Glyconutrients and the Immune System

The human body is a very vulnerable creation, and without the immensely strong and powerful line of defense, that is the immune system. If we did not have this natural line of protection provided by the immune system, the bacteria and microbes would destroy the body back down to its essential components in a matter of a few days.

When the body dies, and this happens, it is the result of not having an immune system. The body’s immune system works all the time, day in and day out without getting much recognition. But when the immune system fails, it becomes very noticeable.

We inhale and take in and eat thousands of microbes every day. The immune system is what prevents them from causing all the many diseases. When a bacterium manages to break through the body’s immune system on occasion, we wind up getting diseases. When the immune system becomes aware of these microbes, it gets to work fighting them, and we can get over the illness.

When we are all born, we have a natural defense system that is genetically based. The most important organ of our immune defense system is the skin. An injury to the skin becomes a gateway for microbes to enter into the body. This alerts the body to a foreign presence, inside the body, and it then causes the immune system to react, getting rid of the microbes. While this is happening, the skin repairs the wound., When this process does not occur or happen fast enough, it will result in an infection.

When we get a bump on the skin after a mosquito bite, this is a sign of the immune system functioning and reacting to foreign substances being injected into the body from the bite.

Our bodies would not exist without our immune system. Look at the things that can occur with a sub-par immune system.

Our bodies recognize our healthy and normal cells through markers in the body. If the body does not recognize a cell, then it treats it as a foreign body and will attack it.

When there is a breakdown of this process, then the body can attack its own cells. This breakdown causes autoimmune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, certain types of Diabetes, and all forms of Arthritis. All these are caused by the immune system attacking its own cells in the body. Allergies are also the result of the immune system overreacting to certain substances and causes a reaction in the body like a rash, sneezing, and nasal congestion. A severe reaction can cause anaphylaxis, and this is life-threatening. The body basically goes into overdrive, and the responses are critical enough to threaten life.

Diabetes happens when the immune system attacks and destroys the cells in the pancreas. Rheumatoid Arthritis can also the result of the immune system attacking itself and destroys the joints. The immune system can also create many problems during organ transplants when the body rejects the organ as a seperate foreign substance that is in the body. This is why people with organ transplants must take medications that suppress the immune system. This can cause other problems, though, since the immune system is inhibited, and the body doesn’t fight other foreign substances in the body, an infection can occur.

You need to keep your immune system working correctly, especially since the earth is becoming more and more polluted. This is becoming a tough task, and people are suffering from many health problems because of it. Recent research has shown leading scientists to believe that certain sugars represent the next new and great frontier for researchers to find non-toxic compounds that will support and enhance the immune system function.

Sugars, called glyconutrients, have already been discovered, and there are eight of them so far. Unfortionalty only two are found in our diets. These eight essential sugars work to supply the body with glyconutrients that are needed for cell communication. When they are giving out noble peace prizes, Four of the last eight of them in medicine have gotten awarded for research into Glycobiology, which is the study of gluconutrients. A steady and regular supply of glyconutrients is needed for keeping the immune system working in good working order. It has been found that the body can recover and heal much faster when glyconutrients are used when administering for cancer treatment, chemotherapy, and radiation.

The problem is that the same toxins in the environment that weaken and tear down our delicate immune system can also affect the body’s ability to synthesize and use these glyconutrients. This is why we should take supplements of glyconutrients to get a regular supply of them into our bodies.

Our world is sadly becoming more and more polluted with contaminates and becoming damaged. The body is finding it more and more difficult to fight these illnesses through our natural immune system. It is now up to scientists to come up with ways to help us use our medical knowledge to come up with ways to help us combat the problem of the environment and the body’s need for more glyconutrients. It may mean our very existence as human beings for us to come up with a sustainable and working solution.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Something that is frequently asked of people is whether we fight germs while cleaning and whether these germs are actually killed during the cleaning process. Or do cleaning products just get up dirt and grime? Some misconceptions come from the media and commercials, and you get a variety of answers.

