Fasting, in its various forms, has been used for thousands of years. However, over the last several decades this ancient practice has seen a surge in mainstream popularity thanks to the health and weight loss benefits it has been shown to provide. So what are the biological benefits of foregoing food? And how do vitamins and supplements affect an intermittent fast? Today, we take a deeper look at why you should avoid taking your vitamins and supplements during a fast and what you should focus on while you skip out on sustenance for a set period of time.
For the first time in 30 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidelines for the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) and Daily Values (DV) for most vitamins and minerals. These changes, in addition to other updates being made to our food nutrition labels, are forcing manufacturers to make some serious changes to their products. So what are these updates and how will they affect the nutritional content and nutrient density of our foods and supplements? Is there a surefire way to ensure your products are meeting these new requirements? With so many questions swirling around these FDA updates, we thought we’d take the opportunity to break down these revisions to better understand the new recommendations.
If you are or you know someone who is pregnant, it is important for the baby’s health that mom is eating a proper and nutritious diet. Folate is one of the most important nutrients that mom will eat for her growing baby. Without this vitamin or without enough of it, the baby is at risk for serious neural tube defects that can even be life threatening. Read on to understand why folate is so important, where you can get it, and how much you should be receiving.
TMI alert! If you take a vitamin B complex nutrition supplement, chances are you noticed neon yellow swirled around the toilet after you relieved yourself. This startling color is from the essential vitamin, riboflavin (also known as B2). Although you may not be used to seeing this color after you use the facilities, it is completely harmless as it is merely the excess of the vitamin your body could not absorb. Read on to learn more about riboflavin, why you need it, and how you can efficiently absorb this vitamin so it doesn’t turn your urine bright yellow!
According to the Food Allergy Research & Education group FARE, an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children. Because allergic reactions to foods can be life-altering and potentially life-threatening, it’s crucial that the many signs of food allergies be known and their underlying causes well-understood. It’s also important that signs of food allergies not be confused with food sensitivity symptoms — the unpleasant physical reactions triggered by the digestive system’s inability to fully break down and absorb certain foods or their components.
Have fruits and vegetables become less nutritious? In other words, can you get the micronutrients you need to stay healthy from food alone? Micronutrients are needed for many important functions in your body. But it’s becoming harder to get them from food alone. Due to modern agricultural and shipping practices, nutrient deficiency in plants is becoming more common, leading to more individuals who have a nutrient deficiency. This is true even among those who are very health conscious and eat what should be a highly nutritious diet.