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How To Support Better Sleep Naturally

6 fantastically natural supplements for supporting better sleep. Don't miss these ideas!

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5 Key Nutrients for Men

Men and women have slightly different nutritional needs, and here are the nutrients men want to focus on.

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What Is Magnesium Lotion?

Getting enough of the important mineral magnesium is easy when you apply a magnesium lotion or gel, plus is assimilates through the body quickly, too.

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Nutrition To Heal A Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is one of the most common sports injuries, and to optimize their healing ability, stress fractures need proper food and nutrition. Here's what our RD recommends.

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What Is Transdermal Magnesium?

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body and applying magnesium topically is linked to many benefits.

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Supplements That Say ‘Om’

Life ebbs and flows with its fair share of stressors. Here’s a look at five effective options for boosting your mood.

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Treat Migraines Naturally

Migraine headaches are often debilitating, under-diagnosed, and quite common.Currently only 12 percent of individuals with migraine in the U.S. use any form of preventative therapy, while 98 percent use some form of acute treatment. Given that most natural therapies are effective for migraine prevention, rather than acute treatment, and without adverse effects, they may be the best choice for people who get migraines.

Why Are You Getting Migraines? What’s Causing Them To Be Chronic?

New research points to Mitochondria Dysfunction as being part of the underlying etiology of migraine headaches.

What Does Mitochondria Dysfunction Mean?

Mitochondria are the organelles responsible for energy (ATP) production, and are part of every cell in the body. If mitochondria in the neurons aren’t working properly, and working irradicably, they won’t be able to maintain good cell function. That can lead to a collapse in synaptic communication and an increase in inflammation. Inflammation is often seen in people who suffer from chronic migraines so all of this goes together.

How Do You Treat Migraines and Support Mitochondrial Dysfunction?

1| Identify Triggers

Most people who get migraines have a certain trigger, such as certain foods, stress, allergens, hormonal changes, lack of sleep, etc. However, these triggers can be hard to identify.

2| Use Nutrients To Improve Mitochondrial Function

The #1 nutrient for improving mitochondrial function is CoQ10. Use a highly absorbable form. CoQ10 is typically available as a crystalline powder, which isn’t absorbed very well. Fortunately, there are a number of oil-based products on the market that are much better absorbed. Have your doctor routinely measure CoQ10 levels to make sure you’re getting enough. Quite often, a person needs to take 200+ mg/day to get the effect you’re looking for.

In addition to CoQ10, also use Magnesium (100-300 mg/day), a mineral people are commonly deficient in. It’s very helpful for most people with migraine, likely due to its support of mitochondrial function as well as muscle relaxation.

Quercetin is an anti-inflammatory compound shown to induce mitochondrial biogenesis, and is also shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent that stabilizes mast cells.

Do you get migraine headaches? What are your triggers? Which supplements help you?

In Health and Happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Healthy Goods

Reference: Robert Rountree, MD. How lifestyle and nutrition can support migraine treatment.

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3 Ways to Support Your Immunity Naturally

When you dive back into a busy fall schedule, your immune system automatically weakens. Chalk it up to stress, which leads to lost sleep, which throws hormones out of balance and compromises your body’s ability to fight off infection.

By boosting your immunity naturally with certain nutrients, you can restore your strength and keep infectious invaders at bay.

#1 Magnesium

Magnesium has been linked to the immune system, finding that the nutrient impacts inflammation response and may help ward off asthma symptoms. Stash portions of magnesium drink mix, such as Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm, in your gym bag to mix with water after a workout, and you’ll increase your chances of returning to the treadmill tomorrow. I’m loving the different flavors too, such as cherry and raspberry-lemon. $34.45 for a 16 oz. bottle of powder

#2 Give Your Body a Round-the-Clock Dose of Vitamin C

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 30% of new and remodeled buildings worldwide might be classified as “sick,” triggering symptoms such as coughs, fatigue and headaches, known as sick building syndrome (SBS), in occupants. Even in healthy offices, bacteria can linger on everything from the coffeemaker to the copy machine. One way not to think about it? Put some extra C – such as packets of Livon Lab Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C – in your laptop bag every morning. The packet is the most bioavailable and powerful oral vitamin C supplement you can find. $32.95 per 30 packets

#3 Think Zinc

The lower your zinc levels, the more vulnerable you are to infections, according to decades of research and a review from The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It’s clear zinc affects multiple aspects of the immune system. Additional studies have found zinc’s sickness-fighting power can be boosted by picolinic acid, which helps your body transport and absorb certain minerals. Drop this bottle of Uckele's Zinc Citrate in your purse, and you’ll stay even sharper for work. The liquid is taste less, so simply add it to water or drop straight onto your tongue. $12.15 per 2 fl oz bottle

With these three convenient ways to ensure you get your magnesium, zinc, and vitamin C, there’s no excuse for not being healthy this Fall.

In health and happiness,

Kelly Harrington, MS, RDN

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Live Superfoods

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