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Like water, carbohydrates, protein, and fats, vitamins and minerals are essential to life. They are therefore considered nutrients, and are often referred to as micronutrients simply because they are needed in relatively small amounts compared with the four basic nutrients.
Because vitamins and minerals are so necessary for health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has formulated recommended consumption levels for vitamins called recommended consumption levels for vitamins called recommended daily allowance (RDAs). But as we will see Vitamins, these allowances do not account for the amount needed to maintain maximum health rather than borderline health, only the amount needed to prevent deficiency diseases. Therefore, the average adult who is not suffering from any specific disorder should obtain more than the RDAs of vitamins and minerals from food sources and/or from supplements. The table below - which includes not just vitamin and mineral supplements, but other supplements as well - should be used as a guideline. Although the amounts listed are safe (they will not cause toxicity), they should be varied according to size and weight. People who are active and exercise; those who are under great stress, on restricted diets, or mentally or physically ill; women who take oral contraceptives; those on medications; those who are recovering from surgery; and smokers and those who consume alcoholic beverages; and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding all need higher than normal amounts of nutrients.
In addition to a proper diet, exercise and a positive attitude are two important elements that are needed to prevent sickness and disease. If your lifestyle includes each of these, you will feel good and have more energy - something we all deserve.
SYNERGY & DEFICIENCY
Data compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicate that at least 40-percent of the people in this country routinely consume a diet containing only 60-percent of the RDA of each of ten selected nutrients. This means that close to half of the population (and very likely more) suffer from a deficiency of at least one important nutrient. A poll of 37,000 Americans conducted by Food Technology found that:
50-percent were deficient in Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine).
42-percent did not consume sufficient amounts of Calcium.
39-percent had an insufficient Iron intake.
25 to 39-percent did not obtain enough Vitamin C.
Additional research has shown that a vitamin deficiency may not affect the whole body, but only specific cells. For example, those who smoke may suffer from a vitamin C deficiency, but only in the lung area.
Whenever you seek to correct a vitamin or mineral deficiency, you must recognize that nutrients work synergistically. This means that there is a cooperative action between certain vitamins and minerals, which work as catalysts, promoting the absorption and assimilation of other vitamins and minerals. Correcting a deficiency in one vitamin or mineral requires the addition of others, not simply replacement of one in which you are deficient. This is why taking a single vitamin or mineral may be ineffective, or even dangerous, and why a balanced vitamin and mineral preparation should always be taken in addition to any single supplements. The following table indicates which vitamins and minerals are necessary to correct certain deficiencies.
VITAMIN DEFICIENCY SUPPLEMENTS NEEDED FOR ASSIMILATION
Choline, Essential Fatty Acids, Zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
Vitamin B Complex
Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine)
Manganese, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B complex, Vitamin C
Vitamin B-3 (Niacin)
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C
Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E
Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)
Potassium, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C
Folic Acid, Vitamin B Complex, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin C
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin B-12, Folic Acid, Inositol
Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C
Para-Aminobenzoic Acid (PABA)
Vitamin B Complex, Folic Acid, Vitamin C
Bioflavonoids, Calcium, Magnesium
Calcium, Choline, Essential Fatty Acids, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C
Essential Fatty Acids, Manganese, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Inositol, Vitamin C
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E
MINERAL DEFICIENCY SUPPLEMENTS NEEDED FOR ASSIMILATION
Boron, Essential Fatty Acids, Lysine, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin F
Cobalt, Folic Acid, Iron, Zinc
Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus
Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin C, Vitamin D
Calcium, Iron, Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin E
Calcium, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)
Calcium, Potassium, Sulfur, Vitamin D
Potassium, vitamin B-1 (Thiamine), Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B-5), Biotin
Calcium, Copper, Phosphorus, Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine)
NUTRIENTS & DOSAGES FOR MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH
The nutrients listed below are recommended for good health. Daily dosages are suggested; however, before using any supplements, you should consult with your health care provider or midwife, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding a baby. The dosages given here are for non-pregnant adults and children weighing 100 pounds and over. Appropriate dosages for children vary according to age and weight. A child weighing between 70 and 100 pounds should be given 3/4 the adult dose; a child weighing under 70 pounds (and over the age of 6 years) should be given nutritional formulas designed specifically for young children. For children under the age of 6 years, consult with your pediatrician for more specific guidelines. You should follow the dosage directions on the product label.
