Every new year many of us make resolutions focused on healthier living. For many, that means changing certain habits (good or bad), increasing physical activity, and eating a healthier diet. But we know it can be hard to stick to some of the resolutions – otherwise we wouldn’t be making them every year! Yet people continue to make commitments to healthier living because we know that we tend to feel a lot better when our bodies are healthy.
We at Pinnaclife are dedicated to helping people on the path to healthier and happier living and it is our goal to provide you with tools to help you on your journey – whether in the form of our nutritional supplements or just in quality health information. So here is some general information that we hope you find helpful throughout your journey to better health.
Many, including myself, would say that a healthy diet is the most important aspect of healthy living. As they say, you are what you eat – literally – your body is built from the ingredients you consume.
You cannot expect to build a healthy body unless you are actively providing it with the materials it needs. If one of your goals is to “build a new and healthier you,” it would make sense that you pay attention to the nutrients you are (or aren’t) consuming.
Remember that a healthy diet doesn’t just mean eating less. It’s not just about calories, carbs, fats, fiber, and protein. We need to always be conscious of the micronutrients – the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants – that your cells need to thrive.
You can eat a low calorie, low fat, low carb diet that is completely void of the nutrients your body needs and while you may lose weight, you are not on a path to healthy living because you are not feeding your body what it needs. This type of restrictive approach to healthy eating often leaves people feeling hungry, unsatisfied, tired, and malnourished because it lacks micronutrients.
It is best to naturally obtain micronutrients and fiber from your diet, however we understand that it is not always possible, practical, or economical for people to do so.1,2 So we encourage the use of nutritional supplements in combination with a healthy diet to make sure you provide your body with all the tools it needs daily. Increasing your daily intake of micronutrients and fiber may also help curb food cravings, hunger pangs, and overeating while improving feelings of fullness (satiety).3–5
Consider incorporating the Pinnaclife Essential Health Collection to your daily routine to provide your body with a solid nutritional basis every day, even when you might slip a little bit on your healthy diet. The Essential Health Collection provides:
Visit any gym in January and you’ll see just how many people intend to increase their physical activity in the new year. The problem with this is that many people jump head first into an over-the-top workout program without properly preparing their body to handle the strenuous activity.
This can be very damaging to the body not just because of physical injuries, but also on a cellular level as the body has to deal with increased metabolic waste and free-radicals.6–9 This problem can be amplified if a person is also following a restrictive diet plan and selecting inappropriate foods that are not just low on calories, but also low on micronutrients including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
When you start increasing your workout regimen, it is important to give your body adequate nutritional support.6–9 Consider incorporating some of the following nutrients to provide your body a wide variety of nutrients known to keep your body running at an optimal level, especially during increased physical activity:
It’s well established that most people do not get enough quality sleep on a routine basis.10,11 There are a lot of steps you can take to improve overall sleep quality, and help you get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep. Turning off the TV and going to bed at a regular time every night are common resolutions people make that can certainly help, however it is sometimes difficult to change your routine.
Healthy sleep habits include:
If you are trying to get your body into a regular sleep pattern you can adopt a number of the tips listed above, and you may also find it helpful to incorporate melatonin using it at the same time every evening – about 30 minutes before you would like to fall asleep.12–14
Melatonin is responsible for regulating your sleep and wake cycles (circadian rhythm) and can be a safe and effective way to promote a regular sleep pattern.12,15 You should avoid using antihistamine and stronger prescription sleep aids as the sleep they produce is not the quality REM-sleep that you need, they can be addictive, and they have been associated with long-term effects such as cognitive impairment, dementia, and even Alzheimer’s especially with prolonged or repeated use.16–18
Consider combining Pinnaclife Sleep Support and D3+Magnesium to provide a safe and effective 2 mg dose of melatonin, plus the calming and relaxing effects from magnesium and curcumin.19–22 Antioxidant support from Olivamine 10 Max is also provided at this critical “rest and repair” phase to help your body recover from the stress of the day.
We hope that this new year you can stick to your resolutions, and make some meaningful lifestyle changes to improve your overall health status. We think that Pinnaclife nutritional supplements can play an important role in helping you accomplish your goals.
If you choose to include supplements in your routine, it is important to find products that you can trust to be safe and effective – using quality ingredients with a long history of safe and effective use, and science to support their health benefits. Always ask your self what you expect the supplement to accomplish and if your expectations are reasonable. Generally, if something sounds too good to be true - it probably is - so when you see "lose weight fast without changing your diet or exercise" you should definitely be skeptical!
These are good words to live by for a lot of things - but especially when related to things like diet, exercise, supplements, and medications. One of the biggest contributors to failed lifestyle changes is that people try too much too fast and either hurt themselves or get overwhelmed and burn out.
If you haven't been working out for a long time, don't just just straight into an intense program that has you working out 5+ days a week for hours at a time - you're setting yourself up for injury and failure. Start low - go slow! Start increasing your physical activity over several weeks, walking more, stretching, slowly increasing speed, etc.
You want to eat healthier? Keep it simple! You can make tremendous progress just by focusing on eating more natural foods, especially vegetables, and cutting out processed foods - especially refined sugars. You don't need to jump head first into ketogenic, Whole 30, gluten-free, vegan, etc, etc. Start low and go slow!
As you start to incorporate more healthy vegetables and eliminate refined sugars you can start looking at next steps. The whole point is to make lasting changes - not temporary fixes. Set yourself up for long-term success!
As always, you should discuss your diet, exercise, and/or decision to use nutritional supplements with a trusted and licensed health care provider that has a working knowledge on the use of nutritional supplements and is familiar with your own personal medical history.
Kyle Hilsabeck, PharmD., is the Vice President of Pharmaceutical Affairs at McCord Holdings and licensed by the Iowa Board of Pharmacy. He completed bachelors degrees in biology and biochemistry at Wartburg College before earning his Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Upon graduation, he completed a community pharmacy practice residency through the University of Iowa where he focused primarily on nutritional aspects of care including the use of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. He has taught courses for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy on vitamins, minerals, herbs, and nutritional supplements and given many presentations on the subject as well. He has a passion for improving patient care specifically with regards to the safety and quality of the nutritional supplements and health information people use.
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