The jubilant colors of the holidays have dissipated beneath a slate-colored sky. As you return to your usual grind, you might feel robbed of your sunny disposition—but not because of that looming deadline—you’ve been robbed of actual sunshine. Odds are, you are deficient in vitamin D, and that is certainly something to be sad about.
You’re not alone. More than 66 million Americans are deficient in vitamin D. The Institute of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health considers blood (serum) levels of just 12 ng/ml to indicate deficiency and 20 ng/ml to be adequate, but either amount falls way short of its potential benefits.
Vitamin D is actually not a vitamin at all, but a hormone that the body makes through a chemical process triggered by UVB light contacting the skin. It is converted by the liver and then by the kidneys into the usable version of vitamin D, which supports strong bones and teeth by helping the body absorb and distribute calcium and phosphorus. Serving as calcium’s usher, vitamin D battles soft bones (osteomalacia), thinning bones (osteoporosis), and weakening bones (rickets). But to many researchers and medical practitioners, this is old news—about 80 years old, according to Current Rheumatology Reports. Instead, researchers are now buzzing about vitamin D’s potential extra-skeletal benefits.
Vitamin D receptors exist in almost all your cells and organs, suggesting disease-fighting functions far beyond bone health. Recent research shows an association between low vitamin D levels and increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 1 diabetes, depression, immune dysfunction, infectious and autoimmune diseases, and even certain types of cancer. Vitamin D is much more than a humble bone builder, and the nationally recommended 20 ng/ml simply isn’t enough.
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Your Anti-COVID-19 Menu – WHAT TO EAT NOW!
Every day, as we learn more and more about what makes the COVID-19 virus tick, we also learn more about what we can do to minimize our exposure and stay safe. Though we haven’t fully cracked the code and the end of the pandemic still feels a long way off, we do understand the three most important things we can do right now to protect ourselves: tame the inflammation the virus takes advantage of; get underlying health problems under control; eat to feed the good bacteria in your gut so they can keep your immune system operating at its absolute peak.
COPING WITH THE LOSS OF Home for the Holidays
A wise man once wrote, there’s no place like home for the holidays, but this year, unfortunately that’s not the case. With the CDC recommending that we don’t head home this holiday season, the typically joyous time of year that we could all really use has to be put on pause.
Reduce stress this holiday season
Stress and overwhelm are synonymous with the holidays now, so it’s extra important to have tried and tested ways to get centered and back into the joy of the season. There are lots of things you may already be doing, or can tweak slightly to help you relax and feel more present
EASY 5: FIVE TIPS FOR ANYBODY LOOKING TO STAY FIT WHILE QUARANTINED
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard at the best of times, and a global pandemic is anything but the best of times — with gyms closed, kids home, and the world turned upside down, figuring out how to be active, eat well, and maintain a productive mindset might feel close to impossible — but you can do it. Embrace that something is better than nothing. Your workouts don’t have to be perfect, but they do have to happen. Think consistency — think daily, non-negotiable motion! Your future self will thank you! Exercise is good for our immune system, our body, and our mind — you will be a more emotionally resilient, focused, compassionate version of you if you move! Plus, in a world filled with things we can’t control, it feels reassuring and positive to control what we can control: our workouts. So, how do you make motion a non-negotiable?
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Gluten and dairy restriction:OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER!
When children experience respiratory, digestive, behaviour, or other health challenges, many parents naturally seek out dietary solutions. Unfortunately, the prevailing confusion in this area provides fertile ground for misconceptions and counterproductive dietary fads. Among contemporary trends, avoiding gluten and/ or dairy products are two of the most popular. Does taking your children off gluten or dairy really help? Do such recommendations rest upon fallacy or fact? As it turns out, though born of legitimate concerns, the impulse to discontinue gluten or dairy products is generally misguided, and may distract parents from truly important steps that can help kids to eat right, grow, and thrive.
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Chickpeas appear in early recordings in Turkey well over 5000 years ago. India produces the most chickpeas worldwide but they are grown in more than 50 countries. An excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber, B vitamins, and some minerals, they are a nutritious staple of many diets. The name chickpea comes from the Latin word cancer, referring to the plant family of legumes, Fabaceae. It is also known by its popular Spanish-derived name, the garbanzo bean. Kidney beans, black beans, lima beans, and peanuts are other familiar foods found in this legume family.
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Having trouble getting your kids to eat healthily? When you package these superfood hits into your kid’s menu you can be sure you are giving them the nutrients they need and show them great nutrition is just around the corner!
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