10 Most Important Supplements for a Healthy Life

 

10 Most Important Supplements for a Healthy Life - If you’re wondering about dietary supplements, here are the top 10 options to consider for a healthy life.
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In an attempt to get a healthy life, Americans spent $13 billion on dietary supplements in 2013, and such spending is expected to increase to more than $15 billion by 2019.

 

Meanwhile, just walking down the supplement aisle(s) at your local health food store can be mind-boggling, and rightfully so – there are more than 29,000 different nutritional supplements on the market today.

 

Which of these are truly beneficial and which are not? That’s the burning question, isn’t it? Because you’d gladly invest in a handful of supplements if they were going to improve your health … but if not, you’d rather not flush your money down the toilet.

 

The truth is, there’s no one right answer, because everyone has different supplemental needs. Your age, diet, health status, weight and health goals all impact which dietary supplements could help your body thrive and get a healthy life. That being said, there are certain supplements that are nearly universally beneficial.

 

And by that I mean, most Americans are seriously lacking in these nutrients and could benefit greatly from a supplement. For those of you who don’t know, our philosophy for wellness – from dietary supplements to physical activity to stress relief and more – centers on the need to identify imbalances and then bring them back into balance.

 

To do this you’ve got to look at deficiencies and excesses in your life, then commit to bringing up the deficiencies and bringing down the excesses. A simple example has to do with calcium. Most Americans consume high amounts of calcium but neglect to consume enough magnesium to balance it out.

 

Calcium causes your muscles to contract while magnesium is necessary for proper muscle and nerve function. With too little magnesium and an abundance of calcium, your muscles may go into spasm, including your heart, which is why this imbalance may actually lead to a heart attack.

 

I’m not telling you this to make you worry … I’m letting you know that by addressing deficiencies now you can significantly improve your health and wellness. Toward that end, if you’re wondering about dietary supplements, the following 10 are the top options to consider.

 

10 Supplements Virtually Everyone Needs for a Healthy Life

 

  1. Fiber

 

Eating enough fiber is essential for blood sugar control, heart health, digestive health, stroke prevention and more. It can even help with weight loss and improve the health of your skin. Yet, more than 90 percent of U.S. adults and children fail to meet the recommended 30 grams a day.

 

The Council for Responsible Nutrition Foundation (CRNF) even released a report showing adults 55 and over with heart disease could reduce their heart-disease-related medical events by 11.5 percent just by supplementing with psyllium, an excellent source of fiber – daily. And it would cost just .30 cents a day to do so …

 

Eating more vegetables and fruits is one of the easiest ways to increase your fiber intake, but even with the ‘perfect’ diet it can be difficult to get enough every day. And if you’re not eating right, forget it. A fiber supplement, like psyllium, is highly recommended.

 

  1. Protein

 

Adult woman are advised to consume about 46 grams of protein a day while men need closer to 56 grams. Most U.S. adults actually consume more protein than this on any given day, but there are groups at risk of deficiency. Pregnant and nursing women require more than the average person, as do those engaging in intense exercise and most seniors.

 

In fact, seniors may need double the typically recommended amounts of protein to prevent age-related muscle loss, especially if they’re bedridden or facing a chronic illness or injury.

 

Since proteins make up a major part of your skin, muscles, organs and glands, anyone who’s overcoming an injury or illness may benefit from an additional amount.

 

As for what type, there are many high-quality protein supplements on the market. Whey protein is a good option, but feel free to choose one that meets your unique needs (for instance, a plant-based source if you’re vegetarian).

 

  1. Melatonin

 

Melatonin, which is naturally produced by your pineal gland, is well known for helping to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. It’s often recommended for people with insomnia and other sleeping problems, but virtually everyone can use it to improve the quality of their sleep. It’s during sleep that your body heals and regenerates, so high-quality sleep is truly essential to wellness.

 

Many are also not aware that your body’s production of melatonin declines with age, making supplementation increasingly important as you get older. Plus, melatonin also plays a role in hormone balance and immune system function, and it even has antioxidant properties.

