Inside the body, calcium has a greater function than simply building and maintaining bones. Did you know that calcium is a key component to building blood vessels, and is also important to reducing symptoms and risks for Type 2 diabetics? Not only is calcium required for internal health, chronic low levels of calcium in the body are linked to depression in women, and exacerbation of pre-menstrual syndrome irritability and moods. Estrogen is related to calcium production, and some studies have shown improvement with diet and supplementation. The average recommended amount of calcium for adults is approximately 1,000 mg. per day.
Target Foods: Milk, kale, yogurt, bok choy, broccoli, okra, and almonds.
Without sufficient amounts of iron in your body, cells lose the ability to transport oxygen and build strong muscles. Not only is iron a little more difficult to acquire from dietary sources (particularly for vegans or vegetarians), but there are certain health conditions that can actually impair the absorption of iron into the body, including thalassemia, sickle cell disease, and certain types of cancer. Eating fruit with your iron supplement, or adding honey or molasses to high-iron foods can aid in absorption, according to the Iron Disorders Institute. Problems with iron deficiency are more prevalent in women than they are in men. Symptoms of low iron can include depression, fatigue and lethargy. The recommended amount of iron per day for women is 18 mg., and men should average 8 mg. per day.
Target Foods: Spinach, seafood, beef, chicken, pork and legumes. A multivitamin like Advanced Immune Defense™ can help bridge the gap between daily dietary nutrition, and the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to help stay active, energetic and healthy.
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Recent studies have reported a possible link between antioxidant functioning and improvement of the chronic disease, endometriosis. It is widely accepted that many chronic health conditions can be improved when diet is changed to a balanced nutritional one, with dietary antioxidants and the use of daily quality supplements. For women who are diagnosed with endometriosis, this research may point to alternative non-invasive therapies that may offer symptom relief and improvement.
What is Endometriosis?
A painful condition for women, endometriosis is a chronic disease that impacts over 6.3 million women and girls in the United States. The condition occurs when tissue (endometrium) begins to rapidly grow outside of the uterus into other reproductive areas, as well as nearby organs, including the bladder and bowel. In severe cases, endometrium can grow unchecked into other areas including the lungs, arms and legs. The pain experienced by individuals who have endometriosis can become debilitating when the endometrium spreads to other areas of the body, causing a build up of blood and tissue which may not be able to be expelled. Endometriosis is frequently a worsening condition that can result in loss of fertility, surgery and some studies have reported a possible link between endometriosis and reproductive cancer in women.
Some of the symptoms of endometriosis are:
- Fatigue (from iron loss).
- Painful elimination.
- Increased risk and frequency of infections.
- Internal bleeding.
In a medical research report published in 2009, doctors revealed a link between reduced symptoms of discomfort and significant improvement for endometriosis patients, when antioxidant levels were raised in the focus group. The research revealed that a high antioxidant diet (HAD) reduced peripheral oxidative stress markers, and increased antioxidant functioning.
Read: “Women with endometriosis improved their peripheral antioxidant markers after the application of a high antioxidant diet.” This is encouraging news for women who have endometriosis, as it offers therapeutic nutritional options that may help to alleviate some of the discomfort, and progression of the chronic condition.
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- Maximizes enzymatic reactions that promote glutathione synthesis.
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1. Take a Shower Daily
One of the best things that a personal with seasonal allergies can do is to take a shower immediately after you return from the outdoors. Don’t wait and relax first, as allergens hitchhike their way into your home on soft surfaces, including clothing, hair and skin. Head to the bathroom and rinse off, to eliminate allergies that have accumulated throughout the day.
2. Manage Dirty Laundry
Doing a load of laundry isn’t high on everyone’s priority list, particularly after a long work day. But where you keep your laundry can have a tremendous impact on the air quality of your home. A reminder that soft surfaces including your clothing accumulate allergens throughout the day, so storing your dirty clothes in your bedroom is not the best idea. Keep a basket in the laundry room or in another place, to avoid breathing in allergens all night.
3. Ditch the Carpet Where possible, avoid living in areas that have carpeting. Each fiber of carpeted flooring acts as a sponge that traps allergens, and retains them. Carpets are bad news for allergy suffers, as they increase the allergen load over time to reduce your interior air quality, and condense allergens that will trigger histamine production in the body. Tile and wood floors will help allergy sufferer’s breath more easily.
