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Warning: The Common Vitamin Supplement That May Actually Be Harmful to Your Health

Food just isn’t as nutritious as it used to be, mainly because over-farming practices have robbed the soil of its nutrition.  Fruits and vegetables are less nutrient dense than they used to be, and we are consuming fewer of them on average due to the prevalence of highly processed, readily available foods that are prepackaged and take no prep time (hey, we’re all busy!).

So, you might be swallowing a multi-vitamin or even a combination of supplements to boost your nutritional intake and get all the nutrients you need.  One of the most commonly recommended vitamins of late is Vitamin D due to its powerful ability to boost immune system function and help fight disease.

When the body identifies a foreign invader, the T-cell (immune system cells) send out a Vitamin D receptor that actually activates their function and allows them to fight off the pathogen.  Researchers have long known that Vitamin D is imperative for calcium absorption, but they had no idea how critical it was for keeping the immune system healthy and functioning.

Vitamin D can be found in foods like fish liver oil, egg yolks and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel, but the best source of Vitamin D is that which your body absorbs from sunlight (without burning, of course!).  Of course, in northern latitudes (hello, Seattle) we don’t get quite so much sun in the winter, which has been linked to higher incidence of multiple sclerosis and other auto-immune diseases.

Suddenly, it makes a lot more sense as to why Nordic cultures rely so heavily on deep water fatty fish as their primary food source….

Enter Vitamin D supplementation!  But buyer beware, all Vitamin D is not created equal.  There are two forms of Vitamin D – D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol).  Vitamin D2 is usually available in prescription form while D3 is available over the counter at relatively low cost (around $6-9 per bottle).

Vitamin D3 is what is produced naturally in our bodies when our skin is exposed to sunlight.  D2 is made by irradiating plant matter and fungus.  A compilation of 42 studies involving Vitamin D showed that Vitamin D2 is correlated with a 2% increase in mortality while Vitamin D3 is correlated with a 6% reduction in death.

The bottom line is that you should supplement with Vitamin D3, the same form that is naturally produced inside your body when skin is safely exposed to sunlight.  You can also use cold water fish oil, such as cod liver oil, to supplement.  If you are in northern climates, you almost certainly need Vitamin D supplementation in the winter, although your naturopath or physician can run a blood test to see if you are deficient.

How to Eat Your Greens (Even if you Hate Them)

There isn’t a doctor on the planet who won’t tell you that green veggies will do a body good.  They’re chock full of vitamins and minerals, not to mention antioxidants.  Green veggie consumption will boost your immune system, skyrocket your energy and give your skin a glow that sunshine just can’t beat. But all thoseContinue Reading

I Know You’re Confused About What to Eat, So Let’s Get That Cleared Up Once and for All, Shall We?

Many people advocate eating an entirely plant-based diet, i.e. being vegan.  There’s this attitude like just because it’s a plant, it’s better for you.  I’ve got a newsflash: not all plants are good for you.  Opium comes from a plant.  Belladonna a deadly nightshade.  Stinging nettles, well, sting. Just because it’s vegan, doesn’t make itContinue Reading

How to End Leaky Gut Syndrome Naturally and Recover Your Clarity, Focus and Vibrant Energy

What is Leaky Gut Syndrome? Leaky Gut Syndrome is condition whereby your intestinal wall becomes damaged, allowing large molecules of partially digested food to enter the bloodstream.  When these molecules come into contact with healthy tissue, they cause an immune response called dietary leukocytosis which puts an excessive strain on your immune system.  Now yourContinue Reading

The Secret to Eliminating Gas, Bloating and Indigestion, For Good

Do you notice a heavy, bloated feeling when you eat?  Do you frequently suffer from gas, bloating and indigestion?  Here’s a tip that will help you not only eliminate digestive issues but also get way more nutrition out of your food. Whenever possible, youʼll want to consume your vegetables raw and uncooked. Heating food aboveContinue Reading

How to Slay Your Sugar Monster

If you want to curb your sugar and carbohydrate cravings, there are really only two steps to stopping the sugar cycle. The first is to quit eating sugar! This is actually more difficult than it sounds (even for those of you who cannot imagine going a week without the sweet white powder). The reason is,Continue Reading

Simple Savory Breakfast: Spicy Mushroom & Onion Scramble

Tired of the same old boring breakfast but need something that’s not only fast to prepare but fills you up for the long haul?  This is my favorite breakfast for powering up my day.  It’s easy to prepare, nutritious, and keeps me full for hours – usually until the late afternoon and sometimes I goContinue Reading