 

Research has even shown that people who take melatonin after strenuous, high-intensity exercise have less cell damage and greater levels of an anti-inflammatory protein, lending increased support for the usefulness of this supplement across the board.

 

  1. Whole-Food-Based Multivitamin

 

Many Americans have serious nutrient gaps and do not get nearly enough of certain nutrients to be optimally healthy. While you may not be lacking enough to be deficient (but then again, you might), you may be getting inadequate levels for optimal health. For instance, research suggests a large number of Americans are not getting enough vitamins A, C and E and B vitamins.

 

It’s certainly possible to get all the nutrients you need from nutrient-dense foods – but, be honest, you may not be eating these nutrient-dense foods daily, at every meal. A green smoothie or green superfood powder can be a good addition here, but you can also find whole-food-based multivitamins in capsule or tablet form.

 

  1. Ionic Multi-Mineral Supplement, High in Magnesium

 

I recommend you use a separate supplement for minerals than your typical multivitamin (some are combined multivitamin-mineral supplements). Trace minerals like nickel, silver, zinc, tungsten and many others are essential for the proper function of your body and play a role in helping prevent degenerative conditions, including joint pain.

 

Ionic minerals exist in an unstable state that allows them to bond readily with water so they’re easily absorbed by your body. Their positive or negative charges also combine into a dynamic electrical flow that helps move nutrients into your body.

 

Choose a variety high in magnesium, as research suggests only about 25 percent of US adults are getting the recommended daily amount of 310 to 320 milligrams (mg) for women and 400 to 420 for men. Minerals sourced from seawater are naturally high in magnesium.

 

Magnesium is important for your heart, muscles, kidneys and more, and deficiency is a major cause of fatigue, weakness and abnormal heart rhythms. Research from CRNF found that nearly $7 billion in avoidable hospital costs could be saved from 2013-2020 if more Americans used magnesium supplements.

 

  1. Probiotics

 

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help maintain the natural balance of microflora in your intestines. They’ve been growing in popularity in recent years, as research has shown that probiotics can support your immune system health, enhance your digestion, help you make essential vitamins and absorb nutrients from your food, soothe inflammation in your gastrointestinal tract … and the benefits go on and on.

 

Probiotics have actually been revered for centuries in cultures around the world, where they have traditionally been consumed in fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and lassi (an Indian yogurt drink).

 

In the modern day, however, most of us do not eat enough fermented foods to ensure a regular supply of these healthy “bugs.” That, and environmental onslaughts like antibiotics, chlorinated water and an excess of sugar in our diets further degrades the healthy microflora that would otherwise be in our guts …

 

A probiotic supplement, ideally one with multiple bacterial strains that are also acid- and bile-resistant, is invaluable if you don’t regularly consume fermented foods.

 

  1. Digestive Enzymes

 

Digestive enzymes convert the food you eat into small molecules that your body uses as fuel. They break down fats into fatty acids and proteins into amino acids, for instance, Other enzymes, such as maltase and lactase, help to convert certain sugars into glucose while an enzyme known as renin helps you to digest proteins specifically found in milk.

 

Digestive enzymes are very useful, especially if you suffer from regular gas, bloating, abdominal pain, heartburn, leaky gut or other signs of trouble with digestion. Taking them orally with a meal may also help you from becoming deficient and straining your digestive system.

 

Look for a digestive enzyme high in enzymes that digest fats – lipase – as this will help you to avoid the “post-lunch coma.” The enzymes will break down the fats you eat into fatty acids you can use for instant energy. You also want a broad-spectrum formula that will contain a variety of enzymes (as each serves a different, useful purpose).

 

  1. Fish Oil with CoQ10

 

The anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats found in fish oil have been proven helpful for heart health, memory and cognitive function, healthy pregnancies and fetal development, skin health, anti-aging benefits, mood support and even improving dry eye symptoms.

 

Most Americans don’t eat nearly enough fish to get these healthy fats on a daily basis, which is why supplementation with high-quality fish oil is so beneficial. According to CRNF, nearly $4 billion in coronary heart disease-related savings could occur from 2013-2020 if more Americans used omega-3 supplements at preventive intake levels.

 

Omega-3 deficiency has even been described as the sixth biggest killer of Americans, causing 96,000 deaths each year. I recommend a source that also contains CoQ10, for the added benefits to your heart.

 

  1. Vitamin D3

 

About 41 percent of U.S. adults are deficient in vitamin D, and many more have levels that are below optimal. Among the elderly, who have a decreased ability to make vitamin D from sunlight, and African Americans, who have higher levels of melanin in their skin (which reduces your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D) rates of deficiency are even higher.

 

Inadequate vitamin D levels have now been linked to a growing number of health conditions, from heart disease and cancer to autoimmune diseases and infections (including the flu).

 

And you don’t want to be in the “average” or “normal” range, which is said to be 30-50 ng/ml. What research is revealing is that in order to reap all the health benefits vitamin D has to offer, you need to be in the optimal range, which is 50-80 ng/ml.

 

You can get vitamin D from sensible sun exposure, but if you’re not able to spend time outdoors every day, a vitamin D3 supplement will be necessary. Have your levels tested and work with a health care provider to determine the right dose for you to get your levels into the optimal range.

 

And be sure you’re taking vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the type produced in your skin, and not vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol), a synthetic form. Vitamin D3 has been found to increase blood levels of vitamin D more effectively than vitamin D2.

 

  1. Systemic Enzymes

Systemic enzymes are designed to survive your stomach acid, allowing them to enter your small intestine and be absorbed into your bloodstream — and that’s where the real ‘magic’ happens. Systemic enzymes fight inflammation and stimulate your immune system, making them useful for conditions such as:

 

 

Beyond this, systemic enzymes have shown promise for heart health, immune support and more. Proteolytic enzymes are naturally produced in your pancreas, but your natural production declines with age; these inflammation-busters become largely depleted as you hit 40 and over.

 

In fact, a new-born baby has 100 times more enzymes than an elderly person, and even a 20-year-old has double the enzyme levels of a 70-year-old. If you have blood-clotting disorders, chronic fatigue, high cholesterol, obesity or other chronic health ailments or even grey hair, these could be signs that you’re already enzyme deficient.

 

If you don’t eat perfectly (including raw foods on a daily basis), the chances that your body is lacking in these crucial catalysts is even higher.

 

Fortunately, there’s Heal-n-Soothe, the best systemic enzyme formula to replenish your body’s supply of vital enzymes. Heal-n-Soothe®” not only gives you the healing power of systemic proteolytic enzymes in a convenient capsule but it combines it with additional anti-inflammatory ingredients to support optimal health.

 

Systemic enzymes must be consumed on an empty stomach (if you take them with food, your body may use them for digestion before they have a chance to enter your bloodstream).

 

Watch this Video HERE about the 10 healthiest vegetables and the 10 healthiest foods for a Healthy Life

 

Bonus: Supplements for Specific Conditions

 

Beyond this list of 10, there are many other supplements that have healing potential, depending on your needs. Again, our philosophy at the Healthy Back Institute is that most underlying conditions are there because of imbalances in your body that lead to a stagnation that keeps you from healing and getting better. No matter what your condition or imbalance, there is a supplement available to help fix it and propel your body back into the proper balance.

 

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Why Vitamin B12 Is Really Important for Strong Joints?

 

Why Vitamin B12 Is Really Important for Strong Joints? Vitamin B12 is also a key player for strong joints and bones but is difficult to absorb by the body. Read on to find out the best way to replenish the supply of Vitamin B12 for your body.
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When it comes to strong bones, you’re probably aware that you need calcium and vitamin D. Some may even know that vitamin K plays an equally important role.

 

And as far as joint health is concerned, you’ve probably heard about chondroitin, glucosamine and maybe even MSM — all of which are important for healthy and strong joints.

 

Few are aware, however, that vitamin B12 is also a key player for strong joints and bones — and consequently many may be completely lacking in this water-soluble vitamin.

 

Vitamin B12: THE Vitamin for Strong Joints and Bones

 

Vitamin B12 is often touted as an energy booster, but it does far more for your health than that. Vitamin B12 is a key player in your body’s nerve and blood cell health, and it also helps to make DNA and prevent a certain type of anemia that can make you very weak.

