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TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t)

In a previous post (and several others) John covered the ongoing debate about dietary cholesterol, with a particular focus on eggs. As part of that post he introduces the molecule called trimethylamine-N-oxide, or “TMAO” for short. TMAO is of great interest in the health community as a New England Journal of Medicine study linked elevated… Read More

Psychobiotics Brain Health

Psychobiotics: can probiotics make our brains work better?

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, and I’ve already written on this blog about my experiences with the popular nootropic theanine, however, I’ve read studies lately that make me believe that the best path to cognitive enhancement may just travel through the microbiome. ContentsProbiotics as brain enhancersB. Longum impact… Read More

Exercise Microbiome Gut Health

Exercise and the microbiome: can you outrun your gut issues?

It is very en vogue right now to dump on running as an outdated mode of exercise that strains your heart and ruins your joints, and there is some evidence that “chronic cardio” is indeed bad for you. However, as with anything, it’s the dose that makes the poison. Yes, running very long distances everyday… Read More

Gut Microbiome

How our gut bacteria can fight tumor growth

The average adult gut extends over 20 feet and is the home of over a thousand different bacteria species, all with specific roles to play in digestion. In fact, science is just starting to understand how important the microbiome is to our health, with animal studies even showing the potential for certain strains of bacteria… Read More

Do plant based diets help us live longer? Separating fact from fiction

Updated November 19th, 2017  A big part of the reason I became involved with Gene Food was to help people understand that nutrition advice isn’t one size fits all. What works for some, won’t work for others. And yet, every food guru out there believes their diet is the best. The Vegan camp, in documentaries… Read More

Should you eat eggs everyday? No, and cholesterol has nothing to do with it

Updated November 23rd, 2017 I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half an avocado, and some roasted brussell sprouts. Yum. Prior to breakfast, I went for a run and listened to Joe Rogan interview Chris Kresser on his podcast. I am fans of both of these guys, but… Read More

The supplements I take to avoid a hangover and why I take each one

Updated November 19th, 2017 Since I left New York City two years ago, I haven’t drank nearly as much as I used to, but I still like to “knock a few back” every so often, and as we all know, there is almost nothing worse than a serious hangover. In fact, this past weekend, I… Read More

L-Tyrosine supplements affect people differently based on genotype

In this post, my first on the Gene Food blog, I get into why I felt so good when I took the amino acid, L-tyrosine. I knew from digging into my genetics that I was a COMT “worrier,” meaning I had heightened levels of dopamine and was therefore somewhat prone to stress. I also knew… Read More

Magnesium Health Benefits Supplement Gene Food

Does magnesium have health benefits? My experience after 3 weeks

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my caffeine problem. I love coffee but sometimes I feel like I reach for another cup too often. My energy levels feel like I need it. How do I remedy this? John smartly suggested some magnesium supplements because they help regulate energy. Many of our bodies also don’t… Read More

Tea Health Benefits White Tea Green Tea Which is Better

Is green tea king? 7 proven health benefits of tea

Updated October 17th, 2017 If you’re a big tea drinker, you most likely have a “go-to” tea. Maybe you drink green tea daily, or perhaps you’re getting into white tea because you’ve heard its antioxidant levels are off the charts. If you’re strolling down the tea and coffee aisle of your grocery store, you probably… Read More

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