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You might not know it, but you owe your life to bacteria. That’s because they are the only creatures on the planet that create vitamin B12, a vitamin you cannot live without. If you become deficient in B12, your mental health suffers, your metabolism slows, you feel fatigued, and you can develop heart disease, osteoporosis, and anemia. Suffice to say, it’s important you get enough and of the right type. (more…)

Did you know that there are five different types of Vitamin D? There's D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5, but D2 and D3 are the only types that our bodies can use. So, when something just says "vitamin D" it is generally referring to D2 or D3 (or a combination of the two). Even more impressive, Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins that your body can produce by itself. What is the catalyst that gets your D production going? Good old-fashioned sunshine! It's the ultraviolet-B radiation (UVB) that […]

When most people think about taking care of their skin, they focus on the outside — but what's on the inside counts even more! Perhaps you avoid tanning beds or wear sunscreen every day.[1] You may have a stack of skin care products at home that you use to fight the signs of aging or sun damage. Are you aware that the foods and nutrients you put inside your body make an even bigger difference? Vitamin C is one of those powerhouse nutrients for skin you should get every day![2] […]

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If you think eating healthy is boring and bland, you’ve not learned the incredible, palate-pleasing wonders of a whole-foods diet. But what are whole foods? Pure and unprocessed, whole foods include luscious fruits, nutritious and vibrantly-hued vegetables, hearty and wholesome legumes, snackable seeds, and more. "Whole" does not mean you can’t cook these vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and grains, or chop them, puree them, or combine them with other foods. Rather, it means you buy (or grow and harvest) the items whole, without chemical preservatives, colors, and other additives. In […]

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Vitamin D is a hot topic in the news these days and it’s also one of the most controversial subjects in medical research. The main debate centers around how much vitamin D3, a natural “nutrient” synthesized by the body in response to sunlight exposure, the average person needs. Governmental guidelines may be advocating for less-than-ideal vitamin D levels by giving a generalized recommendation for supplementation. It really is up to consumers to do the research to see how much vitamin D is really necessary. (more…)