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Supplements That Help You Look Youthful

Woman with a youthful face
Do you often get asked for ID even though your 27? Are younger guys constantly hitting on you? Are you afraid to buy the sweatshirt with the unicorn on it because you might get mistaken for a twelve-year-old? Afraid of dating guys your own age because someone might assume child abduction? We feel your pain. However, the other 90 percent of us who are not so cursed, must seek other options for staying young.

Vitamin supplements not only provide nutrition, they can also keep you younger. According to Roberta Anding RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, “There are some nutrients like calcium and vitamin D that I call red-flag necessities for women over age 50. Most women simply don’t get enough.” So if unless your sick of people patting you on the head or pinching your cheeks, you may want to take a look at this.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for helping to prevent colon, esophageal and breast cancer and activates your immune system to fight infection. Unfortunately, according to Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, of women over the age of 50, less than 10% are getting their proper Vitamin D intake. Good sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, milk, egg yolks, cereal and sunlight It is recommended that you get 1,000 IU of Vitamin D per day. Vitamin D can also strengthen muscles and relieve bone and muscle aches in pain sufferers.

Calcium
Calcium builds and preserves strong bones and is crucial for the nerve and muscle function. When you hit 50, your bone tissue breaks down faster than it is being built, which is why you need more. Try and get 500 mgs up to two times a day. Calcium can also decrease risks of developing polyps that lead to colon cancer.

Magnesium
Lack of magnesium puts you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the Harvard’s Women’s Health Study, and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that older adults have a lower ability to absorb magnesium from food. In addition, diuretics and antibiotics, commonly used by mature adults, can also hamper your absorption. Try to find a multivitamin with 350 mg of magnesium. You may also find it lowers your blood pressure, as indicated by preliminary research.

Woman with vitamin
B Vitamins
Studies suggest that B6, B12, and folate may all lower risk of stroke and heart disease, according to David L. Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale Prevention Research Center. As you age, the quantity of acid in your stomach goes down, and that acid is necessary to release B12 from foods. Because of this, between 10 and 20% of older Americans have trouble with B12 absorption. Try and find a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid, 2.4 mcg of B12 and 1.5 mg of B6 and get ready for trouble from the cops about being too young to drive.

We wanna know what your secrets to staying young are! Do you still get ID’d? Let us know!

The Calcium – Vitamin D Combo Explained

Calcium and vitamin D

It has been said that beauty and is in the bones and, surely, there is truth in this saying  After all, it is the skull that is responsible for the shape of the face,  one of the most valued and obsessed over parts of our body.   Bones also make movement possible, allowing us to perform our all important exercise routines and to walk with ease and grace. Indeed, where would we be without these all-important tenants of the body?  We would be shapeless sacks of flesh.  Imagine how we would look in our jeans!  We should also note that bones are responsible for protecting our vital organs and sheltering our reproductive organs. But, while we are singing the praises of bones, we should also note that, if we want our bones to continue to keep us healthy and beautiful, we need to make sure they get plenty of calcium and, in order to make sure that calcium does its job,  it  needs to be paired with vitamin D.

Calcium is a mineral that is naturally found in foods and is necessary for bone formation and maintenance.  Because our bodies don’t produce this mineral, it is vital that we obtain it from outside sources.  Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium from the stomach, hence the calcium vitamin D combination.  Used together, they can prevent calcium deficiencies and osteoporosis.  So how can we make sure that we are getting enough of both?

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation,  the recommended dosage of calcium for the average adult is between 1000-1300 milligrams daily.  It is generally higher for women over 50.  It is recommended that people get 200- 800 international units of Vitamin D.  You can find both these vitamins in supplement form, but be warned those of you who choose to go this route!!  You may avoid calories, but you will sacrifice benefits.  Synthetic supplements contain chemical binders, toxic preservatives, artificial fillers and even coal and tar derivatives!!  We are far better getting our calcium and Vitamin D from natural sources.  Some of the best food sources of calcium include okra, spinach, collards, kale, soybeans, white beans and OJ.  You can get your vitamin D from fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, salmon), cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver.  Doctors also recommend exposure to sunlight as a way of getting your Daily Dose of D.

And, this just in!  To give the calcium and vitamin D a major boost, add Vitamin K!  According to Doctor Joseph Mercola, Vitamin K is a vitamin generally used in blood clotting.  However, it has been newly discovered that it can also move calcium around to the proper parts of your body, like your bones and teeth.  Although exact numbers have not been confirmed, it is recommended that a person gets 180 to 200 mgs. of Vitamin K per day.  K can be found in leafy, green vegetables.

So now your set!  You’ve got your calcium for strong bones, vitamin D to make sure the calcium is absorbed and Vitamin K to make sure it gets to the right place.  So go out and get your vitamins and be beautiful!!!

Top Family Care Ingredients

With the end of summer approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the back to school basics. You have to spend time browsing through the stores for all of the school supplies, new clothes because your kids have outgrown last year’s, and of course, the lunch bags. Amidst all of the planning and preparation that goes into back-to-school time, it becomes all too easy to make the health of your family a priority. However, making sure your entire family is receiving the necessary vitamins and minerals they need. Back-to-school also means back to classrooms full of runny little noses, not enough hand washing and exposure to all kinds of germs. Vine Vera compiled a list of the ingredients that make for a healthy, happy family.

Calcium rich foods

Calcium
Every member of your family requires calcium. Your children need calcium to help grow strong, healthy bones and adults in the household need calcium to maintain strong bones. As you age your stores of calcium decrease significantly, so it is important to continue replenishing your body’s store of calcium. For children, the more calcium they get at younger ages increases the amount stored for when they eventually age and begin to lose calcium. You can get calcium from dietary sources like dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, salmon and leafy, dark greens like kale.

Vitamin C rich foods

Vitamin C
You probably are already aware that you need vitamin C to support healthy immune function, and you know you can get it from oranges. However, vitamin C does far more than improve immune system functioning. Vitamin C also helps strengthen blood vessels, providing antioxidant benefits such as fighting free radicals, increasing skin elasticity (great for the adults in the house) and helping your body absorb iron. Of course you can grab some oranges to get vitamin C, but you can also include items such as kiwis, goji berries, grapefruits, strawberries and red and green peppers.

Vitamin B rich foods

B Vitamins
B vitamins are an essential ingredient for all members of your family. These vitamins are largely responsible for energy production, and you’re going to need it as the school year starts. B vitamins also have some of the same benefits of vitamin C: they improve immune function and help with iron absorption. You can get your B vitamins in whole unprocessed foods like whole grains, lentils, potatoes, chili peppers and bananas.

Bowl of fresh spinach.

Iron
Iron is an important ingredient for your whole family. It naturally builds muscle and maintains healthy blood. You can add iron to your family’s diet by eating organ meats such as liver, clams and oysters. If your family, or a member of your family, is vegetarian there are still good sources of iron. Vegetables like soybeans, beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds and lentils all have significant levels of iron.

Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps your immune system as well as improving your blood circulation. It is also an antioxidant that helps your body fight free radical damage. One of the greatest, and tastiest, sources of vitamin E is almonds. You can also add vitamin E to your family’s diet through tomatoes, sunflower seeds and sunflower and safflower oils.

Keeping your family healthy does not have to become your full time job. Incorporating a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables helps ensure your family are getting all the ingredients they require for their health.