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Posts from the ‘Nutrition’ Category

18
Oct

A1 vs. A2 Milk

What are A1 and A2 milk? If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably never heard about them. A1 and A2 refer to a constituent in milk, A1 beta casein and A2 beta casein. If you’re lactose intolerant or have trouble digesting milk, this can make a difference as to whether you’re able to consume milk products or not.

Now there is the sector that believes cows milk is for baby calves and that humans are the only species that consumes the milk of another species. These people say that we should not drink milk after being weaned and especially not animal milk.

On the other hand there are those who believe that the right kind of milk is a healthy food for humans.

Watch this video and find out what the Aussies know that we don’t …

Where can you find dairy products in the U.S. that are free of A1 beta casein? Most U.S. dairy products contain A1 beta casein or a mixture of A1 and A2. There may be some small private dairies that produce milk that is completely free of A1 beta casein. Goat’s milk is also free of A1 beta casein.

Another source of A1 beta casein free dairy products in the U.S. is Beyond Organic.

3
Oct

Customized Nutrition Explained

30
Sep

How Do You Know What Supplements Your Body Needs?

How do you test to make sure your body is getting the right nutrients from your nutritional supplements?

How do you know the proper combination of supplements?

How do you know what’s going to be beneficial to you and worth the money you’re spending?

These were common questions I received from those who participated in the Nutritional Supplement Survey.

These are questions that everyone needs to have answered before you invest in even one bottle of a nutritional product intended to improve or maintain your health.

Why?

Because if the product or products you buy are not beneficial for your health, you will not only be wasting your money, but you may also be creating greater nutritional imbalances in your body and setting yourself up on a path toward declining health and eventually disease.

You are unique and so are your body’s nutritional needs. What you require is different from what your mother and father need. It’s not the same as what your siblings require. And it certainly isn’t equivalent to what your friends, acquaintances and co-workers need.

Biochemical individuality is a term coined by Roger Williams in his book of the same name back in the 1950’s. You are unique and you have unique nutritional needs.

So, how do you address your uniqueness?

It’s not done by choosing nutritional supplements off the shelf in a grocery or health food store. And you won’t meet your unique needs by reading books or magazines, searching the internet or any other intellectual approach. Nor will you find it in any one-size-fits-all product. It all boils down to identifying your biochemical needs based upon some means of reliable testing.

Blood and hair testing combined is the superior way to go. Nutritional programs can be designed to address your specific biochemical needs as determined through the results of your tests. When you follow the nutritional protocols for a specified period of time, then retest at three to four month intervals, you are able to watch your body come more into balance and your health improve. You have proof in “black and white” as to whether your nutritional supplements are working or not.

Additionally, nutritional programs can be designed to support your body’s needs based upon hair testing alone. When done correctly, a hair test can tell you a lot about patterns of imbalance, as well as issues with blood sugar, your thyroid and adrenal glands and more. A skilled and experienced health care professional can determine much more from a hair test than toxic metal levels and imbalances in the essential elements. In fact the most important information from a hair test is what can be determined from the patterns and ratios, rather than the levels of individual metals and minerals. Re-evaluations every three to four months will tell you how well your program is meeting your needs.

Another possibility is the use of comprehensive questionnaires that evaluate all the systems of the body and combine that with additional information that can be determined from home tests, dietary evaluations and other in office procedures. The health care professional who is knowledgeable in this area can also design nutritional programs that will address your body’s unique nutritional needs and monitor results with periodic retests to make sure you’re making the progress you want.

This is not exhaustive of all modalities available. However, the commonality among all the different methods of meeting your essential needs is that you need to be tested by some means that is reliable in identifying the nutritional needs that are unique to you.

You can request a Free Consultation to determine the best way to meet your body’s nutritional needs by filling in the form on the top right of this page.

15
Sep

Do You Take Antacids?

Do you know that most cases of GERD or acid indigestion are caused not by too much acid, but by too little of the right acid that your body needs?

Your stomach should be highly acidic, pH of about 2, in order to be able to digest protein foods. If your body does not produce enough acid to digest your food, it will putrefy in your stomach and cause the formation of the wrong kind of acid. This causes the symptoms of burning in your stomach or acid reflux.

If you use antacids, or prescription medication to treat your symptoms, it reduces the acidity of your stomach even more and reduces your body’s ability to digest your food. More food putrefies in your stomach, causing more acid indigestion or acid reflux.

