Dr. Micheal Eades on Supplementing

"I'm a believer in getting most of what's needed vitamin and mineral-wise from food. And I'm also a believer that I'm an excellent driver. Yet I always purchase car insurance. I see a good multi-vitamin as the same thing - cheap insurance against any kind of deficiency." - Dr. Micheal Eades, M.D.

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Surveys suggest 38 percent of people hit the snooze button at least once every morning. This simple action can be enough to put your stress-o-meter through the roof. Why?

Being repeatedly jarred awake is as stressful to the brain as chronic sleep deprivation, since it repeatedly shocks you awake.

Instead of trying to sneak in more poor-quality winks in the morning, head to bed thirty minutes earlier and studies show you'll cut your stress hormone output as much as 37 percent.

Another technique to try is determining your Personal Sleep Quotient. Pick a bedtime when you're likely to quickly fall asleep. Make sure it's at least eight hours before you need to get up. Keep to this bedtime for the next week and note when you wake up each morning.

If you need an alarm to wake up, if it's difficult to get out of bed or if you're tired during the day, eight hours isn't enough sleep for you. Move your bedtime up by fifteen or thirty minutes the next week. Continue doing this each week until you wake up without an alarm and feel alert all day.

When you determine what you think is an ideal bedtime, cut fifteen minutes off it to see if you're sleepy the next day. If so, add those fifteen minutes back and you've found your Personal Sleep Quotient.

Take Your Vitamins and Minerals?

"I've been around long enough to witness the beginning of the vitamin/mineral industry and see its shortcomings. I think it’s wonderful that more people know about supplementation, but I’m concerned that there is an overabundance of synthetic vitamins and poorly absorbed minerals. Supplements are being taken over by the pharmaceutical industry promoting low potency, synthetic supplements. At the same time, the MLM supplement companies and natural medicine supplement industry seem to be complexifying supplements and they are driven by overzealous marketing that has many people taking dozens of supplements out of fear." - Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D., N.D.