Excess body weight is associated with risk of vitamin D deficiency in children and adults. A recent study published in Pediatrics compared vitamin D status in children between the ages of 6 and 18. The children were “classified” as normal weight, overweight, obese, or severely obese. Vitamin D deficiency was seen in a certain percentage [...]
Whenever I ask someone if they get enough potassium in their diet, the standard response is something like, “well, yes, I eat a banana every other day.” While it’s true that bananas are a good source of potassium, the average banana contains just over 450 milligrams of potassium, avocados and spinach contain even more. One half an avocado contains about 740 milligrams of potassium, while 2 cups of raw spinach contains about 625 milligrams.
As simple as it would “appear” to be in terms of getting plenty of vitamin C in our diets, a new study shows that vitamin C deficiency is more common than expected. From a group of 979 young, nonsmoking adults, researchers took fasting blood samples and had the study participants complete a one-month food intake [...]
If you were to ask a group of Americans what they want most in this lifetime, chances are that a significant percentage might respond that the thing they most desire is true happiness. What does this mean? What is true happiness after all? Is happiness the mere absence of sadness? Is it inner peace? Is it wealth? Health? Balance? Attaining a certain goal? The truth is, happiness is difficult to quantify and define in a strict sense. In Buddhism, happiness is achieved by overcoming desire in all forms.
Cancer is a diagnosis that many fear. It is a mysterious disease in so many ways; the causes and cures uncertain. Still there are some things that we do know. For example, the National Cancer Institute (a division of the U.S. Institutes of Health) estimates that approximately one-third of all cancer deaths may be related [...]
Are you thinking about whether or not you may need to supplement your diet with a multivitamin/mineral? Chances are you do, but not all experts agree.
It can help with everything from relieving premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and protecting your bones and eyes and chances are you are not getting enough. We’re talking about vitamin D. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin. It is found in food and made by the body. Sunlight is the major way we get vitamin D since the ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun activates the production of vitamin D in the skin.
When people included probiotics (bifidobacterium or Lactobacillus acidophilus) in their daily diets, the severity and duration of upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) were significantly reduced.
With the holy season upon us, it’s fittingly appropriate to talk about a well revered and researched Ayurvedic herb, Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum).
Many of us think about zinc when the cold season comes around or when we get a sore throat. While zinc does play an essential role in the proper functioning of the immune system, this remarkable mineral has many other just as impressive functions.