Detoxing: A Global Practice with a Long History

A detox cleanse is intended to rid the body of toxins that build up in a person’s system over time. These toxins may come from the food we eat or the environment, but regardless of their point of origin the goal of the detox cleanse is to create conditions that enable your body to purge them.

Opinions are split on the efficacy of detoxification. There are many who believe them to be indispensable to overall health, and there are some convinced the modern detox industry is nothing more than a scam to entice the gullible to buy things they don’t need.

But here’s the thing: there is nothing “modern” about the detox cleanse. It is a practice that has been with us, not for decades, but for millenia. The ancient Chinese, Indians, and Native Americans all practiced some form of detoxification rituals thousands of years ago.

In an effort to provide some context for the current detoxification movement let’s take a closer look at the history of the detox. (more…)

What Vitamins Should Men be Taking at Different Points in Their Life?

Men have different nutritional needs than women and those nutritional needs change as they age. The right multivitamin for a 25 year old man is not the same as the right multivitamin for a 65 year old man.

Of course, the best way to get the nutrients you need at every stage of life is to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, thereby negating the need for supplements. But most of us are constrained by time and other factors and forced to prioritize, in which case we opt for the quickest, most convenient way to fill our stomachs and move on.

That’s where multivitamins come in. While scientists debate the benefits of multivitamins for otherwise healthy individuals, there is plenty of proof that vitamin supplements can make up for nutrient shortfalls (1). Therefore, taking a multi every day, especially if your diet is less than perfect, is always a good idea. (more…)