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6 Critical Nutrients You’re Likely Lacking

Rickets, scurvy, goiter… When we hear the phrase “nutritional deficiencies,” our minds often wander to these dramatic, distant seeming maladies.

While it’s doubtful you’re currently struggling to treat any of these clinical and aggressively symptomatic deficits, did you know that most of us have sub-optimal levels of many key nutrients?

Even if you’re overweight, it is possible – and even common – to be under-nourished. As a result, many or most of us struggle with varying baseline levels of fatigue, moodiness, fat loss difficulties, and cravings that become our relative state of normality. (Do we remember anything else?)


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Could Vitamin D Help You Avoid the Flu?

A sure sign of fall is the plethora of flu shot advertisements popping up everywhere. Though the flu shot may reduce the likelihood of contracting flu in some people or potentially reduce the symptom severity, there are other ways to reduce the chance of getting sick.

The flu shot, of course, does not guarantee one will not get the flu, nor do the best hygiene or nutritional habits. 

However, a low-risk nutritional choice you can make to support your immune system is to optimize your levels of vitamin D.


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Do I Really Need a Multivitamin?

Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamin & Mineral Supplements”, one notable editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine proclaimed.

News outlets picked up the story as if we’d put another person on the moon. The proclamation resulted from three published studies in the latest issue that failed to show overwhelmingly positive support for widespread multivitamin use in adults.

There are a few thoughts I had as I witnessed the media headlines roll out over this issue. First and foremost, I thought about how badly consumers are ping-ponged around by media blasts like this: X is good, X is bad, X might be worth it if….

Unfortunately, only if you’re “in the know” and understand how to examine the actual study methods, data, interpretations, limitations and conclusions, let alone sift through the misleading/confusing headlines will you have a clue what to believe (or do) for your health without at least a moderate amount of frustration. Let’s take apart these factors as they relate to the latest claims.


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Product Primer: Our Top Supplements for Weight Loss

If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me what I thought of the latest Dr. Wizard “magic pill” endorsement, I’d be able to fly to your house to discuss this topic with you in person.

The fact is, there’s no magic supplement product, but there are definitely reasons to supplement.

Weight loss programs are simple in theory but difficult in terms of execution. The journey to long-lasting results is not a linear path but for many people is wrought with obstacles, challenges and setbacks. Many of those hurdles are specifically related to our food choices, nutrient adequacy and physiological re-programming.

That’s where strategic supplementation fits in. 


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What core supplements should I be taking?

Clients ask me frequently, "I know Life Time offers a lot of high quality supplements. But out of all the ones you offer, are there any specific supplements you think most people should be taking? 

People take supplements for a number of different reasons, including help with exercise performance, weight loss, stress relief or even sleep.

However, there are certain supplements that registered dietitians generally identify as essential products for most individuals. We call them core or foundational supplements because they contain nutrients often lacking in the standard American diet - nutrients that are absolutely necessary to maintain optimal health.

Below are the top five core supplements you should be taking every day - and why. Each one plays its own unique role in your body's functioning and overall well-being. See how your supplement protocol compares!


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Healing Heartburn: What You Don’t Know about Acid Reflux

So many of us have been there….

Minutes after slightly over-indulging in our favorite cheat meal, we start to feel that familiar (and dreaded) sense of discomfort. We try to politely disguise belches beneath our napkin while waiting for the right time to loosen our belts or find some other, um, relief.

Dyspepsia, indigestion or GERD symptoms most commonly happen when stomach contents (presumably after a meal) make their way back up into the esophagus, where the acidic stomach juices irritate the delicate tissue that lines the lower esophagus.

Acid reflux (a.k.a. “heartburn”) is one of the most commonly diagnosed health conditions these days. What are the real factors that explain these skyrocketing numbers - and what options genuinely treat its core causes? Let’s take a look.


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Know Your Top Food Sources for Critical Nutrients!

(This is Part I of a continuing series….)

You probably know that taking a high-quality multivitamin can be an essential part of your weight-loss or health promoting plan.

But did you know there are certain nutrients that appear to play a more critical role than others when it comes to your health and metabolism?

Below are 7 critical nutrients we all, in truth, should be monitoring - but especially if we want to prioritize optimum metabolic function.

All of these nutrients are also among the most common deficiencies in our population, giving us even more reason to assess our intakes. Read on to learn more about these nutrients and about the top food sources that can help ensure we're getting our full allowance each day.


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