Decoding Supplement Dosage Instructions

There are so many different ways to take supplements and there are so many supplement options out there. When it comes to supplements, do your research and consult with a nutritionist or a doctor to help map out the best supplement routine for you. Paired with a healthy diet and lifestyle, supplements are an excellent compliment to your maintaining your health.

Due to the endless variety out there, you’ll soon learn that not all supplements are made the same and therefore taking the same nutrient from a different brand will commonly call for different dosage instructions.

To help you navigate these dosage instructions and get the most of your chosen supplement, here are some common supplement instructions and what exactly they mean:

*For brevity, we’ll use tablets as the example when it comes to supplement dosage instructions.

  • Take one tablet daily with food

These instructions are straight forward. You simply take 1 tablet daily with food. Taking the supplement without food can have the potential to cause stomach upset or may not be properly absorbed due to high levels of stomach acid which can damage the nutrients before it has the chance to be properly absorbed into your body. 

If you plan on taking more than the recommended dose, you’ll need to consult your doctor first. Supplement manufacturers work hard to determine safe and accurate dosage instructions as well as a dosage that the body can readily absorbed. Any nutrients taken in excess usually go to waste as the body does not absorb it.

Taking more than the recommended dosage should be avoided especially if you’re taking a supplement without a doctor’s prescription, it’s best to follow the dosage instructions on the label. 

  • Take one tablet up to two times daily with food

These instructions are also straight forward. It means you can take 1 or 2 tablets a day immediately after a meal. Again, you don’t want to take it on an empty stomach, and for safety reasons, taking more than 2 tablets will require a doctor’s approval. 

You’ll commonly find these types of supplement instructions with water soluble vitamins such as Vitamin C and minerals like magnesium, which are easily excreted from the body. Taking more than 1 tablet daily for water soluble vitamins and minerals ensures you get your daily required dosage. 

  • Take one tablet, twice daily with food

These instructions mean that you’ll need to take this supplement spread between two intervals after eating a meal. This usually refers spacing your supplement intake for 1 during the morning and the second being in the afternoon or evening. 

Opting to only take 1 tablet in the morning and skipping the recommended second dose could mean you are under-dosing and may not experience the health benefits the supplement is meant for. Again, supplement manufacturers work hard to determine an accurate dosage to ensure that the supplement will deliver the desired health benefits. 

  • Take two tablets, once daily with food

These instructions mean that you need to take 2 tablets at the same time immediately after eating a meal. Instead of taking your supplements at intervals, these instructions have you taking them in one go. Again, opting to only take 1 tablet may not deliver the health results you’re after. 

  • Take 2 tablets once daily before a meal

As previously mentioned, these instructions simply mean you take 2 tablets at the same time. ‘Before a meal’ usually refers to 20-30 minutes so when you come across these instructions, time your supplement intake at least 20 minutes before you plan on eating. 

The reasoning behind this is to allow the given supplement time to be properly broken down in your body and for you to properly absorb its health benefits. You’ll commonly see these types of instructions with probiotics, digestive aids and various herbal supplements, which need some time to sit in your stomach in order to work. 

  • Take two capsules in the morning with food

When you come across supplement instructions to take in the morning, this is mainly for helping to keep you energized throughout the day and for your body to properly digest it. 

You’ll commonly find these instructions with weightloss aids, that work with your metabolism all day, multivitamins which an active and awake body will benefit more from throughout the day as opposed to the end of the day, and timed-release vitamins, which need an active and awake digestive system to fully absorb it. 

Whatever your supplement routine, be sure to choose quality supplements that deliver the health benefits you’re trying to achieve. Nature’s Health Supplements offers a wide range of vitamins and supplements to meet a variety of health needs and improve your overall health.

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Healthy Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother’s come in many forms and people. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, celebrating right now may be different than what you initially had in mind. Despite this current quarantine era, here are some thoughtful and healthy ways you can send over some love and appreciation to your mother and mother figures in your life for Mother’s Day:

1. A Kind Word


A kind word of appreciation goes a long way with mothers, who frequently go above and beyond to take care of the needs for others. If you’re quarantined at home with your mother, show her some gratitude for all the things she does and let her know that her hard work and efforts do not go by unnoticed.

If you’re not living with your mother, a simple video call to talk to her and let her know your appreciation for her can make all the difference in how she feels on Mother’s Day.

