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Kristy Rao in the home at 124 Brennans Moor, Water Mill. Contact: Dawn Hagen, The Brennan-Hagen Team, Saunders & Associates


Kristy Rao Potography by Frank Rocco

hile it is entirely possible to get most nutrients from a balanced diet, the standard American diet is seriously low in several important ones. It can be difficult to get adequate levels through food alone. As a holistic nutritionist, I know the most common nutrient deficiencies include omega-3, magnesium, and vitamin D. Even a person whose diet is replete with fruit and vegetables can be nutrient-deficient. Certain genetic variances hinder proper absorption. Persons with digestive issues, especially IBS and celiac disease, are at risk for a variety of nutritional deficiencies. Medications, including the birth control pill, can deplete you of certain vitamins. And missing out on a key nutrient is easier than you may think. For example, few foods are rich in the important element iodine. Eating sources of it only occasionally risks iodine deficiency. Also, soil depletion diminishes nutrients in modern fruits and vegetables. Keep in mind also that we have increased nutrient needs at different times in our life cycle. I RECOMMEND SUPPLEMENTS, AND BELOW ARE THINGS TO CONSIDER. Consult your doctor or nutrition practitioner to determine your supplement needs. A doctor who runs the right DNA and blood tests and also has a nutritionist or health coach on staff is your best bet. Opt for medical grade or third party certified. Common third party testing certifications include, NSF International, Informed-Choice, and US Pharmacopeia (USP). Some brands’ contents do not match their labeling or are inadequately potent. For example, some prenatal vitamins do not contain enough iodine. Please read labels carefully or have your doctor or nutritionist do this for you. Order directly from a trusted company’s website. Amazon, for example, has some sellers that don’t have proper warehouse conditions.

The window is only about a year for probiotics, liquids, and oils. Be particularly careful with these. Pay attention to the ingredients and labels. Read “other ingredients” at the bottom. Avoid ones with fillers, sugar, and artificial ingredients. To avoid toxic heavy metals and PCBs, look for oil from smaller fish such as sardines and anchovies. Natural supplements usually list food sources or are labeled 100% plant- or animal-based. Supplements that are not natural or organic may list vitamins and minerals that are, in fact, fake. Don’t go overboard. More is not better. Water-soluble vitamins (B vitamins and vitamin C) are excreted through urine; therefore, less likely to cause adverse reactions. However, taking more than 1,000 mg at a time can cause abdominal cramping and diarrhea. Fat-soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, and K) aren’t excreted through your urine. Too much poses more of a risk, sometimes serious. Follow the directions. Take the recommended dose and follow instructions about taking with or without food. If a probiotic label suggests refrigeration, do so. Stop drinking the Kool-Aid. What works for Kim Kardashian, may not work for you. For example, those with a sensitive stomach may want to take time-released probiotics instead of the standard kind. Proper storage trumps the expiration date. Expired vitamins or supplements are unlikely to cause harm. Although less potent, they could still be effective if they have been stored properly. Supplements cannot take the place of the synergistic, naturally occurring health benefits from real foods that are rich in nutrients. However, high quality supplements can fill in the gaps and definitely optimize your health.

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Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.

Social Life - August 2019 - Sasha Pieterse  

Social Life Magazine is the premier luxury publication for the Hamptons, celebrating 16 years of print. This issue features Sasha Pieterse.