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Vitamins for Teens: Establishing Healthy Habits Early

 

VitaminsForTeens-725x408A lot of what we do here at USANA revolves around helping you develop the right habits to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you go through our blog catalog, you’ll see that’s not really a secret. (If it were, we’d be really bad at secrets.) We talk about developing good, healthy habits a lot. In fact, we have a whole subsection of What’s Up, USANA? dedicated to it.

Our obsession for helping you develop healthy lifestyle habits is kind of like yours for helping your teen (or teens) develop their own. And that starts with making sure they get all the nutrients they need to be at their mental and physical best.

Teen Nutritional Needs

Only three of the essential vitamins we need—vitamins D and K and biotin can be produced within the body (in varying amounts). This means you should be getting the vast majority of the essential elements—vitamins and minerals—that make up your nutritional requirements through diet. While this is true regardless of age, teens are at particular risk of dietary shortfalls.Vitamins for Teens: Boys

As a group, teens are more likely to skip breakfast, consume much of their food outside the home, and have sodas, snack foods, and fast foods instead of low-fat milk, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein sources than at any other age.

Vitamins for Teens: GirlsThis is where vitamins for teens come in. A vitamin tuned specifically for the needs of teenagers can help pick up the slack when their diet falls short. Specifically, vitamins can help make up the nutritional difference in teens who:

  • Are picky eaters
  • Have a selective diet, such as veganism or vegetarianism
  • Have a poor appetite or erratic eating habits
  •  Are experiencing periods of rapid growth
  • Are very physically active

Does your teen fall into any of these categories?

Vitamins for Teens: Infographic

Choosing Vitamins for Teens

A couple things to consider when choosing vitamins for your teen is not all vitamins are created equal, and not all vitamins are right for every situation. Although teenagers can use a regular multivitamin—starting at about age 12— they do have slightly different nutrient needs than adults.

When looking for a vitamin, check the daily percent values to ensure your teen will get a broad range of beneficial nutrients. And you’ll want to look for a quality guarantee or Good Manufacturing Practices certification to make sure all the ingredients listed on the bottle are actually in the product and the product is free from harmful contaminants.

Vitamins for Teens: Shoes

Lucky for you (and your teen), we have you covered. USANA’s Body Rox™ is specifically formulated to help fill the gaps in a poor diet and help meet nutritional needs of growing teens. It is a convenient way to help your teens obtain the optimal amounts of micronutrients they need to perform at their mental and physical best every day.*

For more information about Body Rox, visit Ask the Scientists.

Set an Example of Healthy Habits

Now the question is how to get your teen to establish healthy dietary habits that will last a lifetime. There’s no one answer, but studies show that parents who encourage healthy behaviors are more likely to have children who develop good eating habits, are more active, and are healthier overall.

One way to help teens develop great eating habits is by cooking as a family. Teaching teens good cooking skills develops healthier eaters. And cooking and eating with your kids also helps you set an example for healthy eating that kids can mimic (sensible portions, good choices, and more).

Vitamins for Teens: backpackBy assessing your own diet, supplementation, and lifestyle, this can help your teen do likewise and put them on the path toward establishing lasting, beneficial habits.

East Coast Life Solutions is dedicated and interesting to helping families become more healthy. We offer 28 Day Plans for Health Lifestyle Living. Inquire through our contact information. Body Rox

 

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Self Care for Healthy Moms

My Mother and Her Garden

The heavy smell of wet soil, prickly vines brushing against my tiny fingers, running up and down row after row of green sprouts stretching toward the summer sun. These are some of my earliest memories. All because my mother raised me and my brothers out in the family garden.

As I grew older, the garden grew larger. She planted and pruned many fruit trees and bushes of tart raspberries and blackberries that would stain your fingers purple no matter how much you licked them. By late summer, she was filling musty cardboard boxes with everything she needed to make batches of fresh salsa, spaghetti sauce, raspberry jam, peach syrup, strawberry rhubarb pie, spicy garlic pickles, and much more.

My mom would frequently pull carrots out of dirt and hand them to me to eat. Yeah sure, I ate them and they were good, but it wasn’t a Snickers bar or a Twinkie. Still, she was persistent and continued making dinners using as many fresh fruits and vegetables as she could. And my body couldn’t resist—with time I grew to love eating vegetables, tomatoes in particular.

The Mother’s Lifestyle

Many of you are, or plan to be, mothers. And every day you may be asking yourself how you can balance the task of raising a family and also taking care of yourself. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve begun to realize just how challenging and stressful it was for my mother to raise four boys, care for her massive garden, and keep her health strong.

