To me, health starts from the inside out. From an early age, my mom instilled in me the importance of having a solid health and beauty routine. When it comes to your body, you deserve the best. But even more important is knowing exactly what your body needs to function optimally.
Vitamins should supplement your nutrition, not replace it.
What is the difference between food grade and pharmaceutical grade supplements? The difference is like coal and diamonds.
Food grade supplements may or may not follow good manufacturing practices and may or may not contain what is actually listed on the label. Many times the raw materials may contain only 90% or less of the listed ingredients along with 10% of more of fillers. The FDA allows questionable fillers and binders such as: cork by products, chemical dyes, sodium benzoate, dextrose, corn starch, lactose, and propylene glycol to name a few. Lactose and corn are known allergens for some people. In most cases, impure ingredients are used by many companies.
There is a lack of bioavailability in food-grade vitamins, which means that they do not even absorb in the body. If these supplements absorb poorly in the body, how can you expect to get all the good nutrition your body deserves? Surprisingly these ingredients are legal, but what are the nutritional benefits if you really don’t know what you are taking. Reports have indicated that some of these ingredients can be toxic at certain levels with prolonged use. And these food grade supplements are found at local markets and pharmacies such as Costco, GNC, and CVS.
There are basically three different grades of raw materials used in products, they are:
- Pharmaceutical Grade – meets pharmaceutical standards
- Food Grade – meets standards set for human consumption
- Feed Grade – meets standards set for animal consumption
On the other hand, pharmaceutical grade supplements must meet the USP, or the United States Pharmacopeia standards. The USP provides assurance to consumers of the purity of the capsule or tablet. It must contain in excess of 99% of the ingredients stated with no binders, fillers, dyes, or unknown substances. Bioavailability is also much higher in pharmaceutical based supplements than that of store or food grade vitamins, as you do have to be sick or go through a doctor to get pharmaceutical grade supplements.
Pharmaceutical grade means that the product has been manufactured under GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) conditions and is pure, safe and reliable. Under GMP every step of the process is followed using established procedures to assure the best quality possible. This includes training, equipment, raw materials, and facilities. Processing and manufacturing can be traced back to the date, time, lot number, and equipment used.
Choosing a vitamin or nutrient supplement is going to be imperative for your life today and into the future. If you are already investing in supplements, consider upgrading to a pharmaceutical supplement that gives you benefits and helps you work towards a good quality of life.
When choosing a company to purchase your nutritional supplements from, you want a company that will insure what is printed on the label is actually in the bottle. Their processing facilities are state of the art and well maintained and controlled for cleanliness and are not shy to allow the public to inspect their facilities. Your chosen company should have a potency guarantee and will stand behind it. It may be certified by quality assurance agencies like the NSF, which is the Public Health and Safety Company.
I’m happy to share with you the brand I take and trust for the rest of my life. Contact me for details. Choose wisely. Your health depends on it.
Supplements are great for your immunity, digestion system, and cardiovascular health.
Due to our busy and stressful lifestyles today, usually the demands on your body are greater than the support it is getting. When we juggle a job, family, and a million other responsibilities, we neglect essential things we need to do to stay healthy, like quality of sleep, good nutrition, and a consistent fitness schedule.
Thoughts like “I wish I had more energy” or “I just don’t have the energy for that” are all too common in today’s conversations. If we’re all feeling drained, how are we supposed to know what having enough energy feels like?
The reality is most of us have busy lifestyles that leave us over-scheduled, tired, and drained. The demands of our work combined with lack of exercise and poor nutrition translate to fatigue and eventually persisting fatigue despite our best efforts to get rid of it. Too often do we rely on coffee and other caffeine-laced “energy” drinks to give us a boost we need to just get through the day. For some, even that’s not enough and they will resort to using stimulants to help them stay awake. But these only give us the illusion of more energy. Your brain is being tricked into feeling more awake and productive as a result of whatever stimulants you’ve used. You are not really energetic, but wired – running on empty. Eventually, you will pay the price.
The easiest way to know how having enough energy feels is to know how being really healthy feels. And far too many people these days have no idea what optimal health actually feels like. When you have plenty of energy, you will simply feel as you do on your best days.
Ready to take on the world.
When you feel like this you breathe a little more deeply, and you are happier. There’s no trace of headache or brain fog and you’ll be excited and enthusiastic about whatever you’re doing at that moment. You give out positive energy to people, and people can fill it. That’s what energy – real energy gives you. You cannot get it from a bottle or a pill. It’s a natural feeling that comes from within you when your body is working at its absolute best.
The Gut as your Second Brain
Hippocrates said: “All disease begins in the gut.” We all know that our guts process the food we eat, but did you know that gastrointestinal health can be the root cause for many other health issues including brain and mental health? As the barrier between your body and the outside world, the gut plays a big role in influencing our mood and well-being – for example, how we feel and react to stress.
What Supplements Do I Take?
Usana is my supplement of choice since 2015. Growing up, I never took vitamins, but because I was looking to improve my health and find a way to conquer my eating disorder at the time, I turned to supplementation and cellular nutrition ended up being a long-term solution for me to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Because of Usana, I feel healthier, more energetic, and my immune and digestive systems have improved dramatically. I used to have terrible allergies, and since taking probiotics and supplements, I no longer have to rely on taking over-the-counter allergy meds. I’ve also noticed better skin and undisturbed sleep.
Here are the Usana supplements I take on a daily basis:
- CellSentials: Core Minerals & Vita Antioxidant – Essential supplements formulated to nourish, protect, and renew optimal cellular health
- BiOmega: High-quality, ultra-pure fish oil supplement
- Proflavanol c100: Groundbreaking bioflavonoid and advanced vitamin C supplement; upgrade to Proflavanol c200
- CoQuinone 30: An optimal combination of Coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid; upgrade to CoQuinone 100
- Usana Probiotic: Probiotic food supplement for digestive and immune health
- Procosa: Unique joint-support supplement with vitamin C and the InCelligence Joint-Support Complex
- MagneCal D: A balanced magnesium and calcium supplement fortified with vitamin D
- Hepasil DTX: A balanced magnesium and calcium supplement fortified with vitamin D
- CopaPrime+: Advanced cognitive supplement formulated to support mental performance and healthy brain aging
- EstroPro: Plant-based support for women experiencing common symptoms of menopause
- Digestive Enzyme: Enzyme-containing digestive support supplement
- Vitamin D: USANA’s maximum-strength vitamin D supplement
- Visionex DS: Advanced eye-health supplement with increased levels of lutein
- Pure Rest: Fast-acting, sugar-free melatonin supplement that promotes the body’s natural sleep and wake cycles
- Proglucamune: Potent immune-support supplement with zinc and the InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex
When you are healthy and energetic, it will impact all aspects of your life too. You will be able to become a happier and positive person people want to surround yourself around. You will be able to perform better in your workplace. Your relationships and your lifestyle will improve because you will have the energy to put toward them instead of always being too tired to deal. You will be more engaged with people you talk to and be more productive in your spare time. You will also have an easier time sticking to an exercise program… and most importantly, live your life to the fullest.
If you haven’t checked out my story, I encourage you to take a peek to understand why to me, health is the first wealth.