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The Art of Balancing Nutrition

Friday, July 25, 2014


The chemicals of life act in balanced concert with one another. Only after the baseline of essential nutrients is met on a daily basis is it considered completely safe to add individual nutrients in higher amounts for therapeutic purposes.  

An example of this can be illustrated through the use of stand-alone vitamin C. Many people supplement with very high doses of vitamin C.

This makes sense, since the work of the late Linus Pauling and others demonstrated that the antioxidant and immune properties of vitamin C can support good health.

Vitamin C is important in the synthesis of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine, which is critical to structure and brain function and is suggested to affect mood. 

Vitamin C is vital for collagen production and skin elasticity. It helps us maintain a youthful glow at any age. 

What is too often forgotten is that vitamin C is a powerful diuretic that flushes out toxins, which is good, but it also flushes out water-soluble nutrients such as the B complex and minerals. Many people, who constantly take high dose vitamin C without a full-spectrum multiple back up, eventually develop B complex vitamin deficiency as well a minerals deficit including calcium, magnesium and others. What we have learned is that we cannot fragment nutrition and expect optimal results.

Enter the concept of totality. If each nutrient is a part of the vastly complex human biochemistry, it makes sense to ensure that all the players in the infinite chemical dance of life are present and voting. 

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, and the Biosyntrx staff



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The bottom line for optimal health: Eat a clean well-balanced diet that includes the current CDC recommended 9 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day whenever possible.







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