Who says we have to suffer...to live a healthy happy vibrant life?

Red wine and dark chocolate... might seem decadent...but these guilty pleasures also might help us live longer...and healthier lives. Red wine and dark chocolate definitely improve an evening..but they also contain resveratrol..which lowers blood sugar. Red wine is a great source of catechins..which boost protective HDL cholesterol. Green tea? Protects your brain..helps you live longer..and soothes your spirit.

Food for Thought, the blog, is about living the good life...a life we create with our thoughts and our choices...and having fun the whole while!

I say lets make the thoughts good ones..and let the choices be healthy...exciting...and delicious! Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Vitamin D and other supplements may interact with medications.

It is a good idea to check with your pharmacist, doctor or nutritionist to see if your supplements interact with your medications. Or you can follow the link below to check with the Office of Dietary Supplements at National Institutes of health for a list of known interactions.
Many of you may want to know whether or not vitamin D interacts with any drugs. Yes it may. Care is needed in the following situations:
  • If you’re taking certain other medicines: digoxin and have irregular heartbeats (atrial fibrillation) or thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide or bendroflumethiazide (commonly used to treat high blood pressure). In this situation, don’t take high doses of vitamin D without consulting your doctor.  You should also have your digoxin level monitored more closely if you’re taking vitamin D.
  • If you have one of these medical conditions: primary hyperparathyroidism, Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a granulomatous disease, kidney stones, some types of kidney disease, liver disease or hormonal disease, you should get advice from your doctor or a specialist before taking high doses of vitamin D.
  • Don’t take vitamin D if you have high blood calcium levels, unless under the care of your physician.
  • You may need more than the usual dose of vitamin D if you’re taking certain medicines which interfere with vitamin D. These include: carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone, barbiturates and some medicines used for the treatment of HIV infection.
For a list of contraindications for other vitamins and minerals, visit the Office of Dietary Supplement’s website:

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