“It has a great lemonade taste, has no sugar, give me energy throughout the day as I drink it, and helps me burn fat! Now, how could I ask for anything more from a drink that hydrates me?
-Rebecca Murray, APRN, Endocrine Nurse Practitioner, Institute for Hormonal Balance, Medical Director of Ward-Murray Health Care Consulting, and Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Designs for Health.
LemonAid® is featured in a column by Registered Dietitian Kim Kaplan.
From the article: “Studies suggest that L-carnitine increases the burning of fat as a fuel source by transporting the fat that we eat into our cells to produce energy in the form of adenosine triphos-phate (ATP). ATP is the primary source of energy our cells pro-duce and our bodies use. D-ribose is essential for ATP production. Although it is a natural sugar, it should not increase blood sugar levels. It is stored in our cellular mitochondria and muscles and used to support a biochemical pathway to produce ATP.”
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“A dear friend of mine gave me a container of LemonAid®…she knew I have been struggling with crushing fatigue for years. I opened it in my truck, and put it in my water, drank it down, and I felt energy I hadn’t had in years. And it also cleared my brain fog. I will never be without this product, I haven’t been able to work, so I only used it on days that I needed energy, and noticed I was back in bed when I didn’t take it. A million thanks for creating this life-changing product.” -Pat B.
We are delighted to announce that LemonAid® is featured in Townsend Letter Magazine.
The article is authored by Ingrid Kohlstadt MD, MPH who is Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Human Nutrition. Dr. Kohlstadt is the editor of four medical reference textbooks on integrative medicine, featured in JAMA, Hopkins Medicine Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. She is double board certified in Nutrition and in Preventive Medicine.*
The article includes thoughts about Carnitine by Dr. Mark Houston, of the Vanderbilt Hypertension Institute. Mark Houston, MD is one of the world’s key opinion leaders in integrative medicine, an international lecturer, and noted author.
Additionally, Dr. Kohlstadt interviewed Lorri Franckle, P.A. (CEO of FatToEnergy), and the article includes her answering questions about how she formulated LemonAid® with Carnitine, why she created the company, and more.
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*Note: Dr. Kohlstadt is currently editing her fourth medical reference textbook titled Optimizing Metabolism in Regenerative Orthopedics, 2nd Edition (CRC Press, 2018). The books preview website can be visited at http://www.BetterOrthopedics.com.
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN; Washington, DC) recently released the results of its 2016 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, which indicate that supplement usage is rising. According to the latest survey, 71% of U.S. adults—or 170 million Americans—took supplements in 2016, a slight increase from the 68% of U.S. adults surveyed in 2015 who reported taking supplements. And it’s not the only striking finding from the 2016 data. One of the most surprising results has to do with the top reasons supplement users cite for purchasing supplements.
In years past, the top three reasons given for supplement use among supplement users were “overall health and wellness benefits,” “to fill nutrient gaps in my diet,” and “energy,” in that order. But in 2016, “energy” moved ahead as a reason. It was ranked as a top motivating factor by 30% of supplement users, placing it in the number-two spot ahead of “to fll nutrient gaps in my diet” (28%). “Overall health and wellness benefts” still remained the number-one reason, with 42% ranking it as a reason for supplement use. And while it’s too early to say whether the surge of interest in “energy” as a motivator is a trend, it may be refective of other demographic shifts taking place within the supplement user base, pointed out Nancy Weindruch, CRN’s senior director of communications, who shared the 2016 survey results at the association’s annual conference this fall in Dana Point, CA.
“What’s interesting about energy is that’s actually the number-one reason why Americans between the ages of 18 and 34” take supplements, Weindruch said. According to the 2016 survey, this younger group of consumers (the millennials) also increased their supplement usage, which may correlate with the increased weight of priorities like “energy” in the survey overall.
Notably, 70% of millennials said they used supplements in 2016, compared to the 65% of millennials who reported taking supplements last year. “It is exciting to see the growth in supplement usage among younger adults, especially after our 2015 survey indicated that increased usage should be anticipated among those aged 18 to 34 over the next fve years,” said Judy Blatman, CRN’s senior vice president of communications, in the survey announcement.
