Good news! I have my own computer again since Andy was nice enough to get my ol’ laptop up and running again. This means no more sharing computer time with Andy and will equal MORE frequent blogging! 🙂 I’m a happy gal!
Breakfast for the past few months has been cereal…I am not sure if I’ve had anything else but that in quite some time. I am on a cereal kick! This morning was no different, as I combined two Kashi favorites: Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax and Honey Sunshine with a mixture of strawberries and blueberries topped with 2% milk:
My life in the past week has been quite busy (as usual these days!) But when I am not super busy, I am finding time to have a good laugh with Andy at my dogs’ expense by dressing her up in T-shirts. Sophia has quite the stocky body and we think she looks like she hits up the gym and pumps serious iron:
What a good sport she is! Although she is probably cursing us in her doggy language when we’re not home.
For the past week I have not made it to the gym. I’ve yet to commit to a gym membership either. I’ve gone to some gyms for free but have not been too impressed with anything around here. Also, I just have not been feeling the indoors!
So I’ve just been using the great outdoors as my gym! I’ve been doing a mix of running by myself and walking the dogs. I’m trying to increase my milage slowly, so it’s been fun to get outside and just go! Since I twisted my ankle last winter, I have not been going on regular runs for almost a year. It feels great to be doing that again! I’ve been foam rolling the heck outta my legs though, it keeps em’ nice and stretched and keeps my IT band happy 🙂
In the News
In the news yesterday, I heard about the new “dirty dozen” supplements that consumers should stay away from (According to Consumer Reports). They are supplements that I had not really heard of, so I am glad my fish oil and multivitamins are still OK!
The dozen are:
- bitter orange
- colloidal silver
- country mallow
- greater celandine
From Consumer Reports:
More than half of the adult population in the U.S. have taken supplements for a variety of reasons—to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports, or to improve their performance in the bedroom. What consumers may not realize is that the supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having to demonstrate that they are safe and effective. The Consumer Reports investigation states that the FDA has not made full use of even the meager authority granted it by the industry-friendly 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). The FDA has only once used its power to ban a supplement ingredient (ephedrine alkaloids) outright.
“Supplements are marketed with very seductive and sometimes overblown sales pitches for increasing your performance in the bedroom, slimming down, or boosting your athletic prowess. And consumers are easily lulled into believing that supplements can do no harm because they’re ‘natural.’ However, some natural ingredients can be hazardous, and on top of that the FDA has repeatedly found hazardous ingredients, including synthetic prescription drugs, in supplements,” said Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor, Consumer Reports.
Here are some steps consumers can take to make sure the supplements they use are safe and beneficial:
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Even helpful products can be harmful, for example, if you’re pregnant or nursing, have a chronic disease, taking a medication that interacts adversely with the supplement, or are about to undergo elective surgery.
- Beware of these categories. Supplements for weight loss, sexual enhancement, and bodybuilding have been problematic, the FDA said, because some contain steroids and prescription drugs.
- Look for the “USP Verified” mark. It indicates that the supplement manufacturer has voluntarily asked U.S. Pharmacopeia, a trusted nonprofit, private standard-setting authority, to verify the quality, purity and potency of its raw ingredients or finished products. USP posts a list of verified products on its website at www.uspverified.org.
- Don’t assume more is better. It’s possible to overdose even on beneficial vitamins and minerals. Avoid any product that claims to contain “megadoses.”
- Report problems. Let your doctor know if you experience any symptoms after you start taking a supplement. And if you end up with a serious side effect, ask your doctor or pharmacist to report it to the FDA, or do it yourself at or by calling 800-332-1088. www.fda.gov/medwatch
- Research in the right places. Be skeptical about claims made for supplements in ads, on TV and by sales staff. If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Consumer Reports provides several online links for assessing supplements at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org.
Read more here
I still don’t know what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ to take. I don’t understand how to tell what brand is good or not because it’s hard to trust where the supplements are coming from. I personally think that the supplement industry needs stricter regulations. I also think consumers need to educate themselves and discuss supplements with their doctors.
I do take supplements and I guess I just put my trust in the company that it is what it’s supposed to be. I currently take a multivitamin, a probiotic, fish oil, a greens powder supplement, and digestive enzymes. I’ve read up on some research on most of them and find them to be beneficial to me.
Do you take any supplements? If so, what do you take and why?