2. Give Her Some ‘Me Time’

If your mother is a multitasking superwoman, offer to take a few things off her to-do list so that she can have even 1 precious hour to herself to relax in perhaps a long bath, a walk, a yoga session, or even for just some peace and quiet.

Something as simple as taking care of lunch and dinner, doing the dishes, tidying up the house, or running some errands can free up so much of her day. Never underestimate what even just 1 undisturbed hour means for a mom. This Mother’s Day, let her indulge in her own self-interests even for a short period of time. It’s one of the best things a busy mom could ask for!

3. Gift Her With Her Essentials

Your mother is likely to have a slew of energy boosting tricks up her sleeve to help her keep up with the daily life of taking care of family and juggling everything else. Whether she looks to things like getting a caffeine charge from coffee or green tea, manages stress with the help of adaptogens like Ashwagandha, or finds that she’s ready to tackle the day after a proper skin-care ritual, take a moment to observe a little more closely to see what she uses daily and consider gifting her with it or something similar.

If she loves her morning cup of coffee, get her a lovely bag of a single origin roast, if she loves her green tea, gift her with some ceremonial grade matcha green tea. Not only do you already know that she’ll enjoy these Mother’s Day gifts you’ll also show her that you pay attention to her needs.

4. Give Her an Online Alternative

During quarantine, social restrictions can leave your mother missing a few things from the outside world. Perhaps she misses the gym, her yoga class, or is simply finding herself restless for something new. Help bring the outside world to her with an online alternative. There are hundreds of online yoga classes and workouts that you can sign her up to. Countless platforms have opened up their education resources for free amidst this pandemic. You can sign her up to virtually any class that might pique her interest. Anything from cooking, arts, book clubs, business, exercise etc. are available to for learning from high-quality educational resources.

5. Spend Quality Time Together

Mother’s and parents in general usually look for quality time with loved ones over presents. This Mother’s Day, make sure to spend quality time with her. If you live together, be present and be with her. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Cooking together, talking together over a cup of tea, and just being with each other is usually all a mother wants. If you’re separated during quarantine, schedule a video call and talk to her like you normally would if you were in the same room.

6. Encourage Healthy Habits

Regardless if your mother is health conscious or not, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to start or encourage healthy habits. As a woman, your mother will benefit from incorporating key nutrients into her diet. Gift her with supplements and superfoods that will enhance her beauty, give her more energy, and promote her longevity.

For most mothers, incorporating a quality Multivitamin can do wonders in helping her keep up with a multifaceted life while a more specific supplement like Fish Oil can do wonders for her hormone health, mood balance and skin health.

Give your mother the gift of health with Nature’s Health Vitamins and Supplements. Help her achieve her health goals, promote longevity and overall wellbeing with the right nutrients to keep her looking and feeling her best.

Waste-Free DIY Body Care Recipes Pt. 2

Did you know that you could lower your carbon footprint by investing some time in your kitchen making your own personal care products?

The beauty about making your personal care products is, firstly, you lessen your environmental waste from throwing out single use plastic, and secondly, you have the luxury to customize your own ingredients that you know work for you.

As previously mentioned in our first article, Waste-Free DIY Body Care Recipes, it’s best to buy your raw ingredients from a package-free store. Simply bring your own recycled containers to take the raw ingredients home. If you don’t have access to a package-free store, an all-natural products store will do just fine as well. To still help reduce waste, buy your raw ingredients in bulk. This is more economical and will lower your waste as opposed to if you bought your raw ingredients in smaller quantities.

Mouthwash:
Making your own mouthwash is surprisingly easy and only takes a few ingredients. Additionally, you get to avoid all the questionable ingredients known to be found in commercial and store-bought mouthwash such as artificial coloring, alcohol, parabens, formaldehyde and even sugar!

You can get away with just 3 basic ingredients to create this mouthwash, but we like to sweeten things up and mellow out the mint with some sweetness from xylitol, which is an all-natural ingredient prized for its oral health benefits such as promoting remineralization in the tooth as well as preventing tooth decay. The main ingredients, baking soda alkalizes an acidic mouth protecting your tooth enamel while the essential oil gives your mouth that fresh feeling!

Ingredients:
· 2 cups distilled water
· 2 teaspoons baking soda
· 10-15 drops spearmint/clove/peppermint essential oil. You can mix and match too!
· Optional: 1 tablespoon xylitol

Method:
1. Place all the ingredients in a recycled glass bottle with a lid and shake until all the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
2. Use as you would conventional mouth wash; swish and spit!

