A Healthier Lifestyle - Restoration Health

A Healthier Lifestyle - Restoration Health

Mar27

The Dangers of Bioidentical Hormones

Restoration Health
The use of ‘bioidentical hormones’ has become somewhat of an epidemic. The internet is loaded with websites boasting the miraculous benefits of using bioidenticals for just about anything including weight loss, anti-aging, insomnia and of course ‘hormone-balancing.’ Men are now in the cross-hairs of the ‘Low-T” marketing campaign which conveniently describes their most common symptoms including fatigue and ED as being the sole indicator of their supposed low testosterone levels. By creating the perception of a hormone deficiency being the root of the problem, they were able to provide a solution in the form of bioidentical hormones. But unfortunately, these “all natural” hormones carry with them some surprising risks that no one is talking about.

Bioidenticals are not Bioidentical
Bioidentical hormones are NOT found in nature. In fact, there is not one single plant that contains human hormones. Not one. Some of them however, do contain certain phytochemicals that when we ingest the plant, can provide the building blocks for your own body to make the hormones it needs. But the plants themselves do not contain hormones.

In order for chemists to create a bioidentical hormone, they extract these phytochemicals from the plants and chemically manipulate them through a multi-step process in order to produce a “bioidentical” hormone. But is it really bioidentical? Are they exactly the same as the hormone that your body produces? Not one bit. Although they have significantly less risk than synthetic hormones, this does not make them safe.

Surprising Source
Bioidentical hormones, specifically progesterone and some estrogens, are routinely added to body-care products including skin/facial care, lotions, creams, etc. in order to create soft, smooth, wrinkle-free skin. And this is completely legal as it falls within the loopholes of the law. They are not required to disclose this on the label due to proprietary information. So, unbeknownst to the buyer, many well-known skin-care products are delivering hormones directly into your body without your consent. And routine blood tests cannot detect them.

It’s a Family Affair
Both men and women who are taking ANY kind of bioidentical hormone will be actively sharing it through what is known as passive transfer. This occurs with skin-to-skin contact or direct deposit of skin oils on shared surfaces. Spouses, children, and pets have the greatest risk due to regular and frequent exposure. The possibility for hormone transfer is even greater with spousal contact, especially when sweating under the covers. When snuggled up next to each other, their shared sweat through direct, skin-to-skin contact is the conduit for transferring hormones back and forth.

So let’s play this scenario out. If the male is on bioidentical testosterone, regardless of the mode of entry (topical or oral), his wife will eventually have elevated testosterone levels and can experience personality changes or other physiologic hormone dysregulation. If the woman is on progesterone or estrogen (remember, we are talking about bioidentical hormones only), she is now passing that over to her man resulting in an increase of female hormones for him. As well, each of them will be sharing their respective hormones with their children, pets, family members or co-workers. This now becomes a potential hormonal disaster that can only be resolved with proper testing and targeted intervention.

It Really is Unbelievable, I Know
If you are having difficulty wrapping your head around this, I get it. It seems pretty unbelievable at first but I have seen this scenario first hand in hundreds of patients and can attest that it is a very real problem. If you or someone you know is using bioidentical hormones, popular over-the-counter cosmetics or other suspicious skin care products, get the word out about how problematic these bioidentical hormones are.

Fixing the Problem
First, find a qualified practitioner to help you get off your hormones. He or she should be very familiar with salivary testing and what is known as Functional Endocrinology. If your current practitioner is unfamiliar with either of these terms or disregards them as being irrelevant or inaccurate, it might be time for you to look for a new practitioner.

Second, after you’ve ordered the appropriate tests, begin to switch out any suspected hormone-containing products for ones that are safe to use. And then start working on your liver detoxification capacity. Don’t be quick to run to the internet, otherwise known as Dr. Google, but instead, listen to a qualified practitioner who understands how to gently clear out those stored hormones by providing specific herbal and nutritional support for the liver so you don’t continue passing them along.

You don’t have to stay on bioidentical hormones in order to feel amazing. Your body is fully capable of providing the right amount of hormones as long as it has what it needs to do so.

The bioidentical hormone craze is not all it’s cracked up to be. These compounds are not safe and ultimately put the people you love at the greatest risk. Take the time to find someone who can help you break the cycle and fix the underlying problem. You’ll be so glad you did!

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Jan10

Pink Pineapple?

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Recently, food producer Del Monte announced the release of its new genetically engineered pineapple, “Rosé,” which will have pink flesh as compared to the traditional yellow varieties. The FDA, after reviewing information provided by Del Monte about the safety of their new pineapple, they stated “the new pineapple is as safe and nutritious as its conventional counterparts” and saw no reason to interfere with distribution in the U.S.
 
Why Pink?

Traditional pineapples have a sunshine-yellow color which is produced by a series of pigment-converting enzymes. In order for the new strain of pineapple to have pink flesh, Del Monte was able to interrupt these enzymes through genetic modification, produ
cing lower levels of the enzymes that change the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow beta carotene. This allows the flesh to retain the pink color and as stated by Del Monte, “lycopene is found in a number of red or pink foods such as tomatoes and watermelon and as such, is safe for human consumption.” According to the FDA, the new fruit will have a label attached to the leaves stating “Extra Sweet Pink Flesh Pineapple” so the consumer won’t be confused by the new variety. The outside of the pineapple looks exactly the same for both yellow and pink varieties.
 

Hybridization

Cross-breeding of food-bearing plants has been going on for thousands of years. Farmers would often select plants with desirable characteristics and use these as a seed source for subsequent generations. More recently however, deliberate hybridization has been utilized which incorporates the science of genetics, chemistry, molecular biol
ogy and more. As science has become more involved in the process, legitimate concerns have been voiced over the health and safety of intense and specific hybridization. Multiple st
udies have confirmed the health risks associated with genetically altering our food supply yet the FDA seems to repeatedly turn a blind eye.
 
Pesticide Use and Transport

All pineapples grown in Costa Rica are exposed to heavy pesticide application including organophosphates, organochlorines and other hormone disruptors. Approxi
mately 18 pounds of these harmful pesticides are used per acre of crop every year. Not only are these known to be potential carcinogen
s and may be related to birth defects but farm workers are at the greatest risk from direct exposure.
 
 Once the pineapples are picked, they do not ripen any further than at the moment they were harvested. In order to transport them, they are typically picked while still green. In order to chemically ripen them, a growth regulator known as Ethephon is sprayed on the crop one week before harvest. This turns into ethylene which causes the pineapples to turn a golden yellow. If picked when perfectly ripe, they are highly perishable and can spoil within 2 days if stored at room temperature.
 

I’m not sure about you but after doing all of this reading and research, I’ll be looking only for organic pineapples that are not grown in Costa Rica. Cheers to organic produce!

 

Oct18

Breast Cancer Protection

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As the leading cause of cancer in women, breast cancer awareness has become a national movement. October is the only time of the year you will find grown men wearing pink T-shirts or pink bands proclaiming “I Love Breasts” around their wrists. Countless numbers of individuals and non-profit organizations, including the well-known Susan G. Komen Foundation, have given hundreds of thousands of dollars toward breast cancer awareness and the “Think Pink” campaign. But unfortunately, the financial contributions only help keep the movement alive without providing truthful education about prevention or protection.

There are a number of factors that can increase the risk of breast cancer, some of which are under our direct control and others that are not. One of the known risks is the exposure to environmental or exogenous toxins. These can come from an almost unlimited number of sources making them difficult to track down. But here are some of the most common sources of exposure, some of which are significant but unfortunately, we may not be able to completely minimize our exposure.

  • Skin care products (anti-aging, wrinkle-removing, youth-serums, etc.)
  • Body care products (lotions, deodorant, shampoo, nail polish, makeup, etc.)
  • Hair color
  • ANYTHING with a smell (perfumes, colognes, scented candles, air fresheners, new cars, wood varnish, paint, etc._
  • Plastics (water bottles, baggies, clam shell packaging at the grocery store, dishware, etc.)
  • Cash register receipts
  • Canned or bottled products
  • The air we breathe
  • Herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers
  • The list goes on and on and on…..

Many of these toxic chemicals behave very similarly to your own hormones when taken into the body. Once inside, they will bind to specific hormone receptors and begin to dysregulate cellular function. The affected tissue is unable to maintain its normal state of health and instead becomes altered, causing it to behave abnormally. Over time, this can lead to errant cell behavior and ultimately, cancer. 

Breast tissue is rich in hormone receptors, specifically for estrogen and progesterone. And if the chemicals that you and I have been exposed to have a molecular similarity to either of these hormones, they can find their way to the breast tissue, bind to those particular receptors and begin their chaotic activities. Additionally, breast tissue is the second most abundant repository for iodine. And when iodine is deficient in the diet, there are other related compounds that can bind to breast tissue receptors leading to dysfunction and disease.

