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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
January 22, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Help Us Celebrate Our 1000th Issue!

Amazing to think that we have been publishing for 13 years. Many of you have been with us from the start. We have come a long way, as evidenced by the amateurish inaugural June 2000 issue, but no less fascinating to see where we were nutritionally.

Bonnie and I want to thank you for your support. We will continue to bring you the most forward-thinking, honest, and well-researched content we are capable of.

We hope that you get as much value out of reading our newsletters as we get from creating them. Feel free to share a thought by replying to this email. We will collect it for a future blog post.

Today's content sums up what we're all about. Recommendations that may have seemed outlandish at first because "nobody else had heard of or suggested them," at some point become part of the wellness lexicon. There are no better examples than magnesium and vitamin D.

Read below for our special 1000th issue promotion!

Have a happy, healthy week.

Steve Minsky
Senior Editor
Nutritional Concepts & NCI Well Connect eNewsletters

Dynamic Duo for Athletics and Exercise.


An upcoming study from the Journal of Sport Science examined professional male volleyball players who received either 350 mg. of magnesium or placebo every day for four weeks. Researchers evaluated their plyometric (squat jump, counter movement jump and counter movement jump with arm swing) as well as their isokinetic (peak torque, potency and total work) movements before and after supplementation.

"Significant increases of up to 3 cm in counter movement jump and counter movement jump with arm swing values were detected" in the players that took the magnesium, but not in the control group.


The study's authors concluded that "magnesium supplementation improved alactic anaerobic metabolism, even though the players were not magnesium-deficient," which may make all the difference athletically.

Vitamin D
A new study published in the December issue of Nutrition and Metabolism suggests that 4,000 IU a day of vitamin D is a great sport-recovery nutrient. According to the authors, you regain strength faster and biomarkers of muscle damage will be in better shape.
The researchers studied healthy and moderately active adults males. Half received the vitamin D and the other half a placebo for 35 days. At the end of the supplementation period, subjects performed a series of exercises intended to induce muscle damage. They found that the supplement increased serum vitamin D concentrations and enhanced the recovery in peak isometric force after the exercises. It also reduced the immediate and delayed increase in circulating biomarkers that indicate muscle damage.


Fourth Healthy Behavior of 2014

This is section is for NCI Well Connect subscribers. But you will want to read on.


While our free eNewsletter provides a weekly wellness appetizer, NCI Well Connect provides breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack. We highly recommend adding this tool to your wellness menu.


Don't have a subscription yet? At 40% Off this month, it costs a mere 50 cents an issue for one year. You're worth it.


In honor of our 1000th issue, we are giving three new subscribers two year subscriptions for the price of one! Subscribe here to win.


DETAILS: You must subscribe today to qualify. All new subscribers will be entered into a raffle. The three winners will be notified by email that their subscriptions have been extended by one more year.


Show Your Small Business Loyalty  in 2014.
You Will Be Rewarded!

For the fourth year in a row, NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program is back. Start your orders early because every dollar spent counts as one point. The more points you accrue, the larger your discounts.


For details about NCI Well Rewards Loyalty Program, click here.


Prescription for Starting the Year Off Right.
  1. Make an appointment with Bonnie if you need to get back on track. The Affordable Care Act has made it easier than ever to get preventive services covered. With a simple doctor's prescription, we can give you a Superbill to submit for medical nutrition therapy services or wellness visits (Medicare allows a wellness visit with an Rx).
  2. Follow your individualized supplement regimen. If you have gotten off track, now is the perfect time to start. While eating optimally comprises 75 percent of your nutrient intake, supplements comprise the other 25 percent. We offer monthly supplement discounts and a loyalty reward program.
  3. Stay on the straight and narrow with NCI Well Connect. Read your Well Connect weekly to maintain healthy behaviors and avoid the pitfalls. If you need a weight management boost, we will email you our new Jump-Start PaleoMediterranean Diet.
  4. Avoid your food reactors. As it was in 2013, wellness trends will be heavily influenced by food intolerances. Why? We are finally coming to the realization that food intolerances occur much more frequently than once believed. Everyone is different in how and what they react to. Luckily, we have been treating clients with food intolerances for over 16 years and have the most accurate, battle-tested screening method with our Biotrition Food Intolerance Test.
  5. Cleanse and Detox intelligently. One of the most popular ways to ring in the new year is to do a cleanse or detox. Unfortunately, some can do more harm than good. Our Smart Detox 2-Week,Smart Cleanse 2-Week, and Spring Cleanse 3-Day Action Plans have been used safely and successfully by our clients for years. They are free to NCI Well Connect subscribers.
  6. Choose mental and exercise routines to fit your needs. Methods for exercising your mind and body should be just as individualized as your food choices. Most importantly, make sure your routine fits your lifestyle capabilities.