Are you Vitamin D deficient? Learn why it’s essential to your health & happiness

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Learn about multivitamins here.

Did you know that 75% of adults and teens are Vitamin D deficient? That’s because sun exposure and the foods that we eat do not supply enough for what the body needs. So why does that statistic really matter?

Lack of Vitamin D can cause many chronic conditions such as heart disease, anxiety, depression, fatigue, mood swings and even diabetes.

Vitamin D is also responsible for a number of very important functions of the body including healthy bones and metabolism, regulating hormones and blood pressure, balancing how calcium is stored in the body and possibly preventing numerous cancers like breast, colon and prostate.

Also known as “the sunshine vitamin” because Vitamin D enters the body through the skin when it is exposed to the sun. But deficiency is common, especially in more recent years with the importance of sunscreen becoming well-known; which unfortunately blocks absorption.

Vitamin D is also absorbed through foods like eggs, fish, cheese and mushrooms; but even with a healthy diet and some sun exposure, many are still testing deficient. So what should we do to protect ourselves and be sure we’re getting the proper amount of Vitamin D?

In addition to eating a diet containing Vitamin D rich foods and getting a little bit of sun (15-minute sessions), most physicians recommend taking a supplement, at least 600IU each day. With some needing as much as 4000IU per day, it’s important to ask your doctor for a blood test to check your levels.

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Dr. Oz Total 10 Easy Smoothie Recipe; lose a healthy 8 pounds in 2 weeks

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So many start their day off with protein-packed smoothies, I often hear neighbors in my building buzzing away at their blenders.  It’s a smart way to keep hunger away until mid-morning or sometimes even lunch.  Dr. Oz recommends a smoothie each morning within his Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Diet, but this is also a healthy routine that anyone can make a part of their lifestyle.

Here’s one of his quick smoothie recipes that mixes both protein and berries that he says will keep you full until lunch, but if not, just sip on his recommended Total 10 Vegetable Broth, get the recipe here.

Just add the following ingredients to your blender and enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 of a banana

1/2 cup of frozen berries of your choice

2 tbsp of whey or egg white protein powder

1tbsp of flaxseed oil

1/2 cup of ice

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afoodsWant to potentially lose a healthy 8 plus pounds in 2 weeks?  As you all know, I am not a fan of diets or fads of any kind because they’re short-lived and only bring on let down when the weight is eventually gained back.  But Dr. Oz got my attention with what I see as a great way to “flush” your system, to start the 2015 off with a reboot while losing those extra pounds gained over the holidays.

Follow the Dr. Oz Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Diet (or lifestyle) and see the pounds drop off without exercise.  Learn all about it here.  Can you imagine how much more of an impact you could make on your body if you also worked out?  Veggie broth plays a role within this flush plan, something he feels you should drink throughout the day to curb hunger; here’s how to make it.

In a large stock pot on low heat, combine the following ingredients and cook together on low to medium heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Make enough for the week and pack up into the frig so that it’s easy to grab throughout the day or take with you to work.

Ingredients are:

1 gallon of water

1 finely chopped large onion

1 cup of squash cut into large sized cubes

1 cup of of your favorite root vegetables cut into large cubes

2 cups of chopped greens of your choice like parsley, chard, spinach

2 celery stocks, whole or chopped finely

1/2 cup of cabbage

Four 1/2 inches slices of fresh ginger

2 whole cloves of garlic for flavor

Add sea salt to bring out all the flavors, 1 teaspoon

Remember this: before starting any diet, you should always consult your doctor.

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5 tricks to eat less everyday & lose weight without dieting

ameatballsYou hear it all the time, eat less and move more, right?  Well how do you eat less? Over the years I’ve found ways to do just that with these 5 tricks.

1. Use a smaller plate or bowl.  It’s that simple, if you have less area to put food, you’ll put less food on your plate.  If you feel that you’re still hungry afterwards, drink a glass of water and wait 15-20 minutes because you might not be.

2. Do less cardio, instead do more strength-training and sculpting exercises.  Cardio will make you hungry and you may end up eating all the calories burned.  Plus, the more muscle you have, the more calories burned at rest.

3. Eat more protein throughout the day and within every meal.  You’ll eat less food while feeding your muscles, making them stronger.  Add avocodo, grilled chicken or a hard-boiled egg to your salad greens to really make an impact.  Snack on nuts to keep hunger in control.

4. Order an appetizer instead of a meal at restaurants.  Or when ordered a meal, ask the server to pack up 1/2 before serving it to you.

5. Drink an 8oz glass of water before each meal and continue to drink water throughout.  Sometimes we think we’re hungry when actually we’re just thirsty.

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