Are You Planning a Cleanse or Detox? Read This First

Contributor:  Katherine Patton, MEd, RD, CSSD, LD You hear a lot about the supposed health benefits of a cleanse or detox, designed to eliminate toxins from your body. There are many claims about various detox regimens, which could be in the form of a fast, diet, drink or powder. Removing toxins has questionable benefits, including: … Read More

Gene in Children Linked to Higher Risk of Celiac Disease

Researchers may be a step closer to helping doctors to identify children born with a higher risk for Celiac disease, which ultimately could result in earlier treatment and fewer complications from the disorder. A new study points to a possible way to tell which babies are predisposed to developing the auto-immune disorder. In the study, researchers from Children’s … Read More

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Probiotics: What You Need to Know

Probiotic supplements have been touted to improve gut health, balance vaginal flora and strengthen the immune system. They contain beneficial bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract and in some foods, including yogurt, pickles, soft cheeses and sauerkraut. So, it makes sense to consider adding probiotic supplements to your diet. Studies are under way What … Read More

Guaranteeing ‘Gluten-free’ Really Is Gluten-free

There’s good news if you have celiac disease and need to eat gluten-free. The FDA has mandated that any food labeled “gluten-free” has to be exactly that: gluten-free. On August 2, the agency ruled that any food product labeled “no gluten” or “gluten-free” can’t contain more than 20 parts per million of gluten, which is … Read More