You take care of your body by taking your USANA Essentials every day. Now you will be able to take care of the environment at the same time.

Starting November 2, Associates and Preferred Customers in the US will be able to order Essentials Green. The high-quality products are the same, but you will have the option to buy your Essentials without the box.

The lack of a box reduces our environmental impact—saving space in landfills and also reducing the number of trees we use. This is another step in USANA mission to be more environmentally friendly.

So start doing for the environment what you are doing for yourself every day by switching your USANA Vitamins Autoship to Essentials Green!

Eat Vitamin A

If you munched on as many carrots as Bugs Bunny as a child and still ended up with glasses, don’t think vitamin A let you down. You can blame genetics for that. Vitamin A, otherwise known as retinol, does promote the healthy development of cells and tissues – including those in your eyes – but it also strengthens the mucous membranes, which protect your body from invading viruses and bacteria, and it also stimulates bone growth. However, do keep in mind that while a serious deficiency of vitamin A can cause eye problems, dry skin, and reproductive problems, an excess of the nutrient can lead to nerve and liver damage, bone and joint pain, headaches, and in some cases, birth defects.

Dine on Vitamin D

You may know that vitamin D is a major player in developing strong bones and teeth and that it can be produced when the sun comes into contact with the skin. What you probably don’t know is that endocrinologists recently linked weight loss success with the vitamin. Though the scientists still aren’t sure why this was, the results of their study showed that for each milliliter increase in the hormonal form of the vitamin, the subjects lost nearly a quarter pound more, often in the abdominal area.
Understand Why You Need Vitamins

Vitamins are produced by living material such as plants and animals and are natural substances that are necessary for almost every process in the body. While vitamins do not provide calories or directly supply energy, they do help carbohydrates, proteins, and fats produce energy.

The micronutrients found in usana vitamins can help trigger thousands of chemical reactions that are essential to maintaining good health. Most of these reactions are linked because one reaction will trigger another. A missing vitamin or a deficiency of a certain vitamin anywhere in the linked chain can cause a collapse, leading to slower metabolism. Remember your body needs to be healthy and active to function properly; if it is not getting the vitamins it needs, your metabolism is guaranteed to slow down.

Most vitamins are not made by the body in sufficient amount to maintain health and must instead be obtained through food. Vitamins are found in a wide variety of foods, and some foods are better sources than others. For this reason, eating a wide variety of foods ensures a better intake of vitamins. However, sometimes people don’t get the vitamins they need through diet, which is why some supplementation is both safe and desirable.

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Evaluate Your Need for Supplements before you head to the drugstore and drop every nutritional supplement you see into your cart, check to see if you’re already doing enough on your own in the multivitamin department.

  • Do you eat 6 to 11 servings of grains (bread, cereal, rice, pasta, and other grain foods)?
  • Do you eat at least 3 servings of vegetables?
  • Do you eat at least 2 servings of fruit?
  • Do you eat 2 or more servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products, such as milk, yogurt, or cheese?
  • Do you eat 2 to 3 servings of lean meat, poultry, fish, dried beans, eggs, or nuts?
  • Are you under sixty years of age? 
If you’re not answering yes, you may want to invest in a daily multivitamin and mineral supplement, such as USANA Vitamins. These are not to be used in place of meals, of course, but to supplement them. One way to improve your eating habits in the meantime is to choose one food group at a time and strive to eat all of the servings for that group each day.

Make Sure Your Needs Are Being Met

People who may want to consider a multivitamin or mineral supplement to boost their metabolism include the following:

  • Strict vegetarians may need extra calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, and vitamin D.
  • Women with heavy menstrual bleeding may need to replace iron each month.
  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding (an activity beneficial to metabolism) need more of some nutrients. Be sure to speak with your doctor first.
  • Menopausal women may need calcium supplements.
  • People on a low-calorie diet can benefit from supplements.
  • People over sixty years of age may have a decreased absorption of numerous vitamins and minerals.
  • People who suffer from lactose intolerance or milk allergies may be advised to take a vitamin D and a calcium supplements.
  • People with impaired nutrient absorption may be instructed by their doctor to take a supplement.
  • People who regularly smoke and/or drink alcohol because these habits interfere with the body’s ability to absorb and use certain vitamins and minerals will need supplements.
Consume Vitamin K

This fat-soluble vitamin is important because of its ability to help create a protein that causes blood to clot, but it also helps to boost the metabolism by bonding calcium to bones (which increases bone mass). Less brittle bones reduce the likelihood of bone fractures during exercise or other activity. Though the vitamin is produced from the bacteria that live in your intestine, it can also be found in leafy greens, avocado, and kiwi. Ask your doctor before changing your vitamin K intake if you take the medication warfarin (Coumadin).

Eat Folic Acid

Folic acid – a vitamin naturally found in leafy vegetables, oranges, wheat germ, and avocados – is critical to cell reproduction because it stabilizes DNA and, with the help of vitamin B12, aids in the production of hemoglobin. Metabolic benefits include regulating the body’s insulin levels so it doesn’t absorb unnecessary fat, and digesting and using proteins for energy with the help of B12 and vitamin C. For women who may become pregnant, researchers recommend a daily intake of 400 micrograms of folic acid per day from fortified foods or dietary supplements.

Consume Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Be honest, you probably don’t take vitamin C until you have a cold – but you should. Its antioxidant properties lower the risk of heart disease by barring free radicals from building up on artery walls and causing atherosclerosis. It also improves blood pressure and, at levels of 1,000 to 2,000 milligram, can help synthesize and thus reduce the effects of the amino acid homocysteine. On top of its heart-healthy benefits, vitamin C assists with the synthesizing of the amino acid carnitine, which in turn helps break down ingested fats. Beware of taking high doses of vitamin C supplements (more than 2,000 mg per day), however: This can cause nausea, diarrhea, kidney stones, and stomach inflammation.

Eat Vitamin E

By eating foods rich in vitamin E or by investing in a supplement that provides no more than 1,000 milligrams of the nutrient for adults – any more can cause adverse health effects – you can boost your memory and prevent damage caused by the breakdown of saturated fats – such as infertility and heart disease – especially if you take it along with the mineral selenium. So while you are boosting your metabolism, make sure to protect against those nasty free radicals and snap up some asparagus, beans, seeds, eggs, and healthy oils next time you are at the grocery store.

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