Low Iron?

Iron Deficient

Get your body back into better functional nutrient absorption instead of bombarding your system with mega doses of prescribed Iron that does not address the issue of what is scavenging your iron resources or inhibiting iron uptake.

“What factors influence the absorption of iron?

Several factors influence the bioavailability and absorption of iron from dietary supplements and foods. The form of iron in dietary supplements is important, and AdvoCare® uses highly bioavailable forms such as an amino acid chelate and fumarate. Common dietary sources of iron include vegetables, dairy products, meat, poultry and fish. Only about 10% of iron in the diet is absorbed.

Dietary inhibitors of iron absorption include grains, legumes, rice, calcium, soy protein, tea and coffee.
Enhancers of iron absorption include vitamin C, meat, fish and poultry. ” AdvoCare FAQ’s

Here are some suggestions that  may help you improve your Iron absorption

  1. Herbal Cleanse
  2. Reduce or stop drinking green & black tea, carbonated beverages caffeine . It inhibits the absorption of iron in an already compromised system
  3. Cook with either onions or garlic (or both)
    • increases not only iron but zinc absorption from rice or beans
    • Also allows  nutrient mineral absorption of legumes and grains by unbinding them (phytates and phytakes )
  4. You may already have low stomach acids so lay off antacids this also means stop eating foods that cause you to have to have antacids
  5. If your an  A Blood Type, you will have lower stomach acid then other blood types. Low stomach acids is also an issue with absorption of whole grains and leafy vegetables and some fruits that contain phytates and phytakes.
  6. Reduce High value foods with non soluble fibers
  7. Eat more Citrus type foods
  8. Iron inhibiting foods should not be taken at the same time as Iron.

Phytates do have benefits and this is not to mean not to eat them.  But soaking them in water and cooking them will help to reduce the Phytic acid in them when your Iron deficient.Get your iron levels in normal range and re introduce foods back into your system once it is working right.

Food sources of Phytic Acid[17]
Food [% minimum dry] [% maximum dry]
Sesame seeds flour 5.36 5.36
Brazilnuts 1.97 6.34
Almonds 1.35 3.22
Tofu 1.46 2.90
Linseed 2.15 2.78
Oat Meal 0.89 2.40
Beans, pinto 2.38 2.38
Soy protein concentrate 1.24 2.17
Soybeans 1.00 2.22
Corn 0.75 2.22
Peanuts 1.05 1.76
Wheat flour 0.25 1.37
Wheat 0.39 1.35
Soy beverage 1.24 1.24
Oat 0.42 1.16
Wheat germ 0.08 1.14
Whole wheat bread 0.43 1.05
Brown rice 0.84 0.99
Polished rice 0.14 0.60
Chickpeas 0.56 0.56
Lentils 0.44 0.50

list provided by Wiki

For best absorption of iron, take Vitamin C. Vitamin C is the best-known enhancer of iron absorption. Since calcium inhibits iron absorption, Calcium tablets should be taken two hours apart from iron-containing products.

Why Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty Acids and Osteoarthritis 

Date:  Nov. 4, 2011

as posted in NCSF Health and Fitness News

New research published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage has shown for the first time that omega-3 fatty acids (FAs) from either fish or flax oil could significantly reduce the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Omega-3-rich diets fed to guinea pigs (which naturally develop OA) in the recent study appeared to reduce the prevalence of disease by 50% when compared to a standard diet. The investigation is considered a major step towards demonstrating the use of omega-3 FAs for slowing down the progression of OA as well as improving overall joint health. OA affects over 27 million US adults; approximately 13.9% of adults aged 25 and older and 33.6% of those over 65. It is characterized by degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint which eventually leads to pain and joint stiffness. The joints most commonly affected include the knees, hips, and those in the hands and spine. Currently there is no known cure or effective treatment to slow progression of the disease. Treatment is limited to pain relief via medication and/or lifestyle changes and therapy to improve function. Surgery or even joint replacement is occasionally warranted. Lead researcher, Dr. John Tarlton, from the Matrix Biology Research group at the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences stated that the classic initial signs of OA such as degradation of cartilage collagen and loss of molecules that provide its shock-absorbing properties were both reduced with omega-3 supplementation. “Furthermore, there was strong evidence that omega-3 influences the biochemistry of the disease, and therefore not only helps prevent disease, but also slows its progression, potentially controlling established osteoarthritis,” he explained. He goes on to explain that the effects of omega-3 FAs on OA should be directly examined with humans in further studies to develop conclusive evidence, but OA in guinea pigs is the most appropriate model for spontaneous, naturally occurring OA and the development of supporting evidence for use in human disease.

Further important considerations:

  • It appears that fish oil is far more effective than a flax oil-based supplement, but for strict vegetarians flax is still a viable alternative
  • Most diets in the developing world are lacking in omega-3 FAs
  • Modern diets commonly have up to 30 times too much omega-6 and too little omega-3

The researchers suggest that omega-3 supplementation can address the aforementioned deficiencies and the imbalance seen with modern diets and can positively contribute to a range of other health problems such as heart disease and colitis.

So, make sure your getting enough Omega-3 in your diet daily.

What is the 24 Day Challenge

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

My business partner and mentor presents the 24 Day Challenge at our “Shake It Off” Event

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Persistent Organic Pollutants

Some time back Seattle Times posted a news article with a title of “Could losing weight pose health risks?” I didn’t have a chance to address this at the time so I’m doing so now.

According to this article, based on POP’s (Persistent Organic Pollutants)  released into ones bloodstream during weight loss may increase the risk of a variety of illnesses such as ISD, dementia, diabetes & cancer.

I’m not medical doctor so I went ahead and did some research and started asking questions about POP’s and these “side effects” of losing weight and getting healthy.

Well first off, the article doesn’t address how people are losing weight, it just touches upon losing weight and possible long term effects of doing so. It doesn’t even address how to  get POP’s out of your system. Talk about a one sided approach to scare the hell out of people to stay unhealthy and overweight.

Do I really know to weight the pro’s and cons of losing weight vs remaining overweight? If I do then you shouldn’t be reading my blogs…

I point this out because there is a HUGE difference in losing weight through dieting, radical cleanses and odd weight loss wonder drugs,  i.e. the HCG way . Then there is the right way  that one loses weight in a healthy fashion by eating healthy (lifestyle habits)  while introducing antioxidants into the system to combat free radicals, and living a healthy lifestyle that through exercising and nutrient density.

How POP’s work in a nut shell.  POP’s can be stored in the boy’s adipose so the more fat you have the more POP you can store as your exposed to it. As you lose weight POP’s are released into the blood stream as your body uses the fat for energy.

Now, according to the article and research, levels of POP where higher in those who lost weight then those who gained weight according to a report in the International Journal of Obesity.

HOLD THE PRESS. UHM  Lets walk this through in logical steps.

If you’re “Gaining Weight” you’re allotting more room for the POP storage through your exposure (the more weight you gain the more room for POP storage). So wouldn’t your levels reflect a low initial level of POP’s the thinner you are prior to gaining weight and being exposed to POP’s with more body fat for storage?


If you’re already overweight and losing weight you’re reducing the storage space for POP’s and releasing it into your blood stream elevating those levels in your blood stream. SO YEAH you would have higher levels.


If your still being exposed to more POP,  wouldn’t you have higher levels of it in your blood stream unless you “Reduced Your Exposure” (HOW ABOUT THAT FOR A SOLUTION) or found a way of getting the POP out of your Blood ? Or am I thinking out of the box?

One of the many ways POP’s have/were/are introduced into our system are through pesticides. Persistent Organic Pollutants people. This is something through our environment we are exposed to daily.

Let’s focus on the root of the problem to resolve the issue instead of the nonsense being put out in the press scaring us to thinking “well I’m overweight, might as well stay that way instead of risk getting sick”.. Wow..

Some other enjoyable links for your reading.








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Weight Loss & Vitamin D

Vitamin D levels in the body at the start of a low-calorie diet predict weight loss success, a new study found. The results, which suggest a possible role for vitamin D in weight loss, were presented at The Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

“Vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, but it is not clear if inadequate vitamin D causes obesity or the other way around,” said the study’s lead author, Shalamar Sibley, MD, MPH, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota.

In this study, the authors attempted to determine whether baseline vitamin D levels before calorie restriction affect subsequent weight loss. They measured circulating blood levels of vitamin D in 38 overweight men and women before and after the subjects followed a diet plan for 11 weeks consisting of 750 calories a day fewer than their estimated total needs. Subjects also had their fat distribution measured with DXA (bone densitometry) scans.

On average, subjects had vitamin D levels that many experts would consider to be in the insufficient range, according to Sibley. However, the authors found that baseline, or pre-diet, vitamin D levels predicted weight loss in a linear relationship. For every increase of 1 ng/mL in level of 25-hydroxycholecalciferol – the precursor form of vitamin D and a commonly used indicator of vitamin D status – subjects ended up losing almost a half pound (0.196 kg) more on their calorie-restricted diet. For each 1-ng/mL increase in the active or “hormonal” form of vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol), subjects lost nearly one-quarter pound (0.107 kg) more.

Additionally, higher baseline vitamin D levels (both the precursor and active forms) predicted greater loss of abdominal fat.

“Our results suggest the possibility that the addition of vitamin D to a reduced-calorie diet will lead to better weight loss,” Sibley said.

She cautioned, however, that more research is needed. “Our findings,” she said, “need to be followed up by the right kind of controlled clinical trial to determine if there is a role for vitamin D supplementation in helping people lose weight when they attempt to cut back on what they eat.”

