October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

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October Nutrient of the Month: Zinc

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN
Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

Stubborn acne? Thinning hair? Dandruff? Always feeling run down? You may blame these on stress or aging and may even consider them as minor annoyances. But these symptoms may actually be signs you are suffering from low levels of an essential mineral: Zinc.

Zinc is often treasured as a go-to-support for helping to battle the common cold, but zinc does so much more for the body than just bolstering your immune ...

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Longevity Depends on Your Liver

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Longevity Depends on Your Liver

 

By Bren Boston, MD

Your health depends on your liver. The liver is your largest solid organ other than your skin. It is located in the upper right corner of your abdominal cavity tucked under your rib cage. Your liver helps you digest and absorb fats and vitamins. It stores iron so that you can make red blood cells to circulate oxygen. It stores glucose for when you need a burst of energy. It makes proteins involved ...

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Liver Disease: The Next Epidemic

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Liver Disease: The Next Epidemic

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Do you have a fatty liver?

If you are like me you will answer: “of course not!” – I am healthy, active, and I don’t take any medications. These are all excellent deterrents, but sometimes still are not enough to prevent liver disease.

People who are overweight, diabetic, inactive or with a poor diet are more likely to have what we call Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). NAFLD is ...

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Children’s Obesity, The Top 8 Genes influencing Weight and Children’s Health

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Children’s Obesity, The Top 8 Genes influencing Weight and Children’s Health

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk , MD ND

According to the World health organization, Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings. The prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. Globally, in 2016 the number of overweight children under the age of five, is estimated to be over 41 million.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens ...

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Back to School: Packing a non-toxic lunch for your kids

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Back to School: Packing a non-toxic lunch for your kids

 

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN, Clinical Integrative Nutrition Nurse Consultant

It’s back-to-school time, Los Angeles. Stocking up on a cart of conscious groceries for school lunches sounds like a great idea for your kids—until you realize you’ve got 17 other things on your to-do list for the day. We know that children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental toxin exposure and providing vital nutrients is essential to their development process . So packing them a clean, non-toxic ...

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Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

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Nutrient Highlight of the Month – Vitamin K2

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

If there is a single vitamin you need to know more about, it is Vitamin K2. Why?

  1. You likely aren’t getting enough of this essential nutrient
  2. It doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for promoting health and longevity

Vitamin K2 plays multiple vital roles in various physiological processes in the body including:

  • Directing calcium to bones and teeth, preventing osteoporosis and cavities. ...
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Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

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Food & Community – Why Eating Together Leads to Better Health

 

By Amanda Miller MS, RN

Throughout the history of human evolution, eating has always been a social event – or at least it used to be. The majority of Americans spend their meals apart from others, in front of their computer, TVs, in their cars, or grabbing something to-go. Not taking the time to sit down to eat with family and friends is costing us our health.  Conviviality pours from the social benefits of social eating ...

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Love Your Gut

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Love Your Gut

 

By Bren Boston, MD

The human body is a marvelous contraption, but it certainly is not a modern one.  It developed ages ago before there were twinkies and McDonalds.  The human gut is the passageway for us to give our cells the nutrients they require to survive, and if we are mindful, to thrive.  This passageway was not meant to endure a constant flow of carbonated, highly sweetened, artificially colored phosphoric acid, otherwise known as cola.

Our gut is more than ...

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Go with your Gut: Movements to Optimize Digestion

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Go with your Gut: Movements to Optimize Digestion

by Olivia Barry, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT500

Ideally, in just eight hours following a meal, we absorb the good nutrients and get rid of the remaining waste matter through the colon. Often these processes take much longer than eight hours, which runs our guts into trouble. Imagine perishable food that sits on the counter on a warm day. After eight hours, it’s rotten. Same in our warm bellies. In fact, when the plumbing gets clogged down yonder, a sort of ...

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The Buzz about Intermittent Fasting

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The Buzz about Intermittent Fasting

 

By Bren Boston, MD and Maggie Ney, ND

The truth is you probably already do some intermittent fasting (IF) and don’t even know it.  If you don’t snack after an early dinner and eat a late breakfast, you have done a form of IF.  Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that sets aside a specific period of time during the day for eating while the rest of day is devoted to fasting.

There is not a one size fits all ...

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