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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.

14 Vegetables With a Higher Nutrient Density Than Kale

These days it seems the whole world has gone kale krazy.  But is kale really the most super of all superfoods? The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t think so. In fact, they don’t even rank it in the top ten supervegetables.  Kale lands in fifteenth place, with a respectable 49.07 Nutrient Density Score.  Here’s the CDC’s top 15:

Rank Vegetable Nutrient Density Score
15 Kale 49.07

So, this means you can stop eating kale, right?

Closeup of Kale Leaves

Sorry kale haters, but 49.07 is still a highly respectable Nutrient Density Score.  Your biggest takeaway here is that kale is not your one stop shop for daily nutrients.  In fact, the healthiest (and most enjoyable) diets are those with a lot of variety.  So mix your kale with some other tasty greens, to ensure a healthy and happy diet!

 A Cautionary Kale:  Although it’s in 15th place, kale is still action packed with nutrients, including a whopping 1180 times the recommended daily intake of Vitamin K.  People on blood thinners should consult their health care providers about what not to eat because greens like kale and spinach might be doing more harm than good!

14 Chives 54.80
Chives Grwoning in the WildEasily the healthiest topping you put on your baked potato (and arguably the only healthy topping you put on your baked potato). Allium vegetables, such as garlic, scallions, onions and leeks, have long been pushed for their beneficial properties, but chives just might be the healthiest of the bunch! Their potent flavor makes it difficult to consume a full serving of them, but sprinkling a little on your meals can add a flavor kick that’s packed with vitamins and minerals.
13 Endives 60.44

Three Endives Lined Up in a RowAs far as green, leafy vegetables go, endives don’t seem very green or leafy. That doesn’t stop them from being packed full of nutrients, despite containing hardly any calories.  The endive the CDC is referring to here is the Belgian endive pictured on the right.

Endives are a great source of folate, vitamin K, choline, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as additional vitamins though they’re found in much smaller amounts.

12 Mustard Greens 61.39

Bunch of Mustard Greens Against a Plain White BackdropMustard Greens have been shown to lower cholesterol, and they fall just short of collard greens and kale in this ability.  Like many green, leafy vegetables, mustard greens contain cancer-fighting agents, and they are second only to Brussels sprouts in glucosinolate, one such compound.

A terrific source of vitamins and minerals, and packing a strong peppery bite, mustard greens are great as a side dish or mixed in with other greens in a salad.

11 Turnip Greens 62.12

Basket of Turnips With Their Greens Still AttachedTurnip Greens can be rather bitter, but a major reason for this is the considerable amount of calcium they provide.  In fact, one cup of steamed turnip greens can provide 20% of your daily calcium requirements.  This is especially impressive when you take into consideration that calcium has far and away the highest daily requirement of all the micronutrients.

Calcium is not their only benefit, though.  Turnip greens still come packed with other minerals, vitamins, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

10 Collard Greens 62.49
Closeup of a Collard green leafSadly, cooking collard greens in bacon fat does not make them more healthy, only more fattening and delicious.  When cooking greens, the optimal method is always to steam them.  Boiling and other methods leach nutrients from them.  Heat tends to destabilize and destroy many vitamins, but the effect is not as pronounced when steaming vegetables.  In fact, steaming vegetables can increase the variety of helpful sulfur containing compounds.
9 Romaine Lettuce 63.48
Row of Lettuce Ready for Harvest

Everybody knows that romaine lettuce is far healthier than the relatively useless iceberg lettuce.  Or at least they do after reading that last sentence.  Romaine lettuce is a staple in most salads, so it’s nice to see that this mild and fresh tasting lettuce is so nutrient rich.

Use romaine lettuce as a base for your salads, and then add other greens and herbs around it for a variety of exciting flavors.  Cilantro did not make this list, but it’s still a very nutritious herb that pairs well with a little romaine.  Add in some leaf lettuce and one of the more “peppery” vegetables, such as mustard greens and you’re off to a tasty and healthy start.  You don’t need to rely on your vinaigrette to enhance the flavor of your salad!  Variety is the spice of life, after all.

8 Parsley 65.59

Plethora of ParsleyOne of the tastiest plants to make this list, parsley is the most popular herb in the world.  It’s great as a seasoning or added to salads, but parsley can also be used in uncommon ways, such as adding it to a sandwich in place of lettuce.

