October 1 is National Vegetarian Day and November 1 is National Vegan Day.  I’m always a fan of increasing peoples’ awareness around increasing their consumption of plants, but I’m neither vegetarian or vegan.  I like to eat meat on occasion, but I am a

Healing Hashimoto’s

Lisa leap story

Life Before LEAP I’m Lisa, and excited to share my story that started as pain and frustration turned to victory, resolution, and freedom. In 2011, I began experiencing chronic pain in my left shoulder, shoulder blade, ribs and hip. In spite of countless appointments with doctors, orthopedic physicians, physiatrists, pain management doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists, I could

Do I have to take my vitamin D in the summer?

A lot of people ask me, “I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer. Can I quit taking my vitamin D supplement?” That really depends. There are many variables to consider: What is ‘a lot’? The difference between how much time we think we’re spending outdoors and how much we actually spend could be quite different. Likely if

What is it about Dairy?

Dairy

What is it specifically about dairy that causes inflammation? Sugar? Is it what the cow eats? These questions were recently posed to me on my Facebook page. I thought it was worth sharing again. The simple answer is – yes! But it’s more complicated than that, and dairy isn’t always inflammatory for everyone. The dairy food group contains a mix