Are cheap vitamins safe to take?

Did you know that vitamins are not regulated by the FDA? Therefore it is extremely important to buy vitamins from reputable companies; one of the things to look for is “GMP”–good manufacturing practice. This is a concept that ensures products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimize the risks to the patient involved in any pharmaceutical production.¬†GMP¬†constitutes the license to operate in pharmaceutical manufacturing, and is a core condition worldwide.

Coronavirus: how to boost your immunity

With more and more people fearful of getting sick from the coronavirus, more and more people are trying to increase their immunity, to help avoid getting the coronavirus.

Here are some great foods that are known to increase immunity:

Citrus

Red bell peppers

Broccoli

Garlic

Ginger

Spinach

Yogurt

Almonds

Turmeric

Green tea

Papaya

Kiwi

Poultry

Sunflower seeds

Shellfish

Eat a variety of these foods, to make sure you get all your nutrients–Bon appetit!

The dangers of overeating

The holidays are a time to spend time with family and enjoy really good food. Sometimes we eat a bit too much, and it can pose some serious health concerns.



Overeating not only causes you to gain weight, but it impacts your sleep, puts stress on your organs, and increases your chances of serious health conditions.

When we consume large quantities of good, our stomach has to secrete extra hormones and enzymes to break down the food; these enzymes are limited in quantity, so the food remains in the stomach longer and is likely to turn to fat.

Our body only has a limited supply of blood and energy, so when large quantities of food are consumed, most of the blood and energy is devoted towards the breakdown of the food and there is less resources available for the brain and limbs.

Organ malfunctioning is another health risk due to overeating. Kidney, liver, stomach and other organs that take part in digestion and assimilation of food become highly prone to disorders.

Overeating  impacts your sleep patterns too, because your circadian clock regulates your sleep and hormone levels during the day and when you consume larger than normal meals, the normal rhythm is interrupted.

All of this gives credence to the saying, “everything in moderation”.

Stretch all day long and reap the benefits!

We all know to stretch before exercise as it will help us to avoid injuries but did you know that stretching all day long is very beneficial?

Ever wake up in the morning tired and sore? This is often caused by the wrong sleep position, a bad pillow, or a worn mattress. If you stretch first thing when you wake up, all those muscles that have tightened up during the night will loosen up and alleviate a lot of the pain.

Also, tense muscles play a big factor in creating bad posture which can shorten the muscles in the back, chest and shoulders and cause pain when you move–if you stretch these muscles during the day the muscles won’t shorten, posture is restored, and the pain is eliminated.

Stretching on a regular basis improves blood flow which in turn regulates body temperature, improve circulation, and sharpen concentration. It also opens up the spine, giving a “rush” that helps a person feel good and energized.

So, keep on stretching!

Which oatmeal is best for Type 2 Diabetes

Not all oatmeal is the same–some are better than others when it comes to type 2 diabetes–take a look at this article

https://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/best-oatmeal-type-2-diabetes?eh_uid=57655452&slot=2&xid=nl_EHNLdiabetes_2019-12-19_18941402&utm_source=Newsletters&nl_key=nl_living_with_diabetes&utm_content=2019-12-19&utm_campaign=Living_with_Diabetes

Does Noom work?

During the holiday season it may be difficult to keep the pounds off–alot of people have been hearing about the Noom diet, which is a health and fitness app that starts off by asking users to set up their target weight and record their current weight.

The users then record their daily food intake and activity/exercise.

The app then generates reports displaying the user’s weight rends, calories and nutritional summaries along with suggestions as to the types of exercises that could be done to achieve the user’s desired weight.

Overall, from a study conducted of users from October 10, 2012 to April 4, 2014, and excluding certain app users for various reasons, overall the user’s lost 10% or more, with the highest percentage of lost weight being men.

One of the most important factors influencing the results was the input of the user’s dinner food intake-those that entered that data appeared to lose more weight.

For a more detailed analysis of the results, go to:

https://www.nature.com/articles/srep34563

What does a chiropractor do?

If you have never been to a chiropractor, are you wondering what does a chiropractor do?

First the chiropractor will take your medical history and perform a physical examination, the results of which will determine the course of treatment.

The treatment may include non-force techniques such as an Activator, which gently taps the muscles surrounding the area that is out of alignment or manual force in which the doctor manipulates the joints using controlled, sudden force to improve range, function, and alleviation of pain.

Top ten tips for weight loss

-Eat slowly

-Keep a record of everything you eat or drink

-Move your body every time you can, during the day, no water what part of your body

-Keep a daily gratitude journal, to avoid stress and the accompanying “trigger” of wanting something to eat

-Batch cook and prep

-Get plenty of sleep

-Don’t skip meals

-Drink plenty of water!

-Cut the calories, not the flavor–find healthful, good tasting substitutes

-Use portion controlled plates

Maybe a flexitarian diet is easier to follow?

The flexitarian diet is a plan that limits meat and fish, but does not completely eliminate it. The major focus is to add more plant-based foods, and since it allows for occasional meat and fish, it may be easier for people to follow and stick to the plan.

There are different ways to incorporate this into your lifestyle–some people have specific days of the week that are non-meat, like “meatless Monday”–others follow a regimen of every other day including a animal protein. I also knew of a person who followed a vegetarian diet for one week and then allowed animal protein into her meals the following week.

For more details, check out the book, entitled “The Flexitarian Diet”, written by Dawn Jackson Blatner, who developed this plan.