Not just flavorful, parsley is noted for being rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and carcinogen neutralizing agents.  It has been also been associated with good heart health.

7 Leaf Lettuce 70.73

Leaf Lettuce CloseupLeaf lettuce is second only to Popeye’s favorite in nutrient density among the most common green, leafy vegetables.  While spinach dominates in nearly every category, an NDS of 70.73 is nothing to sneeze at.  That’s more than twice the NDS of broccoli.

Maybe parents should be telling their children to eat their lettuce, instead?

6 Chicory 73.36
Chicory on Burlap

The chicory family includes radicchio, escarole and cultivated dandelion (which has a more subtle flavor than the wild dandelion weeds).  The taste of each is similar, despite their differences in appearance, and each one is packed full of nutrients.

Beyond the usual vitamins and minerals, chicory is an excellent source of potassium, a valuable electrolyte.

5 Spinach 86.43

Spinach LeavesIt’s no surprise to find spinach in the top five vegetable powerhouses.  A great source of calcium and vitamin K, spinach outstrips most green, leafy vegetables in nearly every nutrient category.

Long known for its versatility on the breakfast, lunch or dinner table, spinach is just as versatile as a nutrient delivery system.  Its well-rounded repertoire makes it a valuable addition to any meal.

4 Beet Greens 87.08
Beets with Greens at a Farmers Market

With the obvious exception of Soylent, most foods that end with the word “green” tend to be quite healthy, but none more so than beet greens.  The vibrant green colors of the leaves and deep reddish-purple of the stems and veins are our visual clues that these wonderful vegetables are packed with a variety of nutrients.

With a high concentration of iron, and more protein than most greens, beet greens contain sizable percentages of many of our daily requirements.  While their folate levels aren’t overly impressive at 5% of the RDI, including one cup of beetroot with a serving of the greens can boost those levels to nearly 40% of the RDI.  Adding beetroots will also provide additional fiber, minerals, vitamin C and vitamin B6.

3 Chard 89.27
Swiss chard in a Variety of Colors

One of the prettier vegetables on the market, chard contains all of the carcinogen binding chemicals, bioflavonoids and phytonutrients we’ve come to expect out of our green, leafy vegetables, but with the addition of syringic acid.  Syringic acid is a nutrient that’s been found to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Combine these amazing abilities with a nutrient density score of a whopping 89.27, and you’ve got yourself a vegetable that’s not just pretty to look at, it’s pretty darn good for you to eat it as well.

2 Chinese Cabbage 91.99
Chinese Cabbage

Like regular cabbage, only taller.  Oh, and also packed with an incredible amount of nutrients.  Chinese cabbage, or bok choy, contains very good amounts of 21 different nutrients.  This includes omega-3 fatty acids and even high concentrations of zinc.

Chinese cabbage is a great addition to any diet, but it’s especially useful if you’re looking for dietary sources of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories.

1 Watercress 100.00
Watercress

And the Winner Is!

Watercress tops off the list at #1 with the unmatched nutrient density score of 100.  You don’t hear a lot of talk about watercress outside of the nutritionally well informed, but it’s long been known as a superfood.  Despite being very low in calories, it contains a wide variety of nutrients, without going overboard on the vitamin K as many green, leafy vegetables do.  In fact, watercress doesn’t go all out in any single ingredient.  Where it shines is in its  jack-of-all-trades nature.

Attack of the Killer Antibiotics

I want to address an abuse of one of the greatest medical discoveries of the last century.  This epidemic has rapidly become one of the most critical public health concerns of our time.  You are probably thinking that I am talking about the abuse of illegal drugs and painkillers, but I am not.  I am talking about the misuse of antibiotics.

Every year, our families face their share of colds, sore throats, and stomach aches.  When we do, we expect our doctors to prescribe us something to cure it.  Leaving the doctor empty-handed seems like a rip-off.   After all, what did we even visit the doctor for if they are not going to hand us an antibiotic or some cure in pill form?  As it turns out, leaving the doctor’s office without that pill shaped treatment could be the best thing for us.

