The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…

Level Up Your Immunity With Food (free handout)

You’ve probably been giving a lot of thought to your physical well-being and immunity in the past few months. For sure, most of us are willing to dedicate a lot of time and effort to stay well. I want to say something cheerful like, “I’ll show you how a simple fruit salad can guarantee you’ll…

Do You Need An Enzyme Supplement?

A friend recently messaged me about a supplement that she’s taking. The advertisements say that it makes your stomach flatter and improves your digestion – both great things! It consists of enzymes that break down protein, fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and lactose. The supplement would cost you $300 a year if you took it every day,…

Spotlight on Chromium

Over the years, many studies have suggested that chromium might be useful for controlling blood glucose in people with diabetes. Some research has shown that chromium may also help women who have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This condition is linked to insulin resistance and drastically increases the risk of developing diabetes. It is possible that…

Free Handout: The Diabetes Digest

We hear a lot about “plant-based eating,” and for some reason, many people feel the incessant need to make it more complicated than it is. It truly is the simplest and most natural diet in the world. There are no bad vegetables and no criminal fruits. Research has shown again and again that people with…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Basics of Chronobiology Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

Many people eat foods like white bread and white rice, which are refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting to me because it’s absolutely unnecessary to avoid these foods. The notion that these foods are unhealthy…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

Essential Amino Acids You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include: histidine lycine methionine phenylalanine threonine tryptophan isoleucine leucine valine A few amino acids are “conditionally essential,” meaning that they are…