Ingrid S. Greene
Communications Professional for the Wellness Industry

Ingrid@yogatohavefun.com

nutrition

Getting Our Vitamin D….Somehow, Someway

Despite my best efforts to get more sun this summer, the best way to increase my Vitamin D is still via supplements. I’m not sure if it’s the way our bodies absorb magnesium and calcium, or the quality of these vitamins in today’s food (my top thought), but it’s the truth. 5000 UI per day has done the trick to get it to a “normal” level…now, that’s a lot Vitamin D.

I created a video to demonstrate what Maggie and I have done to get some sun exposure :).

Vegan Omega-3 Supplements

When I got my package today of vegan Omega-3s, I saw that the daily dosage was much lower than my traditional DHA supplements. I did some research on the internet at All About Algae, and this is what I found:

This algal oil label says to use 200 mg (DHA/EPA) per day

This fish oil label says to use 1200 mg (DHA/EPA) per day

200 mg vs 1000 mg! Why the difference?

“Because DHA is the active component for lowering triglycerides, for bioavailability to the brain and organs, and all omega-3s can be made from DHA. Algae oil is more concentrated in omega-3s and in DHA and is thus better formulated for human metabolism.”
–Dr. Scott Doughman, algae researcher

Who knew that the vegan solution was more powerful than the mainstream solution? Less pill makes a difference in my book.  I will be getting that at: http://www.naturessciencesupplements.com/

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Benefits Of Dandelion

Over the past few years, dandelion has become very popular as source for improving healthy.  I see it in the grocery store in the vegetable aisle for making salads and I also have it in my tea cabinet.  I looked up the full list of benefits and this is what I found. According to the How To Herb Book Dandelion is:

  • One of the best blood purifiers and builders available.
  • High in vitamins and minerals, especially calcium.
  • Contains all the nutritive salts for the blood. Dandelion restores and balances the blood so anemia that is caused by deficiencies of these blood salts disappears.
  • The herb for low blood pressure, helps build energy and endurance.
  • Overweight people when losing weight can become over acidic. These acids in the blood are destroyed by dandelion.
  • One of the best liver cleansers. It increases the activity of the liver and the flow of bile into the intestines.
  • It is fantastic for use in hepatitis.
  • Increases activity of the pancreas and the spleen.
  • Good for the female organs.
  • Helps open urinary passages.
  • Used to treat skin diseases.

Here’s to getting on our dandelion besides just blowing the seeds around for wishes!

Helping Vitamin D Absorb

I’ve written about this before, but it seems that more and more of my generation are lacking in Vitamin D.  Many of us are taking D supplements which I think is a good thing since we somehow aren’t getting enough via the sun, food, or however else.

Recently, a good friend of mine recommended eating foods that are rich in other supplements that can help the absorption of the D.  I found an article on it Wikihow that outlined it nicely:

Consider increasing your intake of other nutrients that are cofactors of vitamin D. Cofactors are nutrients that work together to help the body absorb as much of the nutrients as possible. For example, magnesium is known to be a co-factor of vitamin D. This means that eating foods that are rich in magnesium, or taking magnesium supplements, may help your body to absorb vitamin D more efficiently. Other nutrients that are thought to help your body absorb vitamin D include:

  • Boron. Foods that are rich in boron include almonds, apples, hazelnuts, dates, and avocados.
  • Vitamin K. Foods that are rich in vitamin K include basil, kale, spinach, scallions, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus.
  • Zinc. Foods that are rich in zinc include oysters, crab, beef chuck, fortified breakfast cereal, lobsters and baked beans.
  • Vitamin A. Foods that are rich in vitamin A include sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, butternut squash, dried apricots, and romaine lettuce.”

This month I got a bottle of 5000 UI from Inner Sanctuary.  It’s a small pill which is easy to swallow and provides A LOT of UI for the buck.  Get some somehow today!

