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Nutrition and Lifestyle

Making Sense of B Vitamins

B vitamins are a class of water (as opposed to fat) soluble vitamins which play an essential role in many cellular processes. They are often called “the energy vitamins,” but they function more like keys that unlock the body’s energy. When present in supplements individually, B vitamins are referred to by their name, for example, vitamin B1, or Thiamin. When all together they are known as “Vitamin B complex.” The B vitamins contribute in numerous ways to overall health and vitality. The compounds in a B-complex are needed for everything from the healthy maintenance of brain cells to the metabolism

Intermittent Fasting: What’s all of the hype about?

Intermittent fasting is a hot topic in the diet and nutrition world. There are many books, blogs, celebrities and even apps touting the many health benefits of this pattern of energy consumption.  The question is whether there is sufficient clinical research to supports these claims. Intermittent fasting has been a part of religious practices for centuries. Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish populations all perform intermittent fasting at different times throughout the year.  Clinical studies on intermittent fasting are still quite limited and what we do know comes mostly from: animal studies, a handful of human trials with small sample

Five Myths About Health Supplements

Health supplement suppliers make a lot of claims about the benefits of their products. Unfortunately, there’s also a lot of false claims made by bloggers and others online. How to know the difference? Here are five myths you need to know. 1. All Supplements are Automatically FDA Approved The FDA does try to ensure that all supplements are safe. However, a supplement needn’t be FDA approved before it hits store shelves. If people report adverse consequences from the supplement, then the FDA may step in. 2. Supplements Don’t Interact With Prescription Medications Supplements have real medicinal effects. As such, they

Cholesterol and Natural Heart Health Supplements

The heart is the most vital organ in the body, so it’s essential to do everything within your power to support heart health. This includes not smoking, not drinking to excess, and getting enough exercise and sleep. Beyond those, there are other things you can do to ensure a healthy heart for as long as possible. The Role of Cholesterol in Heart Health The connection between cholesterol and heart health is widely proven in scientific studies. Cholesterol is a major contributor to a condition known as atherosclerosis, which increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. Heart disease is the leading

Five Recommended Supplements if You’re on a Vegan Diet

Have you decided to support your health with a plant-based diet? Plant-based diets have been linked to better overall health. They offer nutrient dense foods without the calories of a meat-based diet. In addition, plant-based diets provide vital phytonutrients that you can’t get anywhere else. The only thing that you need to be aware of if you do decide to go with a plant-based diet is that you may need to take certain supplements in order to ensure that your body is getting all the nutrients that it needs. Here are the recommended supplements if you’re on a plant-based diet.

How to Increase Your Tolerance for Stress!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could deal with stress in a very calm and controlled manner? This wouldn’t be the same as repressing your anger or hiding the fact that you’re upset. This would be the ability to tolerate stress in a way that your heart rate doesn’t increase, you don’t have to feel the need to raise your voice, and you don’t feel angry or frustrated inside. Did you know that stress actually causes certain hormones to be released in your body that prevent you from thinking clearly in moments of stress? When you increase your tolerance for

Skin Care – What Ingredients Your Food Must Have

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It makes sense that what you put into your body shows itself in your skin. Nature gives us everything we need to nourish and support our bodies. Of course, it’s up to you to ensure that you eat a well-balanced diet that contains all the nutrients your body and skin need to be healthy. Here are the ingredients your food must-have for optimal skin health. Phytoceramides Phytoceramides are molecular substances that exist in natural plants, such as wheat and rice. These are so potent for ski rejuvenation that many premium skin

Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shitake mushrooms are among the most popular edible mushrooms in the world. To cooks, they are known for their delicious taste, versatility in recipes and satisfying meaty texture. However, shitake mushrooms have an abundance of other health benefits that can be derived from ingesting the mushroom itself or a supplement that contains one of its extracts, active hexose correlated compound(AHCC). So, even if you dislike the flavor of mushrooms in general, you can still reap the benefits of this potent fungus. Here are some of the health benefits of shitake mushrooms. Better Functioning Immune System Your immune system is responsible

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