Feb 11

Back Pain

Think of 10 friends or family members you have, 8 out of those according to the Mayo Clinic will experience low back pain at least one time during their lifetime. Back pain besides for being uncomfortable, causes people to go to doctors, take off from work and being inconvenienced.

After reading this percentage my first question is what causes back pain?

There are actually quite a few causes of back pain some of the most common include:

  • Improper lifting; this can be at work, the gym or even carrying heavy items in your home.
  • Trauma; a car accident, fall or any injury.
  • Overweight; one of the many reasons to get in shape, especially if you carry the weight around your middle.
  • Stress
  • Posture; bad posture, and even bad sleeping positions can be a cause of back pain.

Since most of us tend to do one of the above mentioned things (if not 2 or 3 of them at least), what can you do? The answer is actually pretty simple. Remember all those years  your Mom told you “Sit straight” or “Stand straight” maybe she knew what she was talking about? If you do work in an environment that you lift heavy boxes, it might be worth it to invest in a lifting belt to prevent injury.

Another great thing is Yoga, as some studies have shown yoga can help relieve back pain. As a preventative measure yoga may help relieve stress and can help promote a healthier lifestyle leading to weight loss.

Some of you are thinking…. TOO LATE, while preventative measures are great what do I do if I have back pain now?

Here are some tips if you are currently experiencing back pain, or are trying to help someone that is experiencing it:

  • Use an Ice Pack; the first few days you should use an ice pack for 15 minutes at a time every few hours.
  • Don’t become a couch potato; while you do need to rest to recover, a lack of movement can actually cause the recovery time to take longer, so keep moving but avoid strenuous movement.
  • Heat; while at the beginning you should use ice after 48 hours, heat can be used to relax the muscles. (If you prefer cold you can still use the cold, or a combination of the two)
  • Exercise; there are many different back exercises that can be done to help strengthen the back, these four are recommend by the Mayo Clinic- Knee-to-chest stretch, lower back rotational stretch, cat stretch and shoulder blade squeeze.
  • Supplements; some vitamins taken daily can help promote a healthy back such as kosher glucosamine. Others work as anti-inflammatory and can ease some of the pain an example of this is Omega 3, Bromelain and Turmeric. Which would explain why the Solgar Glucosamine with MSM, and Maxi Omega 3 are such great sellers.

We know how annoying back pain can be, and hope this information helps you prevent or relive it. If you have any questions or comments fell free to comments below or e-mail us at Sales@koshervitamins.com

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Jan 30

What you need to know about whey protein powders:

You’re at the gym, proud of yourself for sticking to your New Year’s resolution, thinking “I finally got the hang of this,” already picturing yourself in the great shape you will shortly be in. When suddenly someone interrupts your daydream by asking you if you are taking Kosher Whey Protein, and if not shouldn’t you start?

Let’s start with the basics: Why should you take protein powder?

Your body needs a certain amount of protein daily in order to repair and build new muscle tissue. However if you are not eating enough protein, your body is unable to do that. Protein powder is a simple and easy way to get the extra protein you need in a quick, convenient and great tasting way. Another benefit of kosher protein powder that you get while working out, is that the amino acids in the protein powder will promote the repair process to begin.

For those of you that imagined whey protein powder being made in a lab by scientists mixing chemicals together, you couldn’t be more wrong. Whey protein is actually made from the liquid byproduct that occurs during the production of cheese.

So that covers the basics of Whey Protein right?

WRONG. There are different forms of whey protein powders. When picking a Whey Protein powder you have the choice between Concentrate, Isolate or sometimes a Combination of the two. This brings up the next question, which one should you choose?

Whey Protein Concentrate is the cheaper of the two since it does not go through the many steps of filtration as the other forms. This form is higher in protein then other forms of protein, but contains some lactose.

Whey Protein Isolate goes through an additional step of purification which takes out all the lactose and because of this has a higher amount of protein then the concentrate.

So when deciding which proteins to purchase, you have to decide which factors are important to you, such as pricing or if you are lactose intolerant. If you are still undecided, you can pay us a visit online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899 and we will be more than happy to provide you with all the kosher protein powder options we have to meet all your needs!

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Jan 14

Pukka: Incredible Organic Kosher Teas

According to the Tea Association of the U.S.A. Inc., on any given day over 158 million people in America are drinking tea. If you are already an avid tea drinker why not try a tea that has won the Great Taste Awards more than once? If you are not an avid tea drinker maybe it is because you have not found the tea for you. Pukka with its large variety of teas has something that will taste good and be beneficial too!