Broccoli Is What Food Eats

In my house, it’s two against one when it comes to eating vegetables. My husband and my dogs both agree that vegetables, including broccoli “is what food eats”. It’s difficult to get them to eat anything green. My husband tries to make an effort, but Maggie just pushes it aside. Here is a video of my husband’s testimonial:

But, don’t you just love my red tongs?

The Latest Health Trend in Coffee and Tea


Recently, I have seen one of my role models, The 4-Hour Body author Tim Ferriss, create a video on how to prepare “Bulletproof Tea”. It’s a take-off on the Bulletproof coffee recipe that came out about a year ago.

The idea is to add “good fats” to help sustain the burn of the caffeine. I like the idea and combined with the fact that my accupuncturist recommends I increase my good fat content, I’m jumping on the bandwagon. I agree with Tim that the caffeine rush is not as severe and the energy is more prolonged.

Here I am trying it out with my morning ritual with some Palmtree Coconut Oil:

Why Do Fertility Vitamins Include So Much Vitamin B?

I noticed that my fertility vitamins contain a lot of Vitamin B-12.  I thought this was interesting and looked up some information about getting pregnant and this supplement.  This is what I found on www.womensinternational.com:

“In some cases, doctors have reported that anovulation (a failure to release an egg during the monthly cycle) occurs in some women with B12 deficiency. In these cases, a cause of the B12 deficiency is the decreased production of intrinsic factor (IF), a protein normally made in the stomach, which is necessary for proper absorption of B12. This leads to the development of malformed red blood cells, known as pernicious anemia.

Some studies have noted a link between B12 deficiency and abnormal estrogen levels that may interfere with implantation of the fertilized egg. Dr. Michael Bennett describes a connection linking B12 deficiency with not only a failure to get pregnant but also a failure to successfully carry a baby full-term.

A vitamin B12 deficiency has also been associated with abnormalities of the cells of the reproductive tract, extending to the lining of the uterus and cervix, which might be diagnosed as cervical dysplasia. Observation of these abnormalities caused by a B12 deficiency can also be mistaken for a precancerous condition”.

With those thoughts, I got some extra B-12 (http://www.numberonenutrition.com) to ensure I’m getting my necessary dose.  Here’s to a healthy body!

 

The Benefits of Turmeric

A girlfriend and I are both trying to add turmeric to our meals due to a similar recommendation from our unique acupuncturists. We are both 40 and trying to keep our fertility alive and healthy. I decided to look up the benefits of turmeric after getting a bottle of the supplement (http://www.amazon.com/turmerex-turmeric-extract-bioperine-capsules/dp/b00rc2xkq0) since I just wasn’t able to add it to enough recipes. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Weil’s website:

Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing Alzheimer’s disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including sixdifferent COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.
Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric and cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepatocarcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.

Sounds good to me!

Trying To Emulate the Pros

Last year, our niece and nephew gave us an outdoor pizza oven and we’ve been loving it. I am typically in charge of making the dough and yesterday I feel I perfected my technique. I was able to make it so that I could easily cut through it to make mini-pizzas using this great pastry cutter.  I could handle it in order to knead it out without it being too sticky. Here is a video of me managing the dough:

https://youtu.be/XpPq6fX6oWE

I don’t often try and emulate someone, but seeing as I am not known for my skills in the kitchen, I greatly enjoy being able to do things just like Martha Stewart does them on TV since she’s a pro. I’m not saying that I’m looking forward to opening up my own pizza shop yet, but at least I feel like I know what I’m doing!

Getting More Iodine and Magnesium

The acupuncturist that I visit is recommending that I increase my intake of iodine and magnesium.  To do this, he says to eat more clams, mussels, seaweed, and caviar.  It sounds relatively easy, but in reality, I just don’t eat those things very much.  I like them, but I don’t crave them.

This week I was introduced to the vegan source of Omega-3 supplements and found that they are sourced from algae which also contains iodine and magnesium.  Great! I can get all three supplements in one easy dose.

When I looked closer at taking the vegan form of Omega-3, I found a very interesting article: http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-algae.  It talks all about how you don’t want to lick the side of your goldfish tank, but that it is good to get some fungus among us.

I encