Advice for Life March 17, 2016

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Step one in correcting leaky gut is to eliminate any triggers/stressors in your diet and environment including chemicals, offending foods, and bacteria/fungi. Common ingredients to stay away from are dairy, gluten, sugar, yeast, caffeine, artificial additives and nuts. If you suspect food sensitivities, consider seeing a naturopath for further information on pursuing an elimination diet in order to establish proper dietary guidelines and a treatment timeline. A liver detox can be considered to reduce toxic overload.

Step two is to replace unhealthy habits and behaviors with beneficial ones. In addition to choosing whole, organic foods, managing stress and being mindful while eating it is important to ensure the diet includes lots of fibre (35g/day) and water for regular elimination. Supplemental Vitamin D is recommended as well, as it is integral to the resistance of the gut and the balance of good bacteria.

Step three is to repair the digestive tract by doing the following:

  1. Heal and Strengthen Mucous Lining – with diet, herbs and supplements. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that heals the cell junctions along the digestive tract and it is one of the most effective nutrients in gut repair. Herbal considerations include deglycyrrhizinated licorice, chamomile or marshmallow as they soothe inflammation in the GI tract and increase mucous production to protect lining. Foods that help repair the gut lining include homemade bone broth and aloe vera juice. Fish oils should also be considered to fight inflammation and provide lubrication.
  2. Re-Inoculate & Protect The Gut – by replenishing the good bacteria in your digestive tract with probiotics and fermented foods, such as sauerkraut. Friendly bacteria create a protective layer along the intestinal membrane, produces butyrate fatty acids that nourish the lining, normalizes bowel movements, optimizes digestion, balances the immune response, and protects against pathogens and inflammation.

Step four is to ensure proper food breakdown to avoid further gut irritation and the development of any food sensitivities. This can be done with the help of digestive enzymes. Be sure to consider a supplement with HCL if stomach acid is low. Remember that when foods are properly digested, they are basically rendered non-allergenic!

As over 2/3 of all immune activity takes place in the gut, it is safe to assume that an impaired digestive system is one of the main roots of disease. In taking the utmost care in preserving the integrity of our intestinal membrane, keeping up our levels of good bacteria and ensuring we are properly breaking down our food, we are decreasing the risk of a wide range of conditions and symptoms. Be good to your gut!

Advice for Life March 10, 2016

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Leaky gut syndrome is an increase in intestinal permeability and it can aggravate a list of symptoms including pain, diarrhea, rashes, fever, poor concentration/memory, fatigue, bloating/gas, irritability, headaches, fat storage/weight gain ,food sensitivities, and abdominal discomfort. Our intestinal lining is made to be semi-permeable. Every 3 to 5 days, it sloughs off a layer of cells and produces new cells to keep itself that way. Its role is to absorb nutrients and at the same time act as a barrier to toxins. In a healthy intestine, only properly digested fats, proteins and starches are able to pass through to be assimilated. However, when the lining becomes too porous, it allows food particles, bacteria and other organisms and/or their toxins into the bloodstream and the rest of the body. The immune system sees these as invaders, and stimulates an antibody reaction. When these particles are re-introduced into the body, the immune system responds in a defensive attack, leading to silent inflammation, auto-immune disorders and food sensitivities. This is the root of many conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, IBS, asthma, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes and migraines, to name a few.

The gut becomes “leaky” because of inflammation. When it becomes irritated, the intestinal membrane inflames and normally tight cell junctions loosen up and allow large molecules to squeeze through. One of the main causes of leaky gut is incomplete or impaired digestion generally due to enzyme deficiency, inadequate chewing, overeating, excessive fluid intake with meals, diet high in processed foods or improper food combining. When intestinal bacteria acts upon undigested food particles, toxic chemicals and gases known as endotoxins are produced and can damage mucosal lining resulting in inflammation. Due to repeated attacks, the gut lining erodes over time, causing leakage of food particles, toxins and pathogens into the blood stream.

