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Four Ways to Get Your Vitamin D from Food and Sun

Posted by healtheo360 on Apr 12, 2014 12:09:55 PM

loongar/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Spring is here, and there’s no better time to work vitamin D into your daily routine.

The so-called sunshine nutrient is crucial for healthy bones and it might even stave off the country’s top killers: cancer and heart disease.

Sure, you could pop a supplement. But why not get your vitamin D the old-fashioned way: from good food and a bit of sun? Your body and wallet will thank you.Here's how:

Get a Boost at Breakfast for Vitamin D

Breakfast is a great time to get your vitamin D fix. Morning favorites like eggs, cereal, milk, yogurt and orange juice are packed with the nutrient. In fact, a bowl of cereal with milk and a cup of fortified OJ can deliver up to 75 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the National Institutes of Health. Better yet: Make it brunch and take it outside. The late morning sun will up your dose of vitamin D.

Soak Up Some Sun for Vitamin D -- But Not Too Much

It’s true: sunlight converts chemicals in your skin into vitamin D. But don’t overdo it, because the same UV rays that work vitamin magic also raise the risk of skin cancer. Fifteen minutes of direct sunlight to the face, arms, back or legs three times a week is enough, according to the NIH. So cover up, find shade or slather on some sunscreen beyond that.

Feast on Fish for Vitamin D

Breakfast foods are good but nothing beats fish for vitamin D. Just three ounces of salmon packs a whopping 112 percent of your recommended daily intake, according to the NIH. Throw it on the barbecue outside for an added boost of vitamin D. Too busy to cook up salmon? Canned cooked tuna is an easy alternative with almost 40 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Stir Up a Smoothie for Vitamin D

Why not drink your vitamin D? Most milk is fortified with vitamin D, delivering nearly a third of your recommended daily intake. And yogurt packs a cool 20 percent. Toss in some fruit and voila: a delicious, nutritious treat.

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Moms Who Keep 'Baby Weight' May Risk Heart Trouble

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 25, 2014 3:27:24 PM

TUESDAY, March 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New mothers who gain too much "baby weight" in the year after they give birth are at increased risk for diabetes and heart disease, researchers warn.

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Supplements No Guard Against Country’s Top Killers

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 23, 2014 3:32:18 PM

Sorin Popa/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The millions of Americans who take daily supplements may be doing nothing to cut their risk of cancer and heart disease, according to updated guidelines released Monday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

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Doctor Disputes Benefits of Omega-3 in Fish, Corn and Sunflower Oils

Posted by healtheo360 on Mar 18, 2014 9:58:01 AM

sirastock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Omega-3 may not be the wonderful supplement that health experts have touted for years.

In fact, Rajiv Chowdhury, a cardiovascular epidemiologist from the University of Cambridge, says in a new study that these polyunsaturated fatty acids don't really reduce the risk of contracting heart disease as previously reported.

His research flies in the face of nutritional recommendations by the American Heart Association and other groups that encourage people to consume omega-3, which is found in fish, and omega-6, contained in corn and sunflower oils.

Chowdhury based his findings on a previous study that showed taking fish oil after heart surgery doesn't stop irregular heartbeats that cause blood clots and strokes.

He also pointed to 20 trials over 24 years published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2012 that fish oil had no discernible effect in lowering the risk of heart attacks, strokes and death.

The study on the limited heart benefits of omega-3 and omega-six appears in the latest issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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Study: Women with BRCA1 mutations should remove ovaries by 35

Posted by healtheo360 on Feb 26, 2014 11:06:00 AM

A new study on healthy women with genetic mutations that sharply increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer supports the old adage: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Sitting Too Much May Kill You

Posted by healtheo360 on Jan 19, 2014 5:18:24 PM

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older women who spend too much time sitting are more likely to die at an earlier age than highly active women, a large, long-term study says.

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USDA: Americans Eating Healthier

Posted by healtheo360 on Jan 17, 2014 5:36:35 PM

FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American adults are eating healthier diets, making better use of nutrition information on food labels, consuming more fiber and less cholesterol, and getting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat, a federal government report says.

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New BRCA Guidelines Counter Angelina Jolie Effect

Posted by Team healtheo360 on Jan 1, 2014 10:09:37 AM

Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's official. The "Angelina Jolie Effect" that prompted many women to undergo genetic testing for the breast cancer gene isn't always such a good thing.

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"The Little Couple" Star Jen Arnold Shares Chemo Photo

Posted by Team healtheo360 on Dec 29, 2013 9:32:26 AM

@JenArnoldMD/Twitter(HOUSTON) -- Just three weeks after she revealed she had a rare form of cancer, TV personality and neonatologist Jen Arnold has begun chemotherapy.

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Woman Lashes Back at ‘Fit Mom’ with ‘Real’ Post-Baby Body Photos

Posted by Team healtheo360 on Dec 18, 2013 12:47:48 PM

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- At first glance, these two women, Taryn Brumfitt of Australia, and Maria Kang of California, might look like they have a lot in common.

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