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Nutrition

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

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

Manage Migraines Nutrition

How to manage your migraines with nutrition

Like many kids, I grew up with a parent who suffered from debilitating migraines. I learned early on the importance of keeping noise, lights, stress, and smells to a minimum on a migraine day, despite not suffering from migraines myself. I know I’m not alone in this experience, given that around 11-15% of the population… 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

Mineral Imbalance Sodium High Blood Pressure

Pass the salt? High blood pressure may be due to mineral imbalance

If you’ve arrived at this article, you probably already know what hypertension is, or at least, you have a tiny idea. It’s almost impossible not to, given that high blood pressure (HBP) is one of the most common health conditions worldwide. According to the latest statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high… Read More

Malabsorption Nutrients Genetic

5 common genetic variations that affect nutrient absorption

Nutrigenetics is the branch of nutrigenomics focusing on how genetic variations affect nutrient absorption, use, and metabolism. Nutrigenetics research typically focuses on a type of genetic variation known as a single nucleotide polymorphism, or SNP. Each of our genes is made up of four nucleotides arranged in a specific pattern. When one of the four… Read More

DAO DAOO Differences Genetics

6 conditions you’d never guess are caused by allergies

Updated March 9th, 2018 So, you have allergies. You have a runny nose, and maybe itch, watery eyes. That’s where it stops, right? For most people the answer is yes, but some experience strange symptoms and conditions in response to allergic reaction. I’ve written before about how pollen allergies can cause anxiety. But since moving… Read More

Vitamin B12 Shots

My experience with Vitamin B12 shots

For those playing along at home with their 23andme data, I am heterozygous (A/G) for MTRR rs1801394. I was hesitant for this rite of passage. In what sort of world did a newer team member of a company get a shot of B vitamins injected into their backside to be an official part of the… Read More

Kids Probiotics

Should kids take probiotics? Tips for building gut health in kids

Updated March 4th, 2018 This past weekend, my 8-year-old cousin had a stomach bug and asked me what she could do to make her stomach ache go away. The best advice I could give her was to not eat anything with milk or dairy, to eat small portions of clear soups if she was hungry,… Read More

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