In this episode with Naked Talk with Jess, we are chatting with Health Educator and Nutritionist, Christy Abrams, about the impact the correct supplement can make in living a healthy life.
Christy discusses how all supplements are not created equal and the science behind quality supplements that can help you be the best you.
Christy Abrams, DSS
Health Educator and Nutritionist
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Hey, y'all welcome back to naked. Talk with just podcast I have today, Christie Abrams. She is a nutritionist and a health educator for designs for health. And we are going to be talking today about micronutrients and how not all supplements are created equal. Y'all one more time for the people in the back, because this is something that has been going on for quite some times. They are not all created equal. So we really want to inform you and educate you today and help you to be that advocate for your health. And thank you for joining us today. Christie. Welcome to the podcast.Christy:
Thank you for having me.Jess:
Well, so just a little bit about how you and I met. We met in my office here. And I've had Dr. Chase banks on the episode, on the podcast several times, actually. And so I was first introduced to designs for health, through being a patient of his, and I really saw that opened my eyes to we said, they're not all created equal. Just like so many things we share on the podcast, whether it's reading our food labels and knowing the source. It rings true for this as well. Doesn't it? So can you start by sharing with those listeners who may not be familiar or they may be like, okay, just like, I just got my, my huge things of supplements, you know, from this big. Big store, you know? And so what are you trying to tell me here? What's the difference? What is a micronutrient?Christy:
Sure. I know most of us are familiar with macronutrient, right? Carbs. Virgin says, so migrant nutrients are chemical elements, substances that. Our within our body that we would like to think that we get from our food. We actually do get them. That's our source. Unfortunately. For most of us with the food, the way it is There's a couple of different reasons we can go into, but we don't really get what's necessary for proper functioning in our body. So. Micronutrient examples would be your B vitamins. Your antioxidants. Let's like, Your D and your calcium and your zinc and all those things that we're looking at right now, especially with COVID. We need to know what the levels are. Those are. So we're all like running out to take. C and D and zinc, and these things that you hearing in the news, but. What do you have enough already? And, and where do you get the source from? Do you have to take it from a bottle from Costco or should you get it from a different source? So there's a lot of. Of questions. I think a lot of people have that is, don't know where to find the answers.Jess:
Yeah. And I think that's something that I a hundred percent have seen people, me personally, messaging me much more as you can imagine. I've been in holistic health for over a decade. And I've seen, has so many more messages, especially this year because they're hearing these things and like with anything else, just like with. We talk about, you know, diets and how there's a new trend, a new fad, or you hear I share this all the time with. My children as well, just because something's gluten-free doesn't mean it's healthy. So people are bombarding with this information and they don't know what to do with it. And so I think it's so important to really say, okay, let's break down. Let's go back to the basics. You shared a little bit about micronutrients. So how does someone know if they are deficient? So you're hearing all these things and how do you know if you. Are low on vitamin C?Christy:
Yeah, that's a good question. It's, it's very I'd say. A good guess to think that you're low in something. I run in my nutrition practice. What's called a micronutrient test. And it's an intracellular. So, you know, one of the things I always talk about with my clients is what is the two things that would really affect health from the inside out cellular health, like what's going on inside the cell, because of course we're totally made of cells and your gut. So so addressing both of those. So when we look at micronutrients, we have to say, What is going on with that micronutrient inside itself. So you can take a serum D for example, where they draw your blood and they say this smell of D is floating around in your bloodstream, but you have to get it across the cell membrane, into the cell to actually be in the cell. So there's a micronutrient test. That's intracellular tests. So yes, it's a blood draw. It's a cellular. And that's what I use to look at what's happening. And so you can look at. The list of the results and say, this is down because this one's down. There's so many micronutrients that affect each other B12 and full, late. Or D and our calcium and there's, they're just brother, sister type you know, micronutrients and you want to be able to look at all of them, not just say, what is this one? So what are the times in. Regular conventional medicine, a doctor won't look at those things, or they will only look at maybe your iron and your D they might run B12 for a certain reason, but they don't often look at your micronutrients, mainly because those doctors don't know about them and they don't know what to do if they found out that you were deficient. So what is deficiency? Deficiency means the different systems in your body are not functioning. So. So we look at her body as a car. You can have. You know your liver or your carburetor, you can have your gut or your AC. Like you take different systems within your car. And if one of them is not functioning properly, your car in general is not fully tuned. And so we, I like to look at our body like that. And so what do we need to do to keep everything in balance? And so knowing what you're deficient in is key. We always say test don't guessJess:
I like that. And then, so for someone listening, maybe it could be, and you can elaborate on this Christie maybe, or like, you know what, I'm even getting sleep when I feel tired or. I just don't like I have a fog. What are some things that, that someone listening might say, okay, maybe this is something I need to go get tested and see.Christy:
Y. Well, both of those things you just said. Yeah, for sure. I mean, there are some symptoms that are just. Every day we live with them. And we are so used to living with them that we don't know life without them. And then you don't even realize that you're having those problems anymore until they go away. And then you're like, wow. Like people get so tired of being tired of that. Then they feel actually good and have energy. They're like, wow, it's just a different. So, so definitely energy sleep just digestion. Yeah, right. So, you know, one of the reasons we don't get enough out of our food, number one, our foods, not like it used to be, but if we can't digest and absorb those nutrients in our food, even if it is a good source, then we're not getting it so that that's part of it. So we always look at the gut. So I think again, I refer to conventional medicine. Somebody walks in and says their doctor I'm feeling really, really tired. I'm not sleeping well, so maybe I'm tired because I'm not sleeping or maybe there's something causing me not to sleep. It's kind of a vicious cycle. So your typical conventional doctor is going to say. Let's see my list of subtle prescriptions. But I can give you to make you not feel tired, but they don't go to the root of why are you tired to begin with, right. So they'll run and they'll start running labs. You'll get your thyroid and look at things that are you know, what they know is something to cause some tiredness. It could be for all those you guys who hear all the time that vitamin D is an epidemic of deficiency in this country. And I'll add that. I can't quote the exact. Study, but something like 99% of everyone who died in a certain period of time, the beginning of COVID. In the hospital with COVID we're all the division. Everybody was deconditioning. And, and the one thing they can say is getting your D levels up between 75 and a hundred is. A huge protection in your insistence. So. You all are taking D D D with K. And we talk about that later, but so I think that, you know, what we need to do is, is. Test again, not, yes. Run these, these. Micronutrients and see, maybe we looked and we show selenium is bottomed out. Well, selenium is used by your thigh. Right? All right. Well, okay. So if your selenium is bottomed out, you're not taking any supplements that are quality, then you're not getting sodium comes from a couple of foods. But. You know, maybe we do look at your thyroid. So if your thyroid is under functioning has drawn down your selenium. Right. So then that can give you some clue to maybe, okay, now we'll go run some filings. Blood work. And, or maybe even if you run thyroid blood work right away. It, they usually run TSH. Well, what do you say? She looks good. Okay. Well, I don't know what it is, you know? And so I, this, this is a frustration. Because there is simple. Not very expensive tests out there to really help somebody get back to that balance of your systems.Jess:
And then it also just gives you something to work with. Right? Where am I right now, instead of guessing, and then you can go back and you can see. I've made some of these changes. Is it helping? Do I need to adjust versus just guessing and then wasting money. You know, you're, you can be taking things. And like you said, Christy, if you're not absorbing those things, so many people I talked to. They just think their digestion is normal. Or their lack thereof, right? Yeah. Oh yeah. You. You know, they'll say, oh, I have a bowel movement once every three or four days. No, no. And you know what? That was me. That was me for so long. And if you haven't listened to those episodes, we have a constipation or you bolded episode and you have a gut house series. And then of course my sights and sleep series. Sorry, episode that's episode two, and it kind of talks a little bit of an intro to gut health and some things you can do. But now you might even be buying them. And they may not be sourced from where you want them to be, and you're wasting your money because you didn't absorb them. So going back to that holistic approach, you have to look at these different areas. And see. Go beyond the symptom to the root of it. We don't want to mask our symptoms anymore. Those listening on this thing for a reason, because what they have tried, isn't working. They're wanting something. Looking at all aspects. So speaking of the sourcing, can you share a little bit, so what is the difference? If I go and buy a big bulk. You know, Vitamin C somewhere. Versus say designs for help? What, what is the difference in that sourcing? Can you share that a little bit?Christy:
You know, I mean, so one of the things that you want to look at when you're saying. You know, is this product. So when we look at professional supplements there you need a. Licensed. Practitioner to, to get that from. Because we look at professional. High quality high purity. Hi. Potency supplements as well. We call it nutraceutical. So it's literally a step down from a pharmaceutical and you also have to have a license for, right. So you could, you could take a handful of di from a grocery store. And you probably wouldn't have toxicity from it. Because you're only getting a couple of percent out of what it actually says in the bottle. But when you look at professional supplements and you take a handful of D you could cause some problems, right? So that's why you have to work with somebody who knows and understands how to use nutraceuticals problems. So there is always, it's the formulas. It's the science, it's the research. I know with designs for health, we can take anywhere from a year to three years before we release a formula, because we are doing research on that. We are getting our own. Human studies versus, you know, just the science behind the. The scientist who'd come up with. Well, we're going to do this particular type of E and it's going to come from it and that'll plan. There's just, you know, very specifics, a lot of specifics. So you don't get that from from a regular manufacturer. That's just mainstream. Another thing is that we hold ourselves to a very high standard professional covens view. Where they have gMP, which is good manufacturing practice, which you can find that stands on a lot of things. It's just a third party auditor. They, they're kind of like, you know, are they actually, is this company actually doing what they say they're doing. And that's a, that's a good thing, but what if they're say they're doing a low level of something? And all you have to do is say, yeah, GMP, you are doing that low level for some companies out there. Right. But. You know, professional will hold themselves to a higher standard. The difference