4. Avoid Open Windows While it’s nice to allow some fresh air in, if you suffer from allergies, opening your windows on a nice day can also invite pollen, dander, dust mites and other elements that will trigger your symptoms. A HEPA filter fan is a great investment. Not only does it create the same air movement that is relaxing and pleasant during warmer months, it also helps improve the air quality of your home by catching and trapping allergens. (Remember to wear a dust mask when changing your filter).
5. Pets and Allergies Many people with allergies choose not to have pets, to help moderate their symptoms. However, people with allergies and a love for domesticated pets like dogs, cats or birds can reduce allergic triggers by reducing dander. This means washing your pet and rinsing them thoroughly on a weekly basis. Brushing your pet outside can also help reduce the amount of dander (pet dandruff) that is tracked into your home.
6. De-Clutter for Dust The more interior decorations you have, the more places there are for dust to build up (even with frequent cleaning). Reduce your accessories to make it easier to clean your living space more frequently (without having to move items), and breathe easier.
7. Patrol for Mold Mold is one of the most frequent allergens found in a home, and it can hide in places that you might not think of. Bathroom cleansing spray can help eliminate and prevent mold on tiles, in the shower or around the sink or bathtub. Also spray cleanser on your garbage can, around your door frames and in your garbage disposal or sink drain weekly, to prohibit the growth of mold in moist areas. Avoid over watering house plants; while plants are excellent filters and improve air quality, wet soil rapidly grows mold, contributing to allergic reactions. If you are tired of being caught between your allergy symptoms and over the counter medications for seasonal allergies, which leave you feeling drowsy, try a new nutritional approach.
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If you are focused on improving your health and wellness, take a closer look at your snacks in between meals. Even if you eat three healthy meals per day, it’s not hard to derail your progress with high calorie, fat and sodium options that taste great, and satisfy your hunger temporarily. But did you know that nutrient deficiency can trigger hunger?
Low Nutrition Warning Signs
The human body will send messages to the brain and communicate hunger if it is dehydrated, or if the food you have eaten is not satisfying nutritional needs. It is tricky because you can eat a large volume of food and still be convinced that you are hungry. The next step is usually to provide your body with more food, which can include processed foods that are very low in nutritional value. You’ve eaten, but your body will not register that it is satisfied, because the quality of food you have chosen is low.
Likewise, many people run their bodies on a state of perpetual dehydration. You think you are drinking enough water, if you count things like coffee or tea, or soft drinks and juices. However, the amount of sodium in many flavored drinks offsets the body’s need for hydration, and do little to replenish the minimum levels of water needed for healthy functioning.
How important is water to your health? Consider that every cell, organ and virtually all metabolic functions within your body require water to process nutrients, discard waste and fight bacteria and viral infections.
Read: “Hydration and Healthy Living: How Much Water Do You Need Daily? When your body is running low on nutrients and proper hydration, you may notice one or more of the following signals:
- Moodiness or irritability.
- Low energy.
- Irregular bowel movements.
- Disproportionate hunger.
- Problems focusing or with cognitive processing.
- Low immune system functioning (you may get sick more often).
If an athlete or someone who is normally very cautious about nutrition and hydration goes even a single day with poor dietary habits, they feel it immediately. Unfortunately for the rest of us, we may have developed a habit of poor nutrition and hydration for years, or even decades, which can hinder our ability to read the signs. Those symptoms may have become what we determine to be our “normal”, without realizing that many of them may be addressed through nutritional changes.
How to Stop Unhealthy Snack Attacks
Part of the reason that we frequently choose unhealthy snacks is due to convenience. Chips and candy, or packaged pastries, donuts or fast-food are all cheap and easy to acquire when we need a meal. They require no meal preparation, but offer no value to our health.
How to Beat the Unhealthy Snack Attack
- Prepare small snacks in portable containers at home. Vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, celery or cherry tomatoes make an antioxidant, fiber and nutritionally rich snack combination, and keep well for 1-3 days in the refrigerator after preparation.
- Explore protein snack packs for grow-up’s. These healthy variations include cheese, dehydrated fruit (i.e., cranberries) and healthy snack nuts like almonds, walnut or pecans for a protein punch to fuel your afternoon.
- Buy three BPA free re-usable water containers, and keep one at home, one at work and one in your bag for on-the-go. Fill and drink healthy no matter where you are, to combat excessive or unhealthy snacking.
- Take a high-quality daily multivitamin to bridge the gap between your dietary nutrition and what you body actually needs for healthy functioning.
If you have some suggestions for healthy snacking, or a nutritionally balanced go-to snack that you love, share and leave us a comment or link below.