1. Maximizing Your Genetic Potential

    Discoveries in the developing field of nutritional genomics have shown that people have much more control over their future health than they ever realized. Why? Because the foods you eat can activate genes that impact the health of your body and mind. However, nutrigenomics can be a double-edged sword, and what you choose to eat can affect your well-being for better or for worse. In a world where …Read More

  2. Alzheimer’s Can Start in Your Twenties?! Or Not.

    I read something fascinating this week in one of Dr Mercola’s blogs that beautifully pulls together concepts of several of my blogs. "Your brain and gut developed from the same type of tissue when you were a fetus!" This little factoid demonstrates yet another way of how your gut and brain are truly, and intimately, connected. Additionally, the nervous systems of your brain and gut are connected…Read More

  3. Hidden Sugar: Where You Least Expect It!

    Sugar - Hidden in Carbohydrates  Some nutritional concepts and terminology can be confusing if you’re not familiar with how food works in the body. Take “carbohydrates”, for example. Carbohydrates are composed of sugar molecules. As you chew, an enzyme in your mouth (salivary amylase) immediately starts to break down the carbohydrate molecules into simpler sugars containing 2 sugar molecule…Read More

  4. Are These Clinicians Curing Brain Diseases?!

    “To him who devotes his life to science, nothing can give more happiness than increasing the number of discoveries, but his cup of joy is full when the results of his studies immediately find practical applications.” —Louis Pasteur I was reading a review the other day that estimated it took an average of 17 years for 14% of original (i.e., discovery) research to be integrated into physician …Read More

  5. Your Body Is Talking – Are You Listening?

    Effective communication is key to the success of any operation, or relationship for that matter, and it’s no different in the relationship you choose to have with your body. A breakdown in even one area of communication causes all sorts of complications and inefficiencies. Have you ever played the game where you and your friends sit in a circle and one person whispers a message to the person nex…Read More

  6. Expert Diet Advice: “The Mediterranean Zone”

    If you’ve ever played any type of sport, you are probably familiar with “being in the zone.” It’s that moment when you become one with your environment; a non-thinking moment when every movement and thought are effortless…and your performance in that moment is optimal. Well, evidently a similar situation is possible with your nutritional diet. And with the word “diet,” I mean from it…Read More

  7. Are Doctors Ready for Genetic Data?

    The better question might be, “Are genetic data ready for doctors?” The onslaught of clinical study results that now include potentially significant genetic biomarkers associated with a particular patient population, condition, or metabolic response is enough to make the head spin of even the most astute physician. I learned rather quickly while working up a few writing samples for a potential…Read More

  8. Feed Your Gut Microbiome

    Did you know that your body is made up of trillions, yes TRILLIONS, of cells. And do you know how many of them are human? A measely 10%. Yep. Microorganism cells (aka: bacteria, microbes) outnumber your human cells by 10 to 1. More than 10,000 species of microorganisms are a part of your very own ecosystem (inside and out), which also means they contribute more genes...approximately 360 times more…Read More

  9. How Unhealthy Food Causes Disease

    I love to understand how stuff works, and I was reading a really interesting clinical review (Cao, 2014) the other day that explained at a cellular level how unhealthy food can cause chronic disease. It was fascinating! The Assembly Line A particular organelle (endoplasmic reticulum) in your cells uses a template of your genes to make proteins in an “assembly line” fashion. These proteins, onc…Read More

  10. Interplay of Food, Genes & Disease

    Did you know that you can: Change how your genes function by what you eat, by exercising, by sitting, and by your quality of sleep? Impact your levels of sex hormones by what you eat? Decrease the activity of genes that promote cancer and increase activity of genes that suppress cancer by healthy lifestyle interventions that include healthy eating? Improve your mood, memory, and cognitive abilitie…Read More