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Superfoods With Side Effects

From eNewsletter 11/1/2023

DID YOU KNOW that vitamin D deficiency is an issue even in low-latitude countries where is there is abundant sunlight?

According to a study from Nutrition Reviews, the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was unexpectedly elevated in South American populations. The prevalence of deficiency was 34.76%, which shocked the study authors.

The reasons are two-fold:

  • Many living in abundant sun countries still do not spend enough time in the sun. We see the same issue in those living in the sun-loving states of Florida, Arizona, and California.

  • Those spending enough time in the sun do not process vitamin D optimally because of genetic predisposition.

Let this be a reminder to you that no matter where you live, you need supplemental vitamin D3. Now that there are less sunlight hours, increase your supplemental vitamin D3 to your usual fall/winter dosage.


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The Gift of Wellness

Struggling for gift ideas this holiday season? From consultation gift certificates to human and pet supplements, what better gift can you give than the gift of wellness?

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Steve Minsky MS, HWC

As a Health and Wellness Counselor, Steve analyzes and offer solutions to optimize human functioning not only with food, but every aspect of your lifestyle, whether for prevention or healing. More info on Steve's services.

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Food Intolerance Blood Draw

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Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie Minsky

In Today's Issue...

  • WC Feature* Let's Talk Turkey

  • Superfoods With Side Effects

  • November 20% OFF Sale Items

  • Case Report

  • Chiro Corner NEW!

  • Pure Genomics

  • Blog Briefs NEW!

  • Well Connect Member Benefits

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Superfoods With Side Effects

Steve: Here are the top 5 superfoods in which I find my clients most commonly suffer from side effects.


Yeast overgrowth, metabolic acidosis, digestive distress, and acid reflux

Chia Seeds

Digestive distress from high lectin content and salicylate intolerance

Apple Cider Vinegar

Yeast overgrowth, metabolic acidosis, digestive distress, esophageal burning, acid reflux, and tooth enamel erosion


Salicylate intolerance and acid reflux

Greens Powders

Greens powder supplements contain myriad grasses, mosses, fungus, vegetables, fruits, and more. I call them the "throw everything but the kitchen sink" supplements. Given that these supplements contain so many substances, it is almost a given that you will react to one or more of them.


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