All posts tagged: supplements

10 Days, 10 Ways to Lower Carbs, Day 10

Ok, Day 10 of 10!  For my “finale” (thank God, this has been hard to post 10 days in a row!),  I’ll talk about supplements to add to your regimen and some general guidelines and links to articles that I think have important information about insulin resistance, weight loss, and staying healthy.   Here are a few supplements that can help stabilize your insulin levels and lower your blood sugar: It’s important you take a good multi-vitamin, even if you are eating totally healthy.  (read why here and more here).  I take Multigenics Phyto Multi which contains vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  It is widely available. Vitamin D is not really a vitamin, but plays a very important role in metabolism.  Many of us are Vitamin D deficient.  As you doctor to check your level.  Taking 1,000-5,000 units/day of Vitamin D3 is considered pretty safe in most people. read more here There are a few other things that can help your insulin levels stabilize if you’ve struggled with your weight, or if you want to lose …

Vitamin D is NOT a vitamin. But it’s critical to staying well.

Everyone should take a Vitamin D supplement.  Yes I said EVERYONE.  Especially if you’re a woman, and especially if you are over 40.  Why?  There are multiple reasons.  Optimizing your vitamin D levels should be at the top of the list for virtually everyone, regardless of your age, sex, color, or health status, as vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an astonishingly diverse array of common chronic diseases.  Let’s explore what happens in our bodies, and why I think it is CRUCIAL to check your levels with your physician and make sure your body has enough available Vitamin D3. Vitamin D is actually a group of fat-soluble secosteroids responsible for intestinal absorption of calcium and phosphate.  Basically it is a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences THOUSANDS of gene interactions in your body.  One example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections, as well as chronic inflammation. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. This is one …

Bites #2: The most common deficiency is…

What is the most common nutritional deficiency in the US Population?  Many would say Vitamin D and they’d be right….  almost.  But, the answer is MAGNESIUM. For a variety of reasons, we lack a diet rich in magnesium.  We take other minerals, meds or substances that compete or block its absorption (think Calcium, insulin, soda, alcohol and diuretics).  Do you have restless legs or know someone who has?  It is most likely a magnesium deficiency.  They estimate that 1/6 of all headaches in the US may be a simple magnesium deficiency.  Because magnesium is necessary for so many reactions in the body that use and supply energy, low blood levels of the mineral are implicated in metabolic dysfunctions like diabetes. Magnesium is a powerful relaxant.  We give it to critically ill patients, mothers in pre-term labor, and often it’s the stuff you take to “clean you out” before a colonoscopy.  So, if our diet isn’t rich in it, what to do?  Especially if you’re already taking calcium, you absolutely should be supplementing your diet with …

Vitamins and Supplements, making sense of it all.

Nutritional Supplements – what are they, how do they work and how do you choose them? Nutritional supplements are without a doubt one of the most easily accessible and also one of the most confusing aspects of self care. Regulation of the vitamin/supplement industry only began in 2011.  The bottom line, in my opinion, is we need them. Each person is vastly different, and needs to find resources which can help them navigate the supplement and vitamin “world”.  There are a lot of people out there who want your money!!! Why do we need nutritional supplements or food supplements? As I’ve already discussed, our food supply is not as nutritionally rich as in the past.  (see post) When it comes to meat and poultry, feeds have changed from the natural foods they ate in the wild to highly processed, chemical filled “feed” that is designed to maximize growth and minimize cost.  This allows these “Factory Farms” to turn a huge profit.  The result is meat and poultry that is dangerously high in chemicals and lacking …