Posts tagged ‘energy’

December 13, 2012

All Vitamins Are NOT Created Equal!

In a perfect world all of us would get all of the nutrients we need for optimal health from fresh, healthful foods. In reality however, this is often difficult, if not impossible. In our highly chemically polluted and stress-filled world, our nutritional requirements have been steadily increasing, but the number of calories we require has been decreasing as our levels of physical activity has declined. This means that we need to somehow get more nutrients into our body with less food. At the same time many of our foods are depleted of certain nutrients. Modern farming methods have resulted in soils that are lacking in selenium and other nutrients. Add to this extensive processing, improper storage, and other factors, and its little wonder that many of the foods that reach our tables cannot meet our nutritional needs. Getting even the recommended daily intake of vitamins from today’s diet has become quite hard to do. This means for optimum health, it is necessary to take nutrients in the form of supplements.

Vitamin supplements can be divided into two groups: Synthetic and natural. Synthetic vitamins are vitamins produced in laboratories from chemicals that are the mirror image of their counterparts found in nature. Natural vitamins are derived from food sources. The body recognizes them as food and utilizes them more efficiently. Supplements that are not labeled natural also may also include coal tars, artificial coloring, preservatives, sugars, and starch, as well as other additives. You should beware of these harmful elements when you purchase any supplements. Even vitamins that state that they are natural, may not be extracted from whole food sources. It is important to read labels carefully and to remember that you get what you pay for. Don’t expect to feel more vitality when taking a simple, mass produced, low-potency “one a day” that you picked up in the vitamin aisle at the local grocery or drug store. You may as well take the money you spent and flush it right down the toilet because with the coatings and binders used during manufacturing these synthetic multis, they aren’t going to break down and absorb anyway. The health food industry is in the business of health and wellness. Please purchase your supplements from a health food store where the employees are knowledgeable about what they sell. Make sure to buy only whole food based, certified vitamins. Better health starts with a high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral supplement with high levels of antioxidants to protect and nourish your body. Most of the drug store variety vitamins have such low levels of nutrients that it amazes me that they can market them the way they do.

What About The RDA?

Recommended Dietary Allowances for vitamins and minerals have been prepared by the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council since 1941. These guidelines were originally developed to reduce the rates of severe nutritional deficiency diseases such as scurvy (deficiency of vitamin C), pellagra (deficiency of niacin), and beriberi (deficiency of vitamin B1). Another critical point is that the RDA’s were designed to serve as the basis for evaluating the adequacy of diets of groups of people, not individuals. Individuals simply vary too widely in their nutritional requirements. As stated by the Food and Nutrition Board, “Individuals with special nutritional needs are not covered by the RDA’s.” A tremendous amount of scientific research indicates that the “optimal” level for many nutrients may be much higher than their current RDA. The RDAs focus only on the prevention of nutritional deficiencies in population groups, and do not define “optimal” intake for an individual.

Other factors the RDAs do not adequately take into consideration are environmental and lifestyle factors which can destroy vitamins and bind minerals. For example, even the Food and Nutrition Board acknowledges that smokers require at least twice the amount of vitamin C compared to nonsmokers. But what about other nutrients and smoking? And what about the effects of alcohol consumption, food additives, heavy metals (lead, mercury, etc.), carbon monoxide, and other chemicals associated with our modern society that are known to interfere with nutrient function? Dealing with the hazards of modern living may be another reason many people take supplements. Just this May there was a big story on the front page of The Times titled “The Government Says You Can’t Breathe Our Air” reporting about the horrible air quality in the region. Air that we breathe everyday. Now more than ever it’s vitally important to saturate your diet with fresh produce (organic whenever possible) and whole grains. Meat and dairy are great sources of vitamins, minerals and protein, but they also contain pesticides, fertilizers, hormones and antibiotics unless the animals are organically raised. Unfortunately most of us don’t eat that way.?

What Should Everyone Take Daily?

If you walked into Baum’s  for the first time and you’ve never taken a supplement before in your life and need to know where to start, this is not only what we suggest, but what industry leaders suggest everyone take whether you’re 12 years old or 80 years old.

