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…)