As our soil becomes more depleted and our food has fewer vitamins and nutrients to offer, we are facing possible problems regarding our micronutrients.
Many of you are now supplementing vitamins and nutrients so blindly and it’s not your fault. No great nutritional education was offered to your doctor and your pharmacist to offer great advice.
You are doing your best researching and learning about the wonderful benefits of different supplements. And all that is great…until you face overdoses, interactions, side effects and more.
There are those that are on the opposite spectrum and are so afraid to take vitamins and supplements claiming that there are not many studies to support safety.
I can understand both sides for sure. And I’ve seen the damage from either problem (too much of the vitamin or too little of the vitamin in the system) can create. If you are familiar with my work and know that I try to dig to find the root cause of any problem.
For example, a 50-year-old woman is low on Iron and Hemoglobin. After taking her history and reviewing her doctor’s notes and recommendations, it becomes more apparent that the root causes are IBD (ulcerative colitis in her case) and large uterine fibroids, both contribute to blood loss. We know the root causes, yes, and once both conditions are under control there will be no more blood loss and no more low iron. But since it’s not clear how long this will take, maybe the surgery will be necessary, so in this case, this woman is a great candidate for iron supplementation until other things get resolved.
Another example, 45-year-old woman with a recent H.Pylori infection (bacterial stomach infection) that caused occult blood in her stool and while there’s occult blood and risk of worsening of the bleeding and lowering of iron, she may not need iron supplementation if H.Pylori infections are resolved quickly with the use of anti-microbials.
Each case needs to be addressed with deep knowledge of the patient’s history, symptoms, wellness goal, and labs. Great functional diagnostics can uncover hidden issues and prevent chronic problems.
Micronutrient testing can be so helpful when you are not sure if to supplement or not. And of course, a good practitioner should be on your side helping and guiding you through the process.
Micronutrient Test (MNT) measures specific micronutrients—vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants and metabolites—and how they affect cellular function in a person. If someone is deficient in a nutrient, the MNT will uncover this deficiency so that it can be effectively treated, thus facilitating real prevention. Not only will correcting intracellular deficiencies slow aging and degenerative disease progression, but it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension disease.
Contact me if you are ready to dig and finally break free from your chronic problem.
Most of us are concerned with the new coronavirus and the flu. And I always stress the importance of great immune system support. Ideally, you want to support your immunity with natural options.
I am grateful to be featured as an expert in the latest Eat This, Not That article.
Here are some natural flu remedies we discussed in the article:
Garlic may keep more than just sparkly vampires away. The aromatic ingredient has compounds that help the immune system fight germs. One small study showed the number of colds were cut almost in half by those who took a daily garlic supplement. Old-fashioned home cold remedies with fresh garlic, freshly squeezed lemon, cayenne pepper, and honey are helpful. This combo is a potent vitamin mix and immune booster.
Since ancient times, people have known about the antibacterial and healing properties of honey. Research suggests that honey can be an effective cough suppressant in children, too. A Pediatrics study of 300 children with upper-respiratory infections found that a single dose of 10 g of honey relieved nocturnal cough and helped them sleep. Just never give honey to a child under one year old—it often contains botulinum spores, which can cause a rare kind of poisoning of the nervous system in infants.
3) Saltwater Gargle.
It’s an anti-inflammatory hero that actually draws fluids from the tissues and reduces inflammation. A clinical study from Japan showed that gargling salt water can reduce the chance of catching a cold up 40 percent. And it’s easy to make—add half a teaspoon of table salt to warm water. Then take a big sip and gargle by swishing in your throat and mouth for at least 30 seconds, then spit it out. Keep going until your cup is dry. I use Himalayan salt for the gargle.
When you have a stuffy head, a runny nose, and a sore throat all you want to do is sleep. You should! If you’re feeling the first signs of a cold coming on, like the telltale tickle in the back of your throat and a cough that won’t quit, that means your body needs rest to heal, so go ahead and snuggle in under the covers all day. The CDC recommends rest for recovery, so technically it’s doctor’s orders to take a nap.
The first thing I grab and give my family members I feel a cold coming on is vitamin C. Studies have shown that taking vitamin C within the first 24 hours of symptoms can lessen the length and severity of the cold.
6) Zinc, but careful.
