Supplement facts you need to know

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Supplements ... by Karli Taylor

In the United States alone, about 20 billion dollars annually are spent on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other nutritional products. However, studies still show that people are lacking a good foundation in basic supplement information to help them make informed decisions about which products might best suit their individual needs. Here are some supplement facts that can help save you time and money  and get the most out of the products you use.

Natural vitamins are not better than synthetic vitamins.
A common mistake is that vitamins made in nature are superior to synthetically-made vitamins. The fact is that the chemical structure of synthetic and natural vitamins is basically identical. In other words, synthetic vitamin C looks the same as natural vitamin C. This means that your body cannot tell the difference between them. In some instances, the absorption of vitamins can differ between natural and synthetic, but this does not always favor natural vitamins. For example, folic acid, common among prenatal vitamins, is actually the synthetic version of the B vitamin, folate. Folic acid is used in prenatal vitamins because it is better absorbed.

Soy can help reduce cholesterol levels.
Many people have heard that soy may help cholesterol levels but most have no idea how much might help. For soy to have an impact on cholesterol, studies show between 25 to 50 grams of soy per day is going to be needed. So, those who are supplementing with soy-containing foods and/or supplements and not seeing a reduction in cholesterol may simply not be eating enough.

Vitamins do not give us energy.
Some people may take massive amounts of vitamins (especially B vitamins) in the hopes that they will provide more pep to get through hectic days. This is why you often see a lot of B vitamins in energy drinks. However, a problem arises when it becomes known that vitamins do not contain calories- therefore they contain no useable energy! Vitamins do help us extract energy from food and process it. In a malnourished person, such vitamins may indeed help, but for those who eat an even halfway decent diet, vitamins alone are unlikely to improve energy levels.

Glucosamine may help arthritis.
Many studies over the last several years found that glucosamine may help reduce arthritis-related pain. For glucosamine to work, you must have osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis results when the cartilage between bones wears away. It is the most common type of arthritis and is the type that responds best to glucosamine. While the degree of osteoarthritis and length of time you have it may impact success with this nutrient, studies tend show that four to eight weeks of glucosamine supplementation may be needed before results are observed.

Natural does not always mean safe.
A common mantra repeated on many web sites today is that because supplements are natural, they are automatically safe for everyone. On the contrary, some supplements, if used by the wrong people may have significant side effects. For example, St. John’s Wort, which is typically used for depression, may interact with not only antidepressant drugs but also those used to treat cancer and AIDS. Also, Vitamin E might reduce the blood’s ability to clot. This is the reason why doctors typically tell their patients to stop
taking E prior to any operation.

When Was The Last Time You Looked At The Most Important Part Of Your Home?

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Did you know that the roof of your home is exposed to maximum stress and strain? Yes, the roof experiences the maximum exposure to natural elements and also has to take the full brunt of the changes in weather and external environmental conditions. It is also the least looked after structure within the house. Most of us go in for wall upgrades like a new coat of paint or maybe an installation of a bathtub or a Jacuzzi in our bathrooms, but how many of us go in for regular roof repair or roof upgrade? For most people the last time they saw their roof was when it was constructed, or when they last cleaned the gutters. Like any structure, if a roof is not maintained properly will deteriorate and get damaged. In spite of the improvement in roofing designs in recent years, roofs still have a relatively shorter life that the walls. This is a direct result of both the vertical as well as the horizontal stresses that the roof experiences. There are many things that cause roof damage; here at the 10 most common factors:

  1. Earthquake and other natural disasters.
  2. Incorrect design.
  3. Extreme environmental conditions prevailing outside like snow, hail storm or gust of wind.
  4. Poor material used in the construction of roof. .
  5. Improper shielding from water and direct sunlight.
  6. Thinner layer than advised in the location where the roof has been installed
  7. Presence of hanging trees and branches on a roof.
  8. Lack of proper maintenance during the life of a roof.
  9. Lightning.
  10. Age of a roof.

These are just a few of the factors that can contribute to damage on a roof. SB Roofing knows that regular roof maintenance and roof inspection is key to keeping your roof "alive." If you haven't checked out your roof in a long time or if you cant even remember the last time you did, contact us today and we'll be happy to assist you in any way possible regarding your roof.

Thanksgiving Fitness

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Thanksgiving Fitness ... by Karli Taylor

Can you believe that it’s almost Thanksgiving??? I'm sure those of you who are preparing your family feast are already starting to plan your menu- so today I want to offer some suggestions to help make this year's feast a little easier on the waistline.

