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The Nutritional Trends for 2016

With 2016 here, consumers are looking for that magic pill that will make them look and feel better.  They will find out that the magic pill is no longer a pill, and the nutrition trends of 2016 will put them on the right path. Nutrition can be confusing if you listen to all the hype.

Nutrition can be confusing if you listen to all the hype.

How can the health of both our family and ourselves be improved?  Here are the first 7 of the top 14 predictions that will put you on track in 2016:

  1. More emphasis will be placed on bringing the body into balance. Extensive medical research has emerged supporting the view that too much of a single nutrient can be as damaging as too little, leading some nutritional companies to reformulate products and use the synergistic approach to nutrition.  VitaMist continues to be at the forefront of this movement, promoting their “Core Four” approach to nutritional supplementation.  VitaMist’s Core Four are:
    • Multiple
    • C+Zinc
    • Colloidal Minerals
    • B12

    These four products provide the nutrients the human body needs on a daily basis, with useful, usable doses that are easy on the body.

  1. The USA continues to lead the World in deaths from heart disease, despite what is largely regarded as the most advanced (if not the most available) health care system in the World. In addition, the availability of doctors, drugs, and hospitals, all specializing in heart health, is regarded as among the best in the world.  Public awareness of this growing problem has helped to drive a trend towards the “natural” approach to circulatory health.  A simple amino acid, L-arginine, leads this trend.  Nobel Prize winning work demonstrated that L-arginine is a major factor for vascular protection, together with L-citrulline.  VitaMist’s CardioMax supplement provides these two amino acids, together with additional nutrients in an easy to use, water-soluble powder.
  1. 2016 will provide more proof of the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. For example, DHA helps to maintain healthy balances of cholesterol fractions and protects the brain and nerves. EPA helps normalize cell membranes and cellular health. These essential fats are typically very low in the American diet, so supplementation using omega rich products is essential.
  1. After years and years of fad diets, the nutritional approach to weight loss is finally beginning to gain a foothold with the American population. Research continues to support the fact that obesity is often linked to dietary deficiency rather than purely overeating.  Many of today’s foods have been deprived of their nutritional value through soil mineral depletion, over processing, increased sodium levels and increased sugar levels.  Providing the body the nutrients it needs to sustain daily activities leads to a marked reduction in the “hunger” signals sent to our brains, reducing overeating and obesity.  VitaMist leads the field by providing a nutritional program consisting of protein, vitamins and minerals which effectively curbs the appetite while maintaining optimum health.
  1. The once popular DHEA will make its comeback in 2016. DHEA is an adrenal hormone that has been vilified as a “steroid”, but is no more so than vitamin D.  No less an authority than physician and US Senator Tom Coburn has written to his colleagues informing them that he has reviewed the issues and urges them to avoid a ban of this natural product, which is useful in anti-aging strategies.
  1. Sleep disorders continue to make the news, and the public awareness of this problem will increase as accident statistics are presented linking deaths with tiredness and lack of sleep. Although there are a lot of over the counter sleep aids, as well as prescription medications, the trend is towards “natural” and VitaMist offers a faster acting product which has gained universal acclaim as effective, non-habit forming and safe.
  1. The use of B-complex vitamins as an antidote to the effects of stress continues to gain in During periods of extreme stress the body will deplete its reserves of B-vitamins and will also become susceptible to infection and disease.  VitaMist D-Stress helps to replace the B-complex vitamins lost in times of stress at the same time as providing restorative herbal extracts.
  1. The new “super-nutrient” to emerge in 2016 will be vitamin D. Throughout 2015, we regularly read about emerging research on this nutrient and this will continue into 2016.  We fully expect government guidelines on the intake of vitamin D to be changed early in the year.  Deficiency of vitamin D is common in the United States and worldwide. It is known to be important in bone mineral metabolism, but now we have information that it does much more.   For example: good intake of vitamin D can reduce both hip fractures and other non-vertebral fractures; it can improve symptoms of leg weakness; it can improve lower extremity strength and improve walking for seniors.
  1. In 2016, vitamin B12 will continue its popularity as “the energizer” vitamin. There is also increasing awareness of the importance of vitamin B12 supplementation for the elderly, due to its involvement with both mental acuity and anemia.  However, studies have shown (as reported in the Harvard Health Letter) that taking vitamin B12 pills may yield only 1% absorption.  The alternative to an ineffective pill is though by many to be a painful, expensive, injection, however, VitaMist offers two different strengths of B12 in a spray, for ease of use, fast absorption and value for money.
  1. Supplements for children gain acceptance through 2016. As we continue the trend towards less nutritious “junk” food, parents are increasingly having to deal with the devastating effects of nutritional deficiencies in their children.  These effects range from susceptibility to illness, to attention, hyperactivity and behavioral disorders.  VitaMist, with a delicious, easy to use, balanced Children’s Multiple can give children a fun way to take supplements.
  1. “Smart drug” supplements are trending upwards. These nootropics have been all the rage in Silicon Valley, and their use will only increase as word spreads.  Medical research has already proven the importance of certain nutrients in enhancing cognitive function and the public is becoming increasingly aware of the value of these nutrients.  Studies will show that students taking supplements have higher test scores and improved learning ability over their non-supplementing counterparts.  College age students can utilize the benefits of nootropics by taking Clarity & Focus, a spray vitamin that contains known cognitive enhancers like Ginkgo biloba, vitamin B12, inositol, phosphatidylserine and choline.
  1. Antioxidants will continue to be extremely popular in 2016. What we do see as falling into disrepute are the wild claims made for many of the “super foods” and “super juices”– which, by any other name are simply “antioxidants”.  VitaMist offers a variety of antioxidant containing sprays, based on proven, time tested, ingredients.
  1. The most significant trend in the nutritional industry will be the wider acceptance and understanding of sprays as a delivery system. Already accepted in the medical arena, with nitroglycerin sprays being a good example, vitamin sprays will grab the country’s attention as being the best way to take supplements.  Spray vitamins offer convenience, rapid absorption, and value for money.
  1. Body Energy Nutritionals – We are made of Energy and many things can affect us. From poor diet, pollution, unseen forces and stresses of daily life all have negative impact on our health and well-being. It’s true, in our very busy lives we are bombarded by physical and emotional stress that robs us of our vital life energy. According to Eastern Medicine, Its Energy fuels the essence that connects our body, mind and spirit. Energy travels and circulates through and all around our bodies. When your energy is weak it can cause a host of problems in your body. As you age, you may feel as though you no longer have the energy that you once had. There is only one Laboratory (KitCorelabs.com) that has taken the time to do testing on how you can improve your body’s over all energy health

