5 Reasons To Take Nutritional Supplements

Mixed Messages About Taking Supplements

There are many misconceptions about taking nutritional supplements.

It seems more obvious that people with chronic health conditions need supplements.

Some people think if you’re healthy and eat a nutritious diet, then supplements aren’t necessary.

But there’s more to consider when making your decision

Even relatively healthy people can benefit from taking supplements.

supplements5 Reasons to Take Nutritional Supplements:

  1. The fruits and vegetables we eat are often lacking essential minerals due to soil depletion. The soils are deficient in key minerals. This is often due to agricultural practices.
  2. Stress from leading busy lives wears down our immune system. Taking whole-food supplements can help fill in the gaps. This helps to make sure our bodies are functioning effectively.
  3. Taking prescription drugs over time can cause the body’s nutrient supply to become deficient.
  4. Due to increasing pollution in our food and water supply our bodies may use more nutrients to help detoxify the harmful substances. Learn more about detoxification here.
  5. Many of our foods are stored for long periods of time. Others are shipped long distances before they are bought and eaten . This causes depletion of vitamins.

When choosing high-quality nutritional supplements, make sure they’re free from artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.

Focus on all natural, whole-food supplements.

You might want to start with taking these 4 essential supplements.

Do you take nutritional supplements?  Have you noticed an improvement in your health from taking supplements?

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Thoughts On Nutritional Supplements

Do you take nutritional supplements? Which ones should you take? Are they even important?

These are all questions I’ve heard over the years, and I have to say that my perspective has done a 180 since becoming chronically ill with Lyme disease and a myriad of autoimmune issues.

thoughts on Nutritional supplementsAs a child, my parents gave us a multivitamin every morning, usually with a glass of orange juice. My mom always cooked delicious and nutritious meals, and my parents were health conscious. I’m so thankful for that!

I grew up believing that taking my daily vitamin supplement would improve my health.

Out of innocence I took my excellent health for granted.

Marriage And Babies

Later, after getting married (to my amazing husband), I had 4 babies in 6 years.

At that time I was careful to take my prenatal vitamins, hoping they would help give the proper nutrients for our babies’ development. I soon learned too, that pregnancy and breastfeeding can take a toll on your body if you aren’t extremely proactive about living a healthy lifestyle.

Even so, I cherished those precious years when our kids were young and dependent on us for everything. I loved the baby stage!

Sometime after our family was complete I became busy in a different way, with toddler playgroups and ballgames, music lessons, trips, and a full-time teacher career. It was during this time that I stopped taking my daily multivitamin.

Because I was young and healthy I thought eating a healthy diet was enough.

Chronic Illness And Supplements

Now, just a few years later and my health and life have changed so much. I take anywhere between 25 to 40 supplements per day, out of necessity (depending on what issues I’m dealing with at the time).

I’m continually learning more about the importance of buying quality supplements and no longer choosing the generic brand or buying whatever is on sale like I used to.

If I could share one piece of advice with you that might help it would be this: Be proactive about making your body the strongest and healthiest it can be. Don’t assume that just because you’ve always been healthy, you’ll always be healthy.

I realize some times we can’t control the hand we’re dealt, just like when I got Lyme disease. But if we can do anything to prevent illness and disease, let’s do it!

Here are some things you can do right now

  • Eat a variety of healthy, whole foods, rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and protein.
  • Get plenty of quality sleep each night.
  • Find effective ways to deal with stress, such as going on a walk or talking to a friend.
  • Work out regularly.
  • Take high-quality supplements.

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5 Easy Ways To Detox

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Whether you’re “as healthy as a horse” or dealing with chronic illness, detoxing is essential in helping the body get rid of harmful toxins.

Before getting Lyme disease I’d heard the term “detox” thrown around once or twice. But once I became chronically ill, detoxing quickly became a necessity in my ongoing journey back to health.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways to help your body get rid of harmful toxins.

5 Easy Ways To Detox:

1. Drink lots of water with lemon. It’s great to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, but drinking at least 2 liters a day is even better!

Water helps to flush toxins out of the body. Lemons can help support the immune system and stimulate the liver to help remove toxins.

2. Dry brush your skin before showering. This helps shed dead skin, encourages blood circulation and assists with lymph drainage. You can buy a dry skin brush on Amazon for very little money. This is the one I have and it works great!

