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Daily Contest Wednesday May 18
Today’s Theme: Nutrition
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Are you getting all the nutrients you require from your diet?
The most common nutrient deficiencies in Canada are Vitamin D3, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin A, and Folate. The percentage of Canadians with inadequate intake of these nutrients ranged from 26% to over 90% depending on age group and sex. The Standard American Diet (SAD for short) is just not delivering the nutrients we require (1).
You can test these nutrients through advanced testing with naturopathic doctors. One such accredited lab, Genova, offers an advanced Nutreval test that looks into the body’s need for vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, aminos & digestive support. Their nutritional profiles help identify root causes of dysfunction to promote health. Several of these nutrients such as Vitamin D3 and Folate can simply be tested with your annual bloodwork checkup.
Increasing foods high in these nutrients is the best route to achieving healthy levels as you’ll also be getting other important nutritional support from a whole food diet!
Some favourite sources of these nutrients are listed below:
- Vitamin D3: fish, eggs, liver, and sunshine
- Calcium: chia seeds, figs, tahini, and molasses
- Magnesium: pumpkin seeds, avocado, dark chocolate, and leafy greens
- Vitamin A: liver, eggs, carrots, and sweet potatoes
- Folate: lentils, asparagus, broccoli, and beets
If you are particularly concerned about your nutrient intake, tracking your diet with a free app such as “My Fitness Pal” can estimate your daily intake.
If you’re consistently low, are symptomatic, or have tests confirming deficiency, you may be advised to supplement with targeted nutritional supplements. The form and dose of your supplements are very important. You want to maximize absorption and assimilation with bioactive forms. And remember, more is not always better as some of these nutrients in excess can become toxic.
Make sure to discuss this with your naturopathic doctor!
Today’s Contest Question*
True or False: The 5 most common nutrient deficiencies in Canadians are Vitamin D3, Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin A, and Folate.
Today’s Featured Doctor: Tara Lapointe, ND
Tara Lapointe is a naturopathic doctor by schooling. She blends evidence-based medicine and the wisdom of ancient medical practices with an emphasis on Ayurvedic Medicine.
Think of her as the private detective your health never had. She is somewhat of a scholar of “comparative medicine.” She will find what will work best for you and your personal constitution.
In Dr. Lapointe’s general practice, she focuses on helping others achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional health and well-being. She strives to educate patients, creating awareness, the ultimate first step to change.
Her goal is to support patients through their own personal health journey at their comfort level, whether it be for prevention, acute illness or chronic disease.
Dr. Lapointe has further training in Ayurvedic Medicine with Matthew Remski of Toronto’s Renaissance Yoga and Ayurveda; Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Virginia Doran MS, LAc; Reiki with Dr. Usha of the Buddha Hall in Dharamshala India; Parenteral Therapy with Dr. Paul Saunders PhD, ND, DHANP; Dream Interpretation with Dr. Christopher Sowton ND, FCAH; Advanced Nutritional IV Therapy with Dr. Paul Anderson and Dr. Virginia Osborne; Chelation IV Therapy with ACAM (member); Healthy Breast Teacher Training with Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur; Injection Therapy (neural therapy) with Dr. Klinghardt.
Dr. Lapointe strives to maintain a balanced lifestyle with an active passion for yoga and long-distance running as well as pursuing an artistic side by playing music and painting. She enjoys venturing into the farmers’ markets and creating whole-food dishes, relaxing with family and friends, cuddling with her pet cat Carma, reading at coffee shops, and taking in the live music and art of HRM.
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