The Four Best Selling Supplements on Amazon.ca
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by Andy the RD
1M ago
Today’s article promises to be a fun one, and very likely the last one I’ll publish this year. In order to best understand consumer health trends, I frequently monitor Amazon Canada’s top selling supplements list. This is an imperfect but serviceable way to understand which types of supplements are being purchased with high frequency in Canada. So what I’m  going to do next is as follows: Identify The Four Supplements Which Most Frequently Occupied The Top 5 Spots On The List Comment On Whether The Supplement “Works” And Link To My Writing/Commentary On It Let’s get to the good stuff! V ..read more
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Ashwagandha: Sexual Health Benefits For Men?
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by Andy the RD
1M ago
Ashwagandha, scientifically Withania somnifera, is a plant species that is perhaps best known for its use as herbal remedy in Ayuverdic medicine. It is commonly sold in supplemental form, where it occupies 3 of the top 100 selling supplement spots on Amazon.ca My regular readers will recall that I’ve actually already written on some of the potential evidence-based benefits of  Ashwagandha supplementation. These include: Reductions in cortisol levels (the stress hormone) Reduction in perceived stress/anxiety levels  (evidence is strongest for this effect) Improved sleep quality Impro ..read more
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Does Caffeine Affect Women’s Hormones & Fertility?
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by Andy the RD
1M ago
I’ve been known to take a great scientific interest in the effects of caffeine consumption on human health. And why wouldn’t I? Something like 80% of the global population ingests caffeine on a daily basis, the overwhelming majority of which comes from coffee. Coffee is, in fact, the top source of dietary antioxidants for the average American and its moderate consumption is associated with numerous health long-term benefits. The question we ask today, however, is does caffeine uniquely affect women’s hormones and menstrual cycle? I have to thank my colleague Ayman Subhani (@livingwellwithaymen ..read more
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Eating Disorders – What Should Parents Know?
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
According to Statistics Canada data, approximately one million Canadians meet the diagnostic criteria for an eating disorder (ED). Eating Disorders are often diagnosed during teenage years as they represent a tumultuous life period for many young people. The Public Health Agency of Canada says: “Teens who develop eating disorders are showing signs of a personal struggle.” PHAC also has an incredible resource for parents/caregivers on identifying and responding to suspected eating disorders in teenagers, and I highly recommend any interested parties review that as a compliment to today’s post ..read more
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Eat These Foods To Reduce Skin Aging By 10%
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
Today’s article is inspired by the recently published results of a 15-year long study out of The Journal Of Investigative Dermatology which found that in men and women aged 45+ a diet higher in antioxidants reduced skin photo-aging by ~10% as compared to individuals in that demographic with diet’s low in total antioxidant content. Translation: Eating more antioxidant rich foods has the potential to significantly slow the skin aging process. I’ll be the first to admit that the word “antioxidant” does get thrown around quite a bit and perhaps is misused or misunderstood in some circles, but even ..read more
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Tributyrin –  A Postbiotic Microbiome Supplement
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
Gut health and the nature of the human microbiome are undoubtedly among the hottest topics in modern nutrition. In case you haven’t noticed via my recent writing and social media content, this trend certainly has caught my attention. That’s exactly where today’s blog post, sponsored by Gut Armor®, comes into play. Gut Armor® is a new product in this space that contains two components; Tributyrin – A “postbiotic” compound that delivers beneficial short chain fatty acids to the digestive tract (more on this soon) Vitamin D3 – No introduction needed here, but I’ll be exploring the role of Vitami ..read more
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Low Water Intake Worsens Focus, Mood & Energy
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by Andy the RD
2M ago
The Institute Of Medicine (IOM) suggests that male’s consume around 3.7 L of fluid daily and women consume 2.7 L of fluid daily. Fluid, of course, can be ingested in various forms including water (the most likely candidate) as well as tea, coffee, other beverages as well as modest contributions from the foods we consume regularly – particularly fruits and vegetables. As you might imagine, these recommendations could vary greatly based on individual factors but at the very least provide a useful reference point. Which leads me to the the subject of today’s article, the relationship between wate ..read more
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The Top 5 Sources Of Excess Sodium In Your Diet
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
A significant number of adults in Canada consume too much sodium. How significant you ask? Recent data suggests its close to 75% of men and 50% of women who consume sodium beyond recommended levels. The problem is admittedly much more significant in men with more than 90% of males between the ages of 14-30 are consuming excess levels of sodium. This is quite staggering, particularly when you consider the fact that sodium is a primary driver of high blood pressure and high blood pressure medication is the most frequently reported to be used in Canada. High blood pressure, of course, contributes ..read more
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You Need To Eat More Vitamin A – Here’s How.
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
Last year the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition published a paper based on recently released survey data looking at the eating habits of Canadian adults. They found that very specific vitamins and minerals were under consumed by large swathes of the population. One such micronutrient was magnesium, which I discussed last week. Today my gaze turns to Vitamin A, for which inadequate intakes were reported in nearly HALF of Canadians based on the data analyzed in this paper. That’s a problem. Adequate Vitamin A is fundamental to optimizing human health in various areas, including: Immune Hea ..read more
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You Need To Eat More Magnesium – Here’s How
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by Andy the RD
3M ago
The majority of population level data suggests that that current magnesium intake levels are insufficient among a significant portion of adults. Back in 2018 I was interviewed by Global News on the subject, and it remains as relevant as ever today. Case in point, a magnesium supplement currently sits among the top five selling supplements on Amazon.ca. This is a reflection of the great deal of public interest around magnesium as a nutrient of concern from the public health perspective. And for good reason. Inadequate magnesium intake may worsen or increase one’s risk of: Type 2 Diabetes/Insul ..read more
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