Thursday, July 9, 2015

Why Take a Vitamin D Supplement?

It is difficult if not impossible to eat a healthy diet every day of the week. Life sometimes gets in the way of keeping the right balance of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients on your plate, if you even have the time to use a plate.

After a hectic round of going to work, picking up the dry cleaning, ferrying the kids to afterschool events and making a quick stop at the supermarket, it is easy to throw together a quick, cheap and comforting meal. You may give thanks that you did not stoop to buying fast food again.

If you often rely on processed foods when preparing a meal, you are likely missing out on some important vitamins you should take everyday. Even if you incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, their vitamin content may be less than outstanding if they are past their prime.

Everybody who has had to take even one health class in school probably remembers that our bodies need vitamin D in combination with calcium to form healthy bones. You might also remember hearing vitamin D referred to as “the sunshine vitamin.” There was a time when the average person spent enough time in the sunlight to meet his daily requirements for this vitamin.

Dermatologists may not be to blame for our widespread vitamin D deficiencies. Human skin requires relatively short exposure to sunshine to synthesis this vitamin. Most people get out in the sun enough to make the required amount of vitamin D and yet are deficient. Some recent studies suggest that various pesticides and herbicides linger in the environment for long periods of time and a few make their way into the food supply. Once consumed, these substances may interfere with the way our bodies convert cholesterol into vitamin D3.

Vitamin D is fat-soluble and is more common in full-fat milk and cheese, and fish such as salmon and herring. In particular, older people may not eat enough things from these food groups, leading to weaker bones and problems with balance. As a result, a bad fall for an older person can result in life-threatening broken bones.

Taking a good vitamin D supplement along with additional calcium is the first line of nutritional defense against falls and weakening bones. Talk to a qualified nutrition consultant to find out how much you should be taking every day to achieve optimum health.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Guide to Your Hip Health Diagnosis

In addition to accidental injury, there are many potentialcauses of internal hip pain. While some issues may be relatively easy to assess, such as a hernia, other cases may not be so clear. When getting an initial diagnosis from your doctor, he or she will review your medical history in detail and perform a basic physical examination. You should keep in mind that, once an initial assessment has been made, further testing may be needed.

Discussing Your Medical History

In order to pinpoint the source of pain and recommend the best course of treatment, every diagnosis must begin with a careful discussion of your medical history. Make sure to consider the following questions before your appointment:

  • Was your pain preceded by any injury or accident?
  • What factors worsen the discomfort? What seems to relieve it?
  • Where does pain occur in your hips, legs, or lower back? When does it occur?
  • Does the discomfort limit your mobility, or prevent you from daily activities?
  • Do you feel pain in any other areas of your body?

Your doctor will also likely ask you to describe your pain (e.g., sharp, dull or burning), or ask you to locate the severity of discomfort on a pain scale. Additionally, he or she will need to know about existing conditions, such as osteoporosis, and any current use of supplements or medications.

Physical Examinations and Tests

During your initial assessment, you doctor will perform a basic physical examination. He or she may ask you to walk or move your limbs in order to determine range of motion and location of pain. They will also likely inspect the knee joints, spine, and groin, since examining these areas can often identify hidden pelvic issues.

In cases where there is no clear cause, or if your doctor suspects that your pain is the result of a musculoskeletal issue, he or she may order an X-ray or MRI. X-ray imaging will allow a clear view of issues with bone structure or deterioration. Meanwhile, MRI scans provide an even more detailed picture of the state of your joints and cartilage.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend blood testing. A blood test can help to detect an elevated ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and white blood cell count: common indicators of the presence of infection. Such testing can also reveal issues with rheumatism or multiple myeloma, which are often associated with otherwise unexplained pain in the hips.

While it may take a series of tests and a bit of patience to ultimately determine the source of your pain, an accurate diagnosis will ultimately lead to the best treatment plan for your specific case.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Three Tips to Help You Increase Your Confidence

Everyone experiences difficulties. It's one of life's inevitabilities. However, it's how we handle those difficulties that will determine whether we become defeated or grow and evolve. Confidence or a lack thereof can play a large role in just this. Strong, confident individuals approach these obstacles head-on and treat them as opportunities for development and learning, while those lacking in confidence will often give up at the first sign of trouble. If you're trying to figure out how to be confident and become a more pro-active, positive person, these three suggestions may be able to help:

#1 Adjust Your Diet

It may seem odd that a
spiritual awakening and increased confidence requires you to eat healthy, but it does. The food we put in our body is integral to the function of our brain, which allows us to think clearly and rationally. Sugary foods contain toxins that negatively impact our body and cause us to become slow, weary, and irritable. Do yourself and your body a favor by cutting out these undesirable foods and consuming more healthy options instead. 

