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Why You Might Want To Check For Pyroluria

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Pyroluria is a disorder with numerous symptoms including migraines, insomnia, poor morning appetite, loss of libido, mood swings, sensitivity to smells and sounds, fatigue, food sensitivities, hyperactivity, hypoglycemia, and overeating, just to name a few. Conditions associated with pyroluria include but are not limited to acne, allergies, depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, eczema, substance abuse, learning difficulties, autism, Tourette’s, and Asperger’s syndrome.

So, what is pyroluria and what can you do about it?

When we synthesize hemoglobin, we produce a byproduct known as pyrrole. Normally, this is not a problem, but some people produce excessive amounts and pyrroles bind to zinc and B6 leaving them unavailable for the body to use. They also deplete the omega-6 fatty acid gamma linoleic acid (GLA).

The body needs zinc for:

  • Immune health
  • Cell growth and replication
  • Enzymes
  • Hormone health and reproduction
  • Protein metabolism
  • Cognitive function, memory,...
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Why You Don't Want To Drink Your Sugar

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We know we need to cut down on the sweet treats, but we don’t always think about what we are drinking. Eating a lot of sugar is bad; drinking sugar is even worse.

Sugar containing beverages include soda, fruit juice (sweetened or unsweetened), juice drinks, sports drinks, sweetened ice tea, and lemonade. Drinking sweetened beverages has become a norm. Everywhere you go, there is some offering of a sugar laden beverage.

Before you take that next sip, here some reasons why you might just want to put the bottle down:

  • Drinking sugary beverages may increase the number of calories you eat during the day reports a 2000 study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders. Solid sugar promotes feelings of fullness whereas liquid sugar never quite satisfies so the brain thinks it’s still hungry.
  • Because sugary beverages increase calorie consumption, you might gain weight more easily.
  • Sugary beverages may...
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Sugar Busters That Really Work

We know we eat too much sugar in this country, but it’s so hard to give up! While you don’t have to give it up entirely, you do need to cut down, but sometimes those cravings are just too hard to handle.

When you find yourself in a place where you just have to have the sugar but you really don’t want to, the first thing to do is breathe and give yourself a break. We all have days where we just don’t  have the strength to fight so we give in. It’s okay. The key here is to not let the one cave in become days, weeks, or months of sugar binging.

Fortunately, there is some help for ditching the cravings and getting back on the wagon. Here are a few tricks:

  • L-glutamine - an amino acid that the brain can use for energy instead of glucose. I recommend the powdered form. Take 500 mg worth and mix in a small amount of water. Swish in the mouth for about twenty seconds and then swallow. It will be a bit sour, but it should reach the brain almost immediately...
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New Series on Natural Fertility

I wrote a guest blog for Family Health Advocacy. You can check it out here.

And until July 8, 2019, you can use the code BLOOM100 to get $100 off my Baby-Ready Body Basics course at www.babyreadybody.com. This is a 4 module, 16 lesson course with short videos, checklists, cheat sheets, and more that takes you step by step to help you master diet, stress management, toxin elimination, and more and includes meal plans, recipes and a weight loss guide along with a pdf copy of my book The Switch Diet so you can get your body ready for a baby.

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Kick Cravings To The Curb Without Giving Up Everything

Let’s be honest, maintaining a healthy weight is much harder to do today than it was 100 years ago or even 50 years ago. It just seems a bit unfair, but we are humans and we adapt. Sometimes we just don’t adapt fast enough.

Back when we had to hunt and forage for food, our brains were perfectly suited to seeking out calorie dense foods which was a good thing because we never knew when the next meal was coming and we had to expend a lot of energy to get a meal, so it needed to be a good one.

Now we live with food on every corner, donuts in meetings, and candy bowls on desks. And sugar comes in so much more variety. Honey was about the only option in our foraging days, now we’ve got sugar combined with fat and salt; think of all the different ways we do chocolate, salted caramel, cookies, cakes, pies, pastries. I mean it just goes on and on!

Unfortunately for us, our brains haven’t quite adapted to our abundance of food. It’s still in the pattern of...

