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Nutritional Supplements and Fitness

Sometimes, having nutritional supplements and fitness is a must if we are to keep our health at the most optimum levels.

Health and wholeness are today’s mantra in a world where food is saturated with fats and the nutritional value of most of our food is quite low on the scale. Our fast food meals contain low nutrition and can even harm our health because of the “artificiality” of some of the ingredients in our foods. We tend to eat more junk food than fresh produce like fruits and vegetables. We prefer our meat to be fatty and fried, rather than lean and moderately cooked. Chips, fries, and diet soda are at our table first rather than bran, broccoli, or bananas. And because of these, the prevalence of heart diseases and other medical maladies connected with unhealthy food are steadily rising. No wonder there is a tremendous push today for health and wellness, as well as for food supplements and fitness programs.

If you are a truly healthy person then you don’t need to worry about these things. Perhaps you are getting the recommended three square meals a day, and then exercise a lot during the week. If you have access to meals that come from the various food groups, then food supplements, diet programs and workout routines other than the one you have may not be so important to you.

But in case you are not so fortunate to eat three square meals a day, or even take in the recommended variety of foods, then try considering nutritional supplements and fitness. Dietary supplements are intended to boost up a person’s intake of much-needed vitamins and minerals; the daily nutritional intake that our body needs. Most of us fall into an eating pattern that is too predictable: we end up eating the same foods again and again in a week. This robs the body of those important multivitamins that our body needs to function properly. With dietary supplements, you can give your body the crucial nutrients to be able to function well.

However, don’t skimp on your food. Nutritional supplements and fitness tabs are not intended to replace wholesome food, since they only “provide” nutrients and not copy the additional benefits of whole food. An example is that, while nutritional supplements and fitness tablets can give your body large doses of vitamin C, they cannot give you the added benefit of ingesting fiber, which can help sweep clean the insides of your colon. Fiber can only come from eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and will help make you feel full for just a little amount.

Discount supplements are available if you don’t have the budget to buy those expensive and more “complete” ones. The pricey ones are those that have micronutrients that are included within each tablet (and one you can see on recommended dietary guide at the back of the container). However, discount supplements can always fill up what nutrients are lacking in your system. Discount supplements or not, you can always count on nutritional supplements and fitness to make your body healthier and your life a whole lot better.


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Vital Health, Inc. Outlines Essential Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements That Are Critical For Those With Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

Orland Park, IL (PRWEB) March 15, 2015

“Celiac disease and gluten intolerance are autoimmune disorders that have a diverse range of manifestations throughout the body. Both of these disorders can affect any body tissue, organ and gland. Strict adherence to a gluten free diet is only the first step toward recovery. A second critical component is helping the body recover nutritionally, “began Barbara Griffin, NMD, CNC, Certified Gluten Practitioner and director of Vital Health, Inc.

Anyone living on a restricted diet has to compensate for the lack of specific nutrients. People with celiac disease and gluten intolerance face have an added challenge since nutritional malabsorption often precede their diagnosis. “The right nutritional supplements are a vital part of recovering and living a healthy gluten free life. For most people living with celiac disease and gluten intolerance there are a common group of vitamins and minerals they are deficient. Digestive enzymes and probiotics each play vital roles in the recovery process,“ Dr. Griffin remarked.

Vitamin D3:

For people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, vitamin D deficiency is present because it is absorbed in the region of the small intestines most commonly damaged by the disease. Vitamin D plays a critical role in modulating the immune system and reducing inflammation. Vitamin D deficiency in celiacs could be making leaky gut and inflammation worse. (1) Vitamin D deficiency is linked to: increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, autism and dementia; high blood pressure; bone disorders; and a variety of cancers such as breast, colon, ovarian, and esophagus.

Dr. Griffin recommends introducing ProVitality Vitamin D3, which is available in 2000, and 5000 IU’s along with testing levels through a blood test.

Digestive Enzymes:

Enzymes are proteins made by the bodies that break down specific types of foods into absorbable parts. Enzymes are a critical part of digestion and nutritional absorption. Deficiencies in digestive enzymes can contribute to sub-optimal nutrient absorption and are an important aspect of managing celiac disease and gluten intolerance. Digestive enzymes secretion is decreased in people with celiac disease due to the mucosal damage to the intestines.

When selecting a digestive enzyme look for one that is going to aide in the proper digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Ideally, enzymes are taken with each meal to help break down foods. This leads to fewer digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, and also enhances nutrient absorption. Vital Essence My-Zymes are a complete enzyme blend and are chewable, making them a great option for children who would benefit from digestive enzymes.


Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep the micro flora (bacterial balance) of the digestive systems intact and prevent overgrowth of “bad” bacteria. The normal human GI tract contains 400+ types of probiotic bacteria.

Probiotics help keep bad bacteria under control which is essential for celiacs since they are prone to bacterial Dybiosis, meaning they do not have optimal levels of the beneficial bacteria and Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), a condition where bad bacteria in the small intestines perpetuate nutrient malabsorption. Besides keeping bacteria under control, taking a multi-strain probiotic can reduce gluten-associated joint and muscle pain, fatigue and brain fog as well as control yeast gut colonization. (2) When selecting a probiotic, look for one that contains multiple strains and that has a higher bacteria count (CFU). Probiotics should be taken on an empty stomach. Probiotics are available in adult and children formulas.


