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Winter Blues: Vitamin D & Sunlight Needed to ...

Without enough vitamin D, we are unable to synthesize serotonin. Serotonin regulates our mood, whether we have positive or negative thoughts, inner rest and confidence, appetite, sleep, cognitive functions like memory and learning! It’s a neurotransmitter that’s vital for many brain functions including regulating dopamine levels, which plays a role in reward-mediated behavior. Did you know that we need Vitamin D...

Foundational Supplements to Restore Gut Health

Hippocrates was right….”All Disease Begins in the Gut.” Modern scientific researchers are figuring out just why that’s so. As an integrative and functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I’d like to share with you a few of my favorite supplements for gut health. MegaSporeBiotic probiotic and Cal-Mag Butyrate — foundational products in helping to restore gut health. Umbrellux-DAO...

Do You Have a Histamine Intolerance? Nutrition Can...

Histamines, a natural part of your immune system, help rid substances that your body perceives as foreign. However, if you are a person with food sensitivities you may have an overactive histamine response (overactive defense system), also called histamine intolerance or HIT. You might get annoying reactions like stuffy nose, red eyes, itchy skin or hives. Or, your body might respond with more serious stomach pain, diarrhea,...

Comparing Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes – critical components of our digestive systems Digestive Enzymes are enzymes that assist with chemically breaking down food into forms that our bodies can use. Our bodies have to break food down into smaller components or we won’t be able to absorb the nourishment from food. FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Chewing your food well (mechanically breaking down food) really helps digestive enzymes do their jobs!...

What’s Integrative and Functional Nutrition?

As an integrative and functional Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my practice focuses on a holistic approach to health and healing, using whole foods and and tailored nutrition supplements to help a person optimize their health. My assessments focus on finding the root causes of a person’s health problems. To do this I look at as many pieces of information or clues as possible….and then connect the dots. I look...

Not Your Mom’s Genes: Epigenetics as a Tool ...

Epigenetics and Nutrigenomics are gaining traction within the professional nutrition community. NYCNEN, a professional group of nutrition educators in NYC, asked me to present at their half day conference, “Not Your Mom’s Genes,” at Teachers College Columbia University held in January. It was an honor to be in the company of the other speakers. Dr. Fabien Delahaye, PhD, Assistant Professor at Albert...

Nutrigenomics – PureGenomics

I am very excited to be offering the PureGenomics™ nutrigenomics program! It’s a unique individualized nutritional solution developed by Pure Encapsulations, in collaboration with Nathan Morris, M.D. and Kelly Heim, Ph.D. PureGenomics addresses the most important research-based SNPs (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms) related to: Methylation Pathway (including MTHFR) Vitamin A Status Vitamin D Status Detoxification and...

Optimizing Cancer Survivorship with Nutrition

Both western medicine and integrative medicine have come so far in fighting cancer, keeping it in remission and even eradicating it. Most cancer survivors also known as “Thrivers” have years and full lives ahead of them after conventional treatments like surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. Cancer Survivorship Nutrition Research clearly shows that Thrivers have unique nutritional needs. Meeting these needs is a...

Juicing – What a Difference a Generation Mak...

Not that long ago, juicers and professional blenders used to be for the “granola” crowd. With so many people juicing or making smoothies and protein shakes today, it’s hard to imagine that a generation ago it was somewhat stigmatized. In the mid-1980’s, I was a consultant to the Acme Juicer Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of Waring. My job, as a nutritionist and Registered Dietitian, was to...

Unwrapping DNA With Nutritional Biochemistry!

Nutritional Biochemistry and Genomics… One of the ways that I help clients with supporting their health is by looking at their unique genomic blueprint and designing nutrition programs as they relate to biochemical pathways. Do-it-yourself genetic kits like 23andme are now affordable and more and more people are taking advantage of learning about their own genes. While it’s based on science, there’s also an...

Scientists: Vitamin B12 Shapes Microbial Communiti...

Of course we are not microbes, but your intestinal tract is the host to about 100 TRILLION bacteria, about three pounds worth. These microbes make up a complex ecological system, that when in balance, provides us with protection from the “outside” elements. So, when I read this article about how Vitamin B12 helps shape microbial communities, I was intrigued. “Vitamin B12 has an importance to microbial...

Got 23andme? Get a PureGenomics Report

Have you seen all the TV commercials for 23andme (at home genetic testing kits) and Mother’s Day? After all, we have a lot to thank our mothers for. We get half of our genes from our Moms. That’s more than just our hair, eye and skin color, stature and weight tendencies, temperament and even natural intellect and talents. Our genes also impact our health, wellness, and own unique nutritional needs. Use 23andMe to...