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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

One of the Biggest Diet Myths, perpetuated even by some of  the best known diet programs is:

“You can eat whatever you want, just watch your calories” This couldn’t be further from the truth, when in fact, eating a nutrient dense diet will not only accelerate your weight loss results, but it will also promote the healthy function of all the body’s systems.

You don’t have to starve, or eat unsavory food in order to be healthy and look great. You just have to make the right choices when you eat. The bottom line is: you can eat what you like, for as long as it is void of empty calories, and excess sugars. Here is an excellent article that explains more about this simple fact, enjoy…

Not All Calories Are Created Equal

By Ben T Coomber

Many people will lose weight, and quite often the focus of this weight loss is through counting all the calories that one eats. This is the basis of many successful weight loss programs, such as weight watchers, slimming world and even the governments eat well plate. But is such an approach warranted when not all calories can be counted as the same?

Don’t believe me? Let’s think logic, do you think that a calorie of sugar is going to have the same physiological impact on the body as a calorie of spinach, or steak? When we look at one calorie maybe not, but what if 500 of our daily calories are from, say, sugar? Do you think that such a huge proportion of someone’s daily calorie intake from something like sugar is not going to have a large negative effect seeing as sugar greatly elevates blood sugar level, insulin, stresses the appetite hormones and results in fat storage when not burnt as energy…

So when we count points on the weight watchers system, and a chocolate brownie is the same amount of points as a rare cooked steak, is it fair to say that such a system is highly flawed? Don’t get me wrong, keeping track of the calories that you are consuming can be of great benefit, but unless we are tracking the actual food sources these calories are coming from then we are only shortchanging the results that are possible.

Should anyone serious about losing weight really be allowed to eat a chocolate brownie? As soon as a system like this is implemented it gives the mentality that it is OK to eat anything in moderation, when really it isn’t, if you are serious about losing weight then there are definitely lots of food choices that should be totally absent from your diet. Anything that is sweet and cake related is a definite no no, cause although we are looking to lose weight it is likely you are looking to become healthier as well, and none of these things are going to make you healthier, yet increase your risk of disease development. Remember that the healthier you are the quicker and more efficiently you will lose weight, it’s a positive catch 22 that you want to be in.

I almost hold my hands over my ears with fear when I question why someone might have eaten some cake or something equally bad, the response usually goes like this “oh don’t worry, it was a weight watchers cake”. If weight watchers had developed a way to make CAKE healthy I think they would have won the noble peace prize, everyone would be eating it. Cake, whatever way you slice it is bad. It’s full of sugar, hydrogenated fat, refined flour and preservatives, so just cause it was a weight watchers cake does not mean it was any healthier than a normal cake. Yes it might have a few less calories, but does it really matter, what matter is that the ingredients were pure junk. Compare all those calories to a whole dairy yogurt and a chopped banana and we are talking about a whole different ball game.

So by all means count calories, but cake calories don’t count!

Ben Coomber consults with MMA, rowing, rugby and physique athletes at various levels. Consults for UK tennis, and owns and runs Body Type Nutrition. He is an Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist.

Sports nutrition consultations: http://www.bodytypenutrition.co.uk

Author website: http://www.bencoomber.com

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Perform Better, Every Day of the Week

You are what you eat, and just adding supplements to a poor diet is only not enough, but a waste of money and effort. If you are interested on improving your athletic performance, Check out our Favao program. Favao does more  than just help people lose weight, it starts by getting your digestive system to work at its optimal, and that translates into improved performance. I fund this article that does a great job of explaining why proper nutrition is a must, if you want to get the most out your  efforts. Enjoy…

Performance Nutrition – Perform Better, Every Day of the Week!

By Ben T Coomber

Nutrition is often the unsung hero of increasing an individual’s performance. In fact, I would go as far as to say that without good nutrition you cannot even begin to successfully increase your levels of performance, whether it’s in daily life or in sport. There are many factors, from a nutritional perspective, that need to be in place even before you can start to increase your performance.