Some cleaning products advertise and claim that their products kill bacteria and viruses. And some do. But, most people will say. “Soap will adequately kill germs” This concept is wrong! The right sentence would be: “Most soap will adequately remove dirt and grime.” This is because soap isn’t designed to kill bacteria.
Disinfectants contain antimicrobial and antibacterial agents which will kill most bacteria and viruses on surfaces of objects. (A surface should be free of soil for effective disinfection.)
Disinfectant cleaners also contain surfactants to remove dirt and grime in addition to antimicrobial and antibacterial agents to kill germs. Therefore, these are very effective at cleaning the surface of things as well as killing bacteria and virus’s. Label instructions must be followed to ensure proper disinfection.
To make disinfectant and antimicrobial claims, the disinfectant products must get tested to make sure they work, and then they get registered with the Environmental Protection Agency.
Disinfection treatment is to destroy harmful microorganisms. Disinfectant is an agent that kills and inhibits the growth of disease-carrying microorganisms. Disinfection will reduce the number of microorganisms to safe levels.
The definition of cleaning is the process of making something free of dirt, grime, grease, and other unhealthy substances… To clean the proper way, heat has to get applied in the form of moist heat or steam along with chemicals and detergents plus the physical energy of rubbing the surface with friction.
Disinfectants do not clean appropriately by themselves. Plus, it is necessary to clean items or surfaces before you use disinfect them, and this is mainly because disinfectants are inhibited and neutralized with the presence of dirt and grime. Many people do not clean and disinfect properly, or they re-contaminate surfaces that have been sterilized by using dirty cloths to rinse.
There are many antibacterial cleaning products, from soap, cleaners, and foam to kitchen and bathroom cleaners. More than 80% of all liquid hand soaps and nearly 40% of bar soaps contain antibacterial agents. This may seem significant and great, but there is recent research that shows that having so many antimicrobial and antibacterial agents in cleaning products may cause the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Reading the product label to determine if there are antimicrobial ingredients will give you the directions and safety precautions. Most people will know that the things that make the product do its job, like killing germs or disinfecting surfaces, they may wonder what the “inert” or “other ingredients” are in a cleaning product. They aren’t just water, and they aren’t useless. They may include solvents that dissolve other ingredients or emulsifiers, which keep the ingredients suspended inside a liquid so that they will be applied evenly. And also fragrances and perfumes, to make them smell better, and a bunch of other things, like surfactants and detergents, that are designed to make cleaning easier.

Choosing the right cleaner is easy. You don’t have to spend much money on fancy cleaners. Many people are surprised that all you may need is some bleach or ammonia to do the job of disinfecting and using a generic brand of soap to get up the dirt and grime.

Keeping our homes clean is essential, but we must remember not to go overboard with disinfecting. We do not want to cause more antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is becoming more and more of a problem as the company’s rush to put disinfectants in all their products.

54 Ways To Lose Weight

Try to add as many of these tips to your daily routine, and you will surely be well on the way to a slimmer, healthier you. We don’t get fat “overnight” – so you should expect it to take a certain amount of time to lose that weight again, but don’t give up! Persistence, Determination and Grit – They should be your watchwords. These tips work – if you stick to your plan!