Morning and Evening Body Scrubs
Body scrubs are a luxury in a bathing ritual and leave skin feeling fabulous thanks to the exfoliating and moisturizing benefits. Save yourself some cash and save the environment from empty plastic body scrub containers by making your own at home. It’s ridiculously easy, and if you jazz it up with a fancy recycled glass container, your homemade concoction can even feel more luxurious than store-bought versions.

Since body scrubs are incredibly easy to make, we have here two recipes that utilize the benefits of aromatherapy. We have a morning invigorating salt scrub to help perk up your senses to get your day going and an evening tropical body scrub to soothe your senses to help you unwind and destress after a long day.

Lime Morning Salt Scrub:
Ingredients:
· 1 cup sea salt
· ½ cup Jojoba Oil
· 5-10 drops lime essential oil
· 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

Tropical Evening Body Scrub
Ingredients:
· 1 cup brown sugar
· ½ cup coconut oil
· 5-10 drops Vanilla extract
· 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin

Method:
1. In a mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients
2. Transfer the scrub to a wide brimmed container and keep it in the bathroom
3. Simply scoop out the salt scrub anytime you want to use it

Muscle Soothing Calming Bath Soak
Another luxury in the bath, we frequently find bath salts as one of the higher priced items in the personal care aisle to achieve that soothing and muscle relaxing feeling. Bath salts tend to come in beautiful containers as well, which sadly get thrown away. For a more eco-friendly option, keep those containers and refill it with your own custom made salt soaks instead.

This salt soak is a remineralizing and detoxifying experience with the added benefit of aromatherapy. We double up on the detoxifying and soothing properties by combining Epsom salt with sea salt and lavender essential oil with chamomile.

Ingredients:
· 1 cup Epsom salt
· ¼ cup sea salt
· 2 tablespoons chamomile tea leaves, emptied from the tea bag.
· 10 drops lavender essential oil

Method:
1. Mix all the ingredients together until well incorporated
2. Transfer to airtight containers
3. When it’s time to relax, scoop out 1-2 large handfuls into your tub before soaking

Do you recycle containers and create your own personal care products? Help protect the environment more by sharing your personal care product recipes and tips on how to reuse empty containers in the comments below.

Waste-Free DIY body care recipes

Have you ever wondered what happens to your empty bottle of shampoo when you throw it out? Have you given a second thought to the plastic wrapped around a new bar of soap after you’ve torn it off? What about that tube of toothpaste after you’ve squeezed out the last bits of its contents?

Unfortunately, personal care products are a significant source of single-use plastic waste but the good news is we can easily create change from our own kitchens. Living a more sustainable lifestyle doesn’t mean having to sacrifice your personal hygiene. With a handful of ingredients, you can easily lessen your single-use plastic waste with more sustainable and all-natural products instead.

Here are a few tips when it comes to creating your DIY body care products:

  1. DIY body care recipes don’t have to immediately overhaul what you currently have in your bathroom. Throwing out items that you currently have to make room for your ‘waste-free’ products defeats their purpose. Instead, slowly but surely aim to incorporate waste-free products that work for you, after you have finished with what you already have. You can even reuse the containers. Spray bottles from facial mists, body butter tubs can house your homemade version, and glass jars from moisturizers can contain a variety of your own homemade personal care items.
  2. While going ‘zero-waste’ hasn’t become the norm, it is definitely growing as people learn how empowered they actually are to help protect the environment by making small changes in their own home. With that said, these recipes do call for raw ingredients that obviously come in packaging. If a bulk natural-products store that uses refills and reusable containers isn’t available to you, opt to buy your raw ingredients in bulk instead. This way, you save money as well as lessening your waste from throwing away more packaging from smaller quantities.

Makeup remover:
The first step and crucial step in cleansing your skin is taking time to remove makeup. Removing your makeup allows the cleanser to follow to do a more thorough job, prepping your skin and pores to be more open and more efficiently absorb the skincare products that follow.

This makeup remover is ridiculously easy, nourishing for the skin and it does an extremely thorough job in breaking down even the most budge-proof and water-resistant of makeup. All you need are two ingredients and a wide-brimmed jar. To use, simply scoop out a small portion of the makeup remover and treat yourself to a facial makeup-removing massage.

