How To Pick The Best Vitamins and Supplements For Your Family

When it comes to choosing dietary supplements, the choices can be a little overwhelming. If you go into a store like Walmart, there are usually entire aisles dedicated just to supplements, and it is estimated that there are more than 29,000 different options available to consumers (with that number growing every year).

The question is, how do you pick the best supplement option for you and your family? Some people may see a quirky commercial and gravitate toward that product, but that’s probably not the best option in terms of quality and efficacy. So what should you look for?

What To Look For When Choosing Your Supplements

In order to choose the most effective vitamin, mineral, and nutrient supplements, you need to take several factors into account, specifically the following.

  • Bioavailability – This should be your first consideration when choosing what supplement to take. Bioavailability is how well your body absorbs and uses a supplement. Why take any product if your body is just going to pass it through as waste? You’re literally throwing your money away in that case.
  • Backed By Research – Recent studies have shown that nearly three in four Americans “are concerned that the advertised or promised benefits of vitamins and supplements are not backed by trustworthy research.” Any legitimate supplement company should be able to provide independent research that backs up its claims.

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Give Your Immune System A Much Needed Boost This Fall

Fall is officially here, bringing along with it the changing of the leaves on the trees along with some extreme temperature shifts from time to time. And although a mid-60s afternoon cooling off into the 30s at night might be pleasant for some people, it can also have some negative effects on our body and overall health.

Additionally, as winter gets closer and closer, the cooler temperatures and shorter days cause an increase in the time that many people spend indoors.

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Size Matters: Why Your Standard Multivitamin Isn’t Working

One of the most common questions that continues to be asked surrounding vitamins and other supplements is whether or not your body is actually absorbing what you put in it, or whether it’s simply being passed through as waste with little to no benefit.

The answer to that question depends on the supplement, though.

“If you’re not taking supplements or having certain foods in the forms they need to be consumed in, you’re really wasting your time.” –

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How Stress Depletes The Vitamins and Minerals In Your Body

Stress is an inevitable part of life. Each and every person in this world is going to deal with stress at some point, and for many, it’s going to be on a fairly regular basis.

For those that continually experience high levels of stress, though, additional health problems will eventually arise. One big reason why is because stress causes our body to use a higher level of vitamins and minerals (or micronutrients).

Constant High Levels of Stress

In a constant high-stress environment,

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Here’s Why We Should All Be Worried About Bone Health

Remember the Got Milk? advertising campaign that seemed to be everywhere in the mid- and late-90s? The iconic milk mustaches on famous athletes and celebrities will forever be remembered as one of the most effective ad spots for many people throughout the world.

The goal of Got Milk? was simple: to sell more milk. But in addition to being wildly effective, this advertising campaign also helped bring to light a very important topic: bone health.

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4 Easy Tricks To Remember To Take Your Vitamins

Summer is in full force, and everyone is busy. It happens every year, and sometimes even the most simple tasks in our life can be forgotten due to the hustle and bustle of everything else going on.

Simple tasks such as taking your daily vitamin and mineral supplement.

We all know how important it is to keep a steady flow of nutrients entering our body, though, so it’s very important to do whatever you can to make sure that you remember to take them.

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Is Your Body’s Check Engine Light On?

If you own a vehicle, or really any piece of equipment that requires constant upkeep to continue functioning correctly, you know how important preventative maintenance is. You also know how easy it is to get behind on preventative maintenance, or to constantly kick the can down the road for another day.

Then it happens: a major problem–and one that probably could have been avoided with the preventative maintenance that you declined. It’s a frustrating situation all around, because now a smaller problem turned into a bigger problem,

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How To Start Eating A More Nutrient-Dense Diet

When it comes to the foods that most Americans are eating, there’s a pretty simple way to describe them: energy-rich and nutrient-poor. You’ve probably heard the term “empty calories” before; that’s what the standard American diet is.

There’s no shortage of calorie intake in this country. In fact, the average American takes in over 3,600 calories each and every day–well above the recommended 2,000 or so depending on your sex and average activity level.

Along with consuming too many calories,

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It’s Time To Care About Nutrition Again

When did we stop caring about nutrition?

And, even more importantly, why did we stop caring about nutrition?

Pew Research Center did a study on American diet habits, and while it’s no secret that many of us realize that this country is by no means the healthiest in the world, it’s also apparent that many people also don’t realize just how bad it is getting. This study by Pew found that:

  • Daily calorie intake is up 23% over the last 40 years
  • Almost half of our calorie intake comes from either flour and grains or fats and oils groups
  • 58% of people surveyed said that they should probably be eating healthier than they currently are

And despite the fact that people are eating more and more in this country,

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Don’t Forget To Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer

As we’re nearing the end of May, summer festivals and activities are on the minds of many people. It’s the time of year when a carefree attitude can especially shine, with weekends full of fun and plenty of opportunities for lifelong memories to be made.

Of course, when you think of summer, you’re also thinking about the warmth of sunshine and tan lines. But let’s not forget about the health of our skin, either. In fact, there’s a reason why May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

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