Other potential causes are infections (bacterial, viral, fungal/candida or parasitic), stress, drugs (particularly birth control, antibiotics and NSAIDS), alcohol and caffeine. Factors such as allergic reactions from foods and chemicals, nutritional deficiencies and exposure to environmental toxins also play a role.

Next week we will look at how you can correct leaky gut syndrome.

Advice for Life March 10, 2016

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Leaky gut syndrome is an increase in intestinal permeability and it can aggravate a list of symptoms including pain, diarrhea, rashes, fever, poor concentration/memory, fatigue, bloating/gas, irritability, headaches, fat storage/weight gain ,food sensitivities, and abdominal discomfort. Our intestinal lining is made to be semi-permeable. Every 3 to 5 days, it sloughs off a layer of cells and produces new cells to keep itself that way. Its role is to absorb nutrients and at the same time act as a barrier to toxins. In a healthy intestine, only properly digested fats, proteins and starches are able to pass through to be assimilated. However, when the lining becomes too porous, it allows food particles, bacteria and other organisms and/or their toxins into the bloodstream and the rest of the body. The immune system sees these as invaders, and stimulates an antibody reaction. When these particles are re-introduced into the body, the immune system responds in a defensive attack, leading to silent inflammation, auto-immune disorders and food sensitivities. This is the root of many conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, IBS, asthma, allergies, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes and migraines, to name a few.

The gut becomes “leaky” because of inflammation. When it becomes irritated, the intestinal membrane inflames and normally tight cell junctions loosen up and allow large molecules to squeeze through. One of the main causes of leaky gut is incomplete or impaired digestion generally due to enzyme deficiency, inadequate chewing, overeating, excessive fluid intake with meals, diet high in processed foods or improper food combining. When intestinal bacteria acts upon undigested food particles, toxic chemicals and gases known as endotoxins are produced and can damage mucosal lining resulting in inflammation. Due to repeated attacks, the gut lining erodes over time, causing leakage of food particles, toxins and pathogens into the blood stream.

Other potential causes are infections (bacterial, viral, fungal/candida or parasitic), stress, drugs (particularly birth control, antibiotics and NSAIDS), alcohol and caffeine. Factors such as allergic reactions from foods and chemicals, nutritional deficiencies and exposure to environmental toxins also play a role.

Next week we will look at how you can correct leaky gut syndrome.

Advice for Life, March 3, 2016

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Hello Travelers!

With recent Zika outbreaks in Central and South America, now is a better time than ever to get a travel consultation at Grand Avenue Pharmacy. We have had many questions about Zika and I would like to take a moment to tell you a little more about it. What we know is that Zika virus is a mosquito born illness caused by Aedes species mosquitoes that have been infected with the virus. These mosquitoes primarily bite during the daytime. A small amount of cases have been reported through sexual intercourse with an infected partner however this does not appear to be a common mode of transmission. Popular destinations like Mexico and Costa Rica have reported outbreaks recently and there is much concern about the Rio Summer Olympics. There is an ongoing study about the link between Zika and birth defects so more information about Zika will be available soon. Until we know more, we are highly advising women that are pregnant (or planning to get pregnant) to refrain from travel to Zika outbreak areas. If travelling to Zika areas a good insect repellent should be used religiously. Grand Avenue has just received a new repellent Piactive which is DEET free, long lasting (up to 12 hours), non-irritating, not oily, unscented, and will not damage synthetic material.Book your travel consult today to find out more and help plan safe travels for your next trip.

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Advice for Life, February 25, 2016

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Magnesium is one of those hard working minerals that simply doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It plays a key role in over 300 different chemical reactions in the body and is involved in everything from DNA synthesis, energy production and metabolism, to muscle strength, nerve function, heart rate regulation and bone building. Magnesium is also an active ingredient in alleviating constipation. That’s one busy mineral. Magnesium is helpful for heart arrythmias, blocked arteries, blood pressure, diabetes, bone strengthening, migraines, sleep and relaxation, pregnancy, pain relief and fibromyalgia.

Unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is extremely common. Medications like antibiotics, corticosteroids, diuretics and contraceptives hinder our ability to absorb magnesium. Refining and processing strips magnesium from our food. Even agricultural soil and water are being depleted of magnesium. It is no wonder that 68% of adults have trouble getting enough from their diets.

CanPrev’s Magnesium Bis-Glycinate 200 contains as much as 20% more elemental magnesium than other magnesium supplements. It works to restore magnesium to optimum levels and help fuel all the important functions it’s called on to perform. Magnesium Bis-Glycinate 200 offers a potent, therapeutic dose of 200mg of pure elemental magnesium in a form known for its superior absorption and gentleness on the bowels - all in easy to swallow vegetable capsule or powder with no fillers.


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New Product Profile, February 18, 2016

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Product Spotlight – Ascenta Skin and Skin Accumax

It’s time to rethink skin care. Emerging skin science continuously shows that topical moisturizers

and products are simply not enough on their own, and leave skin yearning for deeper

nourishment. Ascenta Skin, the oral beauty supplement that nourishes, repairs and rejuvenates

the skin’s deep dermal layer from the inside out to reveal firmer, smoother, and more youthful

looking skin. Ascenta Skin offers consumers an exciting new science-based skin care product that will turn back the clock and reveal the beautiful skin within, naturally. Ascenta Skin is an orally ingested supplement containing 6 bioactive nutrients that directly target all signs of skin aging and restore skin’s youthfulness. In fact, Ascenta Skin became the first ever product to receive Health Canada approved claims to 1) increase elasticity and firmness 2) increase hydration 3) reduce roughness and redness including symptoms of atopic dermatitis.

In 2014, a breakthrough clinical trial proved that the dietary supplement increases skin’s natural

protection against ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the leading cause of skin damage and accelerated

skin aging. The brand has also achieved acclaim in the beauty industry, having received the

coveted award of “Best Anti-Aging Elixir” from New Beauty in 2014, who also proclaimed

Ascenta Skin “1 of 9 products changing the beauty industry”. Ascenta Skin comes in convenient liquid or capsule forms with a suggested dosage of just one teaspoon daily or 4 capsules. Users typically experience results within 1-2 weeks however Ascenta Skin’s full benefits take up to 3 months.

Skin Accumax is a skin care supplement designed to clear problematic skin and improve the health of the skin from the inside out. Awarded Les Nouvelles Esthetique & Spass Best Product of 2015, results show Skin Accumax helps to clear acne breakouts in as early as fourteen weeks if used as directed. Skin Accumax combines vitamins A, C and E with a highly active phytonutrient found in   broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. This unique formula was tested on humans for four years before bringing it to market. The results were consistent and dramatic. Skin Accumax is easily absorbed by the body, has no harsh chemicals and will not cause dryness or flaking. Diet and supplementation plays a major role in creating healthy skin so this new product has found an appropriate niche in beauty professional spas where therapists witness real improvements in their clients. It provides a level of focus on skin health that is not typically found outside a spa or salon.

Advice For Life, February 11, 2016

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Canadians are always eager for the inside scoop on how to optimize their health. In consultation with experts from across the country, the Canadian Health Food Association has identified the top five new natural health trends to look out for throughout 2016.

1. SEA VEGETABLES: IS KELP THE NEW KALE? Sea vegetables can help reduce sodium intake while supporting thyroid health, as these unique vegetables are rich in naturally occurring iodine. Iodine is a key player in regulating metabolism, weight control and energy levels. We are seeing more and more people turning to these sea vegetables to help sustain the environment, as well as an overall healthy lifestyle.

