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September, 2010:

Vitamin D Facts

Why are so many people at risk for vitamin D insufficiency? Actually, there are several factors that influence the amount of vitamin D in your body each day. Vitamin D is formed in the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight, or it’s consumed in vitamin D-rich foods, but there are many reasons for inadequate sun exposure and low vitamin D intakes today.

The season or calendar month is a major risk factor for vitamin D insufficiency because sunlight is reduced during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Sun exposure is critical to vitamin D health and the risk for vitamin D insufficiency rises with the increase in sunscreen use and time spent indoors. The geographical latitude of your home location is another determinant of daily sunlight exposure, and skin color is a key influencer as those with darker skin are less efficient at converting sunlight to vitamin D internally. Other critical factors that can create a greater need for vitamin D include increasing age, being overweight, lack of exercise, and low intake of fish and other vitamin D-rich foods in the diet.

Low vitamin D has been linked to suboptimal heart health, immune function, bone health, and an increased risk for certain cancers. An increasing number of scientific experts believe current vitamin D intakes and blood levels are too low to support optimal health. In fact, it has been estimated that as many as 80% of Americans may have “insufficient” blood levels of vitamin D.

So if you’re concerned that your vitamin D intake may not be all that it could be, consider getting 10–20 minutes of sun exposure daily without the use of sunscreen, exercising regularly and achieving a healthy weight, and eating fish and vitamin D-fortified foods more often. And because we know that obtaining sufficient vitamin D from foods is difficult, find a high-quality dietary supplement of vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D found naturally in the human body.

To find out if  you may have insufficient Vitamin D levels, take the new Shaklee Vitamin D-ology online quiz developed by Shaklee scientists.  Stay Well, Elise

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D3?

Recent research shows that vitamin D—the “sunshine vitamin”—offers a multitude of benefits including supporting healthy heart function, immune and bone health. But, up to 80% of Americans may have insufficient levels of this essential nutrient. Supplemental vitamin D is clinically supported and proven to significantly raise blood levels of vitamin D.

Are YOU getting enough Vitamin D?
Get the answer with Vitamin D-ology™, a new online quiz developed by Shaklee Scientists. Based on the answers to 8 simple questions, the Vitamin D quiz will quickly calculate the Shaklee Health Sciences recommended level of Vitamin D.
Take the Quiz Now!

Shaklee’s Vita-D3 is the culmination of recent scientific research including two industry-leading Shaklee vitamin D studies. Plus, Shaklee Vita-D3 is subjected to over 300 quality tests to guarantee product purity. Our vitamin D supplement contains 1,000 IU of high potency vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D. .            Studies show this essential nutrient helps:
* Support healthy heart function               * Promote immune system health
* Facilitate healthy cell development
* Maintain strong bones and teeth by increasing calcium absorption

Who Should Consider Vita-D3?
Men, women, and adolescents ages 16 and older who:
* May not get adequate sun exposure                * Don’t exercise regularly
* May not get enough vitamin D from their diet      * Are overweight
* Live farther from the equator                   * Have darker skin pigmentation

Shaklee’s Vita-D3 is tested for purity and potency, is Star-K kosher certified and is Gluten Free.  It contains high potency vitamin D3 and is based on cutting-edge nutrition science.  Stay Well and Get Your Sun! Elise

Habits and Change

Be Healthy

So how has this week been? Changing one bad habit for a good is not easy is it! We humans like the easy way, the way with no pain and no thought. We just want to keep going on the same path like cows who move from field to field, never straying from the old paths.
But last week we talked about doing some good for ourselves, developing a few healthy habits that will give us a healthier, longer and happier life. Now that is a goal worth a little effort isn’t it?
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like being ill. Days of fever, headaches, muscle aches and such are not my idea of fun. Vacation is my goal, not illness. Taking days off for illness does not refresh my spirit.
Change is good for us. Breaking those old habits that are keeping us in unhealthy ruts take time, patients and determination, but are rewarding when accomplished. Changing a mindset is important. How we think about something impacts how we take care of ourselves.

That is why I asked “How Many M&M’s do you eat?” last week. Thinking about taking more than one Alfalfa Complex tablet sends some people into panic mode! Funny really when they eat handfuls of candy at a time, handfuls of popcorn, bunches of grapes and more.
It is all about how we perceive a task. Our thinking that handfuls of one thing is okay while handfuls of another is impossible to accomplish even when the items are the same size, holds us back from reaching optimum health and wealth.
Change your thoughts Change your life.
When you Change the Way you Look at Things the Things You Look at Change!
Stay Well, Elise

Be Good to Yourself! Change Your Habits

We are always working, working, working.  We multi-task, trying to be more productive in our jobs, life and relationships.  We have ridiculous commutes each day, spending hours in bumper to bumper traffic or on public transportation.  We are stressed, over-weight, sleep-deprived and mal-nourished.

Wow, how did all this happen to us?  What did we do to deserve such a fate?!  Somewhere along our life path, we choose to ignore the obvious and go with the crowd.  We no long play, sleep well, exercise, laugh at truly funny things with friends and family.  We eat foods that have no nutritional value, but are filled with chemicals that our bodies cannot use, fat and we don’t need and way too much sodium.

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But we can make changes that will make our lives healthier, happier, filled with joy, peaceful and calm.  However, being human, we don’t take well to drastic change, so we are going to have to ease into this desired state of health and happiness.  Small daily changes.  Making changes in our habits takes time.  All of the above are habits we have acquired along the way of our lives.  And we can change those habits.

I use alfalfa to keep from having sinus problems.  Each day, during the course of my day, I consume around 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets (aspirin size tablets).  When I tell others about the relief from prescription anti-histamines , prescription decongestants and mega-doses of anti-biotics along with an inhaler, I am met with a groan and something like this:  “You take 10 pills a day! I could not do that!”

Really?  You can’t take 10 little tablets a day to keep from having a sinus infection?  Then I ask, “Do you eat M&M’s?” They will say “Yes, of course.”  Then I will ask if they eat only one or 2 at a time or a handful? ” Handfuls of course!”  Amazing what habits we have.  We eat handfuls of candy that is really not too good for us, but shy away from eating the 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets that are about the same size as the candy and do so much for our health and quality of daily life.

Habits are the things that keep us from health, wealth, happiness and long life. Habits can be changed, but we must make a conscience effort to make those changes.  Choose one thing to change at a time.  Reward yourself when you have make the change a new habit.  Making a change in habit will take time, so don’t expect an overnight success.  Success is worth the wait!

Be Good to Yourself, Change Your Habits!

Stay Well, Elise

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