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Epigenetics

Veganism after 65?

Is veganism safe after 65? If older adults need more protein, where should they get it?

Note to readers: the author of this article is a nutrition expert whose opinion we respect, otherwise we would not publish her work on our blog. However, we rate this post with a science score of 2 as we believe the opinions expressed here run contrary to the best science at present, specifically research by… Read More

Toxins in tap water

The toxins in your tap water

For all the years I lived in NYC, one of the most common refrains you hear is “the tap water in New York is the best.” I heard it repeated so many times that I believed it unquestioningly. It wasn’t until I saw research put out by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that I started… Read More

berkey water filter

How to buy the best water filter (yes, you need one)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 1 in 12 Americans is exposed to potentially harmful microbes, pesticides, lead, or radioactive radon with every drink of tap water and every time they take a shower (R). For Native Americans living on tribal land, this figure rises to a staggering 1 in 4 without… Read More

6 natural anxiety remedies that work

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue experienced by people in North America, with almost 1 in 5 American adults affected each year (R). That’s around 40 million people, all suffering with a highly treatable condition. Sadly, only 36.9% of those with anxiety receive treatment (R), but the good news is that there are… Read More

Hypothyroidism and Nutrition

Hypothyroidism and nutrition: Managing autoimmune thyroid disease through diet

Is it possible to “fix” hypothyroidism by diet alone? The short answer is no — there’s no dietary factor that can cure every case of hypothyroidism. There are, however, specific nutrients such as iodine and selenium that we need for healthy thyroid function. Too little or too much of these nutrients can cause serious thyroid… Read More

Highway Traffic

Living close to a highway? Make sure to eat your broccoli

Here at Gene Food, we are a little obsessed with the NrF2 pathway, a genetic transcription factor responsible for “turning on” over 200 genes, many of which are related to detoxification. As we’ve written about previously, nutrition can play a role in activating NrF2. Because of a compound known as sulforaphane, broccoli sprouts are one… Read More

You’re crazy to cook with Teflon. Here’s what to buy instead

I was in Target the other day looking for a new saute pan. As I evaluated options, I realized I knew I wanted to avoid non-stick Teflon products, but I couldn’t say exactly why. I’d heard they were unhealthy, but hadn’t taken the time to look at any research. In the end, I opted for… 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

Vegans and the Paleo Diet

What vegans don’t understand about the paleo diet

Most Vegans don’t see a good reason why anyone would ever go Paleo, under any circumstances. After all, as documentaries like What the Health claim, the science is squarely on the Vegan side of the aisle. Or is it? Is there something the Vegan community is missing about the popularity of Paleo? Although I am… Read More

non toxic mattress organic mattress

The hippie’s guide to buying a mattress (nontoxic, organic, natural)

Some things in life are harder than you’d think at first glance. Puppies are one example. Shopping for an organic 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 way into our mattresses,… Read More

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