Ingredients:
– ½ cup coconut oil
– 4 drops lavender essential oil
– 1 wide-brimmed jar, where you can easily scoop out the contents with your fingers

Method:
– In a mixing bowl, add the lavender essential oil to the coconut oil and gently incorporate together.
– Transfer the makeup remover to your choice of container.

Toothpaste:
The idea behind any quality toothpaste is to firstly clean and rid your teeth of bacteria that it has accumulated throughout the day and night. A clean mouth naturally doesn’t smell bad but you can opt to use peppermint or spearmint essential oil as well to keep your mouth feeling extra fresh.

This DIY toothpaste will save the environment from all the empty tubes of toothpaste you’ve accumulated as all this toothpaste recipe requires is a reusable container to store it in. We’ve added in baking soda to this recipe to gently help whiten teeth as well as turmeric powder which has been known to help remove stains and remineralize teeth. We recommend recycling an old popsicle stick or any sort of flat and sturdy piece to help you scoop out the toothpaste and place it onto your toothbrush which helps keeps things more hygienic.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 15 drops of spearmint or peppermint essential oil
  • 1 small wide-brimmed jar
  • One small scooper (You can make a scooper by recycling popsicle sticks)

Method:

  1. In a warmed mixing bowl, melt the coconut oil.
  2. Thoroughly mix in the baking soda, turmeric, and essential oils.
  3. Add to your choice of container.

Whipped Body Butter
If you read the label of some of the most luxurious body butters, you’ll realize that you can easily replicate it at home as making it is simply a matter of mixing and whipping up your choice of nutrient-dense plant-based ingredients.

What’s lovely about body butter is it isn’t complicated to make and your only limit to a custom-made body butter is your imagination. Essentially, all you need is a base moisturizer. That’s it! You can jazz things up by adding your own blend of essential oils and amping up the skin-nourishing ingredients with plant-oils. Try this lovely blend of body butter to save the environment from empty moisturizer tubs and you’ll never feel the need to use a store bought version again.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed avocado oil
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
  • 10 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil
    Tip: you can use whatever essential oil you like, aim for 20-25 drops for this ratio of ingredients.
    1 large wide-brimmed tub, jar or recycled body butter tub.

Method:

  1. In a double boiler, gently melt the coconut oil and shea butter.
  2. Turn off the heat and incorporate the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Allow to cool for an hour in the fridge.
  4. Take out the body butter and whip it using either a blender, an immersion blender, or an electric hand mix. This will allow your body butter to aerate and be more easily applied.
  5. Transfer to your body butter tub.

Do you save on single-use plastic waste by making your own personal care products? Share your recipes in the comments below!

Waste-Free Habits That Cost You Nothing

Doing our part in helping protect our planet from waste, pollution, overconsumption, unsustainable practices etc. doesn’t have to be a large and grand effort. In fact, small yet consistent efforts done collectively can literally change the world and make it better and last longer for future generations.

With eco-friendly and living a sustainable lifestyle being such a significant and relevant topic of interest and how-to, know that you as an individual can make a difference, and you actually don’t even have to feel like you need to spend on eco-friendly goods and alternatives to see change.

Here are some waste-free habits that can make a big difference and if you haven’t incorporated these waste-free earth-loving habits yet, there’s no time like the present to get started. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose:

1.  Always opt out of single-use plastic
Saying no to single-use plastic can make a huge difference. Think about all the straws that you’ve thrown away after having a drink, all the plastic cutlery that you threw away after eating fast food, all the plastic containers thrown away after you’ve finished your takeout, and the countless plastic bags you’ve discarded after their short trip from the grocery to your home.

In fact, approximately 150 million tons of single-use plastic is single-use plastic is discarded yearly, rendered useless waste that will last indefinitely. To minimize this colossal statistic, just say no. Say no to that straw and drink you drink straight from a cup, say no to take out containers and plastic cutlery, and bring your own reusable ones instead. Say no to your groceries being put in a plastic bag, and just bring your own.

 2. Cook and have coffee at home
Save yourself from spending extra hard-earned bucks by eating at home. It’s healthier, cheaper, and a much more sustainable practice than ordering food only to discard the disposable plate and cutlery, and ordering coffee only to throw away the disposable mug after.

If cooking at home or having coffee at home is too much of an inconvenience, simply carry around with you reusable containers. You likely already have a water bottle, a thermos, spoons and forks on hand. Keep them at the ready and simply request for your food to be placed in your own reusable containers instead. Less waste for the environment and all it took you was to pack a few extra items.

