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Nutrition Tips: The Importance of Vitamin D
Kindred Nutrition is so excited that Dawn Frick RD, LDN joined us in the Fall of 2015. Our clients just love her and our thriving! Dawn's specialties include Gastrointestinal Health, Weight Management, Picky Eating and more. Dawn really enjoys assessing our clients' essential vitamins, minerals, and gut health and practices what she preaches. Starting today Dawn will be tag teaming with me, Amy to bring you more of the blogs you love and request. Have ideas or questions you want answered? Comment here and we'll put it in the queue for the coming months! As always, we hope you enjoy our blog!
Just heard the weather
forecast for tomorrow – a high of 22° F with30 mph winds.Winter is definitely here.I spent this weekend making sure our family
is geared up to stay warm and healthy these next few months: Hats? Check.Gloves?Check.Boots?Check. Vitamin D?
Well, that’s a work in
progress for all of us.
many of our winter days spent inside hiding from Mother Nature’s wrath, we lose
opportunities to get adequate vitamin D from the sun.And we definitely need this important
nutrient – and not just in the summer.Vitamin D is responsible for keeping our bones and teeth strong by
aiding in absorbing calcium.Our muscles
and nervous system need vitamin D to function properly.While our immune system is working overtime
to keep us healthy, vitamin D is a critical component in fighting off viruses
and bacteria.There’s been a lot of
recent research indicating a link between autoimmune disease (such as
rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis) and vitamin D insufficiency.Also, I recently read a very interesting
study that showed there may a relationship between vitamin D and IBS –
particularly for those with IBS-D (diarrhea dominant).
we aren’t getting enough of this “sunshine vitamin” because it’s Antartica-cold
outside, we need to look at our diet.Some foods have been supplemented with vitamin D such as cereals, milk,
or orange juice.Other foods such as egg
yolk and salmon contain vitamin D naturally.When you visit your primary care physician, ask to have a vitamin D
check during your next round of lab work.If your results are low, schedule an appointment with one of us to
discuss diet changes and possible supplements to bring your levels to the normal
range. In Good Health, Dawn
A quick trip to the grocery store or chain restaurant and you will likely be bombarded with the concept of “clean eating” foods that claim to be “organic”, “natural”, “non GMO”, and “gluten free”. There is also the laundry list of foods you should avoid such as high fructose corn syrup, processed foods, and various toxins or chemicals. As a consumer it can be very overwhelming and intimidating to choose which foods are best for you. While clean eating is not a new sensation, it has become increasingly popular in part due to misinformation on social media. Fear mongering is the latest marketing strategy in which companies are deliberately arousing fear in consumers to help sell their product. For example, products claim to be non-GMO when in fact it is not produced as a GMO food in the first place. There are only 8 genetically modified crops commercially prepared in the U.S. Products that have never contained gluten have a “Gluten free” label on them. Then there is the irrational conce…
Recent research by Cornell University published a week ago in the New England Journal of Medicine proves that holiday weight gain does happen and most of it is from October to about ten days after Christmas. The study analyzed 3,000 individuals over a years time focusing on daily weights that were collected and analyzed by a wireless Withings Scale.
Although the average weight gain from October to November was only 1.3 pounds this may prove that holiday weight gain is not a myth. Of interest, the study also showed that fifty percent lost the weight shortly after the holiday season while it took the other fifty percent about five months to lose the excess weight, shortly after Easter. Author Dr. Wansink advises “Instead of a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, have an October resolution not to gain too much weight in the first place. Then you won’t have to worry about five months of struggling." At Kindred Nutrition we tend to agree with Dr. Wansink's advice. Our society is s…
Parents, I see you. I see you putting everyone else's needs in front of yours. I see your dark circles under your eyes, your gray hair, that your wasting away, or that you've collectively gained weight over the years. It's time to put yourselves first because if you don't take care of yourself you won't be around to keep taking care of everyone else.
So often friends, acquaintances, or clients say to me, "I don't know how you find the time to exercise." "How can you take the time away from everything else and get away to exercise?" "I wish I could actually focus on myself and exercise."
Exercise to me is self care. It produces endorphins faster than any other activity I engage in. It reduces my stress, keeps me healthy, increases flexibility, and gives me more energy to be on point with my busy kids and my demanding job.
My exercise isn't extravagant and it doesn't take too much time. Here's my secret. I always work e…