Vitamin D

Prepare Now To Avoid SAD This Winter

Kathy Smart | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

It's critical that we start thinking about the effects of our long and dark winters on us now, so that we can take the steps needed to ward off the very real mental health challenges that can arise as part and parcel of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Too Little Sunshine Can Take A Toll On Your Health, Too

Dr. Reinhold Vieth | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Reinhold Vieth

Throughout this beautiful summer, now nearing its end, we have heard a lot of warnings about the UV index, and have been told to stay out of the sun. So, am I confusing people by saying that avoiding sunshine could hurt you?

The Revitalizing Power Of Having Sunlight In Your Life

Leah Morrigan | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Leah Morrigan

In the spring and summer, people are happier and spend more time outside, not only for the warm weather, but I believe, for the light. For me, there is nothing more energizing and uplifting than sunlight.When bright light enters our eyes, serotonin production is increased, and this makes us feel happy and alert.

Easy Ways To Improve Your Health With Nature

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Whether climbing a mountainous terrain, swimming in a serine lake, or catching a glorious sunset, being in nature fosters well-being in infinite ways, including balancing our nervous system, impacting cardiovascular health, and influencing our mood.

12 Easy Kids' Snacks Rich In Vitamin D

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Parents

If you want your kids to grow healthy and strong, then vitamin D is essential for their diet.

A Little Sunshine Goes A Long Way Toward A Healthy Heart

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Warnings about excessive sun exposure because of potential skin damage and skin cancer have dominated the conversation. However, too little contact with the outdoors can also cause problems when it results in the deficiency of an all-important ingredient called vitamin D.

The Link Between Vitamin D And Rheumatoid Arthritis

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the oldest ailments in human existence and for anyone suffering from this condition, the symptoms can be unbearable. At the microscopic level, the lining of the joints becomes inflamed and as a result, aches. Trying to figure out how to manage arthritis has been the goal of many researchers.

Boost Your Healthy Gut Bacteria With This Kefir Blueberry Citrus Smoothie

Carolyn Berry | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

Smoothies are one of the easiest and fastest ways to get a bunch of healthy foods into a portable and delicious meal or snack. Smoothies are also great place to sneak things in that you may not eat on their own. This particular smoothie has a very special ingredient -- kefir (pronounced kee-fir).

Top 5 Cold And Flu Fighting Supplements

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Cold and flu season is upon us! The usual advice to fight off colds and the flu? Plenty of fluids and lots of rest to let your body fight off the virus. But productive people want to know: isn't there anything else I can do for some extra cold and flu-fighting power?

Try This Natural Approach to Sun Protection

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

There are plenty of new sunscreen products on the market today and we're using them more than ever before. But with all the incidences of skin cancer, clearly something is wrong with the way we're getting our sun exposure. Here are three concepts to understand before you step outside into the sun.

We May All Be Vitamin D Deficient, Because Science Messed Up

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Living

We need far more vitamin D than previously thought, according to two teams of researchers from Canada and the U.S. The Recommended Dietary Allowanc...

The Superpowers of Vitamin D

Marilyn Linton | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Have you been watching the meteoric rise of vitamin D? Long ago I knew D as essential for regulating bone metabolism and protecting bone health, but today the list of D's benefits is an ever expanding one.

12 Vitamin D Foods For The Dark Days Ahead

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 11.20.2014 | Canada Living

As we head into a dark and cold winter (for some of us, it feels like it's already here), we'll start missing out not only on the sunshine, but also t...

A Little Bit Of Sunshine Can Help Your Asthma

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living

Catching some rays outside could be a simple solution to managing acute asthmatic episodes, according to a new study at Tel Aviv University. While ...

Why Sunshine Is Your Body's Best Friend

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign indicates that all-day exposure to natural light, even by means ...

How Much Vitamin D do We Really Need?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

The Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics say babies and children should get at least 400 international units (IU) or vitamin D per day. The vast majority of babies and children do not get close to this.

Maybe You Don't Need Some More Vitamin D

CBC | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living

Taking vitamin D supplements to prevent cancer, heart disease, fractures and premature death provide few if any benefits, a new review of studies says...

VIDEO: Understanding Blood Test Results

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Most often we get blood tests done, and if all is normal, we never hear another thing about it. If something is off, we get the call to either take one supplement or another, are advised to monitor and have another test done. How many of us actually say "Thank you, and please send me a copy?" You. Must. Start. Now.

The Healthy Benefits to Cold Weather

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Most of Canada and parts of the United States has been gripped in a cold snap that has seen temperatures dip below -40ºC in some places. While we may have little enjoyment from this forecast, in terms of germs and pests, this may actually be good news.

Ways to Improve Your Health for the New Year

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

Contrary to popular belief, improving your health is possible with just a few basic habits that take only minutes a day. Follow my advice and try these simple, fast and effective tips below -- and I promise you will boost your total wellness and see a new healthy glow as soon as tomorrow's sunrise.

Ten Foods You Should Be Eating More Of

Kathryne Grisim | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Kathryne Grisim

Someone once said to me: "For ultimate good health, instead of focusing on what you should be eliminating from your daily diet, focus instead on consuming the foods that will increase your wellness." Recently, my husband and I got a "speed-dating" style opportunity to hear what she has to say about including 10 particular foods that will "rock your socks off."

Five Ways to Ward off the Winter Blues

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Every season in Canada has its positive side, but we all have one season that's more difficult for us -- whether it's summer's blistering heat, or winter's cruel cold. For me, it's the short, dark days of fall and winter. Here are some of the ways I stay positive and happy when the thermometer starts to dip and the sun's rays begin to wane.

This Vitamin's Bone-Bracing Power

CBC | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living

Getting enough vitamin D has long been associated with maintaining healthy bones, and now a new international study gives some idea of how much supple...

Not Enough Vitamin D Could Leave You Tongue-Tied

CBC | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada Living

Children born to women who had low levels of vitamin D during their pregnancy are more likely to have language problems, a new study suggests. ...

Stave Off A Cold Or Flu By Doing 5 Simple Things

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Treleaven | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Living

Sick of feeling sick? Dr. Janine Bowring offers five steps to help you prevent and treat your next cold. We always talk about treating a cold or fl...