By making just a few simple substitutions, you can make a traditional Turkey Day feast without overdoing the fat and calories.

When making mashed potatoes, try using skim milk instead of whole  and either non-fat plain yogurt or non-fat plain sour cream instead of butter. Like the butter flavor? Use half butter and half sour cream- OR - use something like Molly Mc Butter to get the flavor and not the fat. If you want to cut down on your starches, try making mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes.

Do you make yams with brown sugar? Try using half of the amount of sugar and adding either peaches or mandarin oranges to the dish for sweetness- make sure you use the ones canned in juice and not syrup!

If you really want to save calories, instead of making both mashed and sweet potatoes, why don't you make mashed sweet potatoes? They have become one of my favorites over the years. This way you can have a dinner roll or two without feeling too guilty.

What other traditional dishes do you make and how do you think you can make them lighter? I'm sure everyone will be thankful for the tips when they don't have to unbutton their pants at the dinner table.
What if you are a guest and have no say as to how the dinner is prepared? What can you do to make things easier on your belt buckle without acting funny at the dinner table?

  • Eat slowly! Take your time between mouthfuls- you will get full on less food.  If this is challenging for you, take a sip of water in between bites to occupy yourself.  You’ll be surprised how much this trick slows you down.
  • Choose white meat instead of dark meat, and take off the skin.
  • Pick one kind of potato- no need for both.
  • Don't eat things you can have anytime- splurge on things that you only get once or twice a year and ENJOY them.
  • Fill your plate with Veggies.
  • Use condiments sparingly- you would be surprised how many calories you will save by just being conscious.
  • Help with the dishes- walking back and forth to clear the table will help get your metabolism going again and will keep you from picking after you are full

Any tips to share?

Root Canal Treatment And Procedure

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The root canal treatment involves removal of the infected tissue and root channels. The hollowed cavity is then filled with an inert substance like gutta-percha. The infected pulp is removed by way of a metal file. Local anesthetic is generally administered and the patient experiences minimum discomfort during the treatment. After the operation the tooth is affixed with a cap or crown. Patients with a higher jaw pressure often need to be careful not to bite the tooth as the increased pressure impedes the healing process.

The success rate of the treatment depends on whether the infection has been removed thoroughly. If the dentist are unable to clean the interior parts of the tooth then the chances of the infection recurring are high. However, today the method has become more advanced with less time and more importantly less pain involved.

Our professional dental staff uses sophisticated techniques and tools like the use of microscopes. With the precision of these tools and advancement in technology the actual root canal surgery can take as less as an hour or so.

Root canal treatment becomes a viable option only when the pulp or inner soft tissue has been damaged by decay. A tooth with an abscess and swollen due to pus will almost always need a root canal treatment if not extraction. Root canal treatment is also considered as a preventive option where the tooth has cracked and the infection could spread to the interior. The dentist could remove the upper portion of the soft tissue which contains nerve fibers without operating on the canals. This preventive surgery is known as a pulpotomy. In case the tooth or molar is chipped then a simple cavity filling procedure is the best option. If you are experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort in your teeth contact us to set up an appointment.

Need A Countertop Replacement? Try Soapstone

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Soapstone - a form of metamorphic rock containing magnesium, dolomite and talc. It actually is called soapstone because touching its surface produces a tactile sensation that is remarkably similar to that of a dry bar of soap. Geologically, it is related to marble, which has long been valued as a surface in homes and buildings dating back to the Hellenistic Period. Unlike marble however, soapstone countertops are easier to care for and cost less than marble surfaces.

Why should you consider soapstone countertops? If you know a great deal of cooking, you no doubt are aware of the kind of abuse that countertops must endure, especially when it comes to stains. And if you don’t have a chopping board, then that can put a lot of strain onto your countertops.  In fact, soapstone - unlike its geologic cousin, marble - is chemically inert, and will not react with acidic nor alkaline substances. What this means is that virtually nothing you spill on it will cause permanent staining - simply wipe it off or remove it from the surface with a bit of fine sandpaper, and it's good as new!

Soapstone countertops also offer great aesthetic value; it is what is known as schist, meaning it has a grained appearance like wood and marble. There are many different colors, types and treatments for soapstone countertops; a nice thing about soapstone is that you will have few problems finding a type that will blend in nicely with any color scheme or décor. Soapstone offers versatility, durability, ease of care and a unique kind of beauty. Soapstone countertops are one of the best and ultimately, most economical ways to upgrade your kitchen; check out the many options available today!