Mountain Trek Announces Winter Health Program Over The New Years 2013 Holiday - Program Focus Includes Vitamin D Tips for Weight Loss and Health

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Starting Dec. 27th 2012, Mountain Trek’s Winter Health Program includes daily snowshoeing in the outdoors of British Columbia. Snowshoe to health and increased vitamin D intake during the winter months. Vitamin D levels go down in winter when skin is bundled up in layers of clothes; included are some tips to increase those levels.

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Snowshoe in British Columbia

the only mountain-based hiking, fitness and weight loss retreat in North America

Mountain Trek Health Spa and Fitness Retreat in British Columbia announces their Winter Health Program. There are two options for taking this retreat; the short program running from Dec. 29th to Jan. 5th or the longer program from Dec. 27th to Jan. 5th. Take advantage of this all inclusive program that includes daily snowshoeing in the mountains coupled with evening fitness classes, gourmet food, morning yoga, nightly massages, hot tub, infrared sauna and a steam room. Relax in the lounge of the mountain lodge, basking in the warmth of the fireplace before settling in into a private room with ensuite. Only 14 guests can take part in this magical experience this winter.

During the Winter Health Program guests will not only enjoy the outdoors and gain the benefits of the retreat program but will also learn many important tips that will keep them healthy the rest of the winter. One of those topics includes the importance of vitamin D.

Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, synthesized by the skin when it’s exposed to sunlight. It helps with the absorption and metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, so in summer we know that most of us are getting all we need. However, in the darker months, when bodies are bundled up in layers of clothes and skin is well hidden, vitamin D takes a hit.

The problem is vitamin D has a broad range of beneficial effects, including lowering blood pressure and raising levels of good HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol, both of which protect from heart disease. Healthy levels of vitamin D also help to make strong bones and teeth.    

In addition, vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity, although it is not clear whether the deficiency causes obesity or stems from it. What has been shown, in a study at the University of Minnesota, is that in a calorie reduced diet, higher pre-diet vitamin D levels indicated more successful weight loss. The test group was small, but this seems to be a promising area for further research and perhaps an indicator of what can help with weight loss success.

In the winter, especially in the holiday season, many people pack on a few extra pounds with all of the rich delicious food and alcohol that’s consumed. That coupled with the lack of exposure to sunlight means that vitamin D is low, blood pressure heads up and the cholesterol balance shifts toward the LDL (low density lipoprotein) which can harm arteries and blood vessels. Getting healthy is a resolution for many, but not so easy to achieve.

One idea is to take a health and fitness retreat vacation, one that makes days outside with exposure to what sunlight there is a priority. Exercise, calorie reduction and vitamin D will support a weight loss program and get the year started on the right track.

British Columbia’s Mountain Trek, the only mountain-based hiking, fitness and weight loss retreat in North America solution is the Winter Health Program. Daily snowshoe hikes with ski poles, morning yoga and evening fitness classes are full body workouts that effectively burn calories, and with the higher levels of vitamin D, the reduced calorie diet, all balanced by deep relaxation, guests leave feeling lighter and ready for the new year.

Otherwise, getting outside for a period of time each day in the winter will help to keep vitamin D levels up. Another idea is to ensure that there’s vitamin D in the diet while the weather is cold, including fatty fish, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks. Supplementing is another option, but it’s best to do some research or get the advice of a health practitioner. Remember it as a healthy support to a weight loss plan this winter.

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