Are you getting what you paid for with your supplements?

Posted on 04.02.2012

Quickly Identify A Quality Supplement

Look at the "other ingredients" usually at the bottom of the label. Artificial colors and sweeteners are used to make the product look better or taste better. Avoid the artificial sweeteners and colors:

  • Aspartame
  • Saccharin
  • Sucralose
  • FD&C blue, yellow, red, etc
  • "Lakes" (colors)

Fillers are used in supplements to make the production easier and faster. Unfortunately, these fillers can compromise the effectiveness of the nutrients in the supplement. Fillers are often called "flowering agents" on the label. Binders are used for bulk and stabilization of the product. Lubricants are used to allow the powder form to process through the machines more easily. Some common lubricants, fillers and binders include:

  • Gelatin
  • Hydrogenated oil (strictly avoid)
  • Magnesium stearate
  • Maltodextrin
  • Microcrystalline cellulose
  • Modified cellulose (for example hydroxypropyl methylcellulose)
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Polyvinyl alcohol
  • Crospovidone (PPVP or polyvinylpolypyrrolidone)
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Talc
  • Sodium benzoate
  • Sodium stearyl fumarate
  • Stearic acid
  • Xanthum gum

It's almost impossible to find a supplement without any lubricants, fillers and binders. It's a good rule of thumb, to purchase supplements that contain no more than 2 of these ingredients listed on the label.

For various reasons, certain toxic metals are added to poor quality supplements. Some common toxic elements you should avoid that you'll see actually printed on the label are:

  • Titanium dioxide
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Tin
  • Silver


Vitamin D and Vitamin E

Look at the source of Vitamin D and Vitamin E. The Vitamin D should be D3 or cholecalciferol. It should not be the synthetic form D2 or ergocalciferol. The Vitamin E should be d-alpha tocopherol with mixed tocopherol. Mixed tocopherols are the best. It should not be the synthetic form dl-alpha tocopherol.


Megadose

A supplement that is labeled "megadose" does not mean that it is any better. Your body can only absorb so much of a nutrient and the rest is eliminated from your body as a waste product. For example, you can only absorb about 500mg of Calcium at a given time.


Thoughts on Fish Oils

Fish oils are known for getting oxidized easily. To stop this, and to stop the oils from going rancid, manufacturers of fish oil products add preservatives to them. The best quality supplements contain
only vitamin E as the preservative and are free of all artificial preservatives. The good thing about vitamin E is that it has a high nutritional value also; however, it also acts as a powerful anti-oxidant. In general, it's a good rule of thumb to keep all of your fat soluble supplements (Vitamins A, D, E, and K and GLA, EPA, ALA, DHA) in the refrigerator.

When is the best time to take a supplement?

The best time to take the majority of supplements is with meals.

Supplements serve to enhance the nutritional density of your food and there are enzymes and other properties in food that enhance the absorption of the nutrients.The best time to take the majority of supplements is with meals.


Do I Need More Than Just a Multiple Vitamin?

Even if you ate a perfect diet, USDA data has shown that even if you ate a "perfect diet", our food supply is simply not as nutritious as it was 30 years ago. Supplementing your diet can help to correct these short-comings. The only way to know if the supplements you're taking are working or to know exactly what vitamins/minerals and dosages you need is to get tested. Using bloodwork and other diagnostic tools will tell us where the problem areas are occurring or just developing. During your report of findings we will carefully note major and minor conditions that may lead to serious illness. This detailed report will explain your test findings, as well as the nutrient and dietary recommendations based upon your test results. Call today to set up a consultation.

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Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:
1. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.
2. Your individual health status and any required health care treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice. Remember: There is no adequate substitution for a personal consultation with your chosen health care provider. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Holidays and Stress

Posted on December 06, 2011

From feasting at the Thanksgiving table to lighting the menorah or decking the halls, the holiday season is filled with activity, indulgence and... STRESS.

You shop to the point of exhaustion, you eat and drink at parties to have a good time, and you try to keep the peace at home when family tensions rise. You probably joke about how stressful your life is because you figure thereʼs nothing you can do about it. But stress is no laughing matter and it can, in fact, Iead to more complex health problems that can slow you down in the new year. Seriously then, what is stress and what can you do about it now before itʼs too late?

Stress is best characterized by physiological changes within the body - changes which are activated by the adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are responsible for increased blood sugar that provides muscle energy and thinking power. They can increase heart rate and higher blood pressure to circulate energy - providing sugar and oxygen throughout your body. They can also increase respiration as well as other activities that give you physical energy and thinking ability. These physiological changes are known as defense responses which occur to help you handle problems and protect yourself against accidents and injury - in other words, survive.