AMINO ACID SUPPLEMENTS DOSAGES & PRODUCTS
MINERAL SUPPLEMENT DOSAGES & PRODUCTS
OPTIONAL BENEFICIAL SUPPLEMENTS DOSAGES & PRODUCTS
VITAMIN SUPPLEMENT DOSAGES & PRODUCTS
MINERALS DAILY DOSAGES Calcium 1,500 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Calcium Information Products: Calcium Mineral Supplement Products Chromium (GTF) 150 mcg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Chromium Information Products: Chromium Mineral Supplement Products Copper 3 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Copper Information Products: Copper Mineral Supplement Products Iodine
(Kelp is a good herbal source.)
Information: Nutrition Basics: Iodine Information Information: Nutrition Basics: Kelp Herbal Information Products: Iodine Mineral Supplement Products Products: Kelp Herbal Supplement Products Iron 18 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Iron Information Products: Iron Mineral Supplement Products Magnesium 750 to 1,000 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Magnesium Information Products: Magnesium Mineral Supplement Products Manganese 10 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Manganese Information Products: Manganese Mineral Supplement Products Molybdenum 30 mcg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Molybdenum Information Products: Molybdenum Mineral Supplement Products Potassium 99 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Potassium Information Products: Potassium Mineral Supplement Products Selenium 200 mcg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Selenium Information Products: Selenium Mineral Supplement Products Silicon (Silica)
(Horsetail is a good herbal source.)
As directed on label.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Silicon Information Products: Silicon (Silica) Mineral Supplement Products Zinc 50 mg
Information: Nutrition Basics: Zinc Information Products: Zinc Mineral Supplement Products OTHER TRACE MINERALS DAILY DOSAGES Boron As directed on label.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Boron Information Products: Boron Mineral Supplement Products Germanium As directed on label.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Germanium Information Products: Germanium Mineral Supplement Products Phosphorus As directed on label.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Phosphorus Information Products: Phosphorus Mineral Supplement Products Sodium As directed on label.
Pure unrefined Sea Salt contains essential amounts of sodium chloride, and sodium chloride is one of the 12 daily essential minerals. Our bodies cannot live without salt (sodium chloride). Salt in the body makes hydrochloric acid, which is one of the essential digestive fluids. There is not enough natural salt in our foods, so we must supplement our diet, but the salt we eat on our foods is not sufficient, since during the refining process, the sodium chloride evaporates and sodium hydroxate is left. Sodium hydroxate irritates the system and does not satisfy the body's hunger and need for sodium chloride. Natural salt (sodium chloride) dissolves in water and can therefore dissolve in your body. Refined salt does not dissolve in water or your body. When foreign substances, such as refined salt collect in your organs and tissues, it will eventually cause malfunctioning of essential body processes: heart disease, arthritis, hardening of the body tissues and arteries, calcium deposits in the joints, etc. Natural organic salt (saline) will not cause calcification in your body.
Pure solar dried all natural Sea Salt may be used to enhance food flavor, while achieving various therapeutic health benefits. Solar dried Sea Salt baths are used to help release lactic acid which builds up during physical activity causing muscle ache. Natural Sea Salt may also be used in an evaporator to relieve sinus problems. Pure un-refined sea salt that is dried from the ocean by the sun offers the best health benefits. Sea Salt is generally regarded as organic, and that can be true; however, many Sea Salts have been refined so it is important to read labels before purchasing to ensure you are buying organic salt. There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Sea Salt when taken in the recommended doses.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Sodium Information Products: Sodium Mineral Supplement Products Sulfur (Sulphur / MSM) As directed on label.