All of Pukka teas are blended by the Sebastian Pole and herbalist and author of multiple books on Ayurvedic herbs. Grown in sustainably certified organic and kosher the Pukka team goes to the ends of the earth to bring you the best, they visit the farmer to inspect the soil, water and plants to ensure the tea you get is the best and purest  organic tea available.

Now the only left question is what teas should you try?

This is up to you, for some the best tea during Morning Time to feel Refreshed is an English Breakfast Tea. Or as the day goes on and you need to Relax and Revitalize take a break with one of the organic Three Tea Blend such as Cinnamon, Mint, Tulsi or Green. If you don’t feel like you usual Gorgeous self, try the Elderberry and Echinacea with Elderflower tea. At Night Time or After Dinner settle down for the night with a soothing Golden Chamomile Tea.

If you still can’t decide what tea to try just get the Tempt Your Taste Buds Selection Pack, or try them all. We Love them and know you will too!

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Jul 09

Sugar Substitute: Xylitol

  You wake up in the morning and you are running late.  No time for breakfast, you grab a coffee and sugar and rush to work. As the day goes on, you realize that you are hungry, so you grab a candy bar to tide you over to lunch. This unfortunate habit, is repeated daily by thousands of Americans without thinking twice about the health and the effect sugar has on their teeth. On an average, Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! 

We all know the negative side effects eating too much sugar has on our teeth, as our dentist makes sure to tell us. Still don’t think you should give up sugar yet?  Here are some statistics that may help you change your mind: 

- By the age of seventeen  78% of Americans have already had 1 cavity

- Do you care about first impressions? According to the AAP 50% off people say the smile is the first thing they notice.
So what is the obvious solution?
 Cut back on sugar!  An easy way to do this is by using sugar substitutes instead. While there are many different sugar substitutes, a great one would be Xylitol. Even the FDA recognizes this as a great alternative as they state, “Frequent between-meal consumption of foods high in sugars and starches promotes tooth decay. The sugar alcohols in xylitoldo not promote tooth decay.” 

So what is xylitol? 

What many people do not know is that Xylitol has been around since the 19th century. Xylitolhas been used throughout Europe as a sweetener that is safe for people with diabetes since it does not affect their insulin levels. 

What is the source of Xylitol?

 Xylitol can actually be found in small amounts in fruits and vegetables that we eat. However the Xylitol that you would buy in a health food store or by Kosher Vitamins is usually from a different source known as birch, which it will state on the package.
Seems too good to be true right? 

We thought so too, so we did some further research for you, and here is what we found about Xylitol. It is safe to take up to 50 grams daily and you should avoid higher amounts. Some of the side effects that people may experience with more than that are diarrhea and intestinal gas.

So why not put down the sugar and try a healthier alternative.

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May 08

The real question is, what are vitamins for?

  This question is probably the one we should have addressed in our first post. Working in the health and supplement industry we are constantly asked “So do I really need to be taking _____?” While there is usually no simple answer since it really depends on each person, there are many factors involved that are too  numerous to list. However since most people don’t really understand what vitamins are all about they just take anything, without being informed.

 So this brings us back to what are vitamins?

The Miriam Webster Dictionary defines vitamins as:

  Any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities to the nutrition of most animals and some plants, act especially as coenzymes and precursors of coenzymes in the regulation of metabolic processes but do not provide energy or serve as building units, and are present in natural foodstuffs or sometimes produced within the body.

  This can be explained in simple English as a substance that the body needs in order to be healthy and can usually be found in the foods we eat and/or can be produced in the body. This brings us back to the question of why some people may need to take vitamins or supplements.

Supplements as the word states is actually meant just to be something added to complete a thing or make up for a deficiency; NOT as a replacement. Many believe they can eat what they want, take a multi vitamin and/or other supplements and still be healthy. This is a myth!

Most healthcare providers will tell you the ideal way to get the nutrients you need to be healthy would be through the food you eat. An example of this would be a 4oz serving of chicken which can provide you with vitamins B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6!  However studies have shown as time has gone by most foods that we eat have been robbed of their vital nutrients and now cannot provide us with all the vitamins we need even if we eat the right foods.

Also sometimes eating the right foods all the time is not possible due to health reasons or lifestyle. And sometimes even though we eat healthy we are still missing some vital nutrients and this is where we at KosherVitamins.com come in.

KosherVitamins has vitamins and supplements for all your needs. We carry hundreds of supplements from many different brands such as Maxi Health, New Chapter, Solgar, Bluebonnet and Zahler’s. So you can find the supplement that fits your needs and that you need to take! You can visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or give us a call at 800-645-1899.

