Vitamin D3 Facts

Low Vitamin D has been linked to suboptimal heart health, immune function, bone health, and an increased risk for certain cancers. An increasing number of scientific experts believe current vitamin D intakes and blood levels are too low to support optimal health. In fact, it has been estimated that as many as 80% of Americans may have “insufficient” blood levels of vitamin D.

Causes of vitamin D insufficiency:   Why are so many people at risk for vitamin D insufficiency? Actually, there are several factors that influence the amount of vitamin D in your body each day. Vitamin D is formed in the body when your skin is exposed to sunlight, or it’s consumed in vitamin D-rich foods, but there are many reasons for inadequate sun exposure and low vitamin D intakes today.

The season or calendar month is a major risk factor for vitamin D insufficiency because sunlight is reduced during late autumn, winter, and early spring. Sun exposure is critical to vitamin D health and the risk for vitamin D insufficiency rises with the increase in sunscreen use and time spent indoors.

The geographical latitude of your home location is another determinant of daily sunlight exposure, and skin color is a key influencer as those with darker skin are less efficient at converting sunlight to vitamin D internally. Other critical factors that can create a greater need for vitamin D include increasing age, being overweight, lack of exercise, and low intake of fish and other vitamin D-rich foods in the diet.

You can 'D-fend' yourself: So if you’re concerned that your vitamin D intake may not be all that it could be, consider getting 10–20 minutes of sun exposure daily without the use of sunscreen, exercising regularly and achieving a healthy weight, and eating fish and vitamin D-fortified foods more often. And because we know that obtaining sufficient vitamin D from foods is difficult, find a high-quality dietary supplement of vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D found naturally in the human body.

To learn if you may have insufficient levels of vitamin D, take the new Shaklee Vitamin D-ology online quiz developed by Shaklee scientists.  Stay healthy and well! 


Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D Deficiency

“Because Vitamin D is so cheap and so clearly reduces all cause-mortality, I can say with all certainty: Vitamin D represents the single most cost-effective medical intervention in the United States!”
- Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, Medical Director, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis

Good Health is a Choice.  Are you making the right choice?

Each day you make choices that will either improve your health or harm it. Studies show that if you don’t eat right, get to a healthy weight, exercise regularly, and supplement your diet with proper nutrients, you increase your risk of developing certain diseases such as heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes. Good health is a choice, which means that disease (in many cases) also is a choice. What is your choice? 


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Take the Vitamin D-ology Quiz? How much Vitamin D do you need?

Recent research shows that Vitamin D—the "sunshine vitamin"—offers a multitude of benefits including supporting healthy heart function, immune and bone health. But, up to 80% of Americans may have insufficient levels of this essential nutrient. Supplemental vitamin D is clinically supported and proven to significantly raise blood levels of vitamin D.

Are YOU getting enough Vitamin D? Get the answer with Vitamin D-ology™, a new online quiz developed by Shaklee Scientists. Based on the answers to 8 simple questions, the Vitamin D quiz will quickly calculate the Shaklee Health Sciences recommended level of Vitamin D. Take the Quiz Now!

Shaklee's Vita-D3 is the culmination of recent scientific research including two industry-leading Shaklee vitamin D studies. Plus, Shaklee Vita-D3 is subjected to over 300 quality tests to guarantee product purity. Our vitamin D supplement contains 1,000 IU of high potency vitamin D3, the most potent form of vitamin D.

Studies show this essential nutrient helps: * Support healthy heart function * Promote immune system health * Facilitate healthy cell development * Maintain strong bones and teeth by increasing calcium absorption.

Who Should Consider Vita-D3? Men, women, and adolescents ages 16 and older who: * May not get adequate sun exposure * Don’t exercise regularly * May not get enough vitamin D from their diet * Are overweight * Live farther from the equator * Have darker skin pigmentation Shaklee's Vita-D3 is tested for purity and potency, is Star-K kosher certified and is Gluten Free. It contains high potency vitamin D3 and is based on cutting-edge nutrition science. Stay Well and Get Your Sun! Elise

So, Just What Does Natural Really Mean?

Now this picture of me, a self portrait of sorts, is what is natural to me.  Alaskan mountains reflecting on the lavender-blue waters of the Inside Passage in mid-May, clean air, open water, fresh water tumbling down mountain sides from glacial melt, now these are natural.

ME HAL Veendam Alaska Inside PassgeBut what does Natural mean when it comes to the products we purchase for our homes and families?  Are there standards set by the FDA or USDA as a definition of Natural so we know when we see Natural on a product, food or supplement that we are getting a chemical free, non-synthetic product? 

Here are excerpts from a recent article, What Does Natural Mean, by Mitchell Cute for that discusses “Natural” and just how “natural” Natural really is!  Enjoy.

 A recent survey of natural food and beverage trends reveals that consumers have lost trust in the term natural and manufacturers are increasingly avoiding the word on labels.

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