Green Vibrance is like a “happy pill”

A big thanks for the following testimonial, captured from our Facebook wall, and provided by Carolyn B:

"I am on my first full week of Green Vibrance and I have so much more energy! I drink it in a green smoothie around 1PM with kale and fruit, I have noticed I don't feel like I need a nap! AMAZING STUFF! Plus it's really "cleaning me out" so to speak! All I know is that this will be a staple in my life! And my mood has really improved for the better. I wake up ready to go! I cannot believe I am even writing this…I have never felt better!!! #feelinggreat"

 

Superbowl recipe: Baby Kale & Artichoke Dip

A new take on a #Superbowl Sunday favorite. Healthy snacking is the best snacking!

A new take on a #Superbowl Sunday favorite. Healthy snacking is the best snacking!

This dip was inspired by those delicious cheesy spinach-artichoke dips we are all ashamed to love. You could always choose to make this recipe a little creamier or cheesier to your taste if you want something a little more savory (and let's face it, more "Superbowl-y").

Have you heard of baby kale? It's not bitter like those big kale leaves you've seen and it's now sold in the supermarket alongside other organic salad mixes. It's a spring green and a lot more versatile and less intimidating than the alternative kales.  Kale is in the brassica family (broccoli and cabbage are too!) and it stands out as having the broadest range of antioxidants including strong contents of Vitamin A, C, and K. A lot of people have heard of kale, maybe have even bought kale, but just don't know what to do with it. You can bake it, roast it, make pesto, pretty much endless options. Here are some great and easy recipes. You can also start small using baby kale much like you would use baby spinach, and just think, you already know how to make a dip for the Superbowl (or whenever)!

Why artichoke hearts? Artichoke hearts have a sweet and earthy flavor. If you've ever eaten a whole artichoke before, the heart is what it's all about. The addition of lemon and olive oil bring out the rich flavors of the artichoke heart and it is just…something truly special. Artichoke hearts are also low in fat and high in fiber. They offer a healthy dose of potassium, Vitamin C, and antioxidants to help detoxify the body. We love to detoxify through our food, remember? At first glance an artichoke is an intimidating vegetable, so maybe purchasing the hearts separately is the way to go for you. But, for the more adventurous, there are myriad of ways to enjoy a whole artichoke

Ingredients:

About 1/2 small shallot, chopped

1/2 cup cashews

1 can artichoke hearts (around 7-9 hearts)

2 cups organic baby kale

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2-1 lemon juiced (about 2-3 tbsp juice)

1 small garlic clove, chopped to taste

Dash salt

Dash Paprika

1 scoop Field of Greens

Parmesan Cheese to taste

Directions: Add your ingredients together in your blender or food processor (keeping a few artichokes aside). Blend until you get your desired texture. Our was on the chunky side. Spread in baking pan or casserole dish. Lightly blend remaining artichokes and top the dip with them. Sprinkle parmesan cheese to taste. Optional: Broil on high until cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and give your dip a good stir. You may want to sprinkle a little more salt, Field of Greens, and paprika at this time for added flavor and nutrients. 

 

Here's to powering our bodies with our meals and snacks (yes, even on days of indulgence) and no more heartburn, indigestion, and other nasty things! It's almost game time!!

A new take on a #Superbowl Sunday favorite. Healthy snacking is the best snacking!

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Cholesterol Blocker: How Does it Work?

MarkCholesterol Blocker will block out cholesterol you ingest, that is, it works to prevent the absorption of dietary (exogenous) cholesterol, and only cholesterol. Cholesterol Blocker is a chewable, vanilla flavored tablet of plant sterols extracted from soy oil. Plant sterols are nearly completely un-absorbable. Their primary mode of action for blocking cholesterol is to combine with dietary cholesterol to form a new “crystalline matrix” that cannot be absorbed. Additionally, because of a molecular similarity with cholesterol, plant sterols can block cholesterol’s absorption sites along the intestinal wall. An analogy is experienced when you put the wrong key into a locked door. The key may slide in easily enough, but it cannot unlock and open the door.

