6 Things You Should Know about Vitamin D

Vitamin D has been around for a long time, but I am hearing some confusing messages around this topic lately. The way for me to get clear on something is to research and write about it.   Here we go!

1. Sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D, Hormone D? What is it anyways?
In the strict sense, a vitamin is defined as “an organic substance present in minute amounts in the natural diet that is essential to normal metabolism. Insufficient amounts of vitamins in the diet may cause deficiency diseases. A hormone is defined as a substance formed in one organ but transported in the blood to another organ and capable of altering the functional activity of that target organ”(1).
Since neither Vitamin D2  (ergocalciferol) nor Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) has the function of a hormone in the body, these two compounds cannot be classified as hormones. These are vitamins. However, once these vitamins are processed by the liver and kidneys, Calcitriol  (activated vitamin D) is produced. This is a hormone.

2. Where does Vitamin D come from?
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. Our bodies naturally produces vitamin D by Continue reading “6 Things You Should Know about Vitamin D”

Are you Healthy?

As I prepare for my first seminar titled “Living Healthy and Wealthy, I wasn’t sure what to talk about. My co-host for the seminar, Rhonda Olsen, financial planner extraordinaire, certainly has it all figured out on the wealth part. But health is such a broad topic!  What I really want is for everyone to know what healthy really feels like.

Most of us think we are healthy. Although many of us have minor complaints like headaches, indigestion, bloating, aches and pains, brain fog, or constant fatigue. Most of people brush these off as life’s little nuisance. Take a Zantac or Advil and a cup of coffee to make them go away.  All is fine until the next time. Before you know it, you are getting prescriptions for PPIs, stronger anti-inflammatory drugs, and perhaps sleeping pills.  You are still not getting better. The these become chronic conditions, and the drugs become chronic medications.  Somehow you find you cannot come off these meds even if you wanted to. Continue reading “Are you Healthy?”