How to Choose the Right Supplement

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In today’s environment, our food is void of the essential nutrients we need to help our bodies thrive. They are either loaded down with chemicals or the nutritional properties have been destroyed or altered during the heating process, especially if the heating source is a microwave. We are eating to feel satiated, but our cells are being robbed of nutrition.

What is a good solution?

I am a firm believer that we need to supplement our diet with vitamins,  minerals, and sometimes herbs. I know, most of you are probably saying which supplement is right for me, there are too many to choose from?  It’s true our market is saturated with supplements claiming to meet our needs. Contrary to popular belief, all supplements are not the same.

Many supplements are filled with synthetic materials and fillers that are not easily absorbed by our bodies, therefore defeating the purpose of taking the product. Low quality supplements use poor sources to extract the vitamin or mineral which could end up doing more harm than good. If you’re going to go through the regimen of taking something daily to improve or maintain your health, doesn’t it make more sense to take something of value? After all, it is an investment into one of life’s most important assets: health.

Which Supplements should I take?

That would of course depend on your situation. Start off with some basic vitamins and of course if you have other ailments or conditions that require more attention, a qualified health professional can assist you with making the appropriate selections. Generally speaking, we should all be supplementing with at least two products.

  1.  A multi-vitamin- preferably from a whole food source or powder form will help ensure we get the required daily dosage of each essential vitamin and mineral.  A multi-vitamin that comes from a whole food source means the vitamins and minerals were extracted from an actual food source like: spinach, carrots, blueberries, kelp, etc,. Also, taking the vitamin in powder form helps to ensure our bodies are able to recognize and absorb the maximum amount of nutrients.
  2. The second supplement we should take daily is a quality source of Omega 3’s.  This is extremely important to our well-being because our bodies do not make this on its own.  It is essential to brain, heart, and joint health, as well as a host of other benefits. It is important that a fish oil supplement come from cold water, such as Norway or Alaska because warmer bodies of water generally have higher levels of mercury which could be dangerous. Omega 3’s can also be consumed from plant based sources such as flax seed.

Which Brand to choose?

  1. Purchase your supplements from a health food, vitamin, or reputable online store. Most big name retailers or grocery stores do not specialize in this area, therefore the type of products they carry are not carefully selected with the health conscious individual in mind. You will likely find the lowest quality supplements from this channel.
  2. Another important rule of thumb is to consult with a nutritionist or health and wellness professional. A skilled professional will understand what key words to look for on the back label that are red flags indicative of poor quality products. They will also know which company’s are reputable and will know what to look for when researching a company.

These are just a few tips regarding supplementation.  If you want to improve your health or want more specifics regarding supplements and nutrition, don’t hesitate to reach out to me and sign up for a free 30- minute wellness consultation. Just visit the services link on my website and sign-up today.

Until next time, Be healthy, Be whole, Be you!

Kay Davis

 

 

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5 Healthy Alternatives for Your Skin

Synthetic vs. Natural Skin Moisturizers

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You may ask what’s the difference in what I put on my skin, as long as it smells good or feels good on my skin? While that reasoning may be common among many, it is really something rather important that’s worth a second look.

Did you know the skin is the largest organ in your body? That’s right, it’s not just a blanket for our bones, it actually serves many functions. What’s happening with our skin is a good indicator of what’s going on inside our bodies. One of its many functions is to detoxify our bodies which is vital to our well-being.

Imagine taking a huge role of plastic wrap and wrapping it tightly over your skin every day. Sounds silly right? What kind of effect do you think this will have on your body? Your skin won’t be able to breathe, your pores will be choking, nothing good can get in, and nothing bad can get out. Sounds like a recipe for disaster!

Believe it or not, this is what we do to our bodies when we put synthetic moisturizers on our skin.  The main synthetic moisturizers found in many commercial products, are mineral oil and petroleum. While these moisturizers may seem to provide your skin with the moisture it needs, these ingredients coat our skin like plastic wrap, forming a tight seal where nothing can be taken in or released. Some products contain more than others and the degree to which this is happening, determines the severity of this.

Here are 5 healthier natural alternatives for your skin:

  1. Pure Coconut Oil-antimicrobial, rich in Vitamin E, providing a sweet, natural fragrance.
  2. Raw Shea Butter-provides a heavier, thicker coat without clogging pores, gives the skin a natural glow.
  3. Almond Oil– a lighter oil, rich in vitamin e, calcium, and magnesium.
  4. Grapeseed Oil-lighter oil, non-greasy, powerful anti-oxidant.
  5. Olive Oil- effective for dry skin and inflammatory conditions of the skin.

