Monthly Archives: September 2009

Women Vitamins: Vitamin D- a girl’s newest best friend?


Living in the sunshine of southern Texas has been a dream come true!  After living for 13 years in the upper plains of South Dakota with sometimes 7 months of snow, I appreciate the sun and warmth of coastal living.

One of the perks has been a much less depressing life during the traditional winter months.  I used to suffer from SAD, seasonal affective disorder…in plain English, I was affected by too little sunshine, and ultimately low Vitamin D levels.  It turns out that Vitamin D really isn’t a vitamin at all, but a potent neuro-regulatory steroidal hormone, that when found in decreased serum levels causes depression and lethargy.

sunshine and vitamins

sunshine and vitamins

We have known for a long time that Vitamin D worked wonders with bones…Vitamin D has been cited as helping with weight loss, and then it was discovered that Vitamin D levels had impact on cancer.  A study by Dr. William Grant, Ph.D., internationally recognized research scientist and vitamin D expert, found that approximately 30% of cancer deaths– (2,000,000 worldwide and 200,000 in the United States)– could be prevented each year with higher levels of vitamin D.

It’s the great cancer cover-up. Panicked into avoiding sunlight by health experts, we are now dying in our thousands from diseases linked to deficiencies of vitamin D. But still the exaggerated warnings come. – Oliver Gillie– Sunarc.Org

Now it seems, that Vitamin D also provides some protection from Upper Respiratory Tract Infections….and with a lessening chance of picking up viral infections  (which comes under the H1N1 Swine Flue threat).

Personally, after reading about the flu vaccines’ vague nature, possible danger, less than stellar field trials..etc..etc…I think I am leaning in favor of utilizing Vitamin D3 more effectively.

Of course, you know your health history better than any one…and maybe Vitamin D is not for you….research the subject..take control of your own best health practices….

That’s what we women need to do.

It’s time to make informed decisions…to own our own health care.

Look into Vitamin D….there are many great sites out there to look at.  I enjoy Dr Mercola’s Health Newsletter, and he has propounded Vitamin D and sunlight as a health source for a long time.  A mere 15 minutes of sunshine per day is enough to stimulate a health person’s ability to produce Vitamin D.  If you can’t get outdoors during the winter seasons, find a good source of natural vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).

Vitamin D deficiency is a growing concern across the world and is contributing to many chronic debilitating diseases.  Go ahead and research various studies and sites that deal with health issues and make informed decisions.

Remember that   A-Z Liquid Vitamins provide 400 iu of Vitamin D3 in every ounce.  We are committed to promoting women’s health through education, information and our women vitamins product line.


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Sisterhood of the Battered


My daughter, Bres, was raised in the heart of rural South Dakota ….where everyone knows everyone…where I never once, in 12 years, locked the doors to my house nor to my car.  I thought it a perfect setting for her childhood.  One filled with the outdoors, Canadian geese on migratory paths, bald eagles nesting, sheep, horses, pups and cats….caring neighbors and true friends…

It helped form her into a self-reliant person, one able to step up to most problems, one who doesn’t mind getting dirty in order to get a job done…one who is willing to pitch in and help a friend.

She also hung out with the FFA boys, learned to smoke and cuss, drink, dance, and dodge a lot of bullets.

She and I moved to Houston 4 years ago…she has made a lot of friends: some good, some bad.

Last week she offered to drive a stranger (friend of a friend) part way to his home; a 6 foot man, named James N—(French word for Christmas)– who had recently moved to Houston from Ohio .  When she declined the offer of sex, he turned in the passenger seat and punched her repeatedly.  She stopped her car, got out and tried to run.  He caught her, pushed her down,  and punched her some more…

The police, thank goodness, were there almost immediately and intervened…He is in jail…She has a serious black eye, mild concussion, and dampened faith in humanity.
kc bc at nickelback
While in the gas station yesterday, buying cigarettes…the cashier looked at her  and said, “I’ve had a few of those in my time.”  My daughter laughed, thinking she was referring to the Marlboros,  and started to explain that she was going to quit smoking soon…when she realized the lady was referring to her black eye.

Bres has been taken aback, by how many strange women have come up to her to offer sympathy and share stories of male violence.  She is shaken by every revelation.  The sisterhood of the battered…each with sympathy and condolence, and bitterness, and anger, and gleams of vengeance and wisps of resignation.

Where and when d0 young men get the idea that it is okay to hit a woman?  When and where did the concept of gratitude for a kindness rendered go away?

