Published Thursday, 04 April 2013
Published Saturday, 30 March 2013
1. Why should I take a multivitamin VS. separate nutrients?
If you think about how many ingredients are in a multi, you’d have to be swallowing separate pills all day to cover all the bases! Also, many nutrients often work together in the body. For example, iron is better absorbed in the presence of vitamin C and, though calcium is crucial for bones it may not work properly without magnesium and vitamin D. There are a few exceptions though, calcium and zinc for example, compete with each other for absorption, so should be taken at different times.
Published Saturday, 23 March 2013
As we get older, nutrition rules change or at least get stricter. At what age do we need to make these changes? The recommendations listed below should be addressed at different stages of life, and it's probably safe to start thinking about them as well as applying these changes in your 30’s.
Seek out vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 is often overlooked. Needed to make blood cells and improve cognition, vitamin B12 gets into the body along with animal proteins like eggs or meat. If supplemented it should be taken separate from your regular vitamins.
Published Saturday, 16 March 2013
Getting to the bottom of why, can be quite challenging. If you think about it, it’s strange that headaches even exist. The brain itself can’t feel pain, so what gives? Experts now think surrounding tissues, brain chemicals, blood vessels, and nerves produce the pain signals.
Statistics now say a lot more than they did 20 years ago about the cause of headaches, says Charles Flippen, MD, associate professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Areas of the brain are generating pain, but we don’t have the whole picture.
Published Saturday, 09 March 2013
Everywhere you go, people are sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. Think you're next to get sick? Not necessarily. There are no guarantees, but you can seriously lower your odds of illness by taking simple precautions to avoid germs and keep your immune system strong says Sandra Fryhofer, MD, clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Here are some ways you can prevent getting sick.
Eat to beat illness
Diet is the fuel that runs the complex human machine and all of its parts, including the immune system. Eat well to be well. Read the labels to know what you are eating.
Published Saturday, 02 March 2013
According to Thomas M. Link MD, PhD, chief of musculoskeletal imaging, University of California, San Francisco when 205 patients (ages 46 to 60) were asked about physical activity, those who frequently did high impact activities, such as running, tennis, were more likely to have degenerated knee cartilage, increasing risk of osteoarthritis.
Published Saturday, 23 February 2013
Every year, sneeze sufferers swear: "This is the worst allergy season ever." And they’re right. "Pollen levels are increasing, pollen seasons are getting longer, and more people are developing allergies," says Estelle Levetin, PhD, chairwoman of the aerobiology committee for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
In fact, this year’s fall allergies (affecting at least 12 million Americans) will likely last up to 27 days longer than average in the northernmost parts of North America, going even into November in some spots, a new study suggests.
Published Saturday, 16 February 2013
"I often take melatonin to help me sleep me sleep. Will this cause my body to stop producing the hormone or result in any other side effects?"
No. Melatonin supplements have not been shown to stop the pineal gland from producing natural melatonin. Levels of melatonin, a neurohormone naturally produced by the pineal gland in the brain, rise during the night and dip in the morning. In some people melatonin supplements can induce sleepiness at bedtime and help them fall back asleep when taken during nighttime awakenings. A low dose (0.5 mg) is often effective for jet lag and other body-clock disorders.
It’s the time of year where everyone puts on a little weight. Holidays are in full blown effect and no one is thinking about the weight that can and is being gained. Aside from all the sweets and heavy food here are several ways extra weight gain can sneak up on you, and some adjustments with your possible battles.