Even though they cannot be absorbed to any significant degree (only 0 to 2%), plant sterols have been shown to lower serum cholesterol by blocking absorption of dietary cholesterol in all animal species tested from chickens and dogs to humans. Blockage occurs on a milligram-to-milligram basis, meaning that one milligram of plant sterols ingested can block the absorption of one milligram of cholesterol. It works best when the plant sterols enter the digestive tract along with cholesterol containing food. However, plant sterols also block the absorption of cholesterol from bile salts lower in the gut. Bile, which had been made from cholesterol by your own body, breaks down here. This releases cholesterol, which can be re-absorbed and re-circulated unless plant sterols get in the way.

All of this happens in the gastrointestinal tract, that is, outside the body. Inside, the liver is “doing its own thing.” In hypercholesterolemic patients, the liver churns out its own cholesterol at excessive levels, oblivious to what is taking place in the intestines and colon. This is endogenous cholesterol, and is not significantly affected by Cholesterol Blocker. Red rice yeast or statin drugs can inhibit endogenous cholesterol production.

Add a Rainbow for Your Heart Health

Heart health can be heavily influenced by our diets. High antioxidant fruits and veggie could help protect your

  Heart health can be heavily influenced by our diets. High antioxidant fruits and veggie could help protect your <3 #rainbowvibrance

 

    The central question is ~ How do we improve or protect heart health?  When we leave all heredity and genetic factors behind, we really are left with the basics: Your environment.

       That’s a huge factor because it includes not simply where you live, but HOW you live ~ what you eat & drink, the people surrounding you and the effects of those relationships, your work, your attitude about work and even your beliefs about your health.  All of this registers in your body. Your body, can almost become the barometer for all the other factors in your life.

You have much more control than you know.  Changes to your lifestyle not only only reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol, but also blood pressure and blood sugar. Your lifestyle and environment influence the basic underlying causes and the actual biological mechanisms which lead you to cardiac disease: changes in the way your genetic inheritance will express (or not express) itself, how inflammation from various sources is controlled, oxidative stress and metabolic dysfunction. Those are the real reasons that heart health begins to suffer.

       Recent research evidence is clear ~ changing how you live is a much more powerful intervention for preventing heart disease than any medication. The INTERHEART study conducted back in 2004 and published in the Lancet, followed 30,000 people and found that changing lifestyle could prevent at least 90% of all heart disease.

       Another study from 2009 named the “EPIC” study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine: analyzed 23,000 people’s adherence to 4 basic behaviors (not smoking, exercising 3.5 hours a week, eating a healthy diet [i.e. fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds with limited amounts of meat], and maintaining a healthy weight [BMI <30]). In those who stuck to these behaviors, 93% of diabetes, 81% of heart attacks, 50% of strokes, and 36% of all cancers were prevented.  This is major news ~ and should be a source of inspiration for you!

       So do those sound like 4 things that you can do for yourself?  4 things to immediately improve your cardiovascular health.  It means really taking the time to balance your life.

       These studies and many more are among a large body of evidence documenting how lifestyle intervention is often more effective in reducing cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, heart failure, cancer, diabetes and deaths from all causes than almost any other medical intervention.

       Did you happen to notice that three of the four requirements for achieving cardiovascular health were about nutrition?  The first step in that arena is portion control.  The second is getting an optimal amount of those fruits and vegetables. One of the problems that comes-up for many of the clients that I work with is that although they are trying to do all the right things, they do not have access to really fresh vegetables and fruits.  Let me be more specific. 

       We just take it for granted that we can get ‘fresh’ corn-on-the-cob’, apples, squash, etc. year ‘round. Our ancestors had far less variety, but at least they were getting really ‘farm fresh’, locally grown produce. When we go to our local grocery store and we see all the wonderful colorful veggies, we don’t take into account two vital factors:

1) the quality of the soil they were grown in (including pesticide usage, if they’re not organic)

2) the distance they’ve travelled (i.e. how long they’ve been sitting in refrigeration)

       You may think you're buying a fresh vegatble or fruit, which will give you the nutrition your body needs, but how much nutrition is actually in it? This is why when you make a decision to really improve your heart health; you have to supplement. So do you want to get more high quality nutrition? 

