Homework Spotlight: Nutrient Density

Managing nutrient density ensures you get all the micronutrients you need without too much energy (calories). I learn about nutrient density and related topics in Marty Kendall’s Facebook group Optimising Nutrition.  Scroll down on his How to maximise nutrient density blog post to learn more about nutrient density means.

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Homework Spotlight: Omega-3’s

I recently listened to a podcast on the topic of omega-3 fatty acids.  I have a good understanding of the importance of omega-3 fatty acids and I make the effort to eat sardines and non-farmed salmon for protein and sources of omega-3 fats.  I decided to pull the trigger and get a test that would provide an indication what fats make up my cells. I chose the Omega-3 Index Complete test from OmegaQuant which includes:

  • Omega-3s
  • Omega-6s
  • Saturated fats
  • Monounsaturated fats
  • Trans fats
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Normal Lab Values

Lab tests are one tool used I use to assess the state of my health.  Normal lab ranges are somewhat generic. Even if your results are show in the normal range, they may not support wellness and disese prevention.

Keeping in mind that our health is very complex and that lab values alone are not determinant, I am sharing my goals for optimal ranges for several specific biomarkers.  Much of the reading and listening I do is related to how I can promote my own wellness, improve my physical and mental health and preserve cognition. I have come to understand that we can empower ourselves by taking advantage of the tremendous amount of information available today on the subjects of health span and wellness.

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My Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring Experience

Several years ago, I randomly came across the movie The Widowmaker on Netflix.  It was very informative and quite frankly concerning but not shocking as I was already solidly skeptical of many aspects of healthcare and modern dietary recommendations.  About a year ago the screening identified in the movie, the calcium score (also called coronary artery calcium score, cardiac CT or CAC) resurfaced on my insulin resistance/ketogenic journey.  I made a mental note to put that on my list of things to check out about myself.  I recently found a radiology center where I  was able to have a scan performed as a self-pay customer without a physician’s referral.

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