Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

I shot this video in the parking lot of a local store that sells  nutritional supplements.  As you can see, the parking lot is busy,
and customers entering and leaving the store exhibit a wide range of age  and characteristics.

People who take nutritional supplements are sometimes labeled as
“Health Nuts” as if they were part of some weird minority. It might surprise you to learn that most U.S. adults, 68%, use dietary supplements according to an October, 2015 survey by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN).

This Consumer Survey on Dietary Supplements, conducted by IPSOS Public Affairs, found that when it comes to safety, quality and effectiveness of specific dietary supplement categories, Americans have the most confidence in the “Vitamins & Minerals” category (85%).  Results show that the vitamins and minerals category has the highest  usage compared to specialty supplements, herbals & botanicals, and sports nutrition and weight management.  79% of male supplement users and 77% of  female supplement users take vitamins and minerals, followed by vitamin D (32%),  vitamin C (27%) and calcium (24%) which are three nutrients that government reports have  identified as shortfall nutrients. Continue reading Who Exactly Takes Nutritional Supplements and Why?

Sweating Makes Her Feel Sexy Says Kim Kardashian

Socialite in vibrant healthSocialite Kim Kardashian says sweating makes her feel sexy.

I don’t know about you, but sweating usually makes me feel irritable and exhausted.  Sweating keeps my clothes washer going busy because I don’t like wearing wet odorous clothes.  Sweat doesn’t do to much for the look of my dress clothes either. 

However, the experts say that sweating is actually beneficial.  Those 2.6 million sweat glands in the average person’s skin actually help us stay healthy.

Sweat helps regulate body temperature.  Sweating is the way our body responds to an increase in core temperature and it’s essential if our body is to cool down.  We stop sweating when our body’s core temperature drops down to normal.  If we didn’t sweat we would be in danger of heat stroke.

In addition to cooling us off, sweating has other health benefits.

Sweating can increase our metabolic rate, When our metabolism increases, our body’s ability to eliminate harmful toxins increases.  Our bodies are filled with toxins that we pick up every day from our environment; from the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.  These toxins can cause significant health problems.  Although our body can eliminate some of these toxins by other methods, up to 30% of them can be effectively eliminated by sweat.  Sweat is one of the best toxic flushes available!

So it’s probable that individuals who periodically use saunas and steam rooms are getting important health benefits from doing so.  Continue reading Sweating Makes Her Feel Sexy Says Kim Kardashian