People with gluten intolerance, especially those diagnosed with celiac disease are often deficient in several key minerals. Due to inadequate pancreatic enzyme secretion, many celiacs are deficient in Vitamins A, E and K. Iron deficiency is the most common non-digestive symptom of celiac disease. (3) Iron absorption may normalize after one year or more on a gluten free diet.

Through the EVA screening, Dr. Griffin can check for nutritional deficiencies and identify what vitamins and supplements will help strengthen the body. If appropriate, Dr. Griffin will recommend blood work through SpectraCell Laboratory who specializes in nutritional testing.    

Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin and like B12, the absorption of folic acid is diminished in celiac disease. This is often the case in those who are gluten intolerant. L-5methyltertrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF) is the predominate form of folate. L-5-MTHF is a reduced, metabolically active form of folate that occurs naturally in foods and is the primary form of found in the blood and tissues. As a result, it is far more effective for people who have or prone to a folic acid deficiency. Dietary supplements MethylFolate and Methyl-B-12 Lozenges are available through the Vital Essence Supplement line offered by Vital Health, Inc.

Vital Health, Inc., addresses a whole body approach to health with the intention of facilitating well-being and optimal health. Before starting any supplement regimen Vital Health, Inc. recommends consulting your physician.

About Vital Health, Inc.:

At Vital Health, Inc. Dr. Griffin integrates a whole body approach with the intention of facilitating wellbeing and optimal health amongst her clients. Dr. Griffin’s specialties include: traditional naturopathy, nutrition, EAV Meridian Stress Assessment, Food Sensitivity Screening, Environmental Screenings, Iridology, SKASYS, Live Blood Cell Analysis as well as established integrative therapies such as Neuroemotional Therapy, Neuromodulation Technique, Cold Laser and clinician for Spectracell Laboratories, Inc. Vital Health, Inc. is located in the Orland Crossing office complex at 14225 S. 95th Ave., Suite 409, Orland Park, IL 60462 (708) 226-1131




Narconon Arrowhead Announces New Tips to Handling Nutritional Deficiencies Resulting from Addiction

Canadian, Oklahoma (PRWEB) March 14, 2015

Addiction and Nutritional Deficiencies

According to the Medline Plus, a source of information provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, the body is harmed by substance abuse in two ways. One source of harm is the substance itself adversely affecting the body. And the negative lifestyle (addiction lifestyle), which minimally includes a poor diet and irregular eating habits, is also a source of harm.

Recovering from substance use and abuse also affects the body in a number of other ways, including organ function, processing energy (metabolism), and mental well-being.

Providing the body with proper nutrition can aid in its healing process after substance abuse. Needed nutrients supply an individual’s body with energy. Needed nutrients provide substances, which the body needs to fight off infection, and to build and maintain health and healthy body organs.

Different drugs impact the body and its nutrition in different ways.

Opiates particularly affect the gastrointestinal system, and a high-fiber diet that includes vegetables, whole grains, beans and peas is recommended.

Alcoholism is cited by MedLine Plus as a major cause of nutritional deficiency in the U.S. Most common alcohol-caused deficiencies include vitamin B6, vitamin B1, and folic acid. A deficiency of these nutrients causes neurologic (nervous system) problems and anemia.

“Wet brain,” which is also called Korsakoff’s Syndrome ,results from heavy alcohol use resulting in a lack of adequate thiamine (B1).

Two major body organs involved in nutrition and metabolism are damaged by alcohol use—the pancreas and the liver. The liver functions to remove harmful toxins from the body. The pancreas functions to regulate blood sugar and fat absorption.

The use and abuse of stimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, and crack results in reduced appetite leading to poor nutrition and weight loss. Because those abusing stimulants may go without sleep for days, they can also end-up dehydrated. The marked weight-loss stemming from stimulant drug abuse can make returning to a normal diet difficult.

Marijuana can lead to an appetite increase in the user. Long term users may become overweight and need to reduce sugar, fat and total calories.

Handling Nutritional Deficiencies

A healthy diet and balanced nutrition help improve a person’s mood and health. When a person feels better physically and mentally, he or she is less likely to start using drugs and alcohol again. Encouraging a person in recovery to eat a healthy diet can go a long way towards maintaining mental and physical well being.

Adapting to a healthier lifestyle and a more nutritious way of eating can be done at a level and a pace which works for the person making the change. With that in mind, Narconon Arrowhead offers the following tips to handle addiction-caused nutritional deficiencies:

Make regular mealtimes a part of your daily routine, and your lifestyle.
Eat nutritious snacks and meals.
Include more protein, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates in your diet. Complex carbohydrates include such foods as starchy vegetables (green peas, corn, and potatoes), whole grain cereals and breads, and legumes (peas, peanuts, beans, lentils).
Try to eat foods low in fat.
Add high quality vitamin and mineral supplements to your diet during recovery. Liquid vitamins and minerals may be more easily assimilated. Vitamins A, C, B-Complex and Zinc are basics. A local natural health food store is a good source of high-quality and nutrient-dense supplements.
Drink plenty of fluids. Dehydration is common during substance abuse recovery.
Avoid sweets. Sugar has no nutrient value.
Choose an exercise you enjoy, and get some exercise daily.
Get adequate rest, and adequate sleep. A well-fed and well-rested body will help you in your recovery.
Make friends with others who are creating a healthy lifestyle as part of their recovery, and help each other achieve your health and nutrition goals.

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