Try increasing your recovery ability with impaired gut function. You will not even begin to absorb all the high quality food you might be consuming and the expensive supplements that you are knocking back all because your nutrition is not in check. So when it comes to performance nutrition it might actually be a case of stripping the individual back to basics. So does the person in question have good nutrient absorption, a strong immune system, an adequate sleep pattern and enough de-stress time? If not then what are the chances of them increasing their levels of performance through increases in training volume and frequency. This is usually when players get ill, crash and burn, all because their nutrition and lifestyle are not in check.

So performance nutrition might in fact be a cloak and dagger word, but there are obviously factors of performance nutrition that do lend themselves to increases in someone’s physical performance. So let’s say we are working with an individual that has all the above in check, then we can look to increase their physical and mental performance with the aid of nutrition, including food and supplements. Of course there are many ways to coax the body into the environment that you want it to perform in. Specific food and specific supplements at certain times can signal the body to perform in a certain way. A perfect example of this would be during the post workout recovery period, a time where nutrients are partitioned in a certain way, when provided in the right proportions, into the muscle to preferentially induce a greater anabolic and recovery effect.

So really the above is a prime example of performance nutrition. Such a nutritional strategy thus increases someone’s performance through increasing the body’s ability to recovery quicker. After all recover quicker and we can train sooner, which then, over time, leads to greater overall increases in performance as more training practice has been performed. But what must not happen in performance nutrition strategies is skip one phase before the other. There is no point in giving an individual X, Y and Z supplement if their gut health is currently impaired. Much of the consumed supplements might be going to waste through poor absorption, so it would make sense to repair the gut, then build on top of that, as in theory you will then observe two increases in performance, one from re-building the gut and another from the targeted supplement use.

So of course there is a place for fancy supplements and specific foods to increase the performance of an individual at the right times, but there are essentials that have to be in place first. In essence you could liken performance nutrition to the art of building a house. Rock solid foundations have to be in place first before you build your fancy architectural sculpture on top. Now that is the art of performance nutrition.

Ben Coomber consults with MMA, rowing, rugby and physique athletes at various levels. Consults for UK tennis, and owns and runs Body Type Nutrition. He is an Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist and trainer.

Sports nutrition consultations: http://www.bodytypenutrition.co.uk

Author website: http://www.bencoomber.com

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9 SIMPLE RULES TO HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT AND CHANGE YOUR BODY FOREVER…

Let us start with this FACT. Everything you’ve done over the years — the processed foods, the excess calories, the artificial ingredients, the alcohol, the trans fats, the lack of exercise — ALL of it has caused one solitary “nightmare” issue within your body…an issue that has not only caused loads of weight gain, but one that’s also making it virtually IMPOSSIBLE for you to lose weight until you fix it.

Well, I have put it all down here for you. Follow these rules in your daily life and see the fat melt away like magic:

1. Eat 4 to 6 Meals Per Day instead of the usual 2 to 3 large meals. Eating more frequently will help you regulate, and boost your metabolism to burn more calories.

2. Consume Whole Foods that are high in fiber and low in sugar such as: lean protein sources (lean beef, chicken, fish, and whey protein) fruits, and vegetables (oranges, apples, strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, peppers, asparagus, carrots), nuts (almonds, cashews, and walnuts) and whole grains.

3. Eat Low-Glycemic Carbohydrates such as vegetables, whole-wheat products, and oatmeal; instead of refined processed carbohydrates, which usually come in a box or a bag.

4. Consume 25-35 Grams of Fiber Per Day. Fiber will help you satisfy your hunger pangs as well as control insulin and blood sugar levels which tend to promote fat storage.

5. Eat Some Type of Lean Protein Each Meal. Studies show that 10grs. per meal for women, and 18-20gr for men, produce the greater results. Protein helps you satisfy hunger and provide the necessary building blocks to maintain lean body mass while losing body fat.

