Monday, March 29, 2010

Vital to Your Health - Vitamin D

Vitamin D levels are being seen as a "measurement for wellness" now by some doctors; see NPR article But over 75% of Americans are not getting enough Vitamin D; NPR article

Vitamin D mainly comes from sun exposure, and from a few foods such as egg yolks, fish, and fortified milk and grains. It is an important component in helping your body absorb calcium for strong bones and healthy teeth. Recent research, however, is showing that Vitamin D is important for far more than just your bones: it may protect against heart disease, some cancers, severe asthma in children, and reduced mental function. It may also help with fibromyalgia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, general muscular aches and pains, and in supporting your immune system.

The appropriate level of Vitamin D is now being reviewed. The current Recommended Daily Allowance for adults is 400 IU. A "high" daily dose of Vitamin D may help prevent bone fractures in older adults; "high" being over the 400 IU recommended. Preliminary research shows intakes of between 1000-2000 IU as being safe and effective for adults. One doctor in the first NPR article cited is taking 3000 IU a day. Personally, I have have upped my intake to 1000 IU daily.

There are concerns that this issue will get worse before it gets better: obesity causes Vitamin D to disappear from the bloodstream and it is a lot harder to get levels back to normal after this occurs. Vitamin D levels have also been found to be low in African-Americans and Hispanics (due to their darker skin blocking sunlight).

What can you do? You can drink a minimum of 4 glasses of fortified milk (10 if you want to hit the 1000 IU level). There is a great chart (Table 3) at about a quarter of the way down the page. Cod liver oil is very high in Vitamin D. Salmon and mackerel also contain significant amounts. But do you eat fish every day or worry about poisons like lead, mercury, PCBs, etc in your fish? You probably ought to consider taking a supplement. I take Shaklee's Vitalizer with iron (being a woman under 50) - 1000 IU of Vitamin D. Whatever supplement you decide on, make sure it does not contain synthetic ingredients - they can do more harm than good.

Decide to do something, please! Let me know what you are doing to ensure YOU get enough Vitamin D.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Need energy, fast!

I had to get up early today and drive about 3.5 hours to a workshop. My 2-year-old daughter had me up at 11:30pm and again at 2:30am. I am sure you can imagine how tired I was. I did ok driving there, but boy was I feeling sleepy when I got there. And there was no coffee or tea! Luckily I had planned ahead and brought my energy chews. I took one and almost immediately felt better. For 3 hours and 40 minutes I felt fine and enjoyed and participated in the workshop discussions.

But as the 4th hour was rolling around, my eyes tried to go up the back of my head. So I took another energy chew. Right away I felt more alert. I finished the conference and the long drive home without feeling like I was going to fall asleep. Do you know what it is like to drive through the Mojave Desert in the evening when you are tired? Dangerous! But I made it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

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