For women, each stage of life brings new physical changes. Sometimes it seems like our bodies are constantly shifting gears as we grow and mature. And as they do, our nutritional needs change, too. Each new phase requires different nutrients to help support our optimal health.
The Right Nutrients for Every Stage of Life
From early adulthood through menopausal years, women need sound nutrition to support optimal health. It’s not always easy to get what we need through our diets alone, though — so we may need nutritional supplements to help support us.
Making Nutrition More Convenient
Unfortunately, between work deadlines, necessary errands, family life, and more, one of your biggest daily challenges might actually be getting the important nutrients you need. But thankfully, nutritional supplements are an easy way to get the nutrients you need, even when you’re on the go.
The Nutrients We Need, Today and Tomorrow
There are supplements created with a special formula designed specifically to support women’s health. These supplements include:
- A daily multivitamin to protect against free radicals and get you important daily phytonutrients
- Helps you obtain and absorb calcium
- Promotes strong, flexible nails; supports healthy hair; encourages smooth, elastic skin, and includes antioxidants vitamin C and grape-seed extract for protection against free radicals.
- Get the equivalent DHA and EPA omega 3s found in 15.75 ounces, or three servings, of ocean fish.
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If a daily multivitamin is part of your morning routine, you should know: You can get more from your supplement – and even customize your vitamin regimen with nutrients that might be missing from your diet. Here’s how…
1. Talk to Your Doctor Before You Start
Your doctor can help you determine whether a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement and other specific nutrient supplements are right for you, and help you avoid adverse interactions between supplements and any prescription medications you take.
2. Consider Your Needs
Consider your overall needs before choosing a daily foundational supplement. Look for one that provides nutrients that may be missing from your diet.
There are certain Phytonutrient and Concentrated supplements that may help you fill nutrient gaps – especially if you are not getting all the vitamin and minerals you need because you don’t eat the recommended five servings of fruits and veggies every day.
3. Follow Label Directions
This is crucial. If a supplement should be taken three times a day, you don’t need any more than that. And if the manufacturer recommends taking it with meals, it usually means the nutrients absorb better with food.
4. Consider a Timed-release Supplement
Taking vitamin C three times a day, for example, gives you valuable antioxidants around the clock. A timed-release vitamin C supplement ensures a steady stream of the nutrient in your body throughout the day.
Supplement benefits depend on your age, needs, lifestyle and typical diet. The bottom line: Being supplement-savvy means getting more from your supplements, every single day!
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The daily onslaught of supplement marketing may cause you to believe that every kid needs a load of extra gummy vitamins on top of their daily nutrition. This isn’t necessarily the case.
If your child is eating a healthy, balanced diet, they should get plenty of the vitamins and minerals they need each day from their food. For example:
- Vitamin A is found in milk, cheese, eggs and yellow-to-orange vegetables like carrots, yams and squash.
- Vitamin Bs are in meat, chicken, fish, nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, beans and soybeans.
- Vitamin C is in citrus fruit, strawberries, kiwi, tomatoes and green vegetables like broccoli.
- Vitamin D is in milk and other fortified dairy products, egg yolks and fish oil.
- Calcium also is in milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu and calcium-fortified orange juice.
- Iron is in beef and other red meats, turkey, pork, spinach, beans and prunes.
However, for some lifestyles, achieving a balanced diet every single day can be downright difficult, if not impossible. Between work, school, practices and play dates, nutritious, home-cooked meals often fall by the wayside.
Medical conditions can also make healthy eating difficult, and medications to treat these conditions often add to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Plus, many kids are picky eaters who aren’t afraid to stare down a plate of carrots rather than letting one get near their lips.
In those cases, supplements can be a great option. They are also good for children who are incredibly active, are on a restricted diet such as vegetarian or dairy-free, or consume a lot of processed foods and soda – the main offerings of fast food restaurants.
There are several vitamin and supplement options to help fill those gaps, even for the pickiest eaters.
