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Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by vivianc555 on April 16, 2014, 09:02:33 PM »
Prescript-Assist and MegaSpore are both good ones. You can get Prescript-Assist here:

MegaSpore, I believe has to be ordered by a practitioner. My practitioner has put me on both of these in the past year and I along with many others with compromised gut functions have had success with it.

Nutrition Talk / Re: Paleo f(x) 2014: Is anyone attending?
« Last post by vivianc555 on April 16, 2014, 08:58:44 PM »
Hi Nicole,

What a pleasant surprise it was to receive your reply! I too came back very inspired from the event. I loved the talks on stress, gene expression, and digestion. It was well worth the travel to Austin, TX and I would love to go again next year.

It was my first time in Texas and I was delighted to discover that Austin is a free-thinking, healthy, nutritionally mindful, and active city. I found lots of quality restaurants and shops that proudly offered local produce, grassfed meats, and gluten free menus. I loved discovering that the home of Whole Foods HQ resides in Austin as well.

Let's get together sometime! You can find me at

I'm having a really hard time finding a good water purifier, that also removes fluoride, to purchase for my kitchen.  I rent so cannot install an under the counter, or counter top filter but understand the need for PURE water.  If anyone has any recommendations that would be wonderful! Thank you!
Community Event Handouts / Re: Vegan Diet in Perspective
« Last post by nadaa441 on April 16, 2014, 08:11:16 PM »
My nutritional and spiritual journey began in Phuket, Thailand. My objective was to strengthen my spiritual, mental, and physical state by seeking holistic practices & education. During my time in Thailand, I interned at Phuket Cleanse, a raw food detox center.

I actively changed my Western diet to a raw food vegan diet within the first month interning at Phuket Cleanse. The holistic nutritional changes alone were revolutionary for me. Since 2013 I've been trying to customize a diet best for my physiological needs.  A raw food vegan lifestyle has been difficult to sustain in the US. I'm currently trying to keep my nutrition profile 70% raw-30% cooked foods.

If I am not integrating super foods like spirulina, red maca, or b12/b supplements I end up experiencing lower energy levels. Few requests.

Can you please elaborate on what was shared during the presentation?
Is a raw food vegan lifestyle truly sustainable?
If a person is going to take on this lifestyle, what is absolutely essential in order for it to be sustainable/healthy?
Nutrition Talk / Re: Question on how to keep fruit fresh
« Last post by Evonne on April 16, 2014, 07:08:05 PM »
Thank you for these great ideas.  I can now buy more local fruit and veggies knowing I can manage to keep them for more than 1-2 days.
Nutrition Talk / Tips & Suggestions for Above Ground or Potted Garden
« Last post by TiffanyH on April 16, 2014, 05:47:42 PM »
Hi! I would like to start a garden, but I have a cement patio.  I am considering making an above ground garden or potted garden, however, I do not have a lot of experience with gardening.  Can anyone share tips on creating an above ground/potted garden - especially what type of soil to buy and good places to buy seeds?
Nutrition Talk / Re: Paleo f(x) 2014: Is anyone attending?
« Last post by nicolen922 on April 16, 2014, 05:46:07 PM »
Hi Vivian!

I am so sad that I am just now seeing this post! I was also at Paleo f(x) and am still riding high from all the wonderful talks and seeing some of my heroes in person. It was my first time attending, but I definitely plan on going next year!

I especially loved the presentations on autoimmune diseases. My mother-in-law has MS and after hearing some of the talks, I am pretty convinced an autoimmune paleo diet could be beneficial to her, at least as an elimination diet to see which foods affect her and which don't. Now I just need to do some more research on my own so I can present my thoughts as she might be a little hesitant to try :).

Anyway, too bad we couldn't meet up in Austin, but I would love to grab some coffee or something back in the Bay and talk about all things Paleo f(x), and just nutrition in general.

Nutrition Talk / Re: Garcinia Cambogia - anybody use this?
« Last post by jodi f. on April 16, 2014, 04:14:32 PM »
Thanks for bringing up this topic. I'll be reviewing and editing our weight loss chapter very soon, and your question gave me the push to look at recent research. Here's some of what's out there:

1)  This study found garcinia cambogia to reduce visceral fat, though not body weight, but to promote liver inflammation and oxidative stress. Unfortunately, the quality of this study is questionable because it utilized rats on a high fat diet, which means the researchers used a highly purified, fractionated diet that isn't even closely related to real food. Also, rats and mice are not humans. The study:

2)  This in vitro (test tube) study found GC to be liver-protective. Also of questionable quality, as no humans were involved:

3)  For this next study, I'm going to post the abstract, as it sums up current knowledge. (The study: [size=78%][/size]DOI:10.1080/10408398.2010.500551)
"Several studies have shown that Garcinia cambogia plays an important role in the regulation of endogenous lipid biosynthesis. This effect is specially attributed to (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA) inhibiting the enzyme ATP-dependent citrate lyase, which catalyzes the cleavage of citrate to oxaloacetate and acetyl-CoA. Although several studies have found that the administration of G. cambogia extracts is associated with body weight and fat loss in both experimental animals and humans, we should be cautious when interpreting the results as other randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have not reported the same outcomes. Furthermore, most studies in humans have been conducted on small samples and mainly in the short term. None of them have shown whether these effects persist beyond 12 weeks of intervention. Therefore, there is still little evidence to support the potential effectiveness and long-term benefits of G. cambogia extracts. With regard to toxicity and safety, it is important to note that except in rare cases, studies conducted in experimental animals have not reported increased mortality or significant toxicity. Furthermore, at the doses usually administered, no differences have been reported in terms of side effects or adverse events (those studied) in humans between individuals treated with G. cambogia and controls."

4)  This next study supports the previous extract:

The bottom line to me is this: Short-term studies definitely show improvements in some aspects of weight-related parameters -- fat accumulation, triglycerides, especially. The effects appear to be modest. No long-term studies have been done to demonstrate safety or whether the effects continue with continued use. There is some concern about the safety of Garcinia in terms of liver health. It also appears that it can increase serotonin (not a bad thing for many people), but that it must be used with caution in those taking SSRIs. I think it wise to exercise caution with its use. My guess is that it will work for some people, not for others, and that it is likely safe if used as directed and only short-term. Garcinia, as any supplemental weight loss aid, is just that, a supplement to an overall program. There are no magic bullets.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by jodi f. on April 16, 2014, 03:27:51 PM »
MegaFood also makes an excellent product. It's identical (last time I looked) to the professional level product by the same manufacturer, BioSan Labs. Their professional line is Innate Response.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by bethw332 on April 16, 2014, 09:19:17 AM »
 Klaire Labs, Ther-Biotic Complete. It's expensive however it has a great probiotic mix. You need to purchase it online.
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