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.

Let’s Talk About Snot: A Closer Look at Nasal Mucus

// Jessica Pizano, MS, CNS

Most of us rarely think about snot or mucus production. Yet, it is always present. What is the point of having this viscous substance?

Pelargonium sidoides (EPs 7630) Mechanisms and Studies

// Corey Schuler, RN, CNS, LN, DC and Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

Upper respiratory tract concerns are historically among the leading reasons for visits to primary care for both children and adults.1,2 Pelargonium sidoides is a potential solution to this challenge. A specific extract of Pelargonium sidoides has been studied to shorten the duration of upper respiratory tract irritations.

Quercetin Overview and Dosage Guidelines

// Anne Thiel, ND

Quercetin is one of the thousands of phytochemicals, or phenolic compounds, naturally occurring in various plants. It is broadly classified as a flavonoid and more specifically as a flavonol. Quercetin is regarded as well tolerated when used appropriately. The absorption of dietary quercetin and any potential health benefits are influenced by the source and amount consumed, as well as bioavailability.9 Read more about the dosing ranges here.

Glutamine Function and Dosing

// Sarah Cook, ND

Glutamine is a conditionally essential amino acid and dosing varies widely among clinical trials and in clinical practice. This blog post highlights some of the dosing options for glutamine and the function and risks of different dosage protocols.

The Level of Evidence Supporting Botanical and Herb Use

// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Botanicals and herbs are consistently used with the goal of supporting a wide variety of health processes. The use of botanical supplements is broadly reported throughout history in the application of numerous folk and natural remedies, with the oldest evidence pointing to use approximately 5,000 years ago. Review a recommendation of what type of evidence to focus on when looking to use or recommend a botanical or herb.

Personal Insights: Q&A with Feed the Children

Wendy Henderson is the Director of Corporate Partnerships at Feed the Children, an organization that is working to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry. Read her thoughts on the many definitions of “starving,” which doesn’t just mean lack of food, it also means lack of nutrients.

Back to Basics: Macrophages and Natural Killer Cells

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS

Our body’s immune system is a natural defense mechanism essential to survival. With such a significant role in health, the immune system is a common target of influence.

Prebiotics, Probiotics, and Enzymes

// Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

A healthy gastrointestinal system is the cornerstone of proper functioning of all the other systems in the body. By supporting the intestinal mucosal function and ability to digest and assimilate nutrients, we can optimize overall health.* In reviewing multiple body systems it is critical to assess the digestive function and possible need for targeted support from digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and/or probiotics.*

A Closer Look into Cytokines

// Mathieu Bouchard and Corey Schuler, RN, MS, CNS, DC

Cytokines are a group of small glycoproteins, around 8 to 70 kilodaltons in size, which are secreted by cells of the immune system to allow communication and generate an immune response. Cytokines play very different roles in the host’s system and balance between types of cytokines is often the goal.