Antibiotics and Microorganisms

Antibiotics, discovered in the 1940’s, have been one of the greatest advances in modern medicine. However, their use has not been without its pitfalls.  To understand these issues, it helps to know about the pathogens (better known as “germs”) that make people sick.  There are many microorganisms that can act as pathogens.  These include eukaryotic fungi, protozoans, and amoebas; the numerous prokaryotic archaea and bacteria; and even the not-quite-alive viruses, prions, and viroids. Certain microorganisms will cause diseases with similar symptoms, but the ways these types of “germs” multiply and spread illness can be extremely different.  The two most common among them are bacteria and viruses.

Bacteria

Bacteria are single-celled living organisms.  They tend to form large groups know as colonies, and these colonies are everywhere.  The number of bacteria on the ocean floor alone is estimated to outnumber humans ten-million-trillion to one.  Less than one percent of all bacteria species make humans and other animals their homes, and even out of those, most don’t cause any harm.  In fact, humans have a symbiotic relationship with many bacteria.  Lactobacillus is just one of the types of bacteria that lives in our intestines and helps digest our food.  Only a small percentage of these organisms cause diseases in humans, either by creating toxins that are harmful to us or by attacking our cells and tissues directly.   Antibiotics target bacteria by destroying their cell walls, or by stopping their growth and reproduction.  Some of these antibiotics work on pathogens other than bacteria, and can even be harmful to humans, but they only work on living things.

Viruses

Viruses are not alive.  Well, depending on which definition of “life” you use.  We’ll try to avoid the biological and philosophical debate on the meaning of life in this article.  Viruses fall somewhere in the gray area between your high school chemistry and biology classes.  They cannot exist independent of cellular life, meaning you and me, my dog, and that colony of bacteria that made me queasy last week.  They have no organs, organelles, nuclei or any structures that can produce a biochemical reaction on their own.  They are just protein capsules containing genetic material, like a microscopic pill containing DNA or RNA.  Viruses reproduce only by hijacking living cells, and while many do not affect humans, every virus is, by its very nature, a pathogen- designed to attack a particular species or multiple species.  It is important to remember that antibiotics have no effect on viruses.  Many immunizations have been developed to help our bodies defend against them, but the only real offense against them is the antibodies our immune systems produce.

 The Pitfalls

Antibiotics do not work on viruses, yet for many years it was common practice to prescribe them, “just in case.”  If your doctor was not sure whether a viral or bacterial infection was making you ill, the easy answer was to dole out some antibiotics.  If your illness was bacterial in nature, congratulations! Problem solved.  If not, no big deal.  It is not Anthropomorphized antibiotics on a rampageas if the antibiotics have made the situation worse, right?  Wrong.  Here come those pitfalls. 

Every time you take an antibiotic for a real or perceived bacterial infection, you are giving the bacterial pathogens in your body a chance to adapt.  Bacteria breed rapidly and tend to have relatively short lifespans.  It is due to these traits that bacterial colonies provide us with an opportunity to watch natural selection in action, as more and more so-called superbugs- such as MRSA, VRSA, and MDR-TB- are appearing.  In fact, the bacteria that cause infections of the ear, throat, sinuses and skin, as well as meningitis, pneumonia and tuberculosis have all developed drug-resistant strains.

After a patient has completed a course of antibiotics- or worse, stopped taking their antibiotics because they “feel better”- they have killed many of the bacteria in their bodies.  Those that managed to survive are either lucky or they have genetic traits unique to the bacterium, such as a slight difference in the proteins that make up their cell walls.  In the aftermath of the antibiotic onslaught, these bacteria now have less competition for resources and more room to repopulate.  They then begin a new exponential growth phase, passing on the genetic trait that allowed them to survive to all of their descendants.

The notion of “superbugs”, capable of spreading rapidly and without a viable means of combating them can be frightening.  However, if that does not trouble you (what are you, a Spartan?), “superbugs” aren’t the only issue.  Different antibiotics affect different cell structures, but pathogens are not the only cells affected; all cells that have the structure the antibiotic interacts with will be affected.  Remember all of those bacterial strains that work symbiotically with your body?  A course of antibiotics will destroy many of them, just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Those poor bacteria!  More importantly, poor you!  Wiping out your body’s Lactobacillus colonies can leave you feeling just as sick as your initial infection.  What’s worse is that many of the helpful bacteria were providing pathogens with a fierce competition for resources.  After that competition is gone, the door is opened for particularly nasty germs, such as C. diff., to move in and wreak havoc upon you.

What Can You Do?

Good hygiene makes for great preventive medicine.  Wash your hands thoroughly, using both soap and water.  This is especially important after using the toilet, changing a diaper and before and after handling raw meat or poultry.  Indeed, it’s best to wash our hands before eating, preparing food or touching our mouth or eyes.  And don’t forget to keep food preparation areas clean!

The next best preventive medicine to good hygiene is good health.  Make sure you are getting a good night’s rest.  Keep your stress levels to a minimum.  Eat a healthy, nutritious diet and, of course, make sure you supplement with VitaMist, the finest vitamins in the world!

Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

You’ve heard about them, have probably used them, and have even recommended them to friends or family. But how much do you really know about dietary supplements?

Yes, some can be beneficial to your health, but taking supplements can also involve health risks. Read on for important information for you and your family about dietary supplements.

Some Common Dietary Supplements:

  • Acidophilus
  • Echinacea
  • Fiber
  • Ginger
  • Glucosamine and/or Chonodroitin Sulphate
  • Minerals
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Vitamins 
Q. What are dietary supplements?

A. Dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, and other less familiar substances — such as herbals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes. Dietary supplements are also marketed in forms such as tablets, capsules, softgels, gelcaps and sprays. While some dietary supplements are fairly well understood, others need further study.

Q. What are the benefits of dietary supplements?

A.  Some supplements may help to assure that you get an adequate dietary intake of essential nutrients. However, supplements should not replace the variety of foods that are important to a healthful diet — so, be sure you eat a variety of foods as well.

Unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent, or cure diseases. That means supplements should not make claims, such as “reduces arthritic pain” or “treats heart disease.” Claims like these can only legitimately be made for drugs, not dietary supplements.

Q. Are there any risks in taking supplements?

A.  Yes. Many supplements contain active ingredients that have strong biological effects in the body. This could make them unsafe in some situations and hurt or complicate your health. For example, the following actions could lead to harmful — even life-threatening — consequences.

  • Using supplements with medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter)
  • Substituting supplements for prescription medicines
  • Taking too much of some supplements, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and iron
    Some supplements can also have unwanted effects before, during, and after surgery. So, be sure to inform your health-care provider, including your pharmacist, about any supplements you are taking — especially before surgery.

     

    QWho’s responsible for the safety of dietary supplements?

    A.  Dietary supplements are not approved by the government for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. If the dietary supplement contains a NEW ingredient, that ingredient will be reviewed by FDA (not approved) prior to marketing — but only for safety, not effectiveness.

    The manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements are responsible for making sure their products are safe BEFORE they go to market. Manufacturers are required to produce dietary supplements to minimum quality standards and ensure that they do not contain contaminants or impurities, and are accurately labeled.

    Manufacturers are required to report all serious dietary supplement related adverse events or illnesses to FDA as of December 2007.

    FDA can take dietary supplements off the market if they are found to be unsafe, adulterated, or if the claims on the products are false and misleading.

    QHow can I find out more about the dietary supplement I’m taking?

    A.  If you want to know more about the product you are taking, check with the manufacturer or distributor about:

    • Information to support the claims of the product
    • Information on the safety and effectiveness of the ingredients in the product
    • Any reports of adverse effects or events from consumers using the product
    QHow can I be a smart supplement shopper?

    A.  Although the benefits of some dietary supplements have been documented, the claims of others may be unproven. If something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Be a savvy supplement user. Here’s how:

    • Watch out for false statements like: 
      • A quick and effective “cure-all”
      • Can treat or cure diseases
      • “Totally safe” or has “no side effects”
    • Be aware that the term natural doesn’t always mean safe.
    • Don’t assume that even if a product may not help you, at least it won’t hurt you.
    • When searching for supplements on the Web, use the sites of respected organizations, rather than doing blind searches.
    • See Health Fraud Scams for general information on fraudulent dietary supplements.
    • See the FDA’s Tainted Supplements page for a list of some of the potentially hazardous dietary supplements marketed to consumers.
    • Ask your health-care provider for help in distinguishing between reliable and questionable information.
    • Always remember — safety first!
    Before making decisions about whether to take a supplement, see your health-care provider or a registered dietitian. They can help you achieve a balance between the foods and nutrients you personally need.

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    Margaret Elaine Henry
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