When is a vitamin not really a vitamin? When it's vitamin D! The "sunshine" vitamin, aptly named because sunlight is a source of it, is actually a hormone. Vitamin D is currently receiving a lot of attention and research regarding its r... Read more
It can be easy to lose track of all the vitamins out there. It's even easier to forget how exactly they help our bodies. Let’s see, vitamin A heals wounds and vitamin C improves eyesight, wait, what was it again? There are so many, it... Read more
There are many motivations for sticking with a healthy diet. Eating more of the good stuff (and less of the junky stuff) can help you prevent cancer, extend your lifespan, protect your heart and manage your weight. But one thing we don't always r... Read more
By now you know the importance of getting at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (if not, click here). Perhaps you are still not convinced? Use the excuse-buster list below when you find yourself reasoning your way out of reaching for the... Read more
Going to the drug store lately can feel a little like a Saturday morning trip to the candy shop, with dozens and dozens of colorful vitamin and mineral supplements to choose from! Can’t you just sample a little bit of everything?
If you&rs... Read more
I burned my esophagus the other day and it hurts SO bad. My doctor has me drinking viscous lidocaine with Maalox and children's antihistamine so that I can drink juices right now. Without it, it hurts to swallowed juiced carrot.
Well, I have bee... Read more
My Name is Summer. In the last few years I really let go of my health. I am ready to get back into shape. My goal this years is to lose a total of 55 pounds. Right now this seems like it's so far away, but I am going to do everythi... Read more
I am starting to get discouraged. I have been exercising on my exercise bike since end of February...almost everyday. I am not feeling any energy after I am done. It doesn't energize me...not sure why but it is getting me discouraged. Any suggestions... Read more
Been at this since Sept.(actually, all my life but on Sparks since Sept.) and don't seem to be making any real progress. I would like to be able to have a healthy diet and also be at a healthy BMI. Eating the correct number of calories is a chore... Read more
When I do my Nutrition page on what I have eaten and then find out what vitamins I have met it is hard. Sometimes I get 8 or 9 of them and others 6. I have a hard time getting Vitamin B-12, D, and iron. I do take 2 multi vitamins during the day so I... Read more
Vitamin D deficiency is serious business. I've been paying closer attention to this problem since my Mom had a serious problem with it last winter. She was holed up in the basement during our long power outtage. We had a bad winter last year, gray,... Read more
Ellie Krieger is just as considerate and poised on the phone as she is on her hit Food Network show, Healthy Appetite. I called her for an interview a couple of weeks ago, and surprisingly she answered her own phone. My jitters about interviewing her... Read more
To help increase your immunity this cold and flu season, give yourself an extra boost of vitamin C (no supplements required!). This antioxidant is found in a wide range of foods from potatoes to bell peppers. Check out these 5 delicious, vitamin-C ri... Read more
I went to a new doctor last September and she wanted to run a few basic blood tests as part of my “new patient” exam. I also asked her to check my vitamin D levels, but she was reluctant and said they were probably fine. I told her that I keep hearin... Read more
Yesterday I read that children with low vitamin D were vulnerable to higher levels of allergies, according to some of the lastest research. I am about to soak up more Vitamin D the natural way, just in case the supplement I have been taking isn't en... Read more
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