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Chia Seed Pudding — Be Good to Your Gut!

Did you know that chia seeds can be very soothing for the intestines? Watch my intern Josh Edelstein, a culinary nutrition student at Johnson and Wales University, whip up a Chia Seed Pudding in a jar. It makes a great easy to make snack that your body will thank you for. Chia seeds are a demulcent, and help to build and repair the mucosal layer in your gut. We need this gel-like layer in the gut for immune defense —...

Umbrellux DAO Now Available (120 count and 60 coun...

Umbrellux DAO, the nutrition supplement that supports the healthy degradation of food-derived histamine, and provides relief to many, is now available under the Histamine Digest label (pictured to the left). Histamine Digest has enhanced potency with 20,000 HDUs (histamine digesting units) per capsule. Pricing remains the same.  Click link below to purchase DAO. Click to buy UMBRELLUX DAO2 (Histamine Digest) 60 or 120 count....

Research: MegaSporeBiotic & MegaPre Enhance S...

A recent study published in The International Journal of Pharmaceutics: X shows that taking MegaPreTM together with MegaSporeBioticTM both increases microbial diversity in the gut and increases total SCFA (short chain fatty acid) production by 80-140%. When testing MegaSporeBiotic alone (without MegaPre), there was a still significant (though less impressive) 24-70% increase in total SCFAs among donors. For this reason, it...

Microbiome is the New Health Insurance

All disease begins in the gut (paraphrasing Hippocrates)… …and a healthy microbiome is the new health insurance. Slide from my recent presentation on the microbiome and its role in the pathogenesis of diabetes. We can all be healthy, wealthy and wise by supporting a diverse microbiome with key strains that build and maintain the gut barrier. Eat more plant foods! Fruits and vegetables, beans and lentils, roots...

Diabetes + the Microbiota

Did you know that researchers believe that an imbalance of the gut microbiome is the underlying root cause for the onset of diabetes? Here’s a simplified explanation of how diabetes can develop: Chronic inflammation in the gut from microbial dysbiosis and lack of microbial diversity leads to damage to the gut mucosal barrier. Eventually this inflammation leads to gaps in the intestinal lining, known as leaky gut....

Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

I love this graphic (credit: Umbrellux DAO/Histamine Digest) which illustrates foods and beverages that either contain high amounts of histamines or trigger release of histamine. You may be surprised that many healthy foods are included in this list, such as tomatoes, berries, avocados and fermented foods! Histamines are not normally a problem unless your body has difficulty clearing them, which requires an enzyme the body...

How to Combat Mold in Your Food

From Body-Bio:”When mold and its mycotoxins make their way into our food, the best we can do is build up our immune system. One way to keep potential damage from mycotoxin exposure at bay is by incorporating a butyrate supplement, such as BodyBio Sodium Butyrate {or Cal-Mag Butyrate}, into your routine. This short-chain fatty acid is produced by the bacterial fermentation (Bacillus subtillus) of resistant starch,...

Total Gut Restoration

Recondition – Reinforce – Rebuild A New Protocol From Researchers of MegaSporeBiotic An exciting tool for restoring gut health is the Total Gut Restoration program from Microbiome Labs. Read on to learn about these supplements that work to support a healthy gut, including microbial ecology, gut barrier and regulatory immune function. (A healthy gut is the necessary foundation for a healthy immune system.)...

Microbiome + Metabolic Reprogramming

Why do some of your friends or family members seem to eat virtually anything and not gain weight? Why do others eat more healthfully and struggle with unwanted weight gain? This paper from Microbiome Labs, reveals recent scientific discoveries to shed some new light on this matter!  First of all….the Myth.  We typically credit being lean to an individual just being lucky to be born with a high metabolism. But...

New: International Shipping of Umbrellux DAO (Hist...

I get emails from people in Canada, England, Australia, countries in Central and South America and even Singapore. The Internet has no boundaries, but there are limitations on being able to ship nutrition supplements to other countries. Each country has their own customs regulations. That’s why I’m so excited that I am now able to ship the histamine degrading enzyme supplement, Umbrellux DAO (Histamine Digest),...

Serum DAO May Help Diagnose Histamine Intolerance

Histamine intolerance may develop when the body doesn’t have the capacity to fully metabolize and degrade histamine. Whether it’s from the histamines found in or triggered by food or medications, or from other environmental factors, this imbalance overwhelms the body. The main enzyme that metabolizes ingested histamine is produced by the body, though often not in adequate amounts, is diamine oxidase. It is...

Biochemistry: Why DAO Can Help Histamine Intoleran...

  Look at the histamine pathways and you’ll see why the supplement DAO (diamine-oxidase) helps many people with their symptoms of histamine intolerance! The image shows the biochemistry of how histamine gets degraded in the body. The breakdown of histamine is through two pathways: via the enzyme DAO in the gut, or via the enzyme HNMT in the rest of the body. Some people just don’t make enough of their own...

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...

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...

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!...

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Diabetes

Did You Know That Your Gut Microbes Affect Your Susceptibility? If researchers from Israel are correct, artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose and saccharine may raise blood sugar levels. But not in everyone! Why are some people vulnerable and not others? Published in Nature, their study indicated that it’s the difference in individuals’ gut microbes which may provide the explanation. Depending on the...