Your Guide to Vitamin D: Why It’s Important and How to Get Enough of It

grab some sunshine to boost your vitamin DA healthy lifestyle starts with a balanced diet to give your body all the nutrients it needs to thrive, from calcium to vitamin D, iron and more. Healthy eating plays a role in preventing certain diseases and gives us energy throughout the day. Our bodies need lots of different vitamins and minerals to function at their best, and problems arise when we sometimes can’t get everything we need, even with our best eating efforts. This is where supplementation comes in.

Let’s take a closer look at the effects of vitamin D Continue reading “Your Guide to Vitamin D: Why It’s Important and How to Get Enough of It”

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4 Healthy Reasons You Need Vitamin D

vitamin d sunshineWe get most of our vitamin D naturally, from the sun. When skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, a specific type of cholesterol in your skin starts the process of making vitamin D, and the newly converted D is stored in your fat cells until it is called into action. However, as the days get shorter, two things happen – the sun becomes less intense, and we tend to stay indoors more, giving our bodies less of an opportunity to get the sun exposure that’s needed to make vitamin D. Continue reading “4 Healthy Reasons You Need Vitamin D”

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The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K

Vitamins D3 and K2In recent years, vitamin D has received a lot of attention for its important role in health and wellness. From bone support, cognitive function, inflammation support to immune system optimization, vitamin D is a vital player in many aspects of health. Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive disorders, cancer, obesity and more. Data shows that most people are deficient in vitamin D. Fortunately, the majority of doctors are now routinely testing vitamin D status and advising supplementation.

Newer research is focusing on the synergistic relationship that vitamin D has with vitamin K2, another essential fat-soluble vitamin. Continue reading “The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K”

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6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early

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Most people think of osteoporosis as a disease that affects people over 65, but bone loss is something that can be prevented or at least minimized by supporting strong bones way before then. Although the best prevention for bone-thinning osteoporosis begins early, during the first two decades of life when you can most influence your peak bone mass by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and doing bone-strengthening exercise, it is never too late to adopt bone-preserving habits.

Follow these six strategies to help support bone strength and possibly prevent osteoporosis. Continue reading “6 Tips to Build Strong Bones Early”

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Calcium for Bones – And So Much More

greens2Calcium is next in our series A to Zinc and is probably the most commonly taken mineral. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and although most people associate it with supporting strong bones and teeth, calcium for bones is hugely important – but it’s also needed for so much more.

Calcium is also required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. Continue reading “Calcium for Bones – And So Much More”

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