Over half of Americans today take a multivitamin of some kind, believing that it will help them to stave off chronic disease and health deficiencies but health experts are in disagreement over the necessity of these supplements. Some doctors and nutritionists feel that a multivitamin a day is absolutely critical to a healthy body, while others point out that with a proper diet and exercise vitamin supplementation may be simply redundant.Some people even take multivitamins or other supplements as a way of replacing the need for a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, or before engaging in damaging behavior such as binge drinking or recreational drug use. Health experts are largely in disagreement on the subject of vitamin supplements, but on this area they agree a multivitamin does not obviate the human requirement for a healthy diet. In contrast, many health experts believe that a healthy diet renders vitamin supplements unnecessary, but none suggest that vitamins alone reduce the need for healthy eating.Some individuals claim that a proper vitamin supplementation regimen can resolve problems ranging from digestive issues to irregular heartbeats, but there are still insufficient clinical studies to conclusively indicate whether a multivitamin is beneficial to most healthy adults.Ironically, those who use multivitamins the most are generally healthier, more active, and more conscious about their diets than those who choose not to use vitamin supplementation at all. As such, those who would likely see the greatest benefit generally avoid using a vitamin supplement at all.The major issue that most health professionals have with readily available mass produced multivitamin supplements is their one size fits all approach without individualized testing and custom design for a vitamin supplement program to suit the individual, even when taking a multivitamin there may be a serious surplus of one element despite a significant deficiency of another. Since people of different age groups, body types, and activity levels all require different types of supplements, it is advisable to get full testing done in order to determine what vitamins really are necessary rather than simply purchasing an over the counter multivitamin tablet.
Over the course of the past couple of years, the news media has been awash with reports of the increasing number of people around the world who are obese and who are not eating proper diets. In addition, innumerable news stories recount the fact that many people get little or no appropriate exercise on a regular basis whatsoever. Perhaps you are a person who has not undertaken any sort of exercise routine in recent times. However, perhaps you have made the decision to start leading a more healthy life and to that end you are inclined to develop and commence a work out routine.If you are interested in rounding out a workable and beneficial workout routine, you might want to consider utilizing vitamins and nutritional supplements as a part of that program. On many levels, developing a beneficial program for healthy living is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together.In addition to including the piece of selecting the right foods to eat, you will also want to develop a solid work out routine. One method through which you can smartly link up the diet and the exercise portion of your healthy living plan is through the use of vitamins and nutritional supplements.When it comes to vitamins and nutritional supplements, these products can have a two prong effect on assisting you in your trek towards a healthy life. First of all, these products directly benefit a person when they properly are utilized. Secondly, these products can enhance your work out performance and efforts.For example, if you elect to utilize a nutritional supplement that provides energy or fuel (one that is appropriately balanced between carbs and protein) you will be able to have the energy necessary to undertake a hearty work out. In addition, through the use of certain vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements, you can enhance your muscle mass and your cardio-vascular health.Of course, before you begin any diet or exercise program, it is necessary for you to consult with your doctor. You must keep in mind that dieting, exercise and the use of vitamins and supplements is serious business -- it is not something you need to take lightly. You must seek appropriate professional guidance before you embark on any program that involves dieting, exercise, as well as vitamins and nutritional supplements.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis (SAR) affects more than 25 million Americans each year and current studies indicate the problem of seasonal allergies is on the rise.Numerous clinical observations and case studies have led researchers to propose that methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) may help to significantly reduce the symptoms of SAR.In a study conducted in 2002, fifty people with chronic SAR, completed a study. They consumed 2600 mg of MSM per day. As part of the study, respiratory symptoms, energy levels and immune and inflammatory reactions were measured. All of the participants noted remarkable improvement and tests performed on the individuals in the study measured and confirmed that the use of the supplement MSM had made a physically distinctive rectification of SAR symptoms.The results of the study suggest that MSM supplementation of 2600 mg per day for 30 days may help reduce the symptoms of SAR; additionally few side effects are associated with the use of MSM.(information obtained for this article was found in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Feb.2003, Vol. 9, No. 1: 15-16)A PERSONAL NOTE: I have used MSM as a supplement regimen for 10 years. I have been a chronic hay fever sufferer all of my life, and I discovered that using MSM stopped the runny itchy eyes and scratchy throat during the hay fever season. I still sneeze but the more irritating side effects of hay fever have been chiefly eliminated.
Tribulus terrestris is a herb that comes from a plant found in Asia. It has been used in the past by many cultures for the treatment of liver, kidney and cardiovascular diseases. It has also been used as a diuretic and to treat infertility. In recent years strength athletes in eastern Europe are reputed to have used it to enhance performance.It is believed to enhance testosterone levels by encouraging the production of lutenizing hormone. Studies have shown that when lutenizing hormone levels are increased, the natural production of testosterone also increases.It is difficult to assess the validity of tribulus as a muscle growth enhancer because none of the studies carried out have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Its proponents do suggest that it can prove useful when stacked with 100 mg of DHEA and 100 mg of androstenedione but this takes us into the equally uncertain territory of prohormones which we have covered in a separate article.If you do wish to experiment with tribulus you can take 750-1250 mg per day divided between meals. Some people experience stomach upsets but this can be minimized by taking it with food. There's no guarantee that tribulus terrestris will help you grow bigger muscles but many users report a much improved sex drive!