between maybe something you can find online through what you, you know, adopter. Online. You know who that doctor is. You don't know where it's coming from, just because it has their name on it. Doesn't mean it's high quality. Do you remember most of those people are in it to make money, not to necessarily worry about whether or not you actually are having good success with that. They're not there to answer your question when you have anything about it. Right? So that's why you want to work with the professional at. Dr Jace. Perfect example. Somebody who knows products and knows what to do with them. And then just cares about. Your outcome, right? And then let's see, I'd say. I'd say that's probably the biggest thing is just, you know, the science. Yeah. Sourcing raw material sourcing. Yeah. You know, another thing I think is. You want to make sure it's free of mold? Three of. Fillers. Free. Any toxins. So that's a big part of the expense that goes into professional. Product. Non GMO, soy free. Gluten-free. Most of them are dairy free or vegetarian. Just depends, you know? And that's all listed on the bottle. So. So, yeah,Jess:
and I think it goes back to, yes, you're going to pay. A little bit more. But most of you listening know you. Use your discretionary income. On a lot of different things and it, most of the time may not be benefiting your health. So you can either pay more and know that the source and that it's someone you have a relationship with and you can go back to, or you take your chances and that's up to you. But I think part of being a health advocate is. Taking the time to look into our food, our our supplements, all of these things. Can you share a really quick With our listeners. At the, I have a lot of health coach friends. I am a holistic health coach. And I, my passion is to share this health. So for those of you listening to more health coaches, I'm going to have Christie share briefly there's something designs for health has it's a dietary supplement specialist. And can you share that real quick for those listeners who want to help their serve their clients?Christy:
Sure. So because we're very, I guess, picky about who has an account, like I said, you know, these are nutraceuticals and. And someone needs to be trained and understand how to use them. So up until now, Health coach has not been. High enough of a license or out of. I have. With that, but you can't have an account. But because we have so many wonderful. All coaches that are super knowledgeable. It's a shame that they can't have an account with us. And so what we've done is Lee's, we've been looking at it for over a year, but we just recently released a program. Oh, dietary supplement specialist. Like you said, and it's about a seven it's a seven hour course or seven week course. I think it's about 13 or 14 modules. So you could literally sit down and take it in a weekend if you wanted, or you could space it out. But you registered for? As a health coach, and then when you complete the course. Then you will have be able to have your own full account with designs for health. We just feel like for someone who finishes the course. And successfully passes the exam and then they do have the knowledge that it takes to have a successful account with us. So that's something that if you guys wanted to contact me about, and when you help coaches and happy to answer your questions about that and show you that how.Jess:
Yeah. And so, and if you also if you want to ask me about my experience, so I did take that course with Christy and designs for health. So now I am a dietary supplement specialist and that's something that I'm really excited to offer my clients and I can do the micronutrient testing as well. But as you know, if you've been listening to make a talk with Jess, I'm all about. Connecting and providing those resources Christie a burns is choosing nutritionist here in the area. And Dr. bang. She pony, you know, I will. Yeah. Always. Recommend him as well. And then that's more for gut health. You can do those types of things. But yeah, I mean, I think it's great that the more. We can. We can provide help and resources for our clients. The better. And so if you've been listening and you're like, Hey, you know, I want to do this. You can reach out to me. Or they're not micronutrient testing. I do have a store it's just Brasington dot E health pro.com. And you can find more information there. And if you're a health coach, reach out to Christie and I'm going to have all these links in the show notes. Christie. Can you go ahead and just let us know how, how can we find out more about you and give us your email or any links that you'd like to share?Christy:
Sure. Well, I mean, I just am. Passionate about. Health and wellness passionate about integrative medicine. Holistic medicine. Going outside the box and getting to the root. I think I am an excellent source. First specifics of somebody saying, I specifically have this issue or my child has this issue. As a health educator and covering all of your Houston from Polish station to Beaumont. To Huntsville down to I live in the Woodlands area, but I definitely want to be a resource for any of you guys listening to that, that has those questions. So do they give my phone numbers? Whenever you would like to share. Easiest thing to do would probably be to text or call me at eight three two five two four. 3 4, 6, 7. And if you do that, Just say who you are like, Hey, I'm Sally and I heard you on. They can talk to Jess and I have a question about this, or I'm interested in the DSS program. My email is C Abrams. That's a, B R a M S at designs for health. Dot com. At O R. So, so those are two easy ways to get ahold of me. And definitely take a look at justice store. It's a supplement store that offers. Access to almost 400 products. And it also Is that a great resource when you go look in there and look around. So I think. That would be a. Good. You're curious as where do I find good stuff? How do I, where do I go? You get this stuff? Do I have. You know, make an appointment with the doctor down the street. No. They can just go to your store, but definitely.Jess:
Yeah, thank you so much, Christie, for being honest, sharing that. And like, I, I usually share, I have people that I know or products that I personally know are used because there is so much overwhelm out there and so much today. So thank you for sharing that. And let us know if you have any questions, we'll have all this on the show notes as well. And we'll talk to you next time. Right.