So if the hormone disruptors or xenohormones are all around us, how can we ensure we are doing everything possible to protect ourselves? Fortunately, there are several very easy things that each one of us can do on a daily basis to ensure that breast tissue remains healthy and well-functioning.

  1. Take inventory of your skin and/or body care products, making sure that you are using products that are organic or well rated for their health-promoting ingredients
  2. Stay away from skin care that advertises with terms such as “age-defying,” “skin-rejuvenating,” “wrinkle-removing” or “anti-aging serum.” These are highly suspicious terms that most likely indicate the presence of added hormones.
  3. Avoid using anything with a scent including perfume, scented candles, laundry soap, dryer sheets, car air fresheners, etc.
  4. Minimize the use of plastics wherever possible
  5. Try to eat as cleanly as possible, focusing on organic fats and produce as well as high-quality animal proteins

And finally, the two nutrients that have been unequivocally shown to reduce breast cancer risk by OVER 50% are vitamin D and iodine. This is true for every single woman. Period. And not very many oncologists or PCP’s will tell their patients this well-kept secret!

The first thing to do is have your vitamin D tested to find out if you are indeed deficient. If you are, take a food-based vitamin D supplement up to 4,000 IU’s per day to allow your body to naturally convert and store sufficient amounts of this important vitamin. Optimal levels should be at or near 50 IU’s on a blood test.

As well, try to consume daily amounts of iodine, not to exceed 12-13mg/day. Seaweed, scallops or other fish are excellent sources. You can also provide iodine in a supplemental form however be sure to start slowly and increase as tolerated. Taking oral iodine as a tablet or liquid will displace stored bromine, fluorine and chlorine (often stored in breast tissue) and as these are eliminated, you may feel slightly fatigued or have a mild headache. If so, decrease the amount of iodine you are taking for a few weeks to allow your body to gradually eliminate these toxins. When you are ready, try increasing the iodine again until you can tolerate the increased dose.

It certainly goes without saying that your diet should be rich in fruits, vegetables, high-quality animal protein and ample amounts of organic saturated fats or other healthy oils. These will not only ensure your body has what it needs to function but will also begin the process of detoxification throughout your body. For more specialized support, you may want to find someone who is qualified to help you evaluate your overall hormonal status including the adrenal glands, sex hormones, thyroid and pituitary glands. Working with the right kind of practitioner can make the difference between a generalized supplement regime, selected based on recommendations from Dr. Google vs. one that is targeted and specific, focusing on restoring optimal health. Don’t take any chances when it comes to breast health. You are worth the investment!

Aug10

The Importance of Eating Bitters Everyday!

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What Are Bitters?

Bitters have been part of traditional cultures for thousands of years as evidenced by the consumption of an aperitif, a bitter drink enjoyed just before a meal. It was thought that these strong-tasting cocktails would stimulate digestion, specifically in the stomach, helping to reduce any after-meal discomfort. In western cultures, we have largely ignored this age-old practice and our digestive systems have suffered as a result. But recent research has shown that our primitive ancestors had the right idea!

How Do They Work?

We now know that bitters not only have a significant impact on how food is broken down in the stomach but have a profound effect on blood sugar regulation and gall bladder function. When stomach digestion isn’t working optimally, the pancreas and gall bladder are often functioning at a less-than-optimal level and can be co-conspirators in the overall digestive mess. Not only do we need adequate digestive enzymes and insulin from our pancreas but we also need bile from the gall bladder to help with detoxification and the breakdown of dietary fats. Without these, we aren’t able to fully utilize and absorb the nutrients from the food we eat. So bitter foods have an even greater impact on digestion than we originally thought!

Whole Body Benefit:

But there’s even more! When we consume these bitter-tasting foods or herbs, we are actually providing benefit to a number of other tissues in the body. Bitter receptors have been found in a large number of other locations including the thyroid, kidney, heart, smooth muscle, urinary tract, and lungs. So we might consider things that are bitter as being good for the whole body!

