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  • On-The-Go Nutrition

    Woman smiling in fieldWant to start your day with a little extra nutrient boost? Pharmaca offers a variety of nutritional supplements that are easy to slip into a smoothie or add to your favorite juice. Here are a few to consider—and why.

    Protein
    Muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, heart, brain and internal organs all use protein as their primary building material. Collagen, a special type of protein, is important for strong arteries, tendons, ligaments, teeth and connective tissues. A diet rich in protein can also help produce dopamine and norepinephrine, two powerful brain chemical neurotransmitters that keep you alert and mentally powerful.

    Protein powders are available from a variety of sources: whey protein is the most bioavailable and easily absorbed by your body; egg protein is great if you can't tolerate dairy products; vegan proteins, such as those from peas, hemp or chia, are complete and bioavailable, and many are organically grown.

    Green Foods
    Powdered greens contain the highest concentrations of easily digested nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They may also contain beneficial substances like proteins, phytochemicals and good bacteria, all of which can protect against disease and illness while they detoxify and energize key organs.

    Greens such as seaweed are also excellent blood purifiers, alkalinizing the body and helping reduce the burden of environmental toxins.

    Fiber
    Fiber is essential for a variety of processes, but one of its most important roles is to promote regular, rapid elimination, which can relieve constipation, improve symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and even decrease your risk of colon cancer.

    Other benefits: Fiber contains oligosaccharides, which feed the friendly bacteria in the gut (called "prebiotics") to enhance digestion and improve nutrient absorption. Fiber is also great at regulating blood sugar.

  • How to Choose a Protein Powder

    MenopauseHotFlashes5-ArticleProtein is vital to our health. Muscles, blood, skin, hair, nails, heart, brain and internal organs all use protein as their primary building material. Collagen, a special type of protein, is important for strong arteries, tendons, ligaments, teeth and connective tissues. A diet rich in protein can also help produce dopamine and norepinephrine, two powerful brain chemical neurotransmitters that keep you alert and mentally powerful.

    According to the USDA, adult men and women should get at least .37 g of protein per lb of body weight per day (e.g., a 150 lb. person would need 55.5 g/day); more if you’re doing regular exercise.

    Choosing your protein

    In addition to protein from your meals, supplementary protein powders can be a good way to ensure your body is getting the fuel it needs. The following are the most commonly available types of protein powder.

    Whey protein is best if you can tolerate dairy products, since it is the most bioavailable and easily absorbed by your body.
    Try: Reserveage Organics Grass-Fed Whey Protein

    Turn to egg protein if you’re allergic to milk or dairy products or are lactose intolerant.
    Try: Jay Robb Egg White Protein

    Vegan proteins, such as those from peas, hemp or chia, are a good alternative for those who prefer to avoid animal products. Vegan proteins are complete and bioavailable, and many are organically grown.
    Try: Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake

    Beyond smoothies

    Try these innovative ways to incorporate protein powder into your meals!

    • Bake it into high-fiber muffins
    • Combine it with plain Greek yogurt and fresh fruit
    • Mix into your morning oatmeal
    • Blend with your favorite soups

    What's your favorite way to get protein?

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