An Extra Hour!

So here I am an hour early! Gotta love the return to Standard Time! I know my cell phone changes the hour automatically, but my kitchen clocks didn’t!  I got up went into the kitchen, had breakfast, checked my email, walked the dog, got dressed then looked at the clock and said, “oh no 7:45 I have to go! Joke’s on me it was only 6:45. No wonder the streets were so empty!  I got to the coffee hop a half hour before they opened! 

Now I’m relaxing enjoying my coffee–a nice way to spend my extra hour

Eat Plants

Enough said!

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so

—Genesis 1:29-30

Probiotics — The Good Bacteria

Our bodies are full of bacteria – good and bad.  Probiotics are good or beneficial bacteria.  They help the body in many ways; most notably the digestive system;.  Probiotics also can help improve mental health.

Probiotic supplements are easily found in vitamin stores, natural health food stores, even on Amazon.  Probiotics can also be obtained from foods.  Probiotic foods include yogurt (make sure the label says it contains live cultures), kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi, miso, kombucha, pickles – (basically fermented foods).

Probiotics need Prebiotics to live.  Prebiotics are dietary fibers that humans can’t digest   but feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics include raw vegetables, wheat fiber, onions (raw or cooked) and bananas.

 

Biotin

Biotin, also known as coenzyme R, Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, supports the health of the skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells; however the reason I take it is for hair growth as I lost a lot of hair due to radiation treatments.

Hair is made up of a protein called Keratin. Biotin is an essential ingredient in helping the body metabolize food into proteins including keratin. Dermatologist  Dr Richard Scher, believes taking the vitamin does improve the keratin infrastructure. 

I need all the help I can get, and I find that the biotin supplements work for me.  My hair is slowly but surely growing back!

 

Note: I am not advocating any particular brand of supplement, nor am I recommending that you take any particular supplement.  These posts are just me explaining what supplements I take and why.  You should always consult with your physician prior to taking any supplement.

Vitamin C

Another supplement I take regularly is Vitamin C. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin that helps the body make collagen, necessary for the formation and maintenance of connective tissue, including bones, blood vessels, and skin.  Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is vital for healing wounds, and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin C helps to repair and regenerate tissues, protect against heart disease, aid in the absorption of iron, prevent scurvy, and decrease total and LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Research indicates that vitamin C may help protect against a variety of cancers by combating free radicals, and helping neutralize the effects of nitrites (preservatives found in some packaged foods that may raise the risk of certain forms of cancer).  Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune function.

Vitamin C is readily obtained through fruits and vegetables, but given all its benefits, I often add a Vitamin C supplement to my regimen