       One product that can make a big difference is Rainbow Vibrance.  In terms of your heart, it helps to shield cell membranes from damage and degradation, while helping to protect cellular DNA.

       When we look for the highest level of nutrition in a fruit or vegetable we use what’s called the ORAC scale, which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. This is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities. You don't have to guess about whether you're getting a high nutritional value. Rainbow Vibrance has been proven to contain 3,974 ORAC units per each 5.9gram serving which is equivalent to 4.5 servings of Fruits and Vegetables that you can easily enjoy daily in this pleasant tasting drink. That’s why we named it ‘Rainbow’ Vibrance.  One serving puts you well on your way to improving your heart health by improving the nutrient balance in your daily routine. 

       So for your heart health it’s vital that you begin making improvements in your environment and lifestyle.  Also, enhance your diet by adding Rainbow Vibrance.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

 

Foods, Supplements & Medication (Part 1)

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” - Jeanne Rick's reflects on Michael Pollan's wise words and discusses the role of food, supplements, and medication in a 3 part blog series #vibranthealthblog

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” - Jeanne Rick's reflects on Michael Pollan's wise words and discusses the role of food, supplements, and medication in a 3 part blog series #vibranthealthblog 

     For those of you out there ~ (and you know who you are) who believe that you can make-up for feeding yourself an absolutely crappy diet by taking supplements…..They are called "supplements" for a reason.  They are intended to add to your diet, not take the place of … It’s always best to get your nutrients through a balanced diet. 

To quote Michael Pollan, author of ‘In Defense of Food’

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

“Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.”

       How do foods and nutrients (and medication for that matter) work with one another? When you swallow, you immediately trigger a chain reaction. First, the food (supplement or medication) travels to your stomach, where it's broken down into a useable form to release nutrients. When it travels to your small intestine those valuable nutrients (or drugs) are absorbed into your bloodstream and toxins are filtered out for waste removal, and excreted from your body by your kidneys and/or liver.

       BUT ~ certain foods, medications or nutrients can work against one another throughout all of these steps. Typically the way that foods interfere with your supplements and medications is by hindering their absorption, minimizing their action.

       Vitamins and mineral supplements can cause heartburn, nausea and other gastric disturbances, especially when taken on an empty stomach. So, for best absorption (and the least stomach irritation) it’s generally suggested that you take your supplements with a meal containing fat. This is especially important for the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D and E). Remember you can always take your supplements with lunch or dinner, if they cause you problems at breakfast time.

       The single most common dietary component responsible for medication and nutrient interactions is alcohol.  It will undermine your nutrition and medication in a number of ways, such as increasing the risk for liver toxicity and promoting drowsiness.

       If you think about it for a minute ~ food, medicine and supplement interactions can go both ways. Your medications can interfere with the absorption of nutrients, just like vitamins and minerals can; which sets you up for a potential nutritional deficiency. "It is easy to fall prey, as many people are not aware that drug-nutrient interactions even exist," says Joanne Haire, R.D., R.N., C.D.E., a New York City-based dietitian and nurse.

       Haire reports that your medications may also decrease or increase your appetite, and so impact your weight and nutritional status.  We don’t often take the time to consider it but, our foods are like little medicine chests. They are rich in hundreds of bioactive substances. This is the reason that some foods interfere with how your body uses a medication, in much the same way that different medications can interact with one another.

       Haire also speaks about the important fact that other common drug and nutrient interactions include mineral loss (such as potassium) caused by diuretics which you may take for high blood pressure, and ineffective anticoagulation effects from Coumadin due to inconsistent intake of Vitamin K in foods such as Alfalfa, Kale, Mustard Greens, Sea kelp, Spinach or Turnip Greens.

