Nutrients are not distributed equally across every foods. There is no foods that are made equal; that is what I called as genetic diversity.
Three common nutrient deficiencies that of concern are probably calcium, vitamin A and iron.
Our body internal bank. Calcium are important minerals that our body needs to strengthen bones and teeth. Calcium is also known as important signalling agents for nerve and muscle action. Calcium are absorbed into our body and deposited into the calcium bank. Most people do not realized that calcium is also need to regulate the body pH. For example, eating high acid food such as proteins and fatty acids would leach calcium out of bones, causing brittle bones.
Tip 1: High protein diet can cause calcium leach. Consume more calcium with high protein diet.
Calcium can be found mostly in dairy products such as cheese and milks. Calcium can also be found as fortified food to enhance calcium intake and storage.
Tip 2: Exercise help compact calcium into the bones.
Tip 3: Take calcium supplement suitable for you if you can not get them from food.
Common vitamin A sources are beef, liver, egg, shrimp, carrot, pumpkin, squash, spinach and mangoes.
There are distinct evidence that plant source vitamin A in the form of beta carotene are less effective compared to retinoid form of vitamin A found in animals product. Vitamin A deficiencies can bring night blindness and poor light adaptation. Vitamin A are also known to protect against cancer.
Vitamin A deficiencies can occur to vegetarian and vegan that are solely dependent on plant source to obtain their vitamin A.
Tip: Supplementation can help increase vitamin A. However, often supplementation leads to vitamin A overdose. Your skin can turn yellow if you have too much vitamin A. The condition is reversible by reducing your vitamin A intake.
Iron helps build our red blood cells and help them carry the oxygen throughout the body. Iron often are found in red meat, poultry and green vegetables such as spinach.
Similar to vitamin A, plant source iron are not readily usable by our bodies compared to animal source.
Tip 1: Our body can only use what it absorb. Vegetarian or vegan may opt to consume twice as much of the iron they need. Using iron based cooking pots can help increase the amount of iron consumption.
Tip 2: Women requires more iron (18mg) compared to men (10mg) because of the menstruation.
Tip 3: Excess iron intake (especially from supplementation) can be stored in our bodies cells and can be toxic.
On Monday, we talked about fat reduction and today, I am introducing some beneficial oils that we need to know.
Why add oil to our diet when the primary strategy for us is to eliminate oil. Oils are made different. There are different types of oil that we categorized based on its properties. There are the saturated fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids and the omega categories.
The development of food science throughout the years allow us to learn what is the type of fat that would benefit us. We are discovering more and more about the food that we ate. For example, trans-fat were introduced and being used for years and in the recent year, we see tremendous reduction of trans-fat as we discover the adverse effect of changing the fat structure. Of course, you don't need to know why but just remember to look out for trans-fat in your label and make sure you are consuming low amount of trans-fat.
Let's discuss a little bit about saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Saturated fats are typically derived from animal fat while unsaturated fatty acid derived from plant based source.
Do you know the difference between fats and oil? Fats are solid, typically from saturated fatty acids. Oils are from unsaturated fatty acids.
The only problem with fat (animal based) is that you will see the frozen solid at room temperature. That is exactly how it is in our blood arteries. It leads to cholesterol deposition. Imagine having a solid fat deposit into our arteries, it is blocking our blood flow and I think it is scary to have a blockage in our arteries.
Unsaturated fats on the other hand, contribute to what we seen as polyunsaturated fatty acids- some people know them as good fats. They are not exactly good fats. Let me describe how it works. These polyunsaturated fatty acids need a good balance to function as good fats. Why are omega-3 fatty acids are always one of the top supplement list that everyone should consider taking? We ate too much omega-6 fatty acids from our vegetable oil and it creates unsaturated fatty acid imbalance in our body. The basic rule about omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids is that these fatty acids have opposite properties. If omega-3 helps you to remove blood clotting, omega-6 fatty acids helps you clot your arteries. When you took too much omega-6 fatty acid, you will find that you need more omega-3 fatty acids to help clear your arteries due to omega-6 fatty acids. That is why I recommend taking omega-3 supplements plus reducing the omega-6 fatty acids at the same time. Look at most supplement's omega-3 and omega-6 content ratio. It is likely omega-3 and omega-6 comes together in the oil, You should always just consider the omega-3 in the form of EPA and DHA.
These are the equation.
Omega 3 Fatty acid = EPA +DHA
Other fats in the supplement = Capsule size/Oil content - Omega-3 fatty acids
There are others oil that are useful. For example, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil. Human body are not perfect; sometimes our body lack of certain enzymes that help us make the fatty acids that we need for our health. That is why people who take supplement see results and some doesn't as I have mentioned before.
The know how to take oil based supplement is important.
I always suggest having food or natural health product to substitute drugs but never feel that you are dependent on these product. There are many alternatives.
