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Every day the science community finds surprising new ways our gut microbiome— once considered the ‘forgotten organ’—contributes to our overall health. Mental well-being, fertility, heightened sports performance, fighting degenerative diseases, and now even our appearance—these are just a few of the areas in which a healthy microbiome can really make a positive difference in our lives. Scientists are now aiming to take the research a step further by seeking the catalyst to our very own fountain of youth, and they are looking We know that protein is good for us, but have you ever wondered how the body processes protein in the cell? Protein metabolism is essentially the biochemical processes that are responsible for the synthesis of proteins and amino acids and the breakdown of proteins in the body.  Dietary proteins are first broken down into individual amino acids and they are facilitated by proteolytic enzymes and hydrochloric acid present in our intestinal tract. Once these amino acids are further broken down to

I was vibrant and full of energy just a year prior.  Doctors couldn't figure out why my health was in sharp decline—especially because I was only 15 years old at the time, with no prior medical issues. Being raised since birth on the village-style Mediterranean diet of my Greek heritage kept me healthy and strong.  Many of my early memories involve food in some way – learning how to fish with my grandpa, the large village gatherings with roast chickens and

Why exactly are we affected by the dietary choices of our relatives? Scientists say the answer lies in epigenetics.  Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity due to outside, environmental factors. These changes do not occur in the actual genetic code. Instead, they occur in the cellular material, such as enzymes and proteins, which surround DNA.

There are two well-known sayings I stand by in my practice: If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the gut microbiome is the window to your health. And, You are what you eat-- and so are the bacteria that live in your gut. Before we get into this article, please just know that reading about the gut microbiome isn't the easiest, so take your time and know that you'll be leaving here with some good material.  Read on! Modern science continues

You’re probably reflecting on the past year and what you hope to accomplish in the 12 months ahead.  Most of us ultimately strive for greater self-improvement, myself included. Wanting more for yourself is a form of self-love that has been proven to boost overall health. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, save money, or by finally completing projects you’ve been putting off, there’s one issue with your resolutions that will inevitably make most people fail: change is hard. Did you know that over

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