What Causes Vitamin D Deficiency

It’s dubbed the ‘sunshine vitamin’ but how do we get enough vitamin D when the sun isn’t shining or you avoid sunlight?

Sun exposure is required for the skin to produce vitamin D, as a normal balanced diet contains very little. This has brought about a growing concern for vitamin D deficiency in particular groups: older people or those living in institutional care with little exposure to sunlight, those with darker skin tone, and those who cover themselves because of cultural or religious reasons.

So how do you make sure you get enough? You don’t need to bake yourself in the sun and risk skin cancer to get a good dose of vitamin D.

How much you need depends on your skin colour. If you have fair skin, you may only need approximately 5 minutes of daily exposure in summer sun, whereas if you have darker skin, you may need up to 20 minutes each day.

More exposure is needed over winter to product vitamin D because UV levels are considerably less. But by getting enough sunlight hours over summer, you can build up your stores for winter.

It’s also important to remember that even when it’s cloudy, you are still exposed to UV light, so just because you can’t see the sun, doesn’t mean you’re not getting vitamin D!

Very few foods contain vitamin D: oily fish, eggs and some fortified milks and margarine.

It’s a good idea to include these healthy foods in your diet, even if you don’t think you have concern for vitamin D deficiency.

Those over the age of 50 years need almost double the amount of vitamin D than those younger than them. So to make sure you get the recommended amount, try to get about 15 minutes of sensible sunshine each day and eat the healthy foods mentioned above.

Sources of Vitamin D

Nutritional Shakemix with Vitamin D

Multivitamin Supplement with Vitamin D

Calcium and Vitamin D Tablet

Diet Class in Birmingham

The New Arriba Weight Loss Challenge’ is a new type of diet class. Its a 12 week course designed to give you the necessary knowledge and support you need to achieve safe and long term weight loss.

Unlike traditional ‘Slimming Clubs’ at Arriba! we provide much more than a ‘pay-weigh-and go’ weight loss class. Over the 12 weeks we will educate you on key topics including:

Importance Of Protein
Understanding You Body Composition
Healthy Snacking
Rev Up your Metabolism
Fats – Good & Bad
Portion Control
Carbohydrates
Understanding Food Lables
Eating Out Healthily
Digestive Health
Importance Of Fibre
Understanding Sugars
Exercise

You can join the full 12 week course for just £39. At the end of the 12 weeks the biggest loser wins £300, 2nd = £200, 3rd = £100.

Arriba Weight Loss Challenge Birmingham

Meal Replacement Bar

Every single day over one million Herbalife Formula 1 shakes are consumed around the world.  Losing weight can be a real challenge. Herbalife Formula 1 helps you to manage your calorific intake and feel fuller for longer – all while sustaining your energy levels; so you can focus on achieving the shape and look you want.

A tasty Herbalife Formula 1 shake is a nutritionally-balanced, versatile and easy to prepare healthy meal in a glass! Formulated by Herbalife’s nutritional experts, Formula 1 is packed with vitamins and minerals, together with soy protein, carbohydrates and healthy fibre – and has less than 220 calories per serving. Packed with 19 grams of protein per serve, 18 essential vitamins and minerals, fibre, essential carbohydrates and antioxidants, this is food for the cells that really satisfy’s.

And Herbalife have now launched Formula 1 as a meal replacement bar. The new Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Bar has been scientifically formulated to have all the benefits of the Formula 1 shake, and is packaged for people on the move. So Herbalife clients have the option to have a have a shake for breakfast and then meal replacement bar for lunch. High fibre and protein for sustained energy and to keep you fuller for longer. Low GI. Suitable for vegetarians. It’s not a snack, it’s not a treat, it’s an Formula 1 meal in a bar. This is an incredibly convenient meal in a bar for those on the go. More information:

New Herbalife Meal Replacement Bar

Herbalife Formula 2

Do you eat a high percentage of processed/fast foods?

You can never know how much nutritional value a ready-made meal has compared to a carefully prepared home-made equivalent. That’s why supplementation can be so important.

Do you feel your word/home environment may be affected by chemicals/fumes/dust?

These are all irritants that enter our body by ingestion, inhalation or through the skin. They can built up and cause various reactions, affecting our well-being. A good example would be the connection between house dust and hay fever. Additional antioxidant intake may help combat these environmental influences.

Do you catch colds/flu/bugs easily?

Your body’s fighting force may be malfunctioning due to poorly absorbed nutrients. By topping-up with immune system support, you may be in better position to fight infection.

Do you exercise infrequently/not all?

Too little exercise allows the body to become sluggish, thereby allowing toxins to become lodged in fatty tissue. Certain herbs and nutrients are especially good at accelerating the body’s natural excretion of toxins and wastes.

