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10 Herbs for Lung Support

March 27, 2020 - 10:49am
10 Herbs for Lung Support

Respiratory complications are a common occurrence with a seasonal rhythm around the world. Because pulmonary inflammation is a hallmark of many respiratory complications, the objective is to support normal inflammatory pathways specific to pulmonary health. 

What Does it Mean to Have a Strong Immune System?

March 24, 2020 - 2:28pm
What Does it Mean to Have a Strong Immune System?

We’ve been hearing on the news a lot about people with “compromised immune systems” being at greater risk of contracting unwelcomed viruses. What does “compromised” actually mean except that you’re more susceptible to getting sick? 

7 High-Fiber Foods that Do More than Help Your Gut

March 17, 2020 - 12:20pm
7 High-Fiber Foods that Do More than Help Your Gut

Everyone knows that diet plays a critical role in human health. But too often we get carried away with the idea of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and forget one really important nutrient -- fiber. Despite multitudes of scientific evidence linking dietary fiber to various health benefits, most Americans still fall short of the recommended daily fiber intake -- which stands at 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men

Immune Defenses Enhanced by Master Detox Molecule

March 17, 2020 - 11:31am
Immune Defenses Enhanced by Master Detox Molecule

While studying the glutathione molecule, researchers found that the antioxidant did more than simply promote the immune system. Researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) discovered how T cells ward off particles when they are expressing the Gclc gene. The Gclc gene encodes a protein that aids the production of glutathione. Previously glutathione was only thought to remove free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS).

5 Benefits of Collagen

March 11, 2020 - 11:20am
5 Benefits of Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the animal kingdom. Though nearly 28 types of collagen have been identified in the human body, types I, II, and III account for 80-90 percent. The function of collagen is to support the softer tissues and withstand stretching. The basic structure of collagen consists of a triple helix made up of three alpha strands formed mainly of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. The differences in collagen types is due to specific patterns of amino acids within the alpha strands that form the triple helix. Type I collagen is common in skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, vascular ligature and organs. Type II is primarily found in cartilage. Type III is found in skin, muscle and blood vessels. 

Magnesium and Mood

March 3, 2020 - 11:27am
Magnesium and Mood

According to the American Osteopathic Association, about 50% of the US population is not getting enough magnesium and magnesium deficiency can cause a variety of health issues. Recently, however, a closer look has been given to how magnesium deficiency is linked to low mood.

10 Dietary Fiber Sources to Upregulate Microbiome Health

February 26, 2020 - 1:17pm
10 Dietary Fiber Sources to Upregulate Microbiome Health

Eating foods high in dietary fiber leads to healthy outcomes. Examining the research into fiber fosters an appreciation for the molecular diversity and variations of fiber types, as well as the role fiber plays as a substrate for gut microbial metabolism. Dietary fiber impacts both the function and composition of the microbiota yielding physiologic responses to microbial-derived metabolites of fiber digestion, including protection against obesity and related metabolic diseases.

Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

February 17, 2020 - 4:19pm
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 422 million people with diabetes mellitus (DM) and 318 million with impaired glucose tolerance (dysglycemia). This is an important public health issue that requires attention given its relationship to a plethora of chronic diseases as well as economic burden. We know that overweight (BMI > 25) and obesity (BMI>30) also lead to increased health risk relative to increasing values. However, we must look beyond these numbers alone and consider numerous factors that contribute to metabolic imbalances.

3 Reasons Why DHA is Important for Kids

February 10, 2020 - 11:05am
3 Reasons Why DHA is Important for Kids

As more and more baby boomers enter their senior years, suggestions on how to improve neurological health seem to be gaining in popularity. With this recent surge of interest in optimizing brain health, we may lose sight of its relevance in children. Yes, aging adults may experience a decline in cognition, memory and learning, but the neurological development that occurs in an infant’s first few months of life is nothing short of amazing. Also, laying the foundation in the early years for strong neurological connections only benefits us later in life. Therefore, considering the impact of diet and the environment on children’s brain health is as important, if not more important, than in the elderly.

DHA Pathway to the Brain

February 3, 2020 - 4:23pm
DHA Pathway to the Brain

The health benefits of two omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), seem indisputable and range from improved cardiovascular risk factors and body composition to promotion of healthy inflammatory pathways. Lately, however, DHA has received a brighter spotlight of attention in the news due to its ability to influence the structure, function, and signaling of the brain. This impact results in a positive effect on memory and the nervous system, appealing to an aging population concerned about cognitive decline.

Cannabis Sativa: History, Chemistry & Uses

January 27, 2020 - 3:27pm
 History, Chemistry & Uses

Hemp and marijuana are both from the same Cannabis sativa plant, but hemp is marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin mostly used for the extraction of cannabinoids. As legislation around hemp and marijuana change in the US, it’s important to understand the history and to know the difference between the plants.

Hemp 101

January 17, 2020 - 6:43pm
Hemp 101

The interest and use of hemp products have grown exponentially over the past several decades as the understanding of the plant’s bioactives continues to garner attention. First thing, the difference between hemp and marijuana must be established given their relation to the Cannabis industry and legal considerations. Both hemp and marijuana come from the same cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa. Hemp, however, is defined in the 2018 Farm Bill as the cannabis plant that contains 0.3% or less THC by dry weight and marijuana is the term used for plants containing greater than 0.3% THC. THC is the compound delivering the psychotropic effects of “getting high”, while CBD is the main non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. THC is used medicinally as well as non-medicinally for its intoxicating effects.

Not All Supplements are Created Equally

January 10, 2020 - 5:24pm
Not All Supplements are Created Equally

Dietary supplementation is now commonplace in the American diet with many people concerned food alone cannot meet nutritional requirements. However, not all supplements are created equally. In order to ensure that an individual can successfully navigate the endless choices of supplements, it’s important to know some do’s and don’ts of proper dietary supplementation.

4 Ways Melatonin Regulates the Stress Response

January 6, 2020 - 12:59pm
4 Ways Melatonin Regulates the Stress Response

Acute or chronic stress can trigger an overactive sympathetic nervous system, resulting in high oxidative stress. The immune system functions at its best in the parasympathetic state so when it switches to a sympathetic state, the body is vulnerable to disease. Chronic release of hormones such as cortisol, catecholamines and neuropeptides due to stress also has a deleterious effect on the immune system, which impacts the sleep cycle and circadian rhythm. Psychological stress can also have a negative effect on the skin, triggering or exacerbating immune-mediated dermatological disorders.

Simple 3-Step Gratitude Practice

December 26, 2019 - 1:03pm
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Gratitude is more than a positive personality trait or a willy-nilly feeling. Gratitude has the power to change the lens through which we view the world, bringing us more joy, health and satisfaction. It’s easy to see the problems in life, not because we are cynical, but because we are looking for what we can improve in our lives. The downside to this is that we can skip over the miracles in our lives, taking the small gifts for granted. 

7 Tips to Reduce Stress this Holiday Season

December 20, 2019 - 4:40pm
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Overwhelmed by the mounting to-do list this holiday season? You’re not alone. The holiday season comes with what seems like a never ending list of additional responsibilities. Holiday stress is a real thing - and something that you can manage if you follow a few tips and tricks. 

A 2015 Healthline study found that 62% of those surveyed said their stress levels were elevated during the holiday season. Researchers cited the main stressors this time of year as - finances, family dynamics and keeping fit.