The Blood Brain Barrier

What is the Blood Brain Barrier? For a long time, the blood-brain barrier—BBB—has been viewed as just a wall that separates the brain from outside agents and enemies.  But it’s more than that. It’s a mélange of physiological activity that integrates information from the outside with information…


Electrolytes 101

Sweat, replenish, repeat. Sweat more. From pregnancy cramps and fatigue to keto flu and poor exercise performance, electrolyte loss is certainly no one’s favorite summer pastime. Intensified during the warmer months, electrolyte loss can contribute to a number of uncomfortable symptoms.…


The Fraud in Your Pantry: Exposing Fake Olive Oil

If you’re a health-conscious person who loves to cook, you’ve probably got a bottle of extra virgin olive oil in your kitchen. Touted as a “healthy fat,” and a staple ingredient of the popular Mediterranean diet, olive oil has many benefits: it contains polyphenols and other antioxidants that help…


Is Cholesterol Actually Bad For You?

We talk about cholesterol but do you really know what it is?  Or what it isn’t? LDL, HDL, DHL (that one is actually a delivery service)— it’s important to understand this one word that has been a focal point, both good and bad, for the last few decades in the world of health. If there’s one…


Let's Talk About L-Serine

It’s not often that substitutes can do a satisfactory job at, well, substituting.  In the culinary world, swapping baking powder for baking soda doesn’t work.  Even babysitters who are called upon to substitute in child supervision might be duds.  Substituting one molecule for another in the human…


Fast Facts About Flax

Originally cultivated in Babylonia and prehistoric Europe, flax (linum usitatissimum) is an herbaceous plant that yields many benefits. From its fibrous stalks, we create linen; while from its edible seeds, we produce flaxseed oil. For thousands of years, humans have been consuming flax in some…


What's Fishy About Fish Oil

Of all the nutritional supplements that have caught on in the American market, perhaps none is moreabundant than fish oil. In fact, American consumers spend over $1 billion annually on over-the-counter fish oil supplements, motivated by the promise of improved heart health and brain function. But…


No More Sugar Coating: Sugar Hurts Your Immune System

The holidays are upon us, and there are more than just visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads. Sugary foods are everywhere you look. In fact, retail sales of sugar historically double during the month of December. But our sugar intake isn’t only thing that spikes this time of year. ‘Tis…


A Modified Keto Diet for Optimal Cellular Health

Plus side: it’s also easier than a strict ketogenic diet…. Caring for our bodies and our brains takes a great deal of effort, and it starts with a nourishing, healthy diet. Consuming tasty, nutrient-dense foods is crucial to supporting and optimizing our cellular function, which in turn builds a…


We feel for you Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has had a rough year. Announced as “pure poison” by a public health expert in a lecture posted on YouTube, coconut oil suddenly became one of the worst foods you can eat. Coconut oil is a saturated fat and unfotuantely for our health, saturated fats have been completely misunderstood.…