Blood Brain Barrier Permeability: What is that?

First, let’s talk about what neurological autoimmunity is and how it might it affect you… Neurological autoimmunity is a misguided immune response to virtually any structure within the central nervous system (CNS) or peripheral nervous system (PNS). Studies show that neurological antibodies may have connections with a variety of neurologically related diseases that can progress…

How Gluten Free Are You?

Gluten Free Eaters Unknowingly Eat Up to 5 Times More Gluten Than What is Safe! Even strict gluten free eaters may continue to have symptoms after going gluten free. The average American eats about 5-15 grams of gluten daily- that’s 5,000-15,000mg of gluten. However, just 50mg of gluten daily can cause symptoms in people who…

Micronutrients: The Gut Barrier and Malabsorption

The small intestine and large intestine are where the majority of vitamins, minerals, and other important micronutrients are absorbed after a meal. The health of your intestinal cells and the protective coating above them called the mucosa directly impacts how efficiently you digest and absorb nutrients from your food and supplements. If you have been…

Lyme Disease: A nationwide concern

Lyme disease is an infection transmitted by ticks. The infected tick bites a host (in this case a human) and transmits an infectious microorganism, Borrelia burgdorferi, to the host and causes highly inflammatory symptoms, which altogether are classified as Lyme disease. Common symptoms of Lyme disease include: Fever and/or chills Headache Bell’s palsy Neck stiffness…

Could Neurological Decline be Caused by Common Infections Like Viruses?

Millions of Americans live with neurological and cognitive disorders every year (1). These disorders are often difficult to treat because they are multi-factorial, meaning they present in different ways for different reasons in different people. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with or is suspected of having a neurological disorder, you may…

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?…

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…