The Importance of Vitamin D

Are you Taking your Vitamins?

Thursday, September 2, 2010 @ 10:09 AM
posted by Phil

It’s a morning ritual for a lot of us. Wake up, hit the snooze, wake up again and take your vitamins. Vitamins are critical because they provide your body with important minerals and nutrients that we often do not get during the course of our busy days.

Which vitamins should you take? There is a full alphabet of vitamins touted to treat maladies ranging from the common cold to providing energy and even to slow down the aging process. There are gender specific vitamins, vitamins for average joes and vitamins targeted toward athletes.

Vitamins for Males

Opti-men is a complete daily muli-vitamin with over 75 distinct ingredients that provides overall heath, performance and vitality. If you are involved with weight training combined with a cardiovascular routine then opti-men would be an ideal multi-vitamin for you to try.

Opti Men HighLights:

• Botanical Extracts
• Fruit and Vegetable PHYTOCOMPLEX
• Digestive enzymes
• HIGH-POTENCY vitamins & minerals
• 350+ Milligrams B-Complex Vitamins

Vitamins for Females

Opti-women is the sister product of Opti-men that combines Vitamins and Essential Minerals with Ostivone, Soy Isoflavones and much more to create our all-inclusive women’s formula. For the active woman this is an ideal multi-vitamin that will provide vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to supplement a woman’s diet and exercise.

Opti-Women Highlights:

• 23 Vitamins and Essential Minerals
• 100% DV for Iron, Zinc and Other Minerals
• 150mg of Calcium
• 17 Specialty Ingredients Including Soy Isoflavones, Chasteberry Extract, Dong Quai and Uva Ursi
• Easier-to-Swallow Capsules

Vitamins For Everyone

Ultra4 by Beverly is one of the most complete and sophisticated combinations of biologically active forms of vitamins and minerals available anywhere!
Each tablet is carefully processed into a unique, sustained-release formulation of vitamins and minerals in ratios that actually act synergistically to help you build a better body!
You can get every nutrient you need in only 4 pills a day. This is an advanced multi vitamin formula at a very reasonable price.

Vitamins for the Athlete

The Animal Pak is dedicated for serious nutrition for the serious athlete. For hard-core bodybuilders and strength athletes, nothing beats Animal Pak for maximizing gains in muscle mass, strength and performance. There is no better nutritional weapon available to fuel intense workouts. Animal Pak consists of a perfectly balanced, time-released formula that is easily assimilated by your body for perfect bioavailability and optimum performance

Vitamins For Those Who Do Not Like Pills

Do you have trouble swallowing pills but still want to get all the advantages of a multi-vitamin? First Step Liquid Multi Vitamin is a great solution. Normal pill form multi’s take 20-25 minutes to break down in the stomach. A liquid multi vitamin is already dissolved so minerals and vitamins are absorbed almost immediately. If you don’t like pills this is a convenient, potent alternative.

No matter you gender or athletic level there are vitamin choices out there for you. A recent study indicated those who took a daily multi-vitamin lived up to 6 years longer.

Possible Evidence Vitamin D Might Help Fight Colds During Cold and Flu Season.

Thursday, August 12, 2010 @ 05:08 AM
posted by Al

I know it is so hot outside right now that it is difficult to think of winter and cold and flu season, but Thanks Giving is only 90 days or so away. A daily vitamin D supplement may help young men enjoy more sick free days during cold and flu season. Vitamin D has been the subject of much research of late, with studies linking low vitamin D levels in the blood to higher risks of type 1 diabetes and severe asthma attacks in children and, in adults, heart disease, certain cancers and depression. But whether vitamin D is the reason for the excess risks — and whether taking supplements can curb those risks — has yet to be shown.

The body naturally synthesizes vitamin D when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Because rates of vitamin D insufficiency rise during the winter in many parts of the world, researchers have been interested in whether the vitamin might play a role in people’s susceptibility to colds, flu and other respiratory infections. Some past research has indeed found that people with relatively lower vitamin D levels in their blood tend to have higher rates of respiratory infections than those with higher levels of the vitamin.  Along with that evidence, recent lab research has shown that vitamin D may play an important role  in the body’s immune defenses against respiratory pathogens. There is a lack of clinical studies of the effect of vitamin D supplementation for preventing respiratory infections.

164 male military recruits were choosen to take either 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D or inactive placebo pills every day for six months — from October to March, covering the months when people’s vitamin D stores typically decline and when respiratory infections typically peak. At the end of the study, the researchers found no clear difference between the two groups in the average number of days missed from duty due to a respiratory infection — which included bronchitis, sinus infections, pneumonia, ear infections and sore throat. On average, men who took vitamin D missed about two days from duty because of a respiratory infection, compared with three days in the placebo group. That difference was not significant in statistical terms. However, men in the vitamin D group were more likely to have no days missed from work due to a respiratory illness. Overall, 51 percent remained “healthy” throughout the six-month study, versus 36 percent of the placebo group, the researchers report. The findings offer some evidence of a benefit from vitamin D against respiratory infections. Still, the extent of the benefit was not clear.

While recruits in the vitamin group were more likely to have no days missed from duty, they were no less likely to report having cold-like symptoms at some point during the study period. Moreover, recent studies on the usefulness of vitamin D for warding off respiratory ills have come to conflicting conclusions.

A study of Japanese schoolchildren published earlier this year found that those given 1,200 IU of vitamin D each day during cold and flu season were less likely to contract influenza A. Of 167 children given the supplement, 18 developed the flu, compared with 31 of 167 children given placebo pills. On the other hand, a recent study of 162 adults found that those who took 2,000 IU of vitamin D everyday for 12 weeks were no less likely to develop respiratory infections than those given placebo pills.

Larger clinical trials looking at different doses of vitamin D are still needed before the vitamin can be recommended for curbing the risk of respiratory infections. In the U.S., health officials recommend that adults up to the age of 50 get 200 IU of vitamin D each day, while older adults should get 400 to 600 IU. The upper limit is currently set at 2,000 IU per day; higher intakes may raise the risks of side effects. Symptoms of vitamin D toxicity are often vague and include nausea, vomiting, constipation, poor appetite and weight loss. Excessive vitamin D in the blood can also raise blood pressure or trigger heart rhythm abnormalities.

Some researchers believe that people need more vitamin D than is currently recommended, and that intakes above 2,000 IU per day are safe. However, exactly what the optimal vitamin D intake might be remains under debate. Food sources of vitamin D include milk, breakfast cereals and orange juice fortified with vitamin D, as well as some fatty fish, like salmon and mackerel. Experts generally recommend vitamin pills for people who do not get enough of the vitamin from food. So we suggest taking a good multipack  like Super Pack from Beverly International, during the winter to insure your getting all of your vitamins daily.

Summer Tan: Do you Have yours?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 @ 01:05 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

The only thing worse than not having the body you want for swim suit season, is not having the tan you want or paying too much for it. Regardless of your definition of “tan” there is a cheap and easy way to get there in a designer fashion.

Having a tan, even just a slight base tan will change your whole outlook on heading to the pool. Not to mention you won’t be blinding innocent by standers. Tanning has come such a long way in the past ten years. Tanning beds have become more advanced and tanning lotions have changed the industry.

In-Door Tanning Basics

Indoor tanning has some negative effects. The media has certainly blown each of them out of the water, but so does processed food, the air you breathe, cell phones and micro waved food.

The majority of the negative effects are a result of over use (like anything). But, there are also some benefits. The body gets a very vital nutrient, vitamin D, from UV rays, rather natural or artificial.

You can avoid frequent visits and still get deep, rich color by implementing a tanning lotion. Australian Gold, Designer Skin and Hoss Sauce each provide some of the best formulas on the market today!

There are two different types of tanning lotions:

  1. Tinglers-helps increase blood circulation, thus improving the oxygenation of your skin cells. The increased level of oxygen helps accelerate your tan.
  2. Bronzers-There are two different types of bronzers:
  • Cosmetic Bronzer – This is a bronzer that acts much like a make-up, giving you immediate color once applied, allowing your natural tan to develop over the next few hours. The bronzer will ultimately wash off.
  • DHA Bronzer – DHA is a colorless chemical that is found in self-tanners. DHA is also found in many indoor tanning lotions. DHA, when applied to your skin will start to turn your skin brown in about 2-3 hours.
    (Both types of bronzers are very effective in helping you achieve your best looking tan.)

Within each of the above formulas, manufactures add various moisturizers, firming complexes and tan extenders to maximize your tanning experience, tan life and skin’s appearance. There are even lotions with Stay Fresh technology that are designed to make sure you don’t smell like a typical tanning session.

Industry Leaders

Australian Gold: For over 20 years, Australian Gold® brand has continually produced lotions with superior bronzing power, advanced skincare and unbeatable results. Their Accelerator lotion continues to be the number one seller in the industry. New technologies such as DermaDark® blend keep Australian Gold in the forefront of the industry as one of the most recognized brands in indoor tanning.

Designer Skin: Designer Skin’s prevailing philosophy is “Nutrition for the Skin” and this mantra drives every aspect of their product development. Designer Skin’s phenomenal line of dark tanning formulas provide the ultimate in skin nutrition through the use of advanced skincare ingredients and superior formulations. They work by two standards: Exceptional skincare and exceptional color.

Hoss Sauce: An industry leader in product development and refinement and continues to market the highest-quality products. They provide an array of quality lotions that help kick-start a tan as well as advanced lotions that help clients burst through any tanning plateau. Tanners won’t find better products that are more extremely advanced in formulation and manufactured with the highest-quality ingredients than those developed by Hoss Sauce.