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Have you heard about phosphates? They’re the chemicals that are often used in products like laundry detergents, to help soften hard water and keep dirt in your washer rather than on your clothes. But in recent years, they’ve come under scrutiny, and more and more countries are trying to cut down on their use.
What’s Wrong with Phosphates?
Phosphates are natural fertilizers. When they enter a waterway, they can promote excessive plant growth and decay, which causes water quality to deteriorate and suffocates aquatic life.
Runoff from farms and lawns fertilized with phosphates is the largest contributor to phosphate pollution in waterways. And while pollution from detergents is comparatively small, companies committed to environmentally friendly products are doing what they can to alleviate it.
Banning Phosphates In Some Parts of the World
In fact, regulators in many countries have established a ban on the use of phosphates.
In regions of the world where phosphates are allowed, most retail laundry brands still sell formulas that contain them. But others have been committed to marketing phosphate-free detergents around the world for many years.
Look to supporting phosphate-free laundry detergent and other eco-friendly cleaning products this year.
We hear about the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids a lot, and with good reason! They’re the building blocks of the cells that make up our bodies.
These powerful, essential fats offer lots of great health benefits for people of all ages. Whether we’re maintaining the good health we already have — or taking steps to achieve optimal health of our eyes, joints, heart, and more — virtually anyone can benefit from getting plenty of Omega-3s.
DHA and EPA: What Can They Do For Us?
The two most important types of Omega-3s, when it comes to human physiology, are:
- DHA, which plays a crucial role in eye and brain health
- EPA, which helps support cardiovascular and joint health
How Do We Get Omega-3s?
Both types of Omega-3s can be found in healthy, naturally fatty foods like salmon, as well as nuts and seeds. But unfortunately, our bodies don’t make Omega-3s from scratch.
That means that to get plenty of DHA and EPA into our systems, many of us will need to take nutritional supplements.
Targeting Health Concerns
Depending on your specific health concerns, you can find just the right Omega-3 supplement to support you, and everyone in your family, in achieving optimal health.
Omega-3 Reference Guide
Use this convenient chart to find an Omega-3 supplement that’s targeted to your biggest needs:
Be sure to talk to your doctor before taking any multivitamins or supplements.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
When people talk about peak performance, most automatically think they’re referring to sports or athletics. But what if it was their LIFE they were talking about?
Performing at your best can be a mix of working hard and then recovering, similar to what athletes do when they train and then cool down. Five main areas to focus on would be sleep, eating, hydration, activation prior to exercise, and strength.
While these areas may be geared more towards a pro athlete, you’ll see how they can pretty useful in your own personal life.
Sleep Is Important
Experts recommend that most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep a night. To help that along, make sure you have a good sleeping environment – cool, dark and quiet. If quiet is a challenge, try some white noise devices. Establishing a bedtime routine is helpful, too, especially one that eliminates electronics before bed.
Eating right is important for everyday health. To be at your best, ensure you are getting the three foundational nutrients:
- Macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates
- Micronutrients: vitamins and minerals
- Phytonutrients: organic components found in fruits and vegetables
It’s recommended that you get 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables every day. If you need a little help, consider dietary supplements to help fill the gaps.
Drink Your Water
Every cell of your body is affected when you don’t get enough water. Even your bones are made with water. How much you should drink each day depends on your body size, your physical activity, and even the climate in which you live.
The average person should drink between 72 and 96 ounces of water each day to replace fluids lost through daily activities. If you have an 8-ounce glass, that’s between 9 and 12 glasses each day.
Warm Up Your Muscles
Activation is the technical term for warming up your muscles. Doing some small exercises with the muscles you’re about to really work on tells your brain to get those muscles ready, or activate them so they can perform at their best when the real challenge comes.
Strength training isn’t just for bodybuilders or pro athletes. Benefits include helping reduce body fat, burning calories more efficiently and preventing the loss of lean muscle that happens as you age.
It can also help develop strong bones, manage your weight, improve your balance and sharpen your thinking and learning skills.
Extra Tip: Regular Exercise
We should try to get 20-30 minutes of movement 3-4 a week – even if it’s just walking.