  • A high potency all natural multivitamin/mineral complex. They help make up for nutrient deficiencies lost in today’s diets.
  • Essential fatty acids for proper heart, brain & vision function.
  • Digestive enzymes to help break down the foods you eat so they can be absorbed by the body more efficiently. This is the foundation for a vibrant healthy body.
  • Probiotics help maintain your immune system by keeping bad bacteria at bay.

If there are other health concerns you may have, be sure to consult with our staff to find a more natural approach to treatment.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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May 17, 2012

Digestive Enzymes and Benefits

Enzymes are energized protein molecules essential for the digestion of food, brain stimulation, tissue, cell and organ repairing and generating cellular energy. Even though they are a catalyst for many biochemical reactions they do not change or get consumed in the process. There are three types: metabolic, digestive and food.

Digestive

Digestive enzymes are secreted along the gastrointestinal tract and break down the food in the body so that the nutrients can be absorbed. Enzymes are present in the food you eat which is why there is great importance placed upon having plenty of raw foods in the diet. The enzymes in raw food help start the process of digestion which reduces the body’s need to secret digestive enzymes.

Food enzymes are destroyed when cooking at moderate or high temperatures. They are “turned off” at a dry-heat temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit and a wet-heat temperature of 118 degrees Fahrenheit.
If your body has to rely too much on its own digestive enzymes the result is more stress is placed on your system and organs leaving less time and energy for other jobs such as rebuilding and replacing damaged cells and tissue and keeping your immune system strong.
A diet that consists mainly of cooked food requires the pancreas to “work overtime” and the extra effort leaves it exhausted. If the pancreas is always having to produce enzymes that could come from food it will eventually cease to function properly. The late Dr. Edward Howell suggested that when a person eats an enzyme-poor diet consisting of lots of cooked food, the result is illness, lowered resistance to stress and a shortened life span.
Eating lots of raw foods and taking a high-quality enzyme supplement can help avoid depletion of the body’s own enzymes thereby reducing stress.

In the book, The Healing Power of Enzymes, Dr. DicQie Fuller talks about the importance of enzymes and says:
“Eighty percent of our body’s energy is expended by the digestive process. If you are run down, under stress, living in a very hot or very cold climate, pregnant or a frequent traveler, then enormous quantities of extra enzymes are required by your body. Because our entire system functions through enzymatic action, we must supplement our enzymes. Aging deprives us of our ability to produce necessary enzymes. The medical profession tells us that all disease is due to a lack or imbalance of enzymes. Our very lives are dependent upon them!”

Importance of Digestive Enzymes

There are approximately 45 essential nutrients that the body needs to carry out normal bodily functions. Essential means that the body cannot manufacture them and they must come from outside sources.
There are at least 13 kinds of vitamins and 20 kinds of minerals, in addition to fats, carbohydrates and water that are required for proper metabolic function. When food is consumed it gets broken down for absorption and transported by the blood stream.

Nutrients, including enzymes, work synergistically which means they cooperate with each other acting as catalysts. This promotes absorption and assimilation. The importance of digestive enzymes resides in the fact that the human body cannot absorb nutrients in food unless digestive enzymes break them down.

The body progressively loses its ability to produce enzymes with major drops occurring roughly every ten years of life. At the beginning it may not be that noticeable, however, later on you will discover that you cannot tolerate or enjoy certain foods like you did before. This may also be accompanied by a feeling of reduced stamina. Yes, you’re running low of enzymes.

How Do You Know if You Are Lacking Enzymes?

Heartburn, gas, constipation, bloating, allergies, ulcers, lack of energy and reduced functioning of the immune system may occur when there are not enough enzymes.

Digestive Enzymes Benefits

Digestive Enzymes can be beneficial for more things than most people think. They have been shown to benefit people with:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • GERD, Indigestion
  • Candidiasis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Food allergies
  • Low Back Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • and more…

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

March 29, 2012

Mary’s Ion Cleanse

This is Mary getting an Ion Cleanse and telling us how it has changed her life. She is a long time Baum’s Natural Foods customer.

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.