6. Consume Adequate Amounts of Healthy Fat Foods such as olive oil, walnuts, almonds, Omega-3 fortified eggs, and other omega-3 products.  Healthy fats are great anti-oxidants as well as help with brain function, and many other processes that take place in the body in a daily bases. Essential Fatty acids, according to clinical studies could help prevent certain diseases. To guarantee that you arte taking enough Omega-3’s a good EFA supplement is recommended.

7. Eat 5 to 10 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a day to meet your micronutrient needs. Vegetables also contain a good amount of fiber and help control appetite and curb hunger. A multi-vitamin and mineral supplement is also recommended to ensure good supply of micronutrients.

8. Get enough sleep. Studies have shown that people that people that get less than 7-10 hours of sleep everyday report having greater appetites and more cravings, than their counter parts that are getting more sleep.

9. Move more. While it is truth that exercise is essential to build lean muscle mass and raise our metabolic rate, in our modern society we have become extremely sedentary. And even those that have an exercise regimen as part of their lifestyle do very little else the rest of the day. By doing simple things like walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, or parking a little farther, you’ll contribute to your overall daily activity and make your fat losing efforts much more productive.

There you have it, everything you need to know to get healthier and get the body of your dreams. If you would like a step by step guide that tells you what to eat, how to and when to eat it, gives you the best exercises to help you reach your goals faster, and provides you with the best natural supplements available for your new lifestyle, Visit:

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Favao The Non-Diet A Review


It has been said that, “people will go to any extreme to lose weight and be thin, except eat a healthy diet or exercise”. While it might be true of some people, that is not the case with everybody. Today a lot of people are interested in leading a healthier lifestyle, by watching what they eat, adding exercise to their daily routine, and or adding supplements to their diets.

The challenge has been finding an effective and comprehensive program that takes the guessing out of the equation. And unless you have a few thousands of dollars to hire, a personal trainer and a dietitian to create a healthy a set of menus with the necessary supplements, and the exercise program to go with it, up to recently this was a hit or miss proposition.

Enter FAVAO. The Favao program takes out all the guessing out leading a healthy lifestyle. There is nothing to figure out, it is all done for you.

Here are a few of the things that the program will do for you.

  • Favao provides 12 weeks of menus aimed at resetting your metabolism, maximizing your weight loss, and introducing you to easy to prepare delicious meals.
  • Favao take out the guessing out of the program, you are told what, when and how to eat. The only way you can fail is by not following the program’s schedule.
  •  Favao is supported by all natural supplements that complement the meal plans and put you on a fast track to your health and fitness goals, by supporting a healthy digestive system, blood sugar levels and helping you curve your cravings
  • Favao provides work out routines and recommends the most effective most effective exercises to get you faster to you your goal.
  • Favao online website with news, suggestions, challenges and a community that will support your new goals of health and wellness.

 

The FAVAO lifestyle program is built upon the seven proven principles of nutrition and fitness that the program designers call the 7 KEYS. The purpose of the 7 KEYS is to speed up and optimize your metabolism, burning more calories, and doing it more quickly and more consistently. Each key is equally important, and each one builds upon the others. Together the keys are synergistic.

The 7 KEYS are:

    1. Supplementation
    2. Nutrition
    3. Hydration
    4. Resistance Training
    5. Cardio Training
    6. Rest
    7. Accountability

 

When you master all 7 KEYS, you facilitate the quickest and most dramatic changes to your body. People who follow all 7 KEYS always experience better results. They are the people who truly transform their lives.

Favao is not another gimmicky diet, or just another exercise program. Favao is a blueprint to a healthy lifestyle. Once the 12 weeks are over you will have learned how to eat healthy whether at home or on the road, and you will have transformed yourself into a fitter healthier you. The Favao lifestyle stays with you, and puts an end to the battle against the bulge.

Give Favao a Try, you have nothing to lose but weight. To learn more about Favao visit http://my365fitness.com/fitnessandnutrition

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Diabetes, Are You At Risk?

What is Metabolic Syndrome?

You probably have heard about diabetes, but most likely haven’t heard the term “metabolic syndrome.” This is an important term to understand as it can be an indicator of potential diabetes risk. Keep reading to learn more.