These days, a distinct scent for a man is kind of a necessity. A scent is like a signature that lingers on your clothes, and stays in the minds of the people you meet.
Colognes and other fragrances are constructed of top notes, middle notes, and base notes. These scents work together to create the complete scent.
- Top Notes are the first impression that the scent will give you, usually bold scents. Words like ‘crisp’, ‘fresh’ and ‘citrus-y’ are common, and powerful extracts are usually used here. The top notes will not last very long, and give way to the middle notes.
- Middle Notes can consist of soft floral notes that usually last less than 30 minutes.
- Base Notes are the lasting subtle scent that a fragrance leaves on you, and can emerge about 30 minutes to an hour after you apply.
These notes together create the layered story that colognes tell. Does the cologne start with a blast of fresh citrus, and then give way to a smoky woodsy note? A basic understanding of these notes can help anyone distinguish a “just okay” cologne from an “oh wow” one.
Wearing Your New Cologne
One of the most common problems when wearing cologne is the application. Tips on wearing cologne:
- The wrist and neck are ‘pulse points’ where your body generates the most heat, and the cologne will emanate outward from your body.
- Cologne worn on the chest is kept away from the air, and will linger throughout the day and night.
- Don’t hit yourself again if you can’t smell it. That’s the idea. It’s only supposed to be noticeable once you get up close and personal.
- Don’t wear a powerfully scented deodorant with your cologne.
- The combination of heat and sweat greatly amplifies the smell of your cologne; apply sparingly on hot days.
Did you know that the quality of life can be affected when drinking water travels through distribution systems that aren’t properly maintained. That even includes home plumbing.
We’re seeing more and more people becoming aware of the water contaminants that come from human activities and naturally occurring circumstances. And we get that you’re looking for ways to make your water safer, right at home.
So why not invest in a UV Water Filtration System? It reduces more than 140 potential health-effect contaminants that may be in drinking water, and its UV light effectively destroys more than 99.99 percent of waterborne disease-causing bacteria and viruses that may be in drinking water
One of the best things about an in-home water filter treatment system is the “Smart” electronic monitoring that tells you when to order and change the filter cartridge (about once a year). It also ensures the system is operating properly, delivering high-quality, clean water at every use.
As the holiday season approaches it is so easy to get in a rut of automatic giving. We make shopping lists, brainstorm the perfect gifts, and focus on giving gifts. We even feel the stress during the holidays of navigating our friends’ and families’ expectations for where we should be giving our time during the holiday season.
In the flurry of all the stress to give during the holidays, we tend to forget the life-changing gift of giving ourselves the gift of health and self care we each deserve. And by self care, we mean doing what you need to do in order to stay healthy, energetic, and present in your life – during the stress of the holidays and beyond.
Schedule time to take a breath during the holiday season.
Give yourself the time to take a walk, enjoy a yoga class, or even do some breathing exercises. Acknowledge when you’re tired and need more rest. And fuel yourself with plenty of foods that will nourish your body, give you energy, and support your immune system.
Don’t wait until the first of the year to make a resolution that you know you will break! Say “yes” to making healthy choices and taking one small step at a time now — without the pressure of perfection that a resolution usually carries and START NOW.
Mould is a type of fungus that often looks like fuzzy spots of different colors, including green, gray, or black. More than 100,000 mould species have been identified. Exposure to moulds can be linked to negative health effects, depending on the type of mould and the health status of the person.
You may have heard or read about “toxic mould.” Actually, moulds themselves are not toxic or poisonous.
You may have heard or read about “toxic mould.” Actually, moulds themselves are not toxic or poisonous. However, there are mould species that are “toxigenic,” meaning they produce mycotoxins. These mycotoxins are chemical byproducts of metabolic processes – any process performed to maintain life, such as converting food into energy or cellular respiration. Some mycotoxins can cause a toxic response in humans and animals, even in small amounts.
Moulds reproduce by creating spores that can be too small for the naked eye to see. The spores vary in shape and range from 2 to 100 microns in size (for comparison, a strand of a human hair ranges from 17 to 181 microns in diameter). Moulds release the reproductive spores, which can spread through the air, water, or on animals. Mould spores can cause health issues by triggering allergies or asthma attacks.
