Unexpected Vitamin D Deficiency despite a lot of Sun?

Unexpected Vitamin D Deficiency despite a lot of Sun?

“How is that even possible? I just got back from 3 months at the South coast of Spain?”

At that time I was living in the Netherlands and had been traveling to the sun in winter time. I was in the GP’s office to get the results of my general medical test and just didn’t understand how I could have a Vitamin D deficiency despite a lot of sun I had been in.

The doctor explained to me that an aging skin does not absorb as much Vitamin D as a younger skin and suggested taking supplements. Until then, I was very reluctant to take any supplement at all. I thought that a healthy diet should be sufficient.

Well, it was my choice; to stubbornly follow my original beliefs or to look at the scientific results and act accordingly.

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Does Vitamin C boost your Immune System in a Successful Way?

Does Vitamin C boost your Immune System in a Successful Way?

One of the best methods to increase our immune system is to take care of hygiene. Equally important is to make sure we eat and drink healthy stuff, like organic produce and clean water. 
Sometimes our body demands extra, so the question is: does Vitamin C boost your immune system?

Linus Pauling is the only scientist so far that received 2 Nobel prizes in 2 different areas (Chemistry and Peace) not shared with somebody else. In 1970 he wrote Vitamin C, the Common Cold and the Flu. In this book he emphasizes the importance of Vitamin C. Grams of it.

Recommended versus Exceptional

Every country has a food agency that hands out lots of recommendations. The recommendations are based on averages. Averages of quantities they know will be sufficient. But also averages of quantities they suspect will be most followed.

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What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

What is the Difference between Chocolate and Cacao, or is it Cocoa?

In Dutch we have an expression “I can’t make chocolate out of it”, which basically means I don’t get it. Well, I couldn’t make chocolate out of the difference between chocolate and cacao. And then I discovered there is also cocoa. Time for some investigation!

Women and chocolate are an infamous combination. It’s our favorite comfort food. And given all the rave articles in the women’s magazines in recent years, most of us no longer feel guilty about being addicted to chocolate.

In recent years, the properties of chocolate have also been scientifically researched. Sometimes it is said that you should eat more chocolate because of all the benefits. What are those benefits?

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Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen – Is there a Significant Difference?

Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen - Is there a Significant Difference?

I always thought it was collagen, just that one word. I hadn’t the faintest idea there is a difference between animal collagen vs plant collagen.

Moreover, collagen had a bad reputation in my mind because of the ads. You might know which ads I mean: Look 20 years younger by using our product with Collagen XXL. I distrusted the claims and I hated the implication I didn’t look good the way I was. 

The worst one was a promo on TV. Imagine the scene: a grandmother is happily playing with her grandson who is laughing and having fun as well. All of a sudden he stops in mid play, points an accusing finger at her face and says: Gran, why does your skin look so awkward?

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Natural Organic Essential Oils and How to Use Them

Natural Organic Essential Oils and How to Use Them

A minor ailment – not serious enough to attend a doctor for, but annoying enough to bother you – could benefit greatly from an essential oil. In an article about the forms of supplements I described essential oils because some are suitable for internal use. However, there are many more applications.

If you have visited this website before, then you know that I am a big believer in organic products. So you understand, only natural organic essential oils qualify for me.

A year ago I was looking into methods to sleep better and one of the things that improved my sleep hugely, was a quality Lavender Oil. Since I found that one, I have extended the use of essential oils to other aspects of my life as well.

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5 + 10 Successful Essential Supplements for Energy

5 + 10 Successful Essential Supplements for Energy

Getting everything your body needs through food is the best way. For one of my other websites I wrote an article about the food that gives you energy. Yet there can be all kinds of reasons why you need more energy than food can deliver. In that case supplements are a practical and natural replacement for or an addition to food. What are the essential supplements for energy?

As with any advice – no matter in what area – for every wildly enthusiastic recommendation there are opinions that discourage or even deny it. I love coffee in the morning and had several warnings from friends that coffee is bad for me. And to some extent they were right. If I drink coffee after 1pm, surely I will have problems getting to sleep that night.

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The 4 Best Supplements to Help You Sleep at Night

The 4 Best Supplements to Help You Sleep at Night

This articles describes the 4 best supplements to help you sleep so you feel both energized and rested the next day.

Most of the supplements to help you sleep have the advantage that they contain a lot of antioxidants. These limit cellular damage, thus slowing down the aging process. That’s a nice bonus, right? 

For one of my other websites I wrote a general article about How to sleep better and faster when you’re aging. There I listed 10 things I do to improve the quality of my sleep. One of those things is taking a sleep supplement.

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The Proven Benefits of Calcium for our Body

The Proven Benefits of Calcium for our Body

When my mother was 87 she broke her first hip, because she fell off her bike. Three years later she fell out of bed and broke the other one. Until her first hip fracture, my mother never used any medication or supplements. I am not even sure her food was varied enough after my father passed away years earlier. Maybe she had a Calcium deficit, I don’t know. 

It made me study the benefits of Calcium thoroughly, because the healing process and the aftermath were difficult. And if I can prevent that happening to me, all the better. When you are aging, osteoporosis (bone loss or bone weakening) is a huge risk, especially for women. 

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