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High Dose Probiotics: Is More Always Better?

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

The use of probiotics with varying CFU counts has been shown to support the gastrointestinal tract as well as the immune system.*13,14 Is it possible that higher quantities may significantly alter environment at a rate that lower CFU count may not?*


Sleep Smart: Identifying Underlying Factors

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

When looking at potential internal influences of occasional poor sleep - three factors stand out: psychological effects, glycemic regulation, and disruption in circadian rhythm.


What to Expect When Starting an Elemental Diet: Common FAQs, Part 2

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

When choosing an elemental diet as a dietary intervention, practitioner-patient communication is of utmost importance. Understanding the onboarding process, potential roadblocks or deviations, and an exit strategy can prepare both patient and practitioner. Mapping out a successful protocol starts with an in-office visit, followed by frequent check-ins both during an elemental diet and while transitioning off one.


What to Expect When Starting an Elemental Diet: Common FAQs, Part 1

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

When evaluating if a hypoallergenic elemental diet free of common allergens would be an appropriate choice, questions can arise for both practitioners and patients alike.


Utilizing Adaptogens

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

As we continue to shift our focus on supporting the entire hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis rather than laser focusing on just the adrenal glands we can see the important role that stress has on the overall picture of health. Herbs such as Ashwagandha, Rhodiola and Holy basil have been utilized in Ayurvedic and Chinese cultures for centuries.


Holiday Stress: What You Need to Know For Your Patients’ Health

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

Office visits during the holiday season are akin to full moons in the hospital. Nothing is ordinary. One of my mentors touted this refrain. Address the stress. It's a mess. Listen to your patients, give them a quiz or give them a test. Thanks to the persistent busyness and stress, a patient's complaints range from occasional anxiousness, stress, fatigue to trouble sleeping through the night.


A closer look at Zinc-Carnosine

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

The use of zinc-carnosine has been clinically studied for over 20 years, within its origin dating back to Japan. Zinc-carnosine is a combination of elemental zinc and the dipeptide, L-carnosine, together forming a polymetric structure. The combination of L-carnosine and zinc has been well studied in both controlled human trials and animal studies. The multidimensional approach of zinc-carnosine makes it a great choice in digestive health.* Let’s explore the benefits of zinc-carnosine on gastrointestinal health more closely.*


Women and Probiotics: More Important Than You Think?

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

Probiotics for women and men are commonly used and shown to be efficacious in supporting a healthy digestive tract.*Lactobacillus is commonly used to support gastrointestinal health, yet also shown to promote and maintain normal vaginal flora.1* Specifically, Lactobacilli produce lactic acids and hydrogen peroxide, supporting the normal balance of bacteria and an acidic pH, necessary for healthy vaginal flora.* The most well-known source of Lactobacilli species is found in yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut.


How Ginger and Artichoke Work

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

Ginger and artichoke have recently been studied in combination… The group receiving the extracts experienced significant changes in only 14 days when compared to the placebo group and maintained a significant reduction in symptoms throughout the 28-day study.


Men’s Health: What You're Missing

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

When evaluating men’s health, clinicians can be myopic by primarily considering prostate health and optimizing testosterone levels. The effects of high cortisol and consistent stress is nothing new to practitioners or patients; however, is there validity to support balancing cortisol specifically for men?

 

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†† For homeopathic products: these indications are based solely on traditional homeopathic use. They have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
* For dietary supplements: this statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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