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Feb 20

What is L-Ornithine used for?


 In order to understand what L-Ornithine is,  this article is intended to inform the consumer.  L-ornithine is a non-essential amino acid.  It is considered non-essential because  it is produced by the body from the amino acid L-arginine. Ornithine is used by the body to make urea, which helps eliminate toxins in the body. Some natural sources for ornithine would be meat, fish, dairy and eggs.
BENEFITS OF L-Ornithine: 

There are many different reasons and uses of L-ornithine, however it is mainly used by Athletes since this is one of the few amino acids that cause a release in the growth hormone from the pituitary gland. Translation, this helps with muscle retention and growth, higher energy levels,  healthier skin, improved brain function and even elevated libido.

 It is no wonder this is also sometimes taken for its anti-aging effects! Another benefit in taking L-ornithine is for after surgery or for someone with a weak immune system, L-ornthine can help expidite the healing time, and helps with immune support!
 
HOW SHOULD L-Ornithine BE TAKEN?
·        L-Ornithine can be taken alone or in combination with L-Arginine which is said to help the effectiveness: LINK.
·         It is best to be taken at night because it is said that the most growth hormones is produced while we sleep.
·         It is recommended to take between 500 mg and 2 g daily on an empty stomach.
SIDE EFFECTS:
Currently there are no serious side effects in taking L-Ornithine.  However taking over 10 grams a day can cause nausea and diarrhea in some people.
KOSHER:
To ensure that you receive high quality and kosher certified kosher L-Ornithine visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899.

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Feb 05

Expired Vitamins: Can they be taken?

Q: Should I throw out vitamins if they expire or can I keep taking them for a certain amount of time after they expire?

A:  This is a very good question that we have been  asked countless times.  The first thing to understand is what vitamins expiration dates actually mean.  Most of us think of expiration dates as  we think about milk that spoils and cannot be taken after that date (sometimes even a few days before.)  Vitamins unlike milk do not spoil or go bad usually, however the potency is affected. The expiration date on a bottle tells you that based on various factors the manufactures  have determined that that date is the last date that the vitamin will be at its full potency.

 

 So now the real question is what do you do with your vitamins when they expire? Ideally it is best to take the vitamins before they expire this way you get the full potency and results you are trying to obtain.  However,  it is not harmful to take expired vitamins,  and while most people cannot do a chemical analysis to see the actual strength of the supplement, you can still “eyeball” the supplement and see if the color or taste has changed.

One of the great things about ordering from Kosher Vitamins is we try our hardest to ensure you get the freshest supplements with long expiration dates. To order visit us online at www.koshervitamins.com or call us at 800-645-1899.

 

“CONSUMER SATURDAY; STORING VITAMINS, FROM A TO K.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 14 Feb. 1981. Web. 05 Feb. 2013

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Jan 25

Do you need to get immunized?

 
 With the first day of winter a few days behind us, for many of us the next few months  are constant trips to the doctor. If your trip to the Dr. is not for yourself, then it is for your child, sibling and or parent.  So we start “winter proofing”.   Everyone starts taking  multi vitamins and immune boosters. They make sure to get flu shots and use hand sanitizers.  What most of us don’t do is immunize ourselves since most healthy adults do not believe they need the flu shot as they believe their bodies are healthy enough to ward off infection on its own.

 While not taking the flu shot might only cost you a few days of being sick in bed, it can be very harmful for those around you. When you get sick with the flu it is a major inconvenience to you however it can be dangerous for those around you. Most adults do not realize that while protecting your children or elderly parents from the outside winter with vitamins, flu shots and sanitizers they are not being protected from YOU! Many children catch the flu from a parent, or adult caregiver and not from another child, classmate or stranger.

 Another need to get immunized is to protect your infants from Pertussis or better known as the whooping cough. When children get the whooping cough it is easier to spot because of the “whoop” in their cough. However adults with the whooping cough do not show the same symptoms and it may be hard to spot. Pertussis for infants under 1 years old can be deadly, and this can easily be transferred by an adult since they are the ones usually taking care of the child.

 So should you throw away the multi vitamins, the immune boosters and sanitizer’s and just get immunized? NO, not at all, as the previous mentioned supplements and other health aids do  help protect ourselves and our children from any illness that can be caught in  school, at a friend’s house, from the weather and/or any other place. Getting immunized and taking a multi, immune booster, and using sanitizers help give your loved ones a strong healthy body that can help them fight off any infection or illness they may encounter
at home or anywhere else.
 To order a kosher multi vitamin and or immune booster for children click here: Multi Vitamin
                                                                                                                                                  Immune Booster
To order a kosher multi vitamin and or immune booster for adults click here: Multi Vitamin
                                                                                                                                             Immune Booster
To order hand sanitizers or disinfectant wipes click here: Sanitizers

If you have any questions or comments we would love to hear them!

