What you need to know about zinc

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

The mineral zinc is an important part of human nutrition and chances are you know someone who is currently supplementing with it. Zinc is required for vision, cell growth, reproductive health such as synthesis of testosterone, insulin balance, immune and skin health to name a few. Severe zinc deficiencies can cause delayed growth in children, a loss or decrease of smell or taste, swollen tongue, eczema and even hair loss. Continue reading

What is a MTHFR?

MTHFR

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

Dr. Jennifer Luis, B.Sc., B.Ed., N.D.

Besides of sounding similar to a profanity, the methlenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene has gained a lot of press in the past decade. The MTHFR enzyme is part of a complex biochemical process that involves the production of homocysteine and also detoxification in the liver. This operation uses B vitamins and other nutrients to help change toxic substances into less toxic by-products. So what’s the hype? Continue reading

Four Simple Tips to Stay Committed to Healthy Eating

“I’ve got to start eating healthy. Starting Monday: no sugar, no gluten, no dairy and I’m bringing salads for lunch every day.” How many times has this, or some variation of it, been said after indulging too much or too often? With a burst of motivation, you start the week off with your new diet rules in place. As time goes on…motivation starts to wane, social events come up, you’re tired of not being able to eat anything and eventually you find yourself back in your old ways. Continue reading