Natural vs Synthetic Vitamins and Minerals

Not all vitamin and mineral supplements are created equal and for a variety of different reasons, some variations are just not absorbed into the body as quickly as others. For the benefit of your health, and that of your family, it is worth taking the time to find out which supplements or natural forms will have the most beneficial effects in terms of bio-absorption. Vitamin D vs Sunlight Ensuring we get enough Vitamin D is difficult at any age however for newborns it is even more difficult. Vitamin D drops are recommended to reduce rickets and help fight off childhood and adult illness. Rickets can cause soft and weak bones which can ultimately lead to fractures. Vitamin D drops are recommended for babies to ensure this does not happen. Sunlight is the most biologically normal way for us to ensure we get enough Vitamin D. Depending on where you live in the world 15 minutes of sunlight each day should be enough. (Note: Sunscreen is also not recommended for babies under six months of age) To ensure that your newborn baby has enough Vitamin D in their system when they are born, make sure you get plenty of sunshine yourself prior to the birth. This will ensure that both you and your baby are healthy and there is enough Vitamin D in the milk supply to supplement your newborn daughter or son. 5-MTHF vs Folic Acid and Folinic Acid With all the talk of folinic acid, folic acid and folate it is very easy to get confused; basically they are all forms of a water-soluble vitamin, Vitamin B. Folate... read more

10 Natural Ways to Induce Hunger

There are many reasons why you may not feel hungry or just don’t want to eat as much. It could be that you have been ill, feel depressed or are on some kind of medication which can decrease your appetite. We all go through periods where we just don’t want to eat as much as we normally do, however, there are plenty of natural ways to induce your hunger and get your appetite back. Caraway Seeds Caraway has the ability to calm an upset stomach and has been used by the Greeks for hundreds of years. Add some caraway seeds to your tea or into your casseroles to help aid the return of your appetite. Vitamin D A lack of Vitamin D can sometimes suppress your hunger so you don’t feel like eating. To counteract, if you increase your intake of Vitamin D, your appetite may return. Be careful however; if you take too much Vitamin D you are at risk in suffering from toxicity which will in turn suppress your hunger as well. It is all about finding the healthy middle ground. Bitter Greens Bitter greens consist of such foods as kale, watercress, arugula, radicchio, endives and escarole. These healthy foods help stimulate your digestion system naturally and allow you to start craving food again. Cayenne Pepper A number of tests have been carried out which show that eating hot pepper can increase the appetite. If you enjoy your food spicy, then add some cayenne pepper to your dish to help induce your hunger. Herbs There are many herbs which are said to help your digestion and aid... read more

9 Natural Ways to Have Whiter Teeth

It probably won’t come as a surprise that teeth whitening and health products are very popular… but of course, not all work, and some contain harmful chemicals. There are many ways to care for your teeth naturally – both stopping, slowing and reversing problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. For thousands of years people have been searching for ways to whiten and keep their teeth healthy. The following list is for reference only – for severe problems you should see a dentist. If you plan to try anything listed here, I’d recommend that you research it yourself first, before trying it. Activated Charcoal Charcoal has been used for many years for various types of wounds. It can also help by cleaning your teeth of stains and relieving the pain of toothache and abscesses. Baking Soda Baking soda has been a long standing remedy for teeth problems – recommendations include mixing it with salt or just brushing in a paste form (mixed with water) onto your teeth. If you see a cavity in your tooth it’s usually a lot more advanced than the small hole it appears. Remember: Prevention! Banana Skins Many people have reported that simply rubbing the inside of a banana peel on their teeth for two minutes, twice a day, has removed staining and left them with brilliantly white teeth. Oil Pulling This simple method of swishing oil around in your mouth can help your teeth and gums. Proponents of this method have found that some oils (such as coconut oil) can also reduce staining on the teeth and whiten them. It can also relieve tooth pain. Sea Salt... read more

How To Take Prenatal Vitamins Without Getting Sick

Sometimes swallowing tablets, whether they are prenatal vitamins or prescriptions, is a task that is far too hard to manage, let alone contemplate. Rest assured that you are not alone. People of all ages share your problem. Sure, it is understandably strange to swallow something without chewing it, nevertheless, when it comes to medication, swallowing pills are an extremely convenient way to dose yourself up. Everyone has a different tried and tested method and there is not one way that suits everyone. Are prenatal vitamins making you feel sick?   Prenatal vitamins contain large amounts of iron and folic acid, both of which can make you feel sick.  During pregnancy, you body’s blood volume increases by about one third. Your body needs the extra iron in the blood production. Without it you would feel even more tired and lethargic than you already are. The extra folic acid is included in the prenatal vitamin to protect your unborn baby. Folic acid has shown to reduce the risk of birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Best time to take prenatal vitamins It is advisable to take your prenatal vitamins with food. Drinking a glass of water in addition to the food helps as well. Never take them on an empty stomach, especially not first thing in the morning when you are most prone to morning sickness. If you are having a hard time keeping your vitamins down in the morning, consider taking them right before bedtime instead. Eat a small snack like some crackers and take your prenatal vitamins right before you go to sleep. The food will help keep you... read more