How to Incorporate Bitters:

If possible, try to make bitter herbs part of your daily routine. Here are a few of my best tips on how to incorporate them into your diet:

  • Eat bitter foods including:
    • Arugula or rocket
    • Dandelion greens
    • Bitter melon
    • Chicory
    • Chard
    • Endive
    • Artichokes
    • Nettles
    • Foods from the cruciferous family including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and cabbage
    • Other bitter foods include:
      • Unsweetened cocoa
      • Uncured olives
      • If traveling or eating out, instead of ordering a glass of wine or a mixed drink, ask for bitters and soda. This will stimulate digestion and provide a whole-body benefit to help offset the negative effects of less-than-optimal food options when not at home.
      • Turmeric also contains some bitter properties although not necessarily bitter to the taste.
      • Herbs such as gentian, feverfew and wormwood are excellent bitters, gentian being king. The herbal product Digest Forte contains all three of these herbs and can be taken at the beginning of the meal to obtain the systemic benefit of powerful, pharmaceutic-grade herbal bitters.

As much as you can, try to incorporate some kind of bitter herb or food in your diet every day. Your digestion will thank you for it as well as all the other remote locations in the body!

Jun07

Stress or Adaptogens?

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When we look at stress in relationship to other lifestyle issues such as diet and exercise, stress will always be the trump card. Our genes are not designed for a fast-paced, modern lifestyle. They are used to and require longer periods of recovery. This allows us a chance to “reset,” helping us adapt to our external stressors more efficiently instead of having them wage war on us.

Our bodies have another set of genes that help us adapt to the stressors in our environment. These are collectively known as the gut microbiome. When under a prolonged stress response, the composition and function of our gut bacteria become altered, leaving us less able to adapt. Although it seems rather odd that a group of intestinal microbes could have that much of a collective effect on our perceived stress, they really do exert a powerful influence on our body as a whole.

When laboratory rats are placed into a stressful environment for an extended period of time, they show greater difficulty dealing with non-stressful circumstances that were previously not a problem. Their sleep patterns become disrupted and they display greater irritability towards the rodents around them. Maybe rodents don’t mind a cranky cage-mate but we humans don’t appreciate it at all.

If you are feeling a bit on edge, cranky and not able to manage your emotions as well as you would like, your poorly adapted gut bacteria may be at fault. Or, it could just be that you’ve effectively worn-out your stress handling system, making it feel impossible to maintain a normal life. Fatigue, anxiety, irregular sleep patterns and even digestive issues can all be signs of a taxed system. We often blame the adrenal glands for all this dysfunction and although they may be part of the problem, the bigger culprit might just be your overworked and underpaid stress-handling system.

The answer lies in a simple class of herbs known as adaptogens. These provide us with the phytochemical tools to alter and restore our body’s response to stress. In essence, it gives us, and our genes, a much needed break so we can rest and recover. Regardless of whether you think you have too much cortisol or not enough, adaptogens can exert an incredible effect on restoring a normalized stress response. They can have a profound effect on normalizing sleep, maintaining stable mood, enhancing mental clarity, improving energy and providing a greater sense of vitality and well-being.

May04

The Dirtier the Better

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Our civilized, modern approach to life has had dramatic and significant impact on our overall health in very undesirable ways. Autoimmunity and obesity, just to name a few, are on the rise which has continued to gain the attention of researchers all over the world. And what they’re finding is no surprise. The answers lie in the billions of microbes that make their home in our gut. 

Recent emphasis has been especially focused on trying to determine why autoimmune diseases are dramatically increasing in western societies. And there’s no place better to look than what might be going on in our children. Researchers looked at the bacterial composition of over 200 children from birth to age three living in one of three countries: Finland, Estonia or Karelian, a fairly small country between Russia and Finland. 

They found the same thing as many other researchers have confirmed: an abundance of Bifidobacterium during infancy and early childhood, as seen in the Karelian children, resulted in heightened “immune training” as compared to the Bacteroides-dominant Finnish and Estonian children who seemed to have less-robust or active immune responses. The absence of these important bacteria during infancy can set the stage for a lifelong struggle with immune-related challenges not to mention an increased tendency toward unregulated inflammation. 

Suspected as being a key factor driving the increased presence of Bacteroides is the absence of bacterial exposures. Our societal obsession with cleanliness has left our immune systems weak and unchallenged. Without regular exposure to normally-occurring microbes via our hands, food and of course the soil, we do not have sufficient contact with the very thing that will enhance our physical health and overall state of wellbeing. And children living in the city, away from rural life and daily exposure to plants, animals and the dirt, are at the greatest risk.

