Health: Living in Metro Vancouver requires supplementing with vitamin D

Published: February 18, 2013

AMNEET AULAKH
VANCOUVER DESI

I would say that good health must not be taken for granted. Good health should be nurtured and supported every day of our life. If you only had one car for the rest of your life, how would you take care of it? I see people taking care of their expensive cars; using premium fuel and oil; and yet, when it comes to food and supplementation, they let cost decide what they will buy.

What is your definition of optimal health?

When I think about optimal health, I think of energy and stamina. I think of flexibility, strength, and clarity of mind, good memory, feeling of harmony and balance, and looking forward to a new day. It is being the absolute best you can be with the conditions you are given and the situation you now live in.

So here are the five tips:

  1. Stop smoking
  2. Drink alcohol in moderation
  3. Eat healthy
  4. Exercise/remove or reduce TV time
  5. Supplement

In my last article, “Are your daily meals providing adequate nutrition?” I left off with today’s health reality and how our lifestyle is affecting our long-term health.

Our bodies are meant to work. Exercise. In the olden days of ape-man we used to walk everywhere, we did manual labor. Lately, we drive our cars, we sit on our desks and we super-size our meals.  I remember the days when Coke came in a sleek glass bottle, and it was a special drink to drink once in a while. Now we have “Big Gulps” and 2L bottles. The horrible thing about consuming liquid calories is that the brain does not produce a “full” signal, and calorie overload occurs.

The facts are that we eat many calorie-dense nutrient-poor junk foods. Almost no one achieves the recommendations of fruits and vegetable intake to fulfill the body’s daily requirements. In addition, the nutrient value of our foods has gone down and the stress in our lives has gone up. Nearly the entire population gets less than the recommended daily allowance of micronutrients.

For example, Vitamin D. Living in Vancouver (the Northwest), we are subjected to very little sunlight. In fact, darker skinned people have to expose their skin to sunlight for up to 60 minutes per day to get healthy amounts of vitamin D.  South Asians who have migrated here have never considered supplementing with vitamin D because the South Asian countries get plenty of sunshine, and we never had to think about it. Studies have shown that the optimal dose of vitamin D daily is up to 2000 IU per day to maintain healthy immune function, and prevent disease like diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, muscle weakness, and some cancers.

How is your current health? Find out now using this health assessment tool, it will generate three free reports for you. Take a health assessment quiz now.

 

 

Amneet Aulakh works as a Clinical Pharmacist Specialist. She has an interest in health maintenance and nutrition. Her passion is to educate and inspire people, empowering them to enjoy optimum health. Follow her on twitter @mirrordoor. She can be reached by email at amneet.aulakh@yahoo.com

 

 

 


Tags: , ,





Featured

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

sexual harassment

‘Will you have fun with me?’: Immigration officer sexually harasses female passenger at Delhi airport

HINDUSTAN TIMES An immigration officer at the Delhi airport has been suspended after a female passenger complained that he sexually harassed her by asking obscene…
Continue Reading »

crime-Surrey

Two Surrey men in hospital with gunshot wounds after targeted shooting

VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — Two men are in hospital with gunshot wounds following what appears to be a targeted shooting in Surrey on Thursday night….
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

desi-crime-sexual assault

Surrey man who pleaded guilty to mistreating sex trade workers should go to prison for 2-3 years: Crown

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI SURREY — A Surrey man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old sex trade worker nearly 20 years ago and…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Changes to Nova Scotia law allow sex assault victims to sue retroactively

By Keith Doucette THE CANADIAN PRESS HALIFAX — Nova Scotians who have been sexually assaulted can now launch civil lawsuits against their perpetrators regardless of…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

World Cup final

Underarm incident recalled as Australia-New Zealand rivalry rekindles in World Cup final

STEVE MCMORRAN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Relations between New Zealand and Australia at a political level have regained their natural cordiality in the…
Continue Reading »

Cricket World Cup

Clarke’s Australians prepare to take on unpopular role in the World Cup final vs New Zealand

JOHN PYE THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MELBOURNE, Australia — Win or lose, Michael Clarke and his Australian teammates are probably going to be portrayed as the…
Continue Reading »

India-Australia-weird news

Youth cut his tongue as sacrifice at an Indian temple for nation’s cricket victory

IANS Chennai – In a senseless act, a cricket crazy youth in Tamil Nadu offered the tip of his tongue as a sacrifice at a…
Continue Reading »

Freedom-Section 66A-India

Teenager shoots himself after father bans Facebook chat

IANS Lucknow - A 14-year-old boy shot himself Thursday after his father reprimanded him for chatting too often on social networking site Facebook, police said. The…
Continue Reading »

messy custody battle-desi lingerie model

Jeremy Renner’s messy divorce from B.C. model gets messier as custody battle rages

VANCOUVER DESI A B.C. woman who was married to Hollywood actor Jeremy Renner is being accused of being a gold digger and blackmailer who has…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

pakistani sex meera-Veena Malik

Gallery: Bollywood celebs in trouble with the law

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Indian film actress Shruti Haasan has run into legal trouble after she pulled out of a signed contract, according to an…
Continue Reading »

Salman Khan-Bollywood

Bollywood actor Salman Khan denies he was driving or drunk during 2002 accident

IANS Mumbai – Bollywood actor Salman Khan on Friday told a Mumbai court, conducting the trial of the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, that he…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood movie

Amitabh Bachchan: Balki challenges me with never-done-before roles

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai – R. Balakrishnan and Amitabh Bachchan’s much anticipated third outing “Shamitabh” turned out to be a box office disaster, but…
Continue Reading »