How to be Happier and Lower Your Risk of Disease in 10 Minutes a Day

There is a lot of anti-sun propaganda out there these days.  But are these fears truly warranted?  What if we are missing a big huge piece of the puzzle and being overly cautious?  Today we are going to talk about why unprotected sun exposure can be more beneficial to us than avoiding the sun or lathering up with sunscreen. ...more

Low vitamin D levels can harm the brain

A new study out of the University of Kentucky found that rats who ate a diet low in vitamin D (for several months) developed damage to their brains. They performed worse on memory and learning tests and it's believed that the vitamin D deficiency may also be harming other organs.In addition to the immediate effects, the longterm effects could cause cognitive decline.The lead author of the study said that vitamin D deficiency is particularly common among the elderly and has been linked to Alzheimer's, certain cancers and heart disease.The solution?...more
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Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough

A reader requested information about vitamin D supplements and if they were necessary.  My advice is based on a mis-step I took myself last year when my exercise trainer recommended I get B12 shots to boost my energy level.  I didn’t ask enough questions or research the topic enough and went for 3 weekly sessions to receive the B12 shots at a center for weight loss that is monitored by a physician.  When my energy level didn’t change for the positive, I went to my internist to have them run blood tests.  The results were highly elevated le...more

Vitamin D - The Sunshine Supplement

By Margaret Plouff – Contributor, Natural Wellness...more

Ten Not to Be Missed Ways To Fuel Your Body’s Self-Healing Powers This Summer

It’s official. Summer is here.  So let’s make the best of it and jump start some healing.  Yes, summer is the perfect time to get the foods you need to ignite those healing pathways in your body.What does that mean?  More energy, less pain, less fatigue and fewer pounds around the middle. So here are ten ways to get started....more

The Skinny on Vitamin D, the Sun, and Weight Loss

With daylight savings time bringing more sunshine into our day (thank goodness!) it reminds me of a question I was recently asked about whether vitamin D can help with weight loss.   Lots of hoo-ha about Vitamin D lately.   Vitamins seem to be taking their turns in the spotlight, eh?   First there was Vitamin C, kicking everything from scurvy to the common cold, even if the latter is more based on wishful thinking than scientific evidence… but hey, look at the market for Vitamin C-laced cough drops, cold-kicking concoctions, and even candy!...more

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The Importance of Vitamin D and Calcium

As I’ve gotten older and become more aware of health issues, a source of frequent confusion is my vitamin intake. I eat well – little to no processed food and lots of fruit and vegetables – but I worry that I’m still lacking vital nutrients, especially with the news surrounding the oft-mentioned vitamin D and calcium. In fact, the U.S. government commissioned the Institute of Medicine to complete a study to clarify the appropriate levels of each; the results of which came out late last year....more

Light Therapy - The 'Prozac' for Winter Blues

My family was in for a major shock when we moved away from 16 years of living in the sunny Southwest to the Midwest with its grey winters.  People were warning us that winters would be hard. Yeah, right. I was born in Montreal, I remember winters. Pfffft. As we were visiting Chicago area homes in planning for our move, we scoffed at the particular homeowners that featured a closet with a standing tanning booth in it. “You’ll need this in the winter” they said. Yeah, right. Pfffft....more

Mini Guide To A Balanced Diet

What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them. Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more

Official Vitamin D Recommendations

The sunshine vitamin got some new light shone on it yesterday. New Vitamin D recommendations were announced  by the Institute of Medicine. These recommendations were updated for the first time since 1997.  The conclusion was that most Americans and Canadians up to age 70 years need no more than 600 IU (international units) of Vitamin D per day; and for adults age 71 yr and older, 800 IU....more