Take more acid blockers … and you can see how this will just keep getting worse and worse. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors do not solve your problem. They only make it worse.

In addition, a low acid stomach contributes to a whole host of other health issues like ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, leaky gut syndrome, mineral deficiencies, chronic malabsorption, anemia and more.

So, how do you help yourself out of this situation?

Give up processed foods. Processed foods contain chemicals that were never intended for human consumption.

Eat real food. Your body was designed to thrive on real food.

What is real food? Real food is grown in nature and meant for human consumption. It can be plant or animal. Animal foods should be raised humanely … pastured, free range, grass fed. Plant foods should be free of chemical pesticides.

If you find that you’re still having trouble digesting your food when you’re eating real food, you may need to support your digestive system. You can start with using about a tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a quarter cup of water before you eat to stimulate your digestion. If you don’t like the sour taste, you can add about a  teaspoon of raw, organic, local honey.

If that doesn’t do the job, you may need digestive enzymes or have some other associated health issues.

In this case, it might be a good idea to get some help from an alternative health care professional who not only has experience in this area, but who is also able to help you balance your body chemistry through the use of diet and whole food supplements.

If you, or someone you know is suffering from GERD or acid reflux disorders, fill in the form at the top right of this page, to request a Free Consultation to see how you can be helped through diet and whole food nutrition.

12
Sep

Whole Food vs. Synthetic Supplements

What’s the difference?

Whole food supplements are concentrated whole foods. They are processed at low temperatures to preserve all the vitamins, minerals, enzymes, co-factors and undiscovered nutrients.

True whole food supplements contain all the components of the whole food. They do NOT isolate a whole food component and make a supplement out of it.

On the label of a whole food supplement, you will see a list of foods, rather than a long list of individual nutrients. Some individual nutrients may be included on the list, but you will notice that the potency is much lower than what you see on other supplement labels with a long list of vitamin and mineral ingredients. This may cause you to erroneously believe that because the potency is so low that the product will not be effective.

On the contrary, the whole food concentrates do not need high potency ingredients. They contain the whole food with all the nutrients in the proper balance as provided by nature. Your body was designed to eat real food. The same goes for nutritional supplements … your body needs real whole food supplements.

Synthetic supplements, on the other hand, are not whole foods. They’re commonly derived from petroleum. They do not have all the nutrients in the proper balance as provided by nature in real food and they don’t contain the “undiscovered nutrients” that make the whole food supplements so much more effective.

When you see a long list of high potency vitamin and mineral ingredients, that ‘s a give away that the supplement is synthetic. Names of nutrients like vitamin A acetate, beta carotene, thiamine HCl, niacin, ascorbic acid, d-alpha tocopherol are all names of synthetic vitamins.

If instead you see fish oils, carrot powder, nutritional yeast, buckwheat juice, green leafy vegetables, wheat germ oil, these are whole food ingredients.

Don’t be fooled by products that contain the long list of high potency synthetic ingredients in combination with a long list of whole food ingredients. True whole food supplements do not contain the synthetic  nutrients.

Now, while you may feel better at first on a high potency synthetic supplement, the effect doesn’t last because you do not have complete complexes of the vitamins and eventually the missing components will contribute to a deterioration of your health.

For example, d-alpha tocopherol is only one tiny component of the whole vitamin E complex. By taking a supplement with d-alpha tocopherol, you will be causing a deficiency of vitamin E because you are missing the majority of the vitamin E complex.

The same goes for vitamin C. If you take a supplement with ascorbic acid as its vitamin C, you will eventually cause a vitamin C deficiency. Even ascorbic acid + bioflavonoids is only a small component of the vitamin C complex and over time will cause a vitamin C deficiency.

To learn more about whole food and whole food supplements, get the book, “Back to the Basics of Human Health” by Mary Frost.

To make sure you are getting the right whole food nutrition to meet your body’s needs, fill in the form on the top right side of this page to request a Free Nutritional Consultation.

 

 

8
Sep

Nutritional Supplement Survey Results

Thank you to all who responded to the survey!

This was by no means an unbiased study. The responses reflect the opinions of those who chose to participate. It appears that the majority of those who responded are interested in taking nutritional supplements to improve and maintain their good health.

Here are the results …

1.  Do you take nutritional supplements?

  • Yes  –  98.5%
  • No  –  1.5%

2.  How do you decide what to take?

Note: Some people had multiple responses to this question, so the percentages don’t add up to 100%.