The National Institutes of Health, the University of Minnesota, and the Pennock Family Endowment at the University of Minnesota funded this study.

Aaron Lohr
The Endocrine Society

Vitamin D

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For other uses, see Vitamin D (disambiguation).

Calcium regulation in the human body.[1] The role of vitamin D is shown in orange.

Vitamin D is a group of fat-soluble secosteroids, the two major physiologically relevant forms of which are vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Vitamin D without a subscript refers to either D2 or D3 or both. Vitamin D3 is produced in the skin of vertebrates after exposure to ultraviolet B light from the sun or artificial sources, and occurs naturally in a small range of foods. In some countries, staple foods such as milk, flour, and margarine are artificially fortified with vitamin D, and it is also available as a supplement in pill form.[2] Food sources such as fatty fish, mushrooms, eggs, and meat are rich in vitamin D and are often recommended for consumption to those suffering vitamin D deficiency.[3]

… Vitamin D insufficiency can result in thin, brittle, or misshapen bones, while sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults, and, together with calcium, helps to protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D also modulates neuromuscular function, reduces inflammation, and influences the action of many genes that regulate the proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of cells.[5]

Find out more at Wikipedia

Products I suggest to help you to stay within sufficient range instead of taking mega doses for a few weeks then fall deficient again. This is especially true for those of you that do not live in areas where you are able to expose your skin to sufficient sun on a regular bases.

Several AdvoCare products are excellent sources of vitamin D. AdvoCare products that contain vitamin D include CorePlex® and CorePlex® with Iron tablets (600 IU vitamin D per serving),, Calcium Plus tablets (200 IU per four tablets),

Water Intake in Children

Water Intake in Children – Too Little But Not Too Late

By: Dr. Robert Hackman

Most children in the United States fail to consume enough water, which could have alarming consequences.  Marginal dehydration has been linked to poor mental focus, function and motivation in children.  And if kids aren’t drinking water, they are more likely to be consuming sweetened beverages typically loaded with calories.  With a growing concern about childhood obesity and diabetes, water intake and healthy, low-sugar beverages may be two important choices for parents and children to promote and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

A new study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (92:887-06, 2010) reports data from the National Health and Nutrition Education Survey.  Dietary data collected from 3,976 children between two and 19 years of age were analyzed for water intake and compared to the “Adequate Intake” levels of water established by the US Institute of Medicine. All children except those two to three years old failed to consume the recommended amount of water.  Girls were less likely to meet their goals compared to boys.  On average, children ages two to five drank 1.4 liters (~6 cups) of water per day those ages six to 11 drank 1.6 liters  (~6.8 cups) and adolescents ages 12 to 19 drank 1.9 liters (8 cups) per day.

In addition to plain water, other sources of water can be from food and non-nutritive beverages (e.g., high in sugar and devoid of any meaningful amounts of vitamins or minerals.)  Interestingly, children and adolescents who consumed the most water also tended to make the most nutritious food choices.  The researchers also reported that most beverages were consumed with main meals and urged parents to recognize the importance of replacing nonnutritive beverages at meal times with plain water.

For fluid intake between meals, people of all ages often tend to enjoy beverages that are flavored.  Too often, these drinks tend to be loaded with calories, and lacking important vitamins or minerals.  Helping children and adolescents choose nutrient-dense beverages can certainly help fulfill their water needs.  In this regard, AdvoCare’s Rehydrate drink mix comes in several great tasting flavors and is an excellent source of key nutrients such as potassium and magnesium.

Finally, fluid intake is a family affair, and as with most nutrition practices, children learn from adults.  If parents drink lots of sugary beverages, children will do so as well.  So it is vital that adults model healthy behaviors to their children by consuming plain water or nutritive beverages and offering the same to their children.


Getting DHA/Omega 3

DHA is required in high levels in the brain and retina as a physiologically-essential nutrient to provide for optimal neural functioning (learning ability, mental development) and visual acuity, in young and old alike. Some studies have demonstrated that DHA is important in the brain for regulating attention and controlling behavior, and that concentration levels can be increased by providing a supplement of DHA.

Blacks Face Bone Marrow Donor Shortage

Bone marrow transplants are often the only treatment for blood-related cancers. The treatment, however, is dependent on the patient finding a donor who shares a similar genetic makeup. In most cases, that means the match is found in someone of the same race. But the black community has a particularly tough time attracting donors.

Getting DHA/Omega 3

DHA is required in high levels in the brain and retina as a physiologically-essential nutrient to provide for optimal neural functioning (learning ability, mental development) and visual acuity, in young and old alike. Some studies have demonstrated that DHA is important in the brain for regulating attention and controlling behavior, and that concentration levels can be increased by providing a supplement of DHA.