Magnesium Helps Optimize Vitamin D Levels
For the vitamin D in your body to work as it should, it requires a partner—magnesium.
Researchers at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville made this discovery after giving either a placebo or magnesium to 250 people participating in a cancer prevention trial.
Results were reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Nearly 80% of all adults in the US don’t get enough of this crucial mineral, which is responsible for more than 300 biochemical reactions. “Magnesium deficiency shuts down the vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway,” said lead author Qi Dai, MD, PhD.
What Dai’s team found is that magnesium optimizes vitamin D status by increasing it in people who are D-deficient and lowering it in people with high levels of the sunshine vitamin.
“Vitamin D insufficiency is something that has been recognized as a potential health problem on a fairly large scale in the US,” said study coauthor Martha Shrubsole, PhD.
3 Reasons to Exercise Your Core
It’s more than just looking good at the beach. Improving the fitness of your core muscles—not just the abdominals (the “six pack”) but all the muscles in your body’s trunk—has payoffs that extend way beyond appearances.
A fit core can:
> Improve your stability and balance, making falls less likely and easing everyday activities.
> Prevent back pain—weak muscles are vulnerable muscles.
> Help you achieve your fitness goals, including improved aerobic capacity and greater muscular strength.
You can’t take good health for granted.
The only thing harder than losing weight, it seems, is keeping it off for good.
Carly Pollack knows the drill. She spent a lot of time on the what-will-I-weigh-today treadmill until “I had an epiphany,” as she recalls in Feed Your Soul: Nutritional Wisdom to Lose Weight Permanently and Live Fulfilled (New World). She had believed that losing weight would bring contentment. But then she thought, “Maybe I needed to work on getting happy so that I could finally lose the weight.”
Pollack’s background as a certified nutritionist certainly helps, and she does provide lists of foods to feast on and fast from. However, this book is more about mentality than physicality.
She urges the reader to “create a new narrative,” saying, “The more you control the voice in your head, the easier it will be to allow guidance to come forth from your higher self.” Pollack then explains how to alter your relationship with food, such as taking a moment to reflect on your emotional state before diving into a meal or having morning and evening self-care routines to “stay grounded and focused on what you truly want.”
The “Skimmer’s Delight” checklists at the end of each chapter make the advice easier to digest.
Before you can get yourself right in your body, you need to get right in your head. Feed Your Soul provides useful guidance for that transformation.
Avoid Allergens in Your Auto
There’s no escaping irritants such as pet dander, pollen and dust mites—including inside your car. According to Earl Mindell, RPh, and Pamela Wartian Smith, MD, authors of What You Must Know About Allergy Relief (Square One), “the car owner doesn’t even have to have a pet to be infested with pet allergen.”
Mindell and Smith suggest getting leather seats for your next ride; if you have cloth seats in this one, “vacuum your car periodically with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter.” Another suggestion is to steam-clean your upholstery or have your car thoroughly cleaned by a professional every few months.
Special types of plant fiber, such as that found in bananas and onions, that feed the beneficial probiotic microbes in your GI tract.