Perspectives from Canyon Ranch Experts
Recently, stories about several research studies raised questions about the impact of supplementation on life expectancy, increasing the confusion many people feel about taking vitamins.
"The latest studies are interesting, and they raise some questions about the optimal dosages of common vitamins and minerals. But none of the studies should be considered an indictment of vitamins in general, nor should anyone throw away their vitamins because of a report they read in the paper."
"The latest studies do emphasize the importance of taking the right vitamins, and of working with experienced nutritionists or a physician to determine your own dietary and vitamin needs. After all, these are supplements to your diet, so it’s important to first take your diet into consideration. Experts also factor in your health issues, symptoms, and genetic risks before making a vitamin and supplement recommendation.
"One of the reasons it’s so great working with our team at Canyon Ranch is the ongoing active dialogue we have about the latest research on vitamins and supplements."
The results of some recent research on the benefits of vitamin supplements are disappointing. So, should you throw out all your vitamins? Canyon Ranch Medical Director Mark Liponis, M.D., puts it into perspective.
To salt or not to salt?
Kelly Grant, R.D., N.C., nutritionist at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, who regularly gives a presentation called Please Pass the Salt, weighs in on what the new USDA guideline on sodium intake means to you. It’s no news that Americans eat too much salt, but the USDA standard developed last year has helped clarify just how much too much we eat.
Cook! Because restaurant meals tend to be very salty, eating fresh foods at home can significantly reduce sodium consumption.
Here are some of the ways Canyon Ranch nutritionists and chefs maximize the appeal and nutritional value of Ranch cuisine while keeping added sodium within healthy limits:
Finally, simply eat more fresh fruit and vegetables: Aim for 8 to 10 half-cup servings daily. Increasing your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables will help displace the sodium content in restaurant and processed foods.