The Misconceptions of Vitamins

There are many people out there who think taking vitamins is unnecessary or even dangerous. Taking vitamins is only unnecessary if you are able to get the daily recommended intake through your meals (which is highly unlikely unless you are one to have 5 heads of broccoli for lunch) and could be dangerous only if you do not know enough about the vitamins you are taking. If you have the proper knowledge to understand which vitamins are right for you and how much of each to take, the results can be life saving.

One of the most important things to know about vitamins is the difference between water soluble and fat soluble vitamins. Water soluble vitamins include vitamins B and C, and fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, D, E and K. Water soluble vitamins are less likely to accumulate in the body because the excess amount that is not absorbed generally comes out in the urine. Fat soluble vitamins are soluble in lipids and are stored in body tissues, so they are more likely to cause hypervitaminosis. On the other hand, if people do not have enough fat intake in their diet, they could also be deficient in these vitamins because they cannot be absorbed properly.

The accumulation of vitamins in the body can be very toxic, however, if you do not exceed the daily recommended intake of each one, you will be fine. Some symptoms of hypervitaminosis include blurry vision, diarrhea, nausea, and gastrointestinal pain. A lot of people also don’t realize that the vitamins they get from their protein powder, their multivitamin, the fruit smoothie they had as a snack between breakfast and lunch, and all the other things they ate that day can lead to hypervitaminosis as well. It is not just from taking too many pills. Another major issue to be aware of is that people with abnormal functioning kidneys and/or liver need to discuss their vitamin intake with their primary care physician because the clearance of their vitamins may not be as good as others.

This post may have been a little shorter than others, but it may be one of the most important. Learning about the proper intake of vitamins will get rid of any fears or hesitation you may have about taking them and lead to a healthier you. Thank you for reading. This has been your daily dose of Vitamin Jas (which you don’t ever have to worry about taking too much of).

Aloe Vera: The Miracle Plant

I chose to write about aloe vera for my very first post because it truly is my Windex (like the father says from my Big Fat Greek Wedding). I use it for almost everything because it really is the most currative medicinal herb that nature has ever created.

Chronic inflammation is the key culprit in numerous diseases and ailments in the body, including irritable bowel syndrome, joint pain, heart disease, liver disease, acid reflux, high blood pressure, acne and even cancer. Inflammation is characterized by redness, heat, swelling and pain and is normally used as the body’s natural defense mechanism when something is wrong. However, when that natural defense mechanism turns into chronic inflammation, it also turns from being beneficial to being dangerous instead. Now, with all that said, let’s talk about how aloe vera comes into play. Aloe vera helps quell inflammation all throughout the body, inside and out. It helps prevent and treat the above mentioned diseases along with a slew of other ailments, including the following:

• Slows down growth of cancer tumors.
• Lowers high cholesterol.
• Thins the blood which helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
• Improves the oxygenation of your blood.
• Relieves arthrits pain.
• Protects the body from oxidative stress.
• Prevents kidney stones and kidney disease.
• Alkalizes the body since most of our diets make the pH of our body too acidic.
• Cures digestive disorders including ulcers, IBS, Crohn’s disease, constipation and even halts the progression of colon cancer.
• Lowers high blood pressure.
• Nourishes the body with minerals, vitamins, enzymes and glyconutrients.
• Heals burns, scratches, insect bites, scars and even acne.
• Stabilizes blood sugar and lowers triglycerides in diabetics.
• Maintains electrolyte balance in the body.
• Boosts cardiovascular performance and physical endurance.
• Speeds recovery from injury or physical exertion.
• Hydrates the skin and gives it a nice healthy glow.

 

Aloe vera juice can be found at almost any health food market and is considerably cheap when you take all its benefits into account. Only 2 ounces a day is enough to start seeing a significant improvement. If you don’t like the taste, mixing it with your favorite juice or smoothie helps mask the taste very well. Not only does it come as a juice, but aloe vera can be used topically as well. It comes as a gel or cream and can be used almost anywhere on the body. It can be used on your hair as a styling product, which actually helps nourish the scalp and regrow hair, or it can be used on the skin to help treat many skin disorders including acne, red marks, scars, scratches, insect bites, burns and even wrinkles. It is more hydrating than almost any other moisturizer out in the market.

I can go on and on about the miraculous benefits of aloe vera, as my friends and family can tell you, because I have experienced the benefits of aloe first hand. However, now that you know what I know, go and experience it for yourselves. You won’t regret it. Thank you for reading and don’t forget, being healthy is easy. This has been your daily dose of Vitamin Jas. Good bye.