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By: Allie Might, FMC, INHC, ATT
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If you’re anything like me, my favorite part of my morning growing up was getting my chewable character vitamin. However, as we grew-up, we stopped taking these as they were “just for kids”. Why did we not continue to take something as we grew up? Do we really need a multivitamin as an adult?
WHAT IS MULTIVITAMINS?
I like to think of a multivitamin as the base of our daily supplement regimen. From there, I recommend additional supplements based on an individual’s unique health concerns and goals. Imagine if you will, that you are building a house. Every house starts with a good foundation. A good multivitamin is just that for us…it’s the foundation of our supplements and health. From there, we start to build. In this case, instead of adding rooms and floors, we add the additional supplements we need such as probiotics, omega-3 or even collagen. But the most important is a solid foundation…or a good multivitamin.
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DOES MULTIVITAMINS REALLY MATTER?
Of course it does…and just like anything else, quality matters. Look for naturally sourced ingredients as opposed to all synthetic. Naturally sourced is something that comes from a plant or animal source. For instance, lycopene comes from certain fruits and vegetables. This type of sourcing is better than making lycopene in a lab by combining chemicals. You also want to look for NON-GMO, or non-genetically modifies organisms. These are the true form of a crop, as opposed to genetically modified, the process where a lab creates a crop by splicing different DNA together. Something else to look for is an acronym, cGMP; current Good Manufacturing Practices. This is an FDA certification that can help to ensure the quality of a product through testing; typically used for pharmaceuticals and supplements.
WHY ARE VITAMINS IMPORTANT?
Vitamins are studied all the time so we know how they are used in the body. For instance, B-Vitamins are important for energy, brain health and the development of a fetus; where folic acid is essential for the brain and spinal cord. We’ve all heard how Vitamin C is good for our immune system, but it’s also helpful for healing and promoting the production of collagen. Just think of how many skin care products contain Vitamin C! Finally, let’s not forget about the powerhouse that is Vitamin D. We know how important it is for bones, but having a low Vitamin D level can effect mood and contribute to depression.
ARE MINERALS ESSENTIAL?
Calcium and magnesium aren’t the only essential minerals. Zinc is also needed for the blood, our sense of taste and smell. Deficiencies in it can effect male fertility by lowering testosterone and sperm count. Then there’s Chromium, which not only helps regulate blood sugar, but has also been shown to be effective for issues like heart health, Parkinson’s disease and PCOS.
WHAT IS AN ANTIOXIDANT?
Antioxidants work to protect our cells from free-radical damage and oxidative stress. Without this protection, we become more susceptible to illnesses and diseases. While there are hundreds, if not thousands of different antioxidants, incorporating such common nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and Lutein can be beneficial to the cells and start giving us the protection we need.
So, it is super important to get the right vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Incorporating a good multivitamin that contains a variety of all these nutrients is a great start to your day and a healthy lifestyle.
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detox a day in the life
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A Day In The Life Of Detox – InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode 546
Hosted by Allie Might, INHC
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Allie Might, INHC: [00:00:40] Welcome to the Invite Health Podcast, where today we will be discussing how to do a simple detox. This is Ally Might Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Functional Medicine Coach here with a day in the life of a detox. † [00:00:51]
[00:00:52] When I do the detox, I typically do it anywhere from 5 to 10 days, depending on how I’m feeling. Upon waking up, this is how my day would go. I would start off by making a cup of warm water with the juice of a half a lemon. I will follow that up with a quick 5 to 10 minute meditation where I take that time to do some deep breathing and really set my intentions for the day. After my quick meditation, I will take my morning supplements, which typically consists of a probiotic. To start to help balance out my gut flora, as well as an herbal formula called Hepatox, which consists of a little bit of milk thistle, some dandelion root and Phyllanthus amarus extract, all to help support my liver health. I will take those with my breakfast, which will usually consist of an egg which I either like to poach or soft boil. And I will pair that with either three cups of steamed broccoli or an entire bag of spinach that I will lightly sauté with a little bit of fresh black pepper and some garlic. A couple hours after breakfast, I’ll have my morning snack, which I like to have some fruit at that time. This will either be peaches, plums, maybe a nectarine, or some fresh berries. † [00:02:16]
[00:02:17] A couple hours after my morning snack, I will have my afternoon supplements which consist of a good multivitamin, milk thistle, as well as N-acetyl cysteine, which is commonly referred to as NAC or N.A.C. These two supplements are very good not only for liver support, but also to help support the kidneys. I will have that with my lunch, which consists of either a large salad which I make with either kale or some arugula, and I typically use about 2 to 3 cups of that, just depending on how large I want the salad and to that I will add in all kinds of other different vegetables, maybe sometimes pepper, some additional broccoli, maybe some mushrooms, cucumbers, zucchini, anything that I have at home that looks really good, I will throw into that salad. To the salad, then I will add in fresh herbs, either basil or cilantro, some seeds, which is usually sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, and then some fresh citrus of either a lime or lemon to add some nice extra flavor and depth into my salad. † [00:03:34]
[00:03:35] My other favorite go to lunch would be vegetable soup, which I would make with vegetable broth and diced, add a couple of cups of diced vegetables and I would pair that with a side salad of chopped up cucumbers and tomatoes. A couple hours later, I’ll have my absolute favorite afternoon snack, which always consists of a cup of vegetables that I cut into sticks. So I’ll have a variety of carrot sticks, celery sticks, pepper sticks or cucumber sticks. After that, I’ll do a light workout, which consists of some light stretching, restorative yoga, or walk through the park when it’s time for dinner. I have another Hepatox like I had in the morning, and then when I make dinner, this is where I get really creative for the day with my meals, I’ll have anywhere from a third of a piece of tofu and three cups of vegetables to zoodles, which is spiralized zucchini to look like pasta with some fresh marinara sauce or sliced tomatoes on top. To my absolute favorite, which is a bag of sautéed spinach topped with marinara sauce. And then I’ll bake a well in that and I’ll crack an egg and steam it until the egg is the consistency that I like it.† [00:04:57]
[00:04:57] A couple hours later, I will have my what I like to call my night supplements, which is a scoop of fiber or psyllium husk and an eight ounce glass of water. I mix that up and drink that before going to bed, and that is my day of a detox. I hope this has been helpful for you to see what a detox would look like on a daily basis. And for more information on this topic, check out my companion blog on our website invitehealth.com or you can contact me. Allie Might at our uptown location on Second Avenue and 71st Street at 2122492036 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org † [00:05:40]
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