  • what’s cheapest or on sale  –  4.3%
  • choose from what’s on the shelf  –  8.7%
  • read articles and books  –  53.6%
  • ask health food store clerk  –  17.4%
  • recommended by my doctor  –  31.9%
  • Other  –  46.4%

3.  Do you take whole food or synthetic supplements?

  • whole food  –  60.9%
  • synthetic  –  2.9%
  • combination of both  –  36.2%
  • don’t know the difference  –  7.2%

4.  Are you satisfied with the results you’re getting from your supplements?

  • somewhat  –  17.4%
  • yes  –  69.6%
  • no  –  13.0%

5.  Have you been tested to see if your supplements are working for you?

  • yes  –  47.8%
  • no  –  44.9%
  • for some, but not all  –  7.2%

6.  If yes, what kind of testing?

Note: Some people had multiple kinds of testing, so results do not add up to 100%. The results were calculated based upon the total number of respondents, not just those who were tested.

  • blood testing  –  44.9%
  • hair test  –  4.3%
  • muscle testing  –  26.1%

7.  If not, how do you decide if your supplements are working?

  • how I feel  –  55.1%
  • symptoms  –  11.6%
  • faith/intuition  –  2.9%
  • don’t know  –  4.3%
  • Ask my doctor/nutritionist  –  1.4%

8.  What would you like to know about how to choose your nutritional supplements?

There were quite a lot of different questions – too many to answer them all  now. I will be posting the answers to these questions here over the next few weeks… Stay tuned.

9.  Would you like a way to make sure that the supplements you buy are exactly what your body needs?

  • yes  –  68.1%
  • wants to know how to self test  –  2.9%
  • maybe  –  4.3%
  • no  –  13%

Choosing your supplements is like choosing the right fuel for your car. If you don’t feed your body the correct nutrients (fuel), it won’t function properly. If you’re not feeling vitally alive and optimally healthy, your body is not getting all the nutrients it needs in the proper proportions.

Unless you’re a health care professional who has access to the different testing modalities to determine your nutritional needs, it’s not likely that you will be able to self test to determine your specific needs.

What is the danger in not being tested?

Unless you are tested to determine your specific needs, you may be taking

  • nutrients that you do not need
  • or not taking nutrients that you do need.

This can create imbalances in your body that may eventually take a toll on your health. You may notice it by

  • not feeling as well as you would like
  • having low energy
  • having undesirable symptoms, like headaches, fatigue, inability to sleep through the night, digestive problems, or any other signs of less than optimal health.

Would you like to feel better and improve your health? Sign up for the Free Consultation by filling in the form on the top right side of this page.

1
Sep

Nutritional Supplement Survey

There are hundreds of different brands of nutritional supplements on the market.

Most people take at least a multiple. Some take a whole long list of different supplements.

How do you know which ones to choose? And how do you know if they’re working?

Take the Nutritional Supplement Survey and I’ll post the results and answer these and more questions from the survey here.

Click here to take survey

13
Aug

Resveratrol: How Much Should You Take?

Resveratrol is a very popular herbal supplement because of its anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, weight loss, cancer-fighting properties and more.

I’ve seen it in all kinds of potencies up to 700 mg. But how much do you really need to get the benefit?

If a little bit of resveratrol is good, more must be better, right?

Not exactly …

Recent studies indicate that a safe and effective long-term dose probably ranges between 10 and 120 mg/day. Above 200 mg/day may not be safe when taken on an ongoing, long-term basis.

Although resveratrol is one of the most researched phytochemicals, there are still unanswered questions about it that suggest caution is advisable in taking higher doses.

It is also recommended that resveratrol not be taken with a high fat meal, which will reduce its bioavailability approximately 45%.

Source: Resveratrol: What Is An Effective Clinical Dose? by Kerry Bone, BSc (hons), Dipl. Phyto. Kerry Bone is a practicing herbalist; co-founder and head of research and development at MediHerb; and principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy.

So, should you take resveratrol? How do you decide if it’s right for you?

Choosing to take a nutrient just because you read about the amazing benefits it provides is just a guessing game.

  • How do you know you need it?
  • How do you know how much to take?
  • Are you feeding your body a balance of all the nutrients you need?
  • Are you missing some important nutrients that could cause some serious nutritional imbalances in your body?

The bottom line in all nutritional supplementation is to make sure you are giving your body what it needs in the proper balance … to make sure you are meeting your unique nutritional needs.

Fill in the form at the top right of this page to sign up for a Free Consultation and to find out how to meet your body’s unique nutritional needs.

