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Your Vitamins & Health

Vitamins are made up of several different components - enzymes, co-enzymes, and co-factors- that must work together to produce their intended biologic effects. Vitamins are organic micronutrients that are required (compared to other nutrients) in small amounts in order to sustain human life. Vitamins (with few exceptions) cannot be manufactured endogenously and must therefore be obtained from supplements or from foods via the diet.
  • The majority of commercial vitamin supplements are made up of synthetic vitamins

  • Synthetic vitamins do not perform the same functions in your body as vitamins found naturally in whole food

  • Many synthetic vitamins deplete your body of other nutrients and tax your kidneys before being excreted through your urine

    A good example is vitamin C which story relates to most of the synthetic vitamins.

    If you take a look at a variety of vitamin C supplements, you will find that the majority of them contain only ascorbic acid or a compound called ascorbate, which is a less acidic form of acorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C. It represents the outer ring that serves as a protective shell for the entire vitamin C complex, much like an orange peel that serves as a protective shell for an orange.

    Real vitamin C found in whole foods like fruits and vegetables contain the following components:

  • Rutin
  • Bioflavonoids (vitamin P)
  • Factor K
  • Factor J
  • Factor P
  • Tyrosinase
  • Ascorbinogen
  • Ascorbic Acid

  • When you take only ascorbic acid found in your synthetic vitamin C tablet or powder, your body must gather all of the other components of the full vitamin C complex from your body's tissues in order to make use of it. In the event that your body does not have adequate reserves of the other components, ascorbic acid itself does not provide any of the health benefits that the full vitamin C complex does. After circulating through your system, the unused ascorbic acid is eliminated through your urine.

    The Importance of Whole Food Supplements

    As a nation, we eat poor-quality foods that have been stripped of nutrients. We do not consume enough fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of us get our whole grains from instant rice, refined wheat breads, pastas, and cereal. We eat a tremendous amount of prepackaged, pre-made meals. One-quarter of Americans eat at fast food restaurants each day. Americans are overfed and undernourished.

    We eat plenty but we are still starving

    The foods we eat are not providing our bodies with the nutrition it needs to survive and be healthy. We are starving our bodies and we are sick. We suffer from diabetes, heart attacks, obesity, and the list goes on and on.

    There is good news

    Given proper nutrition, the human body has an amazing ability to heal itself. If properly fed and given the right nutrients, the human body is designed to repair itself. To do so, we need to eat a healthier diet, exercise, and take high-quality supplements made from whole foods. Whole food supplements supply our bodies with nutrients we are not getting from our diet, all the vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, and phytonutrients that foods possess in a way that nature intended, in a whole food form.

    Only whole food supplements complete the nutritional gap

    Whole food supplements are made by concentrating foods for use in supplements. When processed correctly, they supply a multitude of the plant's components. Foods provide nutrients that work synergistically. They work together to provide you with optimal nutrition for good health. Keep in mind that many whole food supplements available in today's marketplace range in quality. Companies are riding the wave of supplement popularity rather than focusing on commitment and quality.

    Therefore after extensive research of the highest quality whole food supplements we chose to stick with: Standard Process and Medi Herb

    Talk to us to learn more about whole foods products.

    Prevent Swine Flu

    In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is. It is important to remember that each year, in the United States, on average 36,000 people die from flu-related complications and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu-related causes.

    Flu is generally transmitted through the respiratory tract therefore the only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. There are few key precautions in order for everyone to stay healthy and to prevent proliferation and aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections.

    1. Increase your personal hygiene measures. Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water.

    2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.

    3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water or Listerine. H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat or nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation.

    4. Similar to above, clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water.

    5. Boost your natural immunity with correct diet, organic vitamins and minerals.

    6. Drink warm, non-caffeinated liquids. Stay away from sugars, processed foods, and white flour.

    7. If you have flue symptoms call your family doctor and please, stay home from work or school to avoid spreading the disease. Do not return until two days after your symptoms are gone.

    About one to four days elapse between the time a person is infected and the onset of symptoms. The common symptoms of the flu include:

  • Fever (usually high).

  • Headache

  • Muscle aches

  • Chills

  • Extreme tiredness

  • Dry cough or other respiratory symptoms

  • Runny nose may also occur but is more common in children than adults

  • Stomach symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, may also occur but are more common in children than adults
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