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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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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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8 Ways Nutrition Deficits Are Hurting Your Health (and Weight Loss)

Are you getting your full measure of all the critical nutrients each day?

The fact is, coming up short nutritionally can have serious consequences over time for both overall health and metabolism. Each system or process in our bodies is fed by the nutrients we give them, and we all need a certain amount of these nutrients to function optimally. Anything less than our individual body's true requirement, and we'll experience the consequences even if the effects aren't obvious. 

Let's look at 8 common ways nutrition deficits hurt our health and what deficiencies are most common.  


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Q&A: Supplements for Weight Loss

“My trainer keeps telling me to take supplements as part of my program. Is this smart, safe, or necessary? What supplements do you recommend for someone with pretty decent health?” In my experience working with proactive-minded individuals, nutritional supplements are always part of the discussion, and rightly so. To questions like the one above, however, I always offer my own inquiry: “Are you confident your dietary choices alone deliver every nutrient you need to nourish your body to be a stronger, more resilient, healthier, more metabolically and hormonally fit version of itself? Every day?” This is usually enough to get someone to embrace the advantages of basic supplementation. Let me offer a more detailed explanation here--a primer of sorts on why I believe supplements are necessary, practical, and safe.  

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How to Get More Fiber

If someone asked you how much fiber you get in each day--or how much you’re supposed to get--would you know the answer? You probably know that fiber is important for your health, but if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably not getting enough. In my work with clients, I find that many don’t know which foods contain fiber. Others have a narrow, misguided understanding of fiber sources they absorbed over the years through food marketing claims. These clients often choose highly processed and unhealthy foods that emphasize fiber content on their packaging.  So, how much fiber do we really need, and what’s the best way to get that fiber in our diets?

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