"Eustress" (or good stress) is when these changes occur for a specific purpose - making a big presentation to the boss, asking someone out on a date, or responding to danger - and when the goal is accomplished the body returns to a relaxed state. "Distress" (or bad stress) is prolonged stress, in which the body stays in a constant state of alarm and cannot return to a relaxed state.

Dr. Hans Selye, an expert on stress and its consequences, has found that even the slightest strain on the body will put it in a stressed, or defensive, state. Doctors look at these strains, or stressors, in four basic groups: mental, physical, chemical and thermal.

Long-term mental stress or emotional anxiety is most harmful to the body if it is unrelenting and if there is no outlet for the energy that is created by your bodyʼs defense response. An unpleasant working environment, financial worries, the death of a loved one - all these can keep your body in defense physiology 24 hours a day, awake or asleep. Breathing exercises and meditation, a proper diet, and regular aerobic exercise can help relax your body, give it fuel and provide an outlet for pent-up energy.

Physical stress ranges from a lack of sleep to structural problems, such as a spinal imbalance or a pinched nerve. It is usually the easiest to detect and can be corrected with adequate rest and chiropractic care.

Chemical stress comes from pollution, contaminated and refined food, and medicine. A diet rich in refined sugar, salt, white flour, and hydrogenated and saturated fat - combined with the many preservatives, food colorings and artificial flavorings found in food items today - is extremely stressful to your body. Medicine, as well, may be stressful because it interferes with the bodyʼs natural defense mechanisms. 

Thermal stress occurs when the body becomes overheated or chilled. Usually thermal stress is short-term, since the body has a built-in thermostat to help it to adapt to its environment.

Nobody, and no body, can survive all of these factors working against the body at the same time. Become aware of where the stress is coming from in your life and do what you can to eliminate as much of it as you can. You will have a healthier, happier holiday.

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Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:
1. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.
2. Your individual health status and any required health care treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice. Remember: There is no adequate substitution for a personal consultation with your chosen health care provider. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Hydrogenated Fats 101

Posted on October, 2011

Hydrogenated Fats can be identified by the words: "hydrogenated", "partially hydrogenated" or "trans fatty acid" or "trans fats". They do not exist in nature and are the hardest fats to break down. if you are trying to lose weight, these fats take twice as long to breakdown as even a saturated fat! It takes 1 month to break down half of the normal fats consumed. It takes 3 months to metabolize half of the trans fats consumed

Effects of Hydrogenated Oils on the Body

  • Women who eat higher levels of trans fats are almost 4 times more likely to have breast cancer
    • Cancer Epi. Bio. Prev. 6:705, 1997.
  • Margarine, most pre-packaged foods and dressings, "Olestra" products, etc.
  • increased risk of certain cancers
  • digestive problems
  • trans fatty acids have the capacity to do more harm than saturated fats

Where are they?

  • Almost every processed food in the supermarket from soups to chips, crackers to cookies, pastries to mixes of all kinds, including some pasta and rice mixes.
  • frozen foods like pizza and pot pies and even some cereals.
  • When you order or cook deep-fried foods such as donuts, French fries, chicken, fish, etc., vegetable (hydrogenated) shortenings are often used to fry them.
  • Margarine...this is the "stuff" from which margarine is made.

What are good fats?

  • Omega3 can be found in raw nuts, seeds, beans, fish oil, avocado, and unrefined vegetable oils such as flax, hemp, and walnut.
  • Omega6 can be found in certain vegetable oils such as safflower, sunflower, olive, grapeseed, and sesame

What Role do Fats Play in Health?

  • Keep cell membranes fluid and flexible which in turn affects the white blood cells that repel invaders of the body. (Builds your immune system)
  • Promote normal growth, especially of blood vessels and nerves. (repair)
  • -Keep the skin and other tissues youthful and supple through lubrication.
  • Are key components of nerve cells
  • So even though having too much of the wrong kinds of fat is detrimental to health, good fats are essential for health and longevity.
  • Our bodies can't live fat free. We need significant amounts of essential fatty acids to function properly and enhance immunity.
  • The nutritional deficiencies related to a fat-free diet have been linked to arthritis, cardiovascular disease, PMS, and headaches.


Nutty Statistics
We took nuts out of our diet because they have too much fat in them according to the ADA.

Now look what we've created...

What are the main health problems in American Society today?

  • Heart disease, cancer, obesity, high cholesterol and diabetes.
  • Nuts are most valuable in the way they affect cholesterol.
  • The monounsaturated fats in nuts help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise your HDL (good) cholesterol.
    • All nuts contain Arginine, an amino acid that helps keep arteries clear, and magnesium and potassium which are associated with lowering blood pressure.
    • Almonds in comparison with other nuts top the list for calcium, fiber, and Vitamin E content
    • Brazil nuts have more calcium than milk, high in selenium (antioxidant).

