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HEALTH/ Nutrition

Symptoms Of Low Vitamin D Levels + A Vitamin Giveaway



Do you take a vitamin D3 supplement?

If not, you should.

This supplement is so important that it is the only vitamin my Oncologist has strongly urged me to take.  She checks my levels a couple of times a year & makes sure she asks me at every visit if I am faithfully taking it. Once I understood why, I am so thankful she does!

A meta-analysis of five studies published in the March 2014 issue of Anticancer Research found that patients diagnosed with breast cancer who had high vitamin D levels were twice as likely to survive compared to women with low levels.

Vitamin D has a number of anticancer effects, including the promotion of cancer cell death, known as apoptosis, and the inhibition of angiogenesis (the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor).

According to Dr. Garland, Professor at the San Diego School of Medicine:

“As long as vitamin D receptors were present, tumor growth was prevented and kept from expanding its blood supply. Vitamin D receptors are not lost until a tumor is very advanced. This is the reason for better survival in patients whose vitamin D blood levels are high.”

From Dr. Mercola’s site:

The researchers urge physicians to make vitamin D monitoring and optimization part of standard breast cancer care, and recommend that breast cancer patients should restore their vitamin D levels to a normal range of 30-80 ng/ml. According to the featured findings, you need at least 30 ng/ml of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) to prevent cancer from spreading. That said, other research suggests you’d be better off with levels as high as 80 ng/ml.

Um…HELLO!  Thank goodness my Oncologist is up on the latest research and takes such good care of me.  I finally have my levels up to about 70 ng/ml.  It took over a year of taking 10,000 IU’s of Vitamin D3 to get my levels up.  Now that I am at a level she is comfortable with, she has me taking 5,000 IU’s a day to maintain my Vitamin D3 level.

So…you don’t have an Oncologist?  That is AMAZING news for that means you have not been touched by cancer, but please keep reading as supplementation of vitamin D is important for most of the population!

Did you know 75% of people are deficient in Vitamin D?  It is true.  Unless you are a sun worshipper with most of your skin regularly exposed to the sun at least 15-20 minutes a day, then you are probably part of that 75%.


Symptoms of Low Vitamin D3 Levels:

What are the symptoms of low Vitamin D levels?

  • Fatigue & low energy
  • Trouble sleeping or trouble staying awake
  • A weak immune system, with more infections and colds
  • Weak bones
  • Poor dental health & excess tooth decay
  • Hypertension

Vitamin D3 almost seems too good to be true, as it is also extremely important for:

  • Heart Health
  • Prostate Health
  • Breast Health
  • Colon Health

So have I convinced you to take this very important supplement?

If so, I must share with you a brand that is now my favorite.


Vitamin D Levels


Why Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 Softgels Rock:

Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 Softgels are by far my new fav.  Here is why:

~It comes in 5,000 IU’s.  This is the dose I am using to maintain my levels and it is SO convenient to take just one small soft gel.  Before finding Vita Optimum, I was taking 5-10 soft gels of 1,000 IU’s and it was a handful!

~The very reasonably priced bottle contains 360 soft gels. That is a years worth of Vitamin D3 in ONE bottle.  You all know I’m all about living simply and efficiently, so this makes me very happy.  Buy once, ship once. One bottle, less waste.

~It comes nestled in an easy-to-swallow, small soft gel, filled with ORGANIC Extra Virgin Olive oil.  This was a huge selling point for me.  I’m quite over supplements that come swimming in genetically modified soybean oil!  Yep. Over it.

~Speaking of genetically modified, Vita Optimum Vitamin D3 soft gels are GMO Free.

~They are made in the good ol’ USA, in facilities that pass FDA regulations and are 3rd-party tested.

~They DO NOT contain: artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, starch, yeast, peanuts, soy, milk, lactose, egg, wheat, gluten, fish, shellfish, and tree nuts.  Whew!  What more can we ask for?

~Last but not least, Vita Optimum offers a 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed and a No Questions Asked Refund Policy.  There is no expiration on this offer, which means that any time you or I feel the product does not deliver what we expect, we can ask for a refund.  I  know for me, after trying the product, this will not be necessary…but impressive just the same.


*The information on this blog is not medical advice nor should it be treated as such or used in place of the advice of a physician or other medical professional or specialist. Please always consult with a physician or other qualified health care provider.

HEALTH/ Nutrition

What You Should Know About Vitamin D

Vitamin D collage

by Sharon Porter  {Health & Wellness Contributor}

I was sitting at a conference a little while ago listening to a chiropractor, Dr. Richard Brouse, and he gave about an hour and a half lecture on the benefits of Vitamin D3! An hour and a half!!! I never knew!

Vitamin D is proving to be essential to good health. We have become obsessed with sunscreen in order to protect against skin cancer, however, in doing so we have gone in the opposite extreme and severely limited our natural production of Vitamin D from the sun. The results are devastating!

Here’s a quote from an article from the US News & World Report  – “U.S.News got in touch with Robyn Lucas, an epidemiologist at Australian National University who led a study published in the February issue of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Her finding: Far more lives are lost to diseases caused by a lack of sunlight than to those caused by too much.”

The good news is that you are able to get adequate levels of Vitamin D. If you live north of Atlanta in the U.S., you will need to find a quality supplement during the winter months to make sure that your levels are adequate. During the summer time, spend at least 10 minutes every day outside in the wonderful sunshine – without sunscreen.

A few reasons why this is important:

“The sunshine vitamin may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. What’s more, sunlight has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system.” (US News & World Report)

Here is a great article on Vitamin D from Shaklee – with whom I’m a distributor. It will help you decide if you are getting enough vitamin D. Shaklee is an amazing product & I believe they have the highest quality supplements on the market!

If you are taking any supplements, make sure you do your research on the company to make sure that you are getting all that you need, want, & are paying for.  Too many people are paying for cheap fillers in non-quality vitamins without knowing it.

Some questions to look for answers to on that search are:

Where do they get their ingredients? What is the purity of those ingredients?

Do they allow contaminants?

What quality control tests do they do?

Do they have scientific proof that their products actually do what they are supposed to?

If you want to skip the research, know that both Amy and I adore our Shaklee vitamins and would be happy to help you find what you need.  You can reach me with questions at or place an order here.

Know Your Vitamin D Levels:

Last, I strongly encourage you to find out your Vitamin D levels on your next visit to your doctor. When they draw blood and are testing for different things, ask them to please find out your Vitamin D levels. From there, you will know what you need to do to have the levels that are appropriate for you.

 Here are Vitamin D recommendation from Dr. OZ & Rozen.

To your sunshine!




Hey Ya’ll…Amy here.

I am so happy to have Sharon here on the blog sharing her Health & Wellness tips with us.  She will be contributing occasionally.  We will get her full bio up soon and will let you know when we do.  Sharon has been a heart friend of mine for over 17 years.  She is the one who traveled to care for me for the week after my mastectomy and has so much health knowledge and wisdom. We are super lucky to have her willing to share it here with us!

I can’t stress the importance of this post.  Vitamin D is a KEY supplement that I take.  It is one of my personal top 3 supplements, and the first supplement my Oncologist tested me for and continues to test me for.  She knows the importance of it in my cancer battle and encourages me to take it


Shaklee Vitamin D3 Post AdShaklee Vitamin D-3 is my vitamin of choice.  I have watched my levels go up and stay up, and I know my health is better for it. 


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