Nutrition with Vegetarian Style

About Me

BrittaHello! My name is Britta Nelson and I am a compliance specialist at Swanson Health Products

My interest in health and nutrition began at a very young age.  As the daughter of a chiropractor, I have been taking dietary supplements my entire life. Being aware of my natural health choices, and as an animal lover, I became a vegetarian about fifteen years ago. I attended Concordia College Moorhead where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Nutrition and Dietetics.

As a nutritionist, I love to share natural health practices in hopes of promoting healthier lifestyles. I have learned in many ways the importance of health and nutrition. Over the past five years, my mother has battled cancer three separate times. She has undergone various surgeries and treatments for ovarian, breast and brain cancer. My mother is now living a healthy and cancer-free life. Her strength and courage has fueled my passion for helping others.

By keeping up with the latest research and current happenings, my purpose is to provide helpful information, tips, suggestions and personal experiences dealing with nutrition, health, supplements and a vegetarian diet. Together, we can start living healthier lives today!

Food Label or Warning Label: Top 10 Worst Processed Foods

Monday, December 2, 2013 by Britta S

Do you read your food labels?

Have you ever heard the rule “don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce?” A hundred years ago, this wasn’t an issue. Today, with all the processed foods in the standard American diet (SAD), there are over 14,000 man-made chemicals added as preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colors to nearly every food item found on the inside aisle of the grocery stores. Even the produce aisle is contaminated with pesticides and herbicides.

Therein lies one of the main benefits of...

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Response to "10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements"

Monday, September 10, 2012 by Britta S

The following post is our point-by-point response to Consumer Reports' September 2012 article, "10 surprising dangers of vitamins and supplements." The bold, numbered sub-headings are the 10 points addressed in the original article. We invite your feedback in the comments section below.

1. Supplements are not risk free
Did you know that there are an average of 3,000 deaths and 128,000 hospitalizations a year from food poisoning? Food is not risk free. Nothing in life is risk free. It is always...

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Top 5 Reasons Why I love Working at Swanson Health Products

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Britta S
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When they asked for the top five reasons I love working at Swanson Health Products, my first reaction was, only five?! So here are my first five reasons that come to mind...

1. The People. The number one aspect I love about my job is the people that I work with. The employees at Swanson Health Products are some of the most hard-working, respectful, intelligent and professional people around. The environment around this company is one that I enjoy walking into each and every day. It seems I...Read More »

Coconut Water: A Natural Recovery Drink Packed with Electrolytes

Thursday, January 12, 2012 by Britta S

Coconut WaterThere’s nothing like sticking a straw into a fresh coconut to quench your thirst. Or maybe we’ll settle for coconut water fresh from the package. Either way you drink it, coconut water is a great choice for rehydrating your body

Coconut water is an isotonic solution that replaces the fluids and minerals that your body loses during physical activities. For this reason, many athletes and people who work out regularly are encouraged to drink coconut water to replace all the minerals and fluid that...

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Almased Synergy Diet for Weight Loss

Thursday, December 22, 2011 by Britta S
If you’re like me, the holidays become a time where you tend to over-indulge. Need something to help jumpstart your healthy weight loss program after the holidays? Try all-natural Almased Synergy Diet.Almased

Almased offers all-natural ingredients to help support your weight-loss efforts. It blends honey enzymes, soy protein and skim milk yogurt for a formula that is safe and effective. It’s an excellent source of protein, low in fat and delivers many essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. 

Almase...Read More »

Fiber Supplements Guide: How Much is Too Much?

Thursday, June 30, 2011 by Britta S
Tri-Fiber ComplexFiber has a number of health benefits, including supporting gastrointestinal health and promoting proper digestion. The best way to get fiber is naturally, from whole foods in your diet. Most experts encourage eating foods naturally rich in dietary fiber - such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts - because they also provide many other natural health benefits. But most Americans struggle to eat the recommended 25 to 38 grams of fiber each day. When you can’t get all the fiber you...Read More »

Goodbye Food Pyramid, Hello MyPlate!

Monday, June 6, 2011 by Britta S
Have you heard about the newest natural health and nutrition update from the USDA?

In an effort to simplify the message it gives the public on healthy eating, the federal government unveiled a new icon to replace the complicated and confusing food pyramid: It’s a plate divided into four sections, with fruits and vegetables on one half and protein and grains on the other. A circle for dairy—indicating a glass of milk or container of yogurt—rests to the right of the plate.

The plate is far better...Read More »

Vegetarian Essential Fatty Acids

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 by Britta S
For vegetarians who don't eat fish, and especially for vegans (who eat no animals or animal by-products at all), getting a daily requirement of Essential Fatty Acids can be a challenge.  Our body needs us to consume EFAs to support cardiovascular health, brain function and development, skin health and more.

Fortunately, there are plenty of vegetarian ways to consume EFAs. Hemp, chia seeds, and flax seeds are all excellent sources of Omega-3s and Omega-6s. I like to sprinkle Flax seed into...Read More »

Essential Fatty Acids

Monday, February 28, 2011 by Britta S

Essential Fatty acids are just that – essential. They play many important roles throughout the body, from cardiovascular maintenance and skin health to healthy joint and mental function. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) should be a part of your daily diet for overall natural health support.

So you've heard about Essential Fatty Acids, but you're not sure exactly what they are? EFAs are fatty acids that humans and other animals must ingest because the body requires them for good health but cannot...

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Swanson Rated Top in Recent Survey

Friday, February 11, 2011 by Britta S recently put out a survey regarding supplement usage. After thousands of responses, here’s a summary of what was found:
  • The five most popular products were, in order, fish oil, multivitamins, vitamin D, calcium and CoQ10.
  • Use of vitamin D surged in 2010 to 56.2% of those surveyed, up from 47.9% in 2009 and 36.9% in 2008 - a 52% increase over the two-year period.
  • Fish oil continued its rise in popularity, used by 75.7% of those surveyed, up from 74% in 2009.
  • Multivitamin use declined...
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