3. Trade items with friends
Speaking of items, one way to get creative with reducing your waste is by swapping out beloved goods with your friends or community. Think of it like one big garage sale but instead of using money, you use items. The saying one ‘persons junk is another person’s treasure’ fits aptly into this eco-conscious effort.

This works especially well for saving waste on throwing out books, clothes, kitchen tools, home décor etc. Instead of throwing things away or buying something new, try trading items with friends first.

4. Make your own cleaning products
The plastic containers that contain cleaning products are unfortunately some of the sturdiest and long-lasting plastic waste out there. Instead of tossing them out once done, try make your own cleaning products instead and reuse that plastic container.

All-purpose cleaning products in particular are easy to make with readily available ingredients you likely have in your home. Try this simple solution by just pouring the ingredients in your empty all-purpose cleaning container. The water and vinegar are enough to clean any surface when wiped down with a micro cloth, rags, or even old tattered clothing. If the smell of vinegar puts you off, you can add as many drops of essential oils as you’d like.

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part distilled white vinegar
  • Your choice of essential oil

What’s great about this all-purpose cleaner is that it’s non-toxic so you can use as much or as little as you like without worrying about adding any toxic load to your system or the environment.

5. Ditch the paper towels
Instead of wiping down with paper towels, use rags, old towels, and old clothes instead. Paper towels, although biodegradable, still take an incredible amount of energy and water to manufacture, and with one use, become part of the environmental waste. A waste-free alternative would be putting that old t-shirt to use, grabbing those old rags that you’ve had lying around, or making use of those microfiber cloths that you likely already have. Sure they need to be cleaned after several uses, but it’s a much better and cost-free eco-friendly alternative (they’re more absorbent too) to buying and discarding paper towers.

Regardless of how much money you make or how much money you want to save, everyone can benefit from making a few eco-friendly lifestyle changes. Let us know in the comments below on any tips on how you live-sustainably without spending anything.

Eco-Friendly Living Basics Anybody (and Everybody) Can Do

It’s not ground breaking news that our consumption habits need to scale back drastically for the sake of our planet’s health. However, with the eco-conscious movement growing, all the information out there can become overwhelming when it comes to thinking of what exactly we can do to save our oceans or lessen our contribution to the billions of tons of waste churning out into our home planet.

Like with anything, changing up your lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight and if you do try to completely overhaul your habits in a short amount of time, chances are you won’t be able to stick to it. Instead, opt for small wins and start with a few changes that aren’t too drastic. With that said, try to incorporate these small and simple eco-friendly living basics, that when done collectively and consistently, can have a big and positive impact.

1. Upgrade your shopping bags
We would say reusable shopping bags are a definite upgrade from the usual single-use plastic bags and brown paper bags. Not only do they stand the test of time, are far more reliable with carrying heavy loads, and are infinitely better for the environment, they look good too.

If you haven’t incorporated reusable shopping bags in your shopping routine, this is perhaps the easiest eco-friendly living switch you can make. Eco bags come in all kinds of varieties. Water proof vibrant nylon bags, gorgeously weaved cotton mesh bags, sturdy canvas bags etc. Show off your gorgeous produce and match your healthy choices with a reusable bag that shows you care for the planet’s health too.

2. Carry your own water bottle
Give your frequent hydration habit an eco-conscious upgrade by carrying around a water bottle. There are so many options out there to suit your lifestyle, and becomes far more convenient to carry around than go to a store to purchase bottled water.

The varieties of water bottles are endless. If you like packing light, opt for a collapsible water cup, if you like to be ready for anything throughout your day carry around a 24 oz bottle or larger. Go for clear drinking bottles if you want to show off some beautiful fruit and herb infused water, or keep a thermos on hand instead if you like touting around hot or cold beverages.

Carrying around reusable water bottles helps protect the environment from millions of single-use plastic water bottles and they are also healthier for the body because you don’t have to worry about drinking microplastic particles that can leech into you water.

3. Master saying ‘exclude the cutlery please’ when ordering in
Have you ever ordered food to be delivered to your home and ended up throwing away the bendy and unsturdy plastic cutlery because you have your own? That plastic cutlery is a classic waste of single-use plastic that ends up as plastic pollution in the environment. A simple, free, and almost no effort way to reduce waste is by simply indicating in your delivery order to exclude the plastic cutlery, especially if you have your own cutlery at home and plan to use.

