January Nutrient of The Month: New Decade, Stacked Immune System with L-Lysine

January Nutrient of The Month: New Decade, Stacked Immune System with L-Lysine

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

Want to know the nutrient that can help you fight cancer AND banish cold sores? I bet you didn’t think there was such a nutrient. Think again! It’s L-lysine, an immune system powerhouse found in Active Immunity. It’s your necessity for ringing in the new decade.

L-lysine is an essential amino acid, a protein building block that must be consumed for protein growth and creation in the body, making it ...

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Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention

By Danél Lombard,MPT, MA, E-RYT

When it comes to injuries, we often think of the unfortunate accident. Whether it’s a car accident, or trip-and-fall accident, it seems to be something out of our control and a case of bad luck. But what if I tell you that injuries often occur slowly over time because of lifestyle choices and habits? When it comes to physical injuries, a lot can actually be done preventatively. Anything from knee injuries to back injuries can ...

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Looking for the Amino Acid Stacked with the Best Brain Benefits? Look no Further than November Nutrient-of-the-Month: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

Looking for the Amino Acid Stacked with the Best Brain Benefits? Look no Further than November Nutrient-of-the-Month: Acetyl-L-Carnitine

By Amanda Miller, MS, RN

Burning fat and promoting brain health all in one sound too good to be true? The November Nutrient-of-the-month, Acetyl- L-Carnitine does this​ and then some​.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALCAR) is probably the biggest reason why I love the Akasha Naturals supplement Cereguard – but let me tell you WHY.

Amino Acids, the building blocks of proteins, play a crucial role in the body by helping to generate energy – but some play an even more critical part, depending on your ...

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Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

Food and the Gut-Brain Connection

By Kelsey Wood, RN

The Gut-Brain connection has been recognized in medical literature by leading innovators of integrative and functional health such as Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the Cleveland Clinic. Our gut is literally our “second brain.” Many of us have experienced “gut feelings” or “butterflies in our stomachs.” The mind and body are interconnected, and each can affect the other in both positive and negative ways.

Previously, it was thought that the brain controlled the body and gut, but new research ...

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3 Steps to Soothing the Brain

3 Steps to Soothing the Brain

By Alicia Maher, MD

A large part of brain health is maintaining the brain in a steady state. This allows us to respond, rather than react, when life triggers us. When we’re on hyperalert and being triggered throughout the day, the nervous system will initiate processes that lead to greater stress hormone production, adrenal fatigue and inflammation. In order to keep this from happening, it is helpful to have a soothing process that you can use when something in life ...

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Promote Vitality this Fall with September Nutrient of the Month – EGCG

Promote Vitality this Fall with September Nutrient of the Month – EGCG

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a type of polyphenol, a plant based compound known as a catechin. These types of plant compounds are best known for their protection against cellular damage caused by free radicals (1).

Free radicals are highly oxidized, damaging particles that can lead to inflammation in the body. Antioxidants like catechins and polyphenols found in plant compounds can help to limit the damage free radicals may cause (1).

This allows EGCG to be a ...

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Infertility: Is it also a man’s responsibility to have himself checked?

Infertility:  Is it also a man’s  responsibility to have himself checked?

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD ND

Should we consider testing Men for MTHFR mutations ? 

Why is it important and what is the function of the MTHFR enzyme? 
MTHFR (Methylene Tetra Hydro Folate Reductase) converts (contained in high amount in Dark Leafy Greens) into its active form, known as methylfolate. Methylfolate is then used to create news cells or repair the damaged ones, provides the material to make DNA , helps our body getting rid of toxins. 

When trying to conceive, it is crucial ...

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June Nutrient of the Month: Men’s Health Booster – Choline

June Nutrient of the Month: Men’s Health Booster – Choline

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

When thinking of essential nutrients for Men’s health, you would likely skip over this one – yet it is required for several important processes within the body, carried out hundreds of times every day.

I am talking about Choline, an essential micronutrient used in the process of methylation, used for nerve signaling, detoxification, and to create DNA.

Snapshot of Choline’s roles in the body:

  1. Cellular health​: builds phospholipids that give structure to cell membranes
  2. Brain ...
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May Nutrient of the Month: Women’s Health Essential – Folate

May Nutrient of the Month: Women’s Health Essential – Folate

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

Anyone trying to promote women’s health, a healthy pregnancy, and a safe birth is probably confused by competing research regarding folic acid.

Unfortunately, research is never black and white and confusion can set in — even for trained researchers.The fortification of our food supply with folic acid in 1998 reduced spina bifida birth defects by 19 percent. Great! But some estimate it may have caused an additional 15,000 cancer deaths per year. ...

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Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Can Your Hormones Be Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Maggie Ney, ND

How frustrating is it to be eating well and exercising but not see a change in your body?  This is a very common experience among the women I see in my practice. Understanding weight loss and metabolism is so much more complex and interesting than calorie in and calorie out. When weight is stagnant, despite a healthy diet and exercise, it is essential to do a comprehensive review of your entire health so that all variables that affect metabolism ...

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