Fight Aging With Antioxidants
Antioxidants are powerful nutrients that protect the healthy cells of the body from the negative effects of free radical compounds. Free radicals can result from a variety of causes such as normal metabolic reactions in the body, cigarette smoke, pollution and sun exposure. If free radical activity is left uncontrolled, then the health of the body can suffer. Thus, it is beneficial to consume antioxidant nutrients through your diet to help combat free radicals and promote overall health.
Are you barely dragging yourself around? Maybe your lack of energy shows in just coming home at the end of the day and finding it hard to get off the sofa. It’s hard to cope with life when your energy is running low. Vitamins and supplements may be able to help give you back some of your sparkle by making sure your body gets the nutritional support it needs and ensuring that oxygen is carried efficiently throughout the bloodstream. Lynn Laboranti, our Wellness Expert, answered some questions about getting the bounce in your step back.
Lori Bowden, a champion triathlete and a Fitness and Exercise Expert, talked to the Wellness Advisor about how to maintain muscle mass. Muscle mass is very vulnerable when we are dieting, since the body tends to attack muscle reserves before fat reserves when we reduce calories. The one way to prevent this--and to increase your metabolism--is to maintain muscle mass through weight training exercise. Additionally, past age 35 the body tends to convert muscle to fat, and the only way to prevent it is to maintain those muscles!
The Wellness Advisor sat down with Lynn Laboranti, our Wellness Expert, to find out how vitamins and supplements can help you if you do smoke, and help you to stop smoking if you are trying to quit.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 2: Red
Pack more nutrition into your diet by eating a wide variety of colors in your diet. Red foods such as fresh red peppers, tomatoes, strawberries, pomegranates, cherries, raspberries and radishes that fill the farmer's markets, not only are colorful, but are packed with nutrients essential for your good health.
Colors that Make Up Your Diet, Part 3: Yellow/Orange
You have probably heard of beta-carotene. It’s a carotenoid and the nutrient responsible for the yellow and orange colors in foods. Beta-carotene is the reason we grew up hearing that carrots were good for our eyes, converting to vitamin A in the body.
Guide to Cholesterol
Ah, the mysteries of cholesterol—we know it’s "bad" but then we hear that some of it might be "good" and that there are three different kinds! We know keeping it in check is important for our heart health, but what exactly are we trying to do? What does it mean to help raise "good" cholesterol and lower "bad" cholesterol? First of all, let’s look at the three types of blood lipids we need to monitor for our heart health: HDL, LDL, and Triglycerides.
Probiotics Linked to Good Immune Health
With summer ending and the winter season not far behind, doing everything we can to keep healthy should be at the top of our list. We hear quite a bit about vitamin C, exercise, hand washing and even echinacea, but one important component of immune system health that may actually surprise you is probiotics.
While a fountain of youth may be a myth, there are steps you can take to lessen aging’s toll on the body. Dr. Mike Roizen, author of the book Real Age and a five time guest on Oprah is a leading expert on anti-aging. He shared some of his secret weapons—including vitamin D, antioxidants and calcium—with the Wellness Advisor.
Commonly Asked Questions About Vitamins
If you have unanswered questions about vitamins and supplements, you are not alone. Over 50% of Americans take supplements, yet many aren’t sure which ones to take, how much to take or even when to take them. To clear up the confusion, the Wellness Advisor has put together answers to your most commonly asked questions about vitamins and supplements.
Starting or Updating Your Vitamin Regimen
Making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle is fairly easy, but putting it into practice on a daily basis is more difficult. Busy lifestyles often interfere with efforts to eat a more balanced, healthier diet. Have you ever tried to eat 5-6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday? It’s no secret that most Americans don’t follow the guidelines set by the food guide pyramid. Fortunately, supplements are there to fill in the nutritional gaps.
Timing Your Vitamins
Taking vitamins is an important way to boost your nutritional intake. The timing of when we take vitamins, though, can be as vital as the fact that we take them. To ensure that we get the most out of vitamins and supplements when is the best time to take them? We asked Melissa Dorval, RD, to help us understand when the best time is to take vitamins and supplements.
Vitamin C: Just the Facts
You’ve probably heard that Vitamin C is good for you--that it is a powerful antioxidant, that it can help maintain a strong immune system and that it may promote a healthy heart. Perhaps you want to know more about vitamin C and how it functions in your body. Vitamin C is probably better known and more widely used than any other supplement, but even with all Vitamin C is known to do for the body, its versatility may still surprise you.
For Optimal Health: Carroll Reider, M.S., R.D. suggests everyone add vibrant hues to the dinner plate like steamed carrots, peppers, and red cabbage. “Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will help maximize nutrient intake and many provide essential antioxidants,” Reider said. “It’s even better to take a multivitamin with your dinner to better absorb the nutrients and ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.”
As winter gears up, the joys of the season can often be mitigated by concerns of supporting immunity and guarding against any sniffles or coughs. There are some simple, effective steps you can take to help your winter wellness. The Wellness Advisor sat down to chat with Wellness Expert Lynn Laboranti, R.D., to talk about what steps you can take to safeguard your wellbeing during the colder months.
Don't Let Joint Discomfort Stop Summer Fun
Summertime is meant to be filled with activity, but if your joints are bothering you, it can be no fun. We consulted America’s Joint Health Expert, Jason Theodosakis, M.D., also known as “Dr. Theo” to find out his top tips for staying active:
Foods & Nutrients That Fuel Joint Health
The warmer weather is officially here, which means it`s time to get outdoors and enjoy one of your favorite activities, whether that`s taking an outdoor yoga class, jogging through your local park, walking your dogs, or engaging in morning swimming or water aerobics sessions.
Men's Skin Care
Skin is the body’s armor. In addition to its important biological role in protecting the body from the external environment, retaining moisture for the body and regulating body temperature, skin appearance factors into our overall well-being and physical attractiveness.