I totally had to spell check "skepticism." That is one of those words I still have to sound out and still never looks right when I type it. Another one -- "responsibility." I know how to spell these words. They just look funny in print.
Well anyway, now that I know a little more about probiotics, I was happy to try some supplements from my new friends at drvita.com whose goal is to be the top supplier for the needs of consumers wishing to enhance their pursuit of a happy, healthy, and active lifestyle. Furthermore, they endeavor to create jobs and have made a pretty impressive start of it - 400 American jobs created to date. With great pay and benefits. Such an admirable pursuit for any new business when production costs are always cheaper overseas, right? (Lookit me being a little political! Yikes!)
Dr. Vita basically carries everything you would get a Whole Foods (chia seeds, coconut oil, vitamins, etc.) but at way better prices and they also sell a line of products under the DrVita brand banner. And they were troopers - we talked a lot about some of my bigger concerns -- that I just flat out hate the scent of lavender, that I didn't want to take anything that was billed as an appetite suppressant, I'm an insomniac, I can never relax, my ankle hurts, etc.
We arrived at samples of Magnesium and of Quercetin and Bromelain. Magnesium is to help me get some natural sleep and the other (please don't make me type that out over and over) is to reduce inflammation and joint pain.
Here is what I learned - and this is fascinating - - If you eat a balanced and healthy diet with adequate amounts of protein, you can gain some health benefits just by taking 150 mg of an effective magnesium supplement every day. Not only that, but if you eat like a typical American—many processed and refined foods, convenience foods, and junk foods—then you’re probably seriously magnesium deficient. Just the process of refining foods strips nutrients, including magnesium. Some examples that will make your eyes pop out of your skull with astonishment:
- Dry roasting nuts removes the highly nutritious oils which contain magnesium.
- Sugar in anything uses up magnesium.
- Fluoridated, softened, and distilled water depletes magnesium.
- Carbonated beverages and some processed foods, like lunch meat, contain phosphates that bind to magnesium molecules and flush it out of the body.
- Alcohol blocks magnesium, especially if you have three or more drinks a day.
- Coffee works like a diuretic to flush magnesium from of the body.
When I read that, I did a real genuine "facepalm" -- it didn't surprise me at all, suddenly, that I am so sleep deprived. This might all be obvious to some of you but I typically need to be beaten over the head with a point to get things.
As for the other, Quercetin & Bromelain is a combination of two natural, plant-based nutrients. Quercetin, found naturally in apple skins, onions, tea and red wine (all things I love very much, by the way), belongs to a class of flavonoids called flavonols. Bromelain, derived from the pineapple plant, is a digestive enzyme that assists in the breakdown of protein. It contains powerful antioxidant properties, supports a healthy inflammatory response and promotes a healthy immune system.*
So far, slow but steady progress with both. And that's enough for me -- I plan to keep taking them.
It's been a super educational, eye-opening experience all around and whatever these supplements are doing for me, I also hapen to love Dr. Vita's mission quest. I was the biggest skeptic at first -- the rep was patient and understanding and I am thankful. Please consider supporting them with your business. Just one more thing you can now conveninetly buy online for the best price!
FTC Disclosure: I was provided with product that was relevant to personal health issues at no cost in exchange for my honest review.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.