The Truth About Vitamins

                    

As a young child you may remember taking little Flinstone’s vitamins or maybe Gummy Vitamins. You were told to do so, and they probably tasted good, so you didn’t question it much. Now as an adult, you may still have this habit, but it is important to be asking yourself some questions. What is the truth about vitamins? Do I need vitamins? Can I take too many? What vitamins are best? Here are some simple questions answered when it comes to vitamins.

Do I Need Vitamins?

Vitamins are designed to fill in the holes of the vitamins you don’t get enough of naturally in your diet. Your body prefers to get the vitamins naturally from your foods, as they are absorbed better this way. Then a multivitamin can be used to fill in the gaps you did not quite reach. Vitamins can be in the form of a single nutrient, such as Iron, or a multi vitamin such as Centrum. It might be a good idea to talk to your diet or a nutritionist to evaluate your diet to see what type of supplement you may need. In most cases a daily multivitamin is sufficient, However, many people chose to go without and do just fine. If you are a healthy eater and get most of the vitamins you need naturally from your diet, then supplements may not be necessary. The decision is up to you.

Can Vitamins Be Harmful?

If you have ever heard the phrase “Too much of anything can be a bad thing,” it applies here as well. Although it is rare, it is possible to take too many vitamins. Many vitamins have upper limits, meaning at a certain point they start being more harmful than helpful. Although you do urinate out your water soluble vitamins, the process does take a few hours to get to the bladder and too much can potentially be harmful. Vitamins are not regulated by the FDA, so they are not required to put an upper limit on the label. In most cases, just following the directions and not taking more than the suggested amount works great.

What Vitamins Are Best?

As you may have noticed, vitamins come in all different formulas, shapes and sizes. When seeing your doctor, be sure to talk about your diet, and they can help you find the appropriate vitamins for your body type. In general, vitamins are better absorbed with food, and work in small supplements throughout the day. For example, a vitamin that recommends you take one with each meal might work better than one capsule a day. This is because your body rids itself of the excess water soluble vitamins it does not use every FOUR hours! These are your B vitamins, folic acid, Biotin, and vitamin C. If you take smaller supplements throughout the day, your body is likely to get more benefit from them.

~HealthyGirl

Home Remedies for UTI

Urinary Tract infections are more common in women because of their anatomy. If caught early enough, there are some home remedies for UTI’s that you can start using right away to help fight this painful infection.

Some common symptoms of a UTI include:

  • painful urination
  • lower back or abdominal pain
  • Fever and chills
  • frequent urination
  • nausea or vomiting
  • Many of these symptoms besides painful urination are common in more sever infections, and you should consult your doctor about whether a home treatment is safe.

 A UTI can be caused by holding the bladder often, as this weakens the bladder, and not all the urine is excreted, which can lead to infection. Another common cause of UTI’s is frequent sexual intercourse. To prevent this experts recommend urinating frequenlty and completely, as well as urinating before and after intercourse to best prevent infection.

A urinary tract infection can get out of hand quickly and cause many more problems if it reaches the bladder or wose, the kidneys. This is why it is important to get started on a home remedy right away before the problem gets worse. Before you start drowning yourself in treatment, it might be a good idea to get an at home UTI testing kit. You can pick them up at most grocery stores for around 10 to 15 bucks.

UTI Most experts recommend trying to treat a  UTI at home for a max of one to two days before going on to get more help. Be sure to stay on top of the infection, and your treatments. Here are a few things you can do, which in combined effort, can stop UTI’s without antibiotics and doctors appointments. These tips can also be combined with antibiotics to help the process go smoother and faster. 

  • Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  • Drink Cranberry juice or take a cranberry suppliment
  • Take a daily vitamin suppliment (vitamin C is especially important)
  • Avoid sugar, caffiene and alcohol
  • Use a heating pad on the lower abdomen

These procedures are in order of importance with the first three being a very critical home remedy for UTI’s. If symptoms do not ease up or go away within two days, it is a good idea to consult your doctor and get further action with possible antibiotic use. 

~ Get better soon!  -HealthyGirl

References:

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/urinary-tract-infections-in-teens-and-adults-topic-overview

http://www.wellsphere.com/healthy-living-article/home-remedies-for-uti-how-to-treat-a-uti-without-antibiotics/633720

What You Didn’t Know About Hand Washing

Antibacterial Soap
 Many Americans are all into the rage about antibacterial hand soap. I remember a time a few years ago when I wouldn’t buy hand soap unless it was antibacterial. Otherwise there would be no point. Right?
 WRONG. Antibacterial soap is actually worse than soap without the antibacterial agents. This is because antibacterial soap is possibly increasing the development of resistant strains of bacteria.

Triclosan 
 The main ingredient in antibacterial soap causing this is Triclosan. It is also used in deodorants, shaving creams, and mouth washes. Many of us know that different strains of bacterial have developed resistance to antibiotics such as penicillin. Sine Triclocan works much like an antibiotic, the fear is it’s over use in so many products is creating these problems much like the over use of antibiotics is creating problems with new strains of resistant bacteria. Triclosan safety is currently being reviewed by the FDA. Either way, it is a good idea to stay away from house hold items containing Triclosan.

Hand Sanitizer
 There is no Triclosan in hand sanitizer so we don’t have to be worried there. The problem is alcohol in Hand Sanitizer is so strong it kills ALL bacteria on our hands. We actually have natural good bacteria all over our bodies. These are called our normal flora. They live on our skin and one of our first defenses against harmful bacteria. In general, it is okay to use hand sanitizer, but not too frequently, or it’s purpose is defeated.

What is the best solution?
 Health experts still agree it is a good idea to wash your hands frequently, especially before eating. The things to watch out for are soaps containing Triclosan, and excessive use of hand sanitizer. Otherwise, wash to your liking!

Have Healthy,Clean Hands,
-Healthy Girl