  1. Eliminate one tablespoon of fat a day and you will lose 10 pounds in a year.
  2. Avoid strange fad diets—if you can’t eat that way for the rest of your life, don’t waste your time or your health.
  3. Limit alcohol consumption – each serving contains 100 to 150 calories.
  4. Eat fruit at least twice a day.
  5. Keep a food diary about your food choices, indicating how hungry you are each time you eat. Pay particular attention to your level of hunger when you snack.
  6. Perform aerobic exercise a minimum of 30 minutes three times a week. Log this on your food diary. Aerobic means any exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate. Walking is fine! Do only what you can to begin with. If you have other health problems, consult your doctor before embarking on any strong physical exercise.
  7. Gradually increase the length and frequency of your workouts.
  8. Weigh yourself no more than twice a week. And do it in the morning after going to the bathroom – it’s the most accurate reading.
  9. Give yourself a non-food reward for every 5 pounds lost.
  10. Slow down your eating speed—make meals last at least 20 minutes. Try eating with the other hand or taking a sip of water between bites.
  11. Use smaller plates.
  12. Bring your lunch to work at least three times a week.
  13. Start to strength train twice a week as your fitness improves. Building muscle increases your metabolism and forces your body to use fat, not muscle, when you’re cutting back on calories. Cut down on carbohydrates and stick to lean white meat and fish, and you will notice vast improvements here.
  14. Stop eating while watching television.
  15. Have someone else put away leftovers.
  16. Buy a good low-fat, low-calorie cookbook or magazine subscription.
  17. Try two new reduced-calorie recipes a month.
  18. IMPORTANT – Eat breakfast daily. This suppresses the appetite for most of the day and provides fuel for the brain while at work or looking after the kids! You will feel better and have more energy all day if you eat a low fat cereal in the morning.
  19. Don’t read while eating.
  20. Have a sweet treat once a week.
  21. Keep healthful snacks at home and at work.
  22. Limit your cheese consumption to reduce fat and saturated fat—use cheese and lunchmeat with less than 5 grams of fat per ounce.
  23. Add calorie counting or fat-gram counting to your food diary for a few weeks if your weight loss is slowing down. Maybe you’re missing something.
  24. Substitute herbs and spices for salt.
  25. Shop for food when you are not hungry, and use a shopping list.
  26. Replace ground beef with ground turkey or soy crumbles in dishes such as spaghetti. Don’t skip the protein in your meals; find a leaner substitute.
  27. Eat three vegetables a day.
  28. Always eat sitting down.
  29. Request that your family and friends respect your efforts to lose weight and get fit—beware of loving “sabotage.”
  30. Take a walk when you’re stressed or angry.
  31. Eat two dairy products a day—be aware of your calcium intake. Select low-fat or nonfat dairy products to reduce fat calories.
  32. Order dressings and sauces on the side and apply them with a fork.
  33. Increase your fiber intake—chose whole-grain breads, cereals and pasta products, legumes, and raw fruits and vegetables.
  34. Add slow-down food to your meals—crunchy vegetables, a large glass of water, hot soup or beverages, or fresh fruit to fill you up.
  35. Cook with chicken broth, nonstick cooking spray, wine or water.
  36. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
  37. Shrink portion sizes of meats and starches, and pile on the vegetables.
  38. Ask how the food is prepared when ordering in a restaurant.
  39. Choose low-fat frozen yogurt or frozen juice bars instead of ice cream. Be careful of the portion size – these foods still have calories!
  40. Select clear broth- or tomato-based soups over white soups.
  41. Keep the junk foods out of sight in your home and workplace.
  42. Take walking shoes or a jump rope with you when you travel to keep up with your exercise.
  43. If you’re getting off track, try to pre-plan your food intake for the next three days by writing it down.
  44. Buy frozen diet dinners with 10 grams of fat or less and 800 milligrams of sodium or less.
  45. Avoid batter coating or breading.
  46. Use two egg whites in baking instead of one whole egg.
  47. Stretch during television commercials—arm circles, leg lifts, head tilts, etc.
  48. Eliminate the butter on your rolls or popcorn.
  49. Learn to say “no” gracefully when a friend or relative offers you a second helping.
  50. Choose pizza with vegetable toppings rather than high-fat meats, such as sausage and pepperoni.
  51. Ask for less cheese. Have you ever tried tomato pie?
  52. Choose cooking techniques that keep fat to a minimum, such as baking, grilling, broiling, roasting or steaming.
  53. Add more low-fat soy products to your diet for the soy protein and health benefits.
  54. Forgive yourself when you slip—and make the next food choice a healthy one.

Help For Insomnia

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Do you experience difficulty falling or staying asleep? Do you awake often during the night or have restless sleep? Do you wake too early, or simply not feel refreshed in the morning? Assuming that there are not other factors affecting your sleep (such as young children or other health issues), these could be signs of insomnia.

Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by the above symptoms. People with insomnia typically suffer during the day from lack of sleep. Side effects from insomnia include fatigue, sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability, all due to a lack of quality nighttime sleep. Quality sleep is key–insomnia is characterized by the quality of sleep more so than the number of hours a person sleeps. The optimal number of hours of sleep a person needs each night varies from one person to the next. But interrupted, poor quality sleep can make a person tired and irritable, regardless of the total hours.

There are many types of insomnia. Essentially, insomnia is a symptom of other issues. External factors, such as stress, may cause insomnia, as can physical problems. People of all ages can suffer from insomnia, from young children to older adults. Identifying the root cause is essential for developing effective treatment options. Treatments for insomnia can range from making environmental changes in one’s daily life or sleeping area, to the use of prescribed medications. When medications are prescribed, it is usually for a short period of time.

A medical doctor or psychologist can determine if you have insomnia. The treatment process will depend on each specific case. However, there are things you can do on your own to help ensure a better night’s rest.

** Maintain a regular bedtime and awakening time throughout the week. Many people change their sleep schedule on the weekends, but this can make a sleep problem worse.

** Use your bed only for sleep and sexual intimacy. Avoid reading or eating in bed, watching TV, or engaging in other activities. This will help train your body to sleep when you go to bed.

** Avoid stimulants such as caffeine for four to six hours before going to bed. Exercise can also act as a stimulant, so avoid exercising within four hours of retiring for the night.

** Avoid going to bed hungry or over-full. Both conditions can make it difficult to sleep.

** Try to change arrange your life so that external stressors are limited. If you are worried about something, or a great deal of stress, sleep may be difficult.

These are only a few suggestions. Sleep specialists are able to work with you to determine specific causes of sleep disturbance. If there is concern of a physical problem, undergoing a sleep study can determine if you have apnea or other sleeping issues. Consult your regular physician or make an appointment with an ear, nose, and throat doctor, or visit a sleep specialist. Sleep deprivation caused by insomnia can be problematic in your daily life. Determining the cause of sleep problems and taking necessary actions to correct the problems can make a significant impact on your life.

The reality Of The Coronavirus

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The Corona Virus pandemic is sweeping the globe. Some countries are at crisis points in resources and medical care. People are paralyzed by fear. Medical care rationing is a real possibility. They will have to decide who gets medical care and who does not. This is real, and it is going to affect all aspects of the world and its people seriously.

Symptoms of Corona Virus is a lot like the regular flu. Fever, coughing, body ached, and headaches are common symptoms. It disproportionately affects all of the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. The elderly are dying at alarming rates.

Wash your hands and don’t touch your face, coughing into your elbow, wearing a mask in public are a few ways to prevent it. Disinfecting your home is needed. This is especially true if people are leaving their homes and coming and going outside.

The most significant way to avoid getting the Coronavirus and to stop spreading it is isolation and staying home. If you have go out, wear a mask and wash up thoroughly when you come back. Completly avoid those with pre-existing conditions, compromised immune systems, and the elderly. These people are most at risk of dying from the Corona Virus.

Human Behavior
As expected with human behavior, there are those hoarding, and there are limits to get essential resources. And there are those taking advantage of this crisis to make a buck. This can be avoided if we all work together and think of other people before ourselves.

Good stories ARE coming out of people helping their fellow man. This gives one hope for the world.

Economic Worries
Then there are the economic worries. These are very real. They are saying that it will cause a deep recession. Millions will lose their jobs. Stores are closing, and resources are limited. There is the specter of economic collapse.

That being said, there IS hope. If positive human behavior wins out, we will all get through this is we work together and think of others before ourselves. Things may be truly different after this. We just don’t know. Let’s work together as brothers and sisters. We WILL get through it, and we WILL prevail. We are strong, and we are strong TOGETHER!

The Staircase Relaxation Technique

Stress can have some very unhealthy effects. It can be shown in the body as well as the mind, and it can contribute to emotional and physical problems. It can show up with heart issues, digestive issues, and can cause muscle pain and body aches. It can even cause pain.

Relaxation techniques are known to help manage the various effects of stress on the body and the mind. You can learn different methods to get you to a state of complete relaxation and a deep sense of calmness in the body and the mind. They require only a small amount of your time and effort to do, and you can significantly benefit from doing them regularly.

Here is a natural and easy relaxation technique that a lot of people have found helpful and beneficial to manage their stress.

The Stair Step Relaxation Technique

First, you begin with a series of very deep and heavy, cleansing breaths. You will feel your entire body relax and calm down as you slowly breath in and out steadily. You will find it helpful if you imagine all the excess tension and heavy stress leaving your body when you exhale, and then allow the feeling of peace to fill you as you inhale. Imagine peace and tranquility as you inhale.

Do this for about two to three minutes, and you will begin to feel the tension leaving each of your muscles, every one of them, one at a time.

Then you will be ready to do this, picture yourself at the very top of a long flight of 10 stairs. Take one step down on these stairs, and while doing this, imagine that your entire body, your whole mind, and your entire spirit feel more and more calm and relaxed, and you will feel more at ease at this step. Say out loud or in your mind, “One” as you go down the stairs slowly.

With each step that you go down, imagine yourself in a deeper and deeper state of calm and relaxation. Say the number of each step as you go down them.

When you finally reach 10, after you have slowly gone down the stairs, you will be entirely calm, relaxed, and in total peace. Your worries, fears, and concerns will vanish as you go deeper into this relaxed and peaceful state. There are no problems or concerns in this space. You are totally at peace with your body and your mind. Your spirit will feel free and at peace.

After you have experienced this feeling of complete calm and relaxation, you will then be ready to come back up the stairs again. Every step up you take, you will feel more alert and awake and aware. Each step up brings more clarity and awareness. You will start to be alert to your surroundings. Stay there for a little while

Your mind, body, soul, and spirit will keep the state of calm you achieved after you return to the top step. You will feel that you have a burst of new and exhilarating energy and a committed sense of purpose. You will have a joy for life and a feeling that things will all be well. You feel like you can handle anything that comes your way.

Remind yourself of that peace and calm when things are thrown at you today and know you can come back to this technique at any time to get back to that state of complete rest, relaxation, peace, and calm.

Why Vitamin and Nutrient Supplementation is Needed for everyone

Many people believe if you eat a well-balanced and healthy diet it will provides all of the necessary and needed vitamins and minerals that are necessary and needed for good vital and strong health. In perfect and ideal circumstances, this is certainly the case. Still, in absolute reality, there are quite a few excellent reasons why you may need good quality vitamin supplements to help you with living in a twenty-first-century environment. Taking vitamins when they are required is a very safe and natural way of improving your dietary sources of healthy nutrients, and will provide you with good health if you follow the instructions that are on product bottle labels.

  1. Poor Digestion
    Even when you eat good, deficient digestion can severely limit your body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals. Some of the main causes of digestion problems are not chewing your food well enough and eating way too fast. Both of these result practices result in larger than what is normal food size, which makes it too large to allow for the complete action of the body’s digestive enzymes in the stomach. Many people who have dentures are not able to chew as well as those with a full set of normal teeth.
  2. Hot Coffee, Spices, and Tea
    Making a habit of drinking fluids that are way too hot or drinking a large number of things that irritate such as coffee, tea, or pickles, and some spices can react with the body and cause inflammation of the digestive tract. This results in a drop in the secretion of the stomach’s digestive liquids and poorer removal of vitamins and minerals from food. sources.
  3. Alcohol
    Most people know that drinking a large amount of alcohol will damage the liver and pancreas They are essential to digestion and to the bodies metabolism. It can also damage and inflame the sensitive lining of the intestinal tract and affect poorly on the absorption of vitamins and nutrients. This leads to malnutrition. Continuous and heavy use of alcohol will increase the body’s need for all the B-group vitamins, especially thiamine, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid, and vitamins B12, A, and C as well as the minerals zinc, magnesium, and calcium. Alcohol affects bioavailability, absorption and the bodies metabolism of all key nutrients.
  4. Smoking
    Everyone knows that smoking any amount of tobacco causes irritation and inflammation to the digestive track. It also increases the bodies requirements of Vitamin C, by at least 30mg per each cigarette. This is over and above the average requirements of that of a person that doesn/t smoke. Vitamin C is normally found in foods such as pawpaws, oranges, and capsicums oxidize in the air fast once these fruits are cut up, made into juice, cooked, or if stored in a place of direct sunlight or near a heat source. Vitamin C is vital to the bodies immune functioning.
  5. Laxatives
    If you overuse laxatives, it can result in very poor absorption by the body of vitamins and minerals from different food sources Laxatives do this by quickening the time in the intestine. Laxatives like paraffin and other mineral oils will increase the losses of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K. Other types of laxatives that are used too much can cause a large loss of minerals such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium.
  6. Fad Diets
    There are bizarre diets that cut out on entire whole food groups that can be lacking in vitamins to a large extent. Even the popular low-fat diets that are really common, if they are taken to an extreme, can be very deficient in vitamins A, D and E. Most Vegetarian diets, which can cut out meat and all other animal sources, must be very carefully planned to avoid a vitamin B12 deficiency, which may lead to serious anemia.
  7. Overcooking
    Cooking too long or reheating meat and vegetables can cause oxidation and can destroy vitamins that are heat susceptible.Those are the B-group, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If you Boil vegetables, it will leach out the water-soluble vitamins B-group and C as well as many minerals. If you light steam vegetables, then that is preferable. Some vitamins, such as the vitamin B6 can be destroyed by irradiation from all microwave ovens.
  8. Food Processing
    If you freeze foods that contain vitamin E then it can seriously reduce its levels once it is defrosted. Foods that contain vitamin E that are exposed to heat and air can turn rotten and rancid. Many of the common sources of vitamin E, such as bread and oils are highly processed and contain high amounts of preservatives so that the vitamin E content of the bread and oils are are significantly reduced, or they are missing completley. This will increase the storage life but can lower significantly lower nutrient and vitamin levels. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that inhibits oxidation damage to all of the body’s tissues. Other vitamin will loose nutrients from food processing and heat are vitamin B1 and C.
  9. Convenience Foods
