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Healthier Happier Families Tips

Within the family structure, parents must deal with the nutrient robbing foods which compromises a child’s growth during their formative years. Between the age of twelve and twenty five, the majority of our bones are formed. To ensure against osteoporosis in later life, monitor your child’s sugar and pop intake for it leaches calcium from the body. If your child does not like vegetables, or has a problem with dairy, consider supplementing their diet with a good quality vitamin and mineral product.

Key Choices For A Healthier And Happier Family

Whole foods should form the bulk of a balanced diet. Important sources of essential nutrients are found in whole grain bread, flour and cereals, whole wheat pasta, nuts, seeds, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to eat fruit and vegetables in season to get the most good out of them. Fruit especially are meant to cleanse the body after a season of winter foods.

Raw Juices: Vegetable juices are the builders while fruit juices are cleansers and a great source of vitamins. Vegetable juices are higher in minerals, and many other chemical elements. The green leafy vegetables have considerable cleansing power in the form of chlorophyll. This juice extracted from green leaves is one of the most effective, detoxifiers known to man.

Protein: Meat and poultry are good sources of protein but should not be eaten excessively because they contain saturated fat. Eating fish twice a week is a healthy choice especially oily varieties like mackerel, also ocean fish with scales and fins. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Cheese and butter are high in saturated fat and salt and should be eaten in moderation. Margarine and other hydrogenated fats are not included in a healthy diet plan.

If you have any bad habits, try not to indulge in them more than once a week; ideally not at all. Sweet foods such as cakes, cookies, chocolate and pastries are high in calories but have practically no nutritional value. In addition, carbonated drinks, alcohol, and aspartame products should be avoided.

Super Foods For Lasting Health

Whole foods that provide a wide spectrum of nutrients naturally concentrated are classified as super foods. These include algae, bee pollen, nutritional yeast, seaweeds, berries, nuts and seeds.

Algae, is the first link in the food chain benefiting man with a unique and complete food source. Besides providing us with much of the oxygen we breathe, algae possesses two components, (RNA/DNA factors and all amino acids) that land plants do not. Algae benefits weight loss while boosting energy. The appetite is curbed when the body receives all of the nutrients necessary for good health without additional calories.

Seaweeds are much higher in minerals than land plants, especially the trace mineral iodine. The thyroid must have sufficient amounts of iodine to function properly otherwise hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism will result. The soil is depleted of many life sustaining properties, putting a strain on society to try and fill in the gaps.

Bee pollen is a miraculous feat of nature generated by the bees providing vitamins, minerals, enzymes and a complete source of protein containing all twenty two amino acids.

Nutritional yeast is another superior supplement and an excellent source of all B vitamins and minerals such as selenium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, chromium and potassium. This product is not related to bakers yeast. It is also an exceptional source of protein, possessing all the essential amino acids and abundant nucleic acids, including RNA factors.

High in nutrients, low in calories; berries, nuts and seeds are nature’s powerhouse foods loaded with anti-aging and immune enhancing properties.

Influences Of Stress

Most people struggle to maintain exercise in their daily routines. The human body is designed for movement and becomes sluggish when the majority of ones activity is sitting behind a desk. A body is more fatigued from mental work than from physical work. The entire body is uplifted when the oxygen level is increased on a cellular level. Only through motion can our heart rate and breathing be raised sufficiently to benefit the whole system. Mental work cannot raise the oxygen levels in our bodies. Incorporate exercise into family outings whenever possible to benefit the physical and emotional health of the body.

In contrast, any activity that you find calming to the mind and relaxing will help relieve stress while strengthening the family unit. Difficulties are often related to a lack of communication increasing vulnerability to stress. Other factors such as unemployment, not being close to ones parents and family, inability to discuss personal problems, loneliness, exhaustion and poor diet elevate stress that puts a load on the whole family. Overwhelming situations are better dealt with by an optimist than a pessimist. On the whole, a person maintaining a positive outlook will more easily ride out the stressful periods than a pessimistic one. A positive attitude will help confront a problem head on.

