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Don’t take supplements? You’re in the minority, according to new study

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According to new statistics released this month, more than half of U.S. adults are using supplements. The statistics show that 53 percent of American adults are using some form of supplementation.

Lead researcher Jaime Gahche and her counterparts called the use of supplements “widespread” in their assessment, and that supplements are “contributing substantially to total nutrient intake” in the United States.

The report looked at supplement use among adults from 2003 to 2006, and compared it to use in 1988 to 1994. Among the findings:

  • Nearly 40 percent of all Americansuse at least one multivitamin/multimineral product, with use more common among women than men. That is up from 30 percent in the previous findings.
  • The newest statistics show that more than 60 percent of all women over the age of 60use a calcium supplement, compared to less than 30 percent in previous reports.
  • Supplemental vitamin D use has increased dramatically in both men and women since the first study, especially in adults over the age of 40.

The study’s authors point out that supplement usage information should be collected to have an accurate picture of total health. In an interview with WebMD, Gahche said:

Dietary supplement use has increased in adults over age 20 since 1994, and we have over one-half of Americans taking one or more supplements a day. This information is important because such a high prevalence of people take dietary supplements. So we need to make sure we capture this information when assessing nutritional status. If we only include food and beverages, we are missing out on a big proportion.

While supplements can help offset nutritional deficiencies, many experts agree that taking supplements is not a way to make up for a poor diet. This thinking, according to Dr. Orly Avitzur, medical adviser for Consumer Reports, has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which accounted for approximately $27 billion in spending in 2009.

“There’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. Avitzur told CNN.

That’s why it’s important to talk with your Health Professional about the types of supplements available on the market, and how each can help you achieve your own optimal health. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening as often as it should.

According to a recent survey conducted by the American Association of Retired People and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, just 58% of people who take supplements discussed products with a health professional.

One of the most important reasons to discuss supplement use with your Health Professional is because not all supplements are created equal. There are great differences between products on the market today.

Some supplements work faster and more effectively than others, providing rapid absorption and higher nutrition value than others. This can be for a number of reasons: the method which the product is delivered through the body, the elimination of fillers and binders that provide little nutritional value to the products, and the quality of ingredients used to create the product.

When choosing a supplement – as a majority of Americans are doing based on the latest research – it’s important to note these differences. That way, you can be sure that the supplement you are using is best for you and your specific needs.

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Healing Foods

You’ve all heard that we are what we eat.

Just read in the Natural & Medicinal Cures, Healing Foods, “We eat too much, we eat too much of the wrong things, we don’t eat enough of the right things, and we eat things in our foods like preservatives and pesticides that the body doesn’t handle well – or at least not in the quanitities we consume.”

Our ancestors consumed mostly fruits, roots, leaves, nuts and seeds, with an occasional piece of meat if someone got lucky with a club. Their only milk came from the breast, eggs were a rare treat and pototo chips and ice cream were unheard of.

The evidence is overwhelming that what we put in our mouths can either put us on the road to health or bottle us up with disease.

“Perhaps five of the ten leading causes of death in the United State are nutritionally caused,” says Neil Stone, M.D., chairman of the American Heart Association’s nutrition committee and associate professor of medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. “And as such, diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke can often be prevented.”

In fact, scientists say that a little more attention to our diets might slash the death rates for these diseases by as much as 70 percent.

The following foods can help increase the likelihood that your heart will remain the healthy workhorse it was designed to be.  But don’t pick one food, eat it at every meal and think you’re going to prevent a heart attack.  the key, experts say, is balance.

Apricots, Beans, Carrots, Cherries, Fish, Garlic Grapefruit, Greens, Kiwi, Mangoes, Nuts, Okra, Onions, Oranges, Pineapple, Prunes, Pumpkin, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Oil(canola and olive oil my help prevent heart disease, but only when used as a substitute for other fats in the diet.)

Do you have a way to stay healthy during

Do you have a way to stay healthy during cold and flu season? Every year, more than 100,000 people in the US are hospitalized due to the flu and it’s complications.
Flu is one viral disease that usually is best treated by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking your nutritional supplements along with Echinacea. I just read that in one study done in Germany, liguid echinacea extract was shown to help ease the symptoms of influenza and speedy recovery. At the first signs of a cold or the sniffles, build up the immune system with the above tips.

Tired of swallowing those Horse Pills?

Why not drink your vitamins! Normally, when you ingest a daily vitamin or nutritional supplement tablet, your body must work up to four hours digesting and absorbing the vitamins and nutrients.  During this lengthy breakdown process, a percentage of the nutritive value is lost.  But because Isotonix products are powders (you mix it with the proper amount of water), none of the fillers, binders, coatings and lubricants that are common to tablet manufacturing are necesary.  As a result, the amount of time and work necessary to absorb a supplement is greatly decreased.  Normally, it’s predigested within 5-10 min.  Far cry, from up to 4 hours to be absorbed and many times they are not absorbed.  Ask the nurses in the nursing homes about undigested vitamins and calcium, they refer to them as “bed pan bullets”

Why take a Multi-vitamin!

A good quality Multi-vitamin preferably in isotonic form provides us with essential nutrients that we need to survive in a fast paced society.  Isotonic means the same pressure or tone.  Also means having the same fluid pressure as body fluids.  In other words, it’s alreay pre-digested and goes to work within 5-10 min. Make it a daily habit to take a  good quality Multi as these nutrients are required for our heart, brain, eye, bones, joints, muscle, immune system and healthy hormones.  Every day our bodies are faced with exposure to toxins  from the air we breathe, free radicals from pesticides sprayed on our food, processed foods (frozen vegetables, canned fruits, etc.) plus exposure to chemicals and the lists goes on. 

Illness, stress and lack of sleep also play havoc on our bodies.  By taking a Multi-vitamin, we are building a stronger immune system, increasing your energy and a great sense of well being.

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