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Vitamin Deficiency Linked To Diabetes, Autoimmune Disorders, and Cancer

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vitamin D, also known as the Sunshine Vitamin, plays essential roles in supporting our energy and balancing our moods. It also helps to build healthy bones, heart, nerves, skin, and teeth and supports the health of the thyroid gland. But, at this time of year, it is easy to develop a Vitamin D deficiency.

New evidence shows that people with higher levels of vitamin D experienced a decreased risk of Type II diabetes. Researchers at the US Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University just released its study linking low levels of Vitamin D to diabetes in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The authors of the study concluded that maintaining optimal vitamin D levels in the blood may be a Type II diabetes prevention strategy.

Other research found that vitamin D plays a critical role in activating the body's immune system against infectious diseases like the flu. Researchers note that a deficiency in this important vitamin, which actually acts like a hormone in your body, may result in a greater risk of contracting flu viruses. Also, additional research linked low amounts of vitamin D to autoimmune disorders, cancer, depression, diabetes, and heart disease.

Many people incorrectly think that getting a bit of sunshine daily is sufficient to meet their vitamin D requirements. However, after your skin is exposed to sunlight, it takes about 48 hours to convert it into vitamin D. During that time, the sunlight-initiated precursors to vitamin D can be washed off with soap and water. So, if you scrub your skin with soap in the shower, your body will not convert most of your skin's sun exposure to vitamin D. I'm not suggesting that your stop showering after sun exposure, rather, that you primarily soap the areas that don't see the light of day and wash the sun-exposed ones with water only.

Getting enough sun exposure at this time of year can be difficult. Vitamin D is also found in foods such as fish and fish oils, and in smaller amounts in sweet potatoes, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, and many types of sprouts. People with low thyroid function (hypothyroidism) tend to have difficulty with vitamin D absorption and, as a result, tend to have higher needs for this nutrient. For most people 2000 to 4000 IU daily is the recommended supplementation but everyone's needs are different so it is best to work with a qualified natural health specialist.

  
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HEALTHYNEWPAIGE 2/19/2012 11:27PM

    emoticon This was very helpful!

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INFLATED 2/18/2012 10:28PM

    I have a deficiency and take two 1,000 gelcaps a day. When I was first diagnosed, I had to take 50,000 a day. Even the pharmacist checked with the doctor before giving me the gelcaps. I take other medicine that has it in too.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/16/2012 10:40AM

    YES! Little did I know I was Vit. D deficient. Found that out when I was diagnosed w/type 2 insulin resistant diabetes in 2010. Was on prescribed doses of Vit. D from Jan. 2010 til this January. NOW I can do with the Vit. D. found in my multi-vitamin and ONE dose of the Vit. D. That's a good thing.

One other thing that is mentioned re: the escalating # of people who are found to be Vit. D. deficient. Think about what is plastered all over in health news . . . sunscreen. So, essentially we're blocking out the Vit. D we get from the sun! One solution is to get 10 min. exposure in the morning THEN apply the sunscreen. Your information re: the fact that it takes the body 48 hrs. to transform that sunshine to Vit. D is important to remember as well.

Just one more note . . . as a thyroid patient, I feel like my body has a "double whammy" -- but with my weight loss, proper nutrition and exercise my blood sugar has been sustained in the normal range and that's a step in the right direction! So now the only "whamny" is my thyroid disease. Just have to be watchful.

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PATTISTAMPS 2/16/2012 9:54AM

    My regular physician recommended 2 1000 mg capsules daily for me... and I live in Orlando! I had a very huge deficiency... and take a multi vitamin, drink a glass of milk daily. So get yours checked, even if you think it is good!!!

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How To Sharpen Your Brain With Your Heart......

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Like many baby boomers, I've been noticing my memory isn't as sharp as it once was. Scientists call this "cognitive decline." I don't really like that expression, because other aspects of my cognitive functions are sharper than ever. For example, more often I can't remember where I put my car keys or I enter a room forgetting why I went there and have to retrace my steps back to where I started to remember. However, my problem-solving abilities and intuitive discernment are getting more keen and refined.

A recent CNN news report said cognitive decline begins around age forty. I've read other reports that say we are sharpest up to age 25-35. One thing these reports hardly ever discuss is how our emotions affect our cognitive functions and that we can improve our minds, not just by playing puzzles or going back to school, but by reducing our stress and increasing how much time we spend in positive emotional states.

Stressful emotions that we all experience at times, like anxiety or worry, anger and fear, invariably lead to stress and tend to cause a desynchronization in the activity in the brain and nervous system, which directly impairs cognitive functions. In fact, it's well established that ongoing stress is a major contributor to the decline of our cognitive functions. On the other hand, when we have a more positive outlook, when we're feeling hopeful, appreciative, caring and loving, it improves the way our brain and nervous system process information.

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INFLATED 2/18/2012 10:21PM

    Stress and lack of sleep affect the memory in negative ways.

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PATTISTAMPS 2/15/2012 12:39PM

    And I learned something today! thank you!

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    I'm having WAY too many senior moments of late emoticon

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MS.ELENI 2/14/2012 10:11PM

    Very true.

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MORRISAS 2/14/2012 8:42PM

  My memory has been horrible lately. I definitely attribute the decline to stress.

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The Seven Dos and Don'ts Of Arguing

Monday, February 13, 2012

DO have it out face to face. This means truly face to face, not text to text or seething email to seething email.

DON'T avoid the fight. If something's been bugging you.....eventually, it'll come out. Choosing to let it out in a calm, constructive way will lead to a better outcome than waiting until you unleash on him in an inappropriate place.

DON'T state opinion as fact. Instead of saying matter-of-factly that your partner is disrespectful---a sure way to get them immediately defensive---pick an example and ease into it with an "I" statement.

DON'T pick a fight in public. You won't get anywhere when there's an audience around you, so save the drama for the stage, not your sister's engagement party or your significant other's office party. Wait until you get home---- or until you get to the car-----to bring up whatever's bothering you.

DO stay on topic. First you're fighting about your mother-in-law, and next thing you know, every fight from the past 15 years is on the table. Take a deep breath and bring it back to the source of the argument---and work together on solving just that one this time around. Save some fun for next week!

DON'T fight to win. Fight with the intention of meeting in the middle, not with the intention to crush the competition. "Winning" the argument may feel good in the moment, but it's compromise that will actually lead to fewer arguments about the same thing in the future.

DO end on the same page. Make the fight worth it by getting some real problem-solving done---and confirm with each other that you're going back to your corners with that same solution in mind.

Fight fair-------instead of fighting to the death!!! emoticon

  
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INFLATED 2/18/2012 10:18PM

    I am learning to let my husband know when something is bothering me. For years, I would let things come to a boil, then explode. Great advice in your blog.

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LOVESLIFE48 2/14/2012 7:41AM

    Thank you!!

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    Great advice Patti emoticon

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MS.ELENI 2/13/2012 10:58PM

    People don't believe me when I say Bill and I have never had a fight. I get snippy when I don't feel good but we do not fight.

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FLAME42 2/13/2012 8:07PM

    Good advice!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/13/2012 7:52PM

    Hard to do in the heat of the moment, but all true.

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CELIAMINER 2/13/2012 6:44PM

    Excellent advice!

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YOGAANDBIKE 2/13/2012 6:37PM

    Thoughtful!

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BALDWINJ_03 2/13/2012 5:58PM

    Great points!

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Go Ahead And Have That Chocolate For Valentine's Day...Just Make Sure It's DARK Chocolate.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Forget what you've heard about death by chocolate. A new Harvard study shows that chocolate may be good for your heart. It's a great day for chocolate lovers everywhere.

