Vitamin D

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AFFECTED BY VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to more severe illness and an increased fatality rate due to COVID-19, the disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Observational studies at the AZ Delta General Hospital in Roeselare,...

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SARCOPENIA

Growing old gracefully is not for the faint hearted, the brittle boned or the weak. Brittle bones due to osteoporosis, in combination with muscle loss (sarcopenia), can result in falls and broken bones. Muscle mass and strength, in particular, are very important to...

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BONE LOSS AND OSTEOPOROSIS

Like a silent thief in the night, you are unaware of the presence of osteoporosis, until something breaks suddenly – a window in the case of a burglar; or a bone in your body in the case of osteoporosis. What is bone? Although it looks like a rock-solid substance,...

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MELATONIN

Throughout the ages, mothers have been singing lullabies in the dark of night to put their babies and toddlers to sleep. In a similar vein, our bodies sing a nightly lullaby to put us to sleep – with a song called melatonin. Although this song has no lyrics, it does...

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HOW MUCH VITAMIN D DO YOU NEED?

What is vitamin D? The natural form of vitamin D is produced in the skin when energy from ultraviolet B rays (UVB) in sunlight converts cholesterol in the cells of the skin into vitamin D3, a steroid hormone. The natural form of vitamin D from sunlight or fatty animal...

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GARDENING IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH

Direct exposure to nature plays an important part in our well-being and has been proven to have a calming effect on us. When the interaction with nature takes the form of gardening, it is an eye-opener to see how many substantial health benefits are available to us....

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NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE THE DISCOMFORT OF ARTHRITIS

What is arthritis? Arthritis is a condition that describes joint pain or joint disease in one or more joints in the body where bones come together, such as the knees, hips, elbows, wrists, fingers and toes. In medical terms, arthritis refers to joint...

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AGING OF THE FACE

Time and tide waits for no man – and unfortunately the face is the first to reveal the passing of time, even when mutton dresses as lamb! The medical term “intrinsic aging” describes the natural aging process and our genes will dictate when the visible lines start to...

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BLOOD PRESSURE AND HOW TO LOWER IT NATURALLY, IF NEEDED

Blood pressure   The heart is a pump that keeps blood moving through your arteries in order to deliver oxygen and nutrients to every tissue and organ in your body. You need a certain amount of pressure in your arteries to keep the blood flowing.   Your blood...

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Vitamin D Is Important

Playing a crucial role in the human body’s metabolism, vitamins can be defined as organic chemicals that must be obtained from dietary sources. According to this definition, vitamin D is technically not a vitamin as very little is obtained from dietary sources, as it...

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