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5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians

5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians
A vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy lifestyle, but it takes a little planning to eat a variety of foods to meet your dietary needs. Unfortunately, even the most carefully planned plant-based diet may lack key nutrients. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian, a recent convert or somewhere in between, make sure you’re getting key nutrients by including the foods below on your grocery list.

Calcium
This mineral is necessary for muscle contraction, blood vessel constriction, and hormone and enzyme secretion. A Purdue University study suggests plant sources alone may not fulfill your calcium needs. If you don’t consume dairy, you may need a dietary supplement.

On Your Grocery List: calcium-fortified soymilk (try Relivables® Fortified Soy Milk), fortified cereal and orange juice, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, bok choy

Iron
Dietary iron is needed for the creation of neurotransmitters and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. The human body doesn’t absorb plant-based (non-heme) iron as efficiently as animal-based (heme) iron, so vegetarians could be at risk for deficiency.

On Your Grocery List: spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, molasses, whole-wheat bread, peas, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, asparagus, strawberries

Vitamin B-12
This important vitamin, which contributes to a healthy nervous system and the creation of red blood cells and DNA, is available primarily in animal products. It’s essential for vegetarians — especially those who avoid dairy and eggs — to take a dietary supplement containing B-12.

On Your Grocery List: fortified cereals and veggie burgers, nutritional supplements like Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now®

Zinc
The function of over 300 enzymes in the human body and immune system health rely on zinc. Like iron, vegetarian sources of zinc are not as easily absorbed by the body, so make sure your dietary supplement contains zinc.

On Your Grocery List: white beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, fortified cereal, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds

Protein
Every cell in the human body needs protein. It is also necessary for building and repairing tissue. Vegetarian protein sources are often low in saturated fat and high in fiber, so eat up!

On Your Grocery List: beans, nuts, nut butters, peas, tofu, veggie burgers, soy nuts (try Relivables® Soy Nuts)

Note: All Reliv products mentioned in this Healthy Living Tip are vegetarian and vegan.

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv. Order now.

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July 13, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Soy, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nutritional Supplements… Worth the Price?

Ever ask yourself this question?

Nutritional Supplements… Worth the Price?

This is a great question and I am glad you asked it. Well, we all know that Inadequate Diet is a major cause of chronic disease – such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many others.  The need to supplement is not longer an option but a must. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand about nutritional supplements.

So how do you know what kind of supplement to take? There are tons of vitamins on the market shelves, everyone is saying buy this or that. We are highly deficient in this vitamin or that mineral. I think every year there is a new study on a new vitamin. So you are either taking a multi vitamin because you really don’t want to take handfuls of vitamins and minerals. Heck I bet most of you don’t know how may of each should you be taking. Can you overdose on vitamins and minerals? The answer to that is a very loud, “YES”.

Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were a company out there that created the perfect vitamin food? That everything worked in synergy? That there was a product that provided optimal levels of health-enhancing nutrients?

I am just glad there is!!!

But is it worth the price? Well, let me share with you an article that I found. Some great information.

Boomers and Recessionary Fears Drive Supplement Growth.

Let me know what you think of the article. Leave your comments below and remember if you found value in this posting share it with your family and friends by re-tweeting or sharing on facebook.

As for my overall opinion…. well lets just say I look forward to not being in pain, sick, and unhealthy. I would prefer prevention then spending my day visiting the doctors or getting prescriptions filled. That is a lot of time out of a persons day and a quality of life that I don’t want to ever experience.

So… go and get more information. Learn about the different nutritional supplements. My skepticism lead me to one company… where will yours lead you?

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

September 6, 2010 Posted by | Diets, Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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