Austin Nutritional Therapy
Elaine DiRico, BA, NTP, FDN
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What is the nutritional cost of prescription drugs?  My poor GP and friend of thirty years has had a lot to bear, since I started studying nutrition!  I think he much prefers us to go quietly into that good night rather than ask questions like: 'How much training did you get in nutrition in medical school?' 

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 Feasting and Fueling  There are a lot of things wrong with our food system, but most of it can be dumped into two buckets.  The first is the degraded quality of food generally available. 

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Hydration  In the midst of August, 2011, in Texas, with our 40th consecutive day of triple digit temperatures, hydration is a matter of life and death.  When we read of elder people dying in the heat,  dehydration is most often the culprit.  As we age, our sensitivity to thirst weakens. 

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Supplements 2.0 How do you choose a supplement?  Pollan's often repeated mantra: 'Don't eat anything you have seen advertised.' applies here as well as to food.  A good supplement is simply a condensed food, and another maxim that is crucial to getting the most for your money is 'You get what you pay for.'

On my own nutritional odyssey, I have collected bottle after bottle of the current favorite supplement, which often languished in my drawer until I threw them out as they expired.  Too much money wasted, so I began researching.  There are several factors that contribute to the efficacy of any supplement. 

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Supplements  Perhaps the single question most asked by clients is: 'Do I need to take supplements?'  My answer is:  "If you are eating a completely organic diet, with grass fed meat, plants grown on well nourished, mineral and biologically rich soil, sleep nine hours out of 24, and have no stress, your need for supplements is minimal. You also need to drink pure water that has flowed over mineral rich rocks."

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Change  The empowering theme of the 2008 election had a profound effect  on everyone, regardless of your politics: Change! and "Yes We Can!"  Strong words, and as we are seeing now with the financial debacle, late in the game.

In many ways our health is the same.  We spend years and years taking our bodies for granted, burning the metaphors at both both ends and the middle.  It is about this time that I generally see a new client.  Exhaustion, and often a health scare, like high blood sugar, has prompted them to finally take a real look at what they are doing to nourish and support the body that they have largely ignored.  When they think of body care, it is cosmetic much more than health related. 

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My Story  Like most of us children of the sixties, I grew up with an eclectic idea of good nutrition. My grandmothers were both good solid southern cooks, right up to their deaths in their nineties. Both saved bacon fat in Folger’s cans, although Granny was a Virginian and Grandmother a native Oklahoman. Apparently some things are universal. Mother was born in Oklahoma also, and Pop spent his life through graduate school in Blacksburg, Virginia, a hot bed of ham and other good things. 

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Most common digestive problem?  With few exceptions, my first look at a client’s chart, food diary and medical history reveals a big problem with digestion. This is the first thing I look for with a new client, as not digesting well means not being able to get the nutrition out of food. Once that is resolved, other health problems start improving immediately. And by far the most common problem is hypochorhydria or low stomach acid. I know, I know, Prilosec is a huge seller, and here is how that works: 

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