Nutrition / Research / June 24, 2015

A new, very large study just published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism shows chronic low sodium concentration in the blood (hyponatremia) increases risk of osteoporosis, fragility fracture 390%!¹ Normal serum sodium levels are between approximately 135 and 145 mEq/liter (135 – 145 mmol/L). Hyponatremia is a serum sodium level of less than 135 mEq/L. Sodium loss can lead to a state of low blood volume, which triggers the release of anti-diuretic hormone, which leads to water retention and dilution of the blood resulting in a low sodium concentration. Too little sodium in the diet is rarely the key cause of hyponatremia, but avoiding salt entirely may contribute. Normally, we need about ½ teaspoon of salt per day, but for many of us, since summer means we’re sweating more, we may need a wee bit more – say…

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Nutrition / Research / June 18, 2015

Do you really need supplements?  When you reach for that bottle of vitamins in the grocery store, do you wonder if you should buy it or eat more vegetables instead? The answer may surprise you. Government sponsored research has found large scale deficiencies in many nutrients in the general population, including: omega-3 fats, vitamin D, folate, zinc, magnesium, and iron. So why are we so depleted in nutrients in a time when we have access to a greater variety of food than ever? 4 Reasons You Are Nutrient-Depleted According to the internationally recognized doctor, Mark Hyman, here are the 4 primary reasons: 1. Depleted Soil  Wild crops contain dramatically higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and essential fats. The animals and vegetables we eat today contain fewer nutrients. This is because the mineral content of the soil that the crops are…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 24, 2015

Have you ever wondered what makes some people live longer than others? Is it geography, culture, a sense of community…diet? Those were the types of questions Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow, New York Times Best Selling Author and TED Talk speaker wanted to answer when he set off on a quest in 2000 to find the secrets to longevity. And find them he did… What The World’s Healthiest People Do In summary, Buettner took a team of researchers (anthropologists, demographers, epidemiologists) around the world to study communities who had a high percentage of centenarians. What they discovered was that the world’s healthiest people: Move everyday– low intensity exercise is a daily occurrence. Spend time with like-minded people. Take time to unwind, recuperate and de-stress. Are a part of spiritual communities. Make family a top priority. These places (there are only…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 7, 2015

Lara Pizzorno is the author of “Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis and Have Strong Bones for Life – Naturally” and a member of the American Medical Writers Association with 29 years of experience specializing in bone health. Recently we asked Lara if she would help us provide a series of short, ongoing videos to help you (our customers and readers) stay up to date on the latest facts and science related to bone health. In this latest video, Lara discusses the consequence of bariatric surgery: how it reduces your ability to absorb nutrients. Watch the video below (or read the transcript provided) and let us know what you think in the comments. 🙂 Hello, my name’s Lara Pizzorno. I’m the author of “Your Bones”, and I’m here today to share with you some information that I hope will help you…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / March 12, 2015

Feeling a little tired or worn out? Well you aren’t alone! Sometimes all you need is a tiny energy boost to get you through the rest of your day or your upcoming bone-strengthening workout. Discover the 17 all-natural and science-backed ways to boost your energy anytime! 1. Move it!  Guess how long you’ll feel energized after just a 10-minute walk? According to a study in Personality and Social Psychology…two hours! 2. Massage Those Ears I’ll be surprised if you’ve heard of this energy boosting tip before!  Dr. Teitelbaum, a physician with a special interest in chronic fatigue, says that, “massaging the ears unites all of the meridians (energy pathways), and gets the energy flowing.” He says, “simply pinch the rim of each ear between your thumb and pointer finger, and rub up and down for 10 to 30 seconds.”  3. Magnesium Magnesium is…

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Nutrition / Research / December 9, 2014

You know your body and your bones need certain vitamins like C and D in order to properly function. But did you know that in order to properly absorb and use those vitamins it takes a team effort? Let me explain. Vitamins are generally classified into two categories: water soluble and fat soluble. Water-soluble vitamins include all of the B vitamins and vitamin C. These vitamins are dissolved in water and if there is excess in your system, your body flushes them out. Fat-soluble vitamins on the other hand, such as vitamins A, D, E and K, are similar to oil and don’t dissolve in water. Unlike water-soluble vitamins, any excess of these vitamins in your system will be stored in your liver and fatty tissues until the body needs them. The Fat-Soluble Balancing Act Vitamins and minerals work together…

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Magnesium / Nutrition / Research / September 5, 2014

Do you need more energy? If you’re like most of our readers, you live a fast paced life. Maybe you are juggling grandkids on the weekend. Perhaps you’ve started to travel, or maybe you’re taking classes for a new found hobby. Or you may have a more flexible schedule – but flexible doesn’t necessarily mean relaxing! In fact, many of you have told us you’re more active now than at any other time of your lives. If that’s true for you, and you often feel tired, worn out, and lethargic, despite exercising and getting lots of rest, one possible cause is a lack of magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is a vital mineral that has been shown to positively impact energy, muscle function and bone quality (when taken with calcium and vitamin D). And studies show as many as 80%…

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Recipes / Research / August 22, 2014

This recipe boasts 463 mg of calcium and 108 mg of magnesium all in this tasty dish! Wild shrimp contains a significant amount of selenium (102% of your daily value) in just 4 ounces! Selenium is an important trace mineral in your body and is needed in small amounts for various functions. It has also been shown that selenium has a positive impact on bone and joint health. Another health benefit of wild shrimp is that it has astaxanthin, which is a carotenoid that is receiving notable attention from health research for both it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties. [1] In addition to wild shrimp, this recipe adds plum tomatoes, crushed garlic and fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley – all these ingredients added together make a dish that is packed with vitamins and minerals in each bite! Sources

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Nutrition / Research / June 18, 2014

Recent studies have shown the need for supplements in today’s diet. One reason is our farming practices – because the soil is not nutrient rich like in the past, our food isn’t either. And because of this, you are no longer able to get the adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals from your food alone. Second, we are consuming more empty calories in the form of sugar and refined and processed foods – which isn’t doing us any favors. With that in mind, the infographic below gives you an idea of supplements versus foods. This is not saying that we should replace our foods with supplements altogether, rather that supplements are now essential to our everyday diet because of the current state of our food system. Source by : Taking a supplement as security for the shortfall of vitamins…

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