Get Nutrients From Food

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fruitswhiteNutrients are most potent when they come from food. Supplements may be helpful for people who are unable to get enough nutrients from the diet or who have a genuine deficiency in a particular nutrient.

The typical American diet is heavy in processed foods, refined grains, and added sugars, all of which come up short on essential vitamins and minerals. But even a healthy, well-balanced diet can fall short of needed nutrients, especially among older adults, reports the June 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

“As we get older, our ability to absorb nutrients from food decreases. Also, our energy needs aren’t the same, and we tend to eat less,” explains Dr. Howard Sesso, an epidemiologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dietary supplements would seem to be the obvious way to plug vitamin and mineral gaps in the diet. But supplements make it easy to get too much of a particular nutrient without realizing it. With some vitamins and minerals, too much can be harmful.

It’s best to improve the diet before using supplements, advises Dr. Sesso. That’s because vitamins and minerals are most potent when they come from food. In food, they are accompanied by many other beneficial nutrients, including hundreds of carotenoids, flavonoids, minerals, and antioxidants that aren’t in most supplements. Plus, food tastes better than supplements and is often less expensive.

For people who aren’t able to make dietary changes, or those with genuine deficiencies in one or more nutrients, a supplement may be helpful. Look for a multivitamin with B vitamins (especially folate), vitamin D, iron, magnesium, and calcium. Choose a well-known brand that’s been around for a long time and is likely to have been carefully tested, says Dr. Sesso.

Read the full-length article: “Should you get your nutrients from food or from supplements?”

Also in the June 2015 Harvard Health Letter:

* Tips to stay healthy while caregiving

* How to choose and adjust to a walker

* Working more chocolate into the diet

5 Nutrients You Should Stock Up On In Summer

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By Romayne Warner

sunJust as the scenery around you changes with the changing of the seasons, so too do your nutritional needs. The nutrients you need in summer are a little different from those you need in winter, spring or fall, mainly because of the increased sunlight your skin will be exposed to. Taking in larger quantities of certain nutrients can make your skin less susceptible to sunburn, and may even accelerate healing in skin that has already been sunburnt. Here are five nutrients you should consider stocking up in next summer.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E appears in many skincare products for a good reason. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and a key ingredient in many moisturisers, and has been shown not only to make your skin more resistant to sunburn but also to accelerate healing in sunburnt skin. The best way to consume Vitamin E is by eating more avocadoes, sunflower seeds and almonds.

Vitamin C

Another vitamin you should aim to get more of in summer is Vitamin C. This power-packed nutrient is essential for the building of strong, healthy skin. Getting enough Vitamin C before going out in the sun can help your skin to avoid sunburn, and if you do get sunburnt, Vitamin C can help to hasten the healing process. Oranges, bell peppers and broccoli are all rich in Vitamin C.

Selenium

Selenium is a mineral most people don’t pay too much attention to, but is actually very important in helping the skin to protect itself from harmful UVA rays. Getting enough selenium will not only cause your skin to become less sensitive to the sun, but will also help your skin become healthier and stronger overall. Brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, liver and sunflower seeds are rich in selenium.

Beta carotene

Beta carotene, which is most famously contained in carrots, can increase your skin’s natural resistance to sunburn. In addition, carrots are rich in Vitamin A, which itself can promote skin health and hasten healing. People who are extremely sensitive to the sun may even be prescribed beta carotene supplements. Other than carrots, beta carotene can be found in pumpkin, sweet potatoes and spinach.

Lycopene

Lycopene, a substance found in tomatoes, can protect your skin from the ravages of sun damage. Interestingly, raw tomatoes aren’t the best sources of lycopene. Cooked tomatoes and tomato sauces and pastes actually contain more lycopene in a form usable to the body, so add some sun-dried tomatoes to your diet and enjoy a little ketchup with everything else.

While a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must during the summer months, your diet can play a large part in how well your skin holds up under the sun. Subsisting on ice cream and beer all summer long, as tempting it might sound, will do your skin no favours, so opt for a nutritious diet that supplies you with all the nutrients you need in summer and enables you to enjoy the warm months to the fullest.

– Romayne Warner is a full time self-employed blogging fanatic. Obsessed with finding small ways to save money every day, she enjoys sharing her frugal lifestyle tips and tricks with the world, she regularly writes about healthy living.

More On Nutrients

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healthychoiceFrom Your Health Journal…..”An excellent article I wanted to promote written by Dr. Brian Parr for the Aiken Standard entitled Know your nutrients: Fats. This is an excellent written article about the macro-nutrients, which include carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. This article focused primarily on fats, which does get a bad rap with many people looking to eat healthy. The truth is, there are good and bad fats. Some bad fats are hidden in many foods as they increase shelf life of the product, add texture, and add some great taste. But, there are many good fats that maintain and regulate body temperature, maintain hormonal levels, insulate the body, protect body organs, help with the absorption and distribution of vitamins A,D,E, & K, and strengthen our muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. Please visit the Aiken Standard web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and very educational.”

From the article…..

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I am writing about the major nutrients in our diets: carbohydrates, fats and protein. Last week I provided information about carbohydrates, the major energy source in our diets. This week I will write about fats, including saturated fats, unsaturated (monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and trans) fats, omega-3 fats and cholesterol.

Fats tend to get a bad reputation since they are higher in calories than carbohydrates and protein and are associated with obesity and heart disease when eaten in excess. While this is true and some dietary fats are detrimental to your health, others have health benefits. These benefits are linked to the effect of the fats on the LDL (“bad”) and HDL (“good”) cholesterol in your blood.