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Vitamin E and Fertility: What You Need To Know

Tocopherol, the scientific name for vitamin E, means “to carry a pregnancy to term.” With a name like that, it just might be helpful for getting pregnant, so here’s what you need to know about vitamin E.

The primary role of vitamin E in the body is to protect the fatty acids in our cell  membranes from oxidation. We don’t want these fatty acids to oxidize because they can’t perform their functions in an oxidized state and oxidized fats create inflammation and damage the rest of the cell. That is not what you need when trying to get pregnant. You want your cells to function at their peak. Vitamin E is important for both men and women when it comes to fertility.

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin so it needs to be consumed with a meal containing fat if you want to absorb it. There are three types of fat; saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated. Any of these fats will aid the absorption of vitamin E, but the polyunsaturated fats require more...

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How To Find The Best Diet For You

From keto to vegan, there are a plethora of diets to choose from and proponents of specific diets think their way is the right way for everyone. What is the healthiest diet? And is there one right diet for everyone?

Weston A Price was a dentist in the early 1900s and he went around the world studying the diets of indigenous populations. He wanted to find out why Americans had such narrow jaws, cavities, and required root canals. He found that people who were eating their traditional diets (no processed foods) had wide jaws with plenty of room for wisdom teeth, few if any cavities, and no need for root canals. So, what diet provided these benefits?

This may surprise you, but Price found a wide variety of diets that promoted health, from mostly plant based to mostly animal based. He did not find a one-size-fits-all diet.

Here are some tips to finding the diet that works best for you. Just think LEAN:

  • Listen to your body – this is key! Stop paying attention to what everyone is...
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How Red Raspberry Leaf Tea Can Help You Get Pregnant

January is hot tea month, who knew? So, I guess it’s the perfect time to talk about red raspberry leaf tea and how it might help you get pregnant.

Red raspberry leaf has a rich history and has been used for thousands of years to balance hormones and control excessive menstrual bleeding. It is also popular for inducing labor. It is part of the rose family and is native to England.

Now, why might red raspberry leaf tea help? It turns out that red raspberry leaf contains a good dose of manganese, not to be confused with magnesium. Manganese is a trace mineral, which means it is needed in very small quantities, but a manganese deficiency can be quite common in women who struggle to get pregnant.

What depletes manganese? High copper levels, which is more common than we realize. We can get excess copper from drinking water (copper pipes), cooking acidic foods like tomato sauce in copper pans, birth control pills, and cigarettes. Hopefully, you aren’t on birth control or...

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Beat The Flu And Increase Your Chance Of Getting Pregnant

Flu season is in full swing but being pregnant or trying to get pregnant can make it more difficult to stay healthy. Here are some things you can do to stay healthy without harming your baby or reducing your chances of getting pregnant.

  • Limit sugar – sugar weakens the immune system which makes it more difficult for you to fend off an infection. Sugar also increases insulin which affects hormones that support a healthy pregnancy. Cut added sugar to 2 Tbsp or less per day, try more nutritive sweeteners like honey, molasses, maple syrup, or coconut sugar, and remember you don’t have to eat the whole thing. If you need a dessert, try berries with whipped cream (not Cool Whip) or cut up some apples or pears and cook them in some butter with cinnamon and ginger.


  • Try NAC – N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) is safe for pregnancy and may even help you get pregnant and carry a baby to term. It also supports glutathione production, the master antioxidant in the body,...
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Switch It Good For The Holidays

Pumpkin pie and cookies and fudge, oh my!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means food, and if your traditions are anything like mine, it means way more food than you could possibly eat. Here are some healthy switches to make this holiday season to keep the flavor and improve the nutrition.

  • Use butter instead of margarine or spreads – butter contains a special fat called butyric acid which is one of the components of the calming neurotransmitter GABA. When faced with the stress of the holiday and maybe even your family, butter can help keep you calm, cool and collected. Plus, it contains vitamin K2 which is good for your heart, joints, and blood sugar balance. In baking, I melt butter and use in place of oil. Don’t be afraid to put butter on your veggies, too.
  • Reduce sugar – you can cut the sugar by ¼ to ½ cup without sacrificing flavor. Adding vanilla extract and cinnamon can make a dish taste sweeter without a blood sugar rush or...
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