Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

vitamin-dIn this next installment of Vitamins and Minerals from A to Zinc, vitamin D is in the spotlight… or should I say, the sunlight? The majority of Americans (both children and adults) are deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with numerous diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, osteoporosis, psoriasis, periodontal disease, macular degeneration, mental illness, propensity to fall, and chronic pain.

Beyond its role in enhancing calcium absorption, new research has shown that vitamin D improves immune function (fights colds and flu) and can reduce the risk of a variety of cancers. Continue reading “Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin”

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Dinner Tonight: Maple Tofu Steaks and Spinach

maple-tofuFor many, tofu may seem daunting to prepare. It looks a little weird when it’s fresh from the package, and the flavor is very mild or bland. But when prepared correctly, it’s so much more than a boring block of tofu! Tofu is a complete vegetarian protein with only about 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving. Depending on the brand and firming agent used, it can also be an excellent source of calcium. Organic tofu is best.

Tofu is a versatile ingredient that can replace meat in almost any type of dish. This is a great recipe for Meatless Monday and although tofu isn’t a favorite in our house, this recipe went over well. It may have been the fact that the tofu was flavored with maple syrup! Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Maple Tofu Steaks and Spinach”

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All About C

orangeIn our series about vitamins and minerals, we have looked at vitamin A and all the B vitamins. Today, it’s vitamin C’s turn. Vitamin C is one of the most commonly taken vitamins and it is also one of the easiest to get in your diet… if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many because of diets rich in processed foods and low on whole foods.

According to a report published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised, and we should all consume more foods rich in vitamin C. In fact, the scientists believe that the RDA of vitamin C should be more than doubled. Continue reading “All About C”

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EWG’s Healthy Home Guide

healthy-homeRecently, I wrote about my home renovation, as well as tips to make your home healthier. Well, the renovation is done, and we are happy that the chaos, noise and dust is over with. Before starting the whole process we did some research on how to make our house more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. And although we think we did a pretty good job at sourcing locally made cabinets, local hardwood, and choosing low VOC paints and stains, I wish we had come across this excellent resource from the Environmental Working Group, EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide. Continue reading “EWG’s Healthy Home Guide”

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5 Heart Health Facts You Should Know

heart-healthFebruary is American Heart Month and heart disease is the number 1 killer in the United States. Not cancer, not accidents… heart disease. For many, this is a preventable disease. A healthy diet of whole natural foods, regular exercise and good quality sleep can go a long way to reduce the stresses on the heart, arguably the body’s most important organ. Sometimes these aren’t enough to keep the heart healthy. Here are some preconceived notions that many people have about heart health and what you really need to know to avoid heart disease. Continue reading “5 Heart Health Facts You Should Know”

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