Friday, May 25, 2018

Vitamin D Deficiency And What You Can Do

There is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency sweeping across our modern world. An epidemic of extreme depth and seriousness.

Vitamin D deficiency is not only alarmingly widespread, it's also a root cause of many other serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, depression, prostate cancer, breast cancer, and even effects diabetes and obesity. Vitamin D is perhaps the single most underrated nutrient in the world of nutrition. That's probably because it's free: your body makes it when sunlight touches your skin. Drug companies can't sell you sunlight, so there's no promotion of its health benefits. Truth is, most people don't know the real story on vitamin D and health.

Read on to find out  some facts about vitamin D!

Facts you Might Not Have Known -About Vitamin D
  1. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to exposure to ultraviolet radiation from natural sunlight.
  2. The healing rays of natural sunlight (that generate vitamin D in your skin) cannot penetrate glass. So you don't generate vitamin D when sitting in your car or home.
  3. It is nearly impossible to get adequate amounts of vitamin D from your diet. Sunlight exposure is the only reliable way to generate vitamin D in your own body.
  4. A person would have to drink ten tall glasses of vitamin D fortified milk each day just to get minimum levels of vitamin D into their diet.
  5. The further you live from the equator, the longer exposure you need to the sun in order to generate vitamin D. Canada, the UK and most U.S. states are far from the equator.
  6. People with dark skin pigmentation may need 20 - 30 times as much exposure to sunlight as fair-skinned people to generate the same amount of vitamin D. That's why prostate cancer is epidemic among black men - it's a simple, but widespread, sunlight deficiency.
  7. Sufficient levels of vitamin D are crucial for calcium absorption in your intestines. Without sufficient vitamin D, your body cannot absorb calcium, rendering calcium supplements useless.
  8. Chronic vitamin D deficiency cannot be reversed overnight: it takes months of vitamin D supplementation and sunlight exposure to rebuild the body's bones and nervous system.
  9. Even weak sunscreens (SPF=8) block your body's ability to generate vitamin D by 95%. This is how sunscreen products can actually cause disease- by creating a critical vitamin deficiency in the body.
  10. It is impossible to generate too much vitamin D in your body from sunlight exposure: your body will self-regulate and only generate what it needs.
  11. If it hurts to press firmly on your sternum, you may be suffering from chronic vitamin D deficiency right now.
  12. Vitamin D is "activated" in your body by your kidneys and liver before it can be used.
  13. Having kidney disease or liver damage can greatly impair your body's ability to activate circulating vitamin D.
  14. The sunscreen industry doesn't want you to know that your body actually needs sunlight exposure because that realization would mean lower sales of sunscreen products.
  15. Even though vitamin D is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in your body, your body makes it absolutely free. No prescription required.
On the issue of sunlight exposure, by the way, it turns out that super antioxidants greatly boost your body's ability to handle sunlight without burning. Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful "internal sunscreens" and can allow you to stay under the sun twice as long without burning. Other powerful antioxidants with this ability include the superfruits like Acai, Pomegranates, blueberries, etc.

