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DIETARY SUPPLEMENTATION

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.

-Thomas A. Edison

Supplementation basic questions

  • Do you need to take vitamins and nutrients to support your aging process?
  • In what amounts so they really work?
  • Which ones?

The recommended daily allowances (RDAs) and the reference daily intakes (RDIs) merely serve to prevent disease. They are not design for optimal health. The RDAs and RDIs, actually do not take into account that vitamins, minerals and other nutrients you need to support your aging process are completely different for each individual.

It is well known that about 75 percent of your health and life expectancy is based on lifestyle, environment, and nutrition. The number of years that you are alive is not as crucial as the number of years you spend being healthy. How do you expect to live up to 100 years if you let yourself go to a nursing home at 80? Science has demonstrated that persons with better health habits survive longer, (and) disability its postponed and compressed into fewer years at the end of life.

Common negative consequences of low levels of Vitamins, minerals and other nutrients

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis

It is universal knowledge that most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients by diet alone, which is why we encourage all adults to have a supplementation plan.

Important factors to consider which nutrients are right for you

  • What is the age of your internal organs and yours
  • What Medications have you taken for long periods, or are you taking now
  • Vitamin interaction with medications
  • Soil depletion, where do you eat and where is your food coming from
  • What is your antioxidant level
  • What is your stress level and what are you doing to manage it
  • How is your lifestyle
  • Genetics

Some examples of how medications deplete your body of vitamins and minerals

  • Long term use of antacids can lead to decrease folic acid absorption
  • Regular use of aspirin decreases Folate levels
  • Birth control pills and estrogen replacement deplete body of B vitamins
  • Too much vitamin B6 can decrease the effectiveness of levadopa (prescribed to raise natural dopamine in the brain for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Disopyramide (Norpace) and Quinidine sulfate can cause magnesium deficiency
  • Colchicine reduces the absorption of beta-carotene and also magnesium, potassium and vitamin B12
  • Estrogen replacement increases calcium absorption
  • Seizure medications (anticonvulsants) can deplete your body of Carnitine
  • H2 blockers such as Cimetidine decrease vitamin D activity
  • HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors used to lower cholesterol (statin drugs) stop your body from making Coenzyme Q-10.
  • Medications to lower blood sugar such as Glyburide (Diabeta), lead to coenzyme Q-10 deficiency.
  • Digoxin can increase the rate of calcium excretion from your body
  • Fiber can decrease the absorption of Digoxin
  • Diuretics (water pills) increase the loss of magnesium, potassium, sodium, and zinc
  • Calcium can decrease the absorptions of beta blockers
  • Potassium-sparing diuretics deplete your body of folic acid, calcium and zinc
  • If you are on any of the above medications, it is important to make sure that you replace the nutrients depleted or make sure your vitamins and your medications do not interact.

What Retail Stores Don't Tell You

Interaction between vitamins, minerals and other nutrients

  • The purest the ingredient the better is the absorption
  • To higher the concentration the higher the effect
  • You have to have enough vitamin C in your body to use selenium effectively
  • Vitamin C can enhance the availability of vitamin A
  • Zinc in excess can decrease calcium absorption
  • Vitamin D increases the absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • Vitamin D helps your body use zinc effectively
  • Too much copper can decease the uptake of manganese in your system
  • Vitamin A deficiency can decrease iron utilization
  • Too much iron can lower your manganese and copper levels
  • Too much riboflavin (vitamin B2) can cause magnesium deficiency
  • Vitamin B6 can cause a decrease in copper absorption
  • Vitamin A absorption may be lower if vitamin E levels are not adequate
  • Vitamin B6 deficiency can lead to decrease use of selenium
  • Adequate phosphorus intake is needed to maintain vitamin D

Truth of today’s world and food

  • The soil is deplete of many minerals such as zinc and magnesium. Selenium is present depending where you live.
  • Fruits and vegetables lose their nutritional value after picking and cold storage destroys nutrients
  • The nutrients in your food may not be in a form that is bio-available or in other words they are not easily absorbed in your body
  • Processing food (blanching, sterilizing, canning, and freezing) decrease nutritional value and poison the food you eat.
  • The longer you cook the fruits and vegetables the fewer nutrients remain. Eat as much raw food
  • The milling of grains removes 26 essential nutrients and most of the fiber.

To find out your ideal supplementation make an appointment NOW with Dr. Cabanellas by calling 561-333-3440.

 
 

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