How vitamins and minerals influence our energy levels

Energy can mean different things for different people – while for someone enhanced cognition could be important, for someone else it could mean physical strength. The right balance of vitamins and minerals can get you to your ideal definition of energy. Both vitamins and minerals play a major role in normalizing bodily functions and an absence of either or both wouldn’t allow the body to function or produce energy enough for sustenance or staying mentally and physically fit. How do I know what will work for me, you may say. Find out more about how key vitamins and minerals affect

Cod liver oil: Is it really good for you?

For generations, it was a daily horror story to gulp down a spoonful of cod liver oil, as children. Scientists are now saying that our grandmothers were right to insist. The secret as per research is the omega-3 fatty acids, the same type found in oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. Cod liver oil is also a great source of vitamin A and D. Rickets was a common disease in the 17th century England and was widely spread throughout the United States in the 1920s. Then, cod liver oil was used to eradicate the disease by the 1930s,

Is too much Vitamin C bad for you?

As children, we all knew oranges had vitamin C in abundance and is good to keep the flu away. It’s found in citrus fruits for sure and in fact is a water-soluble vitamin found in many other fruits and vegetables as well. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron and as it’s not produced or stored in the body, it’s important to consume the vitamin. Along with playing an important role in collagen formation, it also functions as an antioxidant. While we need to consume the vitamin every day, too much of it can be toxic. So how much is

10 hacks to eat better

Whether you are a connoisseur of food who loves to eat or enjoys spending time in the kitchen to cook up a storm, there are simple lifestyle choices that you can welcome into your life to make the most of food. Keep it simple: Eat food that’s leafy and has a lot of color and variety of textures. Balance meals with proteins such as lean meat, fish, tofu or beans as well as carbs such as brown rice, potatoes and quinoa. It’s also important to include healthy fats in your diet such as avocado, nuts or olive oil. Plan ahead:

Six signs of B12 deficiency you may be experiencing

As you age, your body starts resisting the absorption of vitamin B12 from food. That’s not the only reason though. Cutting down on meat or becoming a pure vegan, taking certain drugs prescribed for diabetes, PCOD or even heartburn medications, and even having a weight loss surgery raise the chances. The signs you need to watch out for could range from intense fatigue to blurry vision. Read on for a few common symptoms and if they sound familiar, get a blood test done so supplement or injections will come to the rescue, if and as needed. You can barely keep

10 healthy foods you should add to your diet for iron!

Iron is one of the vital minerals present in every living cell of our body, comprised of hemoglobin and myoglobin. While hemoglobin is part of the red blood cells carrying oxygen to the tissues, myoglobin is part of the muscle cells that contain oxygen. The question is whether you have adequate amount of this mineral. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in our body. To ensure our iron reserves don’t lean toward depletion, we need to include more of iron-rich foods in our diet, if we haven’t already. Here

Parched? 6 not-so-obvious signs of dehydration you should know about!

Dehydration is a result of a serious decline in the level of water in your body, which doesn’t allow it to function to the best of its ability. Mild dehydration can cause discomfort, while severe dehydration can lead to a serious health condition, anything ranging from blood clots to seizures. That doesn’t mean we can take the signs of dehydration, right at the onset, lightly. It’s important to catch any degree of dehydration early on. Did you know the signs aren’t always as obvious as thirst and fatigue? Here are six surprising signs and symptoms of dehydration, which you should

6 facts about dizziness and vertigo

Whenever most of us feel dizzy, we have found ourselves thinking it’s because, say, we are suffering from flu, any other illness or are recovering from one. We, however, need to realize that occasional dizziness is very common in adults. If you are suffering from vertigo, that may be a serious condition. So let’s get down to facts to comprehend how the two are different. Dizziness is a common condition in adults and vertigo is surely a related but more serious condition affecting nearly 40 percent of people over age 40 at least once in their lifetime. The main difference

Sleep apnea: 6 things you need to know

If you had to scuba dive without any equipment, consider sleep apnea to be such a distressing ailment – where you can breathe only intermittently, but have to keep coming up for air. In this case, you have to keep waking up from sleep for breathing! In medical terms, sleep apnea is a chronic disorder that causes difficulty in breathing while you sleep. Your breathing may stop as many as hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your sleep, sapping your energy and spirit for the day to come. Over time, it can increase the risk of heart

10 habits that may be stressing you out

Sometimes you feel there’s no rhyme, reason or season for you to stress out, so here’s a quick rundown of little things that may be the culprit. Let’s take a deep breath and cut to the chase, as we know you aren’t purposely trying to sabotage yourself but aren’t sure what has been getting on your nerves. Did you laugh today? If you can’t remember the last time you laughed till you cried, you need to step back and think what has changed over the years that you’ve allowed melancholy to set in. Spend time with yourself to reflect or