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Multivitamin supplements also frequently include other nutrients of uncertain benefit in the small amounts supplied, such as choline, inositol, and various amino acids.
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Nutritional (and also herbal) supplements are not necessarily safer
just because they are natural: Some might produce unwanted side effects
when a person takes too much, and if you are taking medications, you
should always check with your doctor or pharmacist before adding
nutritional supplements or herbs to your self-care.
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You might not want dandelions (Taraxacum officinale)
dappled across your lawn, but you definitely want to make them a part your
healthy diet. For centuries, the sunny yellow dandelion, its greens and roots,
has been embraced across cultures for its culinary and medicinal uses.
roots contain several compounds beneficial to health, one of which is bitter
taraxacin, which stimulates digestion. The leaves are rich in potassium,
antioxidants such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and several B
1. Low Energy/Fatigued
On a normal basis you should feel good and have constant energy throughout the day. Waking
in the morning feeling sluggish, completely dragging by 10:00 am, and
need that caffeinated beverage in the afternoon to avoid falling asleep
are all signs that your liver may be clogged, working harder to try to
remove excess toxins from your body.
2. Insomnia/Trouble Sleeping
Constipation and improper elimination
seem to be at an all-time high in many societies today. As a result,
people looking for natural solutions may turn to ongoing magnesium
supplementation; foods known to move the bowels, such as prunes; and
herbs, such as cascara and senna. There are some potential harmful
effects of using cascara and senna on an ongoing basis, as they do not
address the cause of constipation. Considered "natural laxatives," they
can create dependence and disrupt peristalsis (the natural contractions
of the bowel).
Link to probiotic supplement pages.
With 80% of your immune system located
in your gut, having balanced intestinal flora is a major factor in
defending your body against disease. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI)
flora is critical to the functioning of the immune system, synthesis of
nutrients, and detoxification. Balanced GI flora is also necessary for
regular and normal bowel movements.
Fermented foods may be setting trends
on The Huffington Post, but these nutrient-potent foods have been around
for thousands of years in Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and German
cultures. For people living without modern medicine and refrigeration,
fermentation was a simple means of food preservation and a way to imbue
foods with the health-enhancing properties of the live bacteria the gut
needs to stay in balance. Fermented foods are a potent source of
probiotics, which research has shown are essential to powering up the
mucosal immune system in your digestive tract and producing antibodies
to pathogens. Both are key to helping you maintain vibrant health.
Unless you’re the parent of a toddler who
has just mastered “going potty,” poop is probably not a hot topic in
your household. But the composition of what you deposit into the toilet
has important implications for health. Did you know the features of
fecal matter—such as the size, color, shape, odor, and consistency
indicate how well the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is functioning? Those
same features also provide clues about how your body is (or isn’t)
faring against threats of infection and more serious diseases like
celiac disease, hepatitis, urinary tract infections, malabsorption
disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, and cancer.