What is Intestinal Permeability? Intestinal permeability is the scientific term for the ability of the gut to absorb from the intestinal tract into the blood stream. This is essential for the absorption of vital nutrients. In some instances, the gut can become overly permeable, a condition known as intestinal hyperpermeability, often referred to as “leaky… Read more »
What is neuroplasticity? As we age, we can relate to that moment when we cannot remember a word or need to ask someone to repeat a sentence. Because of this, it is common for people to want to strengthen their cognition and brain health. Training in medicine formerly taught that the brain could not repair… Read more »
Introduction Restorative sleep is essential to good health. But it can be challenging for people to achieve it. With our busy schedules and the stressors of daily life, many people are not getting enough quality sleep. Fortunately, we are learning more about the mechanisms involved in sleep. By understanding these mechanisms, we can develop nutritional… Read more »
Since 2020, worldwide rates of depression and anxiety have doubled in children and adolescents, while adult rates have increased three times. With these increasing rates, it is crucial to identify people at risk and have safe and effective tools available to support their well-being.
Candida is a group of yeast organisms, the most common being Candida albicans. This strain makes up approximately 75% of the Candida found in humans, where it exists in the digestive tract, the urogenital, and the respiratory systems. C. albicans is a commensal within the microbiome where it typically exists in small amounts. If Candida overgrows, the microbiome becomes imbalanced, leading to dysbiosis.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms seen in primary care. Symptoms of fatigue can be acute during illness, or chronic, lasting months to years. The important thing with fatigue is to uncover the biological cause of the disease. One of the primary causes of fatigue is mitochondrial dysfunction.
Over the past several decades, numerous artificial chemicals have been introduced into our environment. Many substances have not been researched for their potential long-term problems, interactions between chemicals, environmental effects, or impact on children and pregnant women. Glyphosate (N-phosphonomethylglycine), a type of organophosphate, is among these potentially dangerous chemicals.
Mast cells are very complex cells with both immunological and physiologic functions. The most well-known mediator is histamine which causes allergic reactions but, if not regulated, can lead to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). MCAS is present often with other chronic diseases and can impact all areas of the body. How can we support patients experiencing MCAS?
Our collective awareness of mold exposure from water-damaged buildings has increased dramatically. We now know that a percentage of people exposed to mold will have significant immune and inflammatory reactions from mycotoxins released by molds. These mycotoxins can lead to a cascade of health issues, impacting potentially every system in the body. Fortunately, we now have tests to check for mycotoxins within the body and potent binder combinations to address mold illness and remove mycotoxins.*
When we think of the human microbiome, we typically think of the gut microbiome in the lower gastrointestinal tract. However, thanks to many years of research, we have discovered many unique microbiomes throughout the body, such as the mouth, the urogenital tract, and even the skin. Each of these microbiomes exists to serve the body by providing a protective health benefit for their specific location and are considered to be well-balanced when the beneficial probiotic bacteria effectively compete with pathogenic bacteria.