Get Look and Feel Great with Water

Discover why water consumption must be at the top of your list in your quest for a fit, healthy and athletic body.

Though you probably don’t think about it often, water is the most essential element, next to air, to your survival. The simple combination of two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen makes up more than two thirds of your body and is involved in a host of bodily functions that we routinely take for granted.

Just to name a few:

* Water works to regulate the thermal condition of your body
* Water serves as a lubricant in your joints
* Water helps flush toxins from your blood
* Water gives your skin a clear, glowing complexion
* Water assists with digestion, pulling all the usable nutrients out of foods
* Water aides in disease prevention (Drinking 8 glasses a day has shown to reduce your chance of colon cancer by 45% and bladder cancer by 50%)

What about fitness and fat-loss?

You’ve probably heard that you need to drink plenty of water in order to drop weight, but did you ever wonder why? What does water have to do with decreasing your calories and increasing your activity level in an effort to shed pounds?

1. Water is a natural appetite suppressant

Fill your stomach with a glass of water before each meal and you will find that you won’t eat as much. This also works on snacking throughout the day, keep hydrated all day long and watch as your desire to snack decreases.

2. Water increases your body’s ability to efficiently metabolize fat

This process begins with your kidneys receiving enough water to function at their peak, which in turn helps your liver reach optimal efficiency in removing toxins and waste from your blood. With your liver working at maximum capacity, fat will be metabolized at a higher rate. This means a decrease in your overall body fat. (And who doesn’t want that?)

3. Water is the perfect substitute for high calorie beverages

Want to super-charge your fitness results this summer? Well, this is the most effective way to utilize water toward your waist-shrinking efforts. Most of us consume more than our share of calorie-packed beverages. Smoothies, shakes, frozen mochas, soft drinks…you get the idea. When you trade your high calorie beverages in for a tall glass of water you will expedite your results in a major way.

The Other Side of the Story…

Now you know that drinking sufficient amounts of water will help you reach your fitness goals faster than ever, but you should also know that failing to drink enough water comes with serious consequences…

* Your body will shift into “preserve” mode – which means you will store more fat.
* Bodily functions will slow – leading to an overall decrease in energy levels. * Headaches will become an expected nuisance – your brain is over 70% water.

To avoid dehydration here are 5 Hydration Tips:

Tip #1: Caffeinated beverages – such as coffee, soft drinks or energy drinks – cause your body to lose water. After you enjoy a dose of caffeine replace the lost water by drinking 2 times that amount in water.

Tip #2: Add a slice of lemon to your water to spice things up.

Tip #3: Always carry water with you throughout your day – keep a bottle in the car, at your workplace and next to your bed.

Tip #4: Exercise and hot summer days both increase your body’s water requirements – make a mental note to drink before, during and after exercise or while out on a hot day.

Tip #5: Make it a habit to begin your day with a large glass of water then drink a glass before each meal and one between meals.

About Vitamin D and Cancer

The best known and most serious disease associated with vitamin D deficiency is rickets, which arises when the deficiency causes blood calcium levels to fall too low, and the body to respond by stripping the bones of calcium leading to loss of bone density and malformation.

Interestingly, studies have shown that the geographical pattern of the incidence of rickets is very similar to those for both breast and colon cancer, suggesting a possible (though not fully understood) link between vitamin D deficiency and these diseases. One 5 year study which grouped 120,000 people by levels of vitamin D intake reported that men in the highest intake group had a 29% lower incidence of colon cancer than those in the lowest intake group and similar results have been observed in breast cancer research. Relatively high blood levels of active form vitamin D have also been associated with a lower risk of pre-cancerous growths (polyps) in the colon whereas lower levels of vitamin in the blood have been associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer.

Vitamin D is known to be essential for a healthy immune system and has been shown to be particularly important in helping prevent auto-immune diseases – those in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own cells, wrongly having identified them as invaders. Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis are examples of serious diseases which fall into this category and a number of research studies suggest that a generous intake of vitamin D may be a significant mitigating factor.

Blood levels of vitamin D have also been shown to be inversely correlated with blood pressure, and some research suggests that high dose supplements of vitamin D of (1,600 IU per day) may help this, although orthodox medicine, as ever, is cautious about definitively acknowledging any direct causal link.

The traditional view was that adequate supplies of vitamin D can be synthesised in the skin upon its exposure to sunlight. But the problem is that a large proportion of the population in the affluent world lives in latitudes which provide very limited sunlight for six months of the year. People commonly work indoors and tend to use high factor sunblocks on the rare occasions on which they might expose significant areas of skin to the sun.

It is a cruel irony that this concern about skin cancer may lead to the ill-health associated with vitamin D deficiency and may even increase the risk of other cancers. But in these circumstances the usual assumptions about vitamin D production in the body appear questionable at best, if not downright complacent. And the situation is even worse for the elderly, who may not only enjoy even less exposure to the sun than the young, but are less able to make use of that which they do obtain.

Moreover, there are relatively few good natural food sources of vitamin D, and the best source, oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon is one which many people, and perhaps children in particular, often find unpalatable. The situation has improved somewhat with the fortification of milk, orange juice, bread and some cereal products, but it may still be difficult for individuals to ensure they obtain a sufficient intake of the vitamin, particularly because the amounts added to different foods and drinks are very variable.

Since the amount of vitamin D required from food will vary greatly depending on the amount of exposure to sunlight enjoyed by the individual, it has not been deemed possible to determine a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D. But the Food and Nutrition Board has suggested 200 IU (5mcg) for infants, children, and adults up to 50, rising to 400 IU for the 50-70s, and 600 IU for the over 70s, as an “Adequate Intake” of the vitamin from food on the assumption that none is being obtained from sunlight.

Orthodox opinion, however, seems to regard these suggestions as too conservative. And even for those individuals fortunate enough to enjoy regular exposure to good quality sunlight, the intake of 400 IU (10 mcg) of vitamin D as part of a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral supplement is recommended. For the over 65s, those with less than optimal liver or digestive health, those living in less advantageous climates and those who spend the majority of their time in indoor occupations a supplementary dose of a further 400 IU, for a total of 800 IU is strongly advised.

For maximum effect, however, vitamin D supplementation should be always be combined with adequate dietary calcium – supplemented if necessary to achieve an intake of 1,000 – 1,200 mg per day of this essential mineral.

Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetable

Not all plants are healthy for us. Some plants contain more than nutrients and vitamins. Plants can be poisonous or harmful. It’s important to find the plants that are good for you. The plants that will provide a health benefit, such as those that provide a vitamin A source.

The planet, OUR planet, has been suffering from a problem for a long time. The soil in which we grow our vegetables has become depleted of its nutrients. The plants, fruits, and vegetables grown on land simply don’t have the nutritional punch they had just 50 years ago. Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has increased the recommended servings per day. This is due, in part, to the depletion of our soils from farming too much, not rotating crops, picking crops too early, and pesticides.

Because of the depletion of vitamins in the soils we need to enhance or supplement the foods we eat. We often try to do it ourselves, sometimes messing it up and only restoring part of the nutrition that is missing. Sometime we overload on one vitamin supplement or another. It is important to achieve balance. Body balance, the balance of nutritional supplement and daily meals, results in a healthy and vibrant body.

Sea plants, sometimes called seaweed but more correctly called sea vegetables, are still in good shape. They do not have to grow in the ocean floor like plants on land need to do. A sea vegetable floats in the ocean absorbing its nutrients straight from the sea. Those nutrients are in pure form and not depleted. Sea vegetables are a rich source of nutrients that would make a great vitamin supplement.

Sea plants are high in vitamins and nutrients, and have been used all over the world. Combining sea vegetables with land grown plants that are still nutrient rich such as aloe vera creates a vitamin for energy. Think about the impact on your body if someone were to combine the benefit of aloe vera with the vitamin benefit of sea vegetables. Many Japanese have diets consisting of nearly 25% sea vegetables and as a result have the most people living past their 100th birthday and long before the ancient Greeks, aloe vera was used as a medicinal herb.

