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Natural Truth: Supplements

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As you probably know, nutritional supplements are a large part of both our mainstream and alternative cultures today. These supplements provide concentrated amounts of one or more vitamins, minerals, or macro-nutrients in pill, powdered, or liquid form. Billions of dollars in nutritional supplements are sold each year around the world, and there are many passionate advocates and followers of various supplement regimes. But are supplements effective and health-promoting, are they a wise use of our time and resources, and are they safe?

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To answer these important questions based on reliable science, we need to consider two crucial factors. First is the background diet and health of a person. After all, modern-day diets and health levels can vary widely, influencing an individual’s nutrient intake, uptake, outtake – the amount of nutrients entering, being absorbed by, and exiting the body, in other words.

A second essential consideration is how any supplement’s dosage compares with daily recommended amounts, for example U.S. Daily Reference Intakes, for the nutrient(s) it contains. Popular multivitamin pills generally contain concentrations of vitamins and minerals at or near DRI levels. On the other hand, single nutrient and other specialty supplements can provide one-dose concentrations far in excess of DRI or equivalent recommended daily values.

The Scientific Evidence

Though the use of supplements is widespread today, with vast amounts of promotional information available from supplement advocates and manufacturers, these societal facts exist in sharp contrast to the actual science of supplementation. Simply put, for people in average health and following typical government eating guidelines in the developed world, there is strong evidence – for example cataloged here and summarized here – that nutritional supplementation is unnecessary (though two potential exceptions are discussed below).

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Curried Shrimp Salad Meal!

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A tasty reminder just how easy it is to create healthy and satisfying meals the HumanaNatura way and following HumanaNatura’s OurPlate guidelines. In the HumanaNatura approach, simple natural ingredients, rich seasonings, and just a bit of create flair reliably produce terrific meals in minutes that you and your entire family will enjoy. Here’s a great example.

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Our showcased meal starts with a stir-fry of shrimp and red onion, seasoned with garlic bits, diced ginger, black pepper, sesame seeds, and a few generous shakes of curry powder. As the stir-fry is cooking, we parboiled a few broccoli florets, which you can see in back. Once the sir-fry and broccoli are done, they’re quickly arranged, still warm, on a bed of mixed greens along with sliced cucumber and pear, and a scattering of grape tomatoes   It’s all garnished with  parsley, lemon, marjoram, just a bit of anise, and black pepper. A quick, optimally healthy, and delicious way to brighten your day at meal time!

Learn more about creating naturally delicious and optimally nutritious meals via OurPlate, HumanaNatura’s simple optimal eating guide and meal rating tool. And experience how this science-based and 100% natural approach to our daily meals can change the way you eat, feel, and live. Perfect your skills at making delicious and naturally healthy salad meals that follow the OurPlate guidelines via the Meals tab above, our popular article Perfect Salad Meals, or the Natural Eating section of our comprehensive Personal Health Program.

Once you have begun eating the HumanaNatura way, you can explore your many opportunities for new, more natural, and healthier life between meals – via HumanaNatura’s complete and naturally open-ended system for lifelong and lifewide health and fitness. Check out an overview of our health programs at The Four HumanaNatura Techniques.

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Money And Modern Health

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By Mark Lundegren

Behavioral research published this past week in the Journal of The American Medical Association reminds us that money matters in modern life, if we want to advance our personal and community health. Though most of us understand this intuitively, and there is broad research linking quality of life to economic factors, the new study sheds additional light on the link between financial and other modes of modern well-being. In particular, it suggests that even brief economic dislocations can have long-term quality of life impacts for us all.

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The new study, conducted by researchers at the New York State Medical University, examined almost 9,000 adolescents born in the United States between 1980 and 1984 – a period marked first by economic recession and then subsequent recovery. The research team found a strong correlation with the overall unemployment rate during birth and infancy in this time and later adolescent propensities for a variety of maladaptive and unhealthy behaviors, including drug use, gang affiliation, and arrest.

The research findings do not show or explain causal links but are nevertheless intriguing, in that they demonstrate (and can be used to estimate) the community and societal costs associated with uneven economic conditions and employment security. In our own time of economic dislocation – one that is far deeper and broader than in the study period – the findings remind us we are likely paying enormous immediate and longer-term social costs for past and current economic policies favoring income growth over economic security. At the very least, the new research should compel us all to consider how less stable economics are affecting us and our larger social environment – and how this instability might be better mitigated in the interests of progressive health.

If you would like to learn more about how you and your community can begin to reduce the risk of economic disruptions and avoid the high health and quality of life costs they bring, it may be time to review HumanaNatura’s comprehensive Community Health Program. Our holistic and science-based approach to health-centered community leadership provides the tools to build your community along 12 modern natural health dimensions, including reducing community vulnerability to cyclical boom and bust economics…in favor of sustainable, dependable, and health-enabling economic security.

Mark Lundegren is the founder of HumanaNatura.

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