Category: Vitamin D

January 3, 2020

The Long Dark:  The Health Effects of Vitamin D Deficiency

Dr. Juliet Ghodsian, ND As we head into the back-stretch of the long dark, winter months, it is important to discuss the true health impacts of our limited sun exposure here in British Columbia.   Between the months of September and March, the angle of the sun to the Earth’s atmosphere is such that almost no […]

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Vitamin D Testing: What, Why and Who is Covered

Dr. Erin Crossman, ND What is Being Tested? After the skin makes previtamin D3 (from exposure to sun’s UV radiation) or consuming vitamin D2 and D3 (from diet and/or supplements), the liver converts the D2 and D3 into 25-hydroxy vitamin D. A blood test for 25-hydroxy vitamin D is considered the preferred test for vitamin […]

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Supplementing with Vitamin D

Dr. Miranda Wiley, ND There’s a wonderful and well known saying from Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Certainly a balanced, whole food diet low in refined and processed food stuffs is ideal, but in today’s world there is definitely a need for supplements at times. And vitamin D […]

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October 25, 2019

Are You Ready for Cold and Flu Season?….some things to consider

Dr. Lisa Polinsky, ND   With the recent change to colder temperatures and shorter days we are now in the season of increased frequency of colds and flus. You may notice people around you with runny noses, congestion, coughs, sneezing and red, irritated eyes. Many people wait until it is too late but now is […]

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January 22, 2018

Your Mood and Vitamin D Testing

Dr. Lisa Polinsky, ND “We just passed Blue Monday  – January 15, 2018 – a title given as it’s the 3rd Monday in January and has been considered to be the saddest day in the year.  While not a fully scientific label it does generate conversation and can be a point of personal check-in each […]

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November 13, 2017

5 Immune System Boosters

Dr. Arezou Babri, ND Our bodies work tirelessly to defend us against foreign invaders. The immune system itself is composed of lymphoid organs, a variety of cells, proteins and cytokines. Various micronutrients and minerals help in the regulation of a smoothly functioning immune system. As we transition into the winter months it is always a […]

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October 14, 2017

The Fats that Nourish Us

Dr. Samantha Gray, ND RAc Recent research into the positive role of saturated fat in our diet has been nothing if not surprising given the decades of bad press this vital nutrient has received.  Over the years, saturated fat has been blamed for almost everything that ails us from heart disease to cancer to diabetes. […]

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June 15, 2016

Vitamin D – How To Determine If You Have Enough

Dr. Julia Christensen ND Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin available in some foods like egg yolk and mackerel, although the majority of our levels are synthesized by the skin through exposure to ultraviolet light. Vitamin D is critical for a variety of functions in the body and is very important for bone, hormonal, and […]

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June 14, 2016

Four Tips For Healthy Summer Skin

Dr. Giselle Lefebvre, ND Summer is the time to be outside, maximize your Vitamin D absorption and enjoy the sunshine. Increased playtime, sunscreen and higher temperatures all can lead to increased toxins in your system, as well as possible sun damage and dehydration. To keep your skin’s youthful glow and lessen the appearance of wrinkles, […]

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June 16, 2015

To Sunbathe or Not to Sunbathe

Dr. Juliet Ghodsian, ND The lowdown on SUN SAFETY AND VITAMIN D It’s almost here!  What we’ve spent the long fall, winter and sometimes spring months dreaming about.  Cloudless skies and beautiful sunshine. Every day, all day, as often as we can get it!  The more the better, right?  Not so much. In the face […]

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