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Varicose Veins and MTHFR



Both heterozygous and homozygous variants of MTHFR C677T and A1298C associate with the development of varicose veins according to study in EBioMedicine in January 2015.
MTHFR is a gene related to the nutrient folate that’s also tied to cardiac function, detoxification of estrogens and metals, anxiety and depression and more.  Nutrition is an important consideration with varicose veins.  
Lab testing can identify potential gene problems so you can make appropriate changes to food, supplements, and lifestyle.

Brain Performance from Breakfast



The food you eat affects metabolism and is related to your mental performance.  Do a quick analysis of your breakfast.  At Holistic Nutrition Center, we list flavorings, color additives or excess sugar as ‘red flag’ items because they have the potential to alter metabolism, and can have an adverse, neuro-toxic effect in some people.  
Have you ever made the connection between what you eat for breakfast and brain symptoms like anxiety, lack of focus or headaches?  A few signs of food problems that I look for in adults are: feeling starved mid-morning, moodiness, or being unable to concentrate.

Holiday Candy Cravings


I know people who get into trouble by eating one piece of candy.  Just a teeny taste leads to constant food cravings that can’t be satisfied.  For the next 3-4 days, the thought of candy is haunting.  And there's a strong desire for other foods too so a cycle of overeating starts that can last for weeks, packing on pounds and guilt.

What I’m referring to goes beyond craving.  For a lot of people who don’t have a ‘take it or leave it’ relationship with candy, this is a real addiction.

Continuing Education


Phew!  I just finished another college course.  I’ve taken a lot of classes since getting a Master’s Degree and in hindsight, I probably should have taken the classes for credit, and not just audited them.  At one time I wanted to top off my education with a Ph.D., but right now I’m happy to choose my own level of academic demands. 

The reason I take classes is to gain an understanding of a topic that’s related to nutrition.  I like gathering knowledge by choosing courses from other sciences that can broaden my holistic approach to nutrition.

Healthy Happy 2016

Wishing you a great start to 2016!
 
Here are two nutrition tips from Holistic Nutrition Center to consider as you begin your healthy new year:
1.    Minerals: are a requirement from your diet.   They work with your DNA metabolism and need to be in a state of balance for proper function.   You take them in from food and eliminate them through body fluids such as sweat, urine or diarrhea.   Excess fluids leaving the body can flush minerals out.  So health-promoting fitness programs that leave you drenched, like hot yoga, for example, can produce unintentional mineral deficiencies or imbalances.

A4M Conference Notes

I just returned from the 23rd annual World Conference of the American Academy of Anti-Aging in Las Vegas.

The keynote speakers were excellent.  They demonstrated innovative ways to run a patient-centered practice.  There was the very entertaining Dr. Zubin Damania who has a clinic called Turntable Health right in Las Vegas.  You may have seen him on Youtube as ZDoggMD.  Another was Dr. Daniel Kraft who showed us the possibilities for medicine to integrate technologies with fields outside of medicine.

New DNA Nutrition Testing

New DNA Nutrition Testing
 
We have a new test that I’m really excited about.  It’s a DNA cheek swab that tests the function of over 1000 genes.
 
Most people don’t realize that nutrients from food are just raw materials.  Everything our bodies need, every tissue of the body, and every metabolic function is based on nutrition.  There is mounting evidence that underlying health problems can be traced to genetics and nutrition.
 
This genetic test offers customers a new perspective on their health.

Labs, Genetics and Microbiology Improve the Field of Nutrition

How Lab Testing, Genetics, and Microbiology Improves the Field of Nutrition
 
 
The human body is as unique inside as it is outside.  Just as you wouldn’t expect everyone to wear size 7 shoes, you also shouldn’t expect everyone to benefit from the same diet.  At minimum, the right diet includes age, health, activity level and gender.   But that’s just a start.  Personalized nutrition can go farther to identify, fix and improve body function.  With tools like lab testing, genetics and microbiology, it means that nutrition improvements are more precise.
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