The Importance of Supplementing Vitamins and Minerals While on Oral Contraceptives

While many women take oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, there are many other reasons women choose to take oral contraceptives. Treating hormonal imbalances, ovarian cysts, and irregular periods as well as preventing pregnancy are all scenarios where the benefit of taking oral contraceptives may outweigh the risks.

Considering many women begin taking oral contraceptives in early adolescence and continue their usage for many years, it is important to look at the possible nutritional effects of oral contraceptives on a woman’s body especially when it comes to the depletion of vital nutrients.

The World Health Organization (WHO) points out the influence of nutrient depletion caused by being on oral contraceptives is a great cause for concern and should be of high clinical relevance.  Oral contraceptives may affect levels of folic acid, vitamins B1B2, B6, […]

Milk, Does a Body Good…or Does It?


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Does the calcium in milk really prevent fractures?

Studies are suggesting that the effects of milk on the body are perhaps not worth the calcium benefits it provides.

A recent 20-year Swedish study published in the British Medical Journal looked at the milk intake of two large cohorts involving 61,433 women and 45,339 men.

The results showed that high milk intake was associated with:

  • higher mortality in both men and women
  • higher fracture incidence in women.

Milk contains 18 of 22 essential nutrients, including calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D all of which are important for bone strength. The body is able to absorb these nutrients via the intestines through enzymes that digest lactose into D-galactose and D-glucose.

The […]

What Triggers Autoimmune Disease?

As we age, one third of us will test positive for antibodies to our own tissues.

Yet, only a few of us will develop full-blown autoimmune illness.

Autoimmune illness is incredibly frustrating as it can drastically reduce a person’s quality of life. It also puts an enormous financial burden on our healthcare system.

Because a relatively small percentage of those who test positive for autoimmune antibodies will actually develop full-blown autoimmune disease, researchers have concluded that other triggers must often be present.

What triggers autoimmune disease?

The dynamic interplay of viral and bacterial infections, toxic chemicals, and dietary proteins and peptides are believed to be the missing links between why some develop autoimmune disease and others do not. Researchers also believe that having leaky gut syndrome intestinal hyper-permeability, and interestingly, living […]

By |August 4th, 2014|Health Topics, Immune Health|7 Comments