The Real Dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

The long, dark days of winter are here. In the spring, millions of Americans may find that winter has left them with a vitamin D deficiency. Your chances of being one of them are probably much greater than you think. Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin in response to sunlight exposure, but few people… Read more »

Dairy-Free Calcium Rich Foods

You know calcium is good for your bone health as well making sure your muscles, cells and nerves are working properly. The average adult needs 1000 mg per day to achieve this goal (or three 8-ounce glasses of milk).  But what if you’re trying to avoid dairy, are lactose intolerant or just don’t like dairy?  You’re… Read more »

Eat These Five Vitamin D Rich Foods

Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient required for proper immune functioning, control of cell growth and bone development. It is often called the “sunshine vitamin” as the body naturally produces it when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D regulates cellular growth and promotes calcium absorption in the body, leading to stronger bones. Natural sources… Read more »

Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Need Vitamin D

Everyone needs the sunshine vitamin. It helps your bones grow properly and stay strong. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb calcium. But it may be even more important for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) to get enough vitamin D, especially during the darker, winter months. Recent research has found that some RA medications can cause… Read more »

Cold Weather Arthritis-Friendly Foods

During the colder months, we often crave comfort foods.  While you can’t cure arthritis with food, growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain.If you suffer from painful arthritis and your symptoms are worse in the winter, try adding these cold… Read more »

Bone Health Beyond Calcium

As we age, we lose bone. Getting the proper nutrients for strong, healthy bones is critical.  Calcium is a crucial building block of bone tissue.  Vitamin D helps the body absorb and process calcium.  The two nutrients work together to maintain bone health and strength. Other, lesser-known nutrients are also important in maintaining bone health. According to… Read more »

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence. Yet most people don’t even know they have it!  Here are four things you should know… Read more »

Five Arthritis-Friendly Foods

While you can’t cure arthritis with food, growing evidence suggests that following a healthy diet and adding in specific foods and spices could help fight inflammation and joint pain. If you suffer from painful arthritis, try adding these five arthritis-friendly foods to your diet: Fatty Fish – Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel… Read more »

Four Little Known Bone Healthy Foods

The food that you eat can directly impact your bone health. Learning about the foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D and other bone essential nutrients will help you make good food choices each day. By eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of dairy, fish, fruits and vegetables, you should get what you need…. Read more »

What You Need to Know About Calcium

What is calcium? Calcium is a vital mineral found throughout the body and in many foods. Your body relies on calcium for many of its daily functions. Why is calcium important? Calcium is crucial for bone health. In earlier life, it helps build stronger, denser bones. In later life, calcium maintains healthy bones. Unfortunately many… Read more »