Viktor E. Frankl
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Supplements

In general supplements cover the variety of substances such as vitamins, minerals, foods, botanicals, amino acids and other nutrients that you can take in pill, tablet, capsule, powder or liquid form. While it is best to get the nutrients you need through eating a variety of foods rich in those nutrients, the next best thing is to take a single ingredient supplement.

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet should provide you with all of the individual nutrients you need. Not everyone has a good diet so some of those nutrients might be deficient. For example, a person who hates fruits and vegetables might not get enough vitamin C and someone who refuses to eat dairy products will frequently need extra calcium. Taking supplements will help ensure you are getting enough of the nutrients that may be missing from your diet.

 

Basic Supplement Practice Example

1. Ensure that you're eating a well balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Try to identify those foods you do not eat and the related micronutrients so that you can ensure some other element in your diet will supply it.

2. If there are foods you know you will not be including the try a single ingredients supplement as an alternative.

3. Micronutrients are necessary to support daily metabolic processes, maintain cellular efficiency and support optimal nutrition. Since it is nearly impossible to get all the micronutrients needed through your diet take a "multivitamin" containing the following elements:

  • Vitamins: A, B6, B12, C, D3, E, F/B9, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Biotin, Panthothenic acid
  • Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, Potassium
  • Other: Omega 3, Beta Carotene

 

Supplement Types

 

Vitamins

The foods you eat provide the energy your body needs to function. Just like you need to put fuel in your car or recharge your cell phone battery, your body needs to be fed energy-providing foods every day. Vitamins are like the "spark plugs" that ignite all of your metabolic reactions. Vitamins are necessary to support daily metabolic processes, maintain cellular efficiency and support optimal nutrition.

There are two main Vitamin groups:

  • Water Soluble Vitamin
  • Fat Soluble vitamin

Vitamin practice

 

Minerals

Minerals are essential micronutrients that combine with each other (and vitamins) to regulate a variety of biochemical reactions inside the body. They also activate other nutrients. For example, without minerals we cannot assimilate vitamins. Minerals boost our immunity from disease, maintain healthy growth, and regulate metabolism, hormones, blood, muscles, heart, brain as well as the central nervous system.

There are two main Mineral groups:

  • Macrominerals
  • Microminerals

Mineral Practice

 

Other Supplement Types

Many factors affect your micronutrient needs including age, gender and lifestyle. To know what vitamins or minerals your body is deficient in the best method is to get nutritional health blood tests.

Other supplements

Omega 3 - Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are needed to maintain healthy cell walls, stabilize cholesterol metabolism, regulate important body processes such as blood pressure and clotting, carry fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D & K.

 

Coenzyme Q10

A mineral and herb combination nutrient that fuels the body's cells with special benefits to the circulatory system. Much like a car engine burns fuel to produce energy, the body's cells burn nutrients to produce body energy. Co-Q10 is the catalyzing agent the body needs to convert raw nutrients into useable fuel.

 

Antioxidants

Vitamin C, E and Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A's parent) are the antioxidants, which help to clean up the toxic molecules that are the by-products of normal metabolism, known as oxygen free radicals. Free radicals are also created in the body by exposure to sunlight, X-rays, ozone, tobacco smoke, care exhaust fumes and pollution.

Free radicals:

  • Damage DNA
  • Alter biochemical compounds
  • Corrode cell membranes
  • Sometimes kill cells outright

Free radicals may play a major role in cancer, heart or lung disease and cataracts. Some experts even speculate that the cumulative effects of free radicals cause the gradual deterioration of aging

 

Probiotics

Foods like yogurt and fermented foods naturally contain bacteria called probiotics. These bacteria are similar to the friendly bacteria normally found in your digestive system. Probiotics are also available as dietary supplements and may be beneficial for people with irritable bowel syndrome and diarrhea.

 

Fiber

Fiber is primarily found in plants. It's best described as the indigestible husks, seeds, sterns, skin and cell walls, which hold plants together. By weight, whole grains have more fiber than fruits and vegetables (because of their high water content).

There are two types of dietary fiber, soluble and insoluble, each with a separate and important function:

Insoluble Fiber - "Nature's laxative"

Insoluble fibers are often referred to as "Nature's Laxative." This is what most people think of when they're told to eat more fiber. Insoluble fiber is found in whole grains and the structure that forms plant cell walls. Insoluble fibers increase regularity, speed foods through the bowel, add bulk to stools and absorb water.

Soluble Fiber - Heart helper

Soluble fibers are more palatable than insoluble ones. Soluble fibers consist of gums and pectin, which form a bulky gel in the intestines. Pectins are found in fruits and vegetables, and gums are found in stems and seeds.

 

Fiber facts:

  • Cooking does not destroy fiber
  • When fruits and vegetable are peeled prior to eating, some of their healthful fiber is lost
  • Processing (grinding wheat bran four flout) lessens fiber's effect within the body.
  • When fruits or vegetables are processed into juices, nearly all of their healthful fiber is lost.

 

Many factors affect your micronutrient needs including age, gender and lifestyle. To know what vitamins or minerals your body is deficient in the best method is to get nutritional health blood tests.

 

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