Beyond multivitamins: Vitamin D supplementation

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Photo courtesy of Health Gauge/flickr

Vitamin D is produced in the body primarily through exposure to sunlight. For Americans who live in the northern portion of the U.S., getting the right amount of sunlight can be challenging!

Vitamin D is necessary for the human body to metabolize important minerals such as phosphorous and calcium. Moreover, it plays a critical role in ensuring strong bones, healthy skin, proper cellular function and a strong immune system.

Vegans, those who avoid or have limited sun exposure, wear sunscreen regularly, have dark skin, are plagued by gastric or bowel distress, take steroidal medication, or are older adults are at greater risk for vitamin D deficiency.

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Beyond multivitamins: Omega-3 fatty acids

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Photo courtesy of Camilo Rueda López/flickr

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients necessary for overall good health.

They are not commonly found in a standard multivitamin but are critically involved in many functions of the human body.

Omega-3 fatty acids are of three major types:

  1. Alpha-linolenic (ALA)
  2. Eicosapentaenoic (EPA)
  3. Docosahexaenoic (DHA)

They were first discovered in the 1950’s by Johanna Budwig, PhD., a German scientist, and she incorporated them into a nutrient-rich diet administered to her cancer patients.

According to the American Cancer Society, thousands of patients who were treated with Dr. Budwig’s nutrient-packed diet experienced reduction in tumor progression or other significant health improvements.

The case for consuming adequate amounts of food which are high in omega-3 fatty acids is compelling.

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A standard daily multivitamin unlocks positive health

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Photo courtesy of Bradley Stemke/flickr

Many Americans are not consuming adequate amounts of proper nutrients to maintain good health.

A study from researchers at the University of Illinois reported that “American people consume much lower amounts of nutrients than are recommended.”

Further, it is believed that many Americans lack basic informaPhoto courtesy of Bradley Stemke/flickrtion and education relative to what constitutes proper nutrition, which includes those who are disabled and/or disadvantaged.

With the healthcare expenditures in the United States at an ever-increasing high, taking responsibility for good health is of paramount importance.

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AYHF Caring Bear Award

At Your Home Familycare is pleased to present our annual Caring Bear Award to Christina Meade, Administrative Services Manager and valued employee of over 10 years!

Each year the AYHF Caring Bear Award recipient represents the best of the best, and whose performance exhibits excellence and the spirit of service above self.

Congratulations Christina!

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The San Diego Businesses Hall of Fame

At Your Home Familycare is honored to be in The San Diego Businesses Hall of Fame as a multiple award winner–including the 2014 Best of San Diego Award for Non-Medical Homecare Private Duty and Concierge Services, 2009-2014–six years in a row!

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Healthy choices and celebrating New Year’s in Las Vegas

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Photo courtesy of Prayitno/flickr

Ushering in a new year while celebrating in Las Vegas can make for a most enjoyable experience!

Promoting itself as a world-wide entertainment capital, Las Vegas is known for its abundance of hotels, nightlife, entertainment, restaurants, shopping and casinos.

Las Vegas is considered one of the top three destinations in the United States for conventions, business and meetings, according to Wikipedia.

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Happy New Year!

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Childhood memory of Christmas in San Diego: A LifeCycles Tradition

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Photo courtesy of goatling/flickr

Christmas was always a wonderful experience growing up in San Diego, California.

The concept of a white Christmas is not entirely lost on those who live in warm climates. But in sunny San Diego, the experience of dashing through the snow is completely foreign.

Even though December is the coolest month of the year in San Diego, the average is still in the high 60’s. Temperatures of 75 degrees or more are not uncommon during Christmas week.

The all time record: 88 degrees!

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Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!

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Elegant Riesling Baked Pears for a healthy Christmas dessert

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Photo courtesy of CGehlen/flickr

The lovely aromas of honey, pears and spices wafting from the oven makes Riesling Baked Pears an excellent choice for a healthy Christmas dessert with a beautiful guest-pleasing presentation.

Naturally plump yet statuesque, pears are an extremely healthy fruit. This distinguished fruit and member of the rose family is native to both Europe and Asia, and is known to be present as early as 1,000 BC.

Containing naturally-occurring antioxidants, flavanoids, and anticancer nutrients, pears are considered helpful for those with diabetes, and also in ameliorating the risks contributing to inflammation, heart disease and several forms of cancer.

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