Does this Tan Make me Look Thin?

Monday, March 29, 2010 @ 03:03 PM
posted by Leslie Rae

With all the bad press about tanning, My Nutrition World wanted to bring you some of the benefits. Tanning indoors allows you to control the amount of exposure, lessening your chance of burning, while building a ‘base tan’ to help you from frying in the natural sun.

Having a glowing tan not only makes people feel good, but it helps them look healthier, and have a thinner, fit appearance. Which are reasons why people in photo shoots and fitness magazines always look so tan.

While over-exposure can be harmful, the body gets a very vital nutrient, vitamin D, from UV rays, rather natural or artificial. Vitamin D deficiencies are responsible for a variety of health problems including osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.

In addition to strengthening bones, vitamin D is also a mainstay for preventing several types of cancer and assists in the relief of other troubling health problems including:

1. Fibromyalgia
2. High Blood Pressure
3. Breast Cancer
4. Prostate Cancer
5. Colon Cancer
6. Depression
7. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes
8. Rheumatoid Arthritis (and other forms of arthritis)
9. PMS
10. Skin Conditions (i.e. Psoriasis, Eczema, and Acne)

Tanning indoors offers individuals the ability to control and maintain a golden tan. A little exposure can go a lot further with the use of tanning products designed to accelerate and maintain a beautiful tan.

Some products like Risque Ritual and Frankly Scarlet offer a tingle factor so you can feel the product at work along with bronzing elements to help you reach that perfect tan. Not all products with bronzers have tinglers, some offer cooling effects like Iced Creme. There is even No Worries, a product with StayFresh Technology, to let you tan and go back to work without your skin smelling like a tanning bed. Products like Sheer Elements cater to hydrating your skin while nurturing amazing color.

Utilizing some common sense and moderation will help you limit some of the risks and enjoy a beautiful golden tan.

Indoor Tanning Beds Have their benefits

Friday, March 26, 2010 @ 08:03 AM
posted by Al

There is always a ton of information on why a person should not overuse a indoor tanning bed, but rarely do you see or read information on the benefits of tanning beds.  Certainly having a great tan makes one feel better and I personally think feeling good about yourself is important to your health.  As  winter end and summer approaches, people will begin to venture outdoors again, and most of these people have not had direct sunlight on their skin in 6 months. So the first thing they do is expose as much skin as possible to the sun. This is in turn gets them a sunburn and a sunburn is far much worse for your skin than a suntan. Some of the wiser tanners visit the local tanning salon to establish a base tan so when they do go outdoors in the sun they do not burn, or to develop a deep dark tan that looks as if they just came back from a Florida Beach Vacation.

There are others who have a particular reason for wanting a tan.  These reasons may be a wedding which almost always take place in the spring and summer, a graduation, spring break,  modeling  jobs, public speaking, the list goes on and on.

Getting a tan is the #1 benefit most people think of when the visit a tanning salon, but there are other benefits of tanning beds that many may not know about.  For example, scientific research has shown that exposure to ultraviolet rays, UV rays actually helps the body create a natural supply of Vitamin D. Since many diseases are linked directly to Vitamin D deficiencies which include osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, using a tanning bed to increase these vitamin levels is a true benefit to ones health.  Vitamin D is also essential to strengthening bone, and plays an important role in  the prevention of many forms of cancer including;  prostate, colon, and breast cancer.

Some people use indoor tanning beds simply for the convenience.  If you hapen to live in an area where the sun doesn’t shine that often, the use of a tanning bed is almost a neccessity . In this situation, a tanning bed can be a substitutte for the lack of sunlight. Most beds emit from 50% to 100% the UV rays over what the sun produces, so tanners should be responsible about the amount of time spent in the bed as well as the frequency of use.

The number of men versus women who use indoor tanning beds is just about the same, and most people will tell you that when they have a good tan, they feel better, look healthier, and have a thinner, fit appearance. While there are risks associated with tanning beds, the fact remains that people feel better when they have a tan. There are millions of things that we as humans ingage in that may or may not be good for us but because we like it we do it. For that reason, indoor tanning continues to be a popular solution. In fact, more than 50% of people who enjoy indoor tanning say that they actually use this form of tanning as a means of controlling how much exposure to the sun they get. In other words, they can determine the amount of UV rays by choosing the schedule time in the “sun.” If you are interested in tanning indoors, just remember that along with several valid benefits there are also risk factors to consider. UV rays are UV rays whether they come from the sun or a tanning bed. Therefore, the amount received must be limited to avoid damaging the skin and eyes. The use of googles and tanning lotions can protect your eyes and keep your skin looking young while tanning. Tanning lotions can reduce the amount of tanning time by giving you a deep dark tan faster and helping it last longer as well.