How To Self-Test Nutrients
1 — Take Single Nutrients.
- Test one nutrient per day — for maximum observation of its effects on you.
- Over time, you will become comfortable with some nutrients — these nutrients can be tested quickly, because you know how they affect you.
2 — Take On Empty Stomach.
- Watch for any effects — good or bad (over next 24 hours).
Good Effects — Bad Effects — NO Effects
Most multi-vitamins contain high doses. Avoid them.
A Low-Level Nutrient Floor
A low-dose multivitamin gives you a baseline — a floor — to slowly and gently raise your nutrient levels — without sudden disruption. It’s VERY hard to balance 30+ nutrients individually. (12+ minerals, 12 B-vitamins, 4 Fat-solubles, and more). This is especially true over the long run.
…But, Multivitamins Cannot Solve Everything
Unfortunately, when we are recovering our health, there are some nutrients we need WAY more than others — and no multivitamin can address this. The Nutrient Balancing protocol is designed to correct these imbalances — and give you the skills to understand how to identify and fix them.
The Nutrient Balancing protocol currently recommends two multivitamins — and it’s best to start very slow with them.
Country Life B-Complex Powder
STARTING DOSE: 1/10 scoop 2-3x/week
Thorne BioMins II
STARTING DOSE: 1 pill 1x/week
Test Single Nutrients
How To Self-Test Individual Nutrients
The Basic Concept
- TAKE a single nutrient.
- OBSERVE how you feel (in body and mind) for 24 hours.
- An EMPTY stomach is often best (with meals is okay).
- UNDERSTAND how nutrients balance each other, so you know which nutrients to try. Refer to the protocol maps.
3 Potential Outcomes
(After you self-test a nutrient.)
Possible Outcomes & What To Do Next
- Make a note — and take the nutrient again soon. (Days).
YOU FEEL WORSE:
- Make a note — and avoid the nutrient for a while. (Months).
- Make a note and try the nutrient again fairly soon. (Weeks).
Pros and Cons of Self-Testing
- You may pinpoint precisely the nutrients you need to improve/optimize your health.
- Complex. Takes time. Something more to think about.
Over time (and by following the steps), you can learn which nutrients you need — and don’t need.
What To Watch For
Your symptoms might change after taking a supplement.
Look For Any Change In Your Daily Life
After taking a single nutrient, you might notice a shift in:
- Mental acuity/sharpness
- Energy levels
- Appetite regulation
- Sleep quality
Any of these symptoms could improve or worsen. For instance, if you’re low in magnesium, taking more Vitamin D could deplete your magnesium levels further, and make you feel worse (possibly lower energy levels, brain fog, irritability, and poor sleep). Once you take some magnesium, Vitamin D may be very beneficial for you.
When You Notice “Nothing” After Taking A Supplement
Remember: You need to be looking for change in all components of your day: Your mental sharpness, energy levels, mood, digestion, appetite, and sleep quality.
Even “feeling nothing” after taking a nutrient is great feedback for you — it likely means you have a “moderate” level of that nutrient. You should revisit it soon (in several weeks).
**(There’s a small chance “feeling nothing” means you need to try a larger dose.) Also, some people will not feel much due to biological reasons or taking stimulants or drugs (caffeine, nicotine, thyroid medication, etc).
For New Nutrients
Always Start With A Low Dose
The first time you take any supplement, make it a safe, low dose — one pill or one serving.
If no negative effects, take another low dose the next day.
You may be able to take a higher dose of some nutrients — for a short time. For these select nutrients, a higher dose can help you determine how that nutrient is affecting you (and whether you need it).
A Safer Dosing Schedule
You may be able to take a higher dose of some nutrients — for a short time.
After You’re Familiar, Settle Down
When a nutrient or supplement has become familiar, you need to figure out how often to take it. You don’t need larger, daily doses anymore because your body has caught up on this nutrient.
You’ll likely need to settle into taking this nutrient 1-2x/week.
Exploring this nutrient’s partner nutrients (co-factors) is a good idea. Taking any single nutrient can cause imbalances over time.
For Nutrient Balancing
Following the steps in the protocol will help you know which nutrients are most important. Where you should start? Where should you focus your energies?
The Mineral section will help you wisely supplement minerals.
The B-Vitamin section will help you know how to proceed with low- or high-intensity supplementation of B-Vitamins.
The Fat-Solubles section will help you understand balancing the fat-soluble vitamins.
Should I Get Labwork…
To Test My Nutrient Levels?
I encourage you to understand what labwork can and cannot do. Each test has many limitations.
BLOODWORK — The body keeps the blood extremely balanced — even when tissue and cellular imbalances are present. Therefore, blood labwork can very easily overlook systemic problems.
HAIR TESTS (HTMA) — Hair tests are helpful in some ways, but are oftentimes misleading.
NICHE NUTRIENT TESTS — “Super advanced” blood, plasma, and cell tests are often full of heavy marketing, designed to take your money.
GENETIC TESTING — Genetic testing may give you an insight into how and why you’re struggling — but its results may be 1) overblown, 2) misinterpreted, or 3) be a temporary reading. Yes, genes are “turned on” and “turned off” by our environments.
Thirst For Knowledge
Get as much knowledge as you can — if you can handle it.
Labs & Practitioners Are More Limited Than They Know
Many, many people are distracted by lab tests, and how a practitioner will interpret them. I can confidently say that the medical and natural medicine worlds are loaded to the brim with practitioners who truly believe they can fix you… but cannot.
Be an eagle — get the bird’s eye view. Stay above the fray of buzzards. And always come back to yourself. Check in with what’s working.
Test Approaches Thoroughly
When you try an approach, give it a real shot (one where you won’t question your efforts or tactics, looking back). But then be ready to move on when you see this idea, approach, or practitioner doesn’t quite have the full set of answers you need.
It may be that you need to draw from multiple sources of wisdom.
Become an encyclopedia of wisdom. See the panoramic view. From the whole field of view, find what you need to know — and let go of the rest.
Keep In Mind
- Approaches often work temporarily and need to be cycled on and off… this is because nutritional & hormonal balance can be thrown off quite easily in the recovering body.
- Time away from an approach is often a good thing for restoring balance to the system.
There may not be “one true path” to follow, forever… There instead are many paths, running parallel, that you need to understand and follow.
This Completes ‘Self-Testing.’
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