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Part 6 Vitamins & Amino Acids

Have you begun a diet plan with a friend and I lost weight and you didn’t? The reason is probably in your genes!  As a woman physician who struggles with this very issue, it has been my life crusade to share my knowledge and personal experience of the often-overlooked successful multi-step approach to optimal weight.  Your unique DNA sequences determine what percent of each macronutrient ( proteins, fats, carbohydrates)  that you are built to Natick to metabolize efficiently. This DNA information regarding your brain neurotransmitters, your proper food balance and custom exercise rest in peace begin your personalized program.

The DNA combined with your thyroid function, blood sugar, health, food allergies and sensitivities, hormone levels and vitamins amino acid balance form an interconnected wheel and each component should be addressed in order to achieve lifetime optimal weight balance.

Reaching for chocolate? Chips? Sweets and salty foods? Cravings are brought by vitamins mineral and amino acid deficiencies. They aren’t just for preventing colds, vitamins may also fight weight gain. Recent research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggests that there could be an intricate relationship between how much you weigh and how many vitamins and minerals you consume. Falling short on nutrients like vitamin A, d, e, k, b complex, C, and magnesium can pack on the pounds. inadequate nutrient intake may actually contribute to obesity. Vitamin A is linked to regulation of fat cells and the hormones they release and vitamin D plays a role in the release of leptin, the hormone that controls our sense of hunger and fat storage. Not getting enough of them as well as other vitamins could have an impact on our body weight.

 Research shows that those with low blood levels of thiamine ( vitamin B1),  riboflavin (  vitamin B2),  folate ( vitamin B9),  and B12 had the highest amount of body fat, suggesting a link between deficiencies of these B complex vitamins in weight gain  and fat storage.

 Because all of the B vitamins are water soluble, they are not stored in the body and must be eaten daily. It is easy to become deficient if a person is not eating foods high in these essential nutrients. 

Thiamin (vitamin B1):  Sunflower seeds, navy beans, black beans, barley, dried peas, green peas, lentils, pinto beans, lima beans and oats.

Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): soybeans, spinach, beet greens, Tempe, yogurt, cremini mushrooms, eggs, asparagus, almonds and turkey.

Folate ( Vitamin B9):  lentils, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, asparagus, spinach oh, navy beans, black beans, kidney beans, turnip greens and broccoli.

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin): Salmon, sardines, tuna, cod, lamb, scallops, shrimp, Beef, and yogurt.

A,D,E,and K are fat Soluble vitamins found in fatty fish –  salmon, tuna, mackerel, nuts, eggs and milk. 

 Be sure to get quality, medical-grade supplements, manufactured in an FDA-approved certified facility, as many pharmacies and stores are low potency and have fillers. The GMP trademark indicates a vitamin manufactured and an FDA a certified facility, which helps ensure their quality. Be sure to read labels and look for the GMP mark.

Stay tuned for part 7: DNA and Optimal Weight.

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