It has been shown that good nutrition is a major key to good health and a longer life. Use these predicted trends to change your life for the better in 2016.

The 6 Categories of Superfoods

Teriyaki salmon dinner with green onions and sesame seeds

Animal Products

Animal products are not an option for vegetarians and vegans, but they are valuable sources of nutrients for those on more omnivorous diets. While many animal products can do more harm than good, there are some superfoods that cannot be overlooked.  Eggs, for instance, deliver 6 grams of protein, despite being only 72 calories.  Since there are 4 calories per gram of protein, this means one third of an egg’s caloric contribution comes from protein.  If you only eat the egg whites, that protein jumps up to 85% of the egg’s calories!

Eggs In a Basket

3 Oz. of turkey breast pack 20 grams of protein into just 90 calories, for 89% of its caloric contribution, and 3 Oz. of salmon will provide all of the omega-3 fatty acids you need for the day. If you dress your fish or poultry with some greek yogurt, you’ll take your entrée’s nutritional value to a whole other level.  Perhaps some of the most nutrient rich food sources available are liver and kidneys.  As a society, we’ve moved away from the days when livers and kidneys were common staples of the dinner table, and that’s a shame.  A diet consisting of only liver or kidneys with a green such as spinach on the side would deliver all of the micronutrients and macronutrients your body needs to survive.

Dairy is also important, as it provides one of the most crucial micronutrients, calcium.  While some people love the taste of milk, there are many who dislike it, or can’t process it.  If you’re just not a fan, then try to include more cheeses or greek yogurt into your diet.  Cheeses with stronger flavors are often better for you.  American cheese is rather bland because it’s made with low fat milk, sugars and chemicals, whereas sharp cheddar, gouda, goat cheeses, brie and others rely more on whole milk, healthy bacteria and minerals to provide flavor.

For those who can’t or don’t want to consume animal products, supplementing with B-complex vitamins, especially B-12, and iron may be necessary.  For those who can’t process milk, this next gategory is also a great source of calcium.

Greens

Enough can’t be said about all of the benefits of ensuring a diet rich in green vegetables… although we did say quite a bit in our last Brief.  Some of the superfoods we didn’t cover last week include spitulina, blu-green algae and wheat or barley grass.  True nutrient power houses, each and every one of them.

Seaweed clinging to rocks along the shore

Seaweed

The greens of the sea, seaweed gets it own category for very good reasons.  The environment below the ocean’s surface is obviously very different than the environment above, but did you know that sea water is actually very close in composition to our own blood plasma?  This environment leads to vegetation that is rich in minerals, omega-3’s, alkalizing agents that lower our bodies’ acidity and much, much more.

Seaweeds such as kelp, nori, wakame and others tend to be ‘acquired tastes’.  But they are tastes that are well worth acquiring, since they are all extremely beneficial as detoxifiers, anti-oxidants, purifiers and nutrient sources.  When choosing seaweed products from a store, be sure to pay attention to where the products were sourced from.  Seaweeeds take on the properties of the waters they grew in, so products sourced from polluted waters can do more harm than good.  Certified organic products can be more expensive than their countrparts, but this is an instance when it’s well worth it to pay that extra cost.

