NEW BUSINESS…NEW SITE…NEW BLOG

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s been a trying but very blessed year!

Finally, the long wait is over and I present to you my labor of love: www.DrRayND.com. Please add to your favorites and share with as many folks you can. Also, I’d love to hear any feedback, as the site is a working progress…like us all. ūüėČ

For¬†my “A Dose of Vitamin Ray” blog followers, I moved the blog to www.DrRayND.com. To subscribe, please sign-up on the new site to receive the latest updates because I will be shutting down this current WordPress blog. We gotta resume your doses of Vitamin Ray again!

This is an exciting time and I feel blessed to share it with all of you!
Thank you for your patience, love, and support.

Cheers to new beginnings and let’s embrace wellness! #HealthFirst

Love,

Dr. [Vitamin] Ray

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BEWARE! The Secret Cause Behind Common Health Issues!

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We live in a world where our bodies are being taxed ALL the time by stress–our jobs/career, families, environment, medications…you name it. It’s no secret that stress is NOT benign! Furthermore, our body has to use many nutrients just to keep your organs healthy, especially under chronic stress.

As with everything, there are consequences and eventually all that stress and strain on our bodies can cause nutritional deficiencies. In the cases of chronic stress-induced fatigue, headaches/migraines, constipation, sleep issues, anxiety, Restless Leg Syndrome or muscle cramps, it could all be caused by a hidden nutrient deficiency. MAGNESIUM! Yup, the hidden cause your doctor may be overlooking is hypomagnesemia or low magnesium.

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Health experts claim most of us are magnesium deficient due the body’s high demand for this nutrient in metabolic processes. Recommended daily intake is 310-320mg for adult women and 400-420mg for adult men. Adults can safely take up to 1000mg, however, be careful and gradual with dosing because sudden high intake of extra magnesium can quickly reverse the constipation into diarrhea.

Also, be sure to ask your doctor if you’re on any medications that can deplete magnesium stores such as diuretics, ACE inhibitors, or even antibiotics. Sometimes taking too much calcium or vitamin D can create a magnesium imbalance too!

Click this link to learn more about magnesium.

Magnesium can easily be supplemented into your diet from eating the following foods:

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For those of you who don’t want to put the¬†extra effort to supplement your intake all by food, take a daily supplement! My favorite magnesium product is Alka Calm by Professional Complementary Health Formulas.* It is a combination of powdered magnesium and potassium that morphs water into a fizzy yummy drink. I usually drink my cup about 30-60mins before bedtime to calm my nerves, muscles, and thoughts, into a relaxed state ready for sleep!

As always, please consult your doctor first before making any changes in your health regimen. Cheers to health!!

*No company affiliation or compensation are associated with the recommendation of this product. 

MEAN GREEN ANTIOXIDANT MACHINE!

Greetings Everyone, I have a treat for you today! Since the weather is beginning to warm up, the cold smoothies and drinks are making a come back! If you’re like me, I never stop drinking them even when it gets below freezing outside and you’ll soon understand why.

Today, I’m sharing my smoothie recipe for the Mean Green Antioxidant Machine. It is a recipe that is highly adaptable based on your tastes or different needs, but below is the basic recipe that is great as itself. In this recipe, you will receive great doses of vitamins A, B, C, E, K, iron, potassium, folate, and many more to boost your vitality. I usually drink this smoothie 3-5 days a week. For you “dieters” and “detoxers,” this drink is low calorie, so you can sip away knowing you’re not filling up on empty, nutrition-deficient calories as you would with a diet soda or diet shake.

Mean Green Antioxidant Machine Recipe

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2-3 cups of fresh organic spinach leaves

1/2 cup of fresh organic parsley leaves

3/4 cup of water

2-3 ice cubes

1/2 a small apple (chopped)

1/2 a banana (sliced)

1/2 tbsp of lemon juice

*1/4 tsp of powder probiotic (optional)

*1 tbsp of ground flax seed (optional)

Blend all ingredients in blender on high until completely¬†liquefied. If you don’t have a Vitamix or something similar, you may need to use a spoon to help coax along the blending. Avoid adding too much extra water or it will become too watery and bland.¬†

Bottoms up….drink to your health!

