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Is Micronutrient Testing Accurate? 


Have you ever wondered about the accuracy of micronutrient testing? 

You know, the laboratory tests that evaluate a patient’s vitamin and mineral status. 

They sound incredible, but are they too good to be true? 

We investigated the accuracy of micronutrient testing and found some interesting information. 

In this article, we're going to focus on what we found on one of the more well-studied and popular micronutrients in the Functional and Nutritional Medicine industry - magnesium.

But first, let’s cover some basics.

What Are Micronutrients?

Quite simply, the word micronutrient refers to all the vitamins and minerals necessary for the human body to function properly. Everything from all the B-vitamins, vitamin C, and vitamins D, E, and K, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, selenium, molybdenum, and even boron. Each of those is a micronutrient.  Micro means small, and nutrient is something...

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The Problem With Protein

nutrition Sep 18, 2021

Is Protein Important?  

Most people equate protein with muscle.  

But the amino acids from protein, which means “first” or “primary” by the way, are responsible for helping us build the hundreds of thousands of proteins our body needs for optimal health. 

Things like neurotransmitters, channels, receptors, hormones, immune system proteins – they are all made from amino acids, which are from protein. 

If we don’t supply amino acids in the diet, our body breaks its own proteins down to provide them. 

In other words, making sure you (and your patients) have adequate protein intake should be one of the first health checkpoints to consider. 

How Much Protein Do You Need?   

The RDA, and just about every primary authority, tells us 0.8 g/kg body weight is all we need to be healthy.  

But that is only enough to prevent deficiency.  

The fitness industry tells us to eat one gram...

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Is Acid to Blame?

nutrition May 03, 2021

Can You Be Too Acidic ?

We’ve all heard it…

“Everyone is acidic.”

“We all need to alkalize.”

“When people alkalize their body, then and only then, can they start healing.”

If you’re skeptical by nature, like we are, you chalked this up as watered-down, pseudo-scientific, nutrition babble.

But guess what, there IS something to this (kind of).

We did what we do best – looked to the scientific literature to see if this had any validity.

Keep reading for what we found...

Does Food Make You Too Acidic?

The acid/alkaline story in circulation is based more on rumor than science and is missing the important nuances to navigate this topic with accuracy.

However, it is correct in the premise that foods we eat can influence the acid load on our body appears to be valid.

According to the scientific literature, the foods we eat can have a significant effect on how much acid or alkali (base) the body produces. 

Foods may have...

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