dminder App For Vitamin D Levels + Review

dminder App For Vitamin D Levels + Review

It is important in these times to get your body as healthy as possible. This means getting in nutrients, sleeping well, taking care of your mental health and exercising.

One of the things I keep reading about lately is vitamin D and the role it can play in our health. I have been interested in getting my levels of this vitamin up due to what I have learned.

Recently, I tried an app on my phone that will help me with increasing my vitamin D intake and I wanted to do a review on it.

Why I think I need vitamin D

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” by many. This is because there is an abundance of it in the sun.

An immense amount of people are low in this vitamin due to not being in the sun very much, there not being very many foods that have a lot in it and some people just don’t absorb it very well for whatever reason.

While many people can absorb more of it by choosing to sit outside for a while everyday, those with darker skin are still often deficient because the melanin blocks it. Since I am a black woman with dark skin, I may be deficient because of that.

Another reason for me thinking I need to focus on getting more vitamin D is because I do not consume the food that contains good amounts of it (ex. mushrooms).

What vitamin D may be able to do for me (and you!)

My main goal right now is to get my immune system in tip-top shape. Vitamin D has shown evidence that it might help with that.

There has been quite a lot about it possibly playing a role in the severity of COVID19 infections. Researchers are saying that getting our vitamin D levels up can make the virus less severe if one catches it.

Vitamin D also shows evidence at helping with PCOS and PMS. Regular supplementation with the vitamin might treat the underlying metabolic issues that come along with PCOS as well as reduce the intensity of PMS symptoms. Those are two areas I definitely need help with!

Of course there are scientists that completely disagree with vitamin D having benefits but for now I will be continuing my quest to improve my levels.

The dminder app

I happened to come across an app called, “dminder” on a forum. The people were mentioning how helpful it was so I decided to look into it.

The dminder, is an app that helps you get your vitamin D levels up or maintain them. It is able to do this by tracking the sun wherever you are at as well as taking into account the supplements you consume.

To get started with it after installing, it has you set up a profile. This includes putting in your weight, height, age, skin pigment, gender and how much vitamin D you typically get each day in supplements. From this, it sets a daily goal for you.

Each day you are to record how much vitamin D you got in through supplements and your time in the sun. With the latter you can either input a prior time in the sun or start a timer.

When you are putting in sun sessions or starting them, you are to also input what you are wearing as well as how much the the sun is out in the sky. This important for the app to get the best estimate on the level of vitamin D you have gotten.

The app provides a sunscreen reminder feature. It will keep telling you when it is time to reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.

The home screen on the app is specific to your location and will show when vitamin D is available through the sun during the day. It also gives reminders about when your opportunity is coming to an end.

There is a free version and a premium version of the app. The premium version costs $2.00 and includes history reports.

My review of the dminder app

I love this app and I am so glad I stumbled across it!

The science behind getting vitamin D from the sun is really interesting to me. I learned how easy it can be to get my levels up by being outside.

Before I started using this app, I had already been taking vitamin D supplements. It was eye opening to me to see what they estimated I should be getting based on my information I put into my profile.

I had only been taking 2000 IU of vitamin D per day and not sitting in the sun at all. The app says I need at least 5,000 day! I have now started to take 4000 IUs per day in gummy form and being outside for an hour, weather permitting.

Great brand!

In terms of PCOS and PMS, I have not noticed anything yet. I will continue to keep track of how I feel each day in my health journal so I can see if things change in those areas in a few months.

I would recommend this app

If you are interested in increasing your vitamin D levels, this app is definitely for you! It is really easy to use.

In these times, it is important stay healthy. Since vitamin D shows some ability to help our bodies out in various ways, it is worth considering getting more of it (in my opinion).

Do you supplement with vitamin D and/or get out in the sun a lot? let me know!

The dminder app: http://dminder.ontometrics.com/index.html

You can find the vitamin D gummies I use here.

Disclaimer: Some of the links on my site might be affiliate links. This means that I may receive a commission on the clicks and purchases you make.

#vitamind #health #supplements #sun #immunesystem #nutrients #nutrition #covid19

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!

Vitamin B6: I Can’t Believe I Gave This Up!



