Getting Your Money’s Worth with Supplements – part 1

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You do the best you can to stay healthy. It is known that there are 13 essential vitamins that our bodies need, and since you know that you don’t get all of the nutrients from your food, you also buy supplements – vitamins, minerals and enzymes – to make up the difference.

How do you know if you’re spending your money wisely?

I’m no expert, so I encourage you to do your own digging around. But here are some tips from my research that I want to share. Because some supplements are pure junk and are a waste of money and we all want to get what we are paying for, right?

Vitamins are food

According to The New Orthomolecular Nutrition, vitamins are foods, not drugs, and we need to treat them as such. The book goes on to say that the stated minimal daily requirement (MDR) is silly. The MDR ignores the fact that people are dissimilar in every way, and that each body has a different requirement for nutrition. So that means that you need to be your own advocate and “scientist” and see how you feel at different dosages. Be aware that if a vitamin is water-soluable, your body will take what it needs and the rest will simply pass through the body. You need to make sure you are taking these on a regular basis. If it is a fat-soluable vitamin, your body will store what it doesn’t use in the liver and fat tissues. You need smaller amounts of these, but be aware that your personal nutritional needs may exceed the MDR.

Another problem with vitamin supplementation (according to Naturopathy for the 21st Century) is that vitamins and minerals, in foods, are intended to work together for maximum effect. That means the use of synthetic isolates does not provide the optimal environment for absorption.  From here it gets a lot more complicated when you look at the crystalline structure of synthetic vitamins vs. the natural food-sourced vitamins, and it becomes clear that bioavailability matters.

Which leads me to my first point:

Do your best to take natural food-sourced vitamins and avoid the synthetic USP vitamins.  B-Vitamins and Vitamin C are also usually synthetically produced. Here’s a chart of some of the most common synthetic names to look for:

  • Vitamin A: Palmitate or Acetate
  • Vitamin B1: Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B5: Pantothenic acid
  • Vitamin B6: Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Vitamin B9: Folic Acid
  • Vitamin B12: Cyanocobalamin
  • PABA: Aminobenzoic Acid
  • Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
  • Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
  • Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate
  • Vitamin K: K3 or menadione

If vitamins are from food, the label will almost always state that. But here are some common food-sources to look for:

  • Vitamin B5: Pantothenate
  • Vitamin B9: Folate
  • Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
  • Vitamin D: look for forms with numbers
  • Vitamin K: K1 or phylloquinone

Fillers and other harmful ingredients

Second – watch for dangerous and unnecessary fillers and ingredients. Some of the most common are:

  • Artificial colors – research Feingold Diet for more on these
  • Talc or Magnesium Silicate
  • Magnesium stearate (or stearic acid)
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) disguised as “natural flavors”
  • Carnauba wax – used in car wax and shoe polish
  • Titanium dioxide – is a carcinogen

If it says “natural”, it’s good – isn’t it?

Third – don’t be fooled by the label “natural” on a supplement, or processed food, or essential oils. Vitamins can be labeled as natural if they contain as little as 10% of the natural form of the vitamin. This means that your “natural” vitamin could contain 90% of synthetically produced chemicals! The new supplement labeling law makes it more difficult to tell if a vitamin is natural or synthetic. If the label says USP grade, then it is synthetic. Labels that state the vitamins are in a “food-base” are almost always synthetic. Synthetic vitamins mixed with food are still synthetic and are not the same as vitamins complexed in food. Use the above charts to be able to identify food-sourced vitamins.Cost and standardization were the primary reasons that USP vitamins  were created – not for optimal health.

Ok, so that’s all for now. I want to do parts 2 and 3 of this to talk about minerals and then enzymes, but I’m still researching.

So go – research and be your own scientist. Find better health, but don’t stress over it. Stress makes you sick! Follow the 80/20 rule which says to do better 80% of the time and let go of the other 20%.

Health and blessings to you!!

“Chillin’ Out” just got a whole new meaning…

How has your Thursday been? Mine, oh, you know, I got frozen in a vat of nitrogen down to -250ºF.

Seriously! Well, sort of.

Cryo pict

Yup, that’s me there in that cryo chamber. So, what craziness is this you ask? It’s called Cryotherapy, and my friend JoJo has been encouraging me to try it for awhile now. I admit I was nervous which is why I kept putting it off. However, the nerves were for nothing and I’m glad I tried it. And yes, I will go back.

I took this directly off of their website:

What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?

Whole Body Cryotherapy is the use of extremely cold temperatures that triggers the body’s natural healing process. This was originally developed in Japan in the 1970’s to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

There are a wide range of benefits from better sleep, faster recovery to sore muscles, improved skin and many more. These results are very quick and long lasting. Many people have experienced chronic issues resolved with regular use.

So, when you go in there are the necessary forms to fill out. They need to make sure you are okay to take the treatment, you know the risks, and then you sign the waiver. From what I remember you want to make sure you don’t go in with wet skin or clothes, and they explain why you should avoid inhaling a big breath of the nitrogen to prevent fainting. No big deal. Then JoJo will check your blood pressure and you are off to the room!