Important Benefits Of Vitamin A

Vitamin A provides very good examples of the holistic functioning of the body’s countless systems; in particular the way in which various nutrients depend upon each other if they’re to operate effectively. A deficiency of the essential mineral, zinc, for example, has an inhibiting effect on the process by which vitamin A is metabolised and activated for use within the body.

Deficiency of vitamin A, on the other hand, is known to contribute to the anaemia caused by iron deficiency. It appears that vitamin A is essential to make iron available for the production of oxygen carrying red blood cells and supplementation with vitamin A has therefore been shown to help in the alleviation of anaemia when combined with the supplements of iron which are of course also necessary.

Not surprisingly, therefore, vitamin A is also required for the proper functioning of the immune system and in particular for the development of the white blood cells which are vital for the body’s effective immune response. Deficiency in vitamin A has been shown to lead to an increase in the incidence and severity of various infectious diseases, including HIV and measles, which remain a major cause of mortality in the developing world, particularly amongst children.

Vitamin A is also known as a powerful anti-oxidant which operates with vitamins C and E, and the minerals selenium and zinc, to destroy both fat and water soluble free radicals. So important is this anti-oxidant role of vitamin A, that some research has suggested it may play a part in combatting certain common cancers, although this issue remains controversial. There are two types of vitamin A of which to be aware; retinol, also known as preformed vitamin A, and the provitamin A carotenoids, of which betacarotene is the most important and best known, which may be converted to retinol within the body. Rich food sources of retinol vitamin A are meat, especially offal such as liver, oily fish and fish liver oil, and dairy produce. Betacarotene and other carotenoids are principally derived from fruits and vegetables.

The US Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin A is 3,000 IU (900 mcg) per day for adolescents over 14 and adults. In Europe the recommended figures are slightly lower at 2,664 IU (800 mcg). Both these figures are supposed to be sufficient to obtain the many health benefits of the vitamin, but these are so numerous and important that it is probably wise to regard the RDA as the minimum necessary for the avoidance of deficiency. Supplementing to a total intake of 5,000 IU should ensure optimum benefits and levels of up to 10,000 should do no harm in most cases.

The one very important exception to this is pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, for whom intakes of 5,000 IU and above may increase the risk of birth defects. Women in these categories should supplement only with the much less potent betacarotene, if at all, and should also avoid the high retinol foods identified above.

Some caution is required for all people, however, because being fat soluble, vitamin A is stored in the liver and can in rare instances build up to levels which may give rise to problems. Of course this characteristic of the vitamin is not confined to the human liver, and writers on this subject are fond of pointing out by way of example, apparently in all seriousness, that polar bear liver is likely to contain a concentration of vitamin A which is toxic to humans, and should therefore be avoided as a foodstuff.

At the risk of stating the obvious, that’s unlikely to present any significant practical difficulties for most of us. And with the exception of pregnancy, the potentially serious consequences of outright vitamin A toxicity seem generally to have arisen only from very large doses.

So exercise a little common sense, and if you can just manage to steer clear of that polar bear liver you should be able to enjoy the benefits of vitamin A without any problems.

Liquid vs Chewable Vitamins

Almost all individuals who take vitamins use the pill form. Pills were once thought of to be the best, simply because they were the only vitamin sources. These days, liquid vitamins are much more effective, and people are starting to realize it. Although many use pills or chewable vitamins, they aren’t getting near the benefit they think they are.

Vitamins and supplements are very popular, especially for those who have active lifestyles and find it difficult to consume the necessary vitamins and minerals they need from the proper meals. Therefore, those with busy lifestyles turn to vitamins and supplements to give their bodies what it needs to carry out day to day activities. Even though you should never replace food with vitamins, vitamins can help you to get the nutrients and minerals you need on a daily basis.

