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Warnings Signs of Iodine Deficiency & How it Affects your Thyroid

Fatigue, minor weight gain, depression, and brain fog may all be early warning signs of iodine deficiency. 

Iodine is an important trace mineral which is required for thyroid function in your body. 

Deficiency, due to a variety of reasons, is more common due primarily to soil depletion and the standard American diet

Learn more about iodine deficiency including other symptoms of this condition, what to do about it, how to know if you should supplement with iodine and more in this post

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Benefits of Chromium Picolinate for Weight Loss, Diabetes & More

This post will help you understand the amazing and potential benefits of using Chromium picolinate for weight loss, depression, appetite regulation and for treating insulin resistance and also how to use it safely and effectively.

Chromium is an essential mineral which helps regulate the metabolism of very important macromolecules in your body. 

Chromium deficiency may result in unwanted symptoms and we know from several studies that certain patients are at risk for developing this deficiency. 

With that in mind let's discuss everything you need to know about chromium including how to determine if you should use this supplement

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Thyroid and Adrenal Glandulars: Are They Safe and Effective?

No doubt you've at least heard of these special types of supplements. 

Glandular supplements have been used for many years and many people have experienced dramatic results with their use. 

Does that mean you should consider using them?

It really depends on your body and what you are trying to treat. 

These supplements are most frequently (and traditionally) used to treat problems related to thyroid dysfunction and adrenal dysfunction - two conditions that plague many people with serious and debilitating symptoms. 

But what exactly are thyroid and adrenal glandulars and are they safe to use?

Learn who should use them, how to use them safely and common pitfalls to avoid if you choose to supplement: 

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5 Tips to Find The Best Multivitamin For Men and Women

Multivitamins are supposed to have all of the necessary nutrients that your body needs to function optimally all in one (or a few) capsules. 

They sound great in theory, but are they really as good as they sound?

It depends!

There are absolutely some people who should consider using a multivitamin each day, but in order to get the most benefit you need to make sure you are taking the right kind of multivitamin which has all of the ingredients in the right dose and formulation. 

Learn more about how to pick the best multivitamin for your body based on your needs (and determine if you should even be using one) in this guide... 

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The Simple Guide to Using MCT Oil for Weight Loss & More

Why is there so much hype around MCT oil and what is it anyway? 

MCT oil is a special type of fat which is "medium" in length. 

The size of this fat molecule means that it can bypass some of the normal pathways that fat must go through in order to be utilized by the body. 

By skipping these pathways you can take advantage of certain benefits such as immediate energy release, increased cognition and even weight loss. 

Learn how to use MCT oil correctly in this guide: 

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7 Energy Supplements That Work (& Why You Have Low Energy)

Low energy is a common and frequently ignored symptom which many patients suffer from. 

Wouldn't it be nice if you could take something to help increase your energy?

While there isn't a magical "energy supplement" that will cure your fatigue, there are many supplements which may help. 

Learn more about targeting your supplements to help boost your energy in this guide: 

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Fat Blockers vs Carb Blockers – Do They Actually Work?

Wouldn't it be great if you could eat whatever you want and still somehow lose weight?

That's basically the idea behind using something like a fat blocker (or a carb blocker), but the question remains - do they actually work?

Unsurprisingly, the answer is no (sorry to burst that bubble!). 

If you are serious about weight loss then it turns out that there are MUCH better options than fat blockers out there (we will talk about what to use instead and why below). 

Having said that, there might be some instances where you would want to consider using them... 

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Prebiotics vs Probiotics – Why you Need to use Both

Prebiotics vs probiotics - what is the difference and do you actually need both? 

You may know that probiotics are important for intestinal health but did you know that prebiotics are just as important if not more important?

Prebiotics act through different mechanisms but compliment probiotics perfectly by increasing the effectiveness of both. 

Learn who should use prebiotics, how to use them and how to use them in conjunction with probiotics. 

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Does CLA Really Help with Weight Loss? 5 Reasons to Consider Using it

CLA is an extremely well studied supplement that has been shown to help with weight loss and metabolic function. 

CLA works by modulating your appetite, increasing the amount of energy that you consume and by preventing your fat cells from getting bigger. 

Learn more about how to use this fatty acid safely and correctly for weight loss in this guide: 

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How & Why You Should use Biotin for Hair Growth

Biotin is a special nutrient that may help curb hair loss. 

The catch?

It must be used appropriately, in the right people, at the right dose and for the right length of time. 

Clinical studies have shown that daily use of biotin does indeed improve hair strength probably through its powerful effects on the protein keratin. 

This effect helps improve the structural integrity of both your skin and your hair. 

But does that mean you should start supplementing? 

Let's find out...

Learn more about using biotin for hair growth in this post: 

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