How to Use Nutrition to Help Combat Addiction

Though the rates of cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, and cocaine use have declined in recent years, addiction to these and other substances continue to be a serious problem.

Sometimes addiction can even start with a prescribed medication that may have been very beneficial to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life at the time. 2.5% of the population uses prescription drugs non-medically, such as pain killers, tranquilizers, and stimulants which can lead to a dependency and difficulty discontinuing. In an effort to end one addiction, people may jump to other substances in attempts to control cravings. What started as taking a prescription to control pain can end up in a cycle of dependency and drug use.

Nutrition is often not emphasized as a foundation of addiction treatment, but it should be seriously considered as a tool to provide comprehensive support and better recovery outcomes. There are many connections between substance abuse and nutrition, and if utilized correctly, diet can play a vital role supporting people in recovery. Continue reading “How to Use Nutrition to Help Combat Addiction”

8 Reasons Your Probiotic Isn’t Working

Probiotics have become enormously popular, expected to reach $42 billion dollars in global sales this year. [1] This is due largely to our rapidly expanding knowledge of our microbiome and the impacts of gut bacteria on aspects of our health ranging from body composition, mood, genetic expression, immune response, and beyond. There is even a growing field of neurogastroenterology studying the bidirectional communication of the brain-gut axis.

Many of the benefits people report from probiotic use have evidence showing they may indeed be beneficial including relief from antibiotic-associated diarrhea in children [2] and other causes of diarrhea such as C. difficile infection, [3] improved bowel movement and consistency, reduced inflammation associated with the intestinal tract, decreased symptoms of allergy and eczema, and aiding immune function to name a few. [4] Sometimes, however, probiotic supplementation fails to meet expectations. Why is that? Continue reading “8 Reasons Your Probiotic Isn’t Working”

Garlic & Rosemary Pan-Roasted Salmon

This recipe is a staple in our house, often with slight variations here and there depending on whether we have fresh rosemary or other herbs we want to try. When I pick out my salmon I always go with wild-caught because it is a great source of omega-3s which are important for cardiovascular health, brain function, and controlling inflammation. You can learn more about why you should opt for wild-caught salmon here.

Ingredients:

  • Filet of wild-caught salmon
  •  2 cloves of garlic, chopped (I like a lot of garlic, so use your judgement based on your preferences)
  • 1 small onion or shallot, thin-sliced
  • a sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat a pan over medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil.
  2. Slice onion/shallot and chop the garlic cloves. Chop 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary.
  3. Place the salmon filet on the pan and top with garlic, onions, 1/2 tsp rosemary, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. Any onions or garlic that are directly on the pan and not on top of the fish will end up getting pretty charred and unusable.Garlic Rosemary Salmon
  4. Cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes or until it is done to your liking.
  5. When it looks finished you should be able to scoop the salmon up with a spatula leaving the skin on the pan.
  6. Garnish with lemon and remaining rosemary.

Recommended sides: sauteed asparagus, a green salad with pecans and a balsamic vinaigrette, or steamed broccoli.

Eat up!

-Aylah Clark, ND

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Red Meat: Friend or Foe?

redmeatThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Historically, it has been accepted in the medical community that increased consumption of red meat increases all-cause mortality including cardiovascular disease and cancer (especially colon cancer). [1] However most of the studies that indicate such results often do not differentiate between processed and unprocessed meat or other factors that influence the nutritional quality of the meat such as a grass-based diet. Here I explore these factors and others like the impact of red meat on gut health, the planet, and take home tips for a healthy balance. Continue reading “Red Meat: Friend or Foe?”

Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies

broccolifractalThis post was originally published on Whole Health Wellness Center’s website.

Sulfa, sulfur, sulfites, and sulfates are often confused for apparent reasons. Each of these also have the potential to cause adverse reactions in certain people. If you’re allergic to sulfa drugs should you be worried about sulfites? Why are sulfites in wine? Are they in all wine? Can you have a reaction to sulfur? What are the differences in reactions to sulfa, sulfur, sulfates, and sulfites? What should you avoid if you do have an allergy? Continue reading “Wine & Broccoli with a Side of Chemistry: Demystifying Sulfur-Based Allergies”