Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN
Founder, Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is passionately committed to transforming our current broken disease-care system into a true health care system where each and every practitioner is skilled at finding the root cause of health challenges and using ancient healing wisdom married with modern scientific research to restore balance. As the founder of the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology, Dr. Ritamarie specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore balance to hormones with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal, and insulin imbalances. Her practitioner training programs empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health issues by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the master controller.
Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, and HeartMath®. She’s also a certified living foods chef, instructor, and coach, and she has trained and certified hundreds of others in the art of using palate-pleasing, whole fresh food as medicine.
A best-selling author, speaker, and internationally recognized nutrition and women’s health authority with over 23 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ritamarie offers online courses, long-distance coaching and counseling, and deeply empowering and informative live events. Her wildly popular practitioner certification program empowers health and wellness professionals to unravel the mystery of their clients’ complex health challenges, so they become known as go-to practitioners for true healing and lasting results.
Title: Nutrigenomics in Action: Using the Power of food to Optimize Gene Expression
Description: Nutrigenomics is a new science, birthed in the 1990’s as a result of The Human Genome Project, which sequenced the entire DNA in the human genome. Since then, science and clinical practice have pinpointed numerous interrelationships between genes, nutrition, and disease.
The Standard American Diet, as represented by the currently promoted food pyramid, contributes to nutritional imbalances, both deficiencies and excesses, that can lead to chronic disease. What if, instead of relying on a generic food plan, practitioners could personalize nutrition recommendations to an individual’s current health and biochemical status as well as their genetics?
The new science of nutrigenomics provides the framework to determine the influence of food and the environment on gene expression. Food and nutrients can turn on or off specific genes that influence biochemical pathways that control hormones, mitochondria, neurotransmitters, detoxification pathways, digestion, immune function, and much more.
By learning which genes are associated with specific nutrients and how nutrients and foods interact with genes, practitioners can empower their patients and clients to make choices that are congruent with their genes, and positively influence the expression of their full genetic potential.
This presentation will explore the genes that have been currently identified to be related to micronutrient status and receptor activity, those that influence the digestion and metabolism of macronutrients, and those that are involved with metabolizing dietary and environmental toxins, medications, and exogenous hormone exposure. It will also provide guidelines for creating customized diet and nutrient programs that optimize gene expression.
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