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Your Health Begins With “D”

We LOVE the end of daylight savings…cooler weather, sleeping a little longer and less hot sunlight streaming into The Belly Dance Studio.

But this time of year does have it’s gloomy side – and that can effect your health! With less sunlight, comes less of our “sunshine vitamin,” also known as D3.  According to many reports, most recently from our friends at, a vitamin D deficiency is low for most Americans year-round, but winter months it’s way worse.    Spilled Pills

Why should you care?  What difference does it make?  “….. D3 (vitamin D’s most active form) is essential. It protects you from brittle bones, hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, certain cancers, and more — as if this list isn’t plenty important enough. Vitamin D even perks up your memory. So stock up!” RealAge reports.

  • Start with food. Canned salmon is terrific: 500 IU of D in 3 ounces. Canned tuna’s good, too: 200 IU in 3 ounces. Each glass of D-enriched OJ and nonfat milk adds another 100 IU.
  • Take a supplement. Swallow 1,000 IUs of D3 a day, 1,200 after 60. Taking it with your omega-3s boosts absorption. Taking vitamin D with a meal helps, too.
  • Get a blood test for D3. It’s the only way to know how you’re doing. If it’s low (below 50), adjust and recheck in 3 months. Your payoff: Adults with the highest D3 have the fewest “cardiometabolic disorders,” a cluster of health problems that includes heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

For one of the BEST articles on the topic, comes from our favorite website:  “At least 75% of us are deficient, raising the odds of brittle bones, heart attacks, diabetes, and some cancers.  Before you shimmy off to your local Vitamin World to stock up on supplements, read on for some hip tips on how to boost your Vitamin D intake…”  Read the full article here>>

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