How sugar messes up your hormones

You’ve probably heard that excess sugar (especially if it comes from refined white sugar) is “bad” because it can cause caries and supplies only “empty” calories. However, these reasons don’t seem to prevent most people from continuing to eat it. Just brush your teeth and make sure you exercise enough to burn off those extra […]

All you need to know about gluten

What is gluten? Gluten is an insoluble protein in wheat and other cereals, like spelt, rye, barley and kamut.  It provides the flour with visco-elastic properties and allows the dough to rise.It consists mainly of two proteins: gliadin and glutenin. There are alpha, beta, gamma and omega types of gliadin. Enzymes called transglutaminase (tTG) help to digest […]

Forgotten Superfoods: Lactofermented Vegetables

Lacto-fermented or cultured foods are another of THE forgotten, traditional Superfoods.  Fermentation is a process in which bacteria (lacto-fermentation) or yeast (beer, wine) cause sugar and starches to break down into alcohol or organic acids (such as lactic acid)Lacto-fermentation: Starches and sugars are converted into lactic acid by many species of lactic-acid-producing bacteria (lactobacilli) naturally present on […]

Forgotten Superfoods: Homemade Bone Broth

Even though there is no “one-size-fits-all”, and NO food is good for EVERYone, home-made, long & slow-cooked bone broth is one of THE forgotten superfoods. Contains gut-healing gelatin (if prepared from gelatin containing bones, like joints, knuckles, neck…). An intact gut lining is utmost important to prevent “leaky” gut and as such essential for a strong immune […]

2 ways to reduce anti-nutrients in legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds

What are anti-nutrients? Whole grains, legumes, nuts & seeds naturally contain so-called anti-nutrients. The most important are: Phytic Acid: All whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds contain phytic acid (most in the outer layer or bran). Phytic acid can combine with important minerals (such as calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc) and block their absorption […]

How strong is your psychic immune system?

When you think about the immune system, you probably think about colds, winter and vitamin C, about bacteria and viruses – maybe you’ve also already heard how 70-80% of our immune system lies in the gut… (if not, you can read all about it here). All good & fair, but all of that is related to […]

We are not asking the right questions!

Are you vegetarian?Do you eat meat?Any special diet? Gluten-free, dairy-free…? These are the most frequent questions I get whenever I am invited to eat somewhere, especially when people know I am into nutrition. However, these are NOT the right questions to ask! Just because I eat meat does not mean that I eat ANY type […]