Elemental diets are liquid diets providing hydrolyzed or "predigested" forms of all the essential macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate), along with all the micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) required by the body to function. Elemental diets are designed to allow the digestive system an opportunity to rest and repair, and are typically prescribed for patients with moderate … Continue reading Addressing SIBO with an Elemental Diet
Author: Diana Allen, MS, CNS
Support for Memory & Attention Deficits: Phosphatidylserine
In the highly medicalized United States, close to 10% of all children have received a formal diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a result, many American kids are being treated with psychoactive medications from as young as six years of age. ADHD drugs may be necessary and even life-saving for many young patients. … Continue reading Support for Memory & Attention Deficits: Phosphatidylserine
Healthy Aging: From Metabolism to Muscle Mass — A Role for L-Glutamine?
When accompanied by related gains in fat mass, sarcopenia (the age-related loss of muscle mass and function) is strongly associated with Type 2 diabetes in older populations. But which came first, the chicken or the egg? Even in lean individuals, hyperglycemia itself poses a significant risk for sarcopenia. And in older adults with long-standing type … Continue reading Healthy Aging: From Metabolism to Muscle Mass — A Role for L-Glutamine?
Cod Liver Oil — Tried and True
Cod liver oil (CLO) is a traditional nutritional supplement with diverse benefits. It is an excellent source of the anti-inflammatory, cardioprotective omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, contains significant levels of naturally occurring vitamins A and D, and may be appropriately dosed for use by people of all ages. During the first half of the … Continue reading Cod Liver Oil — Tried and True
Why Leucine Makes Sense for Seniors
As we grow older, age-related loss of muscle mass, or sarcopenia, is unavoidable. Fortunately, we can modify the rate and degree at which sarcopenia occurs with simple nutritional and lifestyle interventions. Unquestionably, muscle strength and function is deeply associated with quality of life in senior citizens. Hand grip strength alone—not to mention arm, leg and … Continue reading Why Leucine Makes Sense for Seniors
Magtein® — Brain Focused Magnesium
In the functional medicine community, the value of magnesium as a "master mineral" is well known. A co-factor in more than 300 enzymatic reactions, magnesium participates in protein synthesis, energy metabolism, blood sugar and electrolyte balance, stress and relaxation—the list goes on. Structurally, it is critical for healthy bones. Helping to maintain proper cardiovascular function, … Continue reading Magtein® — Brain Focused Magnesium
Supporting IBS Patients with Hyperimmune Egg Powder
Not long ago, it wasn't uncommon for patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome to be told their problem was "all in their head". Luckily today, most medical practitioners know better. Psychological factors such as stress and anxiety certainly play a role in the etiology of IBS, but functional issues such as impaired migrating motor complex … Continue reading Supporting IBS Patients with Hyperimmune Egg Powder
Cordyceps for Pulmonary Hypertension
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a specific type of high blood pressure involving the arteries which carry blood from the right side of the heart to the lungs. PH often occurs when cells lining the pulmonary arteries proliferate abnormally, causing these vessels to stiffen, thicken and swell. Because the heart must work extra hard to pump … Continue reading Cordyceps for Pulmonary Hypertension
Betaine HCL for Healthy Body Composition?
Betaine hydrochloride (HCl) is one of the original and most often prescribed dietary supplements to support healthy digestion. As a safe source of hydrochloric acid, betaine HCl is well known to help counter the effects of hypochlorhydria or insufficient stomach acid, a common condition generally associated with aging which also may exist in younger patients. … Continue reading Betaine HCL for Healthy Body Composition?
Exploring Benefits of Serum-derived Bovine Immunoglobulin
Serum-derived Bovine Immunoglobulin (SBI) is a well-tolerated medical food researched to help optimize the gastrointestinal inflammatory response and improve balance in the gut microbiome. SBI is commonly recommended for people dealing with chronic gut lining irritation and its related issues—from nutrient malabsorption and bowel irregularities to increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome) and its downstream … Continue reading Exploring Benefits of Serum-derived Bovine Immunoglobulin