I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who has always been interested in herbal and botanical remedies and nutrition supplements.
But it became a passion for me when family members began experiencing symptoms and conditions like migraines, chronic aches, joint and muscle pains, irritable bowel, constipation, food intolerances, and yeast infections.
The medical doctors we went to were wonderful, screening out any serious or life-threatening conditions, providing peace of mind and providing solutions for short-term relief such as pharmaceutical prescriptions that suppress symptoms or physical therapy. But something was missing.
Feeling well every day, for the long-term, was my goal. I didn’t want to settle for less, for myself or my family, so I researched other options, including nutrition – diet and dietary supplements – that could complement traditional medical practices.
(Interestingly, many leading physicians have turned to integrative or alternative medicine because traditional medicine could not answer personal and family medical issues — chronic fatigue syndrome, metal toxicity, Alzheimer’s, etc.)
With an open mind I began learning new approaches to diet and nutrition supplements and how they can help the body get back into balance, support natural healing, assist detoxification and recovery processes, reduce inflammation and break the cycle of unhealthy bodily responses.
I went to medical integrative health conferences and read books authored by some of the leading complementary and integrative medical physicians. I learned about functional medicine and energy balance. I researched supplement companies with excellent reputations.
I incorporated all this information with my academic nutrition background and was inspired to develop a new perspective.
Garnering knowledge was the first step but then I had to take what I learned and experience it for myself. I began my own first-hand trials (myself, family and friends) implementing what I had learned from experts.
It was my first-hand personal experience and the beneficial results that convinced me of the important role and powerful outcomes that dietary supplements can have in health, supporting the body.
Sharing What I’ve Learned – “Food and Nutrition Supplements for Everyday Living”
By sharing my nutrition background and personal experience with dietary supplements, I hope to be of help to others. However, I recognize that all people are individuals and what may help one person may not benefit another, or perhaps not to the same degree.
Using supplements, while based on scientific research and/or traditional cultural experiences, is a bit of a journey and it takes time to see how your own body responds.
I believe that diet and nutrition supplements complement modern-day medicines and medical advice; a healthful solution is usually composed of an integrative approach of traditional and alternative therapies and a healthy whole foods diet.
My Goal to Help You Navigate
With so much health information out there and nutrition supplements available everywhere you turn, my goal is to be your Navigator, to provide you with information so you can make your own choices to meet your own personal health goals through healthful eating and dietary supplements.
Why Do I Think Our Bodies Need More Support “Today”?
Our bodies are being more challenged.
Our bodies have not evolved enough to adapt (without pain or disease) to these and other changes; we are manifesting an epidemic of chronic diseases in the US and other Westernized societies like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, depression, autism and certain cancers.
The good news is that many medical doctors are responding by thinking more holistically, looking at whole body systems, nutrition, lifestyle, environment and emotional health. And more and more acknowledge the role that personalized diet, nutrition supplements, yoga, massage, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture and other complementary therapies can have in helping to address the underlying causes of disease.
Diet is the Foundation for Good Health – That Has Not Changed
When I was trained in nutrition (at Cornell and Columbia Universities), I was taught that a healthy diet would provide all the protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, etc., that our bodies need for good health, and that even a multi-vitamin was optional, and possibly a waste of money.
While I don’t believe that holds true anymore, a whole foods diet with fresh vegetables (especially lots of leafy greens), fruit, nuts, legumes, whole grains, fish, healthy fats (as well as some red meats, chicken, dairy and eggs) and little or no processed foods, added sugar, artificial sweeteners, colorings, flavorings and preservatives — is still the irrefutable foundation for nurturing our bodies.
I also believe that our bodies are “taxed” less by eating more organic and non-GMO foods, grass-fed (vs. corn-fed) beef, wild fish (vs. farm-raised) and meals cooked from scratch as much as possible. And that doing things like trading in plastic storage containers for glass ones can help remove the “load” of potential chemicals that our bodies have to handle.
Whole foods provide nutritional value “in context,” in their natural form with thousands of complex components like antioxidants and enzymes that act synergistically. That is irreplicable and irreplaceable. However, nutrition supplements can enhance our nourishment and potentially our health.
My Nutrition Supplement “Store”
I have selected a set of very high quality nutritional supplements that are known to help decrease inflammation and support basic bodily functions of everyday life — Digestion, Sleeping, Moving (without Pain), Breathing, and Maintaining a Healthy Immune and Circulatory System.
I am offering them on this website to help support you in achieving your goal of good health.
As I learn about and evaluate additional products, I will share that information with you and add them to my website.
Before taking any new supplements, it is always best to consult with your personal physician.