2. FIBRE IS THE NEW “PROTEIN” In 2015 protein was all the rage. In 2016 all the experts will be buzzing about the next big health craze -- fibre. We all know fibre is good for digestive and intestinal health, but did you know that in certain cases an increase in fibre intake can help maintain weight better than a restrictive diet plan? It also boasts heart health benefits and has been shown to lower cholesterol. In 2016 a high-fibre diet trend will continue with innovative ways to incorporate it into your healthy lifestyle.

3. HEMP FOR HEALTH This year it will be easy to add hemp into your healthy, balanced diet. Canadians will find hemp as a raw seed, ground into flour, sprouted, as hemp milk or juice, in lip balm, and as a protein or fibre supplement. Hemp is also a great vegan protein alternative for people who are allergic to nuts. Canada has a thriving hemp industry, so many products available in your local store are Canadian grown and made. Studies now show that hemp offers the ideal ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids and is another way to stay heart healthy.

4. NEW SWEETS AND SAVOURIES WITH A HEALTH KICK In 2016, people will be ditching the traditional potato chips and looking to get their crunch on with beans, lentils and root veggies. We will also be finding new ways to satisfy our sweet tooth with natural health food stores brimming with sweet snacks that pack a healthy punch from dark cocoa, to gummies, to tea pops.

5. VITAMIN C AND D We all know vitamin C supplements can help lessen the length of our cold and flu symptoms, but did you know it can also help our skin? Creams rich in vitamin C have the ability to protect skin from sun damage during harsh winter months. Vitamin D is also incredibly versatile, with applications for boosting bone to heart health. Especially in the winter months, Canadians should consider vitamin D and C supplements to maximize their health.

Advice for Life, January 28, 2016

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(CanPrev/Orange logos) Product Spotlight

Good health is not given. It's earned

The last Thursday of each month this column will be featuring a fine product from CanPrev which was founded by cancer survivor and busy mother of four, Tanya Salituro in 2005 to share the passion she developed for natural health during her three separate journeys with breast cancer. CanPrev grew out of a desire to make natural medicine safe, effective and accessible to everyone. Good health is at the heart of all good passions. It is behind every shout-worthy accomplishment, every moment with family, every mountain climbed, every hard-earned victory. CanPrev is proud to be Canadian-owned and uses only the finest quality raw materials from trusted Canadian suppliers.

D3

Tropical vacations are something we might manage once a year, but what about the other 50 weeks? Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to keep your bones and teeth strong and protect against disease. Supplements are made from one of two forms - D2 or D3. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is photosynthesized in plants, mushrooms and yeasts and used typically in vitamin D fortified foods and some supplements. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), is known as the “sunshine” vitamin and is easily synthesized by the body when the sun’s UVB rays strike the skin. It is the most natural form of vitamin D and offers superior absorption compared to vitamin D2. CanPrev’s D3 offers a convenient way to supplement this critical vitamin. D3 is suspended in a medium chain triglyceride base made from organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is a stable fatty acid that enhances the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Get the benefits of a sunshine vacation every day of the year with CanPrev’s D3.

So how much Vitamin D should one take? The Vitamin D Council recommends taking 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D3. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board say 600 IU/day is enough for adults and the Endocrine Society says 2,000 IU/day is enough for most adults. How do you decide what to take? For a normal weight adult, 5,000 IU/day of total input was needed to obtain a vitamin D level of 40 ng/ml. Of course the final vitamin D level obtained by any dose depends on baseline level, sun exposure and genetics. For those who want a more careful calculation, data shows that 70-80 IU/day/kg of body weight total input is needed to obtain a 25(OH)D of 40 ng/ml. That works out to about 35 IU/day/pound. So a 100 pound woman would need 3,500 IU/day of total input but a 300 pound lineman would need 10,500 IU/day. Keep in mind this is total input, which includes sunlight, diet and supplements. Taking all these factors into account, the council has concluded a recommendation of 5,000 IU/day.