For all mothers, it’s a daunting challenge full of responsibility and tried patience. It’s not just like a job or hobby where you get to go home every day and have weekends off. It’s a lifestyle—a way of living. And it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t always respect your health and wellness.

small survey showed that 43 percent of new moms only get about 5.5 hours of sleep per day and that roughly 62 percent of women under 50 who gave birth last year are also in the workforce.

Another study showed that 8 of 10 moms described parenting as “exhausting… but fun.” And that many millennial mothers feel that parenting has become increasingly competitive. Perhaps due to the rise of social media, 3 out of 4 admitted that it’s important to try to be the “perfect” mom.

On top of it all, mothers are also the primary decision-makers when it comes to their family’s health. While the times are a changing, they are still the primary grocery shoppers and meal preparers in the family.

Care for Yourself and Carry On

It seems crystal clear—if you’re a mom, then not only do you work harder than most, but you deserve a break more than most. Even with kids running around the house, your health is still important. After all, how can you care for those who matter most to you if you don’t care for yourself?

Here are a few ways moms have been able to care for themselves:

  • Get together with friends or plan a mom’s night. Many moms struggle because they feel isolated. So get together with your friends and just talk and have a good time. It might be best to arrange for someone to watch your little ones. That way you can leave the house for a bit and go somewhere fun and relaxing. But if you can’t, then just have your friends come over. Who cares how messy the house is and how crazy your kids are? You can all talk, laugh, and realize you’re not alone.
  •  Take a class each week. Maybe you want to do yoga or take a spin class or finally learn how to paint. What matters is that you continue learning and chasing your personal goals. If you can, arrange for a way to attend a weekly class. You’ll be able to meet new friends, do new things, and keep your body and mind engaged.
  • Enjoy the small things. Little reminders to have joy and feel calm can go a long way. You could end your day with a hot cup of tea or by reading a book. Maybe you love taking short walks or sitting on the front porch. Find those little things that make you smile and make time for them each day.
  • Count your blessings. It’s official, being grateful may actually make you a happier person. So instead of thinking about what you don’t have, take time to reflect on the good things in front of you. Right now, make a list of five things you’re thankful for. Then add five more things to that list each day. Soon, you’ll have a hundred reasons to smile and hold your head high.
  • Ask for help. This can be tough. No one wants to feel like they’ve failed. And sometimes asking for help can make us feel like we’re giving up. But the simple truth is, there are probably many people in your life who would love to help you out. Ask your family, friends, community organizations, and maybe even co-workers for support. Maybe with some help, you can arrange to go out with friends or a significant other and have a refreshing break.
  • Care for your health. Being a mother is both mentally and physically demanding. You must take time each day to take care of your health. Have an evening routine that is calming for everyone. Maybe that way you can get to sleep early. Don’t skip meals and try to eat as healthy as you can. And you may be exhausted, but make sure you’re exercising a little bit each day. Nutritional supplements can also help fill in the gaps between what your body needs and what it gets on your busy schedule.

Building a Legacy of Health

Last weekend, my wife and I started digging and planting our own garden. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but it will be worth it. We really want to make our own fresh salsa and spaghetti sauce. If my mother hadn’t surrounded me with fresh fruits and vegetables when I was a kid, I doubt we’d be putting so much time and effort into growing them for ourselves. And I can’t wait for the day when my children take their first bite of a juicy, tangy tomato grown in the very garden that they play in.

It’s really that simple. My mother passed her healthy habits down to me, which I hope to pass on to my children. That’s how health comes full circle. And it can all start with a mother’s example.

USANA provides a number of premium supplements that can help you build your legacy of health and wellness. Prenatal CellSentials™ is a great way for expecting mothers to get the vital nutrients they need. Body Rox™ and Usanimals™ are perfect for helping your teens and little ones get vitamins and minerals they need for healthy growth and development.*

Check out our Specials to see our USANA Mother’s Day Gifts at http://www.eastcoastlifesolutions.com .

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

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WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO TAKE SUPPLEMENTS AND VITAMINS?

best time of day to take supplements

Taking supplements is an important way to meet nutrient needs and fill nutrition gaps that may be present in your diet. USANA® Nutritional supplements provide directions for use on every label. Some product labels recommend that you take the tablets in divided doses (example: two tablets in the morning and two in the evening) or spread throughout the day.

Taking vitamins and minerals in divided daily doses (with a meal or at least some type of food) is preferred. It helps with proper dissolution and absorption (the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, K, and E need a little fat for absorption), and it helps you maintain a good blood profile of important nutrients to support your health.

A morning meal (breakfast) is a great time to take your first dose of CellSentials™Body Rox™Usanimals™, CellSentials Prenatal or the HealthPak™. Since many of us eat breakfast at home, taking your vitamins and minerals at that time is a convenient way to start your day off right. In addition, the B vitamins in your CellSentials will help to convert food to cellular energy for a strong way to start the day. Your evening meal is a good time to take your second dose of CellSentials, Body Rox, or Usanimals.

