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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.


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?*


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.


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.

 

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