Should You Ditch The Vitamin Supplements In The New Year

 

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One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions that thousands of people make each year is to improve their diet and start eating healthier foods. They decide to cut out the unhealthy snacks, start cooking their own meals and stock up on vitamin pills to boost their health. However, this last part is where so many people unwittingly get it wrong.

This article I will help explain why taking excessive vitamin supplements can be a mistake.

 

A Brief Introduction To Vitamins

 

Before I get into the rights and wrongs of vitamin supplements a bit of background information on the vitamins is required. The vitamins are a group of 13 health boosting nutrients. When you stick to the RDAs they can boost your vision, prevent numerous health disorders, promote healthy growth and much more.

 

However, when you exceed the RDAs these health benefits can be negated and vitamins can actually be very dangerous. Some of the negative symptoms of vitamin overdose include breathing difficulties, diarrhea, dry skin, headaches, muscle cramps, nausea, organ damage and much more.

 

What’s Wrong With Vitamin Supplements?

 

You are probably wondering what all the above has to do with vitamin supplements. Well next time you are planning to buy some take a look on the label at the % RDA section. You will probably be very surprised to see that some of these supplements contain a lot more than 100% of the RDA. In fact I have seen supplements that contain as much as 10,000% of the RDA for certain vitamins. Levels as high as this will almost definitely lead to the vitamin overdose symptoms discussed above and that’s before you even take into account the vitamins you are consuming naturally through your diet.

 

Additionally, the way vitamin supplements are produced means that toxic ingredients often get added and these can be very hazardous to yoru health. For example, this article reveals that one popular women’s multivitamin supplement contains dangerously high levels of lead.

 

What’s The Alternative?

 

The answer to this question is something that you probably eat every day – natural, wholesome food. Instead of looking for magic pills that can fix your diet you should be trying to make sure your diet is the best it can be. Natural vitamins are much safer than those found in multivitamins plus it is almost impossible to consume toxic levels of vitamins through natural foods alone.

 

How Can You Eat More Natural Vitamins?

 

As mentioned above, eating a diet that is full of natural, nutrient rich foods will give your body all the vitamins you need. However, I understand that going from a multivitamin every day to ditching them completely is a big transition so here are a few tips to help you out:

 

1) Eat Eggs At Least Twice A Week:- Eggs are an excellent source of vitamins B2, B5, B12 and D.

 

2) Eat Fish At Least Twice A Week:- Fish is a fantastic source of many different vitamins. For example, salmon contains high levels of B3, B6, B12 and D.

 

3) Eat Vegetables With Every Meal:- Different vegetables contain different vitamins. By making sure you are eating a mixture of vegetables with each meal you will supply your body with good amounts of each vitamin.

 

4) Snack On Fruits And Nuts Daily:- Like vegetables, different fruits and nuts give you different vitamins. By snacking on a range of fruits and nuts between meals you can make sure all your bases are covered.

 

Summary

 

I hope this article has proved a bit of an eye opener for you. Overdosing on vitamins is a very serious is; however, if you stick to just a single multivitamin per day and focus on eating healthier in the new year you should find yourself achieving more optimal health.

 

 

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Benefit From The Power Of Berries To Explode Into Your New Year

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Berries are one of the most well recognized health foods on the planet. The term “berry benefits” gets around 50,000 Google searches each month. However, unlike a lot of health foods berries most definitely live up to the hype and should definitely be part of your New Year diet plans.

 

The Secret Health Boosting Nutrient In Berries

 

There are many reasons that berries are so good for you. They contain extremely high levels of the nutrients dietary fiber, managanese, vitamin C and vitamin K. However, many experts believe the reasons for berries health boosting properties is anthocyanins.

 

Anthocyanins are a group of flavonoids that are found exclusively in berries and have a number of impressive health benefits. For starters, they are very powerful antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that keep you safe from the dangerous free radicals which get released during oxygen based reactions. Additionally, the anthocyanins can keep your blood healthy and protect against a number of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

 

How Can You Eat More Berries?

Berries are one of the tastiest fruits around so adding them to your diet is not that difficult. However, if you are having problems fitting them in here are a few serving suggestions:

 

1) Berries And Yogurt:- Berries are a great way to flavour natural yogurt. For optimal taste, add the berries to the yogurt the night before and then leave them in the fridge overnight. This allows all the juices to soak into the yogurt and really enriches the flavour.

 

2) Berry Blast Fruit Salad:- To make this one get a selection of your favourite berries and place them all in a bowl. Then get one or more of your favourite berry juices, add them to the bowl and leave all the ingredients to soak overnight. I find that a mixture of 75% berries, 25% juice works best but have a play around and see what works for you.

 

3) Berry Smoothies:- If you have a blender then berry smoothies are a great way to mix it up. Simply put your ingredients in a blender, pour them into a cup and then enjoy. If you are struggling to come up with a recipe try blending half a cup of blueberries, half a cup of raspberries, half a cup of strawberries, half a cup of ice cubes, half a cup of yogurt, 1 banana and 1 cup of milk for a very tasty, berry filled smoothie. You can also get plenty more berry based smoothies at this website.

 

Summary

Eating more berries should be one of your main priorities in the New Year. If you follow the advice above you should have no problem unlocking their power and having your healthiest New Year ever.

 

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This Japanese Diet Secret Will Help You Have The Healthiest New Year Ever

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The New Year is a time when many people start to focus on their diet. They make the decision that this is the year they will finally eat clean and cut down on the junk food. Today I am going to give you the edge over many other people by sharing a Japanese diet secret that you can implement in the New Year to improve your health significantly.

 

Japanese People And Health

 

Before I share this Japanese diet secret with you, you might be wondering why you need to be implementing secrets from the Japanese people anyway? Well if you look at the statistics, Japanese people have very good health. Their overall cancer rates are 50% lower than those in the USA and the average life expectancy rate in Japan is 4 years higher than it is in the USA. In fact John Creighton Campbell, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan and Tokyo University believes the Japanese people are the healthiest on the planet.

 

The Japanese Diet Secret

 

Whilst there is plenty of speculation around why the Japanese are so healthy, a lot of evidence points to one very powerful food – soybeans. In Japan, the average person eats soybeans 2 or 3 times per day which is a much higher consumption rate than in the USA.

 

Soybeans are nutritionally one of the best foods you can eat. They are packed with protein, rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids and full of vitamins and minerals. However, they also contain another exclusive health boosting group of phytonutrients – isoflavones. The isoflavones are extremely powerful antioxidants which keep your body safe from dangerous free radicals. They also have very strong links with cancer prevention and are believed to be one of the main factors behind the much lower rates of breast cancer and prostate cancer in Japan.

 

The Dangers Of Unfermented Soy

 

Despite providing you with exclusive access to isoflavones, not all soybeans are created equal. Fermented soybeans that are traditionally eaten by the Japanese provide you with all the benefits listed above. However, unfermented soybeans which are used in many highly processed soybean products such as soy burgers, soy cheese and soy ice cream carry with them a number of health risks that far outweigh the health benefits of isoflavones. To avoid these health risks the answer is the same as it is for many other foods – go for natural, unprocessed versions where possible.

 

Summary

 

In their natural form, soybeans are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. So if you want to increase your life expectancy, reduce your cancer risk and much more in the New Year take full advantage of this Japanese diet secret. Add soybeans to your salad, mix them in with other vegetables as part of your evening meal and make sure you are eating them on a regular basis.

Start your New Year Resolutions early by having the healthiest New Year ever…

 

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