dnaMD- To Carb or Not to Carb?
Ever thought of trying a high-carb diet? Believe it or not, it can be beneficial for those with certain genetic variations. However, those lucky genes are far and few between. For most Americans, we are eating too many carbohydrates or eating the wrong type of carbohydrates. In this blog, we will break down exactly what carbohydrates do in your body and what genetic variations affect your ability to consume carbs. Carbohydrates 101 Carbohydrates often get a bad reputation- th
Your Biochemical Individuality & You
Five individuals can present with the same symptoms of anxiety or depression but have five different underlying causes. These underlying causes can range from genetics, inflammation, stress, diet, neurotoxins, and nutrient absorption. Yet medication or prescriptions from most traditional medical practitioners will be the same for all five people. This is because traditional medicine has yet to acknowledge biochemical individuality- a person's unique nutritional requirements.
New Summer, New Sunscreen
As the weather finally begins to warm up, we emerge from our winter-long hibernation and begin to soak up some summer rays. Our skin is at its most vulnerable state in early spring, so it is vital that you begin to apply sunscreen now! We have created a comprehensive guide to the best sunscreen for your skin and where to purchase them. New summer, new sunscreen? While technically, the FDA requires sunscreen to remain at its original strengths for at least 3 years, very few su
dnaMD Nutrition- the Carnivore Diet
The Carnivore diet is a hotly contested nutritional plan that has garnered a lot of media attention. Some loyal carnivores claim the diet has cured them of symptoms like depression, arthritis, psoriasis, while also allowing them to significantly decrease their body weight. In reality, this diet only works for a very loud, very slim number of participants who try the diet. Most people who try the carnivore diet are left nutrient deficient with no noticeable weight loss and non
Is Your Skin Ready for the Summer Sun?
As the weather slowly warms up, we are going to be spending much more time outside. And unfortunately, a nice summer tan usually accompanies damage to your skin. While the pain of a sunburn may fade, long-term damage to your skin will not. Many factors affect the health of your skin and how your skin ages. Your lifestyle, diet, exercise habits, location, and DNA all impact your skin. We are constantly inflicting harm on our skin throughout our daily lives. While most sun prot
Unveiling the Truth of Estrogen Replacement Therapy
One of the most complex health-care decisions facing women today is whether or not to use prescription hormones for menopause. Most women feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. Do I suffer through menopause-related depression, anxiety, lack of sleep, hot flashes, and an increased risk of dementia? Or do I perhaps increase my risk of cancer? For many women, the tools and advice needed to make this decision are difficult to find and not widely available. In this blog, we w
Why you should be a seasonal eater.
One of the key pillars of Ayurveda, an ancient Indian practice of holistic healing, is ritucharya. Ritucharya is the process of eating seasonally. According to Ayurveda teachings, following the natural ripening of fruits and vegetables as the seasons change will maintain health and prevent disease. While this practice was invented over 5,000 years ago, the practice of eating seasonally still has many, many benefits in the modern world. More nutritious and fresh Foods purchase
2021 Dirty Dozen
Recently, the Environmental Working Group (otherwise known as the EWG), has released their updated list of the 12 “dirtiest” fruits and vegetables. The nonprofit tests randomized samples of produce from across the country in order to determine which products contain elevated levels of pesticides. These are the foods that you should eat organic. The 2021 Dirty Dozen: Strawberries Spinach Kale / Collard and Mustard Greens Nectarines Apples Grapes Cherries Peaches Pears Bell and
dnaMD Nutrition- The Celtic Curse & the HFE gene
In this article, we are spotlighting a particular genetic condition that impacts those of Irish descent more than any other population- hemochromatosis. Hereditary hemochromatosis is a genetic condition that causes people to absorb too much iron from their diet. While the normal iron absorption rate is 8-10%, those with hemochromatosis absorb over 40% of the iron in their food. Hemochromatosis is a fascinating example of how the diet of our ancestors directly impacts our heal
Eat, drink, and be healthy this St. Patrick's Day!
For many around the world, St. Patrick's day is a fun day of celebration and a lot of Guinness. But there are ways to enjoy St. Paddy's while still sticking to your nutritional plan! Below are some ways we plan to celebrate our favorite Irish holiday! Try a healthier version of a St. Paddy’s staple! Irish Soda Bread: A classic Irish recipe, Irish soda bread is unfortunately full of gluten. If you are following a low-carb or Mediterranean nutrition plan, you might want to try