Natural Health Articles & Tutorials

Simple solutions to help you improve your family’s health through a combination of a real food diet, and optimizing factors like sleep, reducing stress and avoiding toxins.

What is Collagen Hydrolysate?

What is collagen hydrolysate and how to use it

I've been a big fan of gelatin since our family did the GAPS diet and it helped my son's body reverse his dairy allergy. I've also seen huge benefits with my autoimmune disease since I started … [Read more...]

Natural Headache Relief Stick

Headache relief roll on stick recipe and DIY

Headaches are often a sign of a deeper problem (like magnesium deficiency, in my case), but sometimes they have a practical cause like five-kids-playing-marching-band-in-the-house-syndrome. I … [Read more...]

The Problem with Olive Oil

The problem with olive oil- it's not what you think

Olive oil is considered a highly nutritious and healthy oil due to its high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and Vitamins A and K (unlike oils like canola, soybean and vegetable oil, which are … [Read more...]

What is Candida? (and How to Tell if You Have It)

Candida - what is it and how to know if you have it

Note from Katie: I get a lot of questions about Candida, and I only mentioned it briefly in this post about gut bacteria, so I asked Christa Orecchio, who is a clinical nutritionist and holistic … [Read more...]

Is White Rice Healthy?

Is White Rice Healthy

White rice. It is a controversial food in nutrition circles. On the one hand, some nutritionists call it an empty source of calories and recommend avoiding it. Others consider it a safe starch and say … [Read more...]

What is Carrageenan?


If you've ever purchased store-bought almond or coconut milk, you may have noticed an ingredient called Carrageenan on the carton. This hard-to-pronounce little additive is the reason I make my own … [Read more...]

How to Get Enough Calcium Without Dairy

How to get calcium without dairy and why this might be a healthier option

When our third child started to eat solid foods, we found out that he had a pretty severe dairy allergy. He was born 5 weeks premature (that whole story and my other birth stories here) and I found … [Read more...]

How Food Sensitivities Affect Behavior


Note from Katie: Please welcome Sylvie McCracken, author of The Gelatin Secret, for this guest post on how diet can affect children's behavior and how she reversed behavior issues with dietary … [Read more...]

Does Brushing Teeth Prevent Cavities?

Why just brushing your teeth won't prevent cavities

Note from Katie: I've written a lot about oral health in the past and especially about the body's ability to remineralize teeth, so I'm excited to welcome Emily Bartlett of Holistic to talk … [Read more...]

The Importance of Clean Water

Wellness Challenge 2- Clean Water

I've written extensively on the importance of real food. Today we're going to discuss another equally important aspect of health: clean water. A person will die much more quickly from lack of water … [Read more...]

Resistant Starch: Gut Superfood


Note from Katie: Resistant Starch has gotten a lot of press lately for its ability to culture beneficial gut bacteria. It is a prebiotic, which complements a probiotic. I invited Genevieve Pazdan from … [Read more...]

The Importance of Omega-3s

The Importance of Omega-3s for health

Why Omega-3? Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for many aspects of health, and many of us are not getting enough of them. The University of Maryland Medical Center explains that Omega-3 fatty acids … [Read more...]