Can Supplements Improve the Health of Someone Who Is Already Healthy?

Just when you thought you couldn’t get any healthier, along comes an article with a questionable title that flips your beliefs upside down. Many people take supplements to make up for something in their diet. For example, if you don’t get enough vitamin C from citrus fruits, then you might resort to taking vitamin C supplements to bolster your immune system and help with common conditions such as a cold.

However, what if you’re already healthy? What if you don’t actually need supplements because you’ve got a healthy diet, you exercise regularly and you believe that your body is in the best shape it could possibly be for your age. Well, in that case, you really don’t need to take supplements as much as other people, but that’s not to say that they can’t still improve your health. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why everyone, even healthy people, should take regular doses of supplements and what kind of benefits they actually have for the human body.

Omega-3 and other supplements

Supplements for healthy people? There can be benefits. Image via Pexels, CC0 License.

Supplements designed to help healthy people

There are several supplements that healthy people should consider taking. There are brands like Rich Minerals that promote their 90 for life supplements that are specifically targeted at healthy individuals because they offer health-boosting effects for those that already have a healthy diet.

In addition to this, there are some minerals and supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium and vitamin D that offer health benefits even if you already consider yourself as a healthy person. However, it’s important to note that being “healthy” carries many different meanings, which I’m going to explain below in a lot more detail. Continue reading

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Cop an Earful of This: Maintaining Your Auditory Health

Your hearing is one of your main senses. Many of us will take it for granted. But it is so important that we keep on top of our auditory health. Just like every other part of the human body, there are endless illnesses and diseases that can affect our ears. Inner ear infections like otitis media, outer ear infections like swimmer’s ear (or otitis exterior), excess wax build up, tinnitus cholesteatoma and autoimmune ear disease are just a few conditions that prove detrimental to numerous individuals’ health every year. That’s not to mention injuries such as perforated ear drums. So how do we take effective care of our ears? Here are a few tips and tricks.

Certain minerals and vitamins aid your auditory health

What you eat can affect your ear health. Zinc, magnesium… (Pixabay image, CC0 Public Domain)

Diet

You might be surprised to know that your diet can have a profound effect on your ear health and overall hearing ability. In particular, try to ensure you consume sufficient levels of these five different minerals and vitamins within your diet: Magnesium, Potassium, Folic Acid, Vitamin E and Zinc.

Magnesium helps to protect the delicate hairs inside your inner ears. You may not have known that these even exist, but they are essential in the process of detecting sound frequencies (or varying pitches). Potassium is necessary for the production of fluid in the inner ear which translates sound waves into electrical impulses which can be processed by the brain. Folic Acid helps in the production of new cells and promotion of good blood circulation, while Vitamin E protects the body from free radicals and other harmful toxins. Last but not least, Zinc helps to dissipate chronic ear infections. Continue reading

Are You Getting These Nutrients In Your Diet?

A range of foods supplying essential nutrients

Are you getting all the nutrients you need in your diet? Photo via Flickr.

Few of us get all the right nutrients we need to live healthily. Processed foods prioritize taste over nutrition, packing in fats and sugars and leaving little room for much else. The key to getting all the right stuff in our diets is eating more organically. This means more fruit and vegetables and more fresh meat and fish. Basically, the less tampering it’s had before reaching the supermarket shelves (or after that your mouth) the more nutrients it’s likely to contain.

Here are some of the major nutrients that most of us are missing from our diets and where to find them in order to start living healthily again.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is a type of healthy fatty acid. It’s most commonly found in fish, avocado, walnuts and soy beans. You can also buy supplements of it in most shops.

This super-nutrient has been found to reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure whilst still providing the energy of regular fat. Omega 3 can reduce risks of heart disease, joint diseases (such as arthritis) and diabetes. It’s also known to help the symptoms of many people suffering from these conditions, as well as reducing perceptibility to asthma. On top of all this, Omega 3 is thought to relieve symptoms of many mental illnesses including depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD and mental degenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.  

Iron

Many vegetables are high in iron, most notably sprouts, broccoli and spinach. Cereal, bread, fish and soy beans also contain iron.

This nutrient is essential for keeping our blood healthy. Iron helps to produce haemoglobin, which is essential for carrying oxygen around our body. It can also help with muscle function and brain function. Those with low iron levels can experience fatigue of the mind and body as well as hypersensitivity to the cold. On top of being able to find it in several food, you can also buy iron supplements.

Healthy benefits of calcium

Milk provides calcium. Photo via PIxabay.

Calcium

A lot of us know the health benefits of calcium – it’s essential for keeping our bones strong and healthy. A healthy calcium intake has also been found to lower the risk of heart disease and breast cancer.

Calcium is most commonly found in milk and all milk products including cheese and yogurt. For those that are lactose intolerant, calcium can be harder to come by. Soy, nuts and tofu are some good alternatives. Fish can also be a good calcium source.

Zinc

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