8 Important Reasons to Take Magnesium

magnesium can help us feel happierMagnesium is critical for health. This amazing mineral is responsible for driving important processes in our body through its involvement in more than 600 enzymatic reactions, including energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Magnesium regulates muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It’s also necessary for making protein, bone and DNA, and is involved with regulation of our neurotransmitters, making it important for mental health, as well. Continue reading “8 Important Reasons to Take Magnesium”

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A Plant-Based Diet Can Build Strong Bones

leafy greens contain bone building mineralsAll the nutrients you need to build strong bones can be found by eating plants, without the negative health risks from milk and dairy products.

Nutrient-packed fruits and vegetables, along with exercise, can help build and maintain strong bones. Exercise is one of the most effective ways to build bone density, or the measurement of the amount of minerals contained in a certain volume of bone. Exercise will also help decrease the risk of osteoporosis. Continue reading “A Plant-Based Diet Can Build Strong Bones”

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Your Guide to Vitamin D: Why It’s Important and How to Get Enough of It

grab some sunshine to boost your vitamin DA healthy lifestyle starts with a balanced diet to give your body all the nutrients it needs to thrive, from calcium to vitamin D, iron and more. Healthy eating plays a role in preventing certain diseases and gives us energy throughout the day. Our bodies need lots of different vitamins and minerals to function at their best, and problems arise when we sometimes can’t get everything we need, even with our best eating efforts. This is where supplementation comes in.

Let’s take a closer look at the effects of vitamin D Continue reading “Your Guide to Vitamin D: Why It’s Important and How to Get Enough of It”

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4 Healthy Reasons You Need Vitamin D

vitamin d sunshineWe get most of our vitamin D naturally, from the sun. When skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays, a specific type of cholesterol in your skin starts the process of making vitamin D, and the newly converted D is stored in your fat cells until it is called into action. However, as the days get shorter, two things happen – the sun becomes less intense, and we tend to stay indoors more, giving our bodies less of an opportunity to get the sun exposure that’s needed to make vitamin D. Continue reading “4 Healthy Reasons You Need Vitamin D”

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The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K

Vitamins D3 and K2In recent years, vitamin D has received a lot of attention for its important role in health and wellness. From bone support, cognitive function, inflammation support to immune system optimization, vitamin D is a vital player in many aspects of health. Low levels of vitamin D has been linked to autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cognitive disorders, cancer, obesity and more. Data shows that most people are deficient in vitamin D. Fortunately, the majority of doctors are now routinely testing vitamin D status and advising supplementation.

Newer research is focusing on the synergistic relationship that vitamin D has with vitamin K2, another essential fat-soluble vitamin. Continue reading “The Synergistic Relationship of Vitamins D and K”

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