Do you consume more that the average amount of alcohol daily?

Alcohol (which is just fermented sugar) is rapidly absorbed by the body and turned into energy (calories). Alcohol affects many of the body’s systems and over-consumption can lead to excess fat storage and also weaken the body’s fighting force.

Do you smoke?

Smoking robs the body of Vitamin C and certain B vitamins – one cigarette depletes 25mg of Vitamin C. Each cigarette is a nutritional step backwards.

Are you striving to reach your ideal weight?

The body functions optimally as its correct body weight, like a perfectly tuned car. Carrying excess weight creates extra work and a need for more nutrients for fuel and functioning. If the diet is poor then the 24 hour repair and replacement of body cells is impaired. Equally, being below ideal weight creates a weakened system as the body struggles with reduces facilities for fuel and functioning. Formula 2 contains carefully balanced ingredients to help provide nutrient support in either situation.

Key Benefits of Herbalife Formula 2

  • Essential nutrients and antioxidants for long-term good health and vitality
  • This Herbalife product helps maintain the health of bones, skin, hair and the immune system
  • Herbalife Shapeworks supports healthy weight management

Herbalife Shapeworks Product Facts:

  • Includes antioxidant vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and selenium, to help protect the cells from free-radical damage.
  • Supplies B vitamins, including folic acid, B6 and B12, which are essential for energy production and help maintain healthy homocysteine levels that are already within a normal range for cardiovascular health.
  • Studies revel that adequate amounts of folic acid help to prevent neural tube defects in pregnant women.
  • Herbalife Shapeworks Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex contains a generous 133 mcg of folic acid per tablet.

Key Ingredient Properties

Essential Vitamins:

Vitamin A – fat soluble; necessary for proper vision, especially at night. Needed for correct bone development and growth.
Vitamin B – Fat soluble; helps the body utilise calcium and phosphorus for strong bones and teeth.
Vitamin E – Fat soluble, protective antioxidant properties; important for the heart and circulation, nerves, muscles and red blood cells.
Vitamin C – Water soluble; antioxidant helps with blood cells fight infection. Also needed for healthy skin, and enhances absorption or iron from non-meat sources.
Thiamine – Water soluble; important for release of energy from carbohydrates, aids in the functioning of the nervous system.
Riboflavin – Water soluble; beneficial to vision; needed for converting proteins, fats and carbohydrates into energy.
Niacin – Water soluble; vital for energy release in tissues and cells. Helps to maintain a healthy nervous system and digestive systems.
Vitamin B6 – Water soluble; promotes healthy skin and nerves; important for protein metabolism.
Folic Acid – Water soluble; particularly important as a supplement for women of childbearing age; essential for growth and reproduction of cells, particularly red blood cells. Helps to maintain normal levels of Homocysteine. 400 micrograms per day helps to prevent neutral tube defects and spina bifida.
Vitamin B12 – Water soluble; contains essential mineral elements; for red blood cell production.
Biotin – Water soluble. Essential for the metabolism of fats/proteins.
Pantothenic Acid – Water soluble; essential for the release of energy from food, needed for healthy growth and the production of antibodies.
Para Amino Benzoic Acid – Water soluble; helps keep skin smooth and healthy.
Note: Water soluble vitamins need to be replenished daily, fat soluble vitamins can be stored in the body.

Essential minerals:

Calcium – Most abundant mineral in the body; maintains strong bones and healthy teeth; needed for functioning of nerves and muscles.
Iron – Essential for oxygen transport via red blood cell haemoglobin.
Magnesium – Essential for nerve and muscle function, and energy release. Needed for healthy reproductive and immune systems. Also required to tissue repair and renewal.
Iodine – helps maintain thyroid function.
Copper – Component (with Zinc and manganese) of an antioxidant enzyme system. Needed for melanin formation and iron metabolism.
Manganese – component (with zinc and copper) of an antioxidant enzyme system. Needed for healthy bones and nervous system.
Chromium GTF – an essential trace mineral important for the body’s natural regulation of blood sugar levels. Chromium functions as the Glucose Tolerance Fact0r (GTF) in our diet.
Selenium – Works with Vitamin E as an antioxidant neutralising free radicals.
Zinc – Needed for healthy reproductions and immune systems. Also required for tissue repair and renewal.
Potassium – a vital macro-mineral important for nerve function. Helps to maintain the body’s natural water balance.
Vanadium – trace mineral which may help to inhibit formation of cholesterol in the blood vessels.
NB: It is advisable to follow a diet that offers a broad variety of foods, in addition to including high quality supplement, to optimise the health benefits available from the food you eat.

How to use Herbalife ShapeWorks Formula 2 Multivitamin Complex
Take one tablet three times a day with meals.

Herbalife Formula 2