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Phenols are the chemical compounds that give color to foods such as the red in a raspberry and the blue in a blueberry; phenolic compounds created by plants are called salicylates. Phenols are also found in artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives, and these can cause symptoms in some people...

We all desire to have a healthy mind and body. But did you know your gut microbiota plays an important role with how the gut, brain, and immune systems are interconnected? The good bacteria in our gut helps self-regulate the immune system to survive in all the conditions. Further, the gut is connected to the brain through the gut-brain axis that involves the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system.
Having a good immune system is vital to ward off disease-causing microorganisms. If you or any of your family gets flu, cold, or illnesses (viral and bacterial infections) easily, then it can be a clear sign that the immune system needs to be improved. Here are the top 10 ways to boost your family’s immune system.
As a parent, you want your kids to eat well and stay healthy. From a FDA report, food allergies affect millions of Americans every year. So, how can we as parents and carers understand if there is a food allergy, and is there a way to minimize food allergies?

Emotional and/or mental health doesn’t always fall in the same sentence with nutrition.  But did you know a child’s mood can be affected by the food they are eating? It is vital to keep an eye on what you give to your kids to eat not only for their physical health but mental health as well.

 No parent enjoys seeing their child sick from a bacterial or viral infection. Usually, this means a week or so of dealing with the symptoms and nursing the child back to health. In some instances, though, an infection can have dramatic long-term consequences, altering the child’s behavior completely. A once-happy child may now be moody or irritable, suffer from anxiety attacks, or become apprehensive about separating from parents or loved ones. In extreme cases, he or she can begin exhibiting physical or vocal tics, changes in basic motor skills, or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Eating a healthy diet is crucial for kids as they are constantly growing and developing both physically and mentally. Despite our best attempts, kids may suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Sometimes the deficiencies are due to diet or sometimes due to genetic mutations (such as MTHFR that affects nearly 50% of the global population and inhibits proper vitamin absorption).
Have you ever noticed how hyperactive you feel after eating sugar, drinking cola or coffee? Or how you feel tired, drained, and non-energetic after eating certain types of heavy foods?

Diet, nutrition and exercise play a very important role in dealing with anxiety, stress and depression. What you eat affects the way you feel emotionally and physically. Here are some diet and nutrition recommendations ...

Pamela Wirth wrote a book about how better nutrition, supplementation, and functional medicine helped improve the health of her family (adults and children alike), with contributions from doctors, including pediatric neurologist Melanie Alarcio, M.D., immunologist Ryan Casper, M.D., and Jeremy Appleton, N.D. Her book explains the things that can trigger genetic predisposition to autoimmune disease and mental health issues, and discusses the difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine. It explores the new understanding about the connection between our bellies, our brains, and our behaviors.

Did you know that many people count on botanical and fish oils for health benefits? For those who do not exactly know what botanical and fish oils are; fish oil is extracted from the tissue of oily fish. And botanical, another word for the plant, oils are extracted from seed, root, stem, flower, and leaves. Certain vitamins, botanical and fish oils have been researched and shown to provide optimal health benefits.