I have been suffering from worsening (like WAY worse) PMS symptoms for the past few months now. At first, I figured it was only due to the stress I have been from this whole pandemic situation. Thinking about it more has made me change my tune a little bit though.

I remembered about a year ago now that I had been looking up supplements to help my PMS symptoms. Vitamin B6 was one of the things I saw that could be of assistance. This prompted me to buy bottles of it and take it every day.

Back in January of this year, I abruptly stopped taking them for whatever reason. The other day I saw a bottle of them in the closet and it got me wondering. Could me not getting enough vitamin B6 in my daily life anymore be part of the cause of my intense PMS?

I decided to look into this vitamin a little more and discuss it in this post!

Why B6 supplementation for women and their hormones

Us women go through a lot each month when it comes to our hormones changing during our cycles. Some do have it easier than others though.

If you are like me, you might feel like you suffer way too much leading up to your period!

Something that is infuriating for women who suffer from PMS symptoms each month is the fact that there are people who think it does not exist. Ugh! I am no scientist, but I swear that it exists. It just has to!

When looking up ways to reduce the severity of PMS, vitamin B6 is something that gets mentioned in addition to birth control, diet and exercise. There is research showing it being effective in this regard.

The research articles conclude that supplementing with vitamin B6 may help women with physical PMS symptoms (bloating, breast pain, cramps, acne and headaches), mental PMS symptoms (moodiness, sadness, anxiety and irritability) and morning sickness (it could probably help with PMS nausea that some women feel).

It is thought that vitamin B6 may increase progesterone levels. The signs of low progesterone include mood changes, headaches, bloating and cramps. Sound familiar, huh?). This could be the reason as to why it may help women with hormonal related discomforts.

In a couple of studies it was also shown that combining this vitamin with magnesium increased the effectiveness of it in the reduction of PMS symptoms.

When taking vitamin B6 as a supplement, it is best to not take more than 100 mg per day. This is due to there being incidences of nerve damage when going beyond that amount. Foods high in vitamin B6 are salmon, lean beef, chicken, sweet potatoes, bananas, avocadoes, dairy products, broccoli, beans and lentils.

I have begun to take it again!

I am interested in seeing if adding B6 back into my diet will do anything for me. These days, I need all the help I can get when it comes to the severity of my PMS symptoms.  I have been dealing with intense anxiety, panic attacks, irritability (more than usual), increased breast pain and severe nausea again.

For the past three days, I have been taking 50 mg with my midday snack. I haven’t noticed anything yet, but I am guessing it will take a while if it is going to help at all.  

Because chickpeas are considered high in vitamin B6, I will be using up the copious amounts that we have in the pantry. I found some great recipes on Pinterest that use them. This is the one I will be trying this week: https://im-worthy.com/basil-chickpea-curry/.

How bad is your PMS and what symptoms do you get each month? Also, how do you deal with them?

As always, thanks for reading this!

#pms  #womenshealth  #periodproblems  #vitamins  #supplements  #covid19  #stayathome

Are Rosehips Beneficial For Us? Let’s See What The Studies Say!

Are Rosehips Beneficial For Us? Let’s See What The Studies Say!

Good stuff!

I am really guilty of buying and trying out supplements. You can probably tell that if you read my other posts. These things are just so interesting to learn about!

I along with other people are taking risks by buying and consuming them. Just because they are natural does not mean they are safer. I realize this.

To be honest, I don’t think I am going to stop taking the ones I do take though. I have not had any adverse effects.

I was putting on my rosehip oil the other day and thought about the fact that I have used/ingested those things quite a bit in my life. I have also had them in the form of tea, juice, jellies and they are also in the vitamin C tablets I have recently started taking. Because of this, I wanted to do some further investigating on them!

In this post, I will discuss rosehips and share my research findings on them.

What they are and what’s in them

Rosehips are produced by roses after they bloom and fade. They look like little apples which is probably due to the fact that roses are in the same plant family as them.

They can be used in cooking and have a strong, tart flavor. An example of a recipe with them is rosehip soup ( see here: https://www.sarabackmo.com/recipes/homemade-swedish-rosehip-soup/). This soup is very popular in Sweden.