       In Part Two we’ll continue our look into ‘Foods, Supplements & Medication’ with some specifics.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

When Someone You Love Is Cleansing

What do you do when someone you love is cleansing and you're not? Staffer Kristen Panzer talks about the disappointment, but strong respect that occurs. #vibranthealthblog

I came home from Saturday morning errands with a paper sack full of root vegetables and a pound of sausage that Dominic, of Moon in the Pond Farm, sold me at the winter farmers market in town. It was only noon, but I was already looking forward to dinner. The kitchen smelled citrusy. My husband was halving lemons at the cutting board. Lemons! He was cleansing! My first thoughts were completely selfish: Who would eat the sausage with me? Who would enjoy a glass of wine with me over dinner? Coffee in bed with me on Sunday morning? I felt lonely and… disappointed. What do you do when someone you love is cleansing and you're not? Staffer Kristen Panzer talks about the disappointment, but strong respect that occurs. #vibranthealthblog

It’s mid-January and the tree has come down, the decorations put away. The late nights, the rich, heavy meals with friends and family are over for now, as is the spending frenzy, the wine, and late morning sleep-ins. As much as November and December are a time of gratitude and a time of celebration, January is cleanse and detox month. January promises a new beginning, a necessary end to the excesses of the holiday season. It’s a time to lay the framework for the healthier lifestyles we commit ourselves to newly in 2014 (remember that New Year’s resolution you made?). A cleanse, like the Master Cleanse, is the way we reset ourselves internally, the way we wipe the slate clean and begin anew.

I know it’s important for my husband to do this, mentally and physically. He’s hard on his body, pushes his limits. He travels a lot for work, which means grabbing a quick bite in an airport, room service at the hotel, or wining and dining clients over heavy meals and liquid lunches. And until very recently, he was a professional ski instructor on the side, tearing it up on the slopes, skiing the black diamonds, the bumps, skiing off-piste, trying to catch some Big Air. The Master Cleanse is a way to pay his body back for some of that. It’s a way to quiet the cacophony of lifestyle choices, the foods, the fads, and allow the body to rest, to re-set, to recalibrate internally. My husband says he loves the idea that he can subsist on just lemon juice and maple syrup. He’s a minimalist kind of guy like that.

A cleanse might even be something we need spiritually. The worlds’ religions all have traditions of fasting and deprivation as a way to achieve spiritual awareness. It makes sense to me that a cleanse would be good for the soul, that there might be some clarity and insight available during and after a cleanse that we might not otherwise experience.

 He’s almost ten days into it now and I am doing what I can to support him in this. I picked him up some boxes of single serve Vibrant Cleanse packets for travelling and got him a big tub of the stuff to keep in his New York City office. He says he already feels lighter and his clothes fit him better. He says being on the cleanse has heightened his senses and he’s very aware of food right now, but still going strong. In a few days he will be ready to ease off the cleanse with green drinks, broth, and steamed vegetables.  I think he is looking forward to that and to making healthier, more mindful eating choices. I don’t know what exactly that will look like for him, but I hope that someday it can include a little bit of that sage sausage from Moon in the Pond Farm and a glass of wine with me. For now, the sausage is in the freezer, the wine is still corked and the kitchen smells peppery. That’s the cayenne, spilled on the counter.  John is slicing lemons again and the sharp, tangy citrus smell is mouth-watering.

 

Are Dietary Supplements a Waste of Money?

Are supplements worth the money? With many publications answering no to this, it's important to understand the context. #vibranthealthblog

Are supplements worth the money? With many publications answering no to this, it's important to understand the context. #vibranthealthblog

Around mid-December in the Annals of Internal Medicine there was an editorial article which picked up steam in mainstream media. The editorial (not a study, but an editorial opinion piece) reviewed three specific studies in which multivitamin supplementation was used to either prevent or cure disease and health conditions. These studies were as follows:

Multivitamins impact on cognitive health in male individuals 65 and older.
Vitamin and mineral supplementation to prevent heart disease and cancer.
Multivitamin use to prevent future heart attacks in patients whom had experienced heart attacks in the past.

The conclusion they came away with? That multivitamin and dietary supplementation is ineffective and possibly harmful to the body.

First and foremost before one jumps to conclusions that my discussion here is done strictly from a pro-supplement industry supporter, I would like to acknowledge and commend the writers of the editorial article. Purely from a face value perspective, one can say that they had good intentions. The fact of the matter is that far too many people in today's society use supplementation as a cure all solution. If one views and uses dietary supplements as a stand-in for a good diet (I will go into diets in a future article as the commonly refered to "balanced" diet is actually not the same for everyone and what may be "balanced" for one individual may be skewed for another) and general healthy lifestyle decisions, dietary supplementation most likely will not provide much of a benefit. Dietary supplementation alone will most likely not cure chronic disease or serious health conditions (particularly if they are preexisting). Remember, dietary supplements are called 'supplements' for a reason. They supplement ones diet and really are there to help your body perform at optimum levels.

So, if the the authors of the editorial had good and valid intentions, what exactly is my criticism? That criticism is that the editorial makes a huge blanket generalization statement without taking context into consideration. As I have mentioned earlier, supplementation does not replace a proper diet, healthy lifestyle, or actual medical help if you do have any serious underlying health issues. You use supplements to bring your body to optimum levels of performance. Let that be hormonal balance, metabolic balance, and mood balance, etc. The editorial essentially omitted the fact that supplements indeed are not an alternative for medical treatment, but instead could assist and supplement ones diet or medical regimen. They may help but they are not really going to for instance, replace a needed medical treatment or medication.

Beyond just missing the boat on what dietary supplementation is intended for, the editorial also missed proper context in their evaluation of the studies used for the editorial. Allow me to point out some of the missing context to each of the studies they had used:

  • Multivitamins impact on cognitive health in male individuals 65 and older – First and foremost, this study only looked at multivitamins impact on cognitive health. Multivitamins are beneficial in many ways but their strong point really is not in improving cognitive functions. There are however other dietary supplements which actually do improve cognitive functions which include choline, omega-3, tyrosine, l-dopa, P5P (actove form of vitamin B6), and vitamin C (not necessarily good for cognitive functions but has nerve repair benefits) just to name a few. As you can see, apart from Vitamin C, one really is not going to find these ingredients in any appreciable quantity in a typical multivitamin. So how does one expect cognitive improvements if one is using the wrong tool for the job?
  • Vitamin and mineral supplementation to prevent heart disease and cancer – This is yet another "wrong tool for the job" scenario. Heart disease and cancer have two widely known precursors, diet & lifestyle and genetics. If your diet is not in check and you live a lifestyle which is not conducive to health, you will likely be at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease and/or cancer. Genetics is more or less self-explanatory. Just to demonstrate how this particular study was essentially trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, the study actually noted that beta-carotene appeared to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers. Shouldn't alarm bells be ringing if your sample set of participants includes smokers?
  • Multivitamin use to prevent future heart attacks in patients whom had experienced heart attacks in the past – I apologize in advance for sounding like a parrot but again, the wrong tool being used for the job. Having just one heart attack automatically raises ones risk for further attacks. One essentially developes an underlying health condition at that point. On top of this, it was noted that in this particular study, the data may actually be inaccurate as not all participants took the pills (vitamins/minerals or placebo).

How does a review of 3 studies, where clearly the wrong tool was used for the job, invalidate the use of those tools (dietary supplementation)? Dietary supplements have their uses when used in the proper context but it's simply nonsensical to treat something like a multivitamin as a cure all. As an extreme example, let's say a person eats 3-4 very unhealthy fast food meals per day and doesn't exercise, having them then eat a myriad of vegetables on top of that is certainly not going to fix the underlying problem (unhealthy diet and lifestyle). Does this make vegetables pointless to eat? No. Do they solve an underlying problem like lack of exercise? No. That is ultimately the problem with the editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine where the authors message is, "Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements."

The take away here is that dietary supplements are to supplement a good diet and a good lifestyle rather than to replace it. Should you use Green Vibrance, Maximum Vibrance, Pure Green Protein, etc. in place of actual whole foods? No. You utilize these products to help your body reach optimum levels of performance. You use them to fill in dietary gaps since let's face it, in today's modern society, it's hard to consistently get your full fill of fruits and vegetables (especially with the variety necessary for optimum levels of the micro, phyto, and macro nutrients such products provide). Proper supplementation along with a proper diet and lifestyle will help you come closer to achieving optimum health.

