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Take the right vitamins for you

By: - Columnist / @Inq_Lifestyle
/ 05:01 AM August 22, 2017

Nature offers healing powers of the vital kind. This is something to seriously think about if you wish to live longer, prevent illness, and ultimately look great.

Vitamins and minerals cannot cure everything, but they can come to your rescue and turn your health around. Numerous studies have already proven the efficacy of taking vitamins. The more daunting task is buying the right one.

Here is a general guide to help you decide on what is best for you.

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Nutrients in tablets or capsules should be taken cautiously. Large amounts of specific nutrients can be toxic. However, doctors today are more open to nutritional therapy than they were a decade ago.

Work with your doctor on the right kinds of nutrients and their dosages.

Nutrition thieves

It is a known fact that certain over-the-counter and prescription drugs have unwanted side effects—first of which is nutritional robbery. There is such a thing as drug-nutrient interaction, and you need to be aware of this.

According to the book “Healing with Vitamins,” it was found that 19 out of the 25 most prescribed drugs have the potential to cause serious deficiencies. Antacids interfere with calcium, copper and folate absorption; antibiotics reduce magnesium, potassium and good bacteria; anticoagulants affect vitamin K; and anti-hypertensive pills neutralize vitamin D and K.

Tranquilizers have a negative effect on riboflavin, and
anti-inflammatory and antirejection medication rob the body of vitamin D, potassium, vitamin B12, calcium and iron.

The first step is knowledge. Scrutinize everything you are putting in your mouth. Study your lifestyle well.

Allergies

Yes, you can ease sneezing. Allergies are unpredictable. They can attack your nose, skin, eyes, throat, lungs and nervous system. The normal symptoms are itching and sneezing.

When the immune system overreacts to an allergen like dust, pollen or animal dander, an allergic attack happens. To neutralize the histamines, one would normally take an antihistamine.

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To stop allergies, you need a strong nutritional foundation. This should be founded on a healthy diet.

Here are the therapies:

Vitamin C builds natural antihistamines if taken regularly. Take 1,000 mg daily. Complement with bioflavonoids found in cherries, citrus fruits, broccoli, red and green peppers, and grapes.

Iron deficiency is the cause of anemia. It simply means that your blood is iron-poor. Without iron, the oxygen in the lungs will not be released to the tissues.

Women aged 18-24 should have an average daily value of 18 mg. Iron in the form of ferrous sulfate is prescribed. Make sure you always take 2 mg of copper. Vitamin B12 deficiency could cause pernicious anemia so take 6 micrograms. Take folic acid, 400 mcg daily.

When there isn’t enough oxygen in the heart muscle, there is pressure on the chests, leading to pain or angina. Apart from taking medication, vitamin E can help.

A Harvard University study revealed the following:

Men who took 100 iu of vitamin E daily for two years had a 40-percent risk reduction of heart disease.

Women are particularly susceptible to urinary tract infections because of bladder problems.

Take 1,000 mg of vitamin C daily. Drink 10-15 glasses of water daily.

Chronic fatigue syndrome means constant exhaustion, which isn’t the same as feeling tired from time to time.

Take 25,000 iu of beta-carotene, 50 mcg of selenium, 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 iu of vitamin E, and 500 mg of B complex and magnesium.

Make sure to take an all-around multivitamin, multi-mineral supplement for complete coverage. Take it always during meal time.

This week’s affirmation: “I love life and life loves me.”

Love and light!

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