Vitamin D, Not Just Another Vitamin

Ahhh, the “Sunshine Vitamin”, the “Feel Good Vitamin”, the “Essential Vitamin!”  Yes, Vitamin D is all of those and more!

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“Feel Good” because Vitamin D is said to have a great influence on our brain and helping us just plain feel good!  Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how that connection works but they have seen how it can help those with depression and seasonal affective disorder.  I personally notice the difference in my mood and energy levels when I am exposed to that glorious fire ball! Maybe also because our winters are so long and we anticipate the sunshiny, warm days that much more.

“Essential” for the development of bones and teeth basically by helping us absorb and use calcium and phosphorous.

I had always been told that we get enough Vitamin D from our food so I had no need to worry. But actually there are very few foods that have therapeutic levels of naturally occurring vitamin D, and even fortified foods do not contain enough vitamin D to support our needs. (No, not even in milk! You would have to drink like 100 glasses a day!) Vitamin D can refer to different forms of this vitamin. Two forms are important in humans: vitamin D2, which is made by plants, and vitamin D3, which is made by human skin when exposed to sunlight.

I was reading a naturopathic article that suggests adequate amounts of vitamin D can significantly reduce the threats of  diseases. Such as a wide range of cancers (breast, ovarian, colon, lymphoma, kidney, endometrial), type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, high blood pressure, seasonal affective disorder, and heart attacks.  So why are we not being told this? Prevention is key!

As important as this is, most of us are deficient and don’t even know it. Researchers estimate that more than 50 percent of the general population is at risk of vitamin D deficiency. Personally, I think that estimate is modest and would guess that almost all Canadians are deficient! Because there are few obvious symptoms before things are problematic, it might be a good idea to get a vitamin D serum test done to see what your levels are and  how well you are absorbing it.  Also important to know, if you have any gastrointestinal issues (like celiac, chrohn’s, or irritable bowel) you will probably have difficulty absorbing Vitamin D. As it is a fat-soluble vitamin and those mentioned can’t absorb fat.  This one I learnt after a visit to my naturopath!  Unfortunately, Manitoba health does not cover this test anymore so you will have to pay to have it done.

Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency range but one that doctors routinely will check for with babies is a sweaty head. Apparently a classic symptom! Other symptoms range from chronic fatigue, to achy bones, to more serious issues like immune deficiency.

Vitamin D is available in capsule form but I personally like the Vitamin D oral spray that Innotech Nutrition offers.  Offering 1000 IU’s in each spray with no sugar, salt, wheat, yeast, milk derivatives, artificial preservatives, artificial flavors or colours. The spray form is not only convenient (and tastes good) but it is also more readily absorbed by the body.  How much you take really depends on how much you are needing/absorbing.

Vitamin D Fast Facts:

  • SPF 15 sunscreen blocks production of vitamin D by 99%
  • A UV index greater than 4 is necessary to make vitamin D
  • A light skinned person in a bathing suit makes up to 15,000 IU vitamin D in 15-20 minutes in July at midday
  • Darker skin requires up to 7x more sunlight exposure to make the same amount as lighter skin
  • You can get vitamin D from reflected light while sitting in the shade but not through a glass window
  • Rickets and osteomalacia are classic vitamin D deficiency diseases. *Rickets is a softening or weakening of the bones. *In adults, vitamin D deficiency can lead to osteomalacia, which causes weak bones and muscles.

Interested in knowing about the discovery of Vitamin D? Read on here:  The Contribution of Adolf Windaus



All Natural Stress Relief

Everyone at some point has dealt with stress and feeling anxious.  Deadlines, exams, parenting, relationships, health, can all cause stress at some point or another.  How we deal with the stresses life throws at it can greatly affect the outcome.

For some getting rid of the stress can be done by exercising, meditating, getting a massage, or even having a quiet moment alone.  For others though, stress can linger, start to cause anxiety, maybe even panic situations.  This is when it can really effect your health and your life.

Unfortunately we are bombarded with messages that there is a pill that can fix that, and since many are wanting a quick fix, or just plain want to feel better, they resort to the prescription remedy.  Usually these medications can be addicting and come with a list of unpleasant side effects, not to mention possible longterm health issues. I personally believe in exhausting all my natural resources first before I would consider a prescription.

I was excited to find a natural remedy that actually worked for stress relief, and have been amazed at just how many others have reported the same!bach-rescue-remedy-10ml

Dr. Bach formulated RESCUE Remedy nearly a hundred years ago and it is more relevant than ever! Dr Bach’s natural stress relief pastilles are convenient when dealing with stress and worrisome situations.  The formula works on an emotional level, not physical, and it’s amazing how all of a sudden you just realize your not feeling stressed anymore! Bach Rescue Remedy contains active ingredients such as Star of Bethlehem, Clematis Cherry Plum, Impatiens, Rock Rose. These flowers soothe irritability, help with shock/panic and provide a general calmness in times of stress.  Also available in liquid drops that can easily be added to water and sipped throughout the day, as well as formulas for pets!

magnesiumAnother natural remedy is a mineral that affects are neurological system and that most of us are deficient in, magnesium!

When we are feeling stressed, it causes the cells in our bodies to release magnesium which helps us feel more calm.  However, if we are continually dealing with stressful situations, and our bodies are not having time to recover, the level of stress you feel will increase because there just won’t be enough magnesium released.  In addition, our diets can be filled with foods that also tax out our magnesium.  Sugar especially is huge for causing depletion of magnesium, not to mention vital nutrients!

There are some great options for magnesium supplements, like Innotech Nutrition’s Liquid Ionic Magnesium that doesn’t just taste great, but the nano size particles can easily be transported to the cell membrane, directly through the mouth membranes bypassing the digestive system.  Same can be said for Mama Pacha’s new Magnesium lotion, rubbing onto your skin is going to absorb more magnesium directly into your blood stream than having to go through the whole digestive system.

Bottom line is, stress is not something we should allow to linger long, our health is just too important!

Review for Wholy Tea

Stef yogaMy niece Stefanie leads an active life with a focus on living life fully, enjoying the path of self discovery , and finding ways to incorporate self care and practice healthy living.

She has a blog that I enjoy reading called “Tea Time Talks” so I thought I would share it along with some of her product reviews she is now doing for Generation Green.

She just posted a review for Dr. Miller’s Wholy Tea which is made by a Manitoba Wholy-Tea-Box-300x300company called Innotech Nutrition.

Wholy Tea is a unique blend of natural ingredients, and is great for those that want a gentle detox, or those that suffer from constipation, bloating, acid reflux, indigestion, diverticulitis, excess gas and belching.

You can read Stefanie’s full review here: