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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,...

Why Do Some Supplement Labels Look Different?

You might have been taking a particular nutrition supplement for a while, and now all of a sudden, it’s label looks different! Did the product change? Does it have a new formulation? Well, possibly, but most likely the change is due to implementation of a new law: Nutrition and Supplements Facts Labels Rule introduced by the FDA. The deadline for implementation has been moved back until January 1, 2020 (January 1, 2021...

Soil: The Foundation of Nutrition

Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life. Lest we forget that we as humans are part of the earth’s ecosystem. We get our nutrients from the plants and animals we eat (many of which eat the plants too) and the water we drink. If the soil is malnourished, then we too will suffer. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations focused on how “Over 2 Billion People Suffer from Micronutrient Deficiencies.”...

You Are Only As Young As Your Mitochondria!

Keeping Mitochondria Healthy Mitochondria are known as the organelles in our cells that produce energy from the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe. But what’s really exciting, is that scientists have discovered that healthy mitochondria are essential for healthy cellular aging! What does this mean for you? This means that supporting your mitochondria, keeping them healthy and generating a high density of them...

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...

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...

Study: Lower Serum DAO in Patients with Histamine ...

The enzyme DAO (Diamine Oxidase) breaks down histamine in the gut. So what happens when you don’t have enough active DAO, or too high level of histamines? Often this leads to Histamine Intolerance, also referred to as HIT. A common symptom is gastric hypersecretion manifested with GI discomfort when eating. Many of my clients with histamine intolerance report relief when taking a DAO enzyme supplement with meals. This...

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...

Yes! Histamine DAO Supplement is Here

Good News! DAO is Again Available to Help Histamine Intolerance Symptoms For the past few months, DAO, the enzyme that clears histamine in the digestive track (and without adequate amounts of it may cause uncomfortable symptoms), could not be found in the US. The shortage really affected the quality of life for people who don’t make enough of their own DAO. Many were so grateful to finally experience the...

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,...

Complementary Cancer Treatments – Mushroom &...

Medicinal plants and fungi, and their derivative compounds, are being increasingly recognized as useful complementary treatments for cancer. Promising Adjunct therapy to Traditional Cancer Treatments For example, Turkey Tail (Trametes versicolor) medicinal mushrooms have shown positive results as a complementary cancer treatment. In fact, in Asia, there’s an approved anti-cancer drug (PSK, Krestin) that’s made...

Depression & Neurological Conditions: Can Vit...

A B12 deficiency often goes undiagnosed. That’s because the symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency can look like a variety of neurological conditions like depression, neuropathy, numbness/tingling, developmental disabilities, balance problems, multiple sclerosis, fatigue, and even early Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Could It Be B12? by Sally Pacholok, RN, BSN and Jeffrey Stuart, DO, explains how a B12 deficiency can be...

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...

Vitamin B12 — Which Form is Best for You?

Adenosylcobalamin, Hydroxycobalamin, Methylcobalamin, Cyanocobalamin! Ever had your vitamin B12 level checked and been instructed by your doctor to take a vitamin B12 supplement? If you’re like most people (and physicians), you probably think that all vitamin B12 is the same. This is not true! There are many forms…if you need to increase your B12 intake, do you know which form is best for you? Synthetic or...

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...

Another Reminder of Why I Vet Supplement Companies...

A recent investigation into the quality and purity of herbal supplements sold under GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart labels, alarmingly identified that many supplements at these big box stores are not as “advertised.” Reported by the New York Times (February 3, 2015), the NYS Attorney General’s office had tests conducted on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements and accused these four national retailers of selling...

What Are “Delivery System” Ingredients...

Often there are ingredients other than the dietary supplement’s “active ingredients” listed on the package and you may not be sure of their purpose. Sometimes these ingredients are part of the “delivery system.” They are used in the supplement formulation to enhance the absorption of the key active compounds in the supplement.  That way more of the active compounds get into the bloodstream. Some...