Diseases and Conditions Caused by a Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Osteoporosis is commonly caused by a lack of vitamin D, which greatly impairs calcium absorption.
  • Sufficient vitamin D prevents prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, depression, colon cancer and schizophrenia.
  • "Rickets" is the name of a bone-wasting disease caused by vitamin D deficiency.
  • Vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate type 2 diabetes and impair insulin production in the pancreas.
  • Obesity impairs vitamin D utilization in the body, meaning obese people need twice as much vitamin D.
  • Vitamin D is used around the world to treat Psoriasis.
  • Vitamin D deficiency causes schizophrenia.
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder is caused by a melatonin imbalance initiated by lack of exposure to sunlight.
  • Chronic vitamin D deficiency is often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia because its symptoms are so similar: muscle weakness, aches and pains.
  • Your risk of developing serious diseases like diabetes and cancer is reduced 50% - 80% through simple, sensible exposure to natural sunlight 2-3 times each week.
  • Infants who receive vitamin D supplementation (2000 units daily) have an 80% reduced risk of developing type 1 diabetes over the next twenty years.
Shocking Vitamin D Deficiency Statistics
  • 32% of doctors and med school students are vitamin D deficient.
  • 59% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.
  • 42% of African American women of childbearing age are deficient in vitamin D.
  • 48% of young girls (9-11 years old) are vitamin D deficient.
  • 70% of children aren't getting enough vitamin D.
  • Up to 60% of all hospital patients are vitamin D deficient.
  • 76% of pregnant mothers are severely vitamin D deficient, causing widespread vitamin D deficiencies in their unborn children, which predisposes them to type 1 diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia later in life. 81% of the children born to these mothers were deficient.
  • Up to 80% of nursing home patients are vitamin D deficient.
What you Can Do

Sensible exposure to natural sunlight is the simplest, easiest and yet one of the most important strategies for improving your health. 

As for supplementation, vitamin D supplements are extremely affordable. Preventing disease through vitamin D supplementation is a low-cost investment in health that pays off a hundred fold (or more) through health care cost savings. Dietary sources of vitamin D are rare. Your best bet is the sunlight or supplementation. 

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kratom | The User Effect And Side Effects

Kratom  | The User Effect And Side Effects

New users are trying Kratom every day after hearing about successful experiences with this plant from friends or stories posted online. But before you decide to jump in and give Kratom a try, it is important that you know what to expect from this botanical. 

Kratom effects can seem contradictory to the uninformed user : this plant can boost energy and strength while also helping to calm and relax you. The divergence in effects depends on how much of this herbal is used at once, the different strains consumed as well as personal biochemistry. 

If you use a smaller amount, you will feel more mentally awake, experience heightened attention and awareness, and see your motivation increase dramatically. With larger doses, the effects of Kratom can lead to feelings of euphoria, reduction in anxiety, sedative-like effects as well as putting you into a restful state of mind. 

Kratom Effect

1. Stimulatory : In small amounts, Kratom is energizing like a cup of caffeinated tea or coffee. The energy produced is not correlated with restlessness or an increase in your heart rate. Most reports describe it as a cerebral energy where you feel like your mind is clearer, you experience deep focus and have a balanced sense of vigor and vitality.

2. Mood Boosting : Most users say that Kratom is very uplifting to your mood and cognitive state. Another effect of this plant is that it can cause you to feel a sense of deep contentment and well-being. One dosing per day can block out negative thoughts and put you in an optimistic frame of mind where anything can see m possible. In larger doses, Kratom powder can generate highly euphoric feelings. This is likely the result of the mitragynine alkaloid which has been found to exhibit anti-depressant qualities.

3. Enhances Concentration : Another effect of Kratom is as an intense focus booster or a nootropic. The white and green strains of Kratom are particularly effective for counteracting brain fog and helping you to focus all of your mental energy on the present moment. Students say it makes them feel more attentive when sitting in class and husbands have said it helps them to be more attentive when listening to their wives. There are reviews from users who say it improved ADD/ADHD symptoms, makes thoughts clearer and makes it easier to concentrate when studying or engaging in difficult mental work.

4. Potent Relaxant : As you use larger doses of Kratom leaves or capsules, it produces more of an anxiolytic and sedative effect. While supporting a positive mood, it can also calm you down and help you rid your mind of stressful thoughts. This supplement can also reduce feelings of nervousness and help you release both mental and physical tension.

Read User Reviews on the Best Kratom Strains.

5. Analgesic (Pain Reduction) : Mitragyna Speciosa has been proposed as an effective alternative to harsh prescription pain killers. It activates mu-opioid receptors just like the drug morphine to relieve temporary or chronic pain. It has been reported to work for conditions as wide-ranging as headaches or migraines, arthritic pain, vascular pain, muscle pain as well as even chronic pain that may be resistant to other drugs. The effects of Kratom are also viewed as much safer and less addictive than some of the stronger medications currently prescribed by doctors.

