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Are you getting your 5-a-day?
Do you ever wonder if you need a multivitamin?
If the answer is Yes, I wonder then ...
I can tell you that YES you need one!
If your answer is No, I’ve never thought about it,
I can tell you that YES you need one!
Honestly… do you eat 5-9 servings of fruit and veg each day?
I know I don’t.
How much is a serving? –
So aiming for just 5 servings, this is what you would need to eat for example…
Imagine it –
And here is another example of 5 servings...
That is a lot of fruit and vegetables. So if you’re not eating that quantity or more then you need a multivitamin, no question.
Because so much of the food that we eat is nutritionally dysfunctional.
The soils are depleted of essential nutrients.
The fruits and vegetables are sprayed with pesticides, the processing, packaging and transporting of foods depletes the nutrients further.
By the time we have cooked and prepared the food it is very low in nutritional value.
Even if you’re going organic you need a multivitamin to fill the gaps.
If you are a green goddess or god and eat wholly organic everything, you probably still need a supplement.
Because although you are living clean, the place that we occupy and the lives that we lead mean that we’re living surrounded by pollution and stress.
These 2 factors alone have an impact on how your body absorbs and uses nutrients to benefit your body.
So YES a multivitamin helps you to perform better.
Think of taking a supplement as necessary as a service is for your car. When your car is serviced it runs more efficiently, it burns fuel better and goes further.
You will too when you supplement with a multivitamin.
Plus when you take a multivitamin you may find that you are
The Recommended Daily Allowance is established as the MINIMUM amount of each nutrient needed by your body so as not to become deficient.
Most low dose multivitamins contain no more than 100% of the RDA.
By taking such a multi you can rest assured that you are not likely to get scurvy or beri beri but you probably aren’t going to be performing at the top of your game.
If you’re looking to have peak health then consider this;
25mg or more of most B vitamins
800-1000 IU of vitamin D
500mg++ of vitamin C.
It’s best to spend a bit more to get a supplement that is going to give you more than just the RDA.
Aim to take your multis with food. To get the most out of your multivitamin it is ideal to take it at least twice per day. This will allow for good absorption of the vitamins and minerals
Make sure that these ingredients are NOT in your supplement –
Sugar, lactose, artificial colours (E#), flavours and non-nutritional binding agents.
This product I first used when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My immune system was very run down and I got boils a couple of times on my bottom – very sore and uncomfortable… Anyway, my mom got me garlic and parsley capsules.
I since started using them again about 12 years ago because they help to strengthen the immune system and fight infections.
Garlic is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. It is a must for overall health.
Its powerful antioxidant properties help cells to fight against free radicals which can damage them leading to illness and aging.
Garlic is also useful in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. It helps to improve circulation and reduces blood thickening.
It can also help to lower blood pressure by relaxing the muscles in the artery walls. When the muscles are relaxed then the vessels dilate. The force of the blood against the walls is lower because they are not narrowed.
It has been studied for its ability to lower cholesterol. There are at least 2 enzymes producing cholesterol in the liver that are stopped by properties in garlic.
As a result the making of cholesterol is lowered.
This is good news for me because I have a family history of cholesterol.
Garlic and parsley are both natural blood cleaners and they help to detoxify our liver and kidneys.
How much should you take?
Approximately 1 fresh clove and 10 sprigs of parsley
Or 2-5mg of garlic oil
Or 300-1000mg of garlic extract.
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Let's Start Fighting The Common Cold
Hello and welcome!
I’ve just got into the office after attending my older son, J’s, graduation. He’ll be going to Grade 1 next year!!!
We’re experiencing some really weird weather at the moment with snowfalls expected on the Drakensburg Mountains later today.
So with unusual weather going on and the days racing by towards the Grand Finale of the year there is a need to talk about this amazing vitamin…
For as long as I can remember we’ve been told that if you want to prevent or fight a cold then take Vitamin C.
It’s probably the most suggested vitamin to use.
And yet there is much more to what Vitamin C can do for our bodies…
C is for Citrus.
Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits.
There are other sources in the fruits and vegetable families;
sweet red peppers, kale, dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts.
Strawberries, guavas, papaya and persimmons are also great sources.
And YAY it’s strawberry season at the moment so get some next time you’re at the market or shops.
C is also for Collagen.
Vitamin C’s primary function is to make collagen.
It is involved in the formation of connective tissues, tendons and cartilage. As a result it helps in the healing of wounds and burns.
It helps to maintain healthy gums. Bleeding and swollen gums could be a sign of scurvy. Not likely you have scurvy in this day and age unless you are seriously depleted in vitamin C.
Our blood vessels contain collagen in the walls and the walls expand and contract.
The tiny blood vessels and capillaries can be fragile leading to bruising. Having sufficient collagen in the blood vessels can help to lessen this.
Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, it helps to prevent aging of our body’s tissues.
It fights bacterial and viral infections and that is why it is recommended for fighting the common cold.
It is helpful in treating alcoholic liver disease.
Massive amounts of vitamin C have been used in the treatment of drug addiction – heroin, methadone and barbiturates.
Studies are starting to find that Vitamin C can help to lower the risk of many forms of cancer – digestive tract cancer, lung, cervical, breast and pancreatic cancers.
Vitamin C has also been found to enhance immune function during the treatment of cancer.
How often should you take Vitamin C?
Vitamin C needs to be eaten/taken regularly throughout the day,
2 - 3 times.
This is because blood levels peak at about 2 – 3 hours after being taken.
Most of what is consumed is excreted within 3 – 4 hours.
The body’s ability to absorb vitamin C is affected by a number of factors;
Smoking, stress, high fever and petrol fumes.
Vitamin C is a multifunctional nutrient because of its anti-oxidant and immune enhancing abilities...
It can fight against heart disease by strengthening the blood vessel walls, raising our “good” cholesterol (HDL), reducing blood pressure and preventing blood clots by making the platelets less sticky.
When you have a fever or viral infection or are taking antibiotics, cortisone, aspirin or other pain medication then your body uses more Vitamin C.
Exposure to environmental toxins like petrol fumes and heavy metals like cadmium (cigarette smoke) and lead can reduce the absorption of vitamin C.
So it is important to eat vitamin C supplements regularly throughout the day.
The list of benefits of eating Vitamin C is long.
It helps to build collagen which basically keeps us together.
It supports our adrenal glands and how we handle stress and fatigue
And it supports our our immune function and fighting infections.
The Recommended Daily Allowance for Vitamin C is only 60mg.
Our requirements as humans varies according to a number of factors;
weight, amount of activity we do, metabolism rate, ailments and age.
When we are under stress and anxiety, have an injury or an operation or suffering from fatigue then our need for this vitamin increases.
How much do I take?
I take 1500mg twice per day. In the morning and at bed time.
When I’m fighting a cold then I will double up, 3000mg, or treble up, 4500mg, twice per day.
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