Taking Charge of Your Health

Hello everyone, welcome to LuckyVitamin’s
Ask the ND series. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. I’m a licensed naturopathic doctor and for
those of you who don’t know, naturopathic medicine is the distinct system of primary
health care that utilizes a complete medical training to emphasize prevention, finding
the root cause of disease and the self healing process through natural therapies. In the Ask the ND series, I’ll provide an
in depth look into supplements, herbs, and other alternative health products including
what to look for and how to use them. In this introductory video, I’m going to define
nutrition and other key concepts to help you build a healthy foundation. Nutrition is the science of food and its relationship
to health. Nutrients are chemicals in foods that are
used by the body for many processes such as growth, maintenance, and energy. Essential nutrients are nutrients that our
body cannot make and thus need to be attained from the foods we eat. These nutrients are important for many bodily
processes, which is why it’s important to eat a well balanced diet that includes a variety
of foods. Examples of essential nutrients include most
vitamins, minerals, as well as some amino and fatty acids. Non essential nutrients are nutrients that
the human body makes on its own. Although they are called non essential, they’re
still required to help support the body’s daily processes. Examples of these include fiber, cholesterol,
as well as some vitamins. Macro nutrients are substances that are required
in large amounts in our body and in general make up the bulk of our diets. Examples of macro nutrients include proteins,
carbs, fats and water. Think of a potato, which is packed full of
carbs but also has a small amount of protein. Micro nutrients are vitamins and minerals
that are required by the body in only small amounts. They’re necessary for many of our body’s chemical
reactions to occur and although required in only small amounts, a deficiency in these
mirco nutrients can have serious health consequences. So although this potato contains the macro
nutrients, it also contains the micro nutrients potassium, folate, and vitamin C. Vitamins
can be further broken down into water soluble or fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins such as vitamin C,
and the 8 members of the B vitamin family, are vitamins that are dissolved in water. They are usually carried to the body’s tissues
but are not stored. Once the body uses these vitamins, leftover
amounts leave the body through the urine. Fat soluble vitamins are vitamins that dissolve
in fats, such as vitamin A, D, E, and K. There are generally absorbed into fat sacks,
which then travel through the GI tract and into the body’s circulation where they are
stored, unlike water soluble vitamins, which get excreted. It’s important to note that individuals with
conditions resulting fat malabsorption can develop a deficiency of these vitamins. Now that we spent some time talking about
vitamins and nutrients, I wanted to talk about diet. In short, diet is necessary for building a
healthy foundation. A healthy diet is one that includes a variety
of unprocessed foods, free of additives and produced without pesticides, herbicides or
other potentially harmful chemicals. A whole food diet that includes a wide variety
of fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy diet. It’s important to limit sugar intake, eat
healthy fats like avocados and nuts, while removing partially hydrogenated oils and decrease
simple carbs like cakes, cookies, and white breads as much as possible. Don’t forget, water is also important, so
make sure you stay hydrated. Everyone’s body’s and nutritional statuses
are different so do what’s necessary for you. You may ask yourself, if diet is important
and you’re eating a healthy diet, then why take supplements? Well, you’re right. The best way to make sure you’re getting the
appropriate amount of nutrients is to eat a balanced diet. However, this is not always possible. In fact, research has found that American
adults diets fell short of consuming enough vitamins A, C, D and minerals like calcium
and iron. Also, it’s estimated by the World Health Organization
that worldwide, 250 million preschool children are vitamin A deficient. Supplements may play an important role in
helping to fill nutritional gaps. Thank you for watching this brief introductory
video to our Ask the ND series. I hope you find this video informative and
helpful on your journey towards happy wellness. If you’re not finding an episode on the topic
you were interested in, remember, you can always email me with your questions or submit
a request through our professional support center. Make sure to check the site weekly for new
videos, as we’re constantly updating the site. From all of us here at LuckyVitamin, spread
the wellness.

One thought on “Ask The ND | About the Series with Dr. Wolf

  1. Hi there, with which nutritional supplements can I increase the value of platelets in the blood?
    Is a value of 104 patelets serious? Thnak you!

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