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”

Why You Need to Focus on the 4 Foundations of Health

Being healthy is not only to the absence of disease, but the ability to recover and bounce back from illness and other problem.  Health can be defined as physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and as a resource for living a full life (from WHO).

How many of us can recover and bounce back from illnesses? And how many of us are living a Full Life?  Are we healthy?

I’ve started asking all my patients with chronic diseases: how are you doing or feeling with food, exercise, sleep, and stress?  9 out of 10 patients say that they are not doing well on at least one our the four areas.

Many people assume that with prescription medications, one can continue with poor lifestyle choices and these medications will keep things “normal”. But without a healthy lifestyle, health will continue to deteriorate even with medications. This is the reason we keep seeing patients with increased dosage or going on additional medication to keep their health markers (such as blood pressure and blood sugar) in check.

Eat healthy. Move frequently. Sleep well.  Is health really that simple? Continue reading “Why You Need to Focus on the 4 Foundations of Health”