There was this guy who jumped off the 37th floor of a tall building. As he fell, people at each floor inside the building heard him say as he passed them, "So far, so goodso far, so good..." Diabetes is a disease which cannot be "trusted." I know that's an odd way of putting it, but bear with me for a moment here. As a medical professional, I have dealt with countless cases of diabetes. I have always been amazed people will plan for the future as they build lives, careers, families, dreamscreating and pursuing commitments for the long term And yet, one issue stands out consistently. People with diabetes tend to hope the disease will just "maintain itself," that it will just stay at status quo for the long term. Diabetes cannot be trusted to stay anywheremuch less at status quo. Like the guy falling from the 37th floor, people with diabetes tend to keep telling themselves "So far, so goodso far, so goodso far, so good" Folks, hope is NOT a strategy. It is a necessity, but it is NOT a strategy in dealing with a disease like diabetes. Diabetes: The "fall out" is too great to ignoreAs I said earlier, I am amazed how well people can plan for the long term, creating and pursuing future commitments but do NOT plan long-term for diabetes. Of course, the natural question is: "What are the long term issues with diabetes?"With diabetes, a person is two to four times more likely to develop cardio-vascular disease. Being a cardio-vascular surgeon, I saw this particular problem constantly in my field. And I saw it consistently in young and middle aged people with diabetes. With diabetes, people are TWENTY-FIVE times more likely to develop retinopathy (deterioration of the retinas). Because of diabetes, 24,000 people lose sight every year!With diabetes, 60-70% of those afflicted suffer nerve damage which can lead to non-traumatic lower limb amputations. This is due to the fact that open sores that do not heal, accompany diabetes. As they become ulcerated, the diabetic faces complications which can lead to amputation of limbs.People with diabetes are AT RISK for kidney failure. Diabetes is responsible for the increased risk for strokestwo to six times more likely because of their condition. Diabetes: the good news or the bad newsWell, which do you wantthe good news or the bad news first?As a doctor, having dealt with diabetes in many patients, it's always best to know the BAD news up front. Why? Complacency is harmful to your health. The danger with diabetes is people get complacent. Nothing seems to happen until, suddenly, it seems to sneak up on you with its complicationsThe bad news can be REALLY bad if you are someone who has any of the following conditions which terribly complicate diabetes. Complicating factors are:1smoking, 2high cholesterol,3high blood pressure, 4obesity, 5physical inactivityWith these factors, predicting the progress of diabetes is very problematic. Simply put, they MUST be brought under control, if possible. Diabetes thus becomes very unpredictable. By keeping your blood glucose under control, you can reduce the risk of complications of diabetes up to 76%. That's good news.More good news: By healthy eating, responsible dietary weight loss, regular physical activity, monitoring blood sugar you can reduce risk in diabetes. Bad news: Status quo again. You're still "stuck" with diabetes. Diabetes: Being hit by "friendly fire." Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are auto-immune conditions. In type1 diabetes, the immune cells are mis-instructed to attack islet cells in the pancreas that make insulin. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with the islet cells. There is MIScommunication by the immune system of the body. In other words, immune attack cells can get faulty messages and destroy healthy tissue. Isn't it just awful that your diabetes can be caused by "friendly fire?" (Military terminology here. The good guys are hitting their own good guys with artillery fire.) MIS-communication . hum. Sounds like what's needed is a healthier communication system at the cellular level so the body isn't attacking its own healthy cells. Now, for some really good newsGlyconutrition is the nutritional provision which provides the body with healthy CELLULAR COMMUNICATION. In other words, for diabetes, this means less "friendly fire." A study published in the 1997 issue of the Proceedings of the Fisher Institute for Medical Research showed people with type 1 diabetes who were given glyconutrients "reported a dramatic improvement in their health, including a decrease in vision problems, better wound hearing, less infections, and lower blood pressure." (Miracle Sugars, by Rita Elkins, M.H., Woodland Publishing, p. 26 -Excellent quick reference incidentally!) Remember, both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are auto-immune conditions. Read carefully, this next statement by medical researcher, Dr. Neecie Moore: "Glycobiology has achieved critical breakthroughs in the medical field, primarily by addressing what could be the greatest plague in health care today -- auto-immune diseases. Multiple sclerosis, arthritis, diabetes, Crohn's disease and colitis are just a few of these diseases." Research on glyconutrition is growing wonderfully. For example, the Ophthalmology Department of Harvard University in 1995 reported that one of the glyconutrients (mannose) can be an energy source for diabetes (instead of the damaging glucose), providing energy without risk of eyesight damage. (Miracle Sugars, p.27).Also, mannose can stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin "thus lowering the amount of insulin needed to control this disease." (Miracle Sugars, p. 27. I told you this was a good book! In case you're wondering, I receive no remuneration from it whatsoever. Remember, I'm a physician. Doctors "make money the old fashioned way"they charge you.)Oh yes. Glyconutrients are NON-prescription. Anyone can get them and they are non-toxic (they're food!) Safe, NON-prescription, effectiveThat's the stuff real medical discoveries are made of. Diabetes may very well become a scourge of the past. Think of it. No more friendly fire. No more diabetes "status quo." So far, so good