Vitamin D

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  • Vitamin D is a nutrient that supports the absorption of calcium and contributes to the maintenance of a healthy mood. On top of that, a multitude of studies support its role in immune health.

    The family of fat-soluble D vitamins has two primary forms: vitamin D2 and vitamin D3. Both boast properties beneficial to our bone, tooth, muscular and immune health; and being deficient in both can cause symptoms like low mood and energy, and affect heart health. However, there is also an important difference between the two forms of vitamin D: while D3 can be manufactured naturally by humans when skin is exposed to sunlight, D2 is found only in plants and is not as effective in maintaining adequate levels of vitamin D in your body. Therefore, be sure to choose D3 (also known as “cholecalciferol”) when choosing a Vitamin D supplement.

    For healthy adults, a common recommendation is 1000 IU per day of vitamin D3. Many children could also use more than they are currently getting, with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending 400 IU per day for children. Your health professional can help you decide if a higher dosage is needed.
  • Nutritional Support for Blood Glucose Health

    A healthy blood glucose level is vital to maintaining overall good health. Proper diet is just one of the important components of effective blood glucose management. Dietary supplements can be a beneficial way to help maintain blood glucose levels already within the normal range, or simply a way to help promote optimal nutritional status.

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    Top 5 Supplements for Good Health
    The right program of vitamin supplements can help deliver a natural recipe for fulfilling a healthy diet and supporting overall health. With so many supplements to choose from, here is a list of the top five supplements to create a powerful core regimen for good health in the new year.

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    Heart disease remains the single leading cause of death in the United States. In 2006 alone, 26% of the men who died, did so due to heart disease, affecting more than one in every four men.(1)What many don`t realize is that half of the men who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.(2) Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be at risk for heart disease.

    Back to School: Keep Your Kids' Healthy with Vitamin D Back to School: Keep Your Kids' Healthy
    As parents, we know this time comes with a lot of preparation, including getting school gear, school supplies, etc.; however, it is also time to take measures to ensure the health of your kids’ immune system.

    Anti-Aging Tactics
    While a fountain of youth may be a myth, there are steps you can take to lessen aging’s toll on the body. Dr. Mike Roizen, author of the book Real Age and a five time guest on Oprah is a leading expert on anti-aging. He shared some of his secret weapons—including vitamin D, antioxidants and calcium—with the Wellness Advisor.

    Celebrate Spring Sunshine Vitamin D Am I Getting Enough Vitamin D?
    While not found in many foods, vitamin D can be made by the presence of sunlight (UV rays) on skin. So that extra hour of sunlight may give you the opportunity you need to get your vitamin D. The preferred time to maximize your vitamin D production is between 10 am-2 pm, when the sun is high in the sky.

    Commonly Asked Questions About Vitamins
    If you have unanswered questions about vitamins and supplements, you are not alone. Over 50% of Americans take supplements, yet many aren’t sure which ones to take, how much to take or even when to take them. To clear up the confusion, the Wellness Advisor has put together answers to your most commonly asked questions about vitamins and supplements.

    Good Health and Vitamin D
    Vitamin D has emerged as the “star supplement” because of its many nutritional benefits for both men and women. Vitamin D plays a key role in the proper absorption of calcium for strong bones and teeth. This important vitamin also enhances immune system strength in adults. Unfortunately, too many Americans are not getting enough of this “star supplement.”

    Starting or Updating Your Vitamin Regimen
    Making the decision to lead a healthier lifestyle is fairly easy, but putting it into practice on a daily basis is more difficult. Busy lifestyles often interfere with efforts to eat a more balanced, healthier diet. Have you ever tried to eat 5-6 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday? It’s no secret that most Americans don’t follow the guidelines set by the food guide pyramid. Fortunately, supplements are there to fill in the nutritional gaps.

    Wellness Tips
    For Optimal Health: Carroll Reider, M.S., R.D. suggests everyone add vibrant hues to the dinner plate like steamed carrots, peppers, and red cabbage. “Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will help maximize nutrient intake and many provide essential antioxidants,” Reider said. “It’s even better to take a multivitamin with your dinner to better absorb the nutrients and ensure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need.”

    Vitamin D Essential for Your Good Health
    Vitamin D, known as the sunshine vitamin, is readily available, yet over 70% of all Americans have insufficient blood levels of vitamin D.

    Vitamin D: The Vitamin of Life
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    Immune Health: Supplements
    to Support Your Body’s Defense

    Read about the nutrients that can promote the health of your immune system and keep it going strong: vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, zinc, Echinacea and probiotics.

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    Kathy Smith, leading health and fitness guru and author of the best-selling book and video Moving Through Menopause, recounts how exercise, nutrition and relaxation techniques can ease the physical and emotional strains of menopause.


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