15 Ways to Increase Fiber on a Gluten-Free Diet

15 Ways to Increase Fiber on a Gluten-Free Diet

Gluten-free diets are notoriously low in fiber. Many gluten-free products, especially packaged items such as crackers, breads, baked goods, and flours tend to be lower in fiber than their gluten-containing alternatives. Fiber feeds our gut microbes, who turn around to keep our gut lining healthy, balance our immune system, and decrease inflammation. Fiber also helps…

5 Reasons I Don’t Recommend Juice Cleanses

5 Reasons I Don’t Recommend Juice Cleanses

The hallmark of most “cleanses” or “detoxes” out there is…restriction. Juice cleansing, where you drink nothing but juice, fits perfectly into this. Although the word “detox” has been co-opted in many cases simply to sell ways of dieting, your body actually does have very real detoxification pathways. Ironically, these pathways actually need MORE nutrients to…

The Ultimate Guide to Fiber & How it Affects Gut Health

The Ultimate Guide to Fiber & How it Affects Gut Health

Did you know that we aren’t able to break down or directly use fiber? That’s right, fiber is entirely food for the trillions of microbes in our gut, called our gut microbiome! They eat the fiber, and make by-products called short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that, among many benefits, are incredibly anti-inflammatory and immune-supportive. That…

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Are wheatgrass and barley grass safe on a gluten-free diet?

Wheatgrass and barley grass powders are showing up in many products, from drink mixes to protein powders to snack bars. They’re high in vitamins and minerals, can have blood sugar balancing effects, and may be immune-supportive based on the high chlorophyll content. But are they safe for those on a gluten-free diet? Wheat and barley…