We are all concerned about metabolism. It refers to the way that the body burns nutrients for fuel. The body uses sugars as its primary source of energy. Table sugar is not the type of sugar we are discussing here.

Carbohydrates that we eat are digested and broken down into glucose, a simple sugar. The glucose travels throughout the bloodstream waiting to be picked up by insulin and transported to the cells of the body for energy.

With metabolic syndrome, something goes wrong. The insulin is either not available to pick up its passengers or, when the glucose and insulin reaches the cells, they are not welcomed in. Either way, this results in too much sugar in the blood and potential damage to the rest of the body.

If you are insulin resistant, you are at risk for diabetes Type 2, heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease. Combine insulin resistance with other risk factors and you may develop metabolic syndrome. Without proper treatment and care, metabolic syndrome may lead to diabetes Type 2.

So what are those other risk factors? One is obesity. Carrying too much body fat can lead to the other risk factors: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar.

Metabolic syndrome is used by doctors as an indicator for diabetes Type 2. Several simple tests can be done by your health care professional to determine your risk. Your BMI (body mass index) calculation is used to determine if you are overweight, obese, or morbidly obese. Chronic high blood pressure can be diagnosed by taking your blood pressure. High cholesterol and high blood sugar levels is determined by lab work done on your blood.

A complete medical assessment will let you know if metabolic syndrome is at risk. If it is, your health care provider will advise you of your degree of risk for diabetes Type 2. It’s important to be aware of your risk factors to avoid serious illness caused by diabetes; issues like eye problems, nerve damage, slow healing of wounds, amputations, and peripheral artery disease, to name a few.

Metabolic syndrome is not an actual disease, per se. It is a condition that your doctor will use to assess your risk for certain diseases, beginning with diabetes. If you are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome, be sure to take heed to your doctor’s advise so you can avoid the serious complications of diabetes.

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All Weight Loss Diets Fail

“Lose 30 pounds in 30 days, guaranteed” says the man in the radio commercial for the weight loss clinic, or “1 Tip To Fast Weight Loss” reads the marketing ad.

 

Quick weight loss promises like these are common everywhere you go. And yet in the United States of America 2 out of every 3 people are overweight or obese. With obesity being the number one contributor to killer diseases like Diabetes, and Heart Disease, it is obvious that we have a problem of epidemic proportions.

 

It is ironic that in our modern world of sophisticated technical advances, and instant communications, the answer to better health eludes us. Every body is looking for the magic formula for weight management and weight control. But what dominate the information super highway are dietary gimmicks that pin your willpower against your ever-slowing metabolism. The end result: the same old yo-yo diet.

 

In my Acupuncture practice, I help people lose weight with acupuncture and dietary advice. I have noticed that everybody that comes for weight loss treatments have something in common; they all have a favorite diet, you name it: the Adkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Zone diet, Weight Watchers, etc, etc. Any diet that they followed in the past, that gave them some success at losing weight, is considered a good diet. And yet, they now sit in my office wanting to lose the weight again, this time with the help of acupuncture.

 

Faced with this fact, two questions come to mind. If your diet was successful, how come you ended up regaining the weight again? And why not just do the same thing again, and shed the excess weight like the first time?

 

The answer lies on the initial goal of the weight loss diet. One, and perhaps the most popular definition of the word diet, according to Webster’s Dictionary, is: a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight. If you ask the average person what comes to mind when they hear the word diet you’ll probably get answers like: restrictive meal plan, or planned starvation or something that denotes unpleasantness.

 

If the goal of the diet is weight loss, once you achieve the desired weight you’ll stop dieting because you reached your goal. But absent the diet, you will revert to the habits that made you gain the weight to begin with.

 

In 2009 Researchers at Laval University in Québec, Canada did a study in which the emphasis was put on health improvement rather than in actual weight loss. The participants in the study were overweight or obese women who had likely entered the study as chronic dieters. They were taught good nutrition (what TO eat, not what NOT to eat); they were helped to enjoy physical activity, and how to listen to their bodies. It also taught strategies for appreciating their body as it is now, regardless of size.