Girls, be careful of whom you ask into your cars and your lives….we, as older women, need to be mindful of teaching our girls to stand up for themselves…that it is not okay to be hurt, that no one deserves violence or “asks” for it.
Let’s thank others who are courteous…publicly acknowledge kindness and thoughtfulness…
Just like we fortify our bodies with women vitamins, we need to fortify our world with positive examples and encouragement.  Maybe we can intervene through praise, and approbation…the world changes one person at a time…be that person. Let’s make our world healthier, like we strive to make our bodies and spirits healthier.

Be Blessed,

Kersten

WomenVitamins: promoting total health


Energy Sags and Lags


If you’re interested in recharging your energy levels, read on. In this article, I’ll discuss ways of supporting our health and energy.   We all have times when we feel worn out and some days we wonder if we’ll be able to last thru our list of “to-do’s” .  You and I want to take care of ourselves. We need to find a reliable source of vitamins and protein to back us up.

It seems like we need more and more energy to keep up. Our days are full, and so are our schedules. It’s vital to recharge our energy levels. If you are like me, you have been looking for a economical and efficient product that can boost your sense of every day well-being.  I have read, all over the net, how proper absorption of vitamins allows the body to refresh itself more easily. We also know that a whey protein powder can create lean muscle mass. So it makes sense, to use a product line that has created these products specifically for busy, healthy women.

I was tired of feeling worn out and unable to cope. I have been taking Basics Vitamins for about 6 months now, and I truly notice an increased sense of health and well being. I also can tell when I don’t take my vitamins, so I know they are doing the trick for me.

I love Basics Women Vitamins

I love Basics Women Vitamins

Remember that we all need a steady source of vitamins for cellular energy. We also need protein for muscle recovery and energy. Basics Vitamins and Protein for women, believes in helping you through your day, by focusing on your total health, and on educational information.

Remember also, to take care of yourself: eat sensible, exercise regularly and use reliable multi-vitamins and whey protein shakes. Be reasonable when you plan your days.  Don’t be afraid to use the “NO” word once in a while. Be good to yourself.

Your energy levels are serious matters. You need a serious product that understands your needs. Basics Women Vitamins focuses on your total health with products that can help you regain your energy and feelings of vitality. Recharging your energy is important and necessary. Basics encourages you to take care of yourself, in mind, body and spirit.

Conclusion: 21st century life never slows down. It seems like we need more and more energy, Don’t let yourself feel worn out and unable to cope, Take care of yourself: use reliable sources of women vitamins and protein shakes.  Give WomenVitamins a try, and feel the difference for yourself!


Optomize Your Exercise: Eat Protein!


Maybe you are like me…

You exercise…you eat….and feel ever so slightly guilty about the process.  So how can you optimize your meal to actually help your exercise program?

There is a 30 to 60 minute window of opportunity after exercising, where you should eat protein with some carbohydrates.  This is the time when fatigued muscles are most receptive to nutrients, and when an increase in enzyme activity makes the body more efficient in storing glucose for energy and building protein for lean muscles.

Four Quick & Easy Protein Sources:

Shakes

Say you exercise in the morning….Consider whipping up a whey protein shake that can be further tweaked into becoming a sports recovery drink when blended with bananas.  Bananas are wonderful sources of magnesium and potassium; both minerals help assure healthy muscle function.

Did you know that Basics P3 whey isolate protein powder is formulated with 7 additional vitamins, as well as flax-seed and digestive enzymes.  Basics P3 protein shakes are also satisfying following an afternoon workout as well.

Granola

Sometimes you just can’t eat 30 minutes after a workout. So what can you grab?  Fruit works well, as does granola.  Most grocery stores sell bulk, organic granola which is easy to pack in a baggie and eat on the go.  (You want portion control as granola is calorie dense.)

You can also make your own granola using whole rolled oats, almonds or walnuts, dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, and apricots), flax seeds, and some carob or dark chocolate bits.  Almonds, walnuts, and flax are sources of good omega-3 fat, while dried fruit provides iron for healthy red blood cells.

Peanut Butter

While peanut butter has a higher caloric content, 100 calories per tablespoon, that same tablespoon provides 7 grams of protein.  Add that to a slice of whole wheat bread and you have a healthy protein and fiber snack.

Eggs

An egg sandwich with a slice of cheese on whole wheat toast is a great after workout breakfast.  The complete egg (white and yolk) provides 7 grams of protein and all the essential amino acids needed by the human body, including zinc and vitamin B12 which support cell production.  This homey sandwich assists with recharging your energy and restoring your sore muscles.

Don’t forget to take your complete vitamins either.

Basics A-Z Complete:
Vitamins for Women delivers 10 essential vitamins and 77 colloidal minerals that provide your body with the nutrients it needs for daily energy and cellular health.

Basics Women Vitamins

Basics Women Vitamins