The Wheat Zoomer Now Has Pediatric Ranges!

If you’re a parent of child with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, you know how much of a struggle it can be to keep your child compliant to a dietary restriction, especially when you have some doubt as to whether that diet is necessary. Luckily, the Vibrant Wheat Zoomer is the most sensitive and specific…

Connective Tissue Disorders and Wheat: A New Connection

What are Connective Tissue Disorders? Connective tissue disorders (CTDs) are diseases that affect the parts of the body that connect the structures of the body together, such as collagen and elastin in the joints. Collagen, however, is also found in the skin, cornea, bone, and blood vessels. Elastin is found in skin as well, but…

Dairy Sensitivity and Autoimmunity: What’s the Connection?

Kefir. Homemade yogurt. Ghee. Have you heard of these referred to as healthy alternatives to conventional dairy? Some experts in the nutrition world commonly suggest that the best dairy products are sourced from raw, unpasteurized, grass-fed, organic sources. But should we consume dairy once we outgrow our childhood? Or should we consume dairy at all?…

Asthma and Allergy Awareness

May is Asthma and Allergy awareness month, and at Vibrant, we have worked hard in research and development to create an expanded allergen panel that includes 96 food allergens and 46 inhalant allergens — one of the most comprehensive tests on the market for detecting allergy responses. Because allergies and allergic rhinitis can often exacerbate…

Celiac Disease: Are You Aware?

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month and at Vibrant, we are passionate about both disease management and early detection for Celiac Disease. Vibrant’s proprietary test for Celiac, gluten sensitivity, intestinal permeability, wheat sensitivity, and wheat allergy, aptly name the Wheat Zoomer, has been a staple in the practices of countless progressive healthcare providers who want…

Are you Dairy Sensitive or Lactose Intolerant? What’s the Difference?

With it being Food Sensitivity Week, let’s talk a bit about a common dietary sensitivity that is often not well understood. Symptoms of a food sensitivity include, but are not limited to, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, skin rashes, headaches, fatigue, runny nose, allergy-like symptoms, and joint pain. Because cow’s milk is such a widely consumed food…

Five Micronutrients You Might Be Deficient In.

The human body requires major and minor nutrients in adequate quantities to function optimally. Many people manage to get enough of the macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fat);  however, some fail to meet the daily requirements of some very important micronutrients. The micronutrients are comprised of the vitamins and minerals that serve as biological catalysts, modulators,…

What Is the Gut Microbiome? Why Is It Important to Your Health?

What is a gut microbiome? The gut microbiome refers to the population of microbes that lives in your intestine. It contains trillions of microorganisms, including a minimum of 1,000 different kinds of bacteria and more than three million genes. But in any given individual, only 150 to 179 bacterial species dominate. The human microbiome is…

What is a Community Garden and How Can You Start One?

What is a Community Garden? Community gardens are springing up all over the country, especially in urban areas. A community garden (North America) or allotment garden (British English), is a plot of land made available for individual, non-commercial gardening or growing food plants. Such plots are formed by subdividing a piece of land into land…

Could A Food Sensitivity Be The Reason For Your Migraines?

Do you notice getting migraines after eating some of your favorite foods? This might be caused by an unknown food sensitivity! Food sensitivity (Food Intolerance) is your body’s response to certain foods that occur hours and even days after a certain food is consumed. This is a delayed food reaction. This shouldn’t be confused with…

National Garden Week: What is a CSA and How Do You Find One?

Happy National Garden Week! If you’ve ever had a consult with a Vibrant Dietitian, you know that our dietary recommendations go way beyond “eat more vegetables and fruits.” Taking in the considerations of pesticide use, and the carbon and economical footprints involved with growing produce in Mexico and shipping elsewhere–we often suggest our patients buy…