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Issue: October 2009


In This Issue:
Stay Healthy This Flu Season
Now Open - Wellness for the Body ONLINE STORE!
Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?


Stay Healthy This Flu Season

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiUnless you are planning on living in a glass bubble, chances are you will be exposed to cold and flu germs throughout the whole season. When cold and flu sufferers cough or sneeze, tiny droplets that are inhaled or transmitted from hard surfaces infect an unlucky host. Small changes can go a long way at keeping you healthy!

Wash your hands before you eat
Back in grade school when the teacher took the whole class to wash their hands before lunch, there was a purpose. Hand washing however should be thorough to get the job done and not just a quick rinse. You may also consider using an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

Rethink finger foods in public
That big bowl of chips and dip may look appetizing but who knows what germs the last person left in the bowl or if someone was a double dipper!

Pack your own pen
Germs latch onto solid surfaces. Think about how many people have touched the pen that the grocery store clerk hands you to sign your visa slip.

Don’t touch your face
It’s not an easy feat but challenge yourself to not touch your face for at least a day. Germs enter through your mouth, nose and eyes. This will not only stop the spread but also dramatically increase the immune cells that help fight off infection.

Clean your house
Even when you’re busy, take time to wipe down surfaces that are touched frequently. Don’t forget to sanitize handrails, doorknobs and handles as they probably the most touched and seldom disinfected.

Don’t cover a sneeze or cough with your hands
Transferring germs to your hands is only going to ensure that those same germs are transferred to everything you touch. Sneezing in mid air will spread germs too. Try grabbing a tissue and then discard it right away.

Flush out your system
Staying hydrated will help to flush your body. A good rule of thumb is 8 cups a day but everyone is different. If your urine is clear, you’re doing great!

Get your sleep and try not to stress too much. Your body’s immune system will respond more readily against cold & flu viruses when it has the energy available to do so.

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
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Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Dr. Samantha Ristimaki, BSc, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

samantha ristimakiWant to ensure your bones stay strong, reduce the risk of cancer, prevent autoimmune disorders and maintain healthy immune function? Make sure you are getting enough Vitamin D.

This vitamin is produced naturally in the body through exposure to the sun's ultra-violet radiation. The recommended daily intake is 400IU and this can easily be accomplished through daily exposure to the sun. The problem is that during the winter months, few people get outside for adequate amounts of time. Even in the summer, you may not get adequate sun exposure because of long days in a busy career or covering up with sunscreen every time you are outside. The National Institute of Health in the US suggesting that millions of children in the US do not have adequate levels of vitamin D.

New Research about the benefits of vitamin D

  • Researchers at the University of California found that taking 2000IU of vitamin D in addition to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily reduced the rate of colorectal cancer by 66%.
  • The same researchers also found that supplementing with vitamin D significantly reduced the incidence of breast cancer by 50%.
  • One study in the US military found a 62% reduced risk of developing MS with adequate levels of vitamin D.
  • Another Canadian study published in February 2009 showed that Vitamin D helps control the gene that puts people at higher risk of getting MS.
  • One 2008 study demonstrated that men with low vitamin D levels have a higher risk of heart attack.
  • A recent study suggests that low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of upper respiratory infections and this correlation is even more significant for people who suffer from asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Get yourself tested and know which one to ask for

There are blood tests to assess two forms of vitamin D : 1, 25(OH)D and 25(OH)D. The latter, also know as 25-hydroxyvitamin D, is a better maker of overall vitamin D status. You also want to ensure that you don’t just have normal levels but that your levels are optimal to ensure all the positive health benefits of vitamin D.

What should I take?

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin and it can be toxic if you take too much. Before you take anything, it is best to get your levels checked.

There are also 2 different types of D supplements. Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol)  and vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).  D2 is a synthetic type of vitamin D and is less absorbable. D3 is the natural form that is found in eggs, organ meats and fish and is equivalent to the vitamin D that is formed in your skin when exposed to sunlight.  If you are low in vitamin D, D3 is the best choice. 

Please call us at 905.465.4595 for more information
and to book your appointment with Dr. Samantha Ristimaki.

For pricing information please click here.