Advice for Life, January 28,2106

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(CanPrev/Orange logos) Product Spotlight

Good health is not given. It's earned

The last Thursday of each month this column will be featuring a fine product from CanPrev which was founded by cancer survivor and busy mother of four, Tanya Salituro in 2005 to share the passion she developed for natural health during her three separate journeys with breast cancer. CanPrev grew out of a desire to make natural medicine safe, effective and accessible to everyone. Good health is at the heart of all good passions. It is behind every shout-worthy accomplishment, every moment with family, every mountain climbed, every hard-earned victory. CanPrev is proud to be Canadian-owned and uses only the finest quality raw materials from trusted Canadian suppliers.

D3

Tropical vacations are something we might manage once a year, but what about the other 50 weeks? Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium and phosphorus to keep your bones and teeth strong and protect against disease. Supplements are made from one of two forms - D2 or D3. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) is photosynthesized in plants, mushrooms and yeasts and used typically in vitamin D fortified foods and some supplements. Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), is known as the “sunshine” vitamin and is easily synthesized by the body when the sun’s UVB rays strike the skin. It is the most natural form of vitamin D and offers superior absorption compared to vitamin D2. CanPrev’s D3 offers a convenient way to supplement this critical vitamin. D3 is suspended in a medium chain triglyceride base made from organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is a stable fatty acid that enhances the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients. Get the benefits of a sunshine vacation every day of the year with CanPrev’s D3.

So how much Vitamin D should one take? The Vitamin D Council recommends taking 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D3. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board say 600 IU/day is enough for adults and the Endocrine Society says 2,000 IU/day is enough for most adults. How do you decide what to take? For a normal weight adult, 5,000 IU/day of total input was needed to obtain a vitamin D level of 40 ng/ml. Of course the final vitamin D level obtained by any dose depends on baseline level, sun exposure and genetics. For those who want a more careful calculation, data shows that 70-80 IU/day/kg of body weight total input is needed to obtain a 25(OH)D of 40 ng/ml. That works out to about 35 IU/day/pound. So a 100 pound woman would need 3,500 IU/day of total input but a 300 pound lineman would need 10,500 IU/day. Keep in mind this is total input, which includes sunlight, diet and supplements. Taking all these factors into account, the council has concluded a recommendation of 5,000 IU/day.

Advice for Life January 14-21, 2016

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IT'S TIME TO HAVE A CHANGE OF HEARTYou might think that you are already on medications that aid in your cardiovascular health and that is good enough.  But this is not necessarily enough as there other lifestyle, diet  and medication changes that can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Heart disease remains in the top three leading causes of death among adult Canadians and is something that simply cannot be ignored.Here are a list of a few simple changes that you can do on a daily basis to ensure you live a long and healthy life.1.Be active everyday.  A sedentary lifestyle can be just as harmful to our health as smoking and unhealthy eating.  Exercising regularly is a vital way to keep your heart young and healthy.  Exercise helps the body maintain a healthy weight, improves sleep, and minimizes stress, thus reducing other risk factors for heart disease.2.Feed your heart.  Eating a healthy well-balanced diet is one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health.  Research shows that a diet high in saturated fat, refined sugar and grains and alcohol can trigger inflammation in the body, which is a major risk factor associated with heart disease.3. Stress less.  Ongoing stress can be just as harmful to our health and well-being as all the other factors mentioned.  Stress has been shown to increase inflammation which stimulates the body to produce a stress hormone called cortisol.  High cortisol levels lead to high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats and blood clots, making you more at risk for a heart attack.  So, think about how you deal with stress and whether or not your coping mechanisms are contributing to
unhealthy habits.4. Sleep.  The link between sleep and heart disease is now clearer than ever.  Research shows that those who have shorter sleeps have an increased risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.5.  Supplements.  Sometimes we can't get all the nutrients we need from our diet alone.  Age, illness and prescription medications can also inhibit the absorption of nutrients in your body, while lifestyle factors or medical conditions may demand higher nutrient levels than the body can meet on its own.  Supplements provide micronutrients for a variety of body processes and functions. Next week I will look at the best supplement one can take to improve cardiovascular health.

