Are you magnesium deficient?

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Are you getting enough magnesium in your diet or through supplementation? If you are like most people the answer is no. I’ve read statistics that say that as much as 90% of us aren’t getting enough and are therefore magnesium deficient.

Why is this happening? The short answer is that we don’t eat enough of the foods that have a high amount of magnesium in them.

When was the last time you ate these foods?

Raw Spinach
Squash and Pumpkin Seeds
Macquerel Fish
Lentils
Black Eyed Peas
Quinoa
Millet
Buckwheat
Avocados
Figs
Bananas

If you are like the average American (and probably Canadian and other Ango-Saxon countries too). Most of these things are not things you eat on a regular basis. Even if you do our bodies actually require more magnesium than you might think. Some of the things we need magnesium for include:

A healthy heart
Healthy circulation
Reduction in inflammation in pain- for example a magnesium spray or supplement can sometimes help to reduce back and leg pain from walking long distances, working out, cramps due to the female menstral cycle and other common causes.
It also helps with focus and concentration as well as proper sleeping habits.
Builds strong bones

What can happen if you don’t get enough magnesium?

Well in addition to the things listed above, a magensium deficincy is also one of the causes of cravings. Did you know that if you are craving chocolate, it usually means that you are magnesium deficent? In fact dark chocolate also has high magnesium. No that doesn’t mean you can just eat chocolate all the time, however, it is one way to get more magnesium.

Check out this article on 7 reasons to get more magnesium.

Magnesium supplements are readily available and easy to use. I really like the spray magnesium from Amazon as it’s easy to use and you can spray it on your stomach, legs and arms for relief and relaxing and it absorbs into your skin and body much easier that way.

Life-flo Pure Magnesium Oil, 8 Ounce

Why Aren’t My Supplements Working?

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Are you taking supplements and yet they aren’t working or at least you think they aren’t working? This is a common problem and is one of the reason that many people stop taking them.

Let’s explore the common reason why supplements don’t work or people don’t think they are working:

1. You don’t need them. Yes it’s possible for you to not need supplements. Regardless of what you may have heard, supplements are not always necessary for all people. Yes it’s true that most people are not eating enough fruits and vegetables and therefore not getting enough of several crucial vitamins and minerals, but, that may not be you. Furthermore everyone’s bodies are different so it’s possible that supplements simply aren’t necessary for you.

2. You need supplements but the ones you are taking are the wrong ones for you. For example you may need more Vitamin D and E but not calcium and you may be taking supplements that have more calcium but not more Vitamins D and E.

3. The supplements you are taking aren’t strong enough for you. For example, you may need 500mg of Vitamin D but the supplement you are taking has only 200mg of Vitamin D.

4. You are taking supplements of low or sub-standard quality. Not all supplements sold are equal. There are lots of high quality supplements but also several that are not. In fact, many supplements have additives in them that aren’t healthy and in some cases they may not even actually contain the things that the label says they do.

If you are struggling to figure out the right supplements for you, or if you even need them, schedule your free wellness consultation with me today and let’s figure it out.

Nutrigold Supplements Review

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Do you take supplements? If not, you should be. The reality is that with the food supply the way that it is today, it is nearly impossible to get everything your body needs from food. This is especially true if you are eating less than 10 servings per day of fruits and vegetables, or you are eating a lot of processed foods or at restaurants. Even if you eat all organic food, you are still probably missing some things. While I provide a guide on this site that gives you some information on how to choose supplements and I have some supplements that I sell and recommend to most people, from time to time I like to try something new. I’ve found from personal experience that everyone cannot take the same supplements. However, there are some that are better than others and that will work for a larger percentage of the population.
Most supplements that buy off the grocery store shelf are not high quality. In fact, many have GMOS, gluten, dairy, and other added allergens in them. Even worse, some do not actually contain all the ingredients that are listed on the label. So you want to make sure to do your research before chosing supplements.

Supplements are one thing that you really cannot go exclusively on price. In fact, cheap supplements usually are just that cheap and they usually will not give you the benefits you want and may even have unwanted side effects.

I was given the opportunity to try the Nutrigold Whole Food Women’s Multi-Gold and Omega 3 Fish Oil. These are 2 different bottles. I have to say that I was quite impressed at the quality especially for an over the counter supplement. In the past I have preferred supplements either from network marketing companies or from chiropractic and health care offices because they usually have more research that goes into them and are usually of a higher quality. However, I have to say that the Nutrigold supplements are much better than the others I have tried from the store. Here are some of the things I like the best about them:

The fish oil is not from farm raised fish. This is really important as farm raised fish is of a lower qualtiy and you really should not eat it.
Made in the USA. This isn’t to say that other non-USA brands aren’t good but I still consider this to be a good attribute.
The multivitamin is a wholefood supplement and not just vitamins put together.
There is no gluten, dairy or soy in these so they do not have the top allergens that many people have.
They have not added in extra herbs or spices which may be helpful for some but can cause digestive issues in others.
They are powerful enough that you do notice a difference. I took these every day for about 3 weeks before writing this post but I did skip 1 day and I did notice that I had less energy that day.

