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Category: Skin Health

Food Sensitivity Testing

By Katrina Traikov ND Naturopathic Doctor What’s the difference between a food intolerance, a food allergy and a food sensitivity? Food Intolerance A food intolerance is typically any adverse reaction or perceived adverse reaction to a food that is not a true food allergy (i.e. not mediated by IgE antibodies). Food Allergy Food allergies involve IgE antibodies and histamine. The skin prick test in an allergist’s office tests for this type of antibody (IgE). Allergic reactions typically come on suddenly. Common symptoms of food allergies include itching and hives, and in severe cases, swelling of the lips, face, tongue and …

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Men’s Health – Environmental Health

The Environmental Working Group, an American non-profit group released a report highlighting several topics in men’s health as they relate to common environmental contaminants in our everyday lives, and what you can do to protect yourself. To view the full report click here. Much of the evidence is epidemiological – which means that people who are exposed to an environmental contaminant are compared to those who aren’t. These types of studies do not prove a cause and effect relationship like randomized controlled trials would, but randomized controlled trials in this case would be unethical. Epidemiological studies only provide evidence of …

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6 changes to the skin as we age

Our skin changes as we age. Some important changes include: 1) Thinning of the skin, loss of elasticity, and weakening of the skin’s ability to act as an effective barrier This can result in dryness, roughness, wrinkling, looseness, and increased vulnerability to injury such as blistering or tearing. It can also increase the absorption of some household products, personal care products or even medications we put on our skin, which is something to be mindful of. Our skin may need more care as we age, and a hypoallergenic moisturizing cream may be helpful here among other approaches. Also, the blood …

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8 Tips for skin health

Your skin is your biggest organ, and a major route of detoxification Show it some love! Did you know you can absorb chemicals in products you use everyday through your skin?  Unfortunately, the long-term effects are not well known. Fortunately, The Environmental Working Group, a US non-profit organization, maintains a database of personal care products and rates them based on the safety of their ingredients. How do your personal care products stack up? Click here to find out! Or check out their tips for safer products here. They also just published a new dirty dozen of hormone disrupting chemicals in …

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    Katrina enjoys speaking on a variety of health topics. Her talks are fun and engaging. From stress management and relaxation, to eating for heart health, to healthy aging, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Click here to request Katrina as a guest speaker at your next community group, support group, or office meeting today!

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