You just quit smoking – Yay!! Or maybe you are still “planning” on quitting, but you just haven’t made that full commitment. Either way, your intention is to improve your health, so congratulations! Let’s look at what you could put in your mouth instead of a cigarette.
We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.
Our genes naturally program the creation of tens of thousands of proteins and enzymes telling each of our 70 trillion cells what to do. The MTHFR gene specifically codes for an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. This enzyme (also known as MTHFR) depends on folate or folic acid to function, and also influences folate activity in the body.
Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.
Whether it is a trip for business, pleasure, or both, many times we return from the trip and feel like we need a vacation! I want to do everything possible to minimize, or better yet eliminate that feeling. You may not have thought about the connection between travel and stress, or realize that you could support your adrenal health for the purpose of traveling.
I was happy to read and review Fortify Your Life by Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., as she has been on my radar for a number of years. My personal doctor has referenced continuing education pieces that she has taken advantage of written by Dr. Low Dog for medical doctors.
Many people, including doctors, get the wrong measurement indicator with the wrong supplement. We hope this post starts to clarify the confusion for you. The most common measurement units used for supplements are milligrams and micrograms.
Mcg is the abbreviation for Microgram (you may see μg used in place of mcg, especially in Europe), there are 1000 mcgs in 1 Milligram
Mg is the abbreviation for Milligram, there are 1000 mgs in 1 Gram
Purchasing and taking supplements that have ONLY active ingredients has always been very important to us. Most products on the market contain any number of additives from A-Z. Take a look inside the supplements you take on a regular basis, and you might be surprised by what you find.
I don’t take a multivitamin. We educate to get nutrition from food first, however, that doesn’t mean I don’t take certain supplements to support my health goals. Supplements are for supplementing your current state of health, and your needs are ever-changing. Let’s look at the role of the multivitamin and your health.
We often hear people toss around their reasons for taking or not taking a supplement, whether it be a protein powder, super food, omega-3 fish oil, or multi-vitamin, based on their understanding of FDA approval. Nine times out of ten, the information we hear is inaccurate. Hopefully this post explains FDA approval when it comes to supplements.
This is by far the best green bean recipe I have ever tried. It has the most amazing flavor! The green bean is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including carotenoids. Most green beans are grown in the United States, and are very easy to grow in your backyard in most climates. Enjoy!
When we hear people talk about “living a long life”, some of us automatically insert the word healthy into that phrase: “living a long, HEALTHY life”. Have you ever thought about what that really means to you? Does it mean living past your parents or grandparents age? Or, does it mean living in moderation as long as you can and crossing your fingers that you don’t end up with a degenerative disease?
What is the cost for staying heathy? Does the price you pay for supplements and super foods equal the nutritional benefit you are obtaining? Are you literally flushing your money you are spending on supplements down the drain? We have tackled these topics in past posts. This post answers the question “are supplements expensive?” by giving you more clues to sort fact from fiction.
I love black beans, and I love rice and bean combos. They are such simple ingredients providing such an awesome “net gain” of nutrition, especially for the price. Black beans are high in quality protein, and vitamins and minerals like folate, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese. Plus, a very good source of dietary fiber.