Cholesterol is only found in animals and is associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Saturated fats are primarily consumed in animals as well as tropical oils such as palm and coconut oil and tend to raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. In fact, saturated fat is more strongly linked to heart disease than is cholesterol.

Unsaturated fats are found in plant oils. Polyunsaturated fats tend to lower both LDL and HDL cholesterol. Monounsaturated fats are associated with lower LDL, but they do not lower HDL cholesterol – this is better. Oils high in polyunsaturated fats include corn and soybean oil while olive and canola oils are rich in monounsaturated fats.

To read the complete article…..Click here

Product Review – Bella NutriPro Juicer

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juicer1The good folks at Bella NutriPro Juicer contacted me and asked me to review their wonderful product. I have always wanted to try a juicer, so they made it easy for me. As soon as I opened up the box, my first reaction was, “WOW” – this looks awesome. I quickly assembled it, which was very easy to do. Next, I wanted to familiarize myself with the mechanics of the device, then quickly went to work. I started juicing some oranges, apples, and strawberries, just to see how it worked, and how it tasted. It was awesome – not only did it taste great, but I knew I was drinking something healthy. I love this product, and did some extensive research on it!

My top benefits of the NutriPro

1. Bladeless technology preserves more nutrients

2. 67% more vitamin C from Oranges (3rd party test against popular “blade” juciers)

3. 42% more vitamin A from Apples (3rd party test against popular “blade” juciers)

4. More juice from your produce saves you money

5. Easy to clean, all removable parts are dishwasher safe

6. Quiet operation

7. Powerful motor is jam resistant

This juicer uses cold press technology. Cold-press technology uses a single pressing auger to press out every bit of goodness with high quality precision. The bladeless process minimizes oxidation and preserves the live enzymes and nutrients that make fresh juice so healthy and good for you. And, you’ll get more juice with less wasted pulp.

I was told that the Bella NutriPro actually gets more juice with more nutrients from produce than regular, centrifugal juicers. This made me more excited, as I believe this is a great product to help those stubborn children get the nutrients they need if they do not like eating raw fruits and vegetables. Also, this juicer is not a blender. Blenders have spinning blades that create heat and break open the cell walls of the produce, exposing it to oxygen and reducing nutrients. Juicing separates the juice from the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, providing instant nutrition your body needs.

The jam resistant technology can handle most fruits and vegetables with continuous juicing for a quick and easy experience. Fruits that contain high starch, such as bananas, mangoes, papayas, avocados, figs, and peaches are not suitable for juicing. Their soft consistencies can clog the machine. However, when these same fruits are frozen, the pulp spout will eject a creamy, fresh fruit sorbet that is a wonderful dessert!

juicer2The best thing about this product is what you drink not only taste great, but it is healthy. Fresh juice is a rich source of vital compounds that protect our cells against damage and disease and improve overall health. New research shows that drinking pure fruit and vegetable juices can help protect against health and heart problems just as well as eating the same fruits and vegetables.

A few more facts:

Benefits of Juicing
Juicing is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to get the nutrients your body needs. Drinking a variety of fresh juice can help you feel better, look better and have more energy.

Enhance Your Health
New research by award-winning dietitian, Dr. Carrie Ruxton, shows that drinking pure fruit and vegetable juices can help protect against health and heart problems just as well as eating the same fruits and vegetables. Juice is a rich source of vital compounds that can protect our cells against damage and disease and improve overall health.

Experts recommend five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily. And, each fruit and vegetable has unique nutrients your body needs.

Get Your Daily Fruits and Vegetables
Experts recommend five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit daily. And, each fruit and vegetable has unique nutrients your body needs. To get all the different components you would have to eat a rainbow of produce every day! Juicing is a simple and easy way to integrate more fruit and vegetables into your diet. Just throw your fresh produce into the juicer and drink up.

Know What You Are Eating
With the Bella NutriPro Juicer, you know exactly what you are creating and drinking. Everything is fresh, natural and bursting with nutrients. Store-bought juices can be full of unpronounceable additives, preservatives and added sugar. Even expensive “fresh squeezed” juices are pasteurized – destroying the live enzymatic activity and cooking out many of the nutrients.

Get a Naturally Balanced Diet
Supplements are to supplement things that are lacking. But juicing every day with a variety of juices, and getting the nutrition from raw whole food, is the best way to get what your body needs. Fresh juice is loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fatty acids that are essential for a life of health, vibrancy and beauty.

Instant Pick Me Up
Subtext: Juicing separates the juice from the fiber of the fruits and vegetables, providing instant nutrition your body needs. And, most of the nutrients are in the juice. Fresh juice provides a super-charged pick me up that will leave you feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Nutritious Calories
Subtext: America is a nation that is overweight, but undernourished. If you drink just two colas a day, it will lead to an extra five pounds of sugar in your diet a month. Juicing can replace those empty calories with healthy, nutritious calories that work to optimize your body’s health.

Fresh Juice is Delicious
Subtext: Not only is fresh juice so good for a healthy lifestyle, it’s delicious tasting. Juice is the perfect way to encourage children and even full-grown picky eaters to eat wholesome and healthy food. Mix sweet fruits with vegetables and greens to get a sweet, vitamin-rich drink that everyone will love. Our recipe page is full of delicious juice recipes that are sure to please.

You can order this product online by clicking here. At the time of this positive review, they are offering free shipping as well as a 30-day money back guarantee. I strongly recommend the Bella NutriPro Juicer to anyone interested in eating healthy.

This page serves a product review, not a product endorsement.