Ahh, yes, ‘tis the season…to be stressed. Unfortunately, not a lot of good comes from holiday stress. Often, we find ourselves drinking more alcohol, eating more sugar and sleeping less as a result. In fact, instead of feeling the good cheer of the season, more than half of us end up feeling tired, stressed and irritable during this time of year according to the American Psychological Association. So what can you do to keep a lid on stress and enjoy the holidays? Here are 10 tips to help you stay healthy and, relatively, calm.
The superhero of vitamins, there isn't much Vitamin B can't do. It gives us energy, lifts our mood, helps with metabolism, supports healthy nervous, reproductive and immune systems while aiding the heart and mind, too. Basically, it's essential to your health. But, it’s also water soluble, which means it can’t be stored in your body. This makes it all the more important to take your B’s every day. Here’s what you’re missing if you don’t.
What does bioavailability mean? Simply put, it's how nutrients are absorbed by the body. Nutrients that are bioavailable are easy for your body to utilize.
Why do we care about it? Todd Runestad, ingredients and supplements editor, New Hope Network, and advisor to Tespo puts it simply: “Bioavailability is the amount of an ingredient circulating in your blood. If an ingredient doesn’t get absorbed or metabolized, it won’t help your health.”
The sweet season is upon us. Yet more than ever before, we have reason to believe sugar isn’t quite as sweet as it makes itself out to be.
Whether you're talking about heart disease or diabetes, inflammation or immunity, sugar has a hand in a long list of ailments. And it’s in everything, too. Look at the labels for pretzels and peanut butter, pizza crusts, sauces, cereals and yogurts. It’s abundant in energy bars and drinks as well. It’s even in supplements. In fact, give your kids vitamin gummies and you might as well be giving them candy.