What do you think of when you see antioxidant?

  • ANTI-CANCER!!
    • Pistachios have more fiber than broccoli.
    • Pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc, which helps promote fertility, cells reproduce, support vision, support immunity, and protect against free radicals.
    • 1st Option: Raw, unsalted nuts
    • 2nd Option: Roasted, unsalted nuts
      • Watch out for hydrogenated fats used in the roasting process

For 2 months, eat more nuts and cut out your hydrogenated fats. I guarantee your skin, hair and nails with thank you for it and your hips will thank you for it too!

  • Hydrogenated Fat
  • Substitution
    • "Earth Balance" Spread (butter substitute), Olive Oil, "Spectrum" Shortening, Sunflower Oil, Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Grape Seed Oil.
    • Note: Canola oil is not a good, quality oil. It is cheap, but it goes rancid quickly even at very low temperatures and is genetically modified


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Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:
1. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.
2. Your individual health status and any required health care treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice. Remember: There is no adequate substitution for a personal consultation with your chosen health care provider. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.

Estrogen on breast health

Posted on October 26, 2011

Estrogen Influences on Breast Health

Estrogen is a hormone which is primarily responsible for female development of breasts, regulation of the menstrual cycle, and is essential for normal functioning of the female organs. Estrogen is produced by the ovaries during a woman's childbearing years. After menopause, the ovaries no longer make estrogen. Research has determined that the single greatest risk factor for future development of breast cancer is lifetime exposure of the breasts to estrogen1.

Estrogen promotes an increase in growth of cells for the breasts and uterus during the menstrual cycle. When pregnancy does not occur, estrogen levels drop. The influence of cell division by estrogen increases the risk of mutated cells. Mutation of the proliferated cells can cause cancer. These mutations can be caused by exposure to radiation, carcinogenic chemicals, and spontaneously as a mistake when cells duplicate.

One of the most comprehensive genetic research studies published in 2010 by scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore suggests that there is a central role of the metabolic pathway of estrogen in the carcinogenesis of breast cancer. "For the first time, we found compelling evidence that there is a strong link between occurrence in genes that metabolize estrogen and risk of both breast and endometrial cancer2." According to University of Illinois food science and human nutrition professor William Helferich, "About 70 percent of women with breast cancer have estrogen-responsive tumors." The most common type of non-invasive breast cancer is called Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. This occurs when cancer develops within the milk ducts and has not spread into other tissue. Invasive Ductal Carcinoma is the most common invasive breast cancer. This cancer starts in the milk ducts but then spreads or metastasizes to other tissues of the body.

Since estrogen encourages the increase of milk ducts in the breasts, it would be a good idea to limit your exposure of estrogen and sources that may mimic estrogen. Studies from the National Cancer Institute have shown that breast tissue levels of estrogen may be up to 50 times higher than those found in laboratory blood tests.

Common Sources for Estrogen

Soy Consumption

Foods made from soybeans have organic compounds called phytoestrogens which produce high levels of estrogen-like effects. Phytoestrogens of soybeans have been studied the most when linking foods to breast cancer.5

Types of Soy to Eliminate

  • Tofu
  • "Soy Protein Isolate/Isolated Soy Protein"
  • "Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein"
  • "Texturized Vegetable Protein"
  • "Soy Protein"
  • Soy Protein Supplements

Hormone Replacement Therapy

The Women's Health Initiative study sponsored by the World Health Organization had to come to a halt when hormone replacement therapy including estrogen combined with progesterone started increasing the risks of heart disease and breast cancer.

Hormones can increase the growth of estrogen positive tumors, which carry receptors for estrogen on their cell surfaces. "The hypothesis is that when women stopped taking menopausal hormones, tiny cancers already in their breasts were deprived of estrogen and stopped growing, never reaching a stage where they could been seen on mammograms."6

Birth Control Pills

Even the weakest birth control pill contains seven times the amount of estrogen naturally occurring in your body1. Monitoring your body's menstrual cycle is the healthiest and most natural form of birth control. We encourage chemical free birth control such as the method described in the book, Love and Fertility by Mercedes Arzu Wilson.

Excess Body Fat

After menopause, when the ovaries stop producing estrogen, fatty tissue generates estrogen. Regular exercise can help balance one's hormones and fight menopausal symptoms. Being 'overweight' is not what counts. It's being "over fat" that's the problem. You can be "thin", yet a large percentage of your body weight can be fat.

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Federal Law requires that we warn you of the following:
1. The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only.
2. Your individual health status and any required health care treatments can only be properly addressed by a professional healthcare provider of your choice. Remember: There is no adequate substitution for a personal consultation with your chosen health care provider. Therefore, we encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional.