Among the millions of U.S. adults who use nutritional supplements, multivitamin and mineral
formulas are the most popular. It's a smart choice for everyone, even active, healthy people
who eat a variety of fresh, organic foods. That's because every biochemical process in the
body relies upon vitamins and/or minerals to facilitate processes that help maintain physical
health and achieve optimal performance. When there is even a mild deficiency, or a problem with absorption of nutrients, those
processes cannot take place and can cause us to become ill or lead to chronic disease. A
multivitamin formula helps support the body as it confronts things such as: Depleted mineral content in the food supply due to soil erosion and chemicals used in
conventional farming and food production.
Hectic lifestyles that create too much opportunity for consuming overly processed,
preservative-laden convenience foods that are low in nutrients. Failure to consume at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day. Inability to manage stress, which increases the body's need for nutrients. Exposure to environmental toxins at home, work/school, and in transit, not to mention those
lurking in the water supply and runoff into the soil. Overuse of antibiotics, affecting immunity and leading to dysfunction in the gut. Chronic illness, serious acute illness, or surgery, and use of medications that can
interfere with the body's ability to absorb nutrients. Your Multivitamin Insurance Plan While multivitamins provide "dietary insurance" for our modern lives, we need to be educated
on the various types and what works best for our individual needs. There are a wide variety
of formulas and methods of delivery (e.g., patch, tablet, capsule, time-release, liquid). Some
formulas contain herbs, which can interact with other medications. The purity and quality of
a supplement is critical to its effectiveness. Everyone has different nutritional needs based on age, activity level, and health status.
The type of multivitamin that is best for you will be different from anyone else's, even a
family member of the same age. The best way to determine what type of multivitamin or mineral
supplement you need is to consult with a holistic physician.
Resources "CRN 2018 Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements." Accessed 10 Apr 2019: https://www.crnusa.org/CRNConsumerSurvey NIH.gov "Multivitamin/Mineral Supplements Guide." Accessed 10 Apr 2019: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/MVMS-HealthProfessional/ Linus Pauling Institute "Micronutrient Inadequacies." Accessed 10 April 2019: http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrient-inadequacies Natural Healing: Prevent Illness and Improve Your Life. The Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (2017). (print) Pizzorno, Joseph E. Textbook of Natural Medicine (4thEd).(2013) St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
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Because herbs come from nature, many people believe they're safe to take at any time. But, that's simply not true. In fact, many herbs
should not be taken while trying to conceive or during pregnancy and post-partum, while breastfeeding. The constituents of plants -
phytochemicals and other active compounds - can interact with hormones that circulate during the prenatal period and as the fetus is developing.
Some herbs can stimulate the uterus to contract. And, if you have other health conditions for which medication is prescribed, there is
potential for a drug-herb interaction...
Commonly known as NAC, N-acetylcysteine is an amino
acid that supports critical functions and helps
fight infection. Our body manufactures NAC
using the cysteine from the foods we ingest. Sources
include most meats and certain plants, including
broccoli, red pepper and onion. Bananas,
garlic, soy beans, linseed (aka, flax seed) and
wheat germ also contain cysteine.
The splitting pain of an earache: while mostly common
in children, adults can also be affected. We all know
the itchy, scratchy, stuffy, feverish, achy feelings
that come with a sore throat and a head cold, but ear
pain is probably the worst. It starts with an overworked
immune system, affecting one of our most vulnerable
systems - the respiratory tract - which includes the
mouth, throat, nose and ears.
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