The only way we can restore a healthy microbiome in not only ourselves but more importantly, our children, is to get dirty. Allow your children to be sick. Expose them to “clean dirt” (free from harmful chemicals and fertilizers) on a regular basis and then {gasp}, allow them to eat their lunches with dirty hands. Resist the temptation to clean every surface with antibacterial wipes (which aren’t antibacterial at all) and avoid the frequent use of hand sanitizer. Give yourself permission to have a home that looks like someone lives there instead of one that is perfectly kept and smells clean. This is the very environment we want to avoid.

Let’s educate ourselves and others about the need to be dirty. I know it’s shocking for some but just go with it! Wisdom dictates appropriate hand-washing with soap after coming in contact with toxic substances, hospitals or heavily trafficked public environments. But the rest of the time, let your kids have dirty fingernails. It’s a sign of good health.

May03

Diet for Thyroid Health!

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Don’t Fix Your Thyroid, Feed It!

Your thyroid is a complex gland that is quite particular about its needs and wants. It requires certain nutrients, in certain amounts, none of them too high or too low and of course, it is highly dependent on the health of your adrenal glands and ovaries. In spite of being relatively small, your thyroid flaunts a big attitude. 

Thousands of blog posts, articles, webinars, podcasts and videos have been created to both educate the public and provide a “one-size-fits-all” approach to addressing your finicky thyroid. But it isn’t quite that simple. Every one of you is unique. And that means your thyroid will be unique in what it needs and wants. But trying to determine what, when, why and how to fix it can be daunting, even for your nutritional coach or healthcare advisor. 

So instead of trying to fix everything at once, let’s start by building a strong foundation. Every structure in the body requires a certain number of nutrients that keep it running smoothly. And these nutrients, when sufficient, form the foundation that keeps everything stable. But without the right nutrients, the house starts to fall apart, just like your thyroid. Until the necessary repairs have been made, i.e. nutrients have been provided, the house will continue to be unstable. You will forever be fixing the problem rather than addressing the cause.  

From the Bottom Up:

Without boring you with all the details and mathematic calculations required for establishing a strong foundation, let’s just cut to the chase and make it simple. Here are the seven foods you need to get in your diet every day (or almost) to start rebuilding your thyroid foundation.

  • Organic brazil nuts – 2-3 per day
  • Cod Liver oil – 3,000-4,000 mg/day
  • Sesame seeds or Tahini  
  • Grass fed beef – 2-3x/week
  • Organic/pastured eggs – 4-5x/week
  • Plenty of dark leafy greens
  • Seaweed or scallops

These foods will start providing a broad range of nutrients your thyroid can use to enhance and stabilize its foundation. Once these nutrients are plentiful in your body, more specific thyroid support can be considered such as iodine, trace minerals, liver, and overall digestive support. Start at the bottom and work your way up! This will ensure your thyroid will continue to support you for years to come!

Mar07

The Truth About Cholesterol

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Most of the information you have been told about cholesterol just isn’t true. This faulty belief system was started by a man named Ancil Keys who said that coronary heart disease was caused by the intake of animal fats and the "harmful" cholesterol they contained. Call it a perfect storm if you want, but the biased information he presented occurred at just the right time for the medical association and the FDA to jump on the bandwagon and believe everything he said, even though the statistics he used were flawed and intentionally misrepresented. Now, here we are, many years later, dealing with the fallout of misplaced attention on a substance that is really nothing short of a Superhero.

Largely due to financial incentives, mainstream medicine has done an outstanding job of convincing the masses that the consumption of fat from any animal product will cause cardiovascular disease, strokes or heart attacks. And nothing could be further from the truth. Here are the facts you need to know about cholesterol: 

  • Maintains healthy cell membranes
  • Allows for the utilization of fat-soluble vitamins 
  • Precursor for the creation of sex hormones and adrenal hormones including cortisol 
  • Shown to be protective against heart attacks
  • Needed for optimal memory and cognition
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Essential for the production of serotonin
  • The more saturated fat consumed, the healthier the arteries

In addition to all of its benefits, when cholesterol levels fall below 180, the consequences can be disastrous:

  • 200% increase in strokes
  • 300% increase in liver cancer
  • 200% increase in lung disease
  • 200% increase in depression and suicides
  • 200% increase in addictive behavior

Statin anyone?