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Health supplements can be obtained without doctor's prescription. It is also known as over-the counter supplements.
We have heard of the incidence of lack of regulations toward these supplement products. If so, why is it still available vastly without the need for prescription drugs?
Sometimes, I can't help but to believe that our community actually does spend on these supplements. We believe that we need supplements to support our health. It is somewhat act as an alternative to drugs. Drugs are powerful relieve but it is not a complete cure. What a health supplement does is it modify our body function slowly by its lower dosage and acting power to improve and balance our body systems.
It is always amazing to see how people have adapt and learn how to pick up these natural health products from the counter, without the need to seek for professional advise. As my dad said, 'be our own doctor!" I am one of these people too -I am taking omega-3 fatty acids, EPO for my skin and multivitamins and minerals to supplement my daily nutrition needs.
Cautions, however needs to be taken while taking these natural health products as some of these product do have some side effects or might interfere with your medication. WebMD is a website that I want to share. The website provide the product information, function, side effect and caution. Omega-3 can help reduce risk of heart disease but many are not aware of its blood thinning effect. If you are looking to undergo surgery, it is advisable for you to stop omega-3 at least 2-3 months prior to the scheduled surgery to prevent excessive blood loss.
Supplements company doesn't necessary have chance to tell you this because it is likely that 90% of the user doesn't need surgery and the label space is limited. It is up to yourself, to learn about what you put into your mouth. The risk are there but it can be much lowered if you learn how to seek for information. So, book mark this website.
Have fun learning about these natural health product. Look up for tips that you can make the best out of supplementation, answering questions such as when is the best time for taking supplements and how much supplements is considered enough.
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Natural health product- Most people know them as supplement. That's a plain language that I used when I talk about them.
They are the vitamins and minerals, the magically beneficial natural food extracts, chinese medicinal herbs, homeopathic medicines, probiotics and many more.
I mentioned in one of my previous article that these supplements does magic. It possessed the power to prevent and heal over a LONG PERIOD of time. Some people like to refer to it as an alternative treatment.
Simply said, these are amazing health products. If it is so great, how come it doesn't provide immediate cure? Why isn't it works for everyone?
Immediate cure-please go to your doctor. The key is our body. Everyone has a unique body system; the genetics make-up in our body is so unique that even if we are family, we don't have the same body system. Our body is capable of self-healing but that is time-consuming. What we are doing with natural health product is giving it a little boost; providing natural compounds that our body needs to heal.
Secondly, when we take these supplements, it is likely we are looking at symptoms and curing the symptoms. It is not a correct method of medication but we like to do it anyway. I do it too! The evidence of successful cure by our doctors is through scientific analysis of the problem- getting the X-ray, the MRI scan etc. Medicine have its own health failure too especially with pain killer, where you stop feeling the pain but the symptoms is still there. It is just that you wasn't aware of it.
Is supplements better than medicine? My short answer is YES but I do hope you understand that a diagnostic of your health situation would be beneficial. Have an excellent NHP week and complement your food with supplementation..
One last question for you: There are many companies that produce similar types of supplements. Are they the same?
Read more: Navigating Natural Health. Retrieved from http://dna.chfa.ca/navigating-natural-health/. November 6, 2o13.
Medicine- Does this mean something to you? My mum likes to give me medicine whenever I fall ill. I often neglected her medicine or take the mildest dose. I knew if I kept taking medicine, my body became adapted to the common medicine and somehow, the next time I need a stronger dose or longer duration to cure. We know medical advances have helped us to increase our average life time with the presence of immunization, health care and treatment that cure infections that might threatened our life.
Medicinal treat, I called it, is a quick and risky solution. It is quick to cure/eliminate illness or diseases but it help your body to grow resistance towards the particular medicine. Antibiotic resistance are the common one. Some also believe getting flu shots to prevent flu actually harm you more than not taking it. We know flu is a miserable; we lose the sense of smell and worse, the flowing nose symptoms is not a pleasant thing. Taking flu shots mean pre-exposing yourself to flu virus that are dead or mildly reactive to trigger your immune system to produce antibody, ready to attack similar virus when they enter your body. Flu shots can help the flu virus to alter and mutate into a stronger strains that your body needs to keep producing stronger antibody until a point that the virus is not recognizable.
The bottom point is medicinal treats, isn't always what you want to look for when it comes to health. Yes, medical treatment is the one of the most advancement that human have encountered so far. Medicine is not the only treatment for our health. Food products and natural health products are alternative option towards healthy life. Even Chinese medicine treatment are partially based on natural health products that have medical benefits.
Tip of the day:
If you are worry about having flu, consider taking vitamin C supplement or echinacea extract as a precaution.
With natural health product, it isn't about curing. It is about health improvement before health symptoms occurrence.