About the Author: Steve L. is a consumer who uses Vibrant Health products. He is active in many online health-related forums.

Vitamin D3 Deficiency in the United States

Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked? #vibranthealthblog

       Have you had your Vitamin D levels checked? #vibranthealthblog Simple Vitamin D3 deficiency contributes to a higher number of heart and stroke-related deaths among African Americans compared to whites, according to a University of Rochester Medical Center study. To quote the study directly, ~ the measured deficit serum levels of 25(OH)D between African Americans and whites is “associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in a nationally representative US sample.”  The Center for Disease Control estimates that nearly one-third of African-Americans are deficient in Vitamin D.

       Researchers for this study were trying to understand the well-documented disparity between African Americans and whites in cardiovascular deaths (heart failure, stroke or myocardial infarction). How much difference? 

       Would you believe that African Americans die at DOUBLE the rate!  And nearly 30% of all cardiovascular disease deaths among African Americans occurred in those aged under 65 years, compared with 13% among whites. Three-fourths of African-Americans who develop heart failure have high blood pressure by age 40. What’s going on here?  And why single out Vitamin D3?

       Lead author Kevin Fiscella, M.D., explained that there are a complex list of genetic and lifestyle factors among African Americans which explain why this population has increased health challenges across the lifespan than other races. Studies suggest that those factors include reduced access to health care, pervasive obstacles to healthful living (one example, neighborhoods that lack fresh groceries), disparities in income, education, opportunity and the stress of racial inequality itself.

       Scientists began their investigation of the high death rate among African Americans with Vitamin D3 levels because there’s so much growing evidence which directly links low serum levels of D to many serious illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, kidney and heart disease for people of all races.  In fact, most of your body's tissues and cells have Vitamin D receptors, making it a crucial regulator of healthy cell activity and growth. A deficiency contributes to the inflammation associated with heart disease, many cancers and poor bone health.

       But what is Vitamin D? It’s a fat-soluble hormone that your body can obtain through food and also through supplements. Still the primary, and the most effective way for your body to accumulate Vitamin D is during exposure to sunlight. Sunlight exposure naturally stimulates your skin to self-manufacture Vitamin D.

       Increased skin pigmentation lowers the rate of production of Vitamin D. For that reason, higher levels of skin pigmentation are automatically considered a risk factor for Vitamin D deficiency. The knowledge that darker skin pigment significantly reduces Vitamin D3 synthesis  has been well-documented for over 40 years.  Boston University professor Michael Holick, a leading Vitamin D researcher, says yes: "We think it's why African Americans develop more prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer and get more aggressive forms of those cancers."

       Fiscella and colleagues studied a sample of more than 15,000 American adults. The data included measurements of blood levels of Vitamin D3 and death rates due to cardiovascular disease. Researchers also looked at other factors that contribute to heart health, such as body mass index, smoking status and levels of C-reactive protein.

       Largely, the analysis proved that, as expected, a Vitamin D3 deficiency was linked with higher rates of death among all people in the sample. In fact, those adults with the worst deficiency had a 40% higher risk of death from cardiac illness. “This suggests that Vitamin D3 may be a modifiable, independent risk factor for heart disease,” Fiscella said.

       Most shocking, however, was that when researchers adjusted the statistics to look at race, African Americans had a whopping 38% higher risk of death than whites. On the other hand, as Vitamin D3 levels rose, the risk of death was reduced. Identical results were true when researchers analyzed the effect of poverty on cardiovascular death rates among African Americans, which suggests that Vitamin D3 deficiency and poverty each exert separate risk factors, the study said.

       "Therefore, our study suggests that the next step would be to intervene to boost Vitamin D3 levels safely, with supplements," said Fiscella, a national expert on disparities in health care and a professor of Family Medicine and Community and Preventive Medicine at URMC.