 

Vitamin B12 is also known to help lower homocysteine, high levels of which are linked to dementia, heart attack and stroke. What is often overlooked? Vitamin B12 is also crucial for your bones and joints. Consider:

 

Vitamin B12 deficiency is linked to low bone mineral density in men and women, and has been called an “important modifiable risk factor for osteoporosis”

 

Supplementing with vitamin B12 and folate may reduce the risk of hip fractures in elderly people

 

A case report from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital concluded that a 62-year-old man’s severe joint pain and other symptoms, including trouble walking, were due to lack of vitamin B12

 

Vitamin B12 is Difficult to Absorb: Are You Getting Enough?

 

Vitamin B12 is found in animal foods like meat, poultry, eggs, fish and dairy products, which is why vegetarians and vegans are at a high risk of deficiency.

 

However, vitamin B12 also requires a two-step process to be absorbed by your body, and some people have difficulty absorbing. This includes people over 50, many of whom don’t have adequate hydrochloric acid in their stomach, which is necessary for proper absorption of vitamin B12 from foods.

 

Those with digestive disorders (celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, etc.) or who have had weight loss surgery or other gastrointestinal surgery may also have trouble with absorption. Certain medications, including proton pump inhibitors, certain antibiotics, and the diabetes drug Metformin may also interfere with your body’s absorption or use of vitamin B12.

 

The end result is that, even though animal products are commonly consumed in the United States, many Americans are deficient in vitamin B12, putting their bones and joints at risk. It’s estimated that anywhere from 1.5 percent to 15 percent of U.S. adults suffer from vitamin B12 deficiency, many without knowing.

 

As reported in the journal Nutrients:

 

“Vitamin B(12) deficiency is common, mainly due to limited dietary intake of animal foods or malabsorption of the vitamin. Vegetarians are at risk of vitamin B(12) deficiency as are other groups with low intakes of animal foods or those with restrictive dietary patterns.

 

Malabsorption of vitamin B(12) is most commonly seen in the elderly, secondary to gastric achlorhydria. The symptoms of sub-clinical deficiency are subtle and often not recognized. The long-term consequences of sub-clinical deficiency are not fully known but may include adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes, vascular, cognitive, bone and eye health.”

 

As for how much is recommended, adults are advised to get 2.4 micrograms of vitamin B12 daily. According to Harvard Health Publications:

 

“If you are over age 50, the Institute of Medicine recommends that you get extra B12 from a supplement, since you may not be able to absorb enough of the vitamin through foods.”

 

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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), which contains a naturally occurring form of sulfur in the human body, which helps provide the raw material for cell creation and repair

 

Chondroitin sulfate, which is essential for the structure and healthy function of your connective tissue, and is naturally found in the cartilage around your joints

 

Glucosamine, which is found naturally throughout your body, but especially in your cartilage

 

… and much, much more. If you want relief from joint pain or you want to be proactive in supporting your bone and joint health, you want to cover all of your bases. Vitamin B12 is a great start, but Super Joint Support gives you B12 plus 10 other supportive nutrients for the ultimate in bone and joint care.

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more

7 Proven Best Foods for People Over 50

 

7 Proven Best Foods for People Over 50 - Read on here to find out what are the best foods for people over 50 and the Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging
The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

 

The foods you eat can make or break your health at all life stages. But while some foods are healthy for virtually everyone, your unique nutritional needs change with time.

 

In youth and adolescence, your body is hard at work growing and developing. Next your body gears up for procreation and maintenance. As you reach 50 and beyond, your body’s focus shifts to preventing disease, as well as keeping your body systems functioning in top working order.

 

As you age, your metabolism may slow and your ability to break down and utilize certain nutrients also changes, which is why you may need to eat more of certain nutrients, like fiber and protein, and less of others (like those from processed foods) in order to stay fit and healthy.

 

So what does an ideal anti-aging shopping list of best foods for people over 50 look like? The foods that follow should make a regular appearance.

