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T-Cell Differentiation and Intestinal Mucosal Barrier Function

// Amy Doyle, MS, CNS

The intestinal barrier encounters external stimuli from the environment on a daily basis. This barrier is comprised of a cellular layer, known as the epithelium, as well as a mucosal layer that consists of a sophisticated network of glycoproteins that function to protect the underlying single-celled layer. What follows is a discussion of the immune response within the mucosal layer and its influence on T-cell differentiation.

Supplements to Support the Immune System During Travel*

// Holly Lucille, ND, RN

The stress of travel, the re-circulation of air from planes, the dreaded seat neighbor, and altered sleep schedules can put added stress on our immune system. Luckily, there are several supplement recommendations which can help support a healthy immune system that may often be overlooked.*

Quercetin in Food as Compared to Supplementation

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS and Anne Thiel, ND

Quercetin, one of the most abundant flavonoids found in food, has become perhaps the most studied flavonoid today. This article identifies rich sources of quercetin and determines how much food needs to be consumed to equal the amount received through supplementation. This distinction has implications when looking to select a nutritional supplement.

What Our Immune System Would Look Like Without Microflora

// Sarah Cook, ND

There is an undeniable connection between exposure to microflora (germs) and the function of immune systems. However, without microflora, immune systems would not exist. A deeper understanding of the mechanisms at play may inform individuals how, when, and why to use probiotics for therapeutic effect.

The Function of the Lungs

// Maxine Fidler, MS, ND

To best understand the challenges faced in regard to lung function, it is important to consider respiratory function, healthy lung function during cooler weather, and environmental factors which can influence function.

Immune System Supplements: Buyer Beware

// Lauren Martin, MS, CNS

There are an abundance of immune system supplements on the market that claim to boost, enhance, or support the immune system and its ability to protect the body. Although many products make these claims, we have an obligation to dig deeper and determine what is in the product and how it affects the body.

Flavonoids and Bioflavonoids: A Review

// Danielle Smith Anderson, ND, MAc, LAc, RDH

Although flavonoids and bioflavonoids have long been incorporated into the care plans of many, individuals may be unaware of the role they play. The following are a few clarifications for what these plant powerhouses are, where they came from, and how to investigate them.

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.


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