Learn how different nutritional supplements, herbs, extracts, and dietary strategies can help you create lifelong wellness.
Vitamin D function is much more than bone and calcium metabolism, it has importance in immune regulation and has been linked to lower risk of cancers and allergic diseases.
Intake of Vitamin D has wide-reaching effects on most body tissue types and may help reduce system-wide inflammation, and promote healthy gut health and immune tolerance (1).
Low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in food allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, type 1 diabetes mellitus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune thyroid diseases, and autoimmune gastritis (1; 2).
Vitamin D status sounds like something we should pay attention to, right?
Normal Vitamin D Formation and Activation in the Body
Vitamin D is formed from a reaction triggered by UV light on the skin, and […]
Or maybe occasionally you have the sudden urge to run to the bathroom after eating?
You may have gone to your doctor doctor suspecting a food allergy, especially this “gluten problem” that seems to be all the craze.
But the gluten antibodies came back negative. The biopsy of your small intestine – looks like that came back normal too.
Your doctor tells you “I think that your symptoms are Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, we do not know what causes it, but here’s a medication to help control the symptoms.”
You reply “But doc, I tried eliminating wheat for a few days and actually starting to think that I was feeling a little better?”
Your doc responds: “According to the testing, you can still continue eating wheat, be careful of those fad diets out there. While the Paleo Diet can sometimes be helpful, there’s no good research supporting it”
You tell your Paleo friends that you had been tested for wheat and it came back negative. The new medications seem to help, you will stick with them for now.
But you still suspect something is off.
You still experience chronic bloating, and you are foggy headed all of the time. Your energy is spent, and your skin just doesn’t seem to have the same glow any more.
Could it still be wheat? […]
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 B1, B2, B6, […]