Nutritional science has become a highly effective and successful field for disease prevention and recovery. While the Internet has helped make nutritional data more accessible, it also has become more challenging to obtain reliable and trustworthy answers. As the health challenges we face as a society become more complicated, experienced practitioners that think outside of the box become more in demand. In a corporate world that focuses more on numbers than individuals, personal attention and 35 years of clinical research becomes the highest standard. iGreen Nutrition is the new way to research, communicate and take charge of your health through technology, and we have the results to prove it!
Alex J. Swanson M.S.
Alex Swanson is the founder of iGreen Nutrition, co-owner of Swanson Health Center and writes the PaleoEdge blog for athletes. He began his career working as a sports nutritionist for high school, college and Olympic athletes and as a personal trainer. While attending Bastyr University in Washington state in 2007, he immersed himself in the nutritional sciences and culinary arts. Though he had little cooking experience, Alex discovered he had a passion for it in a required culinary arts class. Author and chef Cynthia Lair took note of his intuitive cooking skills and creativity and asked him to help teach the class for the following semester.
During this time, Alex took night classes through Washington State University and earned a certification in Sustainable Farming. Working directly with the farmers in the area made an lasting impact on him, and further influenced him to promote community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Alex later went on to complete his master’s degree in Applied Nutrition and Business Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University in early 2012.
In 2008, Alex became the co-owner of Swanson Health Center and worked as a therapeutic chef for clients. He created and cooked custom meals for people with individual disorders, specializing in digestive health, sports nutrition and cancer-preventative meals. The service became so popular that Alex could no longer keep up with the demand while running the practice, and decided to focus his energy on creating a website to share his recipes and research online. This website became iGreen Nutrition, and in a brief amount of time the website grew exponentially to include over 125 programs for health challenges, with new information being added each week.
Alex has an in-depth knowledge of clinical nutrition research and is in charge of the client analysis and program design on a wide range of cases at Swanson Health Center.
Cheri Swanson is a certified nutritionist based in Newport Beach, California. A chronically ill child, she struggled with a variety of health issues, from severe ear infections to skin problems. One day, after months spent home with a tutor because she was too sick to attend school, she decided she was finished with being ill. At the age of twelve she began researching natural ways to heal her body. A few months after changing her dietary habits, her symptoms began to disappear.
The connection she made at that age was indelible- you truly are what you eat! It was a revelation, and it started her on a path to wellness that led her first to Loma Linda Medical University and later to achieve her accreditation as a nutritionist. She began her practice in the early 1980s, seeing clients in a tiny home office. Soon the trickle became a steady stream, as word spread of the chatty, engaging nutritionist who actually made becoming healthy a reality. She was inundated with individuals who, like she had been years ago, were tired of being ill. They weren’t getting the answers they needed, and as it turned out the answers were not nearly as complicated as they had feared! With an organic diet and food-grade nutrition supplements, she helped give people the knowledge and confidence to reclaim their health.
Cheri has spent the last thirty-plus years in private practice, with a client roster of over three thousand individuals, many of whom have been with her for decades. She also has done corporate lecturing all over Southern California –with clients including Simple Green, Boeing and Smith Barney. In addition, she has lectured for many private and public schools and church groups throughout Orange County and several Orange County chapters of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) groups. At 67, she is often mistaken for being fifteen years younger. She is living proof that nutrition, supplementation and a positive outlook can dramatically slow the aging process and keep your energy high throughout your life.
Alyssa Hamilton is the senior health writer and editor for igreennutrition.com. Alyssa graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and a Creative Writing emphasis, and has been writing professionally for over fifteen years. She has been published in health periodicals such as Delicious magazine and literary journals including Ogma at UCLA. Her fields of expertise range from fiction to journalism, as well as from real estate marketing to technical writing. She has worked for universities including UC Irvine and UCLA and companies such as DOMA Properties, and enjoys the challenge of spinning a gorgeous story or article from virtually any subject.
Having been immersed since childhood in the fields of nutrition and alternative medicine, she has learned to distill a wealth of complex medical information into digestible bytes. She greatly enjoys exploring multiple avenues of healing, and is often at the forefront of health trends and alternative therapies. Currently, she is working on a short story collection and writes health articles for both iGreen Nutrition and Swanson Health Center.