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Health Blog

Getting to the Heart of Estrogen

The American Heart Association has designated the month of February as American Heart Month to raise awareness about heart disease and the healthy choices we can make to prevent it. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. And while some risk factors are out of our control, such as family history, […]

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ZINC AND HYPERTENSION

New research links zinc deficiency to hypertension. Zinc is involved with hundreds of enzyme systems and has other health implications. Zinc has been shown to be beneficial for learning and cognition and is also recommended for people with a genetic predisposition to heart disease. It may even mitigate certain degenerative effects of aging. Some research indicates zinc deficiency may […]

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Fruit Juice Added to the List of Foods that Contain Concerning Levels of Lead, Arsenic & Other Heavy Metals

Last week, Consumer Reports published findings from their test of 45 popular fruit juices such as apple, grape, pear and fruit blends, indicating that half of them were contaminated with elements that are known as heavy metals.[1] Heavy metals that are particularly concerning for a person’s health include lead, mercury, inorganic arsenic, and cadmium. Reports published […]

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SLEEP AND DNA METHYLATION

A recent study led by Jonathan Cedernaes and  researchers at Uppsala University reported that the consequences of acute sleep loss on weight gain are more than being hungry and making poor food choices. They demonstrated “how” sleep loss, shift work or sleep disturbances influence the epigenome and gene expression through DNA methylation. Numerous studies suggest that shift […]

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ASTRAGALUS: THE KING OF HERBS

Astragalus, also known as Milkvetch or huáng qí in Chinese, is an herbal medicine that has been used for hundreds of years, with its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. One of the few all-purpose herbs used, it is believed to support a wide array of biological functions.   Despite the fact that Astragalus has over […]

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5 SURPRISING THINGS THAT HURT YOUR MICROBIOME

The human gut contains trillions of bacteria – also referred to as the gut flora or microbiome – and these tiny unicellular organisms play an unfathomable role in overall health. For instance, a healthy gut flora has been shown to improve gut health, heart health, brain health, weight management, and blood sugar regulation, among others. While most of these thousands […]

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EAT YOUR THYLAKOIDS!

Most nutrition experts agree that we need to “eat more veggies” as part of a healthy diet.  Consuming more leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, etc) may, in fact, be one of the most important components for overall health and weight loss. In addition to containing a host of fibers, vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients, leafy […]

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NEW FRONTIERS IN FISH OIL – PART TWO

This is part two of a two-part series on omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil. In part one, we explored the reasons to take fish oil. Throughout evolution, humans have consumed diets heavy in fish—meeting their dietary need for not only omega-3, but specifically EPA and DHA. Western diets, however, have evolved to where fish […]

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NEW FRONTIERS IN FISH OIL – PART ONE

This is part one of a two-part series on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil. Stay tuned for part two about how to incorporate fish oil into a regular diet. From supporting cardiovascular health to promoting ideal body composition to optimizing inflammatory pathways, omega-3’s substantive impact on a wide variety of health […]

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PROBIOTICS MAY DIRECTLY AFFECT BREAST MILK CARBOHYDRATE COMPOSITION

New research has revealed a possible two-way connection between maternal dietary microbes and the makeup of the oligosaccharide sugar molecules found in human breast milk. Until recently, it was thought that oligosaccharides affected the microbial communities within an infant’s gut, acting as prebiotics that then decreased their risk of certain infections, conditions and diseases. Studies […]

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