Why Is Vitamin D The Kim Kardashian Of Vitamins. The Truth About Micronutrients.
This week on the Harmony With Food Radio Show we continued our conversation on weight loss resistance and the microbiome, and also talked about which micronutrients are most important for gut health, and went over a Bio Unique Boutique case study!
Micronutrients for Gut Health
Vitamin A - supports mucosal barrier healing and can be helpful for anyone that may have ulcers. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and needs to be something
Vitamin B Complex - supports muscle tone throughout the GI tract and helps maintain liver health.
B1 - helps with hydrochloric acid production that breaks down food
B2 (Riboflavin) - supports mucosal barrier protection
B3 (Niacin) - helps with hydrochloric acid production
B5 - supports fat conversion to help us break down fat.
B6 - also helps with hydrochloric acid production.
B9 (Folate) - supports digestion, helps produce more protein when needed, and helps maintain liver health and support the utilization of iron in the body.
B12 - supports muscle tissue in the digestive tract lining and works synergistically with folate.
Choline - supports liver and gallbladder function.
Vitamin C - supports the formation of collagen, aids in healthy hair, teeth, and gums, and supports iron absorption. The bioflavonoids in Vitamin C help stimulate bile production.
Chromium - is important for metabolism and helps with carbohydrate utilization and the synthesis of fat and cholesterol.
Vitamin D - deficiency has been linked to mood problems, depression, cancer, and more.
Iron - a key nutrient for red blood cells and the transport of oxygen to tissues for healing - including those in your digestive tract.
Magnesium - relaxes the smooth muscles and aids in motility, which is how quickly food moves through your GI tract. It can be helpful for constipation.
Zinc - supports mucosal barrier integrity and healing.
These are just a few of the nutrients that we will look at with micronutrient testing.
Supplements for Gut Health
After doing microbiome testing, the next step is for me to determine how we are going to treat what comes up on the test. Some of the things I like to use are:
Bio Unique Boutique Client Case Study
I had a client in her 40s who had some extra weight and felt like she was putting weight on really easily. She used to be a weight lifter and knew that lifting weights and gaining muscle was really important for metabolism (the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism is).
We did Gut Zoomer and Micronutrient testing on her. It turned out that she had very methane-dominant, bad bacteria in her gut. Her current diet was causing those bacteria to get fed and grow even more. We made some changes to her diet and started her on Betaine HCL.
With the micronutrient testing, we found that her glutathione, cysteine, chromium, one of the B vitamins, and serine were low. So, we started her on all of those nutrients to get her levels back up.
The results? She's down 16 pounds and she is thrilled with that! She's also feeling better mentally, her depression and anxiety have improved and she's super, super happy. She was also struggling with chronic constipation and it has improved now that we are killing the bad bacteria.
How To Work With Me
There are 4 main ways to work with me:
The Bio Unique Boutique - if you feel like you've already tried a lot to improve your health but you aren't seeing results, this is a great way to dive deeper and get testing done for your gut, micronutrient status, and food intolerances.
Your Diet Do Over - My 8-week self-paced program is open now and you can get a discount with the code RADIOMEG. If you're tired of fad diets and want to find a plan that really works for you, this is a great place to start.
Harmony Within - My monthly membership program provides a wealth of information and support from me and other guest experts. We cover nutrition but also go beyond to help you tackle things like mindset, sleep, exercise, meditation, and more.
1:1 Consults - If you're looking to get started with changing your health and you're interested in using insurance, this may be an option for you! Contact me to schedule an appointment.