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Monthly Archives: February 2017

About Enzymes

Enzymes are the consummate specialists in the body. Each has a specific function that no other enzyme can fulfill. The shapes of some particular enzymes are so specialized that they will initiate specific reactions only in certain substances.

While the body manufactures a supply of enzymes, it can also obtain enzymes from food. To obtain the maximum effectiveness, and to avoid destruction by the heat of cooking, the food must be eaten raw. Cooked foods will be depleted of all enzymes. Those not eating raw foods or supplementing their diets put an undue strain on the body’s enzyme supply.

To ease the body’s burden it is helpful to eat raw foods such as avocados, bananas, and mangos are rich in enzymes, besides tasting good to boot. If coked and raw foods are eaten during the same meal, take several enzyme supplements during the meal – not afterward. If you are one of those who physically cannot swallow a tablet or pill simply open the capsule and sprinkle it on your food. If it is in a tablet forms consider breaking it into smaller pieces to make it easier to swallow. Powdered enzymes are easily sprinkled on food or mixed with water.

Over-the-counter enzymes may be sold in combinations with other enzymes or as separate items. Some products may contain garlic or rose his to help with digestion. Commercial enzymes are made from animal enzymes such as pancreatin and pepsin, or plant enzymes. Animal enzymes aid in digestion in the lower stomach and intestinal tract. Plant enzymes begin their work in the upper stomach.

The majority of commercially available enzymes are digestive in nature. The rest are metabolic enzymes that deal with other various phases of the life process. All the body’s organs, tissues, and cells are run by metabolic enzymes.

Get started as soon as possible on some kind of daily vitamin and enzyme supplement regimen. Basic nutrition can go a long way towards greatly improving your health and well-being.

 

About Supplements

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) together with similar national authorities throughout the world have introduced legal definitions and regulations for the production and marketing of Supplements that must be observed.

In the US the Dietary Supplement Health And Education Act of 1994 gives the following definition:-

The term Dietary Supplement means a product (other than tobacco) intended to supplement the diet that bears or contains one or more of the following dietary ingredients:

(A)A vitamin. (B) A mineral. (C)An herb or other botanical. (D)An amino acid. (E)A dietary substance for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the dietary intake. (F)A concentrate, metabolite, constituent, extract, or combination of any ingredient described in clause (A), (B), (C), (D), or (E).

Supplements are intended to be taken by mouth in the form of a pill, capsule, tablet or liquid.

The product should be clearly labeled on the front panel as being a dietary product.

Unlike the labels of drug manufacturers that may claim their product will diagnose, cure, alleviate, mitigate, treat or prevent a disease, the labels of dietary supplements may only feature that the product has health benefits, nutrient content claims or structure/function claims.

This legislation has been introduced in the US to ensure that manufacturers and distributors do not mislead the public with false or misleading information.

It is a sensible precaution to check that the labels of any supplement packaging broadly comply with the FDA requirements irrespective of the country of origin or intended purchase.

Supplements. Who should take them and why. In the United States studies have shown that roughly half the adult population take a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. There has also been some debate over whether this is a safe and effective or a harmful practice with inconclusive results.

Many medical practitioners take the view that a daily regime of pharmaceutical grade multivitamins can at worst do no harm and can be a benefit in supplementing the vitamins we should be absorbing from a healthy diet.

So just how healthy is our diet?

It does not matter how much so called healthy eating we do and by that we mean natural fresh fruit, fish, vegetables and meat and the avoidance of all processed or preserved food the inescapable fact is that the vitamin and mineral levels in all foods, unless produced by strictly organic farming, are diminishing year by year.

Many studies have shown that the average American is not getting enough nutrients and as a result there is an ever increasing number suffering from chronic diseases, and that includes a growing number of younger people suffering from ailments such as high blood pressure and diabetes previously considered as adult diseases.

So many in the US are grossly overweight due to the over consumption of food that it is hard to appreciate that they are not absorbing adequate quantities of vitamins and other essential nutrients.