6. Improves Sleep : Another favored effect of Kratom is that it is one of the best natural herbs for improving sleep quality. It can serve to shut off your mind before going to bed and can put you into a restful state which makes it easier to fall asleep. Some reviewers say they experience more dreams when using Kratom as a sleep aid and that they tend to wake feeling more refreshed and ready to go the next morning.

7. Heightens Sociability : A further byproduct of Kratom usage is that it can make you more social and eliminate anxiety when meeting strangers or talking to large groups of people. It can even increase your enjoyment of social interactions so you are more compelled to go out and partake in various social events.

8. Sexual Enhancer : There are a lot of reports from individuals taking Kratom extracts as aphrodisiacs and sexual performance enhancers. This ethnobotanical may heighten arousal sensations and enable you to last longer during the act. It seems to work as a sexual excitant both for men and women. Sometimes taking as little as 1 gram of Bali Kratom powder can boost your libido for as much as 12 hours.

9. Eases Opiate Withdrawal : This Kratom effect may not apply to many of our readers, but it is one of the quickly growing uses for this natural compound. For those who are addicted to opiates or who want to cut back on their opiate habit without experiencing withdrawal, Kratom offers serious help. It is said to mask the effects of withdrawal from opiates and other illegal drugs which is often characterized by excessive perspiration, vomiting, muscle pains, insomnia, anxiety and diarrhea. Using Kratom leaves, one can control their dependence on these drugs until your system is fully detoxed. Since Kratom is not addictive, you can then stop using it without the same risk of withdrawal.

10. Promotes Health : Kratom has been used for hundreds of years by Southeast Asian cultures as a medicinal herb. These populations have identified a variety of general health benefits associated with Kratom. It is a powerful anti-oxidant that has even been found to reduce neuron damage following a stroke. It can lower blood pressure and it naturally contains an alkaloid commonly used in anti-hypertensive medicines. It also contains Catechin which is said to mimic insulin and control blood sugar levels for diabetics. Other effects of Kratom include anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties that can boost your immune system. Finally, some have found it to promote weight loss and improve athleticism by increasing energy metabolism.
Check out our guide to the effects of Kratom strains here.

Kratom Side Effects

kratom extract effects There are many positive Kratom effects, but one much use it in the right way to prevent side effects. This plant is not considered dangerous and there is a low risk of serious side effects or addictive potential. Unlike what the media reports suggest, no one in the USA has ever died from using Kratom and you will not likely run into serious adverse effects unless taking a dosage 10-20x higher than the recommended amount. However, there are mild side effects that you should be aware of. It can cause drowsiness, fatigue, constipation, nausea, and stomach discomfort when first starting out. Certain strains and types of Kratom are more likely to cause these effects and you may need to experiment a bit to find out which is the right one for you.

Several reports have described a “Kratom Hangover” after taking this substance the next morning. This can show up as a headache, irritability, nausea, anxiety or other related effects. If using regularly, one can develop a tolerance and feel a desire to continue to take more to achieve the same results. Never exceed the recommended amount as this can create the potential for abuse. While Kratom is not addictive, it can be habit forming over a long enough period of time. You should control your usage of this herbal to protect against these risks and minimize possible side effects.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

The 1 Self-Care Tip Literally Anyone Can Benefit From

The 1 Self-Care Tip Literally Anyone Can Benefit From

The way in which we feed ourselves is surprisingly one of the easiest and simplest forms of self-care. And there are two ways of doing this. Let's start with the physical, health-focused one.