Murray Mittleman and his colleagues at Harvard Medical School studied data on 31,823 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women to assess the relationship between chocolate and heart failure. The women who consumed an average of one to two servings (that's a fairly small amount) of high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate per week had a 32% lower risk of experiencing heart failure. Those women who ate 1 to 3 servings a month had a 26% lower risk of heart failure.

The scientists noted that the high concentration of phytonutrients called flavonoids in dark chocolate are potent antioxidants that are likely responsible for the results.. The flavonoids are believed to lower blood pressure and reducing inflammation linked with heart failure.

Keep in mind that not just any chocolate will do. Forget the vast majority of candy bars on the market. The study results were achieved with high-quality, cocoa-rich chocolate. Read DARK chocolate. The darker the better. And, be sure the one you choose is low in sugar, has no trans or hydrogenated fats, and no artificial colors, flavors, or other synthetic ingredients.

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PATTISTAMPS 2/13/2012 3:18PM

    YUMMMMMM

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INFLATED 2/13/2012 11:58AM

    I buy Hershey's extra dark chocolate, 4 pieces is a serving, and have it with a mug of coffee. It is a great dessert.

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    i love Thorton's Dark Chocolate! emoticon

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THOMS1 2/12/2012 9:28PM

    I can't eat just a little either so,I guess it's no chocolate dark or otherwise for me. emoticon

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LOVESLIFE48 2/12/2012 8:26PM

    I'm trying to get used to the taste of dark chocolate. I like Dove so far!!

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FLAME42 2/12/2012 8:06PM

    Dark chocolate is fabulous, I do enjoy it in small amounts. Have always preferred the dark chocolate to milk chocolate, even before we were told which was best for us.
Happy Valentines week, try a LITTLE dark chocolate.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/12/2012 7:08PM

    I could definitely fall into the chocoholic category. I limit myself to just a small bite whenever I have any. Not on my list of foods I am to eat due to high potassium. ENJOY!!!


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MS.ELENI 2/12/2012 6:46PM

    I can't eat just a little so I try to stay away as much as possible. It is just way too good

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A Tribute To Grandparents (Part II)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old. Mary H. Waldrip

You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. Proverb

An hour with your grandchildren can make you feel young again. Anything longer that that, and you start to age quickly. Gene Perret

The best baby-sitters, of course, are the baby's grandparents. You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida. Dave Barry

I wish I had the energy that my grandchildren have---if only for self-defense. Gene Perret

Grandmother/Grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love. Author Unknown

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do.....Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children. Alex Haley (Love it)

Grandmother---a wonderful mother with lots of practice. Author Unknown


A grandparent is old on the outside but young on the inside. Author Unknown

One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather. Joy Hargrove (When our grand-daughter was born, my husband was holding her and she wrapped her fingers around one of his. He looked down and tears rolled down his face.........and he NEVER cries.)

It's amazing how grandparents seem so young once you become one. Author Unknown

If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma. Teresa Bloomingdale

Grandparents are similar to a piece of string---handy to have around and easily wrapped around the fingers of their grandchildren. Author Unknown

What is it about grandparents that is so lovely? I'd like to say that grandparents are God's gifts to children. And if they can but see, hear and feel what these people have to give, they can mature at a fast rate. Bill Cosby

Grandchildren don't make a man feel old.....It's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother. G. Norman Collie

  
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PATTISTAMPS 2/12/2012 11:36AM

    Lovely!

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    I never understood why children bored at home, could be content at Grandma's house. There is definitely a special bond between grandparents and grandchildren.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/12/2012 1:03AM

    SUPER!!! Thank you so much for sharing.

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FLAME42 2/11/2012 9:48PM

    Read all of these a second time before I came to comment. Couldn't pick out just one as a favorite, they all have such meaning to a grandmother. Now I know why the older grandchildren come & talk for hours, they are just beginning to understand their lives. Since I had 4 yr. old Alex starting at 4 a.m. I was intriqued by the energy one.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/11/2012 9:01PM

    Wonderful!!

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