Author: KM Foodservice

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Vitamin D Supplementation: What You Need to Know

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Vitamin D Supplementation: What You Need to Know What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is a hormone precursor that has a primary function of promoting healthy bone formation by regulating calcium absorption in the gut and maintaining adequate calcium and phosphorus levels in the bloodstream.  Vitamin D also plays a number of other critical roles in the body, including modulation of the immune system, cell growth, the inflammatory response, and neuromuscular function.  It has been associated with health benefits in the prevention and treatment of many different chronic disease. Is it necessary to supplement with vitamin D? While it has become increasingly common for conventional and functional medicine practitioners alike to recommend vitamin D supplementation, there is still quite a bit that modern science does not fully understand about vitamin D, including what constitutes an adequate vitamin D level and if it is necessary for everyone to supplement with it.  It is certainly clear that vitamin D plays a vital role in health, but the evidence is building to suggest that low vitamin D …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: What is Lurking in Your Tea?

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Tea has a rich history with the earliest Chinese legends about tea dating back to 2700 BC in connection to the mythical emperor Shennong, who is regarded as the father of Chinese medicine and agriculture.  Scholars believe that tea drinking originated in southwest China.  In ancient times, tea was used for its medicinal properties and the tea leaves were consumed whole or infused in herbal medicines.  Around 600 BC, tea drinking became an art form and the loose leaves were infused into water or the leaves were ground into a powder that was steeped with water. I am a tea connoisseur.  Although I can appreciate a good cup of coffee on occasion (tempered with lots of ghee/grassfed butter and honey), tea is a part of my daily life.  I enjoy the ritual, the comfort, and the taste that drinking tea brings.  So, quite understandably, I was pretty distraught when I began to suspect shortly after I became Paleo that there was something about my tea that was exacerbating my migraines.  An Internet …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: How to Restore the Gut When Taking Probiotics

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN    For people in the ancestral health community, making the decision to take a course of antibiotics can be scary and discouraging.  Many of us are aware that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics is a major public health issue that contributes to antimicrobial resistance.  We may also know that antibiotics can significantly alter the diversity and composition of the gut flora in a way that might never fully return to its baseline.  Before taking an antibiotic, you should carefully consider the advice of your prescriber to determine if it is truly necessary, and if so, if there is any additional testing that can be done to target the specific type of antibiotic prescribed.  That being said, antibiotics can be lifesaving and if you need to take them, do so without unproductive guilt and fear.  There are steps that you can take to restore your gut while taking antibiotics order to optimize your recovery. Probiotics:  It is critical to supplement with probiotics while taking antibiotics.  This is a common area of confusion as many people believe that there will …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: 5 Tips for Hormonal Balance for Women

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Hormonal imbalance is an epidemic in our modern society that can wreak havoc on women in a multitude of ways. Hormones are chemical messengers that are produced by endocrine glands and they act to regulate several critical processes in the body, including metabolism, growth and development, mood, sexual function, and reproduction.   All hormones work together in a complex system of delicate, interconnected relationships, much like a symphony. In an orchestra, if just one instrument is out of tune, not functioning, or overpowers others, it can compromise the entire performance. Hormones that are not finely balanced in the body result in suboptimal health and reduced quality of life, as well as wide variety of symptoms and conditions that may include:   Mood Swings   Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)   Weight Gain   Fatigue   Acne and Other Skin Concerns   Headaches/ Migraines   Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)   Infertility and Reproductive Issues   Low Libido   Insomnia   Mood Swings   Depression/ Anxiety   Thyroid Disease   Insulin Resistance/ Metabolic Syndrome/ Type …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Fish Oil: Do You Need to Supplement?

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN   Fish oil is a supplement with a history that both predates the modern pharmaceutical industry and is widely accepted today for therapeutic use in mainstream medicine. The benefits of fish oil come from the omega-3 fatty acids that it contains. These polyunsaturated fats cannot be manufactured by the body, but must be obtained from dietary sources. Omega-3s are necessary for numerous body functions and normal growth and development, and research suggests that a diet high in omega-3s is associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart attacks, stroke, autoimmune disease, and cancer. As fish oil is derived from fish, one of the most nutrient-dense foods, many people may be under the assumption that supplementing with fish oil is safe and beneficial. But don’t grab the first bottle off the shelf too quickly—in the case of fish oil supplementation, there is much more to the story.   Types of Omega-3 Fatty Acids   There are three types of omega-3 fatty acids, including alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic …

The Paleo Nurse ✚ Presents: Tips For Choosing An Integrative Practitioner

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Holistic Health Care Practitioner Choosing a health care practitioner is one of the most important decisions that you can make. When you work with a health care provider, you trust that clinician to provide expertise, guidance, and treatment that affects your overall health and wellness. In many cases, those seeking various forms of holistic health care are doing so because they have discovered that conventional health care simply treats symptoms, rather than addressing the root causes of disease, and does not focus on promotion of healthy lifestyle choices that prevent disease. Choosing any type of health care provider to work with can be overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. Getting referrals from friends and family or using online holistic health referral networks such as Primal Docs can be helpful, but it may still be challenging to narrow down the options. The following questions will assist you in choosing a holistic health care practitioner that you can trust to …

True Stories From Our Readers presents: Marco’s Story

By: Marco Klaassen My name is Marco Klaassen and I live in the Netherlands. I am a fan of KM Foodservice and the healthy eating they promote on their blog and social media. I just had to share my story with your company as my dietary changes and conscious eating habits have saved my life. On the 13th of September 2015, I suffered a severe heart attack, which the first GP didn’t recognize and she sent me away with a bunch of painkillers. Later it turned out I also was suffering from pneumonia, anemia, and sleep apnea: I nearly died that day. In the ICU, I found out that cardiovascular diseases are generally a western problem, and that made me wonder. The first talk I had was with my cardiologist. I was in a wheelchair during the conversation -almost a vegetable. She told me I would not live to see 60 and I was 45 years old! They placed a stent into my coronary artery and I took 32 pills a day and later I got heart physiotherapy. …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ presents: “Clean Eating” and Osteoporosis

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN You may have noticed the mainstream media blowing up with variations of the headline, “Clean eating is a ticking timebomb that puts young at risk for fractures”. This is being widely reported by The Telegraph, BBC News, and The Times, among other news sources. There are many definitions of “clean eating”, and it wasn’t until I read the introduction of The Telegraph article by Laura Donnelly that I realized that it is real food nutrition that is under attack. Ms. Donnelly writes, “A cult of clean eating is a “ticking timebomb” that could leave young people with weak bones, the National Osteoporosis Society has warned. Research by the charity shows that four in ten of those aged between 18 and 24 have tried such regimes, which are now coming under attack for cutting out major food groups, such as dairy. The diets have become increasingly fashionable, and are associated with a number of celebrities, who have boasted how they have cut out gluten, dairy, grains and refined sugars.” The National Osteoporosis …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ presents: Top 5 Reasons You are Not Losing Weight on a Paleo Diet

by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Weight loss is a common goal for many people that transition to a Paleo lifestyle. Although the Paleo community is bursting with testimonials of those who have successfully shed pounds in exchange for a new physique, there are perhaps just as many for whom the scale refuses to budge. If you are following a Paleo diet but have yet to reach your goal weight, consider the following Top 5 reasons you are not losing weight on the Paleo Diet or experiencing a weight loss plateau:   1) You are eating too many Paleo treats and not enough nutrient-dense, whole food. A Paleo template should be based on a foundation of real food, instead of reincarnations of baked goods from the standard American diet. The popularity of sweets in our culture has resulted in a Paleo-sphere that is over-flowing with an abundance of delicious, mouth-watering dessert recipes. Although these treats are made with acceptable Paleo ingredients, they are not necessarily health-promoting or helpful to weight loss efforts. The energy-dense nut flours and …

The Paleo Nurse ➕ Presents: 7 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

  by Katy Haldiman, MS, RN Added sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients in the modern Western diet. Sugar contributes to metabolic dysfunction and inflammation, and it is a contributing factor to many modern diseases. And unfortunately, it’s in most processed and convenience foods. The following 7 tips to beat sugar cravings will help you to stay true to your health goals by overcoming the temptation of sugary treats.   1.) Drink more water: Thirst is often mistaken for hunger and many people are chronically dehydrated, even those following a Paleo diet. A good guideline for adequate daily water intake for most individuals is to drink half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces, with a maximum intake of 100 ounces. If you find yourself reaching for the cookies, try a glass of water with a bit of fresh-squeezed lemon juice instead.   2.) Eat a nutrient-dense Paleo diet: The Paleo diet is a template of which there are many variations. While it is possible to eat chicken breast and steamed broccoli 3 …