       This dilemma is only compounded when the factor of location is added.  You see, the Vitamin D3 production in your skin relies specifically on your exposure to UVB-radiation from sunlight. This means fundamentally, supplementation of Vitamin D is absolutely necessary for most people of any race living in the northern latitudes, especially during the winter season to maintain adequate levels of circulating 25(OH)D3 to maintain optimal body function and prevent diseases. 

       This puts literally everyone in the United States at risk for Vitamin D deficiency.  In the U.S., inadequate Vitamin D3 has been reported in about 36% of otherwise healthy young adults and about 57% of general medicine hospitalized patients. Both in an American Journal of Nutrition article in 2007 in 2007and a September 2009 article published in The American Journal of Medicine, it’s been noted that Vitamin D3 deficiency is a worldwide health problem.

       If you have a deficiency, you should correct it with 5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D3 a day for 3 months — but only under a doctor's supervision.  For maintenance, take 2,000 to 4,000 IU a day of Vitamin D3. Some people may need higher doses over the long run to maintain optimal levels because of differences in Vitamin D receptors, living in northern latitudes, indoor living or skin color.

       So it’s time to talk seriously with your doctor about having your Vitamin D levels monitored routinely.

About the author: Jeanne Ricks is a Holistic Health Coach & Clinical Hypnotist who provides personal diet, wellness & nutrition coaching combined with Hypnosis to help you achieve your personal best. www.NuDay.org

Winter Warm-Up Smoothie

Smoothies are not just for summer! Try this warming & hearty #fieldofgreens recipe.

Here in the Northeast, it's been fairly chilly this week. Some might say downright frigid, but I don't like to complain too much. It can always be worse, right? Anyhow, when our southeastern neighbors got pounded with snow this week, we got very little. Yet our office, in the town of Canaan, CT (where we tend to lose power or internet if someone sneezes too hard), lost phone and internet for a good hour on Wednesday morning. Vito, who works in Customer Service, had been nudging me to make a smoothie for the office for days now, so we decided to seize the opportunity. Our recipe incorportated warming cinnamon, filling & balancing organic peanut butter, berries, and of course 2 scoops of Field of Greens. The recipe below was to satiate 10-15 Vibrant Health employees. So adjust accordingly unless you want to be drinking smoothie for days, which is totally understandable of you.

Smoothies are not just for summer! Try this warming & hearty #fieldofgreens recipe.

Ingredients:

2 scoops Field of Greens

2 oranges

1 tbsp Organic Chai Tea Concentrate

2 tbsp organic honey

1 tbsp organic peanut butter

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/4 cup apple juice

2 1/2 stalks kale

1 tbsp cinnamon

2 tbsp Greek yogurt

1/4 cup blueberries

1/3 cup blackberries

1 1/2 bananas

Now, if you drink this and you still can't shake that chill, you can try this classically fashionable alternative: 

Vibrant Health employees know how to stay warm!

About the author: Kate Shanley is the Social Media Coordinator & Pet Health Consultant for Vibrant Health. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science and is also a board certified Holistic Health Coach, has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University, and she's a dog trainer. 

Joint Vibrance review

The Joint Formula! This formula has given me mobility and NO KNEE PAIN….I have osteoarthritis, in both knees,and recently tripped and injured my right knee. After taking this formula, the same evening, I could stand up from a sitting position with less discomfort! 21 DAYS LATER, I am back to my walking routine, and feel no pain at all in either of my knees! I am also taking the Maximized Curcuminoids along with the joint formula and I can feel a total difference in my knees. They feel stronger and NO PAIN at All! I thank my son who recommended this to me, and all those who work at Vibrant Health, they know their products and recommend them with confidence & a big Smile! Dont be on the fence about these products. I am living proof that they work and you will feel so much better! Noooo drugs, which is what I truly look for! Thank You Ted and Paige! Keep the Vibrance coming!
To be honest, I felt a difference immediately in my right knee. Within an hours time of ingesting my first formula, when I stood up, the pain was a little less and day by day, I saw improvement…I cannot say enough about this formula….~!

– Leela D. 

(testimonial submitted to us through Facebook – thank you Leela!)