Back to Basics

With all the workout trends and nutrition fads, it’s easy to overlook and forget the most fundamental basics. Sometimes we can get too caught up in the macronutrient levels and the caloric values of the foods that we are eating that the most simple, and yet critical, steps are missed. Life is busy enough, so if all else fails, remember these basic rules.

1. Drink LOTS of water. Filling up on water doesn’t just help with lowering your caloric intake, but it also aids in digestion. Staying properly hydrated supports proper kidney function and waste elimination. Did you know that the single biggest cause of painful kidney stones is chronic dehydration? Your body requires water to filter out minerals like calcium that can build up and wreak havoc in your system. So how much water do you need? The old adage “Eight 8-oz glasses a day” has now been revised to drinking according to your body weight. The rule of thumb is to drink 0.5 ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh each and every day. For example, a person weighing 150 pounds would need to drink 75 to 150 ounces of water each day depending on the climate and the activity level. Carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and remember to drink often!

2. Take a Multivitamin. Even if you strive to eat the most nutritious of diets, you may still be lacking in some key minerals and nutrients. In the Journal of American Medicine on June 19, 2002, they cited “…suboptimal intake of some vitamins is a risk factor for chronic diseases and common in the general population… Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone…it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.” The Council for Responsible Nutrition advocates “the regular use of multi-vitamins and a few other nutritional supplements can measurably improve the nutritional status and lifelong health of the American public.” Plus, clinical trials have shown that people taking vitamins high in B-complex report lower stress, improved mood, and even a boost in energy levels. Vitamins are necessary for proper growth, digestion, and nerve function. They enable the body to use carbohydrates, protein, and essential fats for energy and repair. Minerals serve as building blocks in cells and enzymes, and are the main components in bones and teeth. Antioxidants may repair oxidative damage to the body caused by free radicals, and strengthen the immune system. The Daily Essentials Multivitamin/Mineral/Antioxidant complex is designed to give your body the key nutrients it needs to function at its most optimal level.

3. Don’t omit the Omegas! Types of polyunsaturated fat such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are considered an essential fatty acid because the body cannot manufacture them. These essential fatty acids must be obtained through outside food sources. Omega-9 is a monounsaturated fat commonly found in vegetable and animal fats. While Omega-9 can often be found in healthy cooking oils and are produced by the body, it is still beneficial to take as a supplement. These essential fatty acids (aka Omegas) can increase energy, strengthen bones, burn fat, promote immunity, support a healthy heart, speed the healing process, and even enhance brain function! Rx Oils Flax is an Omega 3, 6, 9 complex supplement that uses organic plant-based oils, making it a great choice for not only vegetarians, but all who seek to bridge that essential fatty acid (EFA) gap that may exist because of food choices.

Remembering these basic steps will provide a stable platform that can help you on your path to wellness. And who doesn’t need a little extra help in their journey?