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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

Grapefruit seed extract, GSE, is a liquid derived from the membranes, seeds, and pulp of the grapefruit. Grapefruit Seed Extract was first developed in 1972 by Dr. Jacob Harich.  Today grapefruit seed extract is sold as a food supplement and used in the cosmetic industry as an antimicrobial ingredient. GSE and Digestive Health When used for digestive health, grapefruit seed extract can aid in producing digestive balance. Symptoms such as bloating, constipation, stomach pain, diarrhea, and food sensitivities may be caused by

Wild seaweed has been a dietary staple mostly in Asian cultures, where it’s been foraged for centuries.  And now, the next kale could be kelp grown right here in the United States. The hot new contender for the title of superfood has piqued the interest of American entrepreneurs, who are investing in kelp farming that grow seaweed to be available in both fresh and frozen forms. People just can’t seem to kelp themselves when it comes to resisting this tendriled snack temptation,

The key takeaway from my book, Wild Mediterranean: The Age-Old, Science-new Plan for a Healthy Gut, with Food You Can Trust: the Mediterranean diet is best for digestive health and the beneficial bacteria that exist in our microbiome. The Mediterranean diet has long been known for its benefits that are linked to lower risk of many diseases, living longer and healthier, and the included perk of tasting really good. Gut bacteria thrive on the ancestral Mediterranean food template because it's filled with plant fiber as a

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