Vitamin D supplement and heart disease, fractures, and nutrient imbalances? Effects of hormone D on health.

Vitamin D – the Sunshine Vitamin

…. cute name with an evil punch?

 

The latest “best-selling vitamin” so it seems is vitamin D. You surely can’t have missed the news that the majority of us supposedly are vitamin D deficient (Nair & Maseeh, 2012; Kennel et al., 2010). If media or our doctors don’t encourage us to take a vitamin D supplement then the discussion about vitamin D surely comes up with friends and family.

But:question, frage

Is vitamin D just a vitamin?

Is vitamin D as supplement harmless?

What if vitamin D were a hormone?

What if vitamin D is a hormone?

Are we supposed to eat hormones?

Would you feel safe consuming excess hormones, in addition to the hormones your body already creates?

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Cardiovascular Health: HDL, LDL and blood triglycerides – what truly matters when it comes to cardiovascular disease risk?

Cholesterol – the good, the bad and the risk for heart disease

Is truly the ratio of total cholesterol and HDL the most effective way to determine our risk for heart disease? Shouldn’t there be another factor we need to consider?

 

Cholesterol circulates through our body with the help of carriers.

There carriers are called lipoproteins*.

(*consisting of lipo = fat & proteins, hence the name).

Two different lipoproteins carry cholesterol from cell to cell:

  • LDL (low-density lipoprotein)
  • HDL (high-density lipoprotein)

And, as you know, LDL and HDL can be tested via blood test. I’m sure you might even know your LDL and HDL levels.

But what do they mean and can we really just look at HDL and assume we are protected (in case of high HDL levels) from cardiovascular disease risk?

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Driving forces influencing behavior: 6 factors to understand

I love talking about behavior and behavior change. And I love watching people and observing their behavior trying to understand their actions, lack of actions or thought processes.

More, given my line of work, I love motivating and empowering you to change your behavior.  And interestingly enough, motivation and ability are two of the most powerful forces or sources to change behavior.

Motivation and ability can

facilitate behavior change

Anyone who's met me knows I am very motivating. And given my background in education and teaching, I love sharing, teaching, and instilling new skills.

Hence, I find this idea or model in how to change very intriguing.

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Women and lifting weights – who influences women to start weight training?

„Women should lift weights“. Something we tend to hear or read a lot. Yet, we barely acknowledge how women who do lift (heavy) weights got started.

(Given, that there is little research on this, I speak my opinion from decade-long observation. Don’t feel like reading? Then watch the video Secret lifted why some women lift weights.)

Women & weight/resistance training 

Some, many, women to this day fear heavy weights and resistance training, for various reasons.Continue reading