Archive for June, 2009

Let the Sunshine in

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Sunshine brings Vitamin D

You know that big, scary, powerful, orange fireball in the sky?  No? You mean you’ve been hiding from it for the last, say, twenty years?  Much like eggs and the cholesterol battle, our poor, neglected sun has been getting a bad rap lately.  That’s not to say you should go old school, break out the bathing suit and slather yourself with baby oil, but it turns out that a little- i.e. 15 minutes-of unprotected sun exposure 3 times a week can be good for you.  Yes, good for you.

There’s a good reason we have a sun smiling down on us (and who could afford the heating bill otherwise?).  We are running a vitamin D deficit; some studies show that overall we get 50% less vitamin D absorption than we need for a healthy lifestyle.  Vitamin D is best known for aiding calcium absorption and building strong bones but is now thought to also help thwart certain types of cancer, heart disease and other chronic health conditions.  Taking a quality supplement can help with our shortage of this crucial vitamin.  And the sun wants to help us out too.  Vitamin D is so vital to our health that our bodies manufacture it automatically, but only after our skin has been exposed to ample sunlight.

So toss off that oversized hat and leave the sun block at home-for a few minutes anyway.  It’s time to catch some rays, literally.  And be sure to take your vitamins too.  After all, they’re good for you and will help you have a happy and healthy summer.

Enjoy!

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Want to read more about vitamin D and calcium?  Check out our health library for more information.  Besides a healthy serving of sunshine, we offer several nutritional supplements that can aid vitamin D absorption and supplementation.  Liqui-Calcium is a high-powered amalgam of six essential sources of calcium which includes vitamin D and other minerals.  And our renown multi vitamin, MultiSential Plus, boasts a complete blend of vitamins and minerals including 600 IU’s of vitamin D.

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