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Entries in Nutrient Deficiency (6)


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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How a Nutrient-Dense Diet Fights Fat 

While blasting calories away at the gym does help offset some of what we consume, it’s not the primary answer to fighting fat. 

Ask any of our most successful clients, and they will all simultaneously tell you proper nutrition is the ticket. 

Have you not quite bought into that approach? Read on to see just how this model is possible. 

Still skeptical? Try making these shifts in your diet for just 30 days (Heck, even 10 days!), and see how your life (and pant size) changes.


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7 Signs of Nutritional Deficiencies

Have you ever thought about what your hair, skin, and nails may be telling you?

Most of us at some point in time have experienced at least one of the following: dry and brittle hair, hair loss, oily skin, dry and scaly skin, rashes, acne, brittle cracking nails, or nail discoloration.

What do you do? Most often, we seek out new hair, skin, and nail products to cover up the nasty appearance or start using a new magical formula that promises to correct what’s wrong. We mask the symptom but skip the investigation into WHAT is causing it in the first place.

Today I’ll uncover seven common nutritional deficiencies and their physical signs. I’ll also share ways to discern the “root” cause and steps to re-balance your body from the inside to optimize your health on the outside!

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Lab Lesson: Comprehensive Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin known as the “sunshine vitamin” as it is primarily produced in the skin by way of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Vitamin D needs to be converted in the liver to 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the most prevalent form found in our blood. The kidneys then convert this form into the active form of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D. Vitamin D receptors have been detected in almost all tissues of the body so it obviously affects the body in many ways. These tissues include the bone, heart, adrenal glands, stomach, liver, skin, breast, pancreas, immune system, brain, prostate, ovaries, and testes. [i] The Comprehensive Vitamin D profile assesses...

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Multivitamins: Where Cost and Quality Meet

Following the recent article Why Americans are Overfed and Undernourished, a few people asked questions about the Life Time multivitamins and had comments on multivitamins, in general. For example, why is there such a difference in the cost of multivitamins? Isn’t a once-per-day multivitamin sufficient? What is unique about the Life Time Fitness performance multivitamins? I promised to address those questions and comments in a full article.

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Why Americans are Overfed and Undernourished

Half the population of the United States will be obese by 2030 if trends continue as they have in recent years.[i] That’s 65 million people. There are a variety of possible reasons we’re gaining excess weight at such striking rates, but one likely reason is the amount of food we consume. Americans eat more than enough calories to support their daily energy needs, but the source of these calories are low in essential nutrients, leaving many people overfed in calories and undernourished in vitamins and minerals.

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