Optimizing Sleep

10/17/2015 5:12 PM

Obtaining adequate, regular, high quality sleep is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to improve and maintain your health. Based on hours of research and personal experimentation, below are the things that I find most effective in improving the most important aspects of sleep. Specifically - time to fall asleep, sleep duration and overall sleep quality.

  • Wear glasses that block blue light for at least 2 hours before bed. Blue light suppresses the production of melatonin by the pineal gland. Melatonin is extremely important in maintaining your circadian ...

Glutathione is commonly referred to as the master antioxidant due to its importance in human health. It's synthesized in the body from the amino acids cysteine, glutamic acid and glycine. Of these three amino acids, cysteine is typically the rate limiting factor in glutathione production since it's relatively rare in food. Therefore, it's important to ensure adequate intake of cysteine from other sources.

The two best sources of cysteine are:

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There are numerous reasons why you may want to get a test done without a doctor's order. Fortunately, this is an option for most people in the US**. But first, a standard disclaimer - you should always review your test results with a licensed and qualified healthcare professional. Do not attempt to self-diagnose. You should also keep in mind that lab values can vary significantly depending on a number of factors such as hydration status, the amount of time since you last ate and the amount of strenuous exercise you've done recently.

Here are some common reasons for testing "directly":

  • To establish a baseline before adopting a new diet, exercise routine or before taking new prescription medications.
  • To measure common biomarkers you wish to monitor and change ...

Multivitamins - Do We Need Them?

10/17/2015 12:59 PM

It goes without saying that the best source of nutrients is food. Whole food contains the correct combination of elements in ideal ratios for optimal absorption and utilization by the body. With that said, poor diets and depleted topsoil by modern farming practices have made it nearly impossible to get all the micronutrients we need from food alone.

The prevalence of micronutrient deficiencies was demonstrated by a study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. In the study, the researcher analyzed four popular diet plans to determine whether or not they met the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of 27 essential micronutrients. The findings showed that even the most nutrient dense ...