The survey also showed a boost in usage among adults aged 35–54 (70% in 2016 versus 68% in 2015), while adults aged 55 and over remained the most avid supplement users at 74%.
Confidence, Trust, and Categories Overall confidence in the safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements held steady at 85% in the 2016 survey.
Tere were some shifts in more specific markers of confidence. Te percentage of
U.S. adults who said they were “very confident” in the safety, quality, and effectiveness of dietary supplements rose 7% over last year to hit 41% in 2016. Te percentage of respondents who said they were “somewhat confident” decreased to 44%. On the low end, those who said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” held relatively steady at 10% and 4%, respectively.
In terms of particular supplement categories, the CRN survey suggests Americans have the most confidence in vitamins/minerals (86%), specialty supplements (66%), herbals/ botanicals (63%), and sports nutrition/weight management (53%). While all of these categories saw confidence increase over 2015, statistically significant increases occurred in specialty supplements and sports nutrition/weight management, Weindruch noted.
Te CRN survey also posed a new question to survey respondents in 2016: “To what extent do you perceive the dietary supplement industry as being trustworthy?” Overall, 73% of respondents said they perceive the industry as “very trustworthy” or “somewhat trustworthy.”
Turning to the most popular supplement categories, multivitamins remained the most popular supplement, with 53% of Americans taking multivitamins, according to the survey. However, the percentage of Americans taking only a multivitamin dropped slightly in 2016, while the percentage of Americans taking a variety of supplements increased.
Te next most popular supplements were vitamin D (26%), vitamin C (25%), calcium (21%), vitamin B/B complex (17%), omega-3/ fatty acids (14%), vitamin E (11%), fber, (11%), protein (11%), green tea (10%), magnesium (10%), and probiotics (9%).
Te 2016 CRN Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs from August 24–30, 2016. It included a national sample of 2007 adults aged 18 and older, and the sample was weighted to reflect the overall U.S. population according to Census data. Additional survey findings will be released throughout the next year, according to CRN.
It’s also worth noting that the 71% of U.S. adults who reported using supplements in the survey includes regular users, occasional users, and seasonal users. Within that group, 54% of U.S. adults reported taking some type of supplement regularly.
December, 2016: From Nutritional Outlook, by Michael Crane, Associate Editor
When someone in your life is in the process of losing weight, what should you do? Should you draw attention to the weight loss and applaud the person, or should you de-emphasize it and avoid talking about it? The knee-jerk reaction is often to compliment and praise people for how great they look and for all their hard work. But is hearing those things truly helpful?
I have worked with lots of people who have successfully shed pounds and kept the weight off.. To my surprise, many of them have related the same message: They don’t like it when people notice and talk about their weight loss. They don’t want to be complimented, praised or even have attention drawn to them. Instead of having every conversation revolve around their pants size, they want to talk about other things with their friends and loved ones.
For people on the sidelines wanting to show support and love, it can be hard to understand why someone wouldn’t want to hear words of encouragement. It can be challenging to put yourself in that position and understand how someone might misinterpret your well-intentioned comments.
There are people who love to get positive comments and feedback about their weight-loss progress. Not everyone is sensitive to words of encouragement, but it’s more common than you’d think to have a negative reaction.
Let’s dive into the top six things you probably shouldn’t say to someone who is losing weight.
1. “Wow, you’ve lost weight!” “You look great. How much did you lose?” I find these statements quite fascinating. I myself did lose about 15 pounds a couple of years ago. What is fascinating is how many times someone has said this to me, when I haven’t changed my weight at all. It does make you wonder, what is that all about.
2. “How much more do you have to lose?” This is problematic because it assumes they couldn’t possibly be happy with where they are now. Different people have different weights at which they are comfortable, so who are we to judge?
3. “You probably don’t want to eat that, right?” Foods that are high in fat or sugar are often vilified. A person who is actively losing weight might have it built into their plan to enjoy or indulge in those foods occasionally. The last thing you want to do as a support in their life is increase food anxiety or induce guilt about eating certain things. Trust them, and don’t critique their food choices.
4. “You look so much better than before.” This is clearly not the most helpful thing to say to someone, but it does occasionally slip out of our mouths. Avoid comparing their appearance from before and after. Chances are, they’re already doing enough of that in their own head. If they want your opinion, they can ask!
5. “You’re just going to gain it back anyway.” This statement conveys a lack of confidence in your loved one’s ability to maintain weight loss and could be very discouraging to hear. It’s disheartening even if you meant it as a joke.
6. “Wow, you look so good!” This is the real kicker. People say this all the time and usually have nothing but good vibes they’re trying to send. This can be interpreted in many problematic ways, though. People often wonder what was wrong with them before or why everyone is noticing their body. This well-meaning statement can cause body-image issues to surface, which can — in the worst case — trigger an eating disorder.
Even a change in your hairstyle sometimes can make you look thinner or heavier. I have observed, just based on my own reactions and observations. Don’t bring up weight. It can be a touchy subject. Stay away from it, unless the individual brings it up.
The company I work with was introducing a new amazing meal replacement that was a great addition to a weight loss lifestyle. In fact, we were having a product launch and I met a woman at a store. We were having a great conversation and I really liked her attitude and I thought she would be fun to work with. I invited her to come to the product launch. I called her a week later to follow up. She told me that our conversation had thrown her into a tail spin as she had already lost 50 pounds and by my invitation she thought I was suggesting she needed to lose more weight. She went to therapy to overcome that conversation. I apologized and told her that never crossed my mind, that I truly liked her as a caring person and wanted to connect for business. I never forgot how that seemingly innocent conversation was so damaging to this individual. Especially now that I am on the thin side, it is even more important to be conscientious of what words pass our lips and the impact they may have on another.
I don’t think we should feel like we have to walk on eggshells around one another. I do think we can increase our awareness of others’ experiences and try to focus on people, not their bodies.
In a perfect world, we wouldn’t talk about each other’s weight at all; you never really know what someone is going through. Someone could be losing weight due to secretly dealing with a cancer diagnosis, they could be struggling with an eating disorder or they could be going through an extremely difficult time with their mental health. People you’re trying to support can sometimes equate your compliments about their weight loss as an indicator that there was something wrong with them when they weighed more.
Even when someone enjoys and appreciates hearing the positive feedback from people around them, there’s a chance of developing problematic eating behaviors as a result of the affirmation. A straightforward effort for weight loss can lead to obsession, restriction and disordered eating, triggered by compliments that are twisted into motivation for unhealthy behaviors.
If you notice someone in your life has lost weight, ask them how they’re genuinely doing. Compliment them on how happy and confident they seem. Draw attention to their strengths as a human being, and convey unconditional love and support. Avoid conversations about food, weight and body image unless someone reaches out to you asking for help and support with those issues.
The amazing amino acid L-Carnitine performs many functions including producing energy from the fat we eat. It is made from the essential amino acids L-lysine and methionine. Carnitine needs vitamins B3, B6, C and iron to work. Eating a lot of fat, an unhealthy gut and some disease states require a higher level of carnitine. If you are a vegetarian, you may be deficient since the best food source of carnitine is dark meat.
How can you know if you have enough carnitine? Spectracell Laboratories offers an intracellular functional nutritional test including carnitine as one of the 33 nutrients measured. Nutrients are measured by lymphocyte growth response under optimal conditions. A measurement of carnitine at or just below 20% is borderline; over 20% is considered normal. No toxicity of L-carnitine supplementation has been reported so if you are struggling with weight loss LemonAid® may help.
Regardless of what your fitness, bodybuilding or weight loss goals are, losing fat or gaining muscle, your chances of success will increase greatly if you have L-carnitine and D- Ribose in your supplement arsenal.
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