So I have to say that if you are looking for a high qualtiy supplement that isn’t too expensive Nutrigold is a brand worth trying. They aren’t really cheap but then again as I’ve already mentioned supplements that are too cheap usually aren’t high quality.

Check them out at:

Omega-3 Fish Oil – NutriGold Triple Strength Omega-3 Gold, 180 Softgels – 1000 mg EPA + DHA with 85% Omega-3s in 1,250 mg Liquid Capsules, Molecularly Distilled Fatty Acids, Pharmaceutical Grade Pills That Are NOT Enteric Coated for Best Absorption But Still Guaranteed Burpless and Odorless – IFOS 5-Star Certified, ConsumerLab Approved, and Ranked #1 by LabDoor in Comparison of Top 50 Fish Oil Supplements

NutriGold Whole-Food Women’s Multi Gold – 90 Veggie Capsules – Organic WholeFood Multivitamin Supplements with Minerals and Co-Factors for Superior Absorption and No Unpleasant Aftertaste (With Iron For Women) Food-Based, Gentle, Non-GMO, and No Synthetic Vitamins

6 Important Guides: To Choose the Best Supplements

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Are you taking the best supplements for you? How do you know? There are thousands of supplements available for purchase yet one key to having optimum health is for you to chose the right ones for you. So here are 6 important guides to choose the best supplements:

1. The ingredients inside the supplements. While this one may be obvious, it couldn’t be more true and more important. Everyone does not have the same needs since your diet, lifestyle and individual health concerns can impact what you need from a supplement.

2. Your needs. This is related to number 1. Do you know what you need from a supplement? If not, you need to find out. The best and easiest way is to consult with a health coach, nutritionist or other qualified health care professional to help you chose based on your individual health concerns and what you are already getting from your diet.

3. The research and science behind the supplements. While this is not necessarily the most important guide, it can impact the quality. This is one reason I do not recommend buying your supplements at the grocery store. The majority of these are not high quality and do not have any research or science behind them. That said, you can find some quality supplements at a speciality health store such as Whole Foods.

4. No filers or dyes. This is a must. Many store bought and inexpensive supplements have added filers, dyes, allergens and other ingredients that are not good for you or necessary. Make sure you check these out in any supplement that you are considering purchasing.

5. Your diet. This is related to numbers 1 and 2. For example, if you are vegetarian or vegan, you will have different needs than someone who eats meet. If you have low bone density you will need more calcium, than someone does not. Some people need fish oil and others don’t.

6. The cost. Yes this is last for a reason. That said, the cost can be a factor since a supplement that is more expensive isn’t necessarily better and a supplement that is too cheap is probably going to be low quality.

What questions do you have about supplements? Let me know in the comments below.

How to Chose a Fish Oil

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Fish oil is a great supplement to add to your diet in order to maintain maximum health. However, there are a lot of fish oils on the market. So how do you know which one to choose?

Here are a few tips:

1. Read the ingredients. You want to make sure that the main ingredient really is fish oil and that there are no added chemicals, preservatives or anything else that should not be there.

2. Understand where the fish oil comes from. All fish oils are not created equal.

3. Avoid choosing a fish oil exclusively based on the price.

Read more about the benefits of fish oil

Why Probiotics?

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Have you heard of probiotics? Do you know why probiotics are so important? While probiotics can be found in milk, yogurt and some vegetables for most people it isn’t possible to get enough of them in food. So you can take a probiotic supplement. There are a variety of them on the marketplace and some of the better ones are those you can get from a holistic healthcare provider. For me personally taking a probiotic every day has really helped a lot with my allergies and digestion.

Here is a video that explains in even more detail why probiotics:

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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Have you used apple cider vinegar? I’ve used it periodically. Here is a great video that talks more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar. I’m convinced I need to use it more often.

How to Use Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed and flaxseed oil is a great food to help you with cleansing, and overall good nutrition. However, it can be hard to figure out how best to use it. I personally take supplements that have flaxseed oil as one of the ingredients, however you can also cook with it. Here is a video that explains even more about how to use flaxseed oil.

How do you use flaxseed oil?