vitamin D: a misnomer

Following on from my previous posts on synthetic vitamins and iron, one of the biggest worries people have is regarding vitamin D deficiency.  Vitamin D deficiency affects about 10% of Americans and over 25% of people in the UK.  Medical advice in many countries is blanket supplementation of vitamin D of at least 400ui daily.  This is not a long lasting solution and can have long term health implications, like hormone, vitamin and mineral imbalances.  Let’s demystify vitamin D so that you can feel confident in increasing and maintaining adequate levels. (more…)

everything you didn’t know about iron deficiency

Earlier this week, I posted about synthetic vitamins, and how they aren’t a viable long term solution for resolving deficiencies.  I received a lot of feedback on those two posts, mostly related to iron deficiency and vitamin D deficiency.  A lot of my readers found the information difficult to digest and potentially dangerous.  I thought it would be helpful to delve into each topic in depth and give tips on how you can avoid health issues related to deficiencies, and increase your levels for these two naturally rather than relying on synthetic sources.  I will be posting about vitamin D later in the week. (more…)

why vitamins aren’t “just” vitamins

Last week, I talked about the importance of organic food with regard to nutrition.  This study showed that there is an inverse relationship between crop yields and nutritional content.  That is, as our food continues to be grown with synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, overuse of farming land, and aggressive modification methods, the benefit we are getting from eating say, a tomato, is diminished. A comprehensive study of 43 crops showed nutrient loss of up to 38% since the 1950s. (more…)

when to buy organic and when to save your money

Happy New Year!  I hope you have had a great start to the year so far, and are thinking about how you can make changes this year to result in a better you for 2018.

Throughout my health journey, one of the biggest thorns in my side has been organic food.  It can be incredibly expensive depending on where you live.  I once paid $12 for two organic chicken breasts on a quick trip to New York in 2015!  The great news is that not everything you eat needs to be organic.  Being smart about which foods you buy organic can help you get healthy without breaking the bank (more…)

food and health: why you literally are what you eat

It’s funny how one seemingly insignificant event can change your life forever.  Five years ago, I found myself ill with what I was told was glandular fever.  I couldn’t get up from bed, I couldn’t stay awake, and I had difficulty taking care of even my most basic needs.  I had to be medically excused from work, and I remember casually mentioning to my HR representative that this was the second time I experienced this in my life.  She told me, “you can’t get glandular fever twice.”  No, you definitely could, because I had these same symptoms 11 years before.  She assured me that I couldn’t, and suggested that I ask my GP for a test to confirm a diagnosis.  It turns out that I never had glandular fever before.

After two months in bed, countless blood tests, specialist referrals and appointments and steroid treatment, I was diagnosed with Sjogrën’s Syndrome.  Made famous by Venus Williams, Sjogrën’s occurs when the body starts attacking its exocrine glands.

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essentials for every first aid kit: natural remedies and modern diagnostics

So you’ve started to re-examine modern medicine.  Maybe you’ve read the WHO’s factsheet on antimicrobial resistance and how overuse of front line medications are threatening global public health.  Maybe you are concerned about side effects of medication, even in traditionally used “safe” medicines like paracetamol, which has been linked to asthma and eczema in children.  Perhaps you are questioning the ingredients in certain medications, like those pesky E-numbers or food colourings that are banned in some countries, but not others.  Or maybe you want to build up your natural immunity and not turn to medication for every ache, pain and fever.  Whatever your reasons, here are some essentials to include in your first aid kit. (more…)