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Amazing Wellness Summer 2018

Amazing Wellness helps make shopping for natural products fun and easy. All articles are packed with practical, usable information on nutritional supplements, personal care/beauty products, fitness, and natural foods and beverages. The latest information on real-life makeovers and success stories, expert advice, and quick recipe ideas are also included. Specific product recommendations are included in most articles to help shoppers make better buying decisions and stay up-to-date on new products sold at The Vitamin Shoppe.

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2 min
gut instincts

I recently read a statistic that stated upwards of 60 to 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases. Pause and read that number again. It seems staggering. So does this number: $100 billion a year. That’s how much digestive diseases and disorders cost the U.S. for care and hospitalization. Digestive diseases include acid reflux, gas, bloating, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, malabsorption, diarrhea, and constipation. Many of these can be attributed to a diet filled with processed foods and foods high in fat and calories. I suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), something researchers estimate 20-44 percent of the population in Western nations condend with. Many experts believe that it’s the direct result of eating a highly processed diet (guilty as charged). It can also be triggered…

1 min
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HEALTHY AGING ALL-STARS Slow down the aging process by eating a balanced diet, exercising, and taking supplements for healthy bones, joints, and eyes. Our experts tell you what else your body needs to age gracefully. SLEEP SOUNDLY Sleep is one of the most important things you can do to keep your body healthy. Find out how you can fall asleep—and stay asleep—for your well-being. THE HEALTH-MINDED PATH TO HAPPINESS A stand-up comic, a spiritual leader, and a wellness guru show us how to find happiness in an age of digital addiction, dispiriting news, and toxic overload.…

3 min
vitamin d

Vitamin D is sometimes called the “sunshine›vitamin” because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight. It’s a›fat-soluble›vitamin›in a family of compounds that includes›vitamins D1, D2, and D3. Vitamin›D has several important functions, and perhaps the most vital are regulating the absorption of›calcium›and›phosphorus, and facilitating normal› immune system›function. Getting a sufficient amount of›vitamin›D is important for normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. However it has a few other benefits you may not be aware of. Vitamin D Boosts Athletic Performance According to a review of previous studies published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, vitamin D supplements may help increase muscle strength in athletes, reduce injury, and improve athletic performance. In one study, athletes who received vitamin…

1 min
vitamin d may help psoriasis

Vitamin D is a relatively popular ingredient in topical creams and ointments used to treat psoriasis, but can supplemental D also be effective? That’s the question asked by Michelle Ingram, PhD, at Massey University in New Zealand. The study was intended to determine whether vitamin D supplements were more effective than placebo at easing psoriasis symptoms among 101 participants. The main findings of the study were inconclusive due to an unexpected increase in vitamin D levels in the placebo group, possibly due to sunlight. However, Ingram says, further analysis showed strong evidence of a link between higher levels of vitamin D and less severe psoriasis. “Interestingly, this relationship was only found in about two-thirds of our participants,” says Ingram, “suggesting that vitamin D may be beneficial for some people with psoriasis, yet…

1 min
pycnogenol is a traveler’s best friend

Good news for travelers. A new study shows that natural French maritime pine bark extract Pycnogenol, a powerful superantioxidant shown to boost blood circulation and act as a natural anti-inflammatory, is effective in reducing lower leg swelling (edema) and relieving jet lag often associated with long flights and road trips. Edema is one of the major risk factors of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can result from lack of activity or being confined in an airplane or car for long periods of time. Participants were tested for blood clots and vein compression before and after each flight. Results show that those who supplemented with Pycnogenol experienced significant improvement of their edema symptoms. Pycnogenol was also found to improve jet lag symptoms, helping travelers feel more rested.…

1 min
new guidelines for egg consumption

No need to skip your omelets and frittatas, because a new study finds eating up to 12 eggs per week for a year does not increase cardiovascular risk factors in people with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the research extends on a previous study that found similar results over a period of three months. These results have prompted a call for a review of the National Heart Foundation guidelines, which recommend just six eggs a week. While eggs are high in fat, they are full of vitamins, minerals, protein, and healthy omega-3 fats. The yolk is packed with nutrients, so there’s no need to opt for egg whites only. Also, eggs do not significantly raise cholesterol in the blood, the Mayo Clinic reports,…