4. Make your own meals
Do we really need to make a case for home cooked meals? Home cooked meals have the benefit of having full control and knowledge of what exactly goes into your food without having to worry about dodgy added ingredients all while being cost effective, especially if you want a high quality and nutrient dense meal.

With a little planning and investing an extra hour for a week’s worth of food prep, making your own meals and beverages at home is a cost effective and environmentally friendly way to eat food while simultaneously reducing waste from single-use take out containers, cups, and utensils.

5. Segregate your trash
Not all waste is created equal. You have varying degrees of waste according to how refined they are and how quickly they decay. You can help reduce waste by simply separating your trash. While this varies from city to city and country to country, check in with your local waste management systems with how they segregate trash and do your part accordingly.

For example you can segregate trash from wet and dry, or separate recyclable from non-recyclable, or go even deeper and separate glass, paper, plastic and food scraps etc.

An eco-friendly lifestyle is exactly that, a lifestyle. Starting off with small switches, like using eco bags instead of plastic bags, and help pave the way for positive and lasting change.

Eco-friendly living and helping protect our planet takes commitment, not a miracle. What other green-living lifestyle tips do you follow? Let us know in the comments below.

Health trends and what you need to know about them

The world of health is a wide and varied one. Full of popular and professional opinions and facts, it’s oftentimes difficult navigating through all the information especially when it comes to health trends, which have a way of getting you to subscribe to it, without necessarily considering your health holistically.

Here are a few things to keep in mind with this day and age’s current health trends before you fully commit to or are thinking about getting into:

The Keto Diet


The Ketogenic Diet works its magic by putting the body into a fat-burning state called ketosis. It’s through ketosis that we burn through fat stores in our body. This is achieved by eating zero carbohydrates in any form (or less than 20 grams of carbs) a day. Without carbohydrates, the body turns to fat for energy and this is derived from eating foods high in fat as well as fat already existing in the body. This is what makes the keto diet a very popular diet option for those looking to lose weight.

The problem with the ketogenic diet is the misconception that it’s a free for all green-light to eat butter, red meat, oils, and consume a large amount of ‘keto approved foods’.

What people need to know about the ketogenic diet is, like any diet, the focus on eating fresh and high quality whole foods is integral to achieving a healthy lifestyle while on a diet, especially one as restrictive as the Keto diet. Just because steak, bacon, and butter are components of a ketogenic diet, that doesn’t give dieters the go-signal to consider a plate of steak with butter a complete and healthy meal.

While on the ketogenic diet, high fat foods such as avocados, nuts and plant oils, as well as keto-approved vegetables should still be the majority on a healthy plate. Eating too much animals and animal by-products (regardless that they are keto approved) has the potential to cause health problems for the people following it such as susceptibility to an overly acidic body and high cholesterol.

Going Gluten-Free


Being gluten-intolerant and having celiac disease has paved the way for a gluten-free lifestyle. This has certainly been life chancing for many who truly suffer when they eat gluten. Unfortunately, gluten has become overly antagonized and there’s a misconception that just because it is gluten-free, it is automatically healthy.

Gluten, simply put, is actually a protein that you find in wheat. It inherently isn’t a bad ingredient and as long as you have no trouble digesting this protein, there is no reason why you should avoid it. Like many other common allergens such as peanuts, fish, and eggs, going gluten-free isn’t so much a healthy diet but more of a dietary restriction.

Gluten-free foods however have grown and paired with their popularity is the notion that gluten-free equals healthy. This isn’t always the case however. If you’re certain you don’t have celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, or any form of gluten intolerance, know that you don’t have to buy into gluten-free foods to make healthy choices. In fact, gluten-free foods can still contain a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients that aren’t good for your health.

When looking at gluten-free foods, turn over to the back of the label and read the ingredients list. Gluten-free doesn’t mean healthy, gluten-free simply means gluten free.

The Magic Pill


No matter what you read on the label or whatever research you’ve read about the latest superfood, know that there is not a single ingredient, nutrient, or pill that will solve all your health woes.

Health, in this case, our physical health, isn’t and can’t be dictated by a single ingredient, or a single nutrient. Our body comprises of hundreds of complex and interconnected systems and with that, needs a variety of nutrients to keep it running smoothly and healthily.

