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.
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!
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.
Heart Health Supplements
Being proactive with your heart health can certainly help when you’re striving to maintaining your overall health. Let Nature Made’s broad line of nutritional supplements help you with your heart health effort. Here’s a list of the key supplements for your heart.
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.
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.
Healthy Holiday Survival
Parties, gifts and chocolate Santas--the temptations of the holidays can be hard to resist. Although too much alcohol, too much rich food and too little sleep can be very hard on your body, some extra vitamins and supplements may help ease the effects of over indulgence this holiday season. Remember to pace yourself, get enough sleep, and drink alcohol only moderately - but drink water plentifully- to make it through this time of good cheer with ease.
The 12 Month Pregnancy
The responsibilities of parenthood are multifaceted, and begin even before your little bundle of joy arrives. The Wellness Advisor has outlined how to help take care of yourself before, during, and post-pregnancy so that you and your baby can get the healthy start and energy you need.