With these healthier alternatives, not only are you allowing your skin to breathe, but you’re also allowing the absorption of the many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in these natural moisturizers.

As always, remember to read those labels on the back to know what you’re really getting!

Until next time…Be Healthy, Be Whole, Be You!

Kay Davis

Product Label Reading 101

Product Label Reading 101

Sugar-Free, 100% Natural, No Artificial Flavors, these are all common catch phrases we see in the grocery store isles on the front labels. These phrases are meant to grab our attention and prompt us to pick it up off the shelf, put it in our baskets and buy! A lot of people are caught and tricked by these marketing tactics.

They are often very deceptive and cause one to believe they are getting a quality product when in actuality they are not. These marketing strategists know what key words people are looking for and also know that most people won’t turn the product over and take the time to see what they’re really getting ready to buy.

Although they may claim something is sugar-free, what are they substituting the sugar for to sweeten the product? Probably with something more dangerous than sugar! The word natural is very generic and it could mean really whatever the manufacturer wants it to mean. Sure a product may not contain any artificial flavors but does it have artificial coloring (red dye, blue dye, yellow dye)?

If you really want to know what you’re getting you must read the back label.  This is the real truth about your product. Generally, the first 5 ingredients are what your product primarily consists of, but it is important to read all ingredients on the label.

This not only applies to food, but also personal care products and anything else that we put on or in our bodies. Some personal care products may be marketed as healthy because they contain natural substances like olive oil, tea tree oil, or vitamin e, but when you turn the product over you see about 12 ingredients listed with the promoted natural substance being the 12th item on the list, and something like water or mineral oil being the 1st! So you’re really getting only a trace amount of the substance marketed on the front of the bottle which means the quality of the product is not as high as it appears to be!

5 key points to remember when shopping:

ü After the front label draws you in, turn it around and read the back label!

ü Look at the first 5 ingredients to make an informed decision

ü Read the entire back label to find out what’s in the product

ü If it has more than 12 ingredients, it probably has a lot of artificial additives

ü Watch out for too many catch phrases on the front

Until next time…Be Healthy, Be Whole, Be You!

Kay Davis

5 Common Uses of Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is one of those household items that you want to keep in stock at all times.  It is inexpensive, goes a long way, and has multiple uses.

Here are some common uses of coconut oil:

  1. Use it to sauté your vegetables or meat. Not only is it a healthier alternative to more commercial oils, it also packs a lot of flavor, enhancing the taste of food, requiring less seasoning. The next time you want to stir fry some shrimp, chicken, or veggies, give coconut oil a try.
  2. Use it as a skin moisturizer.  Coconut oil is packed with Vitamin E which is beneficial to the skin. It is also anti-microbial, so various skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis are often improved with the regular use of coconut oil.
  3. Use it for hair moisturizer. Again, it is an excellent moisturizer so dry, damaged hair and scalp is nourished with coconut oil. It is not a heavy oil, so it will not weigh the hair down like a synthetic moisturizer.
  4. Use it for your oral hygiene. I wouldn’t necessarily suggest brushing your teeth with coconut oil, but you can periodically rinse your mouth with it (known as oil pulling), where you swish about a tablespoon of the oil in your mouth, pulling it through your teeth for about 5-10 minutes; to help keep your mouth free of germs and bacteria.
  5. Use it for your dog. Yes, our furry little friends can benefit from coconut oil as well!  You can add a few drops to their food which will can help improve their coat and skin. It also adds some nice flavor as well. AND…we know how much our dogs like getting their teeth brushed, well you can actually use coconut oil to brush their teeth! They love the smell of it, so they will be more accepting of that toothbrush going inside their mouths!

These are just a few of the many benefits to coconut oil.  Make sure you get ORGANIC coconut oil in order for the above benefits to apply, and read the back of the label to make sure!  Anything else will be imitation and loaded with additives and chemicals reducing or removing the benefits.

Until next time…Be Healthy, Be Whole, Be You!

Kay Davis

 

 

Skin Moisturizer

Mineral oil and petroleum based products act as a barrier to the skin where it is unable to breathe. This prevents the removal of toxins. With skin being the largest organ in the body, it is vitally important to keep it healthy. Some healthier/safer options are: raw shea butter, virgin coconut oil, or almond oil. With these alternatives, the skin is not only moisturized but it is able to breathe, allowing the elimination of toxins from the body.