**Feel free to tweak the recipe around to your taste. Sometimes I add frozen blueberries or strawberries. You can also use other types of greens such as kale, romaine lettuce, etc. If you want it as a meal replacement, you can add protein powders, milk, yogurt, avocado or even nut butters. The sky is the limit!

Want more drink ideas? Additional Vitamin Ray-Approved super-drink recipes  are at Dr. Oz.com.

Also, check out this link to see the vitamin and nutrient information for different fruits and vegetables. This can be a great tool for helping you to tailor your super drinks to what you feel your body needs in nutrition. (link extracted from healthalternatives2000.com)

Hot Dog Lovers…BEWARE!

The HOT DOG…such a typical “American” food! ¬†Did you know that the average American consumes up to 70 hot dogs a year?!! I think the last time I ate a hot dog was 12 years ago, and my stomach and liver are deeply grateful for it.

If you enjoy partaking in this grilled American classic, it’s time to learn about what you’re consuming. Check out the video below courtesy of Joy Bauer (celebrity nutritionist) from her website joybauer.com¬†(Food Cures).

SPRING CLEANING!

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The Spring season symbolizes a myriad of meanings. It is the time we transition from Winter, the season of our most holiest holidays, and the beginning of renewal and bloom. Spring cleaning is not only the clean up of our homes and gardens, but also of our bodies and mind.

I utilize the Spring to detox my mind and body from the impurities I have accumulated over the Winter months. I see it as a personal “Spring cleaning.” I found a couple of articles that offer great detox advice. Feel free to peruse the links and see if they can be useful in your own Spring cleaning.

1.) Ten tips for a spring detox to rejuvenate your liver (Natural News)

2.)  7 detox recipes for a healthy cleanse (NewHope360: Delicious Living)

Is Old Man Winter Beating Up Your Hair?

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Salutations!!

If your hair is having a bit of the winter blues (i.e. dry ends, brittle, less shine, etc), then read this article on using vitamins and herbs to grow strong, healthy hair.

I view these tips as hair food recommendations. The way I see it, if you want more healthy hair growth then eat the proper foods and supplements that can feed its growth. Give your follicles a little BOOST!

Enjoy the read and Namaste!

Love,
Vitamin Ray

Show Me The Money: Eating Healthy On A Budget!

If ¬†I had a nickel for every time I heard someone tell me that eating healthy is expensive or inconvenient…I could probably pay off my entire student debt! This is a HUGE misconception. In fact, you’d be surprised at how easy and affordable eating healthy whole foods can be! Please check out the link below from Health.com for some great tips you can carry with you into the New Year that can help you with those healthy New Years resolutions.

11 Ways To Save Money On Healthy Food

Additionally, have a game plan the next time you go grocery shopping. That’s right, know what you want before you go in order to prevent yourself from purchasing too many splurges and unecessary items. Try this:

  • Plan your Weekly Menu:
    • Pick 2-3 big meals (i.e. a meal that can feed you and your family for at least 2-3 meals) that you want to eat for that week and make my shopping list based on the ingredients I’d need in order to prepare those meals.** Only buy what you need.
  • Read Grocery Newsletters:
    • Check out the grocery ads and see which produce, meat, and dairy products are on sale for that week. Often times, there are also additional coupons you can use for those items too.¬†**Short on time? Either opt to have these ads/fliers delivered to your email accounts or grab one at the customer service desk and briefly peruse it prior to shopping. Honestly, it takes just a few minutes and your wallet will thank you.
  • ¬†Swap Junk Food Snacks for Whole Food Snacks:
    • Aim to buy healthy snack options for the week (i.e. fruit, veggies and hummus, almond butter, whole grain rice crackers, yogurt, etc. For more examples click here). However, take an easy on those 100 calorie packs and diet bars. Think¬†whole foods for WHOLE nutrition.

And remember, keeping an open mind on different food options can really help you save too. If you see a certain vegetable or fruit on sale for a great deal and you’ve never had it then try it! Not unless you’re allergic, it’s worth expanding your palate. There are too many recipes out there to say you don’t know how to cook or eat it. A little bit of effort can go a LONG way in terms of improving and maintaining your health!

Peace, Love, & Blessings!

Vitamin Ray