If lunch is a more convenient time for you to take your supplements, then consume your supplements with lunch. The most important point is that you consume your vitamins and minerals with food, to help with proper dissolution and absorption. Only you can decide the best time to take supplements.

Calcium and magnesium supplements can be taken throughout the day, in divided doses, and even right before bed. The form of calcium you use determines if you should take it with a meal, snack, or on an empty stomach. Calcium carbonate requires the presence of food for better absorption. Calcium citrate can be taken with or without food, as it does not require food for absorption. USANA MagneCal D™ is best taken with a meal or a light snack.

Supplemental calcium is best in smaller, more frequent doses to support absorption.

Digestion supplements like USANA Digestive Enzyme should be taken right before you eat to help you digest food more efficiently.

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Supplements: The Gift of Health

Supplements: Gift Box

 

My family has a variety of interests, so finding the perfect gift for everyone can be difficult. Especially because I try and look for gifts that are simple and meaningful. So I thought, what’s more meaningful than the gift of health? This year I’ve decided to supplement everyone’s holiday with just that—supplements.

Supplements Ideas for the Whole Family

The expectant mother; aka, my wife

Supplements: Vitamin D

This year is especially exciting for the two of us because my wife is currently expecting our first baby. While a lot of what is on her gift list revolves around that, I added a couple things to my USANA shopping cart after her last checkup.

Her doctor told us he recommends women supplement their Prenatal Supplements with vitamin D—especially those pregnant through the winter months—and calcium.

Our bodies rely on vitamin D for normal bone mineralization and growth, and it also helps us maintain muscle strength and coordination, cardiovascular health, and even helps immune support. And when consumed by the mother, those benefits are passed along to the developing baby. The thing is, we don’t naturally produce vitamin D, and most people don’t get enough through food and sun exposure alone.*

Calcium is another nutrient babies need plenty of to help them develop. Like Vitamin D, our bodies don’t naturally produce it, and if the mother isn’t getting enough for both herself and the baby in her diet, the baby will leach it from her. This can lead to potential calcium deficiency. That’s where a calcium supplement comes in.*

Gift ideas: Vitamin D and Active Calcium Chewable

The active grandmother; aka, my mom

Our holidays involve a lot of family time, and that means tons of activities. I’m not going to tell you how old my mom is—mostly because that would not bode well for me—but I will tell you she has said, “at my age it’s important to stay active” more than once. Her favorite activity is most definitely playing with her grandkids. So I’m going to help her out and gift wrap a case of Rev3 for the extra energy she’ll need.

Another thing that marks our holiday festivities is a lot of food. My mom is one of those people who spends so much time cooking and making sure everyone else is taken care of that she forgets to take care of herself. And, ironically, that means missing meals.

Does this sound familiar?

This is why I’m going to include a bag of Nutrimeal™ meal-replacement shake in her stocking—for the times she says she’s too busy to eat.

Gift ideas: Rev3 Energy Drink and Nutrimeal

Supplements: Rev 3

The retired grandfather; aka, my dad

Again, like my mom, my dad is still pretty active. But through natural aging, he doesn’t move or see as well as he used to. So this year I’m helping give his joints and eyes all the support they can get.

For his joints, he’s getting a bottle of Procosa®. The InCelligence Joint-Support Complex in Procosa was created using a unique combination of Meriva bioavailable curcumin with high-quality glucosamine hydrochloride, so it is great for supporting and maintaining healthy joint function.* This will help his joints function so he can try to keep up with my mom.

The holidays wouldn’t be the same for my dad if he couldn’t enjoy the lights. In fact, one of our longest lasting traditions is visiting our local Christmas village. This is why he’s also getting Visionex®, to help protect his eyes by providing nutrients essential for eye health and antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals.*

Gift ideas: Procosa® and Visionex®

Supplements: Visionex

College-bound teens; aka, my nieces and nephews

Both my brother and sister have 17-year-old daughters and 15-year-old sons. I don’t know a more active group of teenagers. All four of their lives revolve around classes, school clubs, and extracurricular activities that will look good on college applications. Between them, they tick off nearly every sport and club you can think of.

Because it takes a lot to stay as active as they are, I think the best gift I can give them is BodyRox™—to make sure they get all the nutrients they need to stay at their physical and mental best.*

And, speaking of mental best, the older two are also getting Ginkgo-PS™. As they finish up their time in high school and transition into college, getting the right kind of acute memory function and cognition support is going to be extremely important.*

Gift ideas: Body Body Rox and Ginkgo-PS™Ginkgo-PS

With the help of these supplements, I think my gifts are going to be everyone’s favorites. But these are just my USANA supplement gift ideas. Which USANA supplements are you most looking forward to giving and/or receiving for the holidays this year?

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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