Nutrition Tips October 2012

Our nutrition consultant Margo Ochoa has three nutrition tips for you.

Tip #1:

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for balancing hormones, losing weight, boosting the immune system and protecting your body from disease and infection. Most people are deficient. Since vitamin D is actually a hormone that influences nearly 3,000 of your 25,000 genes, it is extremely important to make sure you have optimal levels. You can go to for more information and you can purchase an inexpensive in-home vitamin D test kit. Optimum levels are 70 - 100.

Tip #2:

8 out of 10 Americans get less than the recommended intake of magnesium in their diets. According to the National Institutes of Health, magnesium is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. Magnesium helps keep a steady heart rhythm and retain normal blood pressure. It is critical for helping maintain normal muscle and nerve function, supporting a healthy immune system, keeping bones strong and reducing symptoms of PMS. Research suggests that some children with ADHD have lowered levels of magnesium. People with diabetes tend to have lowered magnesium levels too. Given this information, I think it would be beneficial for most people to supplement with magnesium. It is best to take it before bed.

Tip #3:

Throw out your regular table salt and switch to Sea Salt and/or Himalayan Salt. Sea Salt and Himalayan salt contain over 80 essential minerals. Table salt (refined salt) has no minerals. Adding the right kind of salt to your diet can help adrenal disorders, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, fatigue, headaches, immune system function and thyroid disorders.

Food can be medicine or a death sentence. The choices we make now will affect our wellbeing for many years to come.

Nutritional Services:

Margo's goal is to provide up to date information to help you take control of your health. She strives to provide information that will make a difference for you and your family's health. She focuses on being trustworthy, reliable and resourceful.

Margo provides one-on-one consultations as well as complete lifestyle packages. Visit our website for details about her package plans. In addition, she offers 15 minute phone consultations for $20. You can ask her any nutrition question you have and she will respond within 24 hours with a solution. Often times she will be able to respond within an hour or two. She can give you nutritional approaches to many selected health conditions.

About Margo Ochoa:

Margo Ochoa, a certified nutrition consultant, has a BA in finance and management and a teaching credential. Her interests are beach volleyball, running, walking her dogs, hiking, biking, working out and reading. She is married and has two children.

Margo is trained in all aspects of nutrition and can advise people on improving their health through healthy food choices and lifestyle modifications. She is able to evaluate a person's nutritional needs through a thorough nutritional assessment based on current lifestyle and eating habits. Margo realizes each person has different nutritional needs and goals. She is able to customize a unique plan for each client, based on up-to-date scientific principles and practical skills to get results. She enjoys helping people reach their full health potential through nutrition. Margo will address any health issues and/or concerns her clients may have. She will help them to create a healthier life and set them up for long-term success.

You can reach Margo directly by email: or by cellphone: 805-708-4336.

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