 

At the 1-year follow-up, two-thirds of participants had lost weight, despite the interventions’ explicit focus on positive behaviors, not trying to reduce food intake or lose weight. When you compare these results with the results of a typical diet, it proved to be an outstanding success.

 

What you get when you pin willpower against biology, is that biology wins every time.

A better choice is to follow a wellness and nutrition program that, helps you learn how to eat healthy, aids you to speed up your metabolism and focused on your over all health. And a nice side effect of having the knowledge on how to maintain a healthy body is the faster road to achieving the elusive body of our dreams.

 

>>Read more about a wellness program that has worked well for myself, and my patients at http://my365fitness.com/fitnessandnutrition <<

 

 

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The Importance Of Stretching

Author: David Osgathorp

Through bad lifestyles, repetitive sports or general lack of movement we have created chronic cases of bad posture brought about by muscle imbalances. By imbalances we mean, some of the muscles have become weak and lazy and are allowing other muscles to do the extra work as we move around- these become short and tight.

When there are muscle imbalances around joints such as the spine, shoulder or knee, the tight muscles pull the joint out of position as the weak ones are no longer able to counterbalance the pull. The result? Pain and inflammation.

How do most people deal with their pain and inflammation? They take anti-inflammatory tablets! This will not get that stressed shoulder back into position, it may numb the pain for a short while but you can guarantee it will be back. So instead of taking a pill to numb the pain we should correct this imbalance ourselves and bring the joints back to their optimal alignment.

This can be done with a simple stretch and strengthening program designed to attack those short/tight and long/weak muscles.

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As you take yourself through the stretch checklist pay particular attention to the muscles being stretched. How tight do they feel?

a) Is it almost painful to move into the stretch? If the answer is yes, you have found a short tight muscle that has been working too hard. For each one that feels this way, give it a tick and add to your stretch list. This may need prolonged stretching over a number of weeks, hold the stretch at the point you feel discomfort- not pain! Try holding for up to 30 seconds x 2-3. Over time this should start to become easier.

b) Can you feel tightness but its not too painful? Again if the answer is yes add this to your list. However after a few days stretching this may ease off with any tightness disappearing. At this point, cross this stretch off your list.

c) Are you feeling no stretch at all in that particular muscle? If this is the case, cross this off your list, this muscle is either at a normal length or has become long and weak. In which case strengthening is necessary not stretching!

Create your stretch program by going through the list right now! You will be halfway to creating a better posture and better you! Just stretching alone may alleviate those painful symptoms. Try this for the next few weeks and you will be ready to take it to the strengthening phase. Thus ensuring you remain in this position of ideal alignment forever!

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David Osgathorp Owner, All About You Performance & Wellbeing. Unit 3 Broadbent Close, Highgate, London, N6 5JW. Tel: 020 8348 9706, Mob: 07779 729122. If you would like more information then pleas contact us via the website: http://aayou.co.uk/default.aspx

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The Hidden Benefits For Women To Weight Lift

My friend Sheila, who just started to follow the same eating plan that is giving me such awesome results, asked me which type of exercise will maximize her fat loss. My answer was immediate, and without hesitation, for reasons described below… 

Author: Taylor Ryan

I think it is safe to say that we all know that if we incorporate weight training as a method of fitness that women are going to gain muscle mass. But, this is only one benefit behind women’s weight lifting!

Let us call these benefits the magic 7! These are my top reasons for promoting strength training, aside from the given benefit of looking AMAZING.

1. Increase strength. If you gain muscle that obviously you are going to gain strength at the same time. This new found strength will make any women feel more independent and powerful! Just think you may no longer need your significant other to open the pickle jar.

2. Decrease Fat. Creating muscle takes a lot of work from your body. The body’s metabolism will increase so to compensate for the increase need of fuel. And the natural place for this fuel to come? Your fat. So you increase your lean muscle mass and wave good bye to the love handles that every girl despises.

