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Study: Lower Serum DAO in Patients with Histamine Intolerance

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 | in enzymes, food intolerance, food sensitivities, functional medicine, nutrition supplements, Uncategorized

Study: Lower Serum DAO in Patients with Histamine Intolerance

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 study concluded similarly, that people who exhibited a histamine intolerance, the majority of whom had lower serum DAO...

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Biochemistry: Why DAO Can Help Histamine Intolerance

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 | in digestive health, enzymes, food intolerance, food sensitivities, Uncategorized

Biochemistry: Why DAO Can Help Histamine Intolerance

  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 DAO enzyme. This could be due to a genetic SNP that they have. Or, it could be that their requirement for DAO may be very...

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Foundational Supplements to Restore Gut Health

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 | in digestive health, food intolerance, food sensitivities, immune health, nutrition supplements, probiotics

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 — for histamine symptom relief. MegaSporeBiotic Today, more and more scientists are learning that the microorganisms in...

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Unwrapping DNA With Nutritional Biochemistry!

Posted on May 10, 2017 | in functional medicine, integrative nutrition, nutrigenomics

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 “art” to studying the impact of genes on health. A critical piece of the puzzle is whether or not a gene is...

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Scientists: Vitamin B12 Shapes Microbial Communities

Posted on May 8, 2017 | in digestive health, functional medicine, nutrition supplements, vitamins and minerals

Scientists: Vitamin B12 Shapes Microbial Communities

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 communities even greater than has been anticipated,” said chemist Aaron Wright of the Department of Energy’s...

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