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4/11/13 6:41 P

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I take 5,000 IU of vitamin D a day. I thought I wouldn't be deficient in Vitamin D but when I had a blood test done my level was only at 9 after 3 months it's now at 2 and still trying to get it to at least 35. I live in Phoenix so I thought my level would be awesome with as much sun as we get. Not the case, I do feel better after being on the supplement regularly, I also noticed I haven't gotten any little viruses my kids have brought home.

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4/4/13 12:14 A

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They talk about it in the US too. My doctor keeps trying to put me on some exorbitant amout daily. I keep thinking I can get it by getting some sun time. It's a double edged sword, being light skinned and red haired.

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4/2/13 6:28 A

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Good information ...thanks emoticon


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4/1/13 10:26 P

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As new research emerges surrounding Vitamin D, the news is all over it, telling us that the “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign may have caused Australians to go overboard with their sun protection…and now many people have a vitamin D deficiency.

During the winter months, Healthy Fix has taken the Bondi Bootcamp and Bondi Boxing sessions indoors to escape from the chills. However, as summer approaches, we will be heading back outdoors to train in the sun (for some of the sessions at least!)

Specific UV rays from the sun, at certain times of the day, directly on our bare skin, are known to activate a process within our bodies, which allows conversion to vitamin D.

Vitamin D is not only important for our bones as it is essential for calcium and phosphorus absorption, but it is also involved in a number of other processes within the body.

Research has shown that healthy vitamin D levels results in:
80% less belly fat
40% less fat of all kinds
A lower risk of developing cancer, multiple sclerosis and Type II diabetes

A simple blood test from your local GP will determine whether or not you are vitamin D deficient, and if so, it is recommended that you take a vitamin D supplement, especially during the winter months when there is not as much sun around.

Why is it necessary to supplement with vitamin D? Studies have not only shown the positive effects mentioned previously, but also a deficiency in vitamin D has been linked to muscle weakness and pain.

When is the best time to take the supplement? I take my vitamin D on a morning, after breakfast. Since vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, it needs to be eaten with some sort of “fat” – (the good kind of course) – think olive oil, avocado or nuts.

So if you find that you are deficient, supplement with vitamin D to have 80% less ab fat and improved health!

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