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Spring Awakenings – Vitamin D

Spring fills our sights and senses with color and fragrances.  The trees are in full bloom with white and pink blossoms.   As we enter the out of doors, our noses are filled with the fragrances of the lilac and other flowering trees.

Spring is the time to enjoy the out of doors, spruce up the yard, and get ready for summer.  After the long winter, the warmth of the sun feels good. The sun’s rays help to promote a happy and healthy well-being.

We all love the sun and the sun is good for us in small doses.  We get Vitamin D from the sun. Did you know that Vitamin D is responsible for the function of over 200 genes in our body that regulate growth and development?   If we don’t have enough Vitamin D in our body, it can result in obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, osteoporosis and neuro-degenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.  Adding to that list is the of research which shows that Vitamin D deficiency also plays a role in heart disease and many types of cancers, especially breast and colon cancers.  (1)

There are two forms of Vitamin D; Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 plays a role in our mood and can also help reduce pain.  We obtain 50% to 90% of Vitamin D through the sun and the rest comes from diet or supplements. Some of the food sources of Vitamin D are egg yolks, fatty fishes such as salmon, and fortified dairy products. (2)

We have all been told that the sun is bad for us and damages the skin. We put on our sunscreen and then go outside. Changing your good habits just a bit will also help to improve your overall health.  Vitamin D begins with the skin’s exposure to the sun. If you have fair skin, about 15-20 minutes in the sun will provide all the Vitamin D that you need. If your skin is darker, you may have to spend more time in the sun. You only have to expose 30%-40% of your skin to the sun. After the 20 minutes, lather on the sunscreen to protect your skin from the rays that will burn and damage your skin. (2)

So how much is too much?  You cannot get too much Vitamin D from the sun. Your body takes what it needs. Too much Vitamin D comes from supplements. A good way to measure if you need to supplement your Vitamin D, is to come into La Belle Vie Medical Care & Aesthetics and have your blood drawn. Based on your results, Kelly Lance, FNP, is able to help you with the need for supplements and the correct dosages. La Belle Vie can also help you with the best sunscreen protection for your face and neck!

So here’s to Spring with all its colors and smells. Here’s to the sunshine and here’s to a happy and healthy you!

  1. Retrieved from: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
  2. Naeem. (2010) Vitamin D Deficiency- An ignored Epidemic. Int J Health Sci (Qassim). Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3068797/

February is all about Love

February is all about Love.
It is a great time to share a little love and kindness with the people we love. Family, is really the good stuff in life. We are all busy in our day to day routines. Taking the time to make February 14, a little more special than any other day is not only fun, it also reminds our loved ones how much we care about them.

Love yourself from the Inside and Out!

You need to remember to also care about You! We do a great job taking care of everyone but sometimes we forget to take care of ourselves.

The month of February is the American Heart Month. Taking care of your heart means starting with small steps to eat a healthy diet and to make goals to exercise more often. Have you had your cholesterol checked lately? Stop by the clinic this month and we will test you cholesterol for $25.00.

Did you know February was also National Potato Month? Potatoes are fat free, sodium free, and are rich in potassium. A medium potato only has about 111 calories and is rich in vitamins B, and C, and supplies fiber to your diet. So this month celebrate eating potatoes. You can bake them, boil them, and mix them. Find a fun recipe to make this month and enjoy your potato. Just go gentle on the butter!

Chocolate! Don’t we love chocolate! Chocolate is proven to contain polyphenols which are micronutrients that help in the prevention of cardiac disease by lowering the bad cholesterol, LDL, and raising the good cholesterol, HDL. (1) This month in February, take care of you by adding a little dark chocolate to your diet. La Belle Vie is also celebrating you by offering a decadent chocolate facial providing your face with all the wonderful chocolate antioxidants.

Winter has been filled with snow. Is spring around the corner? Taking care of your skin in the winter is important. The air is dry and we need to wash using a gentle cleaner and a toner that helps condition and restores balance. A good moisturizer is essential to good skin care.

Taking care of you inside and outside is important and so are the clothes we wear. Some of the Fashion trends this year are floral jumpsuits, slip dresses, A-line skirts, and belled pants.
Most of all, Love yourself inside and out!

1. Baba S1, Natsume M, Yasuda A, Nakamura Y, Tamura T, Osakabe N, Kanegae M, Kondo K. 2007. Journal of Nutrition. Plasma LDL and HDL cholesterol and oxidized LDL concentrations are altered in normo- and hypercholesterolemic humans after intake of different levels of cocoa powder.