It's great to have access to all the nutrients you need in pill form. But when you eat healthfully and take a supplement, then you may be getting more than you need. Even if you're not the healthiest eater, experts say that our food is so fortified that there is concern about vitamin overload. Here are a few vitamins and nutrients to watch. Red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables contain vitamin A, which promotes healthy teeth,... Read More
Nutrition bars are a wonderful way to incorporate healthy nutrients into your diet. Many nutrition bars are literally packed with more vitamins and nutrients than a multi-vitamin contains. They are easy to eat, taste great and come in chocolate, peanut butter, and even strawberry. Nutrition bars are also lower in calories than eating a meal.
Sad to say, but nutrition bars are not cost effective.
For health-conscious people who are... Read More
If you're holding on to any of your food aversions from the days when you hung Tiger Beat posters on your wall, it's time to let go of your fears and give those hated foods another try. After all, a finicky eater at 4 is pretty typical but a picky eater at 40 comes off as a bit... high-maintenance .
As we age, our palates mature and become less sensitive and many of the foods that seemed so icky when we were young become far... Read More
Vitamins are good for you, but vitamin C is one of the most effective and safest, experts say. But what can it do? Many people think it can cure the common cold, which is simply a myth. While it bolsters the immune system and may protect against more serious complications - like pneumonia -- it is not a cure. But the benefits of getting enough - or more than enough, in some cases - include protection against cardiovascular... Read More
It's never too late to teach your children well -- well-being that is. Whether you're raising toddlers or teens, or any age in between, you have the power and the ability to turn things around and instill healthy eating habits.
What your children consume today is the foundation for what they eat for the rest of their lives. Poor eating habits can lead to weight problems and weight-related health issues in your child's future. Not only... Read More
By Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers, FreshBaby.com
With so many choices in the grocery store, it is often difficult to pick out the healthiest foods for your family. Recently, a system was introduced to help consumers make this decision. It is called the NuVal system, and it was developed by a team of healthcare professionals led by Dr. David Katz, a nationally... Read More
Eat at least five servings of fruit a day. If you're not getting an apple a day -- or any fruit for that matter -- it's time to change your unhealthy ways. A campaign has been established promoting the importance of consuming five to nine servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. Fruits and vegetables provide vitamins, minerals, fibers and other health-enhancing properties. They're also responsible for warding off cancer and... Read More
You may take supplements for vitamins A, C, and E, but what about folic acid? If you don't eat a lot of leafy greens, liver or brewer's yeast, then chances are, you're not getting enough of this important vitamin.
Folic acid, otherwise known as vitamin B9, is essential to cell production and plays a vital role in the development of the fetus. In fact, studies have shown that supplementing with folic acid can reduce birth defects by 72... Read More
By Lauren S. Johnson
It is no surprise that vitamin D and calcium are responsible for warding off osteoporosis. However, not too many of us are aware of the fact that bone loss can be a result of our daily diet. In today's hectic society a lot of us are way too busy to pay attention to what we eat and the... Read More
While getting all your essential nutrients from natural foods is ideal, it may not be practical in today's society, and many people turn to vitamins to supplement their diets. Make no mistake about it, however, vitamin supplements are big business, and not all manufacturers have your best interests at heart.
There are thousands of supplements to choose from, and consumers spend billions of dollars each year -- many never get even a small... Read More