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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 risk. This role is now considered the tip of the nutritional iceberg.

Every cell in your body has receptors for vitamin D, which means every cell, tissue, organ, and system, from the top of your head to the tip of your toes, needs the vitamin. It’s no wonder research shows that vitamin D might aid the body in muscle weakness, gum disease, diabetes, insulin resistance, hearing and vision loss, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hypertension and depression, among other health conditions. It also supports pregnancy outcome and reduces the incidence of falls by up to 60 percent in seniors, while a deficiency can mimic symptoms of fibromyalgia. Preliminary studies also show a possible link between low vitamin D intake and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease and more.

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The Benefits of Vitamin D

As Americans begin to spend more time indoors and the daylight hours begin to shorten, it is important to consider your levels of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is an important nutrient, which allows our bodies to absorb calcium to build stronger bones. This is especially important during childhood and adolescence when there is rapid physical growth and development.

Vitamin D also keeps our immune system strong by stimulating immune cell proliferation and cytokine production. It also helps the regulation of metabolism of calcium and phosphorus. Additionally, there are well-recognized positive benefits of vitamin D on bone density and muscle strength.

It is especially important for children to consume adequate amounts of vitamin D because it assists in calcium absorption. Children’s developing bodies need higher levels of calcium to ensure bones are developed to their fullest potential. Research shows adolescents have the highest risk of developing vitamin D deficiency, which can cause bone deformities, muscle weakness, bone tenderness or pain. 

Although our bodies can make vitamin D from the sun, most dermatologists caution against prolonged direct sun exposure to avoid skin damage. Vitamin D can also be consumed by eating fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms or fortified milk like Silk Soymilk with DHA Omega-3.

 In addition to vitamin D-rich foods, many people opt to take a vitamin D supplement to ensure they are getting adequate amounts of the nutrient. Try a daily multi-vitamin like One A Day VitaCraves Gummies to ensure you are getting all the important vitamins you may be missing in your diet. 

The benefits of omega-3s for infants

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition highlights the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly DHA, for infants. Researchers found higher intakes of DHA during pregnancy were associated with longer gestation duration and birth size. DHA omega-3 is considered one of most important nutrients for babies, along with folic acid and calcium with vitamin D, because it is important for brain and eye development. Talk with your healthcare provider about prenatal supplements with DHA, like Enfamil Expecta Prenatal Supplement.


Hot Nutrition Tips (Part I)

Nutrition has never been so hot. According to Elizabeth Somer, registered dietitian and author of “Eat Your Way to Sexy,” recent research has enhanced the field of nutrition. From vitamins to oats, check out some of the recent findings.

Hot Discovery #1: Vitamin D works far beyond its role as a bone-builder

Last year marked the 100th birthday of the discovery of the first vitamin. We’ve come a long way since then and in the past few years, we have found that every cell in the body has receptors for vitamin D and it is essential for helping to prevent several diseases, as well as helping to maintain muscle in elderly.

 Even in sunny areas, up to 80 percent of the population is low in vitamin D. So consider first having your blood levels checked, and if you are low, supplement!

Hot Discovery #2: Tomato extract helps improve blood flow

There are several things you can do to help decrease your risk for heart disease like eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, avoiding tobacco and exercising at least 30 minutes a day.

You can also try a new tomato extract, Fruitflow, is now being added to food products and supplements, and supports healthy blood flow.

Hot Discovery #3: Oats: A good option for weight control

This simple, old-fashioned favorite helps maintain a healthy weight thanks to the combination of fiber and water, which fills you up on fewer calories and digests slowly so you are satisfied between breakfast and lunch, and less likely to be grazing at the fridge or vending machine.

Hot Discovery #4: Probiotics for health

Remember the days when yogurt was a health food for hippies? Not anymore. Yogurt has gone mainstream and rightfully so. The bacteria found in yogurt can help boost your immune system. Choose plain, nonfat yogurt and sweeten it yourself with fruit or a little jam.

How will you reinvigorate your diet with these hot nutrition tips?

Building Beautiful Minds – The “Big 3” for Baby & Me

Let’s start at the beginning and look at some of the important building blocks for every woman’s diet during pregnancy and while breastfeeding to help support positive brain health of their babies.

  • Folic acid is a B vitamin important for healthy cells. Diets with adequate folic acid may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal birth defect.
  • Calcium with vitamin D is essential for infant development and for the long-term health of the mother. Vitamin D helps the body absorb and retain calcium. Consuming plenty of calcium with vitamin D during pregnancy promotes strong bones and teeth. It also supports a healthy heart, nerves and muscles for the baby. Adequate maternal calcium intake ensures that enough is available to meet the needs of both mother and baby.
  • DHA omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid important for brain, eye and heart health. A diet rich in DHA during pregnancy and breastfeeding may play a role in supporting healthy pregnancies, helping a mother’s emotional well-being after birth and aiding the mental and visual development of infants.

Women can get the “Big 3” nutrients through a well-balanced diet. Moms pass these important nutrients along to their developing infants via the placenta during pregnancy and through breast milk after birth.

Women know the importance of folic acid and calcium with vitamin D, but many are not familiar with DHA omega-3. However, scientific evidence demonstrates that DHA omega-3 is an important building block of perinatal nutrition.