3. Increase bone density. As women grow older their bodies start to make less estrogen. Estrogen is very helpful for keeping our bones strong and unbreakable. With this drop and the natural tendency to decrease activity with age osteoporosis is an almost guarantee these days. BUT with weight training this can be withheld. The strain that you place on the bones during weight baring exercise actual promotes bone strengthening and it is the actions of today that can help you out in the future. So by having a weight training routine women can decrease their risk of the curved poor posture and a broken hip!

4. Fight off the flu. Staying active promotes a healthy lifestyle all the way around, including the immune system. You immune system will stay strong and keep those nasty germs away! But also keep in mind there is too much of a good thing. Sure a balanced workout program will keep the bugs away but over training can actually lead to a decreased efficient immune system! Stay smart and keep workouts 3-5 times per week and never longer than 90 minutes.

5. Hello Dolly! The improvements to your body and the commitment that you put forward are going to make you look and feel better. Confidence in and out of the weight room will sky rocket. People will notice this increase in confidence and your popularity will sore! People will ask you for advice and listen because the aura you shine will have them looking up at you.

6. Never look a day older than 30! Exercise has been shown to slow the aging process. This is probably for a few reasons: 1. regular exercise keeps your body looking young and in shape. And 2. The majority of regular exercisers are also healthy in other aspects. Low levels of alcholism, smokers, heavy “fast food eaters”, and healthier lifestyles all together.etc.

And DRUM ROLL PLEASE

7. Improved life. This kinda goes on from above but fitness is a lifestyle not just a short term solution. Women that turn to strength training will be less likely to suffer from such terrible burdons such as depression, anxiety, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, cancers, boredom, etc. Weight training is a great exercise because it can be changed all the time. Tired of a certain exercise? Good, do something else!

So there you have it. The top 7 reasons why women should weight lift. If there is not enough here to persuade you then maybe you just do not want to be persuaded.

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Taylor Ryan is a personal trainer dedicated to educating women to get the best body they can get. Her company TotalTonedWomensClub stresses the importance of weight training as a method to get the toned and strong body they want. Check out http://www.totaltonedwomensclub.com for more.

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The Advantages of Taking a Multivitamin As You Get Older

Author: Sarah Labdar

Do you take a multivitamin? Why should you take a multivitamin? Are all multivitamins the same? These are all questions that you should ask before beginning taking a multivitamin. Multivitamins are becoming a more widely taken vitamin and mineral supplement that people use to supplement their diet. It was not until recently that more doctors have been recommending to take a multivitamin in your diet. Although, multivitamins should not replace whole foods but be part of a healthy diet. Multivitamins can bridge the gap between the foods that we eat and the nutrients that our bodies are lacking.

Multivitamins are available in all different shapes, sizes, colors, tablets, capsules, powders, liquids and injections.

You can buy multivitamins at the grocery store, your local health food store, your doctor’s office or even online. Multivitamins became available in the 1930’s made by the dried and compressed concentrates of fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t until 1940 that synthetic vitamins and minerals were produced. Synthetic multivitamins are created in a laboratory. Multivitamins made from whole food concentrates are much more complete than synthetic vitamins because they contain additional nutrients from the fruits and vegetables such as phytochemicals and antioxidants. The US defines a multivitamin as any supplement containing 3 or more vitamins or minerals that doesn’t include herbs, hormones or drugs. Also the vitamins and minerals present in the supplement must be present at a lower dose than recommended daily values and present no risk of adverse health effects. Basic commercial multivitamins contain ingredients such as Vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, Folic Acid (B9), B12, Vitamin H (biotin), Vitamin A, E, D3, and K. They normally contain minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and manganese.

One of the main reasons for prescription of multivitamins is the deficiency of some or all vitamins and minerals in the body.

