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Managing Stress During Uncertain Times

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

Patient encounters during turbulent times 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.”

Why Good Health Starts With Gut Health

// Lauren M. Martin, MS, CNS and Corey Schuler, RN, CNS, LN, DC

With growing interest in the human digestive tract, many individuals are curious about overall gut health. The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth and continues all the way through the colon. Throughout the gastrointestinal tract are bacteria, fungi, and archaea, also known as the gut microbiota, which play a major role in digestive and total body health.1,2 Explore gut health and few tips for jump starting your journey here.

The New Supplement Label: What’s Ahead in 2020

// Danielle Huntsman, MS, CNS, LDN

Starting in January 2020 the FDA will implement changes to U.S. Nutrition Facts and Supplement Facts labels, which will require changes to be made to reflect current thinking on nutrition and consumer habits. Supplement labels have remained relatively unmodified since the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) which had specifications on supplement labels including: quantity, identification, weight of the proprietary blend (if containing one), nutrition information known as the supplement facts panel and an ingredient list.

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.

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.


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