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Functional Nutrition Blog

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

Kimchi Recipe

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 28, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Kimchi (aka kimchee or gimchi) is a traditional fermented Korean main dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as spicy and sour. There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient. In traditional preparation, kimchi is fermented in jars stored underground for months. Here's a kimchi recipe to try at home.

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Topics: whole foods, digestive health

Supplement of the Week: Apex Energetics ClearVite-GL™

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

Product Description:

ClearVite-GL™ (K95) is based on on our popular ClearVite™ formula and is designed to offer gastrointestinal and metabolic support.* This formula includes the powerful combination of hypoallergenic nutrients, amino acids, and minerals that our other ClearVite™ products have, but excludes sources of rice and pea protein for those with sensitivities to grains or peas, or who require low carbohydrate content.* It also contains no sugars, which makes it ideal for anti-yeast diets.* ClearVite-GL™ is also intended to support liver detoxication and chemical biotransformation with targeted nutritional cofactors.* It offers a pleasant, fruity flavor.

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Topics: detoxification, smart supplementation, digestive health

Herbal Teas for Detox

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

Herbal Teas for Detoxification

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS, RH(AHG)

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

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Topics: herbs & botanicals, detoxification, smart supplementation, digestive health

Supplements Good for Detox

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Dec 10, 2014 5:23:00 PM

Detoxification: Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”

The good news is that the body was designed to detoxify and excrete xenobiotics. The bad news is our bodies may not always be equipped to handle the volume of modern, environmental pollutants and toxic substances. This problem may be exacerbated by the fact that the refining of many of our foodstuffs has caused them to provide considerably less of the nutrients that are essential to the detoxification process.1 2

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Topics: whole foods, herbs & botanicals, detoxification, smart supplementation, digestive health

The Natural Appetite Suppressant CCK

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Dec 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

CCK: The Natural Appetite Suppressant

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS – Dean of Academics, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Cholecystokinin (CCK) is a very interesting neuropeptide that has a great benefit to anyone who is trying to lose weight. CCK is produced by special cells in the intestinal wall in response to a meal that contains some fat. Basically, it causes bile and pancreatic enzymes to be released for fat digestion. Besides helping fat digestion, research has demonstrated that CCK also causes a reduction in food intake in several species, including humans.1 In other words, it helps you to control your appetite; clearly an advantage if your trying to eat less and reduce body fat.

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Topics: brain health, weight management, smart supplementation, digestive health

The Health Benefits of Aloe

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 2, 2014 2:15:00 PM

Aloe (Aloe barbadensis, A. spp.)

By Art Presser, PharmD - President, Huntington College of Health Sciences

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician.

Background:

Aloe Vera is a succulent member of the lily family, originating in Africa, where most of the genus Aloe is indigenous. The name Aloe is from the Arabic alloeh, or Hebrew halal, meaning a shining bitter substance. The inner leaf contains a slimy gel used in medicines and cosmetics. The outer leaf tissue contains the yellow bitter juice which is known as aloe drug or “bitter aloe,” and is used primarily as a laxative. Today, Aloe is commercially grown in the Southwest and Mexico.

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Topics: herbs & botanicals, skin health, smart supplementation, digestive health

Supplement of the week: Designs for Health PaleoCleanse Plus

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 30, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Quick Overview

PaleoCleanse Plus™ is a comprehensive, science-based nutritional program designed to support safe and effective detoxification. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways and to promote healthy liver function and elimination.* Everything is consolidated into packets to make the program easy to follow and to ensure that individuals on the program do not miss any necessary nutrients.

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Topics: detoxification, smart supplementation, digestive health

Detoxification Dietary Supplements to Support & Promote the Process

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

By Gene Bruno, MS, MHS

Smart SupplementationTM is a free series of educational literature created by Huntington College of Health Sciences (HCHS) as a public service. Although copyrighted, it may be freely photocopied and distributed, but may not be altered in any way. Smart SupplementationTM is not intended as medical advice. For diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition, consult your physician. 

In her 1962 groundbreaking book Silent Spring , Rachel Carson wrote: “For the first time in the history of the world every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception until death.” Of course humans have always been exposed to potentially harmful chemicals from plants and other sources, but Rachel Carson’s point is well taken. Modern living exposes all of us to an unprecedented number of chemicals on a daily basis. This includes environmental toxins such as heavy metals, pesticides, industrial compounds and chemical byproducts, medications, cosmetic additives, inorganic chemicals, etc. These chemical substances which are foreign to the biological system are referred to as “xenobiotics.”
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Topics: detoxification, smart supplementation, digestive health

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health MagCitrate Powder

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 1, 2014 6:00:00 PM

Quick Overview

MagCitrate Powder provides 300 mg of magnesium in each one teaspoon serving - a convenient delivery system in a great-tasting lemon flavored powder. 

It mixes well in water and is very easy to titrate when higher doses are needed. MagCitrate Powder helps promote bowel relaxation when fiber alone is not enough. This product also supports the ability to fall asleep, and can be taken along with our Inositol powder for a restful night’s sleep.
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Topics: herbs & botanicals, smart supplementation, lifestyle, digestive health