Proper Supplementation and Weight Loss

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Proper Supplementation and Weight Loss

Chris Goetz - Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Proper Supplements Can Fill Gaps Found in Even the Healthiest Weight Loss Plans

Goetz with CaptionAny nutritionist worth their salt will tell you that proper supplementation is important to overall health and well being. Maybe more so if you are trying to lose weight. The industrialization of the nation's food supply over the last several decades has resulted in vitamin and mineral deficiencies in what most of us eat. Soil and food quality has declined. The pesticides on our produce and hormones given to livestock strip nutrients from our food and also work against our bodies' ability to process them. In fact, even the fluoride in our drinking water works against our wellbeing. Some nutrients bind to it making it impossible for us to digest.

Basically, it is close to impossible to get everything we need from the foods we eat. If you have removed toxic foods from your diet, are eating the right amounts of fruits, vegetables, proteins, whole grains and good fats, getting sufficient sleep and exercise and minimizing the stress in your life, but are still facing health issues, it is time to consider supplementation. There are some basic supplements we will review here, and there are others that are helpful for specific conditions.

Magnesium is used by the body for a number of processes from cell regeneration, hormone function and bone health. Called the "master mineral," it promotes good sleep, healthy blood pressure, good digestion and even reduces sweet cravings. Magnesium was once abundant in our soil, but modern farming techniques actually strip it away. Some dietary factors that deplete magnesium are consumption of caffeine, sugar and alcohol and there are drugs that do the same thing. Magnesium supplements are plentiful and available as powders, liquids and creams that can be applied to the skin.

Omega-3 Fish Oil is an important fatty acid critical to reducing inflammation and promoting a healthy brain. It is helpful to people with depression, hyperactivity or who have trouble focusing or with their memory. Studies have shown that it can help with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer's and Crohn's disease. Omega-3 Fish Oil is found in fish like salmon and sardines which most people do not consume enough of. The most common form of Omega-3 Fish Oil supplement is oil filled capsules. The recommended dose is 1,000 milligrams per day.

Probiotics are another element deficient in our diets. A move away from fermenting foods to preserve them has led to the deficiency in these important stomach bacteria which promote good digestion. The fact that many produce items must be washed of chemicals and pesticides has the side effect of also washing away micro-organisms that provide us with probiotics. Probiotics can be supplemented with fermented foods like kombucha and sauerkraut or taken in powders or capsules

Vitamin D carries calcium to the bones, helps in the prevention of muscle spasms and bone pain and is essential to the immune system. Insufficient vitamin D is linked to depression, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, infectious disease and even cancer. Your skin absorbs vitamin D naturally from the sun, but to get enough you would have to sunbathe every day. Considering this, the easiest way to get the vitamin D your body needs is in pill form.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Should be Tailored to the Individual

There are other supplements that can be taken seasonally or depending on your needs. Vitamin C regenerates collagen and staves off colds. Coconut oil can be used to cook and has been shown to reduce Alzheimer's, and it nourishes the thyroid. Chlorophyll strengthens the immune system. There are multivitamins that include the recommended doses of many of the vitamins and minerals mentioned here. With many choices on store shelves, you can find one right for you. The certified nutritionists at Advance Health Services can advise and counsel you on proper supplementation whether you need vitamins and minerals missing in your weight loss diet, or if you simply want to promote well being. Contact us today to set your appointment.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.