The problem has arisen due to the fact that intensive farming methods, the application of chemical fertilizers, the spraying of pesticides, and the use of preservatives to extend the storage and shelf life of fruit and vegetables have all contributed to the loss of essential nutrients in those foods that we take for granted are good for our health and well being.

For example researchers have found Hamburgers that contain traces of up to one hundred pesticides and Broccoli that contains only one sixth of the amount of calcium compared to fifty years ago.

Dealing with all these toxins and deficiencies adds a further load to the bodies already diminished reserves of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.

As it has been shown that taking a daily pharmaceutical grade multivitamin and mineral supplement is most unlikely to any harm, it seems obvious that this is becoming increasingly vital to the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle and the avoidance of debilitating chronic diseases.

Lifestyle Disorders

There is a old saying that, “we are what we eat”. It even holds good today. If you are consuming high calorie foods and not doing enough exercise, it will tell on your health sooner than later. You need to be more careful when you are approaching the age of 40. Diabetes, respiratory infection, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and osteoporosis are some main problems, people in this age group confront with. The food habits and unhealthy lifestyle are the main contributors.

The most important period in life is between forty and fifty. It is in this period one ha to bear more responsibilities in their profession as well as family. They have to travel often, attend multiple meetings, manage a team and meet targets or deadlines. Their children will be in their teens and need more care towards their education. The teens need varies from materialistic to emotional. On the other side they have to cope with financial stress. To plan for the imminent arrival of the retirement period and the rising expenses put enormous stress on them.

When nearing 60 the responsibilities will reduce. But the damage done to the health in their busy 40s may be difficult to reverse. Given their busy schedules, these people have little time for any exercise. The stress and strain filled life style, long working hours and unhealthy eating habits complicate matters.

Good and healthy eating habits

As in most families both the parents are working, they find little or no time to cook in the house. They rely heavily on ready to cook food and junk food. These high calorie foods not only affect the health of the parents but also the next generations in their house. Moreover today’s job or profession is highly demanding which makes them working for long hours, leaving little time to look after their house and children. This automatically push them to the easiest choice of ready-to-eat junk foods. These foods consists of high calories and has artificial coloring and preservatives. So there is no wonder why these foods are serious health hazards over a period of time. Using readymade foods deprives one of essential vitamins and minerals which are rich in our traditional foods. Vegetables and fruits find no place in their menu.

Frequent consumption of junk foods with irregular intake of meals may contribute to many health problems such as acidity. gastroenteritis, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Due to these factors people in this age group complain of fatigue. Those above 40 have no other option but to modify their dietary intake and lifestyle to optimize their health and avoid old age ailments. Take more foods like whole grains and legumes, fruits and vegetables. Lean meat is preferred most and take more protein rich foods. Avoid oily food or reduce to the minimum level. Avoiding bad habits altogether is advisable. Reduce alcohol consumption slowly and quit smoking.

Dietary supplements

Dietary supplements or nutritional supplements is a must in this world of hectic lifestyle. Remember it is not a choice, but it is a must. Because home-cooking contributes only a little to our daily food and today’s fruits and vegetables are contaminated and lack proper nutritional values. So regarding nutrition, there is a huge gap between what we need and what we get. This deprives our inner organs the essential nutrition they need to function normally. As a result they get more aged than our physical age.

Take micronutrient fortified foods. Have a health drink rich in vitamins and minerals. Include more fibrous foods with zero sugar and cholesterol. Plan your daily intake so that your food is balanced with essential nutrients. This helps to get the daily quota of nutrients. A balanced diet helps to improve the immunity level and keep one healthier.

Daily exercise

The dietary supplements help to provide nourishment but are not a full substitute to a regular balanced diet. The second most important thing is doing regular exercise. Walking is the best and the easiest form of physical activity. Go for a thirty minute brisk walking, at least four to five days in a week. Regular exercise helps to burn excess calories and avoids becoming obesity. It helps to maintain good health. Take regular health check-ups for sugar level, cholesterol and blood pressure. Change your eating habits. Take more vegetables and fruits and give importance to home cooking. Do regular exercise. The simple thing is, the intake of calories should match the spent calories. Making the necessary adjustments in our routine life will keep away the life style disorders.