Posts tagged ‘Dr Andrew Weil’

Vitamin D-Take More!

On the Huffington Post website, Dr. Andrew Weil writes an article suggesting that we need to up our intake of vitamin D…majorly.

The recommendation that the government has set for adults is around 400 Iu for men and women up to age 50, and increasing to 400 Iu after 50. However, many experts, like Dr. Weil,  have been vocal in their disagreement of these low numbers, suggesting (and even imploring us!) that we take more.

You may know that vitamin D has been our “darling” for the past year or so. Google vitamin D and you’ll find a plethora (God, I love that word) of information on this vitamin. The basics: It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, and should be taken with foods containing fat to be best absorbed. Besides taking in D through foods such as fish, eggs, and fortified milk (which isn’t enough), we have the amazing ability to produce D via sunlight. Pretty cool, eh? Yes, only 10-15 minutes per day will do, but that only does the trick if you’re outside around noon, naked, with no sunscreen. AND if you live in warm climates. I live in NYC, stuck inside behind a desk, and as much as I’d love to prance around nekkid (and hey, this IS New York after all) I just don’t see that happening.

So, I take vitamin D supplements, just like Dr. Weil suggests. And yes, I do take 2000 Iu. Especially since it’s winter, and because women tend to be more deficient in vitamin D than men. Actually, I take more than that, since I take a 2000 Iu vitamin D3 supplement AND a multivitamin, which has some D in it.

And why do our bodies need vitamin D? Why all the hype?  The major function of D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.  It aids in the absorption of calcium, helping us to build strong bones. More recent research suggests that D does SO much more by providing protection against hypertension (high blood pressure), osteoperosis, cancer, and several autoimmune diseases.

According to Dr. Weil:

We have known for many years that we need vitamin D to facilitate calcium absorption and promote bone mineralization. But newer research has shown that we also need it for protection against a number of serious diseases. In recent years, scientists have discovered that it may help to prevent several cancers, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, psoriasis, diabetes, psychosis, and respiratory infections including colds and flu.

So, there you have it folks. The lowdown on Sweet D (anyone catch the reference?). Make sure when you are at the Dr you check your D levels…my physician does this automatically now. But please make sure you’re supplementing yourself with vitamin D!

February 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

This Week’s Nibbles

Happy Friday!

I’m inaugurating a new weekly Friday post–articles, blog posts, and stories I’ve come across on the web that I feel are worth sharing. Read them all now or savor them to read throughout the weekend. But I’ve done all the work for you and found this week’s best reads (in my humble opinion).  Just a disclaimer about this week’s picks: a few involve food safety, such as chicken and salmon farming. I’ll let you know which ones they are in case ignorant bliss is for you (I promise not to hold it against you)  Enjoy–and have a fabulous weekend!

For all those “almost” vegetarians or “pescatarians,” this one’s for you. **Graphic**

Dr. Weil enlightens us on the best time of day to take your vitamins

Are you eating the 12 healthiest foods on earth? If not, add ’em to your diet!

No time in the day for your daily “ohmmmmm?” How about meditating while eating

Your kitchen is dirtier than you think-take it from this microbiology student! This video is worth the watch, even just to see what a nut Kathy Lee Gifford is!

You might not ever want to eat at the Cheesecake Factory again (or at least, order the seafood)

In a follow up from the above article- a closer look at where our salmon is coming from. A must read for the salmon lovers out there (ignorant bliss comes into play here–but this issue  is VERY important)

What’s the new diet trend among the trendy (and stupid, in my opinion) in Los Angeles?

And to end the list with an homage to our incredible Mother Earth:

National Geographic’s most incredible pictures of the year–guaranteed to inspire you and develop even more love for mother nature

July 17, 2009 at 1:47 pm Leave a comment

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