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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April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

April Nutrient of the Month: Omega 3 Fatty Acids

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

When it comes to Omega 3 fatty acids, there are few nutrients that pack this many health benefits into one compound. It is quite the understatement to stay Omega 3’s are crucial to achieving optimal health. In fact, they benefit everything from fetal development to heart health and stress reduction.

Omega 3’s are a polyunsaturated fatty acid and consist of 4 different types.

Kinds ...

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Stress Eating: How to Break the Cycle

Stress Eating:  How to Break the Cycle

 

By Bren Boston, MD

You know the feeling of your internal pressure cooker building up, when work demands, deadlines, financial burdens, and interpersonal conflicts conspire to send your stress level through the roof.  At those times, you want something QUICK and EASY to soothe your frayed nerves.  And for lots of people, that soother is sugary foods.  It makes sense from a medical perspective.  Sugar has a drug-like effect in the reward center of the brain. Sugar causes a surge of ...

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The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

The Autonomic Nervous System’s Role in Managing Stress Symptoms

 

Kevin Kunkel, MA, CMT, CYT, LMFT

Chronic stress can stay in your nervous system and affect your short- and long-term health.  It can impact every part of the body, leading to a weakened immune system, digestive disorders, heart and autoimmune diseases, chronic body tension or challenges healing from injuries, and more. We will always have stress, but we can learn to build internal resiliency to heal from past stressors and bounce back from current stress.

Normal path of stress

It is normal to ...

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Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

Anxious Child? Natural Remedies to Reduce Anxiety.

 

By Jean-Marc Sobczyk, MD, ND

According to research, childhood anxiety disorders are the most common type of psychiatric problem in children. It may cause severe impairment and excessive distress. Although effective psychosocial and drug therapy exists, let’s focus on more traditional and natural ways to help our children.

Although thought to be benign, these disorders can interfere with academic, social, and family functioning.

How to recognize anxiety in children: Common signs.

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Fear of being alone
  • Picking at skin
  • Nail biting
  • Strong startle response
  • Being overly self-critical
  • OCD-like behaviors ...
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March Nutrient of the Month: Restorative & Sleep Powerhouse, Magnesium

March Nutrient of the Month: Restorative & Sleep Powerhouse, Magnesium

By: Amanda Miller MS, RN

According to a study published by The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine , a deficiency in this specific mineral can DOUBLE your chance of dying (1).

As profound as this statement is, I am talking about Magnesium, a mineral up to half of Americans are typically deficient in and one that can often help or even cure a long list of symptoms and diseases.

As a critical care nurse in the hospital, we ...

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