Sulfur / MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is essential for healthy joints, smooth skin, glossy hair, hard nails and collagen synthesis. It is critical to protein metabolism. Sulfur is found in every cell of the human body. Sulfur is a crucial component of our tissues, hormones, vitamins, enzymes, antibodies and antioxidants. We simply cannot maintain good health without it. Large amounts of sulfur are found in joints, skin, hair, and nails. There is a minimum concentration of sulfur that must be maintained for healthy bodily function and structure. The body uses sulfur to continually create healthy new cells to replace old ones. Sulfur makes cells permeable, ensuring that nutrients are delivered into the cell and that toxins and waste products are removed. Sulfur is a natural detoxifier for lead. By allowing fluids and nutrients to flow freely through the cell wall, sulfur reduces pain and inflammation and promotes healing. Every time the body removes invading toxins from the cell, it also removes the sulfur compound that neutralizes the toxins. This is why sulfur supplementation is so vital to daily nutrition. Sulfur's anti-inflammatory properties and ability to repair scar tissue around damaged areas explains its power to alleviate rheumatoid arthritis. Persons afflicted with osteoarthritis, which involves the deterioration of the cartilage at the ends of the bones, are often found to be deficient in sulfur. Sulfur alleviates the pain associated with osteoarthritis by acting as an anti-inflammatory. Sulfur is also known for its ability to help with digestive disorders, such as heartburn, indigestion, and gastritis. Sulfur is also important for proper metabolism of carbohydrates and adequate uptake of sugar molecules necessary for energy. Sulfur can restore normal blood sugar levels as cells become permeable and helps restore pancreas functions to normal as the cells absorb blood sugar. The body is in a constant state of repair so if we do not get enough of the required nutrients the end product is going to be less than perfect. This is reflected in the aging process. Sulfur functions to inhibit this aging process within cells.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Sulfur Information Information: Nutrition Basics: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Information Products: Sulfur (Sulphur) Mineral Supplement Products Products: MSM (Methylsulonylmethane) Supplement Products Vanadium As directed on label.
Information: Nutrition Basics: Vanadium Information Products: Vanadium Mineral Supplement Products
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Allspice Leaf Oil Angelica Oil Anise Oil Baobab Oil Basil Oil Bay Laurel Oil Bay Oil Benzoin Oil Bergamot Oil Black Pepper Oil Chamomile (German) Oil Cajuput Oil Calamus Oil Camphor (White) Oil Caraway Oil Cardamom Oil Carrot Seed Oil Catnip Oil Cedarwood Oil Chamomile Oil Cinnamon Oil Citronella Oil Clary-Sage Oil Clove Oil Coriander Oil Cypress Oil Dill Oil Eucalyptus Oil Fennel Oil Fir Needle Oil Frankincense Oil Geranium Oil German Chamomile Oil Ginger Oil Grapefruit Oil Helichrysum Oil Hyssop Oil Iris-Root Oil Jasmine Oil Juniper Oil Labdanum Oil Lavender Oil Lemon-Balm Oil Lemongrass Oil Lemon Oil Lime Oil Longleaf-Pine Oil Mandarin Oil Marjoram Oil Mimosa Oil Myrrh Oil Myrtle Oil Neroli Oil Niaouli Oil Nutmeg Oil Orange Oil Oregano Oil Palmarosa Oil Patchouli Oil Peppermint Oil Peru-Balsam Oil Petitgrain Oil Pine-Long Leaf Oil Pine-Needle Oil Pine-Swiss Oil Rosemary Oil Rose Oil Rosewood Oil Sage Oil Sandalwood Oil Savory Oil Spearmint Oil Spikenard Oil Swiss-Pine Oil Tangerine Oil Tea-Tree Oil Thyme Oil Vanilla Oil Verbena Oil Vetiver Oil Violet Oil White-Camphor Oil Yarrow Oil Ylang-Ylang Oil Aromatherapy
Healing Baths For Colds
Using Essential Oils
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Almond, Sweet Oil Apricot Kernel Oil Argan Oil Arnica Oil Avocado Oil Baobab Oil Black Cumin Oil Black Currant Oil Black Seed Oil Borage Seed Oil Calendula Oil Camelina Oil Castor Oil Coconut Oil Comfrey Oil Evening Primrose Oil Flaxseed Oil Grapeseed Oil Hazelnut Oil Hemp Seed Oil Jojoba Oil Kukui Nut Oil Macadamia Nut Oil Meadowfoam Seed Oil Mullein Oil Neem Oil Olive Oil Palm Oil Plantain Oil Plum Kernel Oil Poke Root Oil Pomegranate Seed Oil Pumpkin Seed Oil Rosehip Seed Oil Safflower Oil Sea Buckthorn Oil Sesame Seed Oil Shea Nut Oil Soybean Oil St. Johns Wort Oil Sunflower Oil Tamanu Oil Vitamin E Oil Wheat Germ Oil
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