HEALTH/ Nutrition

What You Should Know About Vitamin D

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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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