25+ Soft Foods To Eat With Braces and Sore Teeth

Mouth sores, tender gums, and a sore throat can make eating uncomfortable.  And after getting  braces, your teeth will be sore which makes chewing and swallowing difficult. One the day you have your braces put on, it is best to avoiding some types of foods which can damage or break your braces including hard, sticky, crunchy and tough foods. By carefully choosing the foods you eat and by taking good care of your mouth, teeth, and gums, you can usually make eating easier. Here are some suggestions that may help: Try soft foods that are easy to chew and swallow, such as: Drinks: Milkshakes Smoothies Meals Shepherds pie (cottage pie) Mashed potato Noodles Pureed or mashed vegetables, such as peas and carrots Polenta Seafood including tuna, salmon, cod and crab cakes Soup Lentils Rice Couscous Quinoa Snacks: Bananas and other soft fruits Apple sauce Watermelon Cottage cheese Yogurt Custards Mashed avocado/guacamole Puddings Scrambled eggs Ice cream Oatmeal or other cooked cereals Jelly With irritates gums or mouth sores, avoid foods or liquids that can irritate your mouth. These include: Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, or other citrus fruit or juice Tomato sauces or juice Spicy or salty foods Rough, coarse, or dry foods Other eating suggestions: Cook foods until they are soft and tender. Cut foods into small pieces. Use a blender or food processor to puree your food. Mix food with butter, margarine, thin gravy, or sauce to make it easier to swallow. Use a straw to drink liquids. Use a smaller-than-usual spoon, such as a baby spoon. Try foods cold or at room temperature. Hot foods can irritate a tender mouth... read more

Will I Still Have Weight Loss On Paleo If Everything Isn’t Organic?

The Paleo way of life encourages the eating of food that is in it’s most natural form.  This extends to not only the food we consume but the food that animals eat too. In an ideal world everything we’d eat would be organic. You’d probably want to opt for local produce seasonal fruits and vegetables and unprocessed. Of course it’s not always that easy.  Depending on where you live, what you love to eat and the price, eating organic is not always going to be realistic. If you are seeking to follow a Paleo way of life, and you cannot access organic food, or afford it, it should not impact upon your weight loss efforts at all.... read more

20 Natural Ways to Gain Weight

Although weight loss is a big industry, there are many people who have the opposite problem; they can’t gain weight, no matter how they try. Luckily, if you fall into the category of underweight and your doctor can’t find any medical reason for why you’re skinny, there are a range of foods you can eat to bulk up. Avocados – A great source of natural fatty acids. Avoid Bad Fats – That means no fried foods and sugary treats. Balance – You should make sure each meal has a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat. Bread – Lots of bread helps with gaining weight, use it as an addition to all your meals. Calories – Use a calorie counter if you’re able. You need to consume more than you burn in energy. Cereals – Good whole grain cereals, not the sugary ones. Dried Fruit – Because they have less volume you can consume more calories. Fruit and Vegetable Juice – Instead of soda or water, use 100% juices or home made juices. Hydration – Make sure you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water and other liquids. Dehydration can slow down weight gain. Milk – Drink plenty of whole milk. Nuts, Nuts, Nuts – Add a variety of chopped or ground nuts to your meals, desserts and cooking. Oils – Olive and canola are great oils to add to your meals or salads. Pasta – A great source of carbohydrates. Peanut Butter – A simple food to add to any meal. Protein Drinks – Available from chemists and health food stores. Resistance Training – Gaining muscle will increase your... read more

7 Ways to Get Sun Safely Everyday

We all need a bit of sunshine to stay healthy and happy and, as busy as our lives are, sometimes we don’t have enough time to sit outside and get our daily requisite. #Vitamin D is an essential vitamin to our body so we can absorb calcium and promote bone growth, as well as being thought to stave off depression, weight gain and even cancer. Our Vitamin D requirements depend on many factors such as age, weight, skin colour, time of year and individual health. So what can we do? Of course spending long hours in the #sun can be very unhealthy so here are some sneaky ways to get your daily sunlight without risking your health or sacrificing your busy schedule. Wind down your car window As you drive from destination to destination or take your child to their obligatory dance or karate class, wind down the car window and take advantage of those sun rays. Every little bit helps. Pull up your sleeves It may not be the weather for short sleeves just yet but when you are outside, be mindful of the fact that you can pull your sleeves up a little bit to catch some of those healthy rays. Walk on the sunny side of the street If you are going to choose a side of the street to walk on, opt for the one in the sunshine. Embrace the outdoors and enjoy it while it lasts. Walk to get some lunch or take a short stroll each day Try to get outside as much as you can even if it means going for a... read more

26 Ways to (Naturally) Not Be Nervous

Nervousness and anxiety happens to us all at some point in our lives. Whether in your professional or your personal life, nerves will hit and there isn’t much you can do about it. Or is there? Without resorting to medication, if nerves are becoming an issue and affecting your day to day routine, then here is a list of natural remedies to help reduce those jitters. Chamomile Chamomile tea, two to three times a day, is an especially good remedy to resort to when nervousness strikes or failing that, chamomile supplements. Chamomile is known to significantly reduce anxiety and nervousness due to the relaxation promoting ingredients, apigenin and luteolin. Green Tea Green tea is a refreshing and relaxing drink which can help soothe the nerves. The amino acid L-theanine in green tea can also help with blood pressure and a rising heart rate. L-theanine As mentioned above, L-theanine is found in green tea however it is also found in black tea and can be taken in capsule form. This water-soluble amino acid works to combat nervous and anxiety without any drowsiness or other side effects. Hops Hops otherwise known as Humulus lupulus can sometimes be found in tea form. The herb is often used as a sedative to help promote relaxation and sleep. Valerian Root Valerian is generally taken as a capsule, tea or in liquid form, but note that it can have a rather unpleasant smell. It has been used as a sedative to help insomnia since the ancient Greek and Roman empires and can help reduce anxiety and nerves. Lemon Balm Lemon balm has been used for... read more