Month: March 2018

 
Of course, for those of you who have done the test, know how to test yourself and have individual nutrients that you typically need, you have the power to monitor your nutrient balance unless something changes like having the flu or a big life event or an accident.
 
I love it that so many people know how to test themselves. I especially love it when young people have the information because they have it for life. If only the Founding members had had that information when we were all young and our children were young. Sigh.
 
Here is a shout-out to the Founding Members this holiday weekend. Mary Grace, Jo-Ann, Joan, Jo Anne, Judy,and Susan, hope you all have a good time and are doing well. None of the Health Pursuits research would have happened without you all! What an amazing group of women and how amazing that we came together just at that time.
 
Kudos to the inquiring minds of everyone who has joined us on the research since.
 
Some people might have the impression that the NST gives results on 56 nutrients and then you just go out and supplement the ones you need.
 
It is not that straightforward which is why we supply a written report with every test and give food and other strategies, not just nutrients. Here are some things the test might tell you. Remember EVERYONE is different! Every test we do furthers the research.
 
Digestion:
Stomach acid low or high, and what simple or complex strategies to deal with it.
Fat digestion adequate or not?
Intestinal bacteria adequate or not.
Intestinal inflammation affecting absorption?
 
Celiac Disease possible or not likely.
 
Hormones:
Pituitary producing adequate Human Growth Factor or may be not and which amino acids may be required.
Adrenals modulating blood pressure, blood sugar, immunity and stress tolerance adequately(and which nutrients may be required to support)
Thyroid supporting digestion, fat absorption, energy production or not and which nutrients may be required to improve.
Estrogen in balance with the nutrients that process it
 
Calcium uptake:
The whole chain of nutrients involved in calcium uptake and where it may be possible to start supporting it.
 
Mitochondrial energy production for the heart muscle and which nutrients/strategies may be needed to support it.
 
Medication/Nutrient Interactions
Are your medications depleting nutrients?
 
Toxic exposures and liver and kidney function and which nutrients/strategies might be useful.
 
Genetics
The NST might indicate that your genetic enzyme variations might do better with one form of a vitamin rather than another.
 
The olfactory sequence is the longest on the human genome. No wonder it is opening up a this way of investigating health.

 

So often when people are not doing well in March or April, it turns out to be low Vitamin D. Depression, low energy, low immunity — could be low Vitamin D because we’ve used up our reserves from last summer and can’t make any more in our skins until about May. The sun just isn’t intense enough.

Interestingly, Jane and I demonstrated the NST to a practitioner and it came up positive (good.) She asked, “I have my Vitamin D drops here. If I take them, how soon will the test result change?”

So she took her drops and, in less than five minutes, did the retest. Surprisingly to her but not to us, it now came up low neutral.

If you want to do the NST for Vitamin D, you can scent test drops or you can buy a Vitamin D without sweeteners. Watch out for croscaramelose which seems to be going into all sorts of supplements these days. I was looking for one to scent test and finally found Costco’s Kirkland brand was okay. The NST protects you from taking too much of this fat-soluble vitamin. Too much is not a good thing. If you need Vitamin D, take it with a meal with fat for better absorption and make sure you have enough magnesium too.

Check out some interesting stuff about vitamin D and cancer in this article.