Zinc lozenges and syrup may be able to diminish the symptom duration of a cold by about a day if taken early enough. The theory, according to the Mayo Clinic, is that zinc may interfere with the virus’ ability to multiply. When taken in lozenge or syrup form, zinc is thought to be even more effective because it stays in the throat longer and comes into contact with the rhinovirus. But there can be too much of a good thing—high doses of zinc can lead to anemia and other health problems. But stay away from sprays. The FDA warned against using zinc gel sprays and nasal swabs after more than 130 people reported losing their sense of smell after using them.
Bone broth can be a great anti-inflammatory, mineral supplement and gut microbiome supporting food. Also, when you reduce solids and increase liquids like bone broth you reduce the burden of digestion process so your body will concentrate on the healing.
It’s not as well-known as some of the other remedies out there, but there’s some evidence that elderberries can reduce how long you feel sick. Studies have shown that elderberry inhibits the binding of the influenza virus to the healthy cell, which blocks the replication of the virus and subsequently inhibits its actions. Elderberry will also activate anti-inflammatory molecules to reduce symptoms such as muscle aches and headaches.
Eat your bacteria” is something you may find yourself telling your kids in the morning. Probiotics are helpful bacteria found in certain yogurts, even dairy-free ones and fermented drinks like kombucha. They live in your gut to help promote “good” bacteria to keep your body functioning the way it should. Probiotics are a great complementary treatment since they can help boost your immune system and also have been shown to reduce the duration of illness in children and adults. But just eating a Dannon won’t keep you from getting sick. How well probiotics work depends on their potency, the specific strain, the right dose, and proper storage. Check with your health care practitioner for the best one for you. I can make a general recommendation and recommend Trubifido.
Lysine supplements may help prevent HSV-1 from replicating and reduce the duration of a cold sore. It’s thought that lysine blocks another amino acid called arginine, which HSV-1 needs in order to multiply.).One study found that a daily supplement of 1,000 mg of lysine resulted in fewer cold sores in 26 people who were prone to recurrent cold sores.
There are so many benefits of vitamin D. And the list of vitamin D benefits is still growing after years and years of research. And although this sunshine vitamin is so important, I always believe in supplementing only when there’s a need for it.
Some like to try trendy supplements and vitamin D is as trendy as you could get right now. But I want you to fully understand the vitamin D benefits and be one empowered patient.
You need to know the most important thing: Check if you really need it first. That would be seeing a specialist and testing your vitamin D levels. Have your health practitioner monitor those levels for efficacy at 3 months, 6 months and one year.
Also, choose your Vitamin D supplements wisely. Choosing an appropriate vitamin D supplement will greatly improve your health and your vitamin d levels. Opt for vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol), not vitamin D2 (Ergocalciferol). And yes, I’ve seen some really great health improvement with vitamin d supplementation.
Vitamin D benefits include:
-We need a sufficient amount of vitamin D level for appropriate Calcium and Phosphorous absorption. And Calcium is very important for your bones.
-Other great vitamin D benefits include the function of vitamin D as an immune system helper.
-Vitamin D benefits include helping people maintain healthy body weight.
-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with a decrease in inflammation.
-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased flare-ups of many chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease and others.
-Vitamin D benefits include the ability to fight the common cold and flu.
-Optimal vitamin D levels are associated with decreased duration of common colds.
-Optimal vitamin D levels show improvements in cognition in the elderly.
-Optimal vitamin D level benefits include reduced risk of developing multiple sclerosis, preterm labor or birth defects.
-Some experts notice great benefits of vitamin D in decreasing chronic pain.
-Optimal vitamin D levels have been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women.
-Vitamin D can help reduce the severity of asthma symptoms, and possibly reduce hospitalizations due to asthma.
-Other great benefits of vitamin D include the ability of this vitamin to protect the body against radiation.
It’s important to make sure you have adequate vitamin K going into the system to ensure good absorption of vitamin D. Please Note. Vitamin K may not be suitable for those taking anticoagulant medication therapy (such as warfarin and others). It also may not be suitable for certain health conditions and a medical doctor should be consulted before starting on any vitamin K supplement.
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with other deficiencies like Magnesium deficiency or vitamin A to vitamin D ratio imbalance. You may want to consider having those vitamin levels checked also. Some of the really great natural supplement brands are now making a combination of vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium and vitamin A into one great supplement.
In general, it’s a good idea to check all anti-oxidant levels, anti-oxidant markers, nutrient markers as well as metabolic processes in your system before you add any additional vitamins. In my practice, I often implement micronutrient testing, organic acid testing all to assess the need for supplementation.
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