Botanicals

aloe vera plant

Many herbs and other botanicals are not considered ‘greens’ or vegetables because they don’t carry enough macro-nutrients (carbs, fats, proteins, sodium and potassium), but that doesn’t mean they can’t be superfoods.  Basil, cilantro and parsley are packed with flavor, and micronutrients as well.  Most edible botanicals carry valuable cancer fighting phytonutrients, and many have additional medicinal properties.  Don’t exclude botanicals when you think of superfoods.  Many, such as aloe vera, ginseng, echinacea and nettle are valuable enough to be worth adding to your morning smoothy, or even supplementing with products like ImmuneX or Breathe EZ.

Nuts & Fruits

These are our fan favorite superfoods.  Many people have allergies that prevent them from taking advantage of the proteins and healthy fats provided by nuts.  Fortunately, though, most fruits are extremely low in allergens.  While oranges with their high Vitamin C content, and coconuts with their fantastic electrolyte balance are both well known, there are some other fruits you should take note of.

Coconut & Nuts

Acai, noni, maca, goji berries and raw cacao (aka chocolate!) are all gaining popularity in health food stores and nutrition blogs throughout the world.  This is neither a fluke nor a fad.  These superfoods pack a huge punch into small, delicious packages.  The minerals, enzymes, anti-oxidants and phytochemicals in these foods make them some of the most healthy snack foods you can get your hands on.

Bee Products

Honey dripping from honey dipperThe last category might come as a surprise, but we hope it’s a pleasant one.  The close relationship between bees and the flowers they pollinate are why their products are loaded with so many nutrients.  They are basically nature’s supplement manufacturers.  The long shelf life of honey can be attributed to its natural preservatives, which fight off bacteria and other microorganisms.  Bees produce much more than just honey, though.  Bee propolis and bee pollen are common nutritional supplements, but royal jelly is where the bee’s supplement manufacturing really shines.  Royal jelly is brimming all the nutrients required for life.  This includes a hefty dose of B-complex vitamins, with royal jelly being the highest concentrated source of Vitamin B5, a nutrient that prevents fatigue and the effects of stress.  This is why we used it as the finishing touch for our ATP: Super-Cell Food!

Bee pollinating echinacea flower.

Bringing It All Together

You don’t often hear the words “superfood” and “delicious” used in the same sentence.  But when you look at the six major categories of superfoods, a healthier and tastier diet starts to come into view.  The best diets are those that incorporate a lot of variety.  Eating your kale salad twice a day can be more than a little tedious, and it’s tough to stick with a diet like that.  Look into all six categories of superfoods, and you’ll find a diet that’s easy to stick to.  Pick and choose your superfood.  Mix it up from meal meal, day to day.  Satisfy your hunger with your favorite snacks from these categories.  Supplement your diet with the nutrients you’re missing.  Do these things, and you’ll have the energy you want, without being restricted to the depressing and often unhealthy fad diets that have flooded the market.

Angela Kirkpatrick

I have been using Vita Mist Vitamins since 1989 – I am a Registered Nurse and have higher education – though I am currently retired. I believe in Vitamist Spray Vitamins and know they work. When my late husband began to show terminal symptoms of Celiac Disease that we did not know he had, his nutritional status became severely compromised. I immediately put him on Vitamist Spray Vitamins – his doctor agreed. Because my husband’s diagnosis was a nutritional illness that prevented him from absorbing nutrients, we were able to do blood tests every two weeks for Calcium, Magnesium, B12, and many other tests. The spray B12 was able to be measured as well as the Magnesium and Calcium. The B12 was essential to his blood coagulation. So, after using the vitamins for 20 years – I actually had the proof of their absorption through my husband’s blood tests. The Osteo-CalMag was critical because he could not get Magnesium any other way except IV, which they had to do before he started using the spray magnesium. His genetic testing showed that he had received the two different genes for Celiac Disease – one from each parent. His brother also died of the condition because they did not realize
he had Celiac and was never treated.

I believe in the spray vitamins – I am 71 and have been taking them for over 20 years. I take no medications for any conditions on a regular basis. I attribute my health status to the Vitamist Spray Vitamins. My husband was helped greatly by them but died when a kidney specialist made a mistake in prescribing IV Fluids and overloaded his system. (No, I did not sue).

I don’t ever want to be without them. I will make the request that you restore the alphabetical listing for purchasing them. It is annoying and very time consuming for me to order them now because I must search through your entire web site to find what I need. I can look at the web site when I so desire; but when I am placing an order, I just want to go down the A – Z list and get the order done. 

Sincerely, 

Angela Kirkpatrick

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