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Functional Nutrition Blog

Reduce Pain & Inflammation with Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Devil's Claw is indigenous to southern Africa where, for thousands of years, tribes prepared the herb as an internal remedy for migraine and gastrointestinal problems and to reduce fever. Salves were also prepared to heal skin conditions.

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Topics: herbs & botanicals, pain management

Soothe Back Pain with Restorative Yoga

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 6, 2017 10:16:00 AM

A mind-body practice, Yoga combines physical poses called asanas, breathing exercises, and guided meditation in a session that is typically 75-minutes long. For many people, yoga is an effective way to reduce inflammation, relieve stress and muscle tension, and change habitual posture patterns that result in back pain.

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Topics: fitness, mindfullness, pain management

Magnesium: A Multi-faceted Nutrient

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 5, 2017 4:17:00 PM

Recognized for its role in bone structure and proper function of nerves and muscles, Magnesium has a multi-faceted role in disease prevention and health promotion. It is necessary for almost every chemical reaction that takes place in the body!

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Topics: micronutrients, digestive health, minerals, pain management

Prevent & Reduce Back Pain Naturally

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Oh my aching back! Most of us will say this several times over the course of our lifetime. Sometimes it's a chronic issue, a deep nagging ache that impacts daily activities. Other times, it's sudden and acute and amazingly painful, the result of a "wrong move" from lifting a small child, unloading groceries, or working around the yard. Back pain affects up to 80% of Americans annually and is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

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Topics: lifestyle, stress management, pain management

Improve Your Health With Collard Greens

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A traditional Southern embellishment to soups, stews, and entrées, collard greens provide an impressive array of key vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, K, C, the B-vitamin folate, iron, calcium, and manganese.

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Topics: minerals, phytonutrients, anti-inflammatory, cooking

Reflexology for Thyroid Health

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Nov 27, 2016 4:38:07 PM

Reflexology is a gentle, complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapy in which pressure is placed along reflex points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face, or ears. A Reflex Map identifies various reflex points and corresponding regions or systems throughout the body. A certified reflexologist uses specific patterns of touch and pressure to stimulate these points.

The theory that underlies reflexology is that stimulation of the reflex points opens the flow of energy (referred to as Life Force or Chi) and nutrients throughout the body. It is believed that reflexology taps into the body's natural healing process by enhancing the functioning of the lymphatic system (a major part of the immune system), which helps move fluids and waste products from within the tissues into the circulatory system, ultimately for excretion from the body.

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Topics: endocrine health, thyroid

Nitric Oxide for Muscle Strength

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Nitric Oxide Boosters

By Gene Bruno, MHS

One of the latest categories of dietary supplements for athletes is nitric oxide (NO) boosters. In short, the concept is that nitric oxide helps regulate and direct muscle physiology by stimulating vasodilatation, which results in increased blood flow to working muscles. In turn, this leads to increased oxygen transport, delivery of nutrients to skeletal muscle, a reduction in blood pressure, helping to promote the repair of muscle fibers, and improvements in lactic acid clearance. So how does one boost NO levels?

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Topics: smart supplementation, musculoskeletal health

Foods for Healthy Teeth

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 7, 2015 8:00:00 AM

What you eat and how often you eat play an important role in the health of your teeth and preventing cavities. Research shows that children who have healthy dietary practices are 44 percent less likely to exhibit severe dental caries in early childhood compared to children with poor diets.1 For adults, a healthy diet can protect tooth enamel and result in fewer trips to the dentist.

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Topics: musculoskeletal health, lifestyle

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health ImmunoBerry

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

ImmunoBerry™ Liquid provides immune support in a pleasant tasting liquid. Research suggests that certain herbs, mushrooms and other natural compounds have the ability to support normal immune functions such as natural killer (NK) cell activity, cytokine synthesis and the T-cell and B-cell mediated responses. The ingredients such as Elderberry, Shiitake and Wild Cherry Bark are known for their beneficial effects for maintaining a healthy immune system. ImmunoBerry™ Liquid is sweetened with glycerine and tastes great, and is ideal for both children and adults.

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Topics: immune health, smart supplementation

Natural Oral Hygiene

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on May 5, 2015 3:12:00 PM

Oral Hygiene and the Health of the Body

Years ago, a physician who suspected a patient had heart disease would probably not refer him to a gum specialist. The same holds true for diabetes and arthritis. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen a growing body of research linking the health of your mouth to the overall health of your body. According to the American Dental Association, 40 percent of people with gum disease also have a chronic health condition. What's feeding the link? Not taking proper care of your mouth results in bacterial growth, which causes inflammation that not only spurs diseases of the teeth and gums, but can cause problems for other body systems if left unchecked. Oral problems can also be a symptom of other diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

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Topics: degenerative disease, lifestyle