Monday, August 20, 2012

5 Key Nutrients for Optimal Health

As a nutritionist, my practice is built around maximizing nutrient intake and conversion and synthesis within the body.  For many, our day to day lives extracts or minimizes nutrient intake or worse, we are void of many key nutrients.

When I begin work with a new client, we'll often assess their nutrient levels via a blood based micronutrient test provided by ALCAT labs. This test is key for being able to aid the client in nourishing their body but it also can help us identify how and why nutrient deficiencies are integral to the root cause of whatever ailment or situation they are in.

What I've noticed over the past 4 years in working with clients utilizing these labs, there are 5 common nutrient deficiencies:
  • Calcium
  • Choline
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E
Calcium is key for building strong teeth and bones and aids in nerve and muscle health.

Choline helps heart and brain function and even reduces breast cancer risk.

Vitamin D is a powerhouse - it's really a hormone as more research finds its hormonal links.  Manufactured in part by the liver, a healthy, detoxed liver is essential with this vitmain.  Vitamin D aids bone health and improves immunity, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin E slows the aging process as it fights free radicals. It also reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers.

If you are dealing with a weakened immunity, slowed surgery recovery, fatigue and any diagnosed disease or illness- it's a good idea to get a micronutrient test done.

And if you are consuming pharmaceuticals (prescription drugs) it's definitely essential to test your micronutrient levels to see where these drugs might be creating deficiencies.

For more information about these tests, please call our office 727-502-3464 or visit our website.  Follow us on facebook for more health tips.
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