The main reason why liquid vitamins are more effective than pills and tablets is due to the nature of their liquid base. With the vitamins being liquid, they are easier for the body to digest and easily absorbed into the digestive tract as well. Chewable tablets and pills will pass through the body in hard form, making them hard to digest. Liquid is always digested when it passes through, so it will go through your body quicker and take effect faster.

Due to the body having to work less to break down and absorb liquid vitamins, they will pass through the body much faster.

The nutrients and minerals contained in liquid vitamins will reach vital areas faster through the bloodstream, and they are easier to use by the most important organs in your body that need them the most. Liquid is also easy to swallow as well, as you can add the liquid vitamins to your favorite juice or just take it right out of the bottle if you prefer.

With pills or chewable vitamins, the majority of the nutrients and minerals that are contained in the vitamins aren’t normally broken down in the digestive system. With these types of vitamins being in hard form, they are harder for the body to pass at the most crucial moments, where the body needs to have nutrients and minerals. Unless you completely chew up the vitamin, it can stay in hard form until it passes through when you go to the bathroom. If this happens, you are normally just wasting the vitamin as it doesn’t have a chance to get into the bloodstream.

Liquid vitamins have proven themselves to be the best way to get the minerals and nutrients your body needs.

As more and more people discover the benefits of liquid vitamins and how easy they are to digest, they make the switch. Liquid vitamins are far superior to tablets and pills, simply because it tastes better, it’s easier to digest, and it travels through the body faster. You can find many different flavors and types of liquid vitamin supplements at your local nutrition store, or get online and order what you need there. Either way you go – you’ll find liquid vitamins to be the ideal way to get the nutrients you need for you body on a daily basis.

Great Benefits of Fish Oil

Some experts believe that taking fish oil (in any form) can help regulate cholesterol in the body,[attribution needed] because fish oil has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. The regulation occurs through effects of the EPA and DHA constituents on Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα). Besides cholesterol regulation, benefits include anti-inflammatory properties and positive effects on body composition. However, the preferred source of Omega 3 should be from the fish’s body, not the liver.

Fish oils are fascinating nutrients. Almost every aspect of our health, physical and mental, is related to the types of fatty acids that make up our cells and tissue, including vision. And it appears that most of us are not ingesting the right kind of fatty acids, the ones found in fish and fish oils. I have discovered that fish oils supplements help eyesight. I have also discovered a combination of herbs and nutrients that improve eyesight within hours. See below. Fish oils are also beneficial for mental health and sexuality.

1. Fish oil prevents heart attack – Dr Alexander Leaf and colleagues at Harvard Medical School found that eating oily fish like salmon or tuna at least twice a week could prevent a heart attack.

2. Fish oil protects against heart disease and stroke – Researchers at Southampton University found that omega-3 fish oil stops the build up of fatty deposits in the arteries, protecting against heart disease and stroke.

3. Reduction of Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancer. And finally, omega 3 fish oil has been shown to help prevent three of the most common forms of cancer – breast, colon and prostate. Science tells us that omega 3s accomplish this in three ways. They stop the alteration from a normal healthy cell to a cancerous mass, inhibiting unwanted cellular growth and causing apoptosis, or cellular death, of cancer cells.

4. Fish oil prevents mothers from giving birth to very small babies – The University of Bristol research team found that a mother-to-be who eats fish during the later stages of pregnancy is less likely to have a very small baby.

5. Stopping the buildup of fatty deposits (triglycerides) in the arteries.

6. Fish oil helps with prostate cancer – The Paterson Institute researchers found that a diet rich in a fat found in oily fish and some seeds may protect men with prostate cancer from developing a more aggressive form.

7. Fish oil reduces the growth of breast cancer – Researchers from Indiana University found that when mixing compounds from omega-3 fatty acids with the anaesthetic propofol, together they appeared to reduce the growth of breast cancer cells.

8. Fish oil reduces inflammation – The researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that a diet high in oily fish like salmon and mackerel may help improve inflammatory conditions such as arthritis; the oily fish diet worked best when combined with low aspirin doses.

