When it comes to vitamins, most folks I know take them in the morning. Something about the breakfast ritual makes it easy to remember to pop that multi. But when it comes to vitamin D, switching up the routine will make the supplement more effective. Research from the Cleveland Clinic found that taking the D vitamin supplement with dinner, generally the largest meal of the day, boosted absorption by as much as 50 percent. Considering that the majority of Americans are lacking in this powerful vitamin that boosts immunity, supports with weight loss, and even helps take care of your lady business, you might want to start taking a vitamin D capsule with your evening meal. The fact that dinner starts with the letter D should help you remember, too.
"Women always ask me, 'How can I get that healthy-looking glow?' Well, the answer is start from within," she told WWD. While I wasn't such a fan of Nestlé's Glowelle ($28-$89), Carmindy says the results were good enough to make her ditch her bimonthly facials.
Have you tried Glowelle, or would you consider making the Carmindy-endorsed purchase?
Despite being told over and over again about the dangers associated with tanning, it's well known that many people still find this activity hard to resist, and it's not just because they worry about looking pale. Tanning releases endorphins and helps people synthesize vitamin D — which basically means that it puts you in a good mood and makes you feel healthy. But before anybody goes justifying their lack of sunscreen, tanning definitely isn't the only way to trigger either of those benefits. You can get a big rush of endorphins (along with tons of other benefits) from eating dark chocolate in moderation, doing light exercise, having a loved one give you a quick shoulder massage, chowing down on something spicy, or just laughing. And as for getting your vitamin D, eating foods like salmon, cheese, and eggs can all give you a good dose — and supplements are widely available at drugstores. So if you're having a hard time resisting tanning, just watch or read something funny, have a piece of chocolate, and eat some cheddar.
Many popular probiotic supplements were tested by Consumer Lab, an independent agency that monitors vitamins, herbal remedies, and supplements not regularly tested by the government. The lab's findings are a bit startling. Some of the products contain as little as 13 percent of the amount of "viable bacteria" claimed on the products' labels, although most products do contain one billion organisms — the amount needed to register some health benefits.
When it comes to misleading marketing with these supplements, much of the problem stems from the fact that the term probiotics has no legal definition and can be used loosely by manufactures. Of the supplements tested, ConsumerLab ranked Advocare Probiotic Restore, GNC Nature Brand Best Super Acidophilus, and Jarrow Formulas Jarro-Dophilus as having the highest quality. You can buy a full review from Consumer Lab for $12.
We've heard about the chocolate that treats acne and the drink that makes you more beautiful, so now what's next? Why, delicious collagen marshmallows (£10, or approximately $14) with pink grapefruit flavor. Vegetarians beware, as this product contains gelatin.
These Japanese collagen "treats," which are not sold in the US, are now available in the UK. The fluffy puffs supposedly work to help your skin look smoother and less wrinkled, even reducing the appearance of cellulite. What's your take on this beauty food? Do you consider it a tasty treat — or just plain nasty?
Oddly enough, an ingredient that has long been associated with causing acne (turns out it doesn't) is now being used to help alleviate the condition. I think I have died and gone to heaven. Frutels Acne Care in a Chocolate ($38 to $69) is a treatment that works from the inside out, using antioxidants and micronutrients sans artificial ingredients, preservatives, and chemicals to clarify the skin.
While I haven't tried the chocolate-coated sugar-free "candy," eating two to four a day supposedly provides results within two weeks. With the recent launch of Nestlé's Glowelle, along with this beauty water, it looks like the nutraceutical trend is here to stay. Now only if someone could invent an acne-reducing chocolate croissant.
In a recent Runner's World article, Jennifer Beals (actress and avid runner) said, "Rhodiola has been really helpful in terms of healing. . . . I have since discovered a lot of runners and a lot of athletes use it because it's an anti-inflammatory."
I had never heard of this supplement, but have since learned that it comes from a plant with yellow flowers and bears the full name Rhodiola rosea. It's also called arctic root since it grows at high altitudes in cold regions. It's been used in traditional medicine in Russia and the Scandinavian countries for centuries to treat a whole slew of issues including fatigue, poor attention span, migraines, and decreased memory. It may also prevent depression, enhance the immune system, and increase sexual energy. Fruit flies taking Rhodiola in a study lived 10 percent longer than fruit flies that did not, and it had anticancer effects on rats.
Athletes take Rhodiola to increase their physical endurance, combat anxiety when in stressful situations (such as a competition), and for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Rhodiola sounds like some miracle plant, but it also has some negative side effects. To hear about them read more
Those of you who have been reading for a while know that beauty supplements and I don't get along so well. I didn't see any improvement with my Borba experiment, but I'm willing to give things another try. Enter Glowelle, a nutraceutical drink from Nestlé. Promising better skin through drinking its antioxidant-laden formula, Glowelle aims to fight the signs of aging through one packet a day.
Glowelle is pretty pricey — $40 for a seven-day supply, and $112 for a 30-day supply. (Beautyfix's current beauty bag, at $49.99, includes the seven-day box along with other products, so I think it's a better way to go.) Each day's packet contains powder that you mix with water; it includes goji berries and green and white tea extracts, among other nutrients.
After adding the powder to water, you'll have a deep berry-colored drink. I disliked the artificial fruity taste (though, oddly, I like the floral aftertaste) and couldn't finish my glass. Sadly, looking at the ingredient list didn't make me give it another go. The first ingredient is evaporated cane juice, which is another way of saying sugar. (Less-refined sugar, but still.) Since I try to avoid eating sugar as much as possible, I realized that Glowelle just isn't for me. I'm not sure if it improves skin, but considering the high price and not-so-yum flavor, I won't find out. All in all, I'd rather just buy goji berries (tasty!) and drink green tea than add a fake coloring and sugar to my diet.
It looks like yet another supplement FAIL for Bella, but I'm curious to find out if any of you have tried Glowelle — and if you liked it. Flavor is such a personal thing, and I'm sure some people like the taste, so I'd love to read your reviews.
I'm sure you've all heard about how the live active cultures in yogurt are excellent for your digestive tract. If you have a hard time fitting in a cup of yogurt into your diets everyday or if you just don't eat dairy products, then Acidophilus Pearls, a type of probiotic supplement, were made for you then. It offers the benefits of acidophilus without the calories, cholesterol, sugars, or lactose found in yogurt. If you have tummy troubles, taking one capsule a day can help alleviate occasional gas and constipation plus symptoms of lactose intolerance. Plus these Pearls don't need to be refrigerated like other probiotic pills — and they even made the list of the best probiotics for your money.
Want to know what else probiotics are good for? Then read more