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Infrared Sauna Health Benefits

Are infrared saunas the secret to good health or just a passing fad?

Here at Gene Food, we’ve talked a lot about genetic pathways and supplements that help our bodies detoxify. For example, John has written long posts about superoxide dismutase and glutathione, both antioxidants our bodies make and use to clear toxins, but supplements aren’t the only way to detox. In fact, ancient practices such as sauna… Read More

flip phone benefits

Should you make the switch to a flip phone?

We are getting into the health coaching business at Gene Food in the next few months, so I am becoming a certified health coach in order to design the program. As part of my training, I meet virtually once a week with my class for 3 hours every Tuesday morning. Part of the class is… Read More

niacin heart health

Is Niacin heart healthy? Probably, but it depends on who you ask

For a time, Niacin, or Vitamin B3, when used in conjunction with statin therapy, was the only supplement approved by the FDA to prevent heart attacks. This stamp of approval from a government agency was the result of a 2001 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study that found Niacin raised HDL, while lowering bad… Read More

Ashwagandha health benefits

The power of adaptogens: 7 health benefits of ashwagandha root

Ashwagandha is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine, where it has been used for around 3,000 years to support the body’s resilience in the face of stress. The botanical name for ashwagandha is Withania somnifera, and the herb is a member of the nightshade family of plants. It is sometimes known as Indian ginseng, and… Read More

Morning Sickness Genetic

Is my morning sickness worse because of genetics?

If you’ve ever had or known anyone who has experienced morning sickness in pregnancy, you’ll know that it’s more like “all day sickness” and can strike at the most inopportune times. Around 70%-80% of women experience nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP), typically in the first trimester. (R) Not everyone has to deal with morning… Read More

Hair Health Genetics

Is healthy hair genetic? Or does it boil down to diet?

If you’re one of the unfortunate few for whom every day is a bad hair day, it might be time to look to your genes and consider nutritional strategies that can help your hair blossom. Several genetic disorders impact the health of hair, leading to fragile hair that breaks, falls out more easily, that causes… Read More

UTI treatment

Can urinary tract infections be cured with diet and supplements?

Although I have been lucky never to have had one, urinary tract infections (“UTIs”) are a common and recurring problem for millions of Americans, especially women, with complaints of UTI accounting for an estimated 7 million doctor visits every year. E. Coli, a nasty type of pathogenic bacteria, is thought to be the culprit behind… Read More

Vitamin C supplements high quality Vitamin C

Not all Vitamin C is created equal

Vitamin C is a “scavenger antioxidant,” meaning its job is to mop up free radicals circulating in the body. (R) This, in turn, helps to protect cells against oxidative damage. We list Vitamin C several times in our guide to nutrigenomics, and I even use a Vitamin C shower filter to take the chlorine out… Read More

Glucosamine Supplements

Do glucosamine supplements work? My experience after 6 months

Glucosamine supplements have long been the talk of the running community. I’ve gone on and off of glucosamine and chondroiton supplements over the past six years I’ve been a runner … much like I’ve gone on and off of running. Since I was attempting to more seriously lace back up my running shoes after the… Read More

Crohn’s disease genetics

The genetics of Crohn’s disease: what you need to know

Crohn’s disease is complex, chronic disorder primarily affecting the digestive system and with no single known cause. What we do know, though, is that this disease occurs more often in people with northern European ancestry and of eastern and central European (Ashkenazi) Jewish descent. When epidemiologists (who study disease development) identify this type of pattern… Read More

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