In this weeks episode of "Pushing the Limits" I interview one of the world's leading phytochemical and nutrigenomics researchers who specializes in sulforaphane. Todays episode is all about improving cellular health, the core of health, and how activating the Nrf2 pathway through such phytonutrients like Sulforaphane (the precursors of which Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase) are found in Broccoli sprouts and other cruciferous veggies.
You will learn:
How sulforaphane upregulates the Nrf2 pathway
How the Nrf2 pathway acts as a master switch, turning on over 250 genes and impacting thousands of enzymes in their function.
How the Nrf2 pathway upregulates the cells own intelligent endogenous antioxidant systems
Why just throwing a bunch of antioxidants into the body doesn't work in quenching oxidative stress
The impact of upregulating Nrf2 in relation to the gut
How it has system wide implications
Why probiotics don't colonize the gut like you think they do
How probiotics (or certain strains) can still be useful in immune modulation
Why you should have a food first approach
The traps to watch out for when buying a 'sulforaphane' supplement and why most of the ones on the market are a waste of your time and money
How long you should take it, typical dosing regimens, combinations with other phytonutrients and supplements.
How to use this information to optimize your health
Why it pays to work with one of Dr Christines trained G.E.M.M protocol trained clinicians
Why some people have a reaction when they start, and why that means you need it most and how to adjust the dosing while not giving up
Dr Christine Houghton has enjoyed a fulfilling and varied career in Nutritional Medicine spanning more than 30 years — and her influential work continues to stay at the forefront of this rapidly evolving profession. As a clinician, author and educator, she is dedicated to promoting a model of health care that closely reflects the diet and lifestyle choices Mother Nature would choose herself. An individual's unique biochemistry is a significant contributor to this model.
Christine's intense appreciation of the power of food as therapy began in the 1970s, an era when there were very few supplements available. With few other choices, she soon discovered the real power of food as a potent clinical intervention tool; to this day, she adopts a 'food first' philosophy.
A decade into practice, she established a thriving multi-disciplinary practice, the Centre for Integrated Medicine near Brisbane. There, she specialized in musculoskeletal conditions, glucose-regulating disorders including type 2 diabetes and other cardio metabolic conditions, digestive health and infant and child health, especially those associated with immune dysfunction.
Passionate about the relationship between nutrients, phytochemicals and cellular defenses, Christine subsequently engaged in research at the University of Queensland, earning her a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry-Nutrigenomics. Christine is highly-regarded internationally as an expert in the clinical application of the broccoli-derived phytochemical, Sulforaphane in human health. As founding director of Cell-Logic, she has formulated a number of nutrigenomically-active supplements which are underpinned by her doctoral research.
In addition to her scientific and other publications, Christine is the co-author of two evidence-based nutrigenomics courses: FOUNDATIONS IN NUTRIGENOMICS and ADVANCED TRANSLATIONAL NUTRIGENOMICS, both self-paced online courses for practicing clinicians and the only comprehensive courses of their kind available anywhere globally. A regular speaker at Australian and international conferences, Christine is an engaging speaker whose evidence-based presentations often challenge existing paradigms.
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