Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee distributor in Dallas, looks at Vitamin D deficiency.

Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee distributor in Dallas, looks at Vitamin D deficiency.

 

A five year study of young girls aged nine to fifteen years old showed a relationship between low levels of vitamin d and stress fractures.  The study included 6712 adolescent girls across the United States.

 

The mothers of the girls were questioned every 12 to 24 months between 1996 and 2001 regarding the subjects’ food intake.

 

During 7 years of follow-up, 3.9% of the girls developed a stress fracture. Dairy and calcium intakes were unrelated to risk of developing a stress fracture. However, vitamin D intake was inversely related to stress fracture risk. A stratified analysis was conducted to estimate the association between vitamin D intake and stress fracture risk among girls participating in at least 1 hour per day of high-impact activity.  Ninety percent of those in whom the stress fractures occurred, a higher vitamin D intake predicted significantly lower risk of stress fracture.

 

The conclusion is that Vitamin D intake is associated with lower stress fracture risk among adolescent girls who engage in high levels of high-impact activity. Neither calcium intake nor dairy intake was prospectively associated with stress fracture risk.

 

So my question now is, are you getting enough vitamin d?  Common sourses include cod liver oil, salmon, swordfish, tuna, sardines and egg yolks.  Many foods are fortified with vitamin D, so it is evident that it is hard to get the amount we need in the normal foods we eat.

 

In 2010, the recommended daily allowance was set at 400 international units.  However many studies have shown that much more vitamin D3 is useful in protecting and building health.  Factors that determine the amount any one individual needs include age, latitude, season, outdoor activities and food intake.  You can take the Vitamin D quiz by clicking here.

 

Unless you are a cod liver oil fan, supplementation is necessary to get the amount recommended and suggested.   Try this source for guaranteed potency and purity- http://HealthHeleprs.MyShaklee.com .

Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee Distributor in Dallas is about being healthy without drugs or synthetics. Call 214.252.9596 or email us to learn more about vitality and health.

Shaklee distributor in Dallas talks more about energy.

Shaklee distributor in Dallas talks more about energy.

My previous article on energy discussed the roles of carbohydrates and proteins in the diet for energy sources.  Also involved in energy production is that little three-letter word fat.  Fat, even though it is looked upon as an evil component of food, plays some major roles  in maintaining health. 

Fats

  • make up part of the structure of cells,
  • form a cushion around cells,
  • provide heat insulation around vital organs,
  • carry fat-soluble vitamins and
  • provide a storage reservoir for energy.

So fat is important, but the typical American diet gets way too much of it.  It is the most concentrated source of energy because fat contains twice as much stored energy, or calories, as does either proteins or carbohydrates.  A gram of fat has 9 calories where protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram.

But man cannot live on proteins, carbohydrates and fats alone.  Other nutrients are required where energy is concerned. The b vitamins help to convert fats, carbohydrates and protein in to energy.  Magnesium is needed to breakdown glucose into energy.  Low magnesium levels can mean you don’t feel like heading out for a walk.  A study of women showed that when magnesium levels were low, the body had to work harder to do the same amount of work, particularly the heart and lungs.

Zinc, potassium and iron are also integral in producing energy.   Iron helps to carry oxygen for energy to the cells, tissues and organs.

It is very important to get all the “raw materials” on a daily basis your body needs to function at its best and provide you with the energy you need and want each day.  While we all try to eat more healthfully, it is often difficult to get in enough lean protein and 5 to 9 fruits and vegetables each day.  And surely our food is not as dense in vitamins and minerals as it was when our forefathers grew their own food in rich, fertile soil.  Think about supplementing your daily food intake to ensure you get what you need.

Dallas Health Helpers, Shaklee Distributor in Dallas is about being healthy without drugs or synthetics. Call 214.871.9596 or email us to learn more about vitality and health.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.

Dallas Nutritionist recommends others along with calcium.  Most people know that calcium is important. But is the total picture clear to everyone? There are things that help calcium be better absorbed and more effective.


 
Osteoporosis is a major health issue.  Americans consume more dairy products and calcium than any other population in the world, but we still have one of the highest rates of this debilitating disease. Half of women and a quarter of men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in his or her lifetime.

And while osteoporosis can strike at any age, it is often thought of as a disease that affects the elderly.    Think of calcium as the bricks in the bone-building process because it doesn’t work alone to build and maintain strong bones.  Bricklayers know that a house is only as strong as the mortar that holds it together.  And the nutritional “cement” for building and maintaining strong bones includes vitamins D and K, magnesium, boron, zinc, copper and manganese.

Nearly half a million older adults were followed by National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers who found that increasing calcium consumption in women was associated with a lower risk of developing cancer. The beneficial effect seemed to peak at about 1,300 mg of calcium daily.  Perhaps because women were more likely to take a multivitamin/mineral supplement that contained calcium, and much more likely to take a calcium supplement regularly, a similar effect on total cancer wasn’t seen  in men .

But men and women were found to be in agreement on at least one thing. A lower risk of developing cancers of the digestive system, including colon cancer was associated with a diet rich in calcium from foods and supplements.  In fact, men and women with the highest calcium intakes had a 16 and 23% lower risk respectively for digestive system cancers compared to those with the lowest calcium intakes.

 Who can benefit from supplementing with calcium and the other nutrients for bone health?

  • Individuals concerned about building strong bones and maintaining long-term bone health
  • Persons whose diet may be low in key bone-building nutrients, particularly women age 30 and older, teenagers, and the elderly.
  • Smokers, those who have high intakes of alcohol, or frequently drink soft drinks —lifestyle habits that can limit or interfere with the utilization of calcium
  • Women who experience PMS symptoms
  • Those concerned with issues of retaining normal blood pressure
  • Anyone who finds calcium supplements too chalky, too big, or hard to swallow

What does a calcium supplement need to contain to be truly effective?

  1. 1,000 mg (100% DV) of elemental calcium from nature’s most concentrated and easily absorbed sources
  2. 400 mg (100% DV) of magnesium to help incorporate calcium into bone and help strengthen bones
  3. 400 IU (100% DV) of vitamin D to stimulate calcium absorption
  4. Boron in a clinically supported amount to aid bone metabolism
  5. Vitamin K to help bind minerals to form bone matrix
  6. Manganese, copper, and zinc – co-factors that activate enzymes that help build bone mass

 You can purchase these supplements individually, but I recommend Osteomatrix,a single supplement that fills the bill easily.  It is recommended that calcium supplementation’s daily dosage be spread over at least intakes to allow for better absorption.
 
Dallas Health Helpers has been in the nutrition business for 26 years.  Our offices are in Dallas, but our reach is nation wide.