Cook a nourishing meal

Eating healthy in and of itself is self-care. Different foods have different properties — some boost your mood, others energize you, and some help you sleep more soundly. Putting good food in your body is a sure-fire way — physiologically — to ensure you feel your best. This tip comes from Liz Letchford, MS, ATC, who said "spending the time to make myself a healthy meal nourishes both my body and my mind." She shared that in addition to making her body feel good, the cooking in and of itself "is very meditative; I like to slow down and enjoy every second of the meal prep."

Just indulge a little

Now for the emotional form of self-care. You'll probably love how two of our favorite registered dietitians both show themselves some self-care TLC with a tasty treat. "Sometimes, you should eat a little more dessert," said Lori Zanini, RD, CDE. "So much advice we see is about not caving to cravings, but no one food should always be off limits."

Lisa Eberly-Mastela, RD, MPH, feels similarly. She told us that she schedules self-care days on her calendar to grab a coffee and a chocolate croissant. No, it's not organic, non-GMO, raw, fresh produce, but it does wonders for feeding the soul.

Indulging every so often for the sake of health care can also have latent healthy effects on your diet. "I've found that when we have this 'all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle' mentality, we are actually less likely to overeat, and we end up enjoying our meals so much more!" said Lori. So indulge now and end up back at point A (cooking a nourishing meal) later.



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Health Benefits of Strawberries and Strawberry Leaves

Health Benefits of Strawberries and Strawberry Leaves

  Because of the heavy use of pesticides on commercial strawberries, this is definitely a fruit that you want to buy organic.

Strawberries pack a healthy punch!  According to the World's Healthiest Foods, they ranked 27th as a best food in the US, due to their high antioxidant level and ranked 4th among fruits.  They ranked 3rd for the highest antioxidant levels per serving size!

Strawberries are high in Vit. C, phytonutrients, and a good source of manganese.  They are anti-inflammatory in nature, have blood sugar regulating qualities, fight cancer, and benefit the cardiovascular system.

Strawberries are a fragile food, so if you cannot consume them within a day or two of picking or buying at the grocery store, then freeze them right away.  You want to look for berries that look plump and are bright red. 

Strawberry leaves are also of value!  These can be taken as a tea or in capsule form (do not take if you have a strawberry allergy).  The leaves can be used to help balance the acids in your digestive tract and are a good digestive tonic.  Strawberry leaves can also help to prevent anemia and help with aches and pains of arthritis.  They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and is one of the best natural sources of vit. C.  The leaves can be made into an infusion tea the same way you would use red raspberry leaves.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Aromatherpy and Stress

Aromatherapy and Stress 

The workplace environment is often a place that produces stress.  Aromatherapy can be very helpful to reduce stress levels and create a more inviting work environment.

Please remember that when you are working with essential oils, it is critical to buy from sellers that have organic, high quality oils that have not been diluted in any way.  AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE IS THE BRAND I RECOMMEND.

An easy way to enjoy essential oils at work is to place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and set that next to your computer at your workspace.

The following is a recipe from Healing Home Spa,by Valerie Cooksley, for an uplifting and purifying blend.  These oils can be placed in a 2 ounce dropper bottle (you want one that is colored - these can be purchased at Mountain Rose Herbs, as can the essential oils.  Simply click on my link to the right.)

9 parts lavender essential oil
3 parts lemon essential oil
2 parts geranium essential oil

Place these oils into your jar and place on the jar's cap.  Gently roll in your hands for a few seconds to blend the oils.  Label and date your jar.  This should last 6-9 months.  To use, place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball and set at your workstation.  As with all essential oils, it is good to rotate through your different oils and not use the same oils daily for long periods of time.  Try this synergy (blend) 2-3 times a week as needed.

*If you are pregnant or nursing, should consult your health care provider before using any essential oils.


Thursday, April 5, 2018


Red Raspberry Leaf

Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Leaves)

Red raspberry leaf has become the herb of choice for pregnant women due to it's ability to tone the uterus, shorten labor, and help prevent cervical tears, but I would also like to list its benefits outside of pregnancy.  We regularly consume this herb in our household as a tea.