 

  1. Green Leafy Vegetables

 

Spinach, kale, turnip greens and even lettuce are packed with fiber, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants that can help fight DNA damage that may lead to cancer.

 

They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that reduce your risk of chronic eye diseases, including two that become more common with age – cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

 

Plus, leafy green are rich in folate, a type of B vitamin known to suppress the amino acid homocysteine. Elevated levels of homocysteine are linked to brain shrinkage and Alzheimer’s disease, so eating leafy greens is important for your brain health.

 

  1. Kefir or Yogurt

 

Fermented foods are important as you age to provide your body with beneficial microbes, namely probiotics, that your body needs to thrive. As you reach 50 and beyond, the numbers of pathogenic bacteria in your gut may increase, leading to gastrointestinal issues, which is what makes fermented foods particularly important as you get older.

 

As a bonus, probiotics are known to fight inflammation, a key accelerator of the aging process. Kefir and yogurt also provide a good source of calcium, which tends to be harder to absorb in people with decreased levels of stomach acid (and issue that becomes more common as you age).

 

While you could simply take a supplement, research shows dietary calcium is better for your bone health than that from supplements.

 

One word of warning: many kefirs and yogurts on the market contain enough sugar to be classified as a dessert. Choose plain, low-sugar varieties, ideally made from grass-fed milk.

 

  1. Whey Protein

 

While many Americans eat more protein than they need, your protein needs increase with age. Your muscle mass and strength will decline at an accelerating rate as you get older … unless you do something to stop it.

 

Exercise is important here, but so is high-quality dietary protein. Research shows higher protein intakes can help counteract loss of muscle mass and strength in older adults.

 

Whey protein is an ideal form of protein because it’s easily absorbed and utilized by your body and contains other beneficial compounds, like leucine, which supports muscle growth and repair.

 

Whey protein is also very convenient, as it comes in powder form and can be added to smoothies or mixed with milk for a quick shake. Other sources of high-quality protein include eggs (pastured), beef (grass-fed) and chicken (free-range).

 

  1. Wild-Caught Seafood

 

Wild-caught salmon and sardines are among your best sources of omega-3 fats, powerful inflammation fighters and supporters of brain health, heart health and more. There’s even research showing omega-3 fatty acids help preserve your telomeres.

 

Telomeres are the caps on your chromosomes that are sometimes used as a measure of aging. The shorter your telomeres get, it’s said, the quicker your cells age and die. Eating omega-3s may help preserve these caps, thus potentially slowing the aging process.

 

  1. Berries

 

Berries, including blueberries and raspberries, are high in fiber and antioxidants. Research has shown people who eat blueberries and strawberries each week (three servings) had a 32 percent lower risk of heart attack.

 

Eating a cup of blueberries daily has also been shown to help lower blood pressure and may boost concentration and memory. As mentioned, berries are also a good source of fiber, with about 8 grams per cup (for raspberries).

 

Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of “The Hunger Fix,” told the Huffington Post:

 

“Fiber not only helps your gastrointestinal function run smoothly, but it also decreases gastrointestinal inflammation and cholesterol, while providing a slow release of energy-rich carbohydrates into the bloodstream … Senior women and men should aim for about 25-30 grams of fiber per day.”

 

  1. Olive Oil

 

Olive oil is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that may lower your risk of heart disease. It may also help you control insulin levels and blood sugar, while providing valuable nutrition in the form of vitamins and E and K.

 

Because olive oil is easily damaged by heat, it is best used for cold dishes, such as splashing onto salads and other veggies and dipping bread.

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

 

When you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, choose dark chocolate (the darker, the better). It’s rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and even abdominal obesity. For health purposes, look for varieties that contain at least 70 percent cacao.

 

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There you have it, the best foods for people over 50, read on here to learn

 

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Unlike most treatments which only deliver temporary relief, if any at all, muscle balance therapy delivers lasting relief to 8 out of 10 people who use it because it addresses the underlying cause of the pain, not just the symptoms.

If you are suffering from any type of back pain, neck pain or sciatica, I urge you to learn more about this breakthrough new treatment. Click HERE to learn more