Inflammation
is one of the leading causes of heart disease, and many aspects of our Western
lifestyle- smoking, excess weight, and diets high in fat and sugar all cause a
chronic inflammation in the heart and blood vessels, which have been directly
linked to heart disease and stroke.Omega-3 essential fatty acids have been shown to decrease inflammation in the
body while helping to lower triglycerides, heart rate, and blood pressure. While we can get omega 3s through our diet,
it can be difficult to obtain the necessary amount of optimal nutrients through
a proper diet alone.  Omega 3 supplements such as New Chapter WholeMega helps maintain your heart health by reducing
levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. WholeMega  has a very broad collection of fatty
acids in that it has total omega 3, as well as total omega 6, total omega 
5 &7 fatty acids, total omega 9 fatty acids along with other omega fatty
acids and even Vitamin D.
Many people prefer to take their omegas in
liquid form. NutraSea makes omega-3 easy - just one teaspoon of NutraSea each
day is all you need to fulfill your daily omega-3 recommended intake. North
Americans typically consume considerable amounts of ALA daily. On the
other hand, EPA and DHA are consumed at much lower levels. EPA and DHA are
generally absent from plant food sources rich in ALA.  While the body can
partially convert ALA to EPA and DHA, humans have poor abilities to perform
this conversion, converting <5% of consumed ALA to EPA + DHA. This is
important because although flax may contain a high amount of omega-3 fatty
acids by weight, <5% of the ALA is converted to EPA and DHA. Therefore,
consuming direct sources of EPA and DHA have a more potent effect on raising
these long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid levels within the body than simply
consuming high levels of ALA. The most direct way of providing EPA and DHA
for the body is through the consumption of fish or algal oils. Whatever your
focus is when it comes to your health, NutraSea has a great-tasting, ultra-pure
omega-3 product for you.
There are a number of other supplements that are recommended to ensure you are
protecting your heart  and cardiovascular health. The list includes but is
not limited to, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B12, folic acid, CoQ10, calcium,
ginger, vitamin D, zinc, magnesium.  I encourage you to come down to Grand
Avenue Pharmacy to have a consultation with one of our pharmacists or natural
health consultants to see how some of these products can help reduce your
cardiovascular risk and ensure that you live a long, healthy and happy life.

Advice for Life, January 7, 2016

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Patients often ask, “Why do I have to take supplements?”, to which I respond, “Because you don’t consume everything your body needs on a daily basis, very few people do.”  Although everyone differs with their consumption of vitamins and minerals, I generally prescribe the following 4 Building Blocks of Good Health which I also happen to take on a daily basis.

Fish Oil: Taking fish oil daily can help with pain, inflammation, cholesterol levels and even your mood.  This supplement might actually be better than eating fish on a regular basis, as the fish used in the oil are small and don’t accumulate the toxins that the bigger fish do.

Probiotic: A maintenance dose of 11 billion CFU’s per day can improve nutrient absorption, waste elimination, protect your gut from digestive disturbances, and improve your overall immune system.  Although some food sources contain probiotics, most have a much lower dose and do not contain the specific bacterial strains useful for many conditions. 

Multivitamins or greens: The Canada Food Guide recommends 8-10 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and most of us fall far short of this. A good multi will provide essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to help make up for skipped or rushed, unhealthy meal choices.

Vitamin D: A minimum dose of 1,000 IU’s during the summer months, and 3,000 IU’s during the winter. It can help with seasonal affective disorder, your immune system, bone deficiencies, diabetes, pains and wound healing.  Although we get it from sun exposure the amount of time required unprotected can be damaging to skin. A healthy oil based vitamin D allows it to be absorbed effectively. 

Ask Dr. Greg ND for more help on the supplements you are, or should be taking. It is important to remember that some of these might not be right for you and it is important to find out if these may interact with the current medications or supplements you may be taking. .

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