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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.


Digestive Enzymes: As pHunky As They Want To Be

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, LN

When choosing a digestive enzyme, it’s important to look for enzymes which are active over a broad range of both acidic and alkaline pH and are stable in a highly acidic environment so they remain active following transit through the stomach.


Digestive Enzymes: Amylase, Protease, and Lipase

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Digestive enzymes including amylase, protease, and lipase represent a foundational aspect of gastrointestinal health.* Either producing them efficiently or supplementing when necessary are important considerations for today’s integrative practitioner.


Role of Digestive Enzymes in Everyday Health*

// Christopher Oswald, DC, LN, CNS

Optimal digestive function depends on the presence of digestive enzymes and their effective interaction with food eaten each day. Combining the proper application of digestive enzymes to promote the full breakdown of food can yield powerful long-term results for both the young and old.


Strategies for Success on a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Some key factors in helping your patients maintain a long-term and successful gluten-free diet include: meal-planning resources, education on appropriate foods, and an “emergency” plan for accidental exposure such as gluten enzyme supplements.


The Science Behind Enzyme Therapy

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Roughly one out of one hundred people are affected by celiac disease and many more are eliminating gluten from their diets for health reasons. Since the 1950s, researchers have been studying various enzymes for gluten-digesting potential. Digestive enzymes help to break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.


Risks of Nutrient Deficiencies in a Gluten-Free Diet

// Sharyn Reinhold, M.S.

Individuals following a gluten-free diet commonly do not consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals. Education and guidance for your patients can be very valuable for the prevention of nutrient deficiencies.


Effects of Stress on Digestion

// Chris Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Stress is something that most people have to deal with on a daily basis. Appropriate levels of stress promote powerful benefits throughout the body, yet when the systems associated with stress are routinely activated, the body may not respond as we would like. The effects of stress throughout the body are quite pervasive and the effects of stress on digestion can be widely occurring.


Give the Gut a Rest with an Elemental Diet

// Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS, CFMP

Each and every bit of food ingested by an individual must go through the rigorous and well-defined process of the body breaking the food down into usable nutrients, absorbing these nutrients, and ultimately excreting out the waste products for which the body has little to no use. Challenges arise when any of the steps in the digestive process begin to lose efficiency and the body is forced to deal with the sequela of the disturbance.

 

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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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