Category Archives: Healthy Life

7 Easy Ways to Remember to Take Your Supplements

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Many Americans, up to 76 percent according to some reports, include supplements as part of their daily health regimen. However, research also shows that over 80 percent of those who take supplements or medications occasionally mistime or forget to take them! This is troublesome because, to get the most benefit from a supplement, they must be taken consistently and at the appropriate time. Fortunately, forgetfulness may be resolved by implementing various strategies. Read on to learn about the importance of supplements and 7 tips that can help you stick to a consistent supplement schedule. The Importance of Supplementation Supplementation is an increasingly important component of individual wellness. This is in part because it has become difficult to achieve optimal nutrition through diet alone. Experts suggest that there may be several reasons for the steady decline in nutrition including reduced nutritional value of foods, increased occurrence of absorption issues, and use of nutrient-blocking […]

Your Top Supplement Questions, Answered

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We recently sat down and asked Sharyn Reinhold, a Clinical Nutritionist, to answer a few common supplement questions. Find out what she had to say about supplement regulation, the need for nutritional supplements, quality and more! Q: What is the difference between nutritional supplements and prescription medications? A: According to the FDA, it defines a dietary supplement as “a product intended for ingestion that contains a dietary ingredient intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.” A “dietary ingredient” may be one, or any combination, of the following substances: a vitamin, a mineral, an herb or other botanical, an amino acid, a dietary substance for use by people to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake, a concentrate, metabolite, constituent, or extract. Prescription medications are defined as “substances intended for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.” They are “prescribed by a doctor, bought at […]

5 Groups Who Really Can Benefit from Nutritional Supplements

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Supplements have become an important part of individual wellness. This is illustrated by the fact that upwards of 70% of Americans use dietary supplements regularly. Some would argue that such supplementation is unnecessary and has a minimal influence on wellness. In actuality, most people benefit from some form of daily supplementation. Read on to learn of the growing importance of supplementation, who benefits from supplementation, and what supplements to consider including in your own wellness plan. Why Are Supplements Important? To function properly, we must supply the body with resources in the form of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Ideally, everyone gets the requisite amount of these nutrients through their diet. Unfortunately, because of factors outside their control, many cannot do so. Two of the chief contributors to the country-wide decrease in nutrition acquisition is the dwindling nutritional value of foods, due to soil depletion and poor farming practices, and […]

Nutritional Supplements: Eligible Expense for FSAs or HSAs?

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Healthcare accounts allow individuals to financially invest directly in their own wellness. Proper use of these programs can provide significant savings regarding medical products and services. Unfortunately, despite being enrolled in these programs, many are not aware of the full range of benefits that come with their account. Knowing the benefits and limitations of your healthcare account can help you make more informed decisions about your care and may facilitate access to a wider range of medical products, including beneficial supplements. The Importance of Knowing Your Benefits The two most common types of consumer-directed healthcare accounts are Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Depending on the account you are enrolled in, there are certain benefits and drawbacks. Being familiar with these elements is critical, as ignorance of the specifics of your plan may cause you to miss out on substantial money-saving opportunities and limit your access to […]

The Importance of Supplementation and Nutrition

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Transcript Interviewer: Supplements while you’re pregnant, supplements when you’re not. Can you take too many? HMG Physician: Absolutely you can take too many, but you should… Here’s the thing, in the American diet it’s well known that there are not enough nutrients and vitamins. And that’s because mechanized farming, industrialized farms, GMOs, pesticides, herbicides… Over all of those things, our foods are processed. Right? So, they have to put back in vitamins. So yes, you can take too many, but almost no one does. We mostly take too few. Interviewer: What if you’re taking none right now? What should you be taking? HMG Physician: Well here’s the thing, I like to think about Hippocrates. Hippocrates is widely called the “Father of Medicine”. He is famous, most famous, for saying, “Let food be thy medicine.” Now, that’s important. Food should be our medicine, but in medical school the curriculum today only one […]

5 Supplements Everyone Should Consider

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Supplements are an easy and effective way of acquiring specific nutrients. Most people use supplements to address nutritional gaps or inadequacies found in their diet. However, supplements may also support various systems and functions throughout the body, facilitate greater wellness, and help people achieve their individual health goals. Supplements Everyone Should Consider Taking Everyone’s nutritional requirements are unique. There is no singular supplement regimen that satisfies everyone’s health needs. However, there several nutritional supplements that should always be considered when creating your personal supplement protocol. Studies suggest that regularly taking one or more of these powerful substances can notably improve various areas of wellness. Read on to learn about the five essential everyday supplements that everyone should consider including in their wellness plan. High-Quality Multivitamins Perhaps the most obvious and broadly beneficial supplement for everyone is a high-quality multivitamin. Taking a quality multivitamin daily helps ensure that the body gets all the […]

How to Choose Quality Supplements

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To maintain proper bodily function, we must keep the body supplied with many nutrients. Unfortunately, studies show that a large percentage of the population is severely deficient in essential substances including omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B and D, iron, zinc, and magnesium. Fortunately, you can help ensure that your body gets all the nutrients it needs is through supplementation. One of the most important parts of effective supplementation is using high-quality products. After reading this article you will recognize the markers of a quality supplement and know what type of products and substances to avoid. The Importance of Supplement Quality Despite the widespread use of supplements, many people are unaware that low-quality supplements do not provide the same nutrition as higher grade options. There are, however, major differences in supplement efficacy and safety depending on the product’s quality. A quality supplement offers the purest form of a substance while a […]

Do You Need Nutritional Supplements?

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Each person’s body has unique dietary requirements. Factors such as depleted soil, food storage and transport, farming techniques, toxin exposure, and lifestyle factors including age, stress and food sensitivities all influence nutrient acquisition. These and other factors have contributed to widespread malnutrition. Fortunately, it may be possible to ease deficiencies and improve nutrition through supplementation. Why We Need Supplements Research suggests that the entire population has some degree of nutrient deficiency. This is bolstered by findings showing that up to 80 percent of people have a suboptimal intake of various vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, those with a deficiency may still not be able to get the nutrients they need regardless of dietary optimizations. This is primarily because of a decline in food quality and elements that disrupt of the body’s ability to absorb and utilize nutrients. We discuss some primary contributors below. Increased Consumption of Processed foods Over the years, […]

AIP Diet: What Is the Autoimmune Protocol Diet?

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Any form of immune malfunction can cause serious disruption throughout the body. However, perhaps of the most impactful form of immune dysregulation is autoimmune disease. Autoimmune disease is well-known for causing a wide range of symptoms and being difficult to treat. Interestingly, studies show that through proper implementation of the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet, those with autoimmune disease may ease or begin to resolve their condition. Read on to learn more about the impressive efficacy and benefits of the Autoimmune Protocol diet. What is Autoimmune Disease? Autoimmune disease causes the immune system to misidentify healthy cells and tissues as a threat. When the immune system labels these structures as a dangerous it releases autoantibodies to eliminate them. As these autoantibodies assault healthy tissues, they induce significant inflammation that can cause serious and, sometimes, irreparable damage. This leads to the development of an array of symptoms and often other illness. Resolving […]

What Are Common Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease?

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Studies suggest that autoimmune disorders are increasingly common in the United States and elsewhere. Sadly, many are not aware of the potential threat of autoimmune dysfunction or the significant impact it has on individual wellness. Having a strong understanding of the basic characteristics of autoimmune disease may provide you with the information you need to better identify autoimmune dysfunction in yourself and others. How Does the Immune System Work? Your immune system is an impressive collection of tissues and cells whose job is to protect you from infections and harmful substances. The immune system defends against many pathogens including bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins, and much more. Normally, when the immune system encounters something that could be potentially harmful, it mounts a defense to destroy or eliminate the threat. However, immune malfunction can disrupt or significantly alter this kind of healthy response. For several reasons — many of which are not yet understood — the immune system […]

Supplements To Support Immune Health

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Every day we are exposed to and come into contact with an incredibly large number of harmful pathogens and other disease-carrying substances. Fortunately, the body is protected by its immune system, which provides exceptional defense against agents of illness. However, in our current health climate, there is increased concern regarding the spread and prevention of disease. You can take an active role in preventing sickness and protecting your health by supporting immune function through supplementation.  The Basics of Immune Function The immune system is tasked with protecting the body from any disease-inducing substances known as pathogens. Poor immune function is associated with a greater occurrence of illness, chronic disease, and even chronic health issues such as diabetes and cancer. This is in part because pathogens can more easily infect the body if the immune system is not functioning properly. Fortunately, it is possible to improve immune function and reduce the […]

6 Signs You Have a Weak Immune System and What You Can Do About It

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The immune system acts as the body’s primary line of defense against disease. As such, a decline in immune function often results in greater occurrence and increased severity of sickness. Unfortunately, many people overlook or do not recognize when their immune system is not working at its best leaving them more exposed to illness. Resolving this issue requires that people be familiar with the signs of a weakened immune system and implement effective ways of supporting its function.  What is the Immune System? The immune system is a collection of cells, tissues, and organs whose primary goal is keeping the body safe from antigens that cause disease. When working as intended the immune system identifies dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites then eliminates them through the release of antibodies. However, if the immune system is weak, it may not be able to respond appropriately thereby increasing the risk of contracting an […]