Because cholesterol is so important in the body, the liver is tasked with the huge responsibility of producing it. And the liver doesn’t EVER produce too much; it always produces just what the body needs. If your stress level is up, cholesterol will be up because you need more cortisol (which is made from cholesterol). If you have inflammation anywhere in your body, cholesterol will be manufactured to help quell that inflammatory response regardless of where it is. If your brain or nerves need more cholesterol, your liver gets right to work ensuring your body has enough to keep things working. If cholesterol levels are above 300 then further investigation should be made to determine the “WHY.” Something is going on that needs cholesterol to mend. And it isn’t very often your arteries. In fact, less than 30% of all cardiovascular patients have elevated cholesterol. Most of the time, it is due to something else going on in the body.

So don’t be afraid of your cholesterol! It is your friend, your ally and an amazing superhero in your body, working to normalize, repair, restore and help you function better. The healthiest levels are between 200 and 250. Whether we like it or not, medicine has a vested financial interest in making you believe that your cholesterol should be low. But suppressing with a pharmaceutical drug comes with unpleasant side effects and does not make you healthier. Find out what your cholesterol levels are by ordering your own blood test here. And let’s hope it’s nice and high!


Oct22

Mercury Toxicity

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Many alternative healthcare practitioners suspect mercury toxicity as being the cause of all ills. And certainly, mercury is known to play a role in a variety of physical disorders however I don’t believe it is the underlying cause of every illness or disease. Our bodies are fully able to eliminate mercury as long as a few key factors are in place.

The first and most important is the production and release of bile from the gall bladder. Bile is an absolute requirement for escorting mercury out of the body. However, when digestion is compromised (low stomach acid) resulting in reflux, indigestion, heartburn, etc., there is no strong signal for bile to be secreted into the digestive tract, resulting in possible accumulation of mercury and other heavy metals. This is even more problematic for those who have had their gall bladders removed. It is imperative that those individuals take some form of bile salts with every meal for more reasons that just mercury elimination!

When used along with adequate fatty acids, garlic has a strong affinity for removing heavy metals or other toxins. Adding two additional botanicals including milk thistle, a liver protector, and hawthorn flowering tops, the three of these can do an amazing job helping the body gently and safely remove heavy metals or other unwanted toxins. The goal is to assist the body with its own natural process, not force it to do something with harsh detoxes or cleanses. 

The most important place each of us can start is by ensuring adequate dietary fat intake and healthy bile production and storage from the liver. Adding beets to the diet can help support normal bile consistency and flow. One of my favorite products for helping this process along is A-F Betafood from Standard Process. Start with a higher dose for the first 30 days and then reduce the dose for the next 30 days to ensure adequate bile flow.

Oct05

Vitamin D

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Everyone is on the vitamin D bandwagon including your doctor. And for good reason! Vitamin D, along with the other fat-soluble vitamins A, E and K, play very important roles in the body and should not be ignored. But at the moment, everyone seems to by hyper-focused on the protective and healing benefits of the sunshine vitamin but I’m sure the others will have their day in the spotlight very soon.

Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun for only certain times of the year and at certain times of the day. For more information about when your potential for vitamin D exposure is at its greatest, download the app called D-Minder. It will tell you, based on your latitude, longitude and altitude, when the best time would be for you to be as bare-naked in the sun as you can without involving the police or offending your neighbors! Make sure your cholesterol levels are nice and high (another contrary perspective) so you can actually convert the sun’s rays into vitamin D. 

The highest dietary sources of vitamin D are found in the skin of fatty fish with the best source being fresh salmon. Most of us don’t eat the skin because it tastes a bit “greasy” but this is a great way to boost your vitamin D levels. Tuna, another fatty fish, has appreciable amounts along with some found in eggs and shiitake mushrooms. 

During the winter months when the sun is too far to the south to effectively provide enough of the right kind of UVB rays, you may want to consider boosting your vitamin D a bit by using a supplement or two. Historically, cod liver oil was a staple of every home and all young children were required to open wide and swallow a spoonful whether they liked it or not. Cod liver oil not only helped boost the immune system but provided a wonderful dose of vitamins D and A. Now, we can take cod liver oil in a gel cap, avoiding that awful fishy taste!

Before you start adding too much vitamin D into your daily or weekly regimen, it would be a good idea to take a quick look at your starting point. You can ask your doctor to order a vitamin D test or, you can order it yourself online at Direct Labs. The best range for vitamin D is somewhere between 30 and 50. More is definitely not better. Once your vitamin D is within normal ranges, it doesn’t take much effort to keep it there. Just a little awareness and maybe some cod liver oil gelcaps 3-4 times per week just in case! Call or email our office for a non-rancid, high quality oil that will help maintain optimal vitamin D levels for you and your family!