How to Make Sure Your Body is Getting What it Needs

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Are you always on the run? Do you often skip breakfast and turn to fast food for lunch? If so, your body probably isn’t getting the nutrients it needs.
Are you always on the run? Do you often skip breakfast and turn to fast food for lunch? If so, your body probably isn’t getting the nutrients it needs. The USDA just updated its food guidelines to recommend 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. The food guidelines are designed to help Americans get adequate levels of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. They call for the average adult, with a 2,000 calorie per day diet, to eat 6 ounces of grains, 2-and-a-half cups of vegetables, 2 cups of fruits, 5-and-a-half ounces of meat and beans, 3 cups of milk and 6 tablespoons of oils every day ( For most people, the advice is hard to follow. It seems in today’s society, people have so much going on, they forget, or don’t have time to eat right. So what can you do? These days, more and more people are adding nutritional supplements to their diet to get the vitamins and minerals their bodies need. In recent years, thousands of supplements have come on the market, so how do you know you’re choosing the nutrient and level that’s right for you? Do your research or turn to the experts that do the research for you. One brand that’s been getting a lot of positive attention lately is Isomers, available through Shop NBC. Isomers Laboratories president and chemist Manuela Marcheggiani and her husband created a full line of skincare products and nutritional supplements that not only nurture the skin, but the body and mind as well. The Science of Total-Beauty. The supplement line starts with the daily multivitamin tablet products, called the Core. Unique to Isomers is a drinkable Effervescent Multivitamin, a refreshing way to get your daily dose of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They come in single serving packets you can take with you on the go. “A lot of people avoid taking vitamins because they don’t like swallowing pills. This supplement comes in powder form that quickly dissolves in water, and has a great tasting fruit punch flavor,” says Marcheggiani. In addition to being rich in vitamins and minerals, the Effervescent Multivitamins also contain antioxidants and standardized phytonutrients (plant-derived components that are intimately involved in helping fight free-radical damage). Isomers also offers a healthy alternative to coffee and soda for people in need of a little pick-me-up during the day. The Berry Blast Energy Drink helps you revitalize your body and mind with B vitamins, amino acids and caffeine. The drink also awakens the senses, revitalizes the body and mind and activates metabolism. “Of course women want to look and feel great, but we’re busy. My goal was to create a line of supplements that combined health and convenience,” say Marcheggiani. “Your face tells the world your story. Whether you have been getting enough sleep and good nutrition is there to see. Good nutrient supplements can help you and your body look and feel your best.” Isomers nutritional supplements are sold exclusively through Shop NBC. To learn more about their health benefits, log on to and click on the link at the top that says “Health and Fitness.” Courtesy of ARA Content
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Mac-Haydn Theatre, Shakespeare & Company Take Top Honors at Berkshire Theatre Awards

Tara Franklin accepting the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for 'On the Exhale' at the Chester Theatre Company.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on Nov. 11, the fourth year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region.

The 2019 awards really display the commitment of regional theaters to presenting new and diverse work. Women and minorities were well-represented among the nominees and the winners in all categories. Nominees represented theaters in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut.

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Outstanding Play Production go to the Shakespeare & Company's production of Suzan-Lori Park's "Topdog/Underdog" and "Ragtime" take home the award for Outstanding Musical Production for the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

This year's ceremony featured musical and Shakespearean performances by nominees David Joseph ("Times Stands Still" at Shakespeare & Company) and Greg Boover ("Twelfth Night" at Shakepeare & Company), and musical selections by Monica M. Wemitt, Rachel Rhodes-Devey and Gabe Belyeu from the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

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