Vitamin D Benefits

Are You and Your Family Lacking in Vitamin D? The answer is probably "YES", unless you live in a year-round sunny climate. Living in Minnesota/North Dakota, we are obviously not included in the above group, where it gets so so exceptionally cold for many months of the year.  Some days you can’t stay outside for more than a few minutes. Even then, we may be so bundled up that the only body parts we are exposing might be our eyeballs. You can actually draw a line horizontally across the middle of the United States and EVERY state above that line has significantly more cases of everything from depression, anxiety, MS,  Alzheimers, dementia, cancer, heart issues and overall mortality!  How do I check my vitamin D levels? Periodic blood tests are probably the most accurate way to check  your level of vitamin D.  According to the Institute of Medicine, blood volume ( ranging from 0-100 percent),  30  and below is associated with severe vitamin D deficiency.  Levels between … [Read more...]

Your dog needs exercise every day!

Giving your dog exercise every day has many benefits. Ella on a walk.  Can you see the smile on her face?  As expected, this time of year brings colder weather - much colder weather in some parts of the United States! I live in Minnesota, so our temperatures can be very frigid this time of year, to say the least.  Most days it's hard to motivate myself to get outside, even though I know that the fresh air, exercise and (on a good day) sunshine will invigorate me. If you have a pet like many people do, he/she will  benefit from the same things that you do when you get outside.  When dogs get enough exercise, they are usually less hyper inside, which is an especially good thing for a dog who needs lots of exercise like a Siberian Husky.  The Husky is a very inquisitive (nosy) and active (mischievous) animal.  So...if you don't keep them busy, you could pay for it in other ways if they get bored.  I have witnessed first hand what a bored husky can do.   Our first Husky, Camper, … [Read more...]