My health is my #1 priority, and it should be yours, too. The food that we eat is the strongest predictor of how well and how long we live. (1)
Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, is most notably known for regulating calcium and maintaining healthy bones. However, vitamin D is also similar to a hormone, in that it regulates many different process throughout the entire body. It’s likely that if you’re not supplementing, you’re vitamin D deficient or suffering from vitamin D insufficiency and impairing your health.
I like to think of Mast Cell Activation Disorder (MCAD) as the “weird” and “strange” symptoms disorder. Since MCAD can affect nearly any organ in the body, the symptomology is incredibly vast, diverse, and unique to the individual. For most people, it takes an average of 7 years to get diagnosed with MCAD. Being sick for that long and trying to figure out what is wrong can feel like you're wandering and lost in a desert. If you or your doctor are not aware of this illness, then your symptoms may appear seemingly unrelated, as did mine.
The great debate of organic vs conventional, isn’t really a debate anymore. I’m going to summarize it real quick for you. Organic is healthier for you, for your children and family, for the earth, and for society as a whole. Organic can be more expensive, but you can either pay for good food and health now, or pay for your hospital bills later. If you can’t afford it, I get it, I’ve been there. When you can afford it, get as much organic food for you and your family as you can.
Earlier trials of fish and omega-3 supplements showed improved cardiovascular disease outcomes, such as decreased all-cause mortality and sudden cardiac death. These trials provided basis for recommendations of supplementation with fish oil. (1) However, since about 2010, results from primary and secondary prevention trials tend to show no benefit, and many studies have shown that fish oil supplements are both highly oxidized and lower in omega-3s than what’s stated on the label. (2)
About 2 million people worldwide suffer from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The development of IBD is still relatively unclear, but we know it involves many factors including genetics, environment, lifestyle, and the microbiota. A Western lifestyle (eating junk and being sedentary) is also thought to play a major role in in the development of IBD. (R)