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Foundational Nutrition

Healthy Bones: It’s More than Just Calcium

Most people know that adequate calcium intake is essential for healthy bone formation. Since calcium is the primary mineral found in bones, it has been added to many foods in order to ensure our population does not have a deficiency. For decades marketing campaigns by dairy farmers and family doctors have been advocating high levels of calcium in order to build bones and prevent osteoporosis. In 2011, the benefits of calcium were called into question when a research study found that calcium supplementation was linked to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes (1). This news sent shock-waves through

Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency: Part Two

We live in a world of calorie dense but nutrient poor foods. Do to over farming and poor agricultural practices, many vegetables, fruits, and grains have lower amounts of minerals and vitamins then they had in the past. While the trend is moving toward organic and whole food options, the question is, can a healthy diet still provide enough nutrients and vitamins to meet our daily needs? Most experts agree that a well rounded, plant based, whole foods diet is more than adequate to meet the needs of most healthy people; but what about if you are nutrient deficient for

Common Signs of Nutrient Deficiency

While eating a well-balanced, whole foods diet is essential for disease prevention and the maintenance of health, is it enough if you are deficient in key vitamins and minerals? What are the signs and symptoms of a nutrient deficiency you can observe in your body? The remainder of this article provides a listing of some of the signs that may suggest a deficiency in certain nutrients. Remember, these are signs which can vary between people. Each sign can often mean multiple things that aren’t necessarily related to a deficiency. This should not replace proper medical examination and laboratory testing. Head:

The Pros and Cons of Protein Powders: Plant vs Whey

We all know how important adequate protein intake is for good health. Just to put everyone on the same page, here are the main benefits of protein in general. Provides amino acids for muscle repair Protein with each meal balances blood sugar which can aid in healthy weight loss Amino acids from protein are used to make immune cells and neurotransmitters Despite our best efforts, most people do not get enough protein from dietary sources alone or we tend to rely on animal proteins that are rich in saturated fats and acidifying amino acids. To maintain muscle building and prevent

Healthy Spring Cleaning: How to Protect and Maintain A Healthy Liver

While much of the country is still under snow, March is the month when spring officially arrives.  In honor of spring, I thought it would be appropriate to write about the idea of doing some “spring cleaning” for your body, also known as detoxification. In today’s modern world we are constantly bombarded by toxins in our environment, from contaminants in our air, soil and water.  Everything from heavy metals like lead and mercury, to pesticide sprays like DDT, to plastics like bisphenol A (BPA).  In addition, we can also become exposed to toxins via home cleaning products, skin and hair

The Truth About Daily Multivitamins

All supplements are not created equal. To expand on this idea, it is my opinion that well-formulated multivitamins meet five major criteria: Optimal Bioavailability: Bioavailability describes how well a nutrient is broken down, absorbed and entered into the body’s bloodstream. Ultimately, a high bioavailability means that there is a greater amount available to be delivered and utilized by the body’s tissues. Every vitamin, mineral and nutrient can be absorbed at different rates depending on its form, whether it’s taken with or without food or other minerals, and on other factors. Higher quality supplements use the most bioavailable forms. **Note: Many

Skin Care: Five Tips for Healthier Skin at Any Age

Skin health is a never-ending journey that doesn’t just go away after adolescence. Even as adults, we all strive for perfect skin. Yet, why is it so difficult to avoid acne and rosacea blemishes? The simple answer is that there are so many contributing factors and that we rarely look past the exterior. In order to have truly great skin, it is crucial to examine and improve the health of our digestive tract, immune system and hormonal system while minding the external environment that our skin comes into contact with. Here are a few basic, yet powerful, tips for maintaining

The Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Vitamin B

Recently a study that was published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) discussed how B vitamins (specifically folic acid, B6 and B12) may be able to slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease, slowing the shrinkage of brain volume (Douaud et al. 2013).  This is not the first study of its kind, but is one piece of the mounting pile of evidence that suggests that one of the biggest causative factors of Alzheimer’s is elevated homocysteine levels, and that controlling homocysteine may be a viable treatment. It all started over 15 years ago, with the observation

Talking to Your Doctor About Dietary Supplements

Many people assume that because a natural health product is “natural” then it is most likely safe. While the vast majority of supplements are extremely safe, the potential for interactions with prescription medications is always present. In most cases, a qualified health care practitioner can predict these interactions. In other situations where an interaction was not expected, the practitioner can at least manage medications and supplements accordingly, but only if he or she has all of the available information. Although many interactions are quite minor, there are too many possibilities of major interactions that you should never take the risk

Understanding Different Types of Magnesium

Magnesium is one of those supplements that is very well known for its benefits throughout the natural health community. Magnesium is involved in over 300 biochemical processes in the body. One of its most important functions is that it plays a key role is producing energy, this makes it vitality important for all cellular functions and processes. It helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm regular, supports a healthy immune system, and keeps bones strong. Its wide range of health benefits and biological activity make it effective in addressing a number of common diseases and conditions including

Is Vitamin D The Missing Link In Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain is one of the most common health concerns for which people seek medical treatment. Research suggests that up to 50% of the population may be suffering from some kind of chronic pain, with back pain being the most common.1 There are a number of possible causes that may contribute to chronic pain including: diet, posture, age, and injury. Vitamin D is another factor that is now being added to that list. Vitamin D deficiency is a very common occurrence, especially in people living in colder climates. It has been linked to numerous health conditions, one of those being

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