Vitamins and minerals are essential for health and well-being. A lack or deficiency of any or all vitamins and minerals can lead to weakness, disease and death. To keep the body functioning at optimal capacity, the body requires vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. The best way to consume vitamins and minerals is through food sources. However, the lack of food diversity, and the minimal servings of fruits and vegetables in our diet have lead to nutritional deficiencies. In some cases it’s due to a restrictive diets, limited access to a variety of foods or the adverse reluctance to eat certain foods (such as in childhood). Additionally, the increasing popular fast food, added stress, limited physical activity, and inadequate amount of time in the sun can cause depleted vitamin and mineral resources in the body.

Multivitamins can prevent nutritional deficiency by supplementing the vitamins and minerals that aren’t being received through food

Vitamins also combat stress, by increasing ones energy as the body works more efficiently. Multivitamins also reduces the risk for cardiovascular disease, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Vitamins and minerals assist in proper digestion, which helps to manage weight. When the body works more efficiently not only do you have more energy, it boosts your brain function, and improves your immune system so you can fight off disease. Some common deficiencies in the body include vitamin B12, calcium, chromium, folic acid, magnesium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and zinc. Therefore the best way to combat these deficiencies before they occur is to take a multivitamin.

Illness and disease in the body is another reason for vitamin and mineral deficiency.

Some illnesses drain the body of vitamins, which reduces your body’s ability to fight off the disease. HIV eliminates all vitamins within in the body therefore making it almost impossible for the body to remain healthy. Therefore people who are infected with HIV have a hard time fighting off other infections and diseases. Smoking also depletes the body of all vitamins and minerals. Just another reason why no one should smoke. Diabetes reduces the antioxidants within the body, which in turn allows free radicals to complete oxidative reactions to cause disease, and aging. Ulcerative colitis, pancreatitis, and Crohn’s disease all decrease the levels of vitamin D, E and K. HPV and excessive alcohol drinking deplete the vitamin A levels in the body.

Now a days there are multivitamins to differentiate consumer sectors such as prenatals, mens, womens, over 40, over 50, child, etc.

These specific groups of individuals have different dietary and nutritional needs, which require additional support from a vitamin supplement. Children, teens, athletes, and pregnant women have a higher nutritional need due to basic body growth. Vitamins and minerals are essential in the bodies ability to grow. They are essential for every cellular reaction in the body. When all the nutrients are not present in the body, the body cannot function properly, which can cause fatigue, weakness, lack of energy, disease, and ultimately in extreme situations death. Most multivitamin supplementation can reduce the risk for vitamin and mineral deficiency and keep the body functioning optimally. However, in extreme circumstances where vitamin and mineral levels are sufficiently depleted and the deficiency has gone on long enough, medical treatment is necessary.

Multivitamins are a safe and valuable tool for a healthy diet, as long as they are taken as prescribed or directed.

An excess or deficiency of vitamins and minerals can be harmful to the body. By taking large quantities of any vitamins or minerals you pose a risk for an acute overdose in the body. Especially in the case of fat-soluble vitamins the body is unable to rid the system of excess vitamins causing toxicity. Iron, vitamin A, and vitamin E are three vitamins and minerals that are easy to overdose on because the body needs such a limited amount. Symptoms of a vitamin or mineral overdose include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, hair loss, headache, joint or muscle pain, back pain, blood in your urine, pale skin and easy bruising or bleeding. Large quantities of minerals can have additional effects such as tooth staining, increased urination, stomach bleeding, heart palpitations, confusion, and muscle weakness. Consult your doctor right away if you suspect an overdose of multivitamins.

Most multivitamins have a consumption range of 1-2 times a day, however others recommend 3-7 times a day.

A healthy adult, with no medical problems who eats a variety of fresh food really only needs to take one dosage of vitamins a day to maintain functionality and avoid vitamin and mineral deficiencies. For people who suffer from medical conditions and are taking additional prescription medication should consult your doctor before starting on a multivitamin. Some multivitamins can be affected by prescriptions medications such as a diuretic, heart or blood pressure medication, tretinoin, Accutane, Bactrim, or NSAIDs. Always take as prescribed or directed to get the most out of your multivitamin.

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