Last Spring, over 250 holistic health professionals gathered for the National Association of Nutrition Professionals' annual conference in Del Mar, CA. The organization is committed to building bridges between various healthcare professionals, to improve public access to effective nutritional guidance.
Everyone knows spinach and other leafy greens are packed with important nutrients. What's less known is that these veggies come with built-in appetite regulators. Thylakoids—the membrane-enclosed photosynthetic "pouches" inside the chloroplasts of green leaves—trigger satiety signals and slow lipid absorption in humans & other mammals.
The Daniel Plan, a holistic health initiative co-developed by a mega-church pastor and some of the pioneers in functional medicine is proving highly effective in motivating people to make meaningful and lasting lifestyle changes.
Exercise programs that bridge the gap between rehabilitation and conditioning, and focus on restoring range of motion, can provide a good measure of "pre-habilitation" to prevent musculoskeletal pain, injury and long-term disability.
Drug therapies to reduce cardiovascular risk and prevent the onset of diabetes may be effective in the short term, but as people age, the efficacy of drugs like statins and metformin tends to diminish, while the risk of adverse effects increases. The benefit of nutritional and lifestyle interventions, on the other hand, remains robust even as people enter their final decades.
Magnesium supplementation, particularly at doses over 370 mg per day, can significantly reduce both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in hypertensive and pre-hypertensive people, according to a new metanalysis of 22 trials.