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’ve had bariatric weight loss surgery, you know how important it is to take care of your new body. Diet, exercise, and the best bariatric vitamins are essential for your healthy recovery (which takes a lot longer than you think) and to keep your new and improved body in top shape. There are a lot of vitamins out there, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are a few things to keep in mind when doing your research...
When we browse the aisles of the grocery store, many of us will spare a few seconds to take a glance at the ingredient profile of the items we select. But do you give your supplements the same level of scrutiny? Many of us assume that when we pick up our multivitamin that vitamins and minerals are all that we’re getting. Unfortunately, when it comes to the other ingredients added to our vitamins, what we don’t know or recognize can hurt us. Today, we’re uncovering the often-overlooked ingredients that are added to our supplements and discussing a new alternative that avoids these potentially harmful “other ingredients.” Is your multivitamin a daily dose of danger? Read on to learn which additives you need to avoid when shopping for your supplements.
From liquids to powders and even patches, most of us will try just about anything to avoid choking down another tablet. But there's one form of multivitamin that caters to both our anti-pill preference and our inner-child: the gummmy. As the gumption for adult gummy vitamins grows, more questions arise as to whether or not these vitamins are as good for our health as they claim. Is there any real advantage for taking these vitamin treats?
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!
Looking for pill substitutes? Liquid vitamins lead the pack as a superior form of supplementation. It’s no question that a liquid multivitamin goes down smoothly when compared to a bulky pill or tablet, but are liquid vitamins truly the best method for taking your multi?
If you’re ready to put away the pills but still aren’t entirely sure if liquid multivitamins are the way to go, read on as we dive into the pros and cons of fluid supplements. Is it all love for liquids or a complete loss? And beyond pills and liquids, is there another option? We’re about to find out!
Life can be tough. Sometimes really tough. Between a sociocultural climate that's changing more rapidly than a teenager getting dressed for their first date, it’s no wonder that rates of depression and anxiety are on the rise. Find out how vitamin and mineral supplementation can play a pivotal role in managing your mood.