When navigating through foods, supplements, or ingredients, be wary of any of the packaging’s ‘cure all’ claims and don’t depend on it to automatically put you at peak physical health.

For example, you may come across a weightloss supplement that claims to help you lose weight. This however doesn’t mean that while taking this weightloss pill, you can enjoy sugary foods and stop exercising and still expect to lose weight.

Food works synergistically and nutrients need each other to be absorbed and your body needs various nutrients to function properly. Just because you take a single health pill, that doesn’t negate any bad habits. Good health isn’t instant, it is a lifestyle.

Good health involves having a wide and varied diet in order to get a wide and varied amount of nutrients to help keep your body healthy and carry out its many different functions. Let Nature’s Health Supplements help you keep your healthy lifestyle on track with easy and convenient capsules to supplement a healthy lifestyle.

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5 Ways Turmeric Supports Your Fitness Goals

Turmeric, an ancient golden root hailed for its potent anti-inflammatory properties seems to keep surprising us with its endless benefits. Turmeric can be especially beneficial for athletes and exercise enthusiasts looking to supercharge their fitness levels.

Here are 5 ways turmeric can support your fitness goals:

1. Eases muscle pain and protects joints

Turmeric’s potent anti-inflammatory properties, thanks to curcumin, help heal tired muscles. As we workout, our muscles undergo micro-tearing before it forms back together as a stronger muscle. This process can be painful, especially for unfit individuals who do too much too soon, or when suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of exercise.

This is where turmeric comes in, the anti-inflammatory benefits that curcumin brings help to ease the onset of exercise-induced muscle inflammation.

A double benefit as well is turmeric’s ability to protect joints. As we exercise, our joints undergo impact from various types of movement. Prolonged joint stress without the proper time for recovery can leave us injured. Turmeric helps to protect joints by easing inflammation and stiffness caused by exercise impact.

2. Promotes faster recovery


Did you know that when you work out, your body naturally produces more free radicals amidst the physical strain?

Taking turmeric before and after a workout, especially a strenuous one, is a great way to support your body and fitness goals because it helps to counter the free radicals your body produces. The flood of antioxidants help your body recover faster, making you ready and stronger for the next workout.

3. Mental Health


Taking turmeric has the mental benefit of uplifting your mood. This is especially beneficial for people who are just starting their fitness journey and are struggling with keeping motivated and consistent with an exercise routine.

As we know, inflammation has been linked to causing depression. Getting into a fitness routine is especially difficult when life has you feeling down. Turmeric can help alleviate depression induced by inflammation and may give you that added spark of a calm and positive attitude to get you exercising. Bonus points as well as turmeric’s feel-good benefits complement the natural endorphin-high you get from exercise.

4. Hormone Balance


For women, turmeric can be especially beneficial in staying consistent with a fitness routine. PMS and other hormonal pain can leave women feeling like lying down and going through the motions of PMS for up to a week. Not the best way to achieve fitness goals if you stop for a week at a time each month.

Turmeric was found to greatly reduce PMS symptoms ranging from menstrual migraines, bloating, acne, cramps, and depressive moods. This is thanks to turmeric’s endless spectrum of anti-inflammatory benefits as well as it’s natural ability to uplift moods. Women who want to keep up a consistent exercise routine may find it easier by incorporating turmeric into their diet or supplement routine, especially a few days before and during their PMS days.

5. Boosts DHA production


A lesser known benefit of Turmeric is its ability to boost DHA production in our body. Usually consumed through dietary means such as fish oil, curcumin helps our body synthesize its own DHA.

While DHA has a host of benefits beyond fitness, it’s particularly beneficial for athletes as DHA helps protect athletes from exercise-induced asthma. Taking curcumin regularly throughout your fitness journey has the ability to promote healthier lung function, which is essential for fitness goals such as endurance and explosive power.

Try these great pre or post-workout drinks smoothies featuring turmeric!

Orange & Turmeric Smoothie:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 100g frozen mango
  • 150 ml orange juice

Immune Boosting Turmeric shot:

  • Juice of 1 orange
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Golden Smoothie

  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 banana
  • 4 tablespoons oats

Whether you’re taking turmeric pre or post workout, the idea is to give your body a boost of antioxidants to help with keeping you mentally ready for exercise, promote faster recovery and to keep your joints and muscles protected as you push yourselves to your fitness goals. Let the magic of this little root help you achieve the fitness level you want while keeping you as healthy as possible.

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