In an ideal world, you’d eat a nutritionally balanced diet, minimize stress, exercise regularly, and enjoy plenty of sleep. But in the real world, this is often difficult. When you lack key nutrients, feel stressed or are sleep-deprived, your immune system can suffer, increasing your susceptibility to illness and fatigue.
A balanced, healthy diet can provide the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and other key nutrients you need for a long, healthy life. But, if you can’t always eat healthily, you may want to add a supplement.
We all have different nutritional needs. You may be looking for a general multivitamin to help you maintain good health or for products specifically developed for your age, health concern or dietary need. It’s important to choose the product that is right for you.
Why choose Life Brand?
For over 50 years we have been taking care of Canadians’ Health needs. In fact, Life Brand is Shoppers Drug Mart’s largest health Supplement brand; with more than 300 carefully developed, quality tested vitamin, mineral and natural health products that’s a lot to choose from. To help make your choice easier visit lifebrandvitamins.ca and use our product finder to find the vitamins, minerals and natural health products that are right for you.
Need even more help choosing? Your Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacist is a vital resource who can answer any questions you have, and can check to see if your supplements might interact with other medications you are taking. Just ask!
Life Brand has multiple supplements that are ideal for women. Products like the popular Life Brand Daily One for Women have been developed to meet the specific nutritional needs of women and contain extra ingredients such as calcium and iron. Concerned about bone health? Consider supplements with calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Looking for antioxidants? You can try Alpha Lipoic Acid, Acai or products with Vitamins C and E. Want to consume more healthy essential fatty acids for your heart health and cognitive function? Check for Omega-3 blends.
Men’s multivitamin formulas such as the popular Life Brand Daily One for Men, are iron free and contain a balanced blend of vitamins and minerals designed to meet the unique nutritional needs of men. Are you concerned about heart health or brain health? Look for Omega 3 based products. Interested in products that help with enlarged prostate (BPH) symptoms? Consider those containing Saw Palmetto.
If your kids are very young, or are picky eaters, a supplement may be a good choice. Life Brand has several infant drops and many delicious, easy-to-chew products for children. Choose one designed for your child’s age group to help maintain their good health. One of our most popular children’s multivitamins is For Kids Only Chewable Multivitamin.
Ever wondered what the A, B, Cs of vitamins are?
Vitamin A: helps maintain bones, teeth and night vision; helps maintain eyesight, skin membranes and immune function.
Vitamin B: 8 different B vitamins help the body metabolize fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
Vitamins C and E are both well known antioxidants.
Vitamin D: helps to maintain bones and teeth and helps in the absorption of calcium and phosphorous.
You can choose from more than 50 Life Brand single vitamins. Vitamin D 1000 IU, Vitamin C 500mg chewable orange 1000 IU, Vitamin E 400 IU and Vitamin B12 1000 mcg are some of the most popular.
“Why should I quit smoking? It helps me relax, gives me energy, lots of my friends smoke, it stops me from gaining weight, etc?” If this is you, consider the following reasons to quit.
1. Quit for your health
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada, responsible for 45,000 deaths a year, of which about 40% are from various cancers, 35% are from heart disease and stroke and 25% are from other lung diseases. Quitting can add as much as 10 years to your life. And the health benefits to quitting are immediate (see sidebar).
2. Quit for your looks
When you become a non-smoker, your breath will smell better, your stained teeth will get whiter, your clothes and hair will smell better, your fingers and nails will no longer look yellow, you’ll have better oral health and it’s likely that you’ll develop fewer skin wrinkles. Your relationships with non-smokers will also improve.
3. Quit for your savings
Have you ever calculated what smoking costs you? Take the cost of a pack of cigarettes, multiply by the number of packs you smoke a day, then multiply by 7 (for a week) and by 52 (for a year). Example: if a pack of cigarettes costs $10 and you are a pack-a-day smoker, your annual cost to smoke is $3,640. Now think about what else you could do with that money if you were a non-smoker! Non-smokers get lower insurance rates too.
4. Quit for the people in your life
When you quit smoking, you are also improving the health of people around you – exposure to second-hand smoke can also kill. If a mother smokes, there is a greater risk of her baby developing asthma in childhood, especially if she smokes when she is pregnant. Smoking is also linked to sudden infant death syndrome and low birth weight babies. Children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis and other lung and breathing problems. And, you’ll be a positive role model for your children.
5. Quit for your convenience
You won’t have to drive with the windows down or smoke outside in the cold or wet weather!
Whatever it may give you, smoking takes away much more. So consider the benefits to quitting. And if you decide to quit, help is available. For help quitting, speak to your Pharmacist or Doctor. They can counsel you and help you develop a quit plan.
Quit and your health improves immediately. Within 8 hours, the carbon monoxide level drops in your body and the oxygen level in your blood increases to normal
Within 48 hours, your chances of having a heart attack start to go down and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve
Within 72 hours, your lung capacity increases and breathing becomes easier
Within 2 weeks to 3 months, blood circulation improves and your lung functioning increases up to 30 percent
Within 6 months, coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath improve
Within 1 year, your risk of suffering a smoking-related heart attack is cut in half
Within 10 years, the risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half
Within 15 years, the risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked