Nov 24, 2010

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

First, I want to wish all a wonderful Thanksgiving...whether your eating turkey, or going vegetarian, enjoy your meals and give thanks that we are blessed with so many choices when it comes to food. Think of others who are not as fortunate, and if there is something you feel you can do to help, do it.

Our family will not be gathering for the main meal at one of our homes, but meeting at a restaurant for dinner around the middle of the afternoon, then to my Moms for pies and visiting. We tried this for the first time last year, and it worked out nicely. Not too much work for any one of us.

With the changes that life brings, traditions change, but one thing that does not change at Thanksgiving time is the many things we have to be thankful for.


Nov 21, 2010

10 Iron Mineral Facts

Iron is a mineral that is important to many, but may be cause for concern for others. Here are some facts about iron:

  1. 1. Iron is needed and essential for the formation of hemoglobin found in our red blood cells.  
  2. 2. Iron promotes transport of oxygen in the muscles through formation of myoglobin, also in the blood.
  3. 3. Iron helps prevent anemia...a result of iron deficiency...and helps to stimulate the immune system.
  4. 4. A lack of iron can cause fatigue.
  5. 5. Iron is found in organ meats such as the liver, heart, kidneys, shellfish, and in vegetables such as whole grains, dried beans, fruits, leafy dark green vegies, nuts, and black-strap molasses...oh, and from cooking with cast iron.
  6. 6. Though there are vegetables that contain iron, some on vegetarian diets may benefit from iron supplements.  
  7. 7. Iron deficiency is usually called Anemia, and some symptoms that may indicate it are pale appearance to skin, fatigue, labored breathing when exerting oneself, and heart palpitations...as always, these symptoms can be caused by other things, but it's worth considering if you are suffering from all of these symptoms together...your doctor can determine this through blood testing.
  8. 8. RDA for men is less than woman - for men it's about 10 mg and women, 18 mg especially when menstruating.  Men are best off getting whatever iron they happen to get from their daily diet....do not take excess iron.
  9. 9. Vitamin C improves absorption of Iron, so you may want to take your iron with vitamin C supplement or drink of fruit juice like orange juice.
  10. 10. Use organic iron, not inorganic (ferrous sulfate) which destroy Vitamin E. Organic irons include ferrous fumarate, ferrous citrate and ferrous gluconate
For more mineral facts, click the link below or in the right margin under "Categories" for "Mineral Facts".

Nov 20, 2010

Are Store Brands as Good as Name Brands?

In a day when most of us are trying to save money when we shop, it's sometimes hard to know where to draw the line between saving money and buying food that contains the nutrients necessary to keep us healthy.  So how do we make sure that we are getting the nutrients we need in the foods that we purchase, even if they are generic or store brands?

In reading an article discussing the advantages and disadvantages of buying brand name formula vs. store brand formula, it occurs to me  that it is important to read the labels and compare products.  This is true with any food that you are purchasing.  You want to compare  not only the nutritional facts, but the additives that may be in the product you are considering.

In the article about formulas, it states that store brands can cost less because they don't advertise heavily, which is very costly.  This savings can then be passed on to the consumer.  In the case of baby formula, buying store brand can mean a savings of up to $600 a year to a family.  The article also states that according to the new 10th Edition of Consumer Reports there is "no need for parents to choose expensive national brand infant formulas over their much more reasonable store brand counterparts sold at retailers like Walmart, Sam’s Club, Target, CVS, Kroger, Walgreens, and Babies R Us".

So read labels, and for the most part, be assured that you can safely buy store brands and save.

Nov 17, 2010

10 Facts about Vitamin K

There are times when Vitamin K is good for you....and times when it is not depending upon certain health issues you may be experiencing...we'll cover that in this post...a continuation of a series on Vitamins I have been posting on occasionally.

Here are facts that you should know about Vitamin K:
  1. 1 - Vitamin K is necessary for the formation of certain proteins that are called "clotting factors" which as the name indicates, regulate the ability of the blood to clot.
  2. 2 -There are also factors that are important in the formation of proper bone mineralization and the health of the teeth.
  3. 3 - Some with Crohn's disease and gastrointestinal disorders are benefited by vitamin K.
  4. 4 - It is rare to be deficient in Vitamin K because it is manufactured by bacteria present in the intestines...another "good" bacteria when working properly and in balance.
  5. 5 - Symptoms of deficiency (many of these symptoms can indicate other things, too, so see your doctor if you have them) include hemorrhages such as bloody urine, blood in stools, nosebleeds and in pregnant women, miscarriages...but again, different things can cause these symptoms.
  6. 6 - Studies suggest that perhaps men and women aged eighteen to forty-four regularly consume less than the RDA of Vitamin K.
  7. 7 - Most Vitamin and Mineral Supplements do not contain Vitamin K as enough is available in the diet.
  8. 8 - RDA for Women is 65 mcg. and 80 mcg. for men
  9. 9 - Contraindications - If you are taking anti-coagulants for any reason...like Coumadin and similar drugs that the doctor gives you to keep blood from forming clots, be sure to get instructions from the doctor regarding Vitamin K, generally it should be avoided but to what degree, this is up to your doctor.
  10. 10 - Vitamin K is a Fat Soluble vitamin
Updated 3/25/16

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