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December 4, 2019

 Vitamin D is easy to get through your diet and sun exposure, which should be utilized before choosing a vitamin D supplement and know if you are experiencing symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.  There are many possible symptoms of vitamin D deficiency such as visual problems, bone disease, gum disease, cataracts, rickets in children (softening of bones due to inablility to calcify the bone matrix), joint pain, bone density loss and bone strength.  Interestingly, WedMD claims that vitamin D blood tests are "often inaccurate".  If supplementation is required to bring vitamin D levels up for bone loss, then supplementation is a good choice (short term) or for individuals who don't get sunlight exposure.  

The optimum source to get D3 (cholecalciferol)is exposure to the sun as your body manufactures it with the combination of cholesterol from your body.  Other sources are from egg yolks, butter, halibut, cod liver oil, beef liver, cheese, salmon and tuna....

July 21, 2019

 Calcium gets more headlines, but magnesium is more important.  Bones contain 60%, muscle cells 26% and the rest is in fluids and soft tissue cells.  It has a important role in protein formation, cellular replication, energy production for brain, liver, kidney and heart.  Magnesium is the activator of the sodium-potassium pump (sodium out of cells and potassium in) which plays a big role in blood pressure stabilization.  Did you know that magnesium is refered to as "nature's calcium channel blocker"?  It is able to block calcium from entering heart muscle cells and vascular smooth muscles.  Too much calcium in these areas can cause fatty plaque to harden, which is called atherosclerosis.  This increases your chances of heart disease and a heart attack.  The proper amount of daily magnesium can help lower blood pressure, better working heart and reduce vascular resistance.  Supplementation might be the answer for you if you are not getting enough magnesium from your food....

December 19, 2018

Many drugs can be life saving, but they can deplete certain nutrients from your body.  It is important to replenish these nutrients by increasing your levels through supplements.  Food provides our nutrients, although the level of food intake could be excessively high because food quality is not the same as it was 70 years ago.  A comparison study of 43 fruits and vegetables from 1950-1999 indicated a decrease in protein (6%), calcium (16%), phosphorus (9%), iron (15%), riboflavin -B2 (38%) and ascorbic acid - vitamin C (20%).  The quality of food is changing due to factors of genetic selection and some are modified for shelf life or crop yield.  Storage time, environmental pollution and fertilization can effect nutrients.  A study in 2004 showed the tomato can lose 13% of its ascorbic acid within 5 days.  Even organic can be low in nutrients because the soil can be low in potassium, phophorus or nitrogen which are key growing nutrients.  Plants can be grown in potassium rich soil with...

April 11, 2018

Biochemist Dr. Roger Williams states that a multivitamin and mineral supplement is an "insurance formula" for plausible deficiencies.  He continues to explain that even healthy people should use them.  You buy car insurance and house insurance for a 'just in case' scenario.  It is important to 'invest in yourself' just as much as you invest in your 'stuff'.  I'm not saying an individual will become deficient if they are not taking a supplement, its just an insurance policy.  A good quality vitamin is one that comes from a good source, pure ingredients and without fillers.  There are different multivitamin because every individual has different requirements.  For example, my mom needs eye, cognitive, bone and immune support (this particular supplement is manufactured by Pure Encapsulations).  Some people may be on blood thinners, including Aspirin, therefore should not have a multivitamin that contains vitamin K and other botanicals.  For individuals on blood thinners, I recommend Genes...

December 31, 2017

It wasn't until 1913 that vitamin A was deemed necessary for growth.  This discovery was found on young animals, as they were fed a diet restricted in natural fats.  Of course they animals became unhealthy, established a poor immune system, an inability to grow, inflamed and infected eyes.  Don't worry about these animals because they were fed cod liver oil and butterfat to quickly relieve them.  This is when vitamin A became known as 'Anti-infective Vitamin' and gained a lot of recognition as the vitamin that enhances the immune system.

The primary deficiency in vitamin A may be from inadequate dietary intake, and the second reason is due to some type of interference with the absorption or the transportation or even the storage of vitamin A in the liver.  Let's break this down into more specific causes:

*  liver disease

*  insufficient bile acid causing malabsorption

*  zinc deficiency

*  abetalipoproteinemia (interference with absorption of fats and fat soluble vitamins f...

September 28, 2017

                                                                 

Where can I get calcium when I have been diagnosed with a milk allergy? 

Milk may induce an allergic reaction because it contains over 25 different proteins.  Then there are the people (60 million or more in North America) who are lactose intolerant because they are unable to digest the natural sugar in milk called lactose. The enzyme lactase breaks down lactose, which most people's body stop manufacturing it between childhood and adolescence.  The question arises from these stats: Are people lactase deficient or is milk is not intended for adults?

 What happens in a human body that is lactose intolerant and they drink milk?  In the intestines, milk ferments and creates a by-product called lactic acid.  It can cause gas, diarrhea, bloating and abdominal cramping.  The lactic acid is absorbed into the blood stream where it attaches to magnesium and calcium.  This is problematic because these two minerals can become inaccessi...

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Janette de Vries, RHN, B.ed, (Hons) B.A

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