Here are just some of the other benefits of red raspberry leaf:

*helps to balance hormones
*rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, and phosphous
*rich in vitamins A, B, and C
*due to it's astringent (tightening) properties, this herb is excellent for diarrhea, even for children
*good to use when you have a cold or a fever because of it's antiviral and antibacterial properties
*helps with sterility
*bleeding and inflamed gums
*helps to reduce blood sugar

My favorite way to use this herb is to make a tea with the leaves.  Adults and children can take this herb.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Milk Thistle And Why I Love It

Milk Thistle Seed: The Liver Tonic

I love milk thistle seed!  It's one of my favorite herbs to take, as it is so beneficial for the liver.  Since the liver is such a critical organ in our body, we need to take good care of it, and milk thistle is an excellent herb to take for liver support.

Just what does the liver do and why is it important?  These are just a few of the important functions of the liver:

*Controls the production and removal of cholesterol
*Makes clotting factors
*Produces immune factors such as gamma gobulin
*Creates bile to help digest food and absorb nutrients
*Helps to clear the body of waste, toxins, and drugs
*Stores vitamins, minerals, and sugars
*Breaks down and eliminates excessive hormones
*Helps to maintain blood pressure

Again, these are just a FEW of the many functions of the you can see the importance of supporting the liver and keeping it healthy!

Milk thistle seed is an extremely beneficial and healing herb for the liver.  These are a few of the possible health benefits of milk thistle seed related to the liver (it has numerous other benefits for other parts of the body):

*Helps to support the liver's ability to regenerate damaged tissue
*Reduces inflammation of the liver and gallbladder
*Improves digestion by stimulating bile production
*Helps to detoxify the liver from poisons like pollution and alcohol
*Provides the body with antioxidants
*Helps to treat cirrhosis of the liver, jaundice, and chronic hepatitis

Milk thistle can be taken in three different forms; capsules, tincture, and tea.  There are different benefits that can be derived from taking it in each of it's three forms, so I recommend rotating how you take your milk thistle seed.  Try rotating through a tincture form, then capsules, then making your own tea. 

To make a milk thistle tea, crush 2 teaspoons of seed with a mortar and pestle, then pour one cup of boiling water over the seeds and allow to sit for 30 minutes before you drink.  You can drink one cup a day.  You can buy organic milk thistle seed at Mountain Rose Herbs by just clicking on my link to the right.

As with any herb, I do recommend taking a break and not taking it daily for extended periods of time unless you are under the guidance of a certified herbalist.  I am not a licensed medical provider and the information in this post should not be construed as medical advice.  If you chose to use milk thistle seed, you will be taking responsibility for your own health and wellness; the FDA has not evaluated this herb.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018



What is turmeric?
  • Turmeric is a spice that is often used in curry dishes. It has been used for years in holistic medicine as a digestive aid and a wound healer. It is also a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been used by both the Chinese and Indian cultures for years.
The health and beauty benefits of turmeric:
  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • Helps clean up metabolic waste
  • Natural liver detoxifier
  • Powerful anti-inflammatory
  • Can be used to treat menstrual pain
  • Studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of certain cancers
  • Great for those with acne and other inflammatory skin conditions
  • Protects your skin from free radical damage
Turmeric tea recipe ingredients:
  • 4 cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 Tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of black pepper
  • lemon or honey (optional)
  • agave nectar for taste (optional)
  1. Bring 4 cups of almond milk to a boil
  2. Add turmeric powder, ginger, cinnamon, and pepper and simmer for 10 minutes
  3. Strain in a mug using a cheesecloth or mesh strainer or even a coffee filter
  4. Add lemon/ honey or agave nectar to sweeten it up
  5. Save the remaining tea in the fridge to drink later

Vitamin D Deficiency And What You Can Do

There is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency sweeping across our modern world. An epidemic of extreme depth and seriousness. Vitamin ...