You can find many other recipes that call for them as an ingredient. These can range from sweet to savory dishes, sides and drinks. They can be used fresh or be dried out Here is a webpage showing some great recipes to try: https://www.growforagecookferment.com/rose-hip-recipes/

Rosehips contain healthy constituents just like a lot of other plants/herbs. These include the following:

  1. Very high amounts of vitamin C
  2. Flavonoids
  3. High amounts of antioxidants
  4. Vitamin A
  5. Vitamin E
  6. Fatty acids
  7. Dietary fibers
  8. Carotenoids (provides the red coloring that they have)

One can grow them or buy them in powder, tea bag, oil, capsule/tablet (supplement blend) or whole form.

What the research says

Anti-inflammatory and pain relief seem to be a particularly strong benefit of rosehips. There are multiple studies stating that there is a tremendous use for it to help people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and general joint pain.

The skin-related benefits of rosehips (topical) had just as strong of evidence behind it. The antioxidants combined with the vitamins (C, A and E) caused there to be a decrease in wrinkle depth, reduction in melanin content and an increase in skin elasticity in study participants.

Anti-inflammatory properties of rosehips helped with the treatment of atopic dermatitis in a couple of studies. Also, the carotenoids that give them their color, provide some UV protection.

I came across some sites saying that rosehips had anti-diabetic and anti-obesity benefits. Unfortunately, the studies I found had very weak results. This was especially true when it came to the reduction of blood glucose levels. There was some evidence showing that the intake of rosehips (capsule and tea) prevented and reduced body fat but this was only in mice.

In one study, the participants ingested rosehips on a daily basis in the form of tea. This resulted in a significant decrease in bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. There were some mild GI side effects noted in the study participants (loose stools and stomach upset) though.

Possible neurological benefits were noted but the evidence for it was weak. The studies found that the flavonoids in rosehips may have anti-epileptic and anti-Alzheimer’s effects.

Just like a lot of plants, rosehips have some anti-cancer possibilities as per a few studies.  This may be due to the antioxidants and phytochemicals that they contain. It is important to note that due to them having isoflavone phyto-estrogens, they may actually promote breast cancer growth which is not a good thing.

Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial benefits were found with the supplementation of rosehips. This was particularly of value when it came to ulcers. They decreased the risk and severity of them in the study participants.

Another thing it may have the power to do is act as an anti-HIV agent. The researchers believe that this is due to its ability to boost the immune system and its anti-infective properties.

Rosehips can cause bad interactions with some medications which is important to be aware of. These medications include Lithium (used for bipolar disorder), warfarin (used for blood clotting disorder), Doxycycline (an antibiotic) and Aspirin. Also, researchers don’t know much about how it may affect women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, so it is best to avoid it in those cases.

Aside from the possible GI symptoms mentioned before in one of the studies, there are some others to watch out for. These include headaches, insomnia and kidney stones. This usually only happens if too much is ingested.

So, is it worth a try?

That is a decision you need to make yourself! The scientific evidence sure sounds good when it comes to certain health effects. Just like other supplements, there needs to be more studies done for a definitive answer on whether they do any good.

Rosehips do seem to have pretty strong evidence behind it for the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. There are also a lot of anecdotal evidence available to read regarding the health benefits of them which may help your decision making. Also, remember to take heed of the side effects and interactions.

If not used in supplement form (capsules, powders) or for beauty care, they can be used for delicious recipes. Or you can just brew up a nice cup of hot rosehip tea and get a healthy does of vitamin C!

Have you used rosehips before (in recipes, as a supplement, in teas, for beauty purposes etc.)? What are your thoughts on them?

Thanks for reading!

2021 Update: I bought the following bag of rosehips and made a face/body cream. Look out for a blog post on this!

Sources-

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5485961/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4655903/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22762068

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18407528

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3892499/

https://nutritionandmetabolism.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12986-016-0151-5

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3343291/

https://www.dovepress.com/bioactive-ingredients-of-rose-hips-rosa-canina-l-with-special-referenc-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-BTAT

https://www.thespruce.com/what-are-rose-hips-and-what-do-they-do-1403046

#rosehips  #roses  #supplements  #beautycare   #skincare   #pain  #arthritis  #nutrition  #vitamins  #antioxidants