10
Aug

Iodine and Breast Cancer

Iodine is important for more than the health of your thyroid gland. In fact, it is used by every cell in your body. You may never have heard of any association between iodine and your breasts. However, it is a known fact that iodine is important for breast health.

Here are a few facts about iodine and your breasts that are important to know:

  • Adequate levels of iodine are necessary for healthy breasts.
  • Your breasts are a primary storage site in your body for iodine.
  • Mother’s milk contains four times more of the iodine you ingest than is used by the thyroid gland.
  • If you are deficient in iodine, the structure and function of your breasts may be altered.
  • According to Dr. David Brownstein, author of Iodine: Why You  Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, “iodine deficiency is a causative factor in breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease.”

If you are deficient in iodine, your breasts and your thyroid gland will compete for the useable iodine in your body. Neither will get enough for either of them to be healthy. This will set you up for diseases of the thyroid gland and the breast.

How do you know if you’re getting enough iodine?

The Iodine Patch Test is a simple screening test. If the patch fades or disappears in less than 24 hours, you are likely deficient in iodine. How deficient? You can’t tell from the Iodine Patch Test. You will need an additional test through a health care professional who does iodine testing.

The US RDA for iodine is very low … just enough to prevent goiter and cretinism, but not enough to supply all your body’s minimal iodine needs. Adding iodine-rich food is helpful, but it may not be enough. However, supplementing with high doses of iodine can be dangerous. So, if you’re going to add an iodine supplement, you should do so under the care of a health care professional who is experienced in this area.

If you failed the Iodine Patch Test, or if you just want more information on how to improve your health, sign up for a Free Consultation by filling in the form on the top right of this page.

Also, remember to check out our Special Offer for the month of August.

3
Aug

Why Do Nutritional Supplements Stop Working?

Have you ever taken a nutritional product and felt wonderful … for awhile? Then, after a few weeks, a few months, or even a few years it just seemed to stop working. It may even have started to make you feel … not so good.

Did you wonder why this product … that you once raved about how great it made you feel … was now not having any beneficial effect, maybe even a negative effect?

What happened?

Was the product changed? Were different ingredients substituted for the original ones that made the product so wonderful?

Maybe.

But the more likely answer is not that the product changed, even if it did, but that your body changed!

So, what are you supposed to do?

You find a product or products you like a lot. After awhile, they stop working. Then you have to start searching all over again for those magic supplements that will make you feel great.

Is this going to be a never-ending cycle of always having to find a new product to make you feel good?

The answer is …

Your body is not static. It’s always changing. And, as your body changes, you need to change your nutritional program. When your nutritional program keeps pace with your body’s ever-changing needs, the ups and downs level out.

How do you know how to change your nutritional program?

The first step is to have your nutritional program customized to your body’s specific needs. Then re-evaluate every few months to determine if the supplements you’re taking are still meeting your needs or if you need to make a change. When you do this, you should avoid the fluctuations of feeling good for awhile, then not so good. If you start feeling less well than you were when you knew the supplements were working for you, you know it’s time to re-evaluate.

How do you customize your nutritional program to meet your specific needs?

There are a variety of ways to tailor your nutritional program so it nearly always gives you what your body needs now. It can involve a series of questionnaires, some home tests, laboratory testing or some tests done in the office of a nutritionally oriented health care professional. Generally, this is not something that you can do on your own. Fine tuning a nutritional protocol to meet your unique needs usually takes working with a health care professional who has experience in this area.

It’s also not a one-time thing. Your body doesn’t change once, then stay the same for the rest of your life. It’s a process. And the timing for retesting can vary from one person to the next. Getting checked every two to four months is a good general time frame for assessing your needs. You may feel that you need to get checked sooner, or after a period of time, you may find that your body has stabilized and every six months for a re-evaluation works for you.

Most importantly, you must remember that there is no mold for you to fit into. You are unique and so are your nutritional needs. To achieve your best level of health, you must meet your unique needs.

There’s an easy way to stay on top of your health and keep addressing your changing needs. It’s called the Basic Annual Plan.

The Basic Annual Plan is a program that includes four Customized Nutrition – Basic evaluations if you’re local and can come into our office or four Customized Nutrition – Minimal evaluations if live out of the area. You can use these customized nutrition assessments over the period of a year to make sure your nutritional program is meeting your unique nutritional needs.

Click here for more details and to see our Special Offer for the month of August 2011.