3. Sweat the toxins out of your body by taking a hot bath, sitting in a sauna, or exercising hard enough to break a good sweat. After researching portable saunas for a couple of years, my sweet husband bought me this one for Christmas and I love it.

4. Eat a variety of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables. Nourish your body with whole foods.

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5. Emphasize the positive. We all have those days (or weeks) when we don’t feel our best or feel exhausted from a busy schedule. I’ve found that if I look for things that I’m grateful for throughout the day it changes my perspective and can help me cope with potentially stressful situations.

There are several other ways to detox, but hopefully this will give you some things to think about and try. I hope you find this list helpful!

I’d love to hear what works well for you! Please share in the comment section below.

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Kansas City Royals Win The World Series!

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Woo hoo! The Kansas City Royals take the World Series, 4 games to 1!

kansas city royalsChildhood Memories of the Kansas City Royals

I grew up cheering them on. Fast-pitch softball was my favorite sport. The Royals were my favorite baseball team and my favorite player was George Brett!

I remember being excited as a girl when our parents took us to a Royals game. I couldn’t wait to watch Brett hit homers and rule on 3rd. Unfortunately he had broken his toe running from his kitchen to his living room and was out for the game. Talk about a major disappointment! But despite Brett being out that game it was still fun. 🙂

This year, David (my husband) and I were able to catch Game 2 of the playoffs against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman. The pulse of KC beat strong and the Royals didn’t disappoint.

Congrats to the KC Royals!

Thanks for making this season the best one yet. Can’t wait for next year!

Do you have a favorite team, player, or sport you love to watch? I’d love for you to share about it!

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My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes

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One of the foods I’ve missed since becoming gluten-free is pancakes. I tried different gluten-free flours, but had

trouble finding one that tasted close enough to the real thing, until I discovered how easy it is to make oat flour. To me, the flavor it gives the pancakes is delicious and the texture is pleasant, although a little heartier in these gluten-free protein pancakes.

Protein Powder Pancakes

If you want to try making your own gluten-free oat flour, first make sure that your oats are gluten-free. Some are packaged in factories along wheat products and can get contaminated with wheat. Simply put a cup or two of old-fashioned oats in your blender, press start and watch the magic happen!  Now, when I’m making a recipe that calls for all-purpose or wheat flour, I use the GF oat flour instead.

This is the recipe I use to make my protein powder pancake mix. I store it in a Mason jar and make a new batch and refill the jar when I’m getting low.

I like to add chopped apples and cinnamon or blueberries or pecans to the batter. Typically, I fry them in coconut oil and top them with butter or 81 Uses For Coconut Oil, syrup, and sometimes peanut butter (yummy!).

Our kids sometimes groan when they find out something I’m serving is gluten-free, but not these Protein Powder Pancakes. They eat them right up. I hope you enjoy!

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5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein

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Whey protein powder packs a nutritional punch and has many health benefits.

When you are purchasing it, I recommend checking the list of ingredients to make sure it is not full of sugar, artificial sweeteners, or ingredients you don’t recognize. If in doubt, you might want to look any unknown ingredients up on the internet.

Generally speaking, the fewer ingredients, the better. Also, try to look for whey protein concentrate because it’s usually both more nutritious and affordable.

Pictured below is the protein powder my husband and I are using currently. We’ve tried several, but so far, this one tastes the best (in my humble opinion), and the vanilla flavor is easy to mix with many other add-ins, such as fruits, nuts, etc.

Whey powder can be a great addition to your diet, whether you’re trying to lose weight, or gain muscle.

5 Health Benefits Of Whey Protein

  1. Whey is a great source of high-quality protein, is quickly absorbed and full of the amino acids our bodies need to work optimally.
  2. Long-term consumption of whey protein may lower cholesterol levels.
  3. It’s filling, which can cut hunger, something that is especially beneficial when trying to lose weight.
  4. Whey protein may lower blood pressure, and help control type 2 diabetes when taken along with a high-carbohydrate meal.
  5. It can help reduce inflammation in the body, a risk factor for many conditions.

whey proteinThe Takeaway

Along with the many benefits of whey protein, it’s easy to blend into a variety of different foods, such as pancakes, muffins, oatmeal, cereal, cookies and yogurt.

Also, you may want to try my recipes for My Favorite Peanut Butter Protein Shake and My Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes.

Please let me know how you like to eat your whey protein in the comments section below. I’d love to hear from you!

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