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Choosing a Good Food Supplement for Nutrition and Your Health

 
 

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Many of you now understand the importance of nutrition and your health in order to enjoy life. Few of us however are willing to ensure we have a balanced diet that gives us the nutrients our bodies need, turning instead to the use of nutrition supplements.

In 2010, the US market for dietary supplements, the biggest, reached $28 billion, an increase on the previous year. The trend is the same in many other western countries and sales of dietary supplements in China reached $10 billion in 2012.

These supplements, with their impact on nutrition and your health, obviously represent a huge market. But should we just take the cheapest brand or are some better than others?

In reality it would be wise to consult a medical professional before undertaking any major change in lifestyle that would impact your health, either positively or negatively. Be sure that food supplements are right for you.

Also research the products available and understand what nutrients would benefit you most. A good multi-vitamin would have the best positive effect on your nutrition and your health. There are basic vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate effectively so make sure any health supplement you take will include these.

The Internet gives us plenty of opportunity to understand which nutrient does whiter and it would be worth having a chat with your family doctor about what would be best for you. Older ladies, for example, may suffer from a reduction in bone strength (osteoporosis or ‘brittle bones’) so an extra influx of calcium would be very useful.

There are few side effects connected to dietary supplements – but there are a few. Problems may particularly occur if you are already taking medication, are recovering from an operation or are pregnant.

The quality of dietary supplements can vary too. As is so many other examples, you tend to get what you pay for so cheap brands may not be as effective as a high quality product.

The supplements most effective on nutrition and your health tend to be made from natural ingredients. The body tends to accept such substances more readily. Also be aware that better quality supplements have a better coating. Cheaper products have plastic-derived coatings that may not dissolve in the gut and pass out complete.

Get into the habit of dropping one tablet of any new supplement into a glass of water: it should start to dissolve within an hour. You can always drink the water afterwards, if you are afraid of wasting it!

The key is to research any dietary supplement before you buy. Understand what it contains, find any reviews that may be available, take professional advice and ensure that the product will indeed have a positive effect on your nutrition and your health.

A good, balanced diet is always a priority but, if you cannot achieve that, ensure you take the best and most appropriate supplement you can.

Discover more about taking health supplements on the US Department of Dietary Supplements website.
 
 

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Combatting Dry Skin To Look Beautiful Naturally

 
 

Beautiful Lady In A Fur Coat With A Bridge In The Background

 
We all want to look beautiful naturally but sometimes it can be hard, especially when we struggle keeping our skin moist and healthy. Dry skin can be a real curse so what causes it and how can we deal with it?

This time of year in the northern hemisphere we are just coming out of winter (although it doesn’t seem like it here yet!). The cold weather we experience in winter is responsible for causing dry skin. Low temperatures and wind take the moisture from the skin and cause it to wrinkle and crack.

In the cold weather the natural reaction is to dive indoors and turn the heating up or perhaps sit by a roaring fire. Sadly even this does not help us to keep our skin healthy or help us to look beautifully naturally. These sources of heat remove the moisture from the air and cause dry skin again.

Even in the warmer weather our skin can dry out. Once the temperatures start to increase, the air gets drier and saps the moisture. If we then make the mistake of spending too long in the sun, the ultraviolet rays can dry out and burn the skin leading to premature ageing with it’s attendant wrinkling and sagging.

The answer is to create a barrier to the cold weather using a warm hat, scarf and gloves or to combat hot weather and the suns rays with a floppy hat and sun blocking cream. Every evening before we go to bed, a good moisturiser should be applied to affected areas (including the lips) to help restore visible health.

If the dryness is a particular problem then it would be worth applying moisturiser at other times too, such as when you get up in the morning too.

Be careful having hot showers and baths too as these can also dry out the skin. Have a less hot bathe and reduce the time you spend in the shower or bath.

Be careful what soap you use as harsh detergents can also have a detrimental effect. A good quality soap designed for dry skin will moisturise as it cleans.

Equally rubbing your skin dry will actually remove moisture. Pat it dry with a soft towel and your skin will take in the moisture it needs and you will remove the excess.

Other causes of dry skin include ageing, excess alcohol and various skin diseases and conditions.

In the case of skin conditions, such as dermatitis or psoriasis, it would be worth consulting a medical professional for specialist treatment to help you look beautiful naturally.

Obviously the way to combat alcohol-induced problems is to reduce your intake. However alcohol disturbs your body’s nutrition so it would be wise to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals with a good quality multi-vitamin supplement. Make sure especially that vitamins C, A and the B vitamins are included, as well as zinc, as these are a particular problem.

To reduce the dryness of skin that age brings with it, get into the habit of using a good quality skin cream first thing in the morning and last thing at night and ensure your nutritional intake is at its optimum level.

It is worth keeping your skin in top condition and moisturised if you want to look beautiful naturally. This winter I have spent a great deal of time outside and have had a particular problem with dry skin. On occasions my hands have even started to show cracks and bleed.

I have managed to solve the problem through the daily use of a skin balm from a local company called the Old Apothecary in Lyndhurst, Hampshire. My biggest ally however has been the marvellous Instant Manicure from Proto-col; the Dead Sea salts remove dead cells and the essential oils moisturise the skin, leaving my hands wonderfully reinvigorated. The Instant Manicure is available from LookRavishing.com.
 

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Health And Nutrition Articles: Nutrition For Your Eyes

 
 

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Ensuring the correct nutrition is one of the key ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. The body’s processes rely on the consumption of vitamins and minerals to function.

Each part of the body benefits from a slightly different concoction of substances to ensure optimum performance.

The eyes, for example, require certain vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that increasing the level of these nutrients can help prevent or even reverse certain eye conditions.

Folk lore has always told us how carrots are good for seeing in the dark and in reality eating carrots could indeed be one of the ways to have a healthy lifestyle – certainly as far as the eyes are concerned.

Carrots, spinach, kale and butternut squash all contain beta-carotine, which, when combined with vitamins C and E can reduce the level of macular degeneration in the eyes.

This is also true of Omega-3 fatty acids, found in foods such as cold-water fish (salmon, mackerel and herring) and in walnuts. Omega-3 can also prevent dry eyes.

Green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, and eggs provide Lutein and Zeaxanthin and this also reduces the risk of chronic eye diseases. Cataracts and the effects of age can be held at bay using these two substances.

Vitamins C and E have already been mentioned and these two act as powerful antioxidants, protecting the cells of the eyes from free radicals, which can break down the healthy tissue in the eyes.

It is wise therefore to ensure you maintain your nutrition in order to prevent problems with your eyes.

You should of course use a healthy, balanced diet as one of the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle but taking a good quality health supplement could back this up. Go to LookRavishing.com to discover new March offers on nutritional supplements.

Find out more about eye health on AllAboutVision.com.
 
 

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