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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Nutrient Highlight of the Month: Vitamin B12

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Nutrient Highlight of the Month: Vitamin B12

 

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

Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin for multiple metabolic functions including enzyme production, DNA synthesis, and hormonal balance. This allows it to benefit mood, energy levels, memory, heart health, skin and hair health, digestion, and more.

Because of the various roles Vitamin B12 plays in the body, a deficiency can show in a multitude of negative symptoms, including:

  • Chronic fatigue
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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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Why is 1 in 6 Children in The United States Currently Obese?

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Why is 1 in 6 Children in The United States Currently Obese?

 

By Bren Boston, MD

The answer is due to many reasons, including the fact that over 1 in 5 American adults are obese.  Parents set the agenda with what food is in the refrigerator and pantry, what is served for meals, and how regularly they, as role models, participate in physically active pursuits.  Current statistics show that obese children are more likely to have obesity as adults, which can perpetuate the cycle.

Current research shows that childhood obesity has doubled in ...

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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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Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

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Health Risks of Excessive Screen Time: A Lost Sense of Community

 

By Dr Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

Since the 2000s, our lives have dramatically changed with the omnipresence of social media and smartphone use. We are now online 24/7 and bombarded with information, such as friend requests, Instagram posts, videos and more. Along the way, we seem to have somewhat forgotten how to interact face- to-face with our peers. And  although we are a part of this large and ever growing social media community, we appear to ...

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

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Social Connection, Friendship and Community Can Help You Live Longer

 

By Maggie Ney, ND

Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly socially isolated world, is essential to our health.  It is so important that all doctors should be asking their patients about their community and support system during every annual health visit. Social connection does not require being physically present with people. Social connection is someone’s subjective experience of feeling understood and feeling a connection to others. We know that friendship (and it’s quality, not quantity) and social connection lead ...

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