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Dec 18

Bad Breath? Finally some help!

 Do you  suffer from bad breath? Recently the Council of Scientific Affairs published a report stating that 50% of Americans have suffered/suffer from bad breath.   Yes, that means ½ of America! The good news is while bad breath can be a sign of a serious problem; chances are it can be rectified with some simple tricks.
 
1. Brush your teeth after meals: it is recommended to brush for at least 2 to 3 minutes at least twice a day. Tip- try keeping a toothbrush and kosher toothpaste with you at work.
 
2. Use a tongue scraper: we all know if we have bad breath you brush your teeth, however your tongue is just as important since your tongue can be home to bacteria, food debris and dead cells.
 
3. Floss Daily: this will help remove food and plaque that gets stuck between your teeth.
 
4.  Avoid foods with strong smells: like garlic and onions.
 
5. Drink Water: one of the reasons a lot of us wake up with bad breath or what we call “morning breath” is because in our sleep we produce less saliva then when we are awake causing bad breath. Drinking plenty water while avoiding coffee, soft drinks and/or alcohol can help prevent bad breath.
 
6. Gum or Candy: both stimulating saliva which like the water will wash away food particles and bacteria.
 
7. Chew fresh parsley: Or any pleasant smelling herb will temporarily improve bad breath.
 
8. Try Chlorophyll: liquid can be taken as a natural mouthwash and tablets as a natural cleanser and help with bad breath
 
 If you have tried all these for a few weeks and do not see any improvement, talk to your doctor or your dentist since it can be a sign of lung disease, diabetes or liver failure.
 
 If you are like 50% of Americans that suffer from bad breath and would like to try the above mentioned suggestions don’t forget to pick up one of our kosher toothpastes such as Jason’s, Toms of Maine, Adwe and/or Earth Best. As for a tongue cleaning try the #1 Selling tongue cleaner from Dr. Tung at this link: LINK.
So visit us at www.koshervitamins.com or give us a call at 800-645-1899 for all your kosher vitamins and supplement needs.

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Nov 13

Folic Acid: Should you be taking it?

  • Did you know that in the United States each year there are approximately 1,500 babies born with spina bifida,  and about 1,000 born with anencephalic?
  • Did you know that studies have shown that  by taking one  vitamin it can help prevent the above birth defects?
 Folic Acid/Folate is in the B vitamin family and helps the body to produce new healthy cells. Folate is found naturally in some foods,  however most people do not get enough folate in foods alone and therefore have to take folic acid which is a man made form of folate to reach the daily dosage.
 Various studies have shown that taking at least 400 mcg of kosher folic acid before or during the early weeks of pregnancy can help prevent 50% of Neural tube defects (NTDs).

 “The United States Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the March of Dimes recommend that all women who are capable of becoming pregnant supplement with 400 mcg folic acid daily. Daily supplementation prior to pregnancy is necessary because most pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and the protective effect of folic acid occurs in the first four weeks of fetal development, before most women know they are pregnant.

 For women who have had a previous NTD-affected pregnancy, the CDC recommends daily supplementation with 400  mcg per day of kosher folic acid. In a preliminary study, this amount of supplemental kosher folic acid before and during early pregnancy resulted in a 71% reduction in the recurrence rate of NTDs.”
Besides being highly effective in preventing birth defects during  pregnancy, folic acid is also taken for various other reasons such as:
· Depression
· Schizophrenia
· Age-Related Cognitive Decline
· Breast Cancer
· And a lot more!!
 So now that you know the reasons to take folic acid is there any reason you shouldn’t?
Do not consume more than 1,000 mcg of folic acid unless recommended by a doctor since folic acid can hide a B12 deficiency. Although B12 deficiencies are rare among women in childbearing age,  for women over 50, studies have shown that B12  deficiency does become a higher risk in those that do not consume meat.

To read more information on folic acid
CLICK HERE.  
 Most people can get enough folic acid daily from a multi vitamin or prenatal such as the ones at kosher vitamins, or if you need a higher dosage or want to take an additional amount of kosher folic acid you can view them here: LINK.
 If you have any further questions please feel free to comment or send me an e-mail at Lroth@koshervitamins.com I would love to hear from you!!

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