Why Your Brain Loves Vitamin D

by Mia Syn, M.S., R.D. Vitamin D has long been referred to as the ‘sunshine vitamin.’ Vitamin D researchers suggest that 5-30 minutes of sun exposure at least twice a week between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to exposed skin without sunscreen will result in sufficient vitamin D synthesis. (1) However, research suggests that almost 50…

The One Vitamin You Are Low In

  By: Elizabeth Somer, M.A.,R.D. Unless you’re supplementing daily with vitamin D, it’s likely you are deficient and don’t even know it. Up to three in every four people tested are low in this vitamin. What’s the risk? Until recently, vitamin D’s sole job was to support calcium absorption and deposition into bone, thus lowering osteoporosis…

Common Misconceptions about Supplements

In our last article, we talked about the difficulties of meeting recommended guidelines for essential nutrients. “Even if you follow a healthy diet, a busy lifestyle can make it difficult to obtain the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals from food alone,” says Elizabeth Somer, a leading registered dietitian and author of several books, including…

Throw Out Your Resolutions

We are more than a month into the new year, so how are you doing with those resolutions? If you’re struggling to keep up with your 2015 goal, you’re not alone. “So many of us look to the start of a new year to make big changes,” says Elizabeth Somer, nutritionist and author of ‘Eat…

A Heart-Healthy Message from Santa and Mrs. Claus

Two of the most beloved holiday icons are leveraging their celebrity this season to bring attention to heart disease – the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. Mrs. Claus is inviting American families to join her in making the same, heart-healthy lifestyle changes she and Santa are taking on this year to raise…

Supplements are important – even for celebrities

Did you know singer Katy Perry takes 26 vitamins and supplements every day? She must know how important taking a daily supplement can be to help fill in the nutritional gaps you may have in your diet. Registered dietitian Elizabeth Somer says most people would benefit from a well-chosen supplement.    How do you know…

Four Steps to Choosing the Right Vitamins and Supplements

Last month, Elizabeth Somer, R.D. and author of Eat Your Way to Happiness, appeared on the TODAY Show to share her “4 Steps to Choosing the Right Vitamins and Supplements.” In honor on the 100th Anniversary of the Discovery of Vitamins, Elizabeth recommended the following vitamins and nutrients to add to your daily routine: 1….

Foods That Help Your Mood

Have you ever reached for a bag of greasy chips at the end of a bad day? Ever gone into the cookie jar when you’re feeling down? You’re not alone. Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D. and author of “Food & Mood” writes about the relationship between food and the blues. She says in most cases, indulgence…