What is SIBO?

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a serious condition affecting the small intestine. It occurs when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. That causes pain and diarrhea. It can also lead to malnutrition as the bacteria start to use up the body’s nutrients. Symptoms SIBO…

Are you Deficient in Magnesium?

Function: Magnesium is involved with 300+ metabolic reactions. Key areas include energy production, bone and ATP formation, muscle and nerve conduction and cell signaling. Causes of deficiency: May occur with malabsorption, alcoholism, hyperparathyroidism, renal disorders, diabetes, diuretics, digoxin or high does of zinc. Food Sources: Dark leafy greens, oatmeal, buckwheat, unpolished grains, chocolate, milk, nuts…

Continued Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Scientists continue to unravel the benefits of caloric restriction and intermittent fasting. The simple act of limiting food intake increases lifespan in animal models and reduces age associated disorders such as diabetes and heart disease. A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine reviewed extensive research on intermittent fasting and caloric restriction. Multiple…

Mercury Toxicity: The Great Mimicker

Mercury toxicity is the great mimicker of a host of health challenges. Here is a sample of what one should know about mercury toxicity. 1: Mercury is known to denervate nerve fibers, similar to the pathology of multiple sclerosis. In other words it makes it so the nerves do not work. 2: Mercury can leak into the…

Are you Resolving Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation is connected to degenerative aging. This has prompted scientists to coin the term “inflammaging” to describe this destructive process. Recent discoveries shed light on our understanding of inflammaging.  Research shows that resolution of inflammation may be as important as inhibition of inflammation in the fight against age-related disorders. The field of inflammation resolution…

To use Probiotics or Not?

A team of nutritionists, pediatricians, and immunologists designed a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. They enlisted 298 healthy male and female children between two and five years of age. This population is particularly susceptible to respiratory infections. Five days a week, the treatment group was given 100 million CFU (colony-forming units) of L. rhamnosus…

Understanding the Consequences of Chronic Stress

Stress weakens the immune function A recent poll reports that 45% of Americans feel that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the novel coronavirus. Cortisol is one of the body’s main stress hormones. During stressful times, the adrenal glands release it as part of the “fight-or-flight” response. Necessary for life-or-death situations, cortisol directs…

Collagen Peptides Support Bone Health

Post-menopausal women have a significantly increased risk for osteoporosis. Bone density declines after menopause and osteoporosis has become a major health problem in our aging population. Interestingly, astronauts who spend extended periods of time in space are also a high-risk group. This 2020 study (using rats suspended in a microgravity model) explored a nutritional strategy to support…