So once we were in the room, JoJo laid out a pair of knit gloves, asked me if I wanted tall or short socks, and told me I would also need to put on a pair of slippers. She made sure I knew exactly what to do – then told me my goal was to undress as quickly as possible, get in the chamber, shut the door and ring the bell for her to come back. So I went fast – put on the tall socks, undressed quickly, put on the gloves and fluffy slippers and got in and shut the door. WHEW! Done.

At this point I was already cold because I am usually cold and I was thinking I had made an error in judgement with this crazy idea. But, as she said, it was too late to turn back so I was kind of at her mercy, HA! I was standing on a platform and she raised me up where my head was above the chamber wall. I asked her about the nitrogen thing, and she explained all of that to me and assured me my head would be at the correct level and to just blow away any that I felt was too close. No big deal. So then it’s time to go!! FREEZE TIME! And let me explain something about this – they are not really “freezing” you. It’s hypercooled air that is circulated around you. It’s dry, and no tissue ever actually freezes. You just feel cold. Really cold. Let’s continue.

I’d like to say how awesome JoJo is at her job! She explained every single thing as we went along. She told me what to expect, how long I had left, what all good things were happening to my body in response to the cold. She gave me clear instructions and lots and lots of encouragement, ‘cuz it is a little concerning when you can feel your skin getting that cold. She asked if I wanted a picture and got my phone and took a few for me. (They do have some props so you can take funny picts, but I had neglected to grab any for this time.) She answered all of my questions and kept me assured that things were going great, and told me to just keep turning.

And then all of a sudden I was done! And yes, I was cold, and I was shivering a little, but I did it! Once I got dressed, I realized that the sharp pain in my neck was gone, which was awesome!

So, how much does this cost? Barely anything. From now until October, all visits are $15. If you are a teacher, then for the rest of the month of August it is only $10. Or if you are a high school athlete, it’s always only $10. Is it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!!!

So go see JoJo! As she likes to say, “Chillin’ out never felt so good!”

You can read more online at CRYON7.

Einkorn, the New Old Wheat

So, you may have heard a new name popping up in the world of food: Einkorn. I first heard about it a few years ago when I read the book “Wheat Belly” in my effort to learn about gluten and it’s effects on the body.

Einkorn wheat … vanished from British tables a long time ago.

What’s all the fuss you ask? Isn’t wheat just wheat? Well, the answer is “no”. The wheat you are used to eating, whether it’s refined or whole or organic, is the result of years of hybridization. Scientists have worked hard to make the wheat have higher yields, be more resistant to disease and pests. Instead of the 4 1/2 foot tall stalks of Einkorn, we now have wheat that grows 18-24 inches. While this all sounds great, your body is not equipped to digest this “new” wheat. Just one difference: this new wheat has 42 chromosomes, compared to Einkorn’s 14. Is that really a big deal? Dr. William Davis states “The genetic distance modern wheat has drifted exceeds the difference between chimpanzees and humans.” Whoa. Genetically that’s a huge difference!

And what about nutritional differences? I’m glad you asked!

  • Einkorn contains 3 to 4 times more beta-carotene
  • Einkorn contains 2 times more Vitamin A (retinol equivalent)
  • Einkorn contains 3 to 4 times more lutein
  • Einkorn contains 4-5 times more riboflavin

So, the really awesome thing is that Gary Young has been growing einkorn and Young Living is now offering several products featuring this wheat. Here is how they describe it:

“Einkorn is the original “staff-of-life” grain, known as the oldest variety of wheat, which dates back to the beginning of time. Einkorn’s natural genetic code and low gluten levels make it a superior choice because of the compatibility with the human body when compared to the modern hybrid wheat of today. Einkorn grain is easier to digest, so nutrients are better absorbed. Today Young Living is helping to bring einkorn back to its rightful prominence in the world.”

 

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This graphic was displayed at YL’s International Convention in June.

Young Living has the following Einkorn wheat products:

  • Einkorn Rotini Pasta
  • Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola
  • Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flour
  • Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Spaghetti, 8 oz

Now, the final question you might have is whether einkorn wheat is gluten free or not. It does have gluten! But not a lot. And since the proteins in it are different, you may be able to tolerate it. I can’t make that decision for you. What I can tell you is that I have a gluten sensitivity, and for me, it’s ok to have YL’s einkorn products with no problems. If you are celiac I would not recommend you go out and consume a lot of einkorn, LOL. But for some of us, it’s a nice option to be able to have these products and enjoy some of the foods we’ve been missing.

I have a lot more to say on modern wheat and it’s effects on the body, but I’ll save that for a different post. For now, go do some research for yourself. If you want to see my original FB post on “Wheat Belly” you can find it here.

If you are already a Young Living member and you want to grab your own einkorn products, click HERE to sign in to Virtual Office. And if you want more information on becoming a Young Living member, please visit my website to see what options are available to you.

Be blessed!