Spring and summer will be here before we know it. Now is the time to drop the winter weight and start getting in shape for shorts and swimsuits.
There are always various fad diets attracting attention. Some work, some don’t. The best approach to losing weight is taking a common sense approach that combines healthy eating with physical activity. Continue reading
Healthy joints are an important component of your overall health. Healthy joints allow you to walk, run, play sports, and perform a wide range of physical activities. Staying active, eating a balanced diet, and taking precautions to avoid injury are all helpful in maintaining healthy joints. Supplements can also help reduce joint pain and inflammation and maintain joint health. Continue reading
While they’re not a replacement for a healthy diet and lifestyle, dietary supplements can benefit your heart health when used in combination with good lifestyle habits. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. While you can’t change some risk factors, such as family history, gender, or age, you can improve your overall health, which will in turn help prevent heart disease. The American Heart Association developed a list of seven, simple steps you can take to help add years to your life. The steps, called Life’s Simple 7, includes: Continue reading
Antioxidants have been receiving a lot of press and hype, but what are antioxidants and how do they benefit you?
Oxidation is a normal process that occurs during normal cell function. But a small portion of cells become damaged during oxidation and become free radicals, which trigger a chain reaction that damages cells and cell DNA. Cells with damaged DNA grow and reproduce abnormally. This production of free radicals is called oxidative stress, which has been linked to the development of a range of diseases, including certain forms of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Free radicals may also contribute to the aging process. Free radicals are formed when you exercise, when your body converts food into energy, and from a variety of environmental sources, including cigarette smoke, air pollution, alcohol, and sunlight. Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress by either preventing the chain reaction of free radicals or stopping it after it has started. Continue reading
Osteoporosis and low bone density are real concerns as we age, as peak bone mass is reached between ages 20-30. After that, bone remodeling continues, but we lose more than we gain. NutraSense has a new calcium product, BONEhealth, featuring nature’s purest and most absorbable form of calcium – Eggshell Calcium (ESC®) with added vitamin D3 and magnesium.
Our bones not only provide structure, but they protect organs, anchor muscles and store calcium. Our bones are continuously changing and breaking down after we’ve reached peak mass. Several factors affect bone health and bone density, which include things like the amount of calcium in your diet, physical activity, tobacco and alcohol use which interfere with absorption; our gender & size, hormone levels, auto-immune diseases and eating disorders, and some medications. Several of these things can be controlled to help prevent bone loss, but some, like age, gender and frame-size cannot. Continue reading
Winter is here. And, unfortunately, for many people that means winter joint pain, especially for those with osteoarthritis. The cold, damp weather affects joint fluid thickness and can increase joint stiffness and pain. Staying active, which helps keep joints lubricated, can also be harder in cold winter weather.
More than 400 million people are affected by joint and bone problems. Of people interviewed about chronic pain, two-thirds said they felt weather affected their pain. Most report being able to feel the changes even before the weather changed, often experiencing increased pain the day before a storm arrived. Continue reading
Nutritional supplements have been in the cross-fire lately on every major news channel with both sides of the debate chiming in to whether or not these have a sound beneficial role in improving one’s health. Articles published in the Annals of Internal Medicine state ‘multivitamins are ineffective in preventing mortality or morbidity, claiming that they don’t help well-nourished adults” and that vitamins should not be used for chronic disease prevention. Continue reading
The holiday season is the busiest time of the year. Most people look forward to the holidays with anticipation of happy times spent with family and friends, honoring cherished traditions, and sharing in holiday cheer. Some of the warmest, most favored memories are created during the holidays.
For seniors, however, holidays may bring feelings of nostalgia and melancholy that can lead to the holiday blues. Whether it’s their concern of health issues, loss of loved ones, or just the sense of growing older, seniors are especially prone to feeling isolated and depressed during this time of year. Take time out of your busy holiday schedule and reach out to the seniors in your life. A simple phone call or a visit to see if they are in need of anything, or a holiday card, will surely lift their spirits. Continue reading
When most of us think of bacteria, we think of it as negative. But our digestive systems actually need bacteria to keep pathogens in check, help digestion and absorption of nutrients, and keep our immune system running at peak performance. Nearly 100 trillion microorganisms live in a normal bowel. A poor diet can have a negative effect on the balance of good and bad bacteria, as can antibiotic use. Most of us don’t give a lot of thought to our gastrointestinal health until we get sick. But there are steps you can take to keep your gut flora in balance and maintain a healthy digestive system. Continue reading
Most people with painful joints know about MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), as it is primarily taken as a supplement for joint health. What may surprise you, is that MSM has been proven to work for allergies too! This versatile nutrient supports healthy, active lifestyles and benefits multiple structures and functions within the body, including connective tissues (hair, nails and skin), muscle recovery, and the respiratory system. This is good news for seasonal allergy sufferers! Continue reading