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Epigenetics

Organic Mattress Recommendations

How to buy an organic mattress – the hippie’s guide to buying a mattress

Updated February 18th, 2018 Some things in life are harder than you’d think at first glance. Puppies are one example. Shopping for a non-toxic mattress is most certainly another. Some mattress buyers nerd out over edge support, breathability, and firmness. I definitely care about comfort, but after reading about all the toxins that find their… Read More

Best Air Purifier

How to find the best air purifier

John has written a lot on this blog about histamine genes like AOC1 and his strategies for beating histamine intolerance, so the topic of air purifiers seemed like a natural fit. We know that air purifiers can do some good, but how do you go about choosing one? We set out to answer the hard… Read More

The complete guide to Curcumin: benefits, pitfalls and the best supplements

Updated January 18th, 2017 So, you’re researching curcumin, one of the antioxidants found in the popular eastern spice turmeric. You may be on to something, because as we will see in a minute, curcumin does have tangible health benefits, many of which have been proven in human studies, however, there is a catch: curcumin can… 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It is very en vogue right now to dump on running as an outdated mode of exercise that strains your heart and ruins your joints, and there is some evidence that “chronic cardio” is indeed bad for you.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

Supplements to Avoid a Hangover

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

Updated December 12th, 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

Probiotics aren’t the only way to restore healthy gut bacteria

Updated November 8th, 2017 Ahh, the microbiome. That mystery world of gut bacteria that helps us do everything from digest food, to regulate mood. We’ve all read about its importance, and some of us have even had the DNA of the little critters colonizing our guts sequenced with services like uBiome. However, we’re just scratching… Read More

iPhone addiction is real and it’s bad for your health

A few weeks back, an episode of 60 minutes documented just how anxious people become when they’re separated from their phones. In one experiment, Anderson Cooper’s cortisol levels spiked when his phone vibrated a few feet away and he couldn’t check it. Maybe you can relate? I know I can. Most of us are addicted… Read More

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