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Not All Vitamins Are Good For Your Health, Here Are The Ones You Should Take

Not All Vitamins Are Good For Your Health, Here Are The Ones You Should Take

I have seen how our previous generations depended on vitamins most of the time. They would start with, “give your kids multi-vitamins, it is good for their growth”, then, they would proceed to, “why don’t you take some supplements for your healthy bones, and beautiful hair?” And then they would go on with, “I need to take so-and-so vitamin to stay fit because I am growing old.” Taking vitamin never ceases. But the question is, are all vitamins safe for us? What does science say?

Science says that you should take vitamins, but most  importantly, you should cover your daily nutritions from consuming healthy, balanced meals, and not entirely depending on vitamin. There are few health conscious people out here who are on diets, and think that taking vitamins are enough to fill in the blank. Science also says something different. New studies have evolved around how people, especially women, who took multi-vitamins, died at higher rates than women who didn’t. Studies have also seen that vitamin can lead to cancer, heart disease, and may shorten lives. Here are the list of vitamins that you should take, and the ones you should avoid.

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Vitamin A, C &E: Antioxidants; may cause certain types of cancer if overly taken.

Vitamin A, C, and E are also known as antioxidants. This supplement is quite commonly used in order to prevent oneself from cancer. But studies show otherwise. If antioxidant vitamin is taken in large amount, it can possess harm to the body. A detailed study on male smokers, who consistently took vitamin A, were at higher risk of getting lung cancer than those who did not consume that vitamin. Therefore, it is always advisable to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are full of antioxidants. The body does not require extra amount of vitamin A, C, and E.

Vitamin B3: may develop infections, liver problems, or internal bleeding.

Another vitamin that falls in the “not good” category is vitamin B3. It is believed to have adverse effect on patients with heart diseases, diabetes, or high cholesterol. This vitamin supplement is usually prescribed to prevent LDL (the bad) cholesterol by reducing its level, and increasing HDL (the good) cholesterol’s level. It is also given to patients with heart stroke history. Rather, in studies shown that patients who regularly took vitamin B3 were more likely exposed to developing infections, liver problems, and internal bleeding. Researchers found out that niacin (vitamin B3) has no role in preventing heart problems, instead, have dreadful side effects. They are now saying that this vitamin should not be prescribed anymore. They are also saying that niacin can be fulfilled through eating salmon, tuna, or even beets.

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Vitamin C: it won’t help you to recover from cold.

We see how vitamin C is a popular supplement to cure you from cold, or fever. But does it really help you to recover? I have noticed that nowadays doctors don’t prescribe any medicines if you or your children are suffering from cold. Why? They say give it a week and it will go away. Eat citrus fruits like mandarin, oranges, strawberries. And it has worked for me every time. It is found out in studies that vitamin C has no effect in curing colds. In fact, if you take overdose, you are likely to be in trouble. But there is a catch. Vitamin C is safe if you stay within a recommended dose. Once you exceed to 2000mg daily, you are probably at higher risk of suffering from kidney stones.

Vitamin D: must have it for stronger bones.

This is one vitamin that everyone should take, especially when you are ageing. It is hard to get vitamin D from natural sources, which is why, the main supply is dependant on the supplements. Sunlight provides some amount of this vitamin to our bodies, but it is still not enough. Vitamin D contributes calcium which is required by our bodies to maintain healthy and strong bones. Studies have shown that people who consume regular vitamin D tend to live longer, and without body aches.

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Vitamin E: a no-no vitamin, may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Another antioxidant, vitamin E is believed to work as a prevention of cancer. But studies show an alarming result. A research was done on 36,000 men who took vitamin E supplements, and found out that they were at a higher rate of developing prostate cancer. In fact, those who took over doses of vitamin E, were in an increased rate of death scale. These results have made the doctors go against prescribing this supplement now. They recommend food like fresh dark greens such as spinach to be added in everyday diet.

Folic Acid: recommended for pregnant mothers.

Folic acid is generally linked to pregnancy related issues. This supplement is suggested to pregnant mothers, and a daily intake of 400 micrograms per day is sufficient for both the mother and the growing foetus. Studies have shown how folic acid supplements have successfully decreased rates of serious birth defects in newborns, such as neonatal-tube defects, defects in baby’s brain, spinal cords, etc. Doctors also advise this vitamin B supplement to those who want to get pregnant.

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Multivitamins: Avoid it, you get good amount from your daily diet.

For years, it was believed that multivitamins are an excellent source of acquiring overall vitamins for our bodies. Because multivitamins mostly contain vitamin A, B, and C. But in 2012, the researchers carried out a large study on 39,000 women who took multivitamin supplements regularly for about 25 years, and the result showed that they had higher chances of death risks. That is why, nowadays doctors ask their patients to stick to very well balanced and nutritious meals per day. Your daily diet will supply your multivitamins for the day.

Zinc: a good source of vitamin for your body.

Zinc is a good source of mineral, and it has proven records of improving colds, unlike vitamin C. Studies done on 1,300 people show that consuming zinc syrup, or tablet, or even lozenges, have a positive result on healing common colds by nearly 1 day compared to those who didn’t take zinc supplements. Zinc also has a positive effect on the children as well.

Medical science evolves so much over time that it is quite surprising to know the results of recent studies done on things, especially vitamin supplements. Vitamin you know is good for you turns out to be quite fatal. Hopefully this article has helped you to decide which supplements to take and which ones to avoid.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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