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Robert Rountree, MD on Immune Modulators

Posted on Jan 16, 2020 | in botanicals and herbs, immune health, integrative nutrition, nutrition supplements, probiotics, tumeric/curcumin

Robert Rountree, MD on Immune Modulators

In this brief video Dr Rountree describes his 4 favorite nutrition supplements for immune modulation: NAC – N-acetylcysteine – which activates immune cells as well as regulates the immune system so that it’s less likely to contribute to an auto-immune process. NAC is a procursor to glutathione, the body’s master antioxidant. Probiotic – to help suppress unhealthy bacteria and promote growth of healthy commensal bacteria Curcumin (key component of turmeric) – immunomodulator and anti-inflammatory Medicinal...

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Fantastic Fungi Movie!

Posted on Dec 22, 2019 | in cancer thriver health, functional medicine, nutrition supplements

Fantastic Fungi Movie!

I saw “Fantastic Fungi,” an absolutely engaging movie (with beautiful cinematography) about the amazing benefits of mushrooms. Did you know that mushrooms can do so many things — from helping to clean our environment to empowering our immune systems to saving our declining bee populations! I’ve studied the health benefits of medicinal mushrooms and used them with clients, especially those with family history of cancer or those going through cancer treatment. It was very validating when the movie told the story of how...

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Microbiome is the New Health Insurance

Posted on Dec 2, 2019 | in digestive health, immune health, probiotics

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 and tubers will provide great sustanance (pre-biotics) for bacterial species that we want to “live” in our gut...

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Diabetes + the Microbiota

Posted on Nov 3, 2019 | in digestive health, immune health, probiotics

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. Through these gaps, toxins, pathogens and dietary antigens get through and trigger an inflammatory immune response. Over...

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Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

Posted on Aug 5, 2019 | in digestive enzymes, digestive health, enzymes, food intolerance, food sensitivities

Common Histamine Containing or Triggering Foods

I love this graphic (credit: Umbrellux DAO) 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 makes, called DAO (or Diamine Oxidase). In addition to foods that trigger histamine release, alcoholic beverages block DAO activity in the...

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