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Are You Taking The Right Iron For You?

Are You Taking The Right Iron For You?
Are You Taking The Right Iron For You?  This blog was originally posted on drwillcole.com. Nutrient deficiencies are something I see regularly in my telehealth functional medicine clinic. Our bodies are so interconnected and require a specific ratio of various nutrients in order to function optimally. And while I believe food is foundational, sometimes severe deficiencies require a little more help to overcome. Iron is one of the most common defici...

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5 Amazing Benefits of MCT Oil and the Best Ways to Use It

5 Amazing Benefits of MCT Oil and the Best Ways to Use It
Previously published @onbetterliving  The last few years has seen a rise in incredible weight loss stories, with the before and after pics to prove it all over social media. And the credit has been going to one diet in particular: the ketogenic diet.  A high-fat, low-carb diet that was developed back in the 1920’s as a way to treat epilepsy, the purpose of the keto diet is to get your body to get into a state of ketosis and turn it into a fat burni...

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Skin Health Tips for Fall and Winter

Skin Health Tips for Fall and Winter
Skin Health Tips for Fall and Winter What do you love most about fall? Walking in the crisp air, carving pumpkins, and tasting the first bite of a sweet, juicy apple probably top your list. Dry, cracked skin? Yeah, not so much.  But just as the leaves are turning red and drying out, your skin is doing the same. And it only gets worse in the winter.   Challenge #1: Dryness Colder temperatures outside and parched, heated air inside can really do a nu...

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Iron for adults over 50

Iron for adults over 50
Iron for adults over 50 Many people fear iron excess. This fear may be one reason why, even in wealthy countries, iron is the most common nutrient deficiency. For example, 8-44% of seniors are anemic, and contrary to many assumptions, men in this group are most likely to be deficient. And it is true, that like most other nutrients, iron is not good for us in excess. However, it is also not good for us to be deficient. This is why I refer to iron as...

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Grain Free Blueberry Crisp

Grain Free Blueberry Crisp
Grain Free Blueberry Crisp Recipe and image courtesy of Lindsay Young, @eatyoungnutrition Time: 40 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 ½ cups blueberries Juice of half a lemon (2 tbsp) 3 tbsp coconut sugar 2 tbsp Elderberry Crystals 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp grated fresh ginger 1 ½ cup almond flour or almond meal 2/3 cup brown sugar ½ cup hemp hearts ½ cup sliced almonds Pinch of sea salt 1/3 cup melted unsalted butter or ghee   Method: Preheat oven to 3...

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Too Early to Be Thinking About Elderberry? Nope.

Too Early to Be Thinking About Elderberry? Nope.
Too Early to Be Thinking About Elderberry? Nope. Congratulations parents, you finished your back-to-school shopping and shipped your kiddos back to in-person learning. Or if you don’t have kids at home, maybe you bought yourself a pair of cute new winter boots when they went on sale. But while you were stocking up on notebooks, number two pencils, sweaters, and corduroys, did you happen to pick up any elderberry? Elderberry? Already? It’s not even ...

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Omegas for Brain Health

Omegas for Brain Health
Omegas for Brain Health After what we’ve been through, just about everyone could use a brain boost right now. Kids have undergone a year or more of disrupted schooling, and many of them have fallen behind. Adults are experiencing pandemic-induced brain fog.[1] And seniors who’ve been especially diligent about staying home are experiencing the effects of loneliness on the brain.[2] It’s a lot. Thankfully, there’s omega-3 fatty acids. Ever heard that...

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Collagen for Athletes: More Than Just a Beauty Supplement

Collagen for Athletes: More Than Just a Beauty Supplement
Collagen for Athletes: More Than Just a Beauty Supplement Collagen is hot. Celebrities and regular folks alike swear by it for healthy hair, skin, and nails. But collagen isn’t just a beauty supplement. It may also help you work out harder and recover more quickly. That probably sounds good whether you’re an elite athlete or just someone who’s trying to stay fit. Exercise: A Double-Edged Sword Exercise is good for you, but it can also be hard on te...

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Iron Deficiency and Athletes

Iron Deficiency and Athletes
 Iron Deficiency and Athletes Iron deficiency is an all-too-common nutrient deficiency that is more likely to affect certain groups and populations than others. Athletes of all types – professional, amateur and “weekend warrior” enthusiasts – are more at risk of iron deficiency than other groups of people. Iron deficiency can result in fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating and poor circulation. As you can imagine, none of these sym...

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Road Trip Essentials: A Packing List to Make Your Road Trip Go Smoothly

Road Trip Essentials: A Packing List to Make Your Road Trip Go Smoothly
Summer’s in full swing and lots of folks are hearing the call of the open road. Whether you’re taking a trip you’ve been planning for months or escaping for a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway, what you pack can make or break your trip. Depending on where you’re going, you may need a bathing suit, hiking boots, your bike helmet, or dressy clothes for a fancy restaurant. But no matter where you’re headed, these travel essentials will serve you wel...

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Do You Even Science, Bro?

Do You Even Science, Bro?
Clinical Trials and Supplements Jokes aside, having research papers that support your dietary supplement’s health claims is a huge boon in most global markets. In many cases, it allows for product specific health claims that rise above generic ones. It gives extra confidence and reassurance to consumers that what they’re investing in for their health will actually work for them. There are many different kinds of research articles that might be whip...

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The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)

The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)
Today we separate the truth from the fiction when it comes to taking iron. You should come away clear about what you can do to improve your iron absorption. Why 7-11 (and not 411)? Because we will clear up 7 confusions and provide 11 solutions. When we find out we are low in iron, or someone that we care for is low in iron, we might start consulting Dr. Google, as one does. We might find interesting facts and theories, so let’s get clear on what is...

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