    A diet that is highly dependent on overly refined carbohydrates, such as white sugar, white flour, and white rice, place a much greater demand on additional sources of B-group vitamins to process and utilize these refined carbohydrates. A highly unbalanced diet will contribute to many such conditions as chronic irritability, tiredness and lethargy, and many sleep disorders.
  10. Antibiotics
    Antibiotics are valuable in fighting infections, also kill off the good and friendly bacteria that are in the gut. They would normally produce B-group vitamins to get absorbed through the bodies intestinal walls. Such deficiencies in vitamins and nutrients can result in a whole variety of conditions of the nerves, so it may be more advisable to supplement with B-group vitamins when taking broad-spectrum antibiotics. You should also take probiotics. They should normally be taken and should be doubled or tripled when on antibiotics.
  11. Food Allergies
    When you have to omit whole food groups from your diet, which is the case of people allergic to lactose or gluten. This can mean the extreme loss of important dietary sources of significant nutrients and vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin or calcium.
    12.Loss of Nutrients in Crops
    Most agricultural soils are severely deficient in all trace elements. There have been decades of very intensive agriculture that have overworked and depleted the soils. . This means that food crops can be severely depleted of important nutrients due to poor management of the soil. In one U.S Government survey, There were levels of many essential minerals in crops were that were found to have severely declined by up to 68 percent over four years in the 1970s. and that was over 40+ years ago. Todays situation is more dire.
  12. Accidents and Illness
    If you are burned then it can lead to a major loss of protein and essential trace nutrients such as vitamins and minerals in the body. Having surgery will increase the bodies need for zinc, vitamin E and other essential nutrients that are involved in the process of cellular repair. When there is broken bones there will be a low supply of calcium and vitamin C in the body. Infection places a very high demand on the essential nutritional sources of zinc, magnesium and vitamins and B5, B6.
  13. Stress
    The chemical, physical, and emotional stresses can greatly increase and enhance the body’s needed requirements for vitamins B2, B5, B6, and C. Even something like air pollution can increase the body’s requirement for vitamin E.
  14. P.M.T
    There is research that has demonstrated that up to 60 percent of all women who suffer from the symptoms of premenstrual tension, such as headaches, irritability, bloated ness, breast tenderness, lethargy, and depression, can greatly benefit from supplementing with the vitamin B6.
  15. Teenagers
    Teens have rapid growth spurts, especially girls. This places very high demands on their body’s nutritional resources to cover that fast physical, biochemical, and emotional development in this age group.
  16. Pregnant Women
    When someone is pregnant, it creates a much higher demand for vitamins and nutrients to ensure that the baby grows healthy. Some nutrients typically require an increased boost during a women’s pregnancy are the B-group, especially B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid and B12, A, D, E, and the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous.
  17. Oral Contraceptives
    Taking oral contraceptives can cause a big decrease in the absorption of folic acid and increases the need highly for vitamin B6, vitamin C, zinc, and riboflavin.
  18. Light Eaters
    Some people eat very lightly, even without wanting to lose weight. The United States has dietary surveys that have shown that the average woman maintains her weight on 1500 calories per day, at which level her diet is likely to be very low in thiamine, calcium, and iron.
  19. The Elderly
    The elderly have been shown to take meager amounts of vitamins and minerals, especially iron, calcium, and zinc. Folic acid deficiency is common, along with vitamin C deficiency. Fiber intake is often deficient, which causes constipation and digestive issues. Deficiencies of Riboflavin (B2) and pyridoxine (B6) have also been shown. The possible causes of this can include an impaired sense of taste and smell, a reduced secretion of needed digestive enzymes, chronic diseases, and physical impairment.
  20. Lack of Sunlight
    Bedridden people, people who are shift workers, and people whose exposure to sunlight may be minimal can suffer significantly from low amounts of vitamin D, which we know is required for calcium to be metabolized, and without that rickets and osteoporosis (bone thinning) can happen. Ultraviolet light is the cause of vitamin D formation in the skin. If it is blocked by cloud, fog, smog, smoke, ordinary window glass, curtains, and clothing, then people may not get the right amount. The maximum recommended daily supplement to take of vitamin D is 400 i.u. But some recommend much more than that.

There are many reasons, as you can see, to take vitamins and mineral supplements. And to take supplements of other nutrients. Almost everyone has a deficiency and could benefit from supplementation. The trick is finding high-quality products and knowing just what to choose for yourself.

I am a health coach, and if you would like a FREE evaluation to determine the supplements you should be taking, shoot me an e-mail, and we can get that done!
Jennifer Corgan

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