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Many of you know someone or have an autoimmune condition. Approximately, more than 23 million Americans deal with an autoimmune disease (i.e. Lupus, RA, Crohn’s, Psoriasis and IBD). There are actually more than 80 types and they affect mostly women. At the core of these conditions is the immune system attacking the body’s organs, tissues, and cells. Good news: diet and lifestyle changes can help mitigate these symptoms and even put some of them into remission. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet, along with managing stress and getting adequate sleep can control flare-ups. 

Top Anti-inflammatory Foods

1. Turmeric| Rheumatoid Arthritis

2. Blueberries| Combat Neuroinflammation

3. Plant Based Foods| Lupus

4. Healthy Fats: olive oil, ghee, coconut oil, increase Vitamin D and Omega-3 | IBD, Psoriasis

Top Foods to Avoid

1. Gluten| Celiac, Hashimotos, Graves, IBD

2. Dairy| Hashimotos, IBD and some celiac

3. Seeds and Sprouts | Lupus - they contain an amino acid L-canavanine

4. Limiting nightsha...

You have probably heard the American Heart Association (AHA) recent post on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease. Within the 25 page document coconut oil was found to raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and thereby increase the risk of heart disease. Therefore AHA concluded coconut oil should not be consumed. Once again the science of nutrition has confused us. So let's break it down. First of all, coconut oil was probably given more credit than it deserved. However, if consumed in small amounts it is OK. Remember our diet is not made up of a singular item or nutrient. Our overall health is a sum of many things: diet, exercise, stress management, and sleep quality. So bottom line: coconut oil in small amounts is fine. I personally prefer olive oil (cold pressed) or MCT oil as my go-to healthy fats. Ghee and coconut oil I would keep to about 1 tsp a day. 

Finally, listen to your body. You know what is right for YOU!

By now everyone has heard of probiotics – the “friendly” bacteria living in your gut. These probiotics help maintain the integrity of your gastrointestinal tract.  As you know (and may have experienced), when your gut health is compromised, you can experience a variety of health ailments such as eczema, depression, anxiety, brain fog, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), food intolerances/allergies….the list goes on and on. However, did you know that prebiotics are the precursor to good gut health?  In order to feed those “good” bacteria we need to have an adequate amount of prebiotics and the right quantity varies from person to person.

What are prebiotics?

Prebiotics are non-digestive fiber that stimulate and enhance the growth of our bacteria (probiotics). Not only do they provide nutrients to probiotics, but when fermented they create short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). These SCFAs, mostly from inulin and fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS), can help improve laxation, strengthen the gut barrie...

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Prebiotics | Precursors to Good Gut Health

August 22, 2018

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Founder of Silver Spoons Nutrition, Margot holds a master's of science in nutrition and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian.

Currently, Margot is in training with IFNA for board certification for Integrative and Functional Nutrition. With over 10 years experience, Margot gets to the "root cause" of systems imbalance.  She uses science based evidence along with the art of healthy living.

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Margot Witteveen, MS, RDN, LD


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Integrative and Functional Nutrition + Content Creator

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