What are the signs of over-use of stimulants?
Calcium is critical for healthy, strong bones. When we are babies, milk and calcium are a huge part of our nutritional intake. It is an essential building block for growth.
Our calcium intake tends to decline as we get older. And, women tend to need more calcium, not less.
So, what happens when you stop getting the daily calcium required? Or, what happens if you are lactose intolerant and unable to take in the dairy products that supply you with Calcium?
Not getting enough calcium accelerates bone loss, regardless of age. Our bodies are not able to produce calcium. In order to get the daily nutrients, you must consume calcium from outside sources, such as supplements, dairy products and calcium-rich foods. It is recommended that we get 1000-1200 mg as the daily allowance of Calcium, depending on our age and sex. This will help maintain strong bones, preventing Osteopenia (Pre-Osteoporosis) and Osteoporosis.
Doctors are able to detect deterioration of bones through a test called a DEXA or a bone density scan. If detected early, adding in a daily calcium supplement can help prevent weakening or deterioration of our bones, which are vital for physical health during aging.
In addition to calcium, vitamin D is a good supplement to take because it assists with the absorption of calcium needed for bone health. If you are not sure if you are getting the amount of daily nutrients your body needs, check in with your healthcare professional for their recommendations.
Stimulants vs Supplements: What’s the difference?
The conversation became active, even passionate, with a lot of opinions and ideas. As a result, we have combined the conversation below. Enjoy… and jump in with your thoughts.
What is the difference between a Stimulant vs Supplement?
“A stimulant is something less natural…with the purpose of giving more immediate results.”, says Cody. “Caffeine is an easy example.”
Chris offers, “A supplement is intended to mend a deficiency in your body.”
“It’s the difference between short-term vs long-term effects,” says Michelle. “A stimulant such as caffeine gets a person going. Doctor’s tend to guide patients to supplements, such as Vitamin D or B12.”
“I agree, a stimulant is taken for a specific purpose, that drink that revs you up,” Maylo offers. “I like to say, supplements FEED your body and stimulants SPEED your body.”
Tom adds, “To me, its a classification for either stimulants or supplements. Some are strong enough to be controlled, others not.”
But, we all use stimulants to pep us up, at times. Are stimulants harmful?
“Harmful, or just not that helpful at some point? I can quickly tell that I’m consuming too much caffeine…” says Chris.
“Me, too. I can always use stimulants as a barometer for personal balance.” Rebecca adds, “When the pressures of life are getting to me, my consumption of caffeine and sugar increases.”
Cody laughs, “You have to manage too much of a good thing!”
“There’s the pendulum with stimulants, right?” says Tom. “Everything in moderation. And, the sooner you can get back to healthy activities the better.”
“Yes, but…you can’t minimize the effect of stimulants.” Maylo jumps in, “What is ok for one, may be dangerous for another. What medications are you taking? What conflicting side effects?” Maylo has fought systemic lupus much of her life, “It’s easy to throw things out of balance…”
In summary, it seems that what Maylo has to offer in this conversation is a hard, but steady truth. What is good for one doesn’t always hold true for another. The best way to find the right solution for you is to truly notice how each one makes you feel.
This conversation continued on for some time. And, like any good thing, must be moderated. We went on to discuss how to spot… and manage… over-reliance…or even a dependency. We will discuss working with clients who are ‘burning the candle at both ends’. How can we guide them in a healthy direction that still allows them to accomplish their goals? I hope you’ll come back over the next couple of weeks to follow this series.
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Why sunlight? There are several benefits that sunlight has on the human body. First and foremost, is the vitamin D that the sun provides. When out in the sunlight, the body absorbs vitamin D through the skin and is converted to a state that the body can use. A minimum of 30 minutes a day is recommended.
This is easy to do year round if you live in a warmer climate, but what about cooler climates? That’s where vitamin D supplements may be needed. If you are concerned whether or not you are getting your daily allowance of vitamin D, especially during the winter months, please consult your healthcare professional for more information.
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Beginners Luck Green Smoothie + Our Protein Boost
The Beginner's Luck Green Smoothie is a great beginner friendly green smoothie. It's full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— AND tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit.Prep Time 2 minutesCook Time 3 minutesTotal Time 5 minutesServings 1Calories 277 kcal
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup water
- .5 cup pineapple*
- .5 cup mango*
- 1 banana peeled
- 1/4 cup Vanilla (or flavorless) Protein Powder
Place spinach and water in blender. Puree until smooth.
Add fruit and blend again.
*Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
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