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Epigenetics

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It is very en vogue right now to dump on running as an outdated mode of exercise that strains your heart and ruins your joints, and there is some evidence that “chronic cardio” is indeed bad for you.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

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

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

Telomere Aging Theory

Can telomeres predict lifespan?

Is the telomere theory of aging valid? We will explore, but first some necessary background. Our body is made up of roughly 30 trillion cells which create a diverse range of tissues and organs. Within almost every cell is a structure known as the nucleus which contains 23 pairs of chromosomes. Each of these chromosomes… Read More

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