When mould spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on to survive. Moulds can reproduce in any moist place. They can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods and other surfaces.
1. Allergenic Moulds
Everyone breathes in airborne mould spores, but some have an allergic reaction or experience asthma symptoms. Airborne mould spores can get into the nose, causing similar symptoms to other common airborne allergens, such as sneezing, itching, runny nose, congestion and dry skin. Mould spores can also enter the lungs, triggering an asthmatic episode.
The most common moulds whose spores can act as allergens include:
Alternaria – A common outdoor mould, often appearing as dark gray spots. The mould can grow indoors, especially damp surfaces with a food source, such as wood.
Penicillium – It is a blue-green mould that many people have seen growing on food. Some Penicillium species produce airborne spores that can act as allergens and asthma triggers for sensitive people.
Aspergillus – A mould that is so abundant that it is probably impossible to avoid breathing in at least some of its spores. There are a few species of the genus that can cause serious illness when inhaled by people who are immunocompromised, have a lung disease, or have asthma.
Cladosporium – One of the most widespread moulds. Indoors, it is common on wet building materials, such as gypsum board, acrylic painted walls, wood, wallpaper, carpet and mattress dust, HVAC fans, and wet insulation in mechanical cooling units.
2. Pathogenic Moulds
A pathogenic mould is one that can cause an infection in humans, even if they are in good health.
The most common pathogenic moulds include:
Aspergillus species: Can cause chronic pulmonary infections.
Cryptococcus neoformans – If an immunocompromised person inhales spores, they can stay in the body and cause a later infection if the immune system becomes even weaker.
Histoplasma capsulatum – Causes the infectious disease histoplasmosis. It’s acquired by inhaling airborne spores. Inhaled spores can also cause a lung infection (pneumonia). Those with a weakened immune system risk the infection spreading throughout the body which can be life-threatening. This mould is usually found in soil; however, it is also found where there are bat and bird droppings.
3. Toxigenic Moulds
The toxigenic moulds are the misnamed “toxic mould” species that may create the chemical metabolic byproducts called mycotoxins, which can cause a toxic response in humans and animals. Mycotoxins travel through the air on very small particles of dust or tiny pieces of wallpaper, which can easily be inhaled.
It should be noted that the presence of a toxigenic mould species does not necessarily mean the presence of mycotoxins. Also, it’s not possible to know if a mould is producing mycotoxins just by looking at it.
What You Can Do About Mould In Your Home?
The best way to control mould growth is to control moisture. Other actions you can take include:
- Fix any sources of water leakage. Homeowners may need a plumber or an HVAC contractor to eliminate water leaks (which is the most likely cause of the moisture on which mould is feeding).
- Reduce indoor humidity (optimal indoor humidity is around 40%).
- Use exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Use soap and a sponge to remove visible mould.
- If any mouldy areas are dry, lightly spray a water mist on them. This will prevent you from sending mould spores into the air during cleaning.
- If you use bleach, make sure it won’t cause discolouration. Never mix bleach with ammonia. It will create toxic fumes.
- If there is excessive damage to a building or home after a flood and you are cleaning, be sure to put all materials used in cleaning in a heavy duty garbage bag and seal it. Take the bag outside through the closest exit. You don’t want any spores to become airborne.
How To Protect Yourself from Mould Spores and Mycotoxins
- Wear respiratory (nose and mouth) protection when handling moldy materials. An N95 particulate respirator is recommended.
- Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs to avoid contact with mould spores.
- Wash or discard the clothing after every cleaning.
- Wear gloves and protective eyewear.
- Using a high-performance HyperHEPA mould air purifier can help clean the air, even as work progresses. For example, the IQAir HealthPro can dramatically reduce airborne particulates including mould, and can also reduce or eliminate any musty odors.
Moulds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. However, if you are aware of the potential dangers and are taking the proper precautions, you can limit your risk of experiencing health effects from mould spore and mycotoxin exposure.
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