Ecogenetic Medicine

Feed the Gut: Prevent Disease

If the gut feeds and monitors our bodily functions, that’s reason enough to look at those supplements and foods that optimize our health by feeding our gut. Probiotics and prebiotics are a vital way to do just that. The USDA defines a probiotic as “a viable microbial dietary supplement that beneficially affects the host.” With [...]

Coconut Curry Chicken and Brown Rice

Serves 4 Chicken, the perfect, healthy meat, mixes with cilantro and curry, both of which are delicious flavor accents and powerful antioxidants that flight inflammation while tickling your taste buds. Coconut oil, the healthiest oil, plus brown rice, much healthier than bleached white rice, add more health benefits. Yum. 2 cups water 1 cup brown [...]

Food For Thought

The foods we eat play a significant role on our health in ways that may not be immediately apparent to us. It takes years for the effects of an unhealthy diet to manifest as a chronic condition like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. In that time, the compounds found in foods like refined sugar, [...]

Anti-inflammatory Foods Fight Disease

Accidents will happen. And the human body is equipped to respond immediately through an immune response called acute inflammation. Let’s say that you sprain your wrist: The injured area will hurt, feel warm, and look red and swollen. This normal bodily response is associated with pain, redness, swelling, and heat, which occurs when specialized cells [...]

Stop Counting Calories. Count Toxins Instead!

The fascinating thing about epigenetics is that it is an invaluable tool in tailoring nutrition to assure better health outcomes. And, fortunately, there are so many ecogenetically salubrious foods which silence genes that cause disease and activate genes that promote good health. Activating proteins at the genetic level holds the key to controlling the expression [...]

Gene-Friendly Fat Facts

Obesity is a well-documented epidemic crisis in the US. More than one-third of U.S. adults, ages 20 and older, are obese, according to the CDC. Even worse, the future health of children and adolescents, ages 2 to 19, is in peril: Some 48.5% of our young population is obese. This is heartbreaking. However, fatty liver disease, [...]

Protect Your Skin

June is here — and that means the Summer Solstice is only a few weeks away. As Mother Nature bestows more hours of daylight, people are expected to spend extra time outdoors. But before you head out to enjoy an outdoor activity like bike riding or running, you need to take good care of your [...]

How Sweet It Is

(But Don’t Let Its Taste Wreck Your Health) More than 16 centuries ago, Indians were the first to learn how to crystallize sugar. The Sanskrit word for sugar is sharkara, small brown clumps looking like gravel or sand. Traveling Buddhist monks then transported sugar to China. By the 18th century, Britain was manufacturing it, and [...]

4 Tips to Choosing Healthy Supplements

You or someone you know may take vitamin and mineral supplements. However, three papers published in the Annals of Medicine may give you pause; the studies addressed the ineffectiveness of vitamin and mineral supplements in preventing and slowing down the progression of chronic diseases. I found many issues with these studies; overall, they conclude that [...]

How to Sneak More Veggies Into Meals

You've probably heard it a million times, starting with your mother: "Eat your vegetables!" (She was right, by the way.) For optimal health, it's best to eat at least five total servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but statistics show that most Americans fall woefully short. According to the CDC, adults in the U.S. eat [...]