#2 Make Changes to Your Social Circle

Although it might seem harsh, changing your outlook on life often means changing the individuals and friends with whom you spend your time. The Sydney mindfulness training you receive will tell you that keeping your environment full of positive role models is integral to becoming more confident in yourself. 

#3 Take the Time to Show Compassion

There's no denying that others can have an impact on your confidence. Perhaps less well known is the fact that your attitude toward others can directly affect your confidence as well. Lacking a healthy compassion for those in your life can actually force you to carry their troubles and burdens along with your own. Learn to empathize, and what once would have been a burden becomes a strength that will fuel your confidence. 

Self-confidence is a powerful thing that can give you strength as well as positively impact the lives of all those you encounter. If you're interested in taking part in personal development courses that will help you to increase your confidence and improve your relationships with others, Rezinate may be the place for you. To learn more about the spiritual online courses offered, go to

Monday, September 16, 2013

Coupons for Supplements

For the longest time, people have avoided supplements because of some of the perceived dangers that come with them. Things are changing, though, and more people are willing to give supplements a try. This is mostly because modern supplements are tested extensively, and they're shown to be quite safe. With the safety issue mostly out of the way, modern buyers are able to grow their muscles and maintain mass by turning to great supplements.

Affordable supplements draw a wider group of buyers.  Supplements have been expensive the past, and this limits the number of people who can afford to use them. Many people find supplement coupons at and other sites, and this makes the entire process that much more affordable. For a few dollars each week, individuals are able to get the most out of their body.

Muscle growth that's healthy and natural.  There are lots of reasons why people would want to increase muscle mass, but many are not willing to do so unless it's safe. With the right supplements, muscle growth is a natural process. The supplements simply help the body do what it would otherwise do. For people willing to put in some hard work in the gym, these substances can safely repair muscles and cause them to grow more quickly.

Supplements continue to get cheaper, and with modern technology being what it is, they're getting safer, too. More people are taking advantage than ever before, maximizing the results that would otherwise accompany their hard work.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Vitamins for Babies

It's been almost nine months since i had my little munchkin 
and i cant believe how quickly time is passing by. 
He is definitely growing like a weed and i feel so blessed. 
 Having kids bring up so many different things you have to consider including what daycare/school they should attend, what activists they should be involved,
 should they eat organic food to what vitamins they should have. 
One of the things that we were forced to make a decision

On was vitamins. We had to give him vitamin D because most babies and truth be told including adults require some vitamin D since most of us do not get enough sun to satisfy our daily intake. Anywho we have yet to think of other vitamins to give our son but I've been thinking of other ways to give him in the liquid form or the gel form.  

It's amazing all the decisions that we have to make as a parent...none of the decisions are easy.  As long as our baby is happy is all that matters in the end...

It is difficult to come across companies that offer vitamins 
for children however recently i came across one.  

I liked that Nature's Plus The Energy Supplement has different types of vitamins including Nature's Plus Animal Parade children's vitamins which i would really like to try. 
 And when i find something I like for my little man I am all for trying it out.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Baby Weight...

So I know I need to lose my baby weight.
We are entering into month 6 of my baby's birthday
and I am still far far away from getting back to my prebaby weight.
I mean before Baby, I was running, weight training and so focused on my goals. 
 Now that I've had the baby, I'm not as focused as I can be. 
 And I've been trying to get focused
but it hasn't come as naturally as I wanted it too. 
 And I am trying to get back on track.   
And I've tried different things and so finally
 I decided maybe if I can't exercise the way I used too...
maybe I need to start eating appropriately. 
 One of the things I have been thinking about as of late are smoothies. 
I mean who doesn't love a smoothie. 
And I know it will be hard work but I do know
 that this will be the right way for me to get back to my prebaby weight!
I think the biggest challenge for doing smoothies is time and effort
but I do think I am important and need to take time
 and effort for myself. Making a smoothie
with good nutrients like calcium pyruvate will be good for me. 
And will make me feel healthy and strong and back to myself. 
 One day at a time to lose the baby weight and I am excited.
Here goes...I will be the Smoothie Queen!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Health Body..

Since having this baby...i want my body back the way it used to be.
I want it stronger and healthier...
I want to be able to return to before when my body was strong and powerful.
Right's not so strong.

 My body is getting stronger and stronger everyday.
The lung capacity is expanding...
I have several challenges including going to BED EARLIER...
 But truly this is a journey and i am getting there daily.

I have tried a few new supplements and I have to be careful with
what I use because I am still breastfeeding.

I recently came across supplements for military and I am excited to try it
maybe after I am done breastfeeding although i did read that it was safe and appropriate.
They have all different kinds and it's supposed to give you energy, stamina, endurance and focus.
Which are all attributes I can definitely use to be the best mom ever!