9. Protection from Stroke and Heart Attack. When plaque builds up on arterial walls and then breaks loose, it causes what’s known as a thrombosis, which is a fancy way of saying clot. If a clot gets stuck in the brain, it causes a stroke and when it plugs an artery, it causes a heart attack. Research shows omega 3 fatty acids break up clots before they can cause any damage.

10. Fish oils may be helpful to people with lupus since fish oils have anti-inflammatory properties.

11. Fish oil betters brain and visual development in children – Bristol University researchers found that a mother-to-be who eats oily fish is more likely to have children with better brain and vision developments.

12. Fish oil has also been used to treat conditions such as depression, eczema, IBD, macular degeneration and arthritis. Fish oil benefits the heart significantly, as well as the rest of the body.

How much fish oil should adults take?

A good dose for adults is roughly ~6 grams of salmon oil per day with food.
Should everyone take fish oil?

Generally yes. In a minority of cases some individuals feel strange on fish oil and do better on other oil types.

Although you can get the benefits of fish oil from eating cold water fish such as salmon or cod, there is always the danger of mercury contamination as well as other toxins. This is why pregnant women and young children are advised against eating fish.

The other issue is that you cannot be sure that the fish you are eating contains enough EPA and/or DHA to ensure the maximum fish oil benefits. It is always possible that the concentration of these important nutrients is reduced during the manufacturing/handling processes.

Great Vitamin for Skin

There are vitamins that will clear your skin and maintain it very healthy like vitamin A and Vitamin B, as well as vitamin E and zinc.

Nontheless, you have to research which are the vitamins that will bring the most benefit to your skin. There are 3 antioxidants that will help you prevent the effects that the rays of sun can have on your skin. Expert Dermatologists agree that vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium are the most effective in this matter.

A great benefit of selenium is that slows down the aging process usually caused by oxidation, helps you maintain elasticity and will make your skin be safe from the exposure of the sun.

Vitamin E can prevent cancer properties from arising and tumors stimulated by ultraviolet irradiation exposure. There have been experimentations where vitamin E cut down tumor by 30% in a mice.

It is known that free radicals can turn in to cancer, vitamin C can prevent this effect and also slow the aging of the skin. Vitamin C is the most abundant in the skin, it promotes skin growth and generates collagen.

Those are some of the most used vitamins for skin and if you take them regularly, it will help you prevent cancer and get a beautiful young skin for a long time. Also, there are a lot of products in the market as supplements and creams that make a lot of promises but you should do a proper research. Make sure that the supplements have the vitamins you need for your skin.

Arthritis Sufferers Foods

As with most alternative medicine therapies, there is not yet sufficient research to conclude whether fish oil is truly efficacious in relieving the symptoms associated with arthritis. However, early research is encouraging.

In laboratory studies and trails it has been conclouded that fish oil structure of omega-3,is very usefull in reducing stiff muscles and joint soreness that so many people with arthritis seem to sufferer. But, what is not yet knowen is the appropriate dosage or the lenght of treatment for maximum effectiveness.

It has been found, by the researchers that there are possible side effects to taking fish oil supplementation. The main one being the increasing risk of the ability of blood to clot. For a few people, taking fish oil can affect the lenght of time it will take for their blood to clot. This being the case, if a person is taking medications that affect their blood, it is a very important issue.

Fish oil supplementation has also been shown to interact with blood pressure medications. Apparently, taking fish oil supplements while taking high blood pressure medications may cause their blood pressure to lower significantly.

Another possible risk of supplementing with fish oil is that fish can often contain significant levels of contaminants. Fish are often found to be unsafe because of their mercury level. Consuming fish oils could pose a risk, particularly to young children, and women who are pregnant or nursing. Fishes with the highest levels of mercury include swordfish, tuna, king mackerel, tilefish, and shark.

This risk must be avoided and the best way to do that is to call up the manufacturer and ask about their mercury levels.

The good news: beside these risks, consuming fish oils generally causes very few side effects. The side effects that do exist are relatively minor, and may consist of stomach disturbances and gas.

On the fringe of current arthritis treatment, Glucosamine and Chondroitin have not yet been proven by medical research to have health benefits for arthritis sufferers, so why have these two dietary supplements become all the rage?

The said boffins have done some work on these two supplements with animals and it has been found that anti-inflammatory properties are present in both.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are two dietary supplements that have become popular supplements for treating the symptoms of arthritis. Many faithful users have begun to sing the praises of these two dietary supplements.

The question, as always is : do they really work? Well here is some information to help you decide if these supplements are right for you at this time.

What is Glucosamine?

Glucosamine is beneficial to sufferers of osteoarthritis pain — both humans and pets.It is found naturally in the body and can be extracted from animal tissue( crab,lobster or shrimp shells ) Glucosamine has been proven effective in easing osteoarthritis pain, rehabilitating cartilage, renewing synovial fluid, and repairing joints that have been damaged from osteoarthritis.

This arthritis supplement is generally well tolerated. However, side effects can occur. The most commonly reported side effects of glucosamine and include:Nausea/Diarrhea/heartburn/increased intestinal gas and constipation

Like Glucosamine, Chondroitin (or Chondroitin sulfate) can also be found in the fluid surrounding the joints. It can also be found in cattle and sharks.

As for Chondroitin, it also appears to be safe for most people. Some medical researchers believe that Chondroitin can worsen pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, allergies, and certain cancers. The most common side effects of Chondroitin include nausea and stomach irritation.

Conclusion: The agreement among doctors is that Glucosamine and Chondroitin supplements could well lessen pain in some patients with Osteoarthritis. Many now believe that there is value in trying these supplements for Osteoarthritis. They do appear to be safe, but doctors are warning patients that the quality and effectiveness of Glucosamine and Chondroitin varies because of the non-regulation. If you want to try them, buy high quality products and there is no better then Aloe Vera Freedom with a 60-day money back guarantee.

Know the Reasons why Calcium Is Vital

It’s well known that adequate calcium is essential for the maintenance of strong, healthy, bones and teeth, and indeed this is where around 99% of the approximately 1.2 kg stored in the average adult human body is to be found. But this is not in fact this vital mineral’s most important function within the body, because calcium is also needed in the blood in very precise quantities to ensure that certain vital physiological processes can carry on unimpaired.

These include the constriction and dilation of blood vessels – essential for the body’s internal temperature regulation, the transmission of nerve impulses, the release of energy for muscle contraction, the secretion of certain vital hormones such as insulin, and the clotting of the blood.

As evidence for the importance of these functions it is only necessary to observe that the body will strip the bones of calcium in order to maintain the necessary blood levels of the mineral should these be in danger of falling too low because of inadequate dietary intake. Since the bones, like all the body’s structures, are in a constant state of regeneration and repair, the potential consequences if this deficiency is allowed to persist over time can be catastrophic.

In extreme cases, deficiency in children and adolescents may lead to the weakness and malformation characteristic of the disease, rickets. In adults, especially older adults, the most obvious consequence may be the loss of bone density known as osteoporosis – a major cause of the greatly increased incidence of the serious fractures which are such a significant risk factor for the health of the elderly.

But there are other problems which may be associated with low intakes of calcium.

There is good evidence to implicate low calcium intake as a risk factor for the development of high blood pressure during pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) in those women who are susceptible to this potentially dangerous condition; and, interestingly, research has shown that supplementation with calcium to a daily intake of 1,000 – 1,200 mg a day may also be effective in reducing blood pressure in the general population. A number of studies have linked low levels of calcium with pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) and indicate that supplementation may help reduce the severity of these symptoms.

There is even now some evidence that low calcium intakes may tend to encourage the body to deposit more fat within existing fat cells. Although the relationship is not fully understood, it appears safe to say that a plentiful supply of dietary or supplemental calcium is essential for success in the pursuit of any weight loss program.

Given the importance of calcium in all these ways, it’s alarming to note that average intakes for most people in the developed world are known to fall well short of the suggested level, and the figures are particularly serious for adolescents whose growing bones who have the greatest need. Perhaps as many as 75% of boys and 90% of girls in this age group may be calcium deficient.

Dairy products are by far the best sources of dietary calcium and an 8 oz serving of milk or yoghurt, or 1 •½ oz of cheese, will provide around 300 mg of calcium. Leafy green vegetables, with the exception of spinach, are also a useful source, although you would need 3 – 4 servings of, for example, broccoli or kale, to match the calcium obtained from a single standard glass of milk. It should also be realised that The consumption of diets high in protein and salt, ie those characteristic of the affluent Western world, is known to increase the excretion of calcium and consequently the risk of deficiency and associated problems with bone strength and health.

Owing to this, and a number of other possible variables affecting the individual’s need for dietary calcium, the Food and Nutrition Board has set out figures for Adequate Intake (AI) of the mineral rather than the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) which it commonly prescribes for vitamins and other vital nutrients. Babies and infants should begin with an intake of around 200 mg per day, rising to 800 mg by the age of eight. Children of nine and over, young people whose bones are still growing, the over 50s, and pregnant or breast-feeding women, will have higher needs and should aim to consume 1,200 -1,300 mg of calcium a day.

To maintain the health and density of fully formed bones, adults between about 20 and 50 should aim to consume 1,000 mg of calcium daily, through a combination of diet and supplements. In all cases, combining this supplementation with at least 400 IU of vitamin D will greatly assist with the absorption of the necessary calcium.

Calcium supplements should also always be taken with food; the recommended upper safe limit for total calcium intake being 2,500 mg, below which there should be no problems. However, since high calcium intakes can adversely effect the absorption of other essential minerals, notably magnesium, zinc and iron, it is recommended that supplementary calcium should always be taken as part of a comprehensive multi-mineral supplement.

Important Facts about Nutrition Labels

# Serving Size
This small detail skews the entire label if you don’t read it closely. An item may seem like it is only one serving, but the Nutritional Facts label will consider it to be 2 or 3 servings. If the label says 100 calories, but there are actually 3 servings, then you are getting a total of 300 calories. Pay close attention to what makes a serving.

# Calories
Most people don’t have the time to count every calorie that they put in their mouth – this is understandable. However, you probably have a pretty good idea about the amount of food that you eat each day. When you approach a new item, read the calorie totals on the Nutritional Facts label, and factor the new calories into your daily intake. Steer clear of high calorie items – especially in the form of snack foods.

# Fat
By now you have undoubtedly heard that all fats were not created equal. Here is a quick 1-2-3 breakdown.

1. Limit your intake of Saturated Fats – this deadly fat contributes to heart disease.

2. Avoid Trans Fats at all costs – not only does it contribute to heart disease, it also raises LDL cholesterol (the bad one).

3. Focus on eating monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats – these don’t raise LDL cholesterol and can even help lower blood cholesterol.

As you decide what food to include in your diet, keep your eye on the type and amount of fat included in each item. Remember, all fats were not created equal.

# Carbohydrate
Though zero carb diets are losing their momentum, you may have been influenced by the idea that all carbohydrates will make you fat. That is simply not true. It is true, however that some carbohydrates are healthier than others. In fact, medical experts think that excess consumption of refined carbohydrates (such as soda pop, white rice, and white flour) are one of the reasons behind the rise of obesity we see today.

Choose fibrous, complex carbohydrates over sugary, simple carbohydrates.

# Protein
The fact stands that most of us are getting plenty of protein in our diet. The problem arises when we examine the source of this protein. Meats and dairy products that are high full of fat may be filled with protein, but they aren’t the healthiest form of protein. Choose protein from lean meats, dry beans, poultry, and low fat/fat free dairy products.

# The Good Stuff
Directly beneath the protein count on the Nutritional Facts label you will see the percent daily value of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron that the food item contains. These numbers are easily overlooked, but hold great importance to your overall health. The more nutrient-rich food items provide you with the greatest benefit per calorie. Compare food brands and choose the most nutrient-rich option.