March 2018

The Ketogenic Diet trend seems to be taking off, But before you try it, there are many things to consider to help you decide if the Ketogenic Diet is actually right for you.

The ketogenic diet (or keto diet) is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, a high-fat diet that forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates for fuel which puts the body into a metabolic state known as ketosis.  When in ketosis (fat burning mode) the liver produces ketones which become the main energy source for the body and this all revolves around the consumption of fat. This is based on the premise that your body was designed to run more efficiently as a fat burner rather than a sugar burner.

Ketogenic

When you eat something high in carbs (donuts, rice, bread, etc.), your body will produce glucose and insulin.

  • Glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy so that is why it’s the preferred energy source for your body.
  • Insulin is produced to process the glucose in your bloodstream by transporting it around your body.

The problem is that when glucose is used as a primary energy source fats are not needed for energy and are stored instead.  Also, the body can’t store that much glucose and the extra glucose gets converted into fat which is then also stored. However, since glucose is the primary energy source when it’s turned to fat and then stored it doesn’t get used.  Instead, when the body needs more glucose for energy it signals the brain and you end up reaching for a quick shack of sugar, chips, etc. instead of burning the fat that is being stored.

So, this crazy cycle keeps going round & round until you’re carrying extra pounds and quite possibly addicted to sugar.  This is where the keto diet can help you become a fat burner instead of a sugar burner by training your body to stop relying on glucose and to start relying on fats.  This is the end goal of the keto diet but you don’t enter ketosis (fat burning mode) by starving your body…you enter ketosis by starving your body of carbohydrates and sugars.

You’ve most likely heard that we can go weeks without food but only a couple of days without water.  The reason for this is ketosis and most people have enough fat stored to fuel their body for a while.  This is great in a survival situation but terrible in everyday life. In ketosis the body produces ketones.  Ketones occur from the breakdown of fat in the liver, hence the importance of consuming enough fat daily. When you lower your carb intake, glucose levels along with blood sugar levels drop which in turn lowers insulin levels as fat cells release their stored water and then they’re able to enter the bloodstream and head to the liver.

The benefits of the ketogenic diet are many:

  1. Weight loss
  2. Better blood sugar control
  3. Improved insulin resistance
  4. Better focus
  5. Increased energy
  6. Better appetite control
  7. Improved Cholesterol & blood pressure
  8. Clearer skin

Here is a brief idea of what foods to eat for the keto diet and what to avoid:

Foods to Eat

  • Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs
  • Leafy greens – spinach, kale
  • Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower
  • High-fat dairy – hard cheeses,  high fat cream, and butter
  • Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners
  • Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat dressing, saturated fats, etc.
  • Nuts & seeds – macadamia nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds
  • Avocado & berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic berries

Foods to Avoid

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, and cereal
  • Sugar – honey, agave, and maple syrup
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, and oranges
  • Tubers – potatoes, and yams
  • Legumes

The general ratio of the keto diet is 70% fats, 25% protein, and 5% carbohydrates.  This means you’re getting your fuel from fats and you should start seeing the benefits of the keto diet in no time.  As always, check with your doctor if you have certain conditions before starting on the ketogenic diet. There are many resources for keto diet foods, shopping lists, recipes, charts, etc. online and just as many books available for you to review for details to start your journey.  Good luck and happy eating!

 

 

 

 

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Acupressure and Reflexology have been around for centuries as a way to naturally treat anxiety, pain, injury, illness, and systemic issues the body might be dealing with. Today we dive a little deeper into how these ancient arts can benefit your health today!

Acupressure was first practiced in China over 5,000 years ago when they discovered that pressing certain points on the body relieved pain where it occurred and also benefited other parts of the body as well.  Gradually, they found other locations that not only alleviated pain but also influenced the functioning of certain internal organs. As acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate the meridians (life energy channels) of the body, acupressure uses gentle to firm finger pressure on the pressure points and meridians.  In Japan, acupressure is also known by the name Shiatsu…and a Shiatsu massage, deals with all of the meridians as well.

ACUPRESSURE & REFLEXOLOGY

 

Acupressure therapy is known for producing many benefits:

  1. Boosts the immune system
  2. Releases tension & produces a feeling of over-all well being
  3. Increases circulation
  4. Reduces pain & promotes faster healing
  5. Contributes to a calmer mind & body; anxiety relief
  6. Increases muscle tone & brings more oxygen to the skin, reducing wrinkles
  7. Beneficial for arthritis relief
  8. Helps ease nausea

 

Reflexology is based on an ancient form of therapy practiced in China as long ago as 4,000 B.C and at the same time in Egypt as well.  It’s a system of massage that’s also used to naturally treat many issues based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head that correspond to every part of the body.  Unlike Acupressure, Reflexology deals more with putting pressure on only these three areas of the body that correspond to other points and organs to elicit a reaction and produce an effect.

The health benefits of Reflexology are very similar to Acupressure and they include:

  1. Improved nerve function
  2. A boost in energy levels
  3. Increased circulation
  4. Promotes better sleep, relaxation & anxiety relief
  5. Helps eliminate toxins from the body
  6. Stimulates the nervous system
  7. Reduces headaches; treats migraines
  8. Speeds healing & relieves pain

 

Many people use these two ancient techniques to not only relax and treat whole-body issues but to also keep their systems running at their optimal levels in general.  Acupressure and Reflexology are body-balancing practices that have kept people healthy and happy for thousands of years. Maybe you too could benefit from giving them a try.

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Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems.  It originated in India nearly 6,000 years ago and to this day is one of the country’s traditional healthcare systems.  Meaning “science of life” in Sanskrit, Ayurveda is founded upon the belief that all areas of life impact health. According to the practice, we all have a unique mix of three mind and body principals which create our specific mental and physical characteristics.  These three principals, or life forces (energies), are called doshas. These doshas control how your body works and they are Vata (space & air), Pitta (fire & water), and Kapha (water & earth).

There are various resources (books, websites, practitioners, etc.) for delving deeper into what dosha you might be and what that means for following an Ayurvedic lifestyle.  Here is a link to take a “Discover Your Dosha Type” quiz that can help you begin your Ayurvedic health journey: https://shop.chopra.com/dosha-quiz  In general, Ayurveda means not only are you eating or avoiding certain foods for the benefit of your dosha, but you’re also living a lifestyle that is in line with “balancing” your dosha…meditation, exercise, essential oils, etc….all are very important principals in Ayurvedic practice.  

 

Here is some information on the 3 doshas that can help you remain in a physically and emotionally balanced state using the Ayurvedic holistic science of health:

 

Vata Dosha: Vata people tend to be on the thin side, have smaller bones, and don’t put on weight easily.  Vatas are said to be like the wind and this dosha’s energy is primarily associated with mobility, motion, circulation, breathing, and other essential body functions.  Known to be creative and energetic when in balance but fearful, stressed, and “scatter-brained” when out of balance; also might be cold a lot, have a delicate digestive system, and have dry, sensitive skin.

 

Pitta Dosha: Pitta is the energy force that governs most metabolic activity including digestion, absorption of nutrients, body temperature, and energy expenditure.  Pitta types tend to be smart, hard-working, and driven (even competitive) when in balance but can be overly angry and aggressive when out of balance. Pitta’s tend to have a medium build, be athletic, and are versatile in terms of putting on weight or muscle.

 

Kapha Dosha: Kapha controls growth in the body and is considered the nourishing dosha.  It supplies moisture to the cells and organs and helps keep the immune system strong.  Kapha people are known for being grounded, supportive, loving, and forgiving when balanced…almost like a motherly type.  When out of balance they can be lazy, insecure, envious, and sad.

 

There are many benefits of practicing Ayurvedic medicine, here are just a few:

 

  • Helps lower stress and anxiety by rebalancing the body’s hormones or “energy”.  Practicing meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, herbal treatments, skin treatments, visualization or repeating inspirational mantras all play a part in improving stress and anxiety.
  • Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol by following Ayurvedic diet practices and relaxation techniques which helps lower inflammation and can help reduce plaque buildup.
  • Helps with recovery from injuries and illnesses by targeting inflammation, which is the root of most diseases.  Ayurvedic medicine can help lower pain and swelling, improve blood flow, and fight inflammatory conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Promotes a nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich diet filled with a variety of real, whole foods.  Included are various fresh herbs, spices, teas, vegetables, healthy fats, high-antioxidant foods, and protein.
  • Can help with weight loss or maintenance by using the various Ayurvedic practices and foods specific to your dosha.  Even essential oils are utilized for weight loss along with specific exercises.
  • Lowers inflammation by focusing on balancing your dosha which involves various ways of reducing inflammation with hopes of regulating the heart and circulatory system, digestive tract, and the means of waste elimination.
  • Helps with hormonal balance by focusing on balancing your dosha; can also incorporate the use of essential oils along with diet and relaxation techniques that specifically target hormonal function.

 

As with everything, moderation is the key to success.  Please review everything with your healthcare professional before making any large-scale changes to your medication, supplements, and your exercise routine or lifestyle.  Use Ayurvedic principles and practices to enhance every aspect of your life and keep up your self-care efforts…you’re worth it!

 

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It happens, we go on vacation, we overindulge on the weekend, and getting your diet back on track can be a slippery slope! Here are some terrific ways to get back on track quickly!

It happens to all of us at one time or another.  You do so well for so long on whatever diet plan you’re following and then something happens to throw a wrench in the works.  Be it a celebration, overwhelming temptation, or just boredom, we all have those moments when we throw discipline out the window and give in to that favorite comfort food that’s been calling our name.  This isn’t unusual, and in fact, it’s quite normal…the key is to not beat yourself up over a minor “flub-up” and to get your diet back on track right away! 

 

Here are some of the most common reasons we cheat on diets…try to be aware so as to better avoid them:

 

  • Not Eating Enough:  eating too little and going too long between meals causes dips in blood sugar and can lead to cravings & binges; plus deprivation causes the body to “hoard” calories when you do eat, slows your metabolism, and undermines weight loss.
  • You Want a Quick Fix:  there is no quick and easy way to drop pounds so expecting to lose weight faster than you gained it is an unrealistic expectation leading to failure; think instead about making healthier food choices and incorporating exercise into daily life to make health the goal and the rewards will come naturally.
  • Temptation by Family & Friends:  make it clear to family and friends that you’re committed to living a healthier lifestyle and while that means necessary changes you will still spend time with them and even eat out when the occasion calls for it; maybe even ask them to join you in your endeavors.
  • Skimping on Sleep:  new studies show that not getting enough rest can actually cause you to gain weight, as researchers suspect that a lack of sleep negatively affects metabolism; be disciplined about getting eight hours…sleep isn’t a luxury it’s a necessity for good health.
  • Calories Count…Portion Control:  calories are fuel for the body, plain and simple…so even a healthy food item is still one that contains calories and the size of the portion you’re eating needs to be monitored; be aware of what calories are in the foods you choose and also exercise caution with the portion size…extra calories turn to fat.

 

Creative Bioscience has plenty of products to help with appetite control, increasing your metabolism, detoxing your liver, and balancing your overall gut health.  You can read all about these products on our website www.creativebioscience.com  and see what each product is intended to do as well as the benefits of the product ingredients.  No product can do it all for you, eating healthy and getting exercise are the keys to not only weight loss but good health.  Supplements can help you with your efforts but they can’t do nearly as much as you have the power to do yourself. Remember to never let a stumble in the road, be the end of the journey.

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St Patrick’s Day is a day of fun and usually not the healthiest of food. Here are some helpful tips for a Healthy St. Patrick’s Day this year!

Corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and Guinness…these all make for a very festive St. Patrick’s Day but they aren’t exactly part of a healthy diet.  Unfortunately, what often tastes the best isn’t the best for us, but one day isn’t that bad right? Well, it can be…especially if you’re trying to stick to a diet or even just trying to eat healthy in general, and this holiday can be a difficult one to navigate if you are.  So here are some suggestions for having a healthier celebration this weekend that might make you feel a bit better about the traditional fare:

Corned Beef: this salt-cured cut of meat isn’t exactly the healthiest choice, but since it’s the traditional selection for St. Patrick’s Day you can mitigate the unhealthy aspect (fatty and a lot of sodium) by boiling the brisket either on the stove or better yet in a slow cooker.

  • In a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker put in the carrots, onion, and potatoes. Place corned beef, fat side up, on top of the vegetables and sprinkle with pickling spice; add enough water to cover the meat (4 to 6 cups, or more). Put on the lid and cook on high until corned beef is fork-tender (4 1/4 hours on High or 8 1/2 hours on Low).  Remove when done and take off the fat “slab” to serve.
  • Here is a site for Vegan options…while not traditional, still in the spirit of the holiday:  https://www.veganricha.com/2016/03/30-vegan-st-patricks-day-recipes.htm

 

Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, & Onions:  you can cook these with the corned beef and they take on the flavor of the meat…plus it’s a way to cook them without added oil or butter.  You can roast them as well, just use minimal olive oil to cut down on the fat content. Sautéing is also an option, but more oil is needed to cook them this way.  Cabbage is the best stovetop steamed or boiled since it cooks quickly.

  • You can also mash the potatoes and make Colcannon…mashed potatoes with cabbage (or kale, chard, or another leafy green).  Just use caution with how much butter and salt you use in the mashed potatoes.

Irish Soda Bread:  There are sweet varieties (with raisins and a sugar topping) as well as savory versions of this traditional bread, but the savory variety (no fruit and no topping) is better for reduced calories and less sugar.  Here is the link to a traditional Irish Soda Bread (brown bread) recipe that’s not only easy but delicious: https://www.biggerbolderbaking.com/irish-soda-bread/

 

  • If you don’t want to make (or buy) Irish Soda Bread you can always choose Rye, Pumpernickel, or a healthy wheat bread instead.  Try to avoid rolls as they usually have more calories and don’t contribute much to the overall “flavor” of the meal.

 

Guinness:  There is no substitute for this one…but it’s not exactly bad for you…just keep in mind the calories it contains (125 calories for a 12-ounce serving).  Also, some people like to cook their corned beef in Guinness, but drinking it might be more to your liking…so whatever you choose,  keep track of the numbers!

You can always choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with healthier options…but if you don’t choose to do that just try to cut out as many unnecessary calories and any additional sugar, carbs, and fats as possible and enjoy.  Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day and “Erin go Bragh”!

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Getting enough protein for vegans can be tough. But knowing the right ways to add more protein to a Vegan diet can help prevent a protein deficiency and help a healthy lean body mass.

Switching from an animal-based protein diet to a Vegan protein diet is beneficial for anyone looking to increase cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol as well as improve overall health and possibly lose some weight.  But what does it mean to be “Vegan” exactly? In a nutshell, it means the practice of abstaining from the use of any and all animal products, particularly in diet, but also any products that contain any elements of a living creature.  So, even things like milk and cheese are not eaten if you’re Vegan. But it doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” decision…maybe start with some dietary changes and move on from there if you wish.

As you can see adding the right protein for vegans can be a struggle, but getting enough protein can be done if you know the right sources! 

The restrictions of a Vegan diet limit the protein sources you have to choose from and sometimes lead to a protein deficiency that can be problematic.

 Here is a list of some excellent Sources of Protein for Vegans to try:

  • Tofu
  • Lentils
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Grains
  • Legumes (beans, peas, and lentils)
  • Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • Seitan (wheat gluten)
  • Tempeh (fermented soybeans)
  • Non-Dairy Milk (almond, hemp, rice, coconut, soy, etc.)
  • Protein Powder (grains, greens, hemp, rice, seeds, veggies, whey, etc.)

The benefits of exclusively eating Vegan proteins are as follows:

 

  1. Nutrient Variety:  contains higher levels of nutrients including minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and other phytonutrients important to health.
  2. Alkalizing:  mineral-rich so they have a higher pH and generally have a less acidic effect on the body; an imbalance of acidity and alkalinity is what allows unhealthy organisms to flourish, damages tissues & organs, and compromises the immune system.
  3. Healthy Contributions:  can lower cholesterol & saturated fat, high in heart-healthy plant sterols, can lower blood sugar levels & improve kidney function, and can help you lose excess weight.
  4. Fiber-Full:  higher in fiber than animal proteins, which contain little to no fiber.
  5. No Antibiotics or Hormones:  no meat contamination by antibiotics or hormones in the feed.

 

Transitioning to a Vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be a sudden shift, sometimes starting slowly is a better way to go.  Try incorporating more Vegan proteins in place of animal-based ones, making some vegan recipes that appeal to you, and see how these changes fit into your lifestyle.  Many people are what’s called “semi-vegan” meaning they still have dairy and some traditional proteins and this is what works best for them. It’s an individual choice and the specifics of how you do it are completely up to you.  

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A nagging cough, a cold or the flu, aching stomach or pounding headache can all be managed using some of these amazing natural remedies! 

That nagging cough, a cold or the flu has you sick, your stomach hurts terribly or you have a headache that’s like a drum pounding in your skull.  These are some of the common things we all deal with at one time or another that don’t really require prescription help or even over-the-counter intervention, but we want them gone ASAP!  There are some gentle yet very effective ways to treat these nuisances that you might already have in your kitchen.

Please be sure to check with your doctor for any specific conditions before you consider more “natural” ways to treat your issues.  Sometimes you can use natural remedies alongside pharmaceuticals, but sometimes it’s either one or the other, so please take precautions and research your personal situation.  Of course, there are over-the-counter remedies for many common ailments, but if you wish to go completely natural here are some things used to treat them that might help your situation:

Cough/Cold/Flu:

  • Honey & Lemon Cough Syrup – mix 2 cups lemon juice and 7 Tbl. honey; simmer for 1 ½ hours and let cool.  Take 2 Tbl. of the syrup every hour the first day, then 1 Tbl. every 3 hours from day two on
  • Garlic – finely mince 1-2 cloves of garlic and float them in a small glass of warm water; drink quickly
  • Cinnamon – mix 1 Tbl. cinnamon with 1 tsp. honey in warm water and stir; drink to relieve symptoms
  • Herbal Tea – nettle leaf, elderberry, ginger, yarrow, chamomile, and peppermint teas all help alleviate symptoms; steep loose leaves or tea bags in hot water and drink throughout the day
  • Vitamins – vitamin D3, C, and Zinc all help reduce the severity and duration of the illness; can be taken together if you wish
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – put 1 Tbl. of the raw, unfiltered kind in about ½ cup of warm water (add lemon and honey to taste if you wish); drink 2-3 times a day to relieve sore throat and symptoms

Headache/Migraine:

  • Lie down & apply a cold pack to your forehead and/or the back of your neck for about 15 minutes
  • Brew some peppermint or chamomile tea; sip slowly and be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day
  • Massage peppermint oil or lavender oil onto the temples

Stomachache:

  • Squeeze 2 lemons and put the juice into a glass of warm water; crush a piece of ginger and add it to the water with a pinch of salt; mix well and drink
  • Chop a few pieces of ginger and boil in 2 cups of water for 10 minutes; boil down to 1 cup of liquid, filter, and drink while warm
  • Rice Tea – boil ½ cup of rice in 6 cups of water for about 15 minutes, strain out the rice, flavor the water with a little bit of honey or sugar and drink warm 2-3 times a day.

 

While these remedies seem rather simple they do work wonders in alleviating some common issues we all face.  In addition to these, you can try the many treatments that aid feeling better in general like eating a balanced diet, using massage therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, aromatherapy, humidifiers and the like to feel better or even stave off illness all together!

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Grab a warm comforting cup of tea and ENJOY! Because there are many amazing benefits of tea and even one cup a day can help improve one’s overall health.

Tea has been around for centuries as both a beverage as well as a medicine. It’s said to originate in Southwest China around 2737 BC as a medicinal drink and it spread across Europe during the 16th century. Tea was originally brewed using loose leaves but with the invention of the tea bag in about 1903 it became faster and much easier to brew a cup…thus increasing its use. Today tea is almost as popular as coffee since more people are generally more health conscious and recognize the many benefits of tea, both for health as well as weight loss, that a cup can provide.

Some of the many benefits of tea include its antioxidant content, it may boost the immune system, it can soothe the digestive system, it helps with weight loss, may help protect bones, can help brighten your smile, may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke, might help manage diabetes, and it has a lowered caffeine content compared to coffee. With all of these many benefits of tea, it’s no wonder many more people are becoming interested in adding tea to their diet.

The beneficial element in tea is called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)…the most abundant catechin (an antioxidant) in tea, and is a polyphenol (another antioxidant) important for its potential to affect human health and disease. Polyphenols have antioxidant properties as well as catechins but they also play an important role in preventing and reducing the progression of certain diseases like diabetes, cancer, and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, they play an important role as a prebiotic, increasing the ratio of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which is important for health, weight management, and disease prevention.

With so many types of teas out there here is a quick overview of some you might like to try first:

  • Black Tea: Made with fermented leaves and has the highest caffeine content and is the base for many flavored teas like chai; studies have shown it may have health benefits in protecting the lungs from damage caused by cigarette smoke and may reduce the risk of stroke. Caffeine = 60-90 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Oolong Tea: Made with partially fermented leaves and has more caffeine than green tea but less than black tea; studies have shown it can help lower bad cholesterol levels and can aid in weight loss. Caffeine = 50-75 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Green Tea: Made with steamed leaves (unfermented) and has a high concentration of EGCG; it may aid in treating a whole host of various diseases as well as being beneficial for increased metabolism, weight loss, and weight management. Caffeine = 35-70 mg/8 oz. cup
  • White Tea: Made with uncured and unfermented leaves; studies have shown it has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. Caffeine = 30-55 mg/8 oz. cup
  • Herbal Teas: are made from herbs, fruits, seeds, or roots and they can also include tea leaves as well. They have lower concentrations of antioxidants than green, oolong, black, and white teas and varieties like ginger, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, hibiscus, jasmine, rosehip, mint, rooibos (red tea), chamomile, and echinacea all have a variety of health benefits.

Even if you aren’t trying tea for any health reasons, it’s sure to help you relax by causing you to slow down a bit while you enjoy it…and that’s reason enough to give it a try if you haven’t already. While tea seems relatively harmless compared to prescription medications use caution as some may not interact well with your prescriptions or any treatment you might be undergoing for a particular ailment. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding tea to your routine to make sure it’s advisable.

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The role of supplements is to help us bridge the gaps in our nutrition. Proper nutrition is the key to overall health and wellness and supplements can help ensure that our bodies are nourished properly.

What exactly is a healthy diet?  The dictionary definition is simple…

A diet that contains the proper proportions of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water necessary to maintain good health”.  

Okay, that’s easy enough…but what exactly does that mean?  Is it really something you can put into action without details?

Probably not, and that’s why people tend to fall short of eating enough healthy foods to reap the benefits…and also where supplements come in.

It’s important to remember what the difference is between a vitamin, a mineral and a supplement.  This should help:

Vitamins & Minerals: Natural substances usually found in food that help the body remain healthy.

Supplements: Products taken orally that contain one or more ingredients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc. that are intended to “supplement” one’s diet; not considered food.  Meant to “fill in the gaps”, so to speak, of what you require for good health and what you’re actually eating to meet that requirement.

Many people take vitamins and minerals in either a type of multi-vitamin or in larger individual doses to cover a specific area they know they’re deficient in to make sure they are getting the proper amounts.  Whether doing it for the specific diet they eat that doesn’t provide all of the necessary nutrients, to help naturally treat specific conditions, or just to aid in the general functions of the body, taking vitamins and minerals definitely serves a purpose.  However, each one might only address one or two things.

Supplements, on the other hand, serve a different type of purpose.  Many of the ingredients in supplements are meant to promote a certain type of action or even reaction in the body based on the functions of the different ingredients as well as having them work together to achieve an intended result.

Take for example our Liver Formula…a product containing powerful ingredients that on their own provide beneficial elements, but working together perform in multiple areas.  They aid in detoxifying the liver and body, protecting the liver from damage with antioxidants that aid in helping it function more efficiently, and aiding in liver repair and regeneration.

Many people prefer supplements to just vitamins or minerals as they get the individual elements in the proper amounts to achieve the intended result from the product without taking so many of them separately.  Just remember, vitamins and minerals are individual items that are found in foods and sometimes eating these foods can give you the beneficial amount each day.  Supplements are a combination of vitamins and minerals intended to achieve a specific result…eating foods to get the same amounts as the ingredients in the supplement is not something realistic you can do.

As always, do your research before taking any product so you know what the ingredients are intended to do and that they’re in the proper doses in the product that are considered beneficial for results.  That research must also include checking with your doctor about your personal health situation that might prohibit taking supplementation and asking your pharmacist about any type of interaction with your medications.  

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