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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

Can Foods Influence Your Seasonal Allergies?

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

Dr. Natalie Waller, ND

The answer is YES, the foods you eat can certainly make your seasonal allergies worse. Many individuals with pollen allergies experience immediate symptoms after eating certain foods. This is known as Oral-Allergy Syndrome and occurs because a plant protein gets mistaken for a pollen protein. Common symptoms of Oral-Allergy Syndrome (OAS) include: itchy and/or swollen lips and may also include the tongue, itchy roof of the mouth, scratchy and tingling throat, and watery, itchy eyes. Continue reading

Histamine – In The Nose And In The Gut

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

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

Histamine and it’s reaction to the body are often a hot topic in the the spring. Seasonal allergies lead to high amounts of histamine being released in mucus membranes such as the eyes and nose and for some people the small capillaries of the skin. Hives and itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose are common reactions to excess histamine. However, histamine also causes reactions in the gut and other organs when the body is overloaded. Continue reading

Spring Clean Your Kitchen

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Natasha Asselstine, R.H.N.

Despite what feels like an endless winter, spring is certainly on it’s way. Spring is the time of rebirth and is energetically appropriate then to set resolutions, cleanse our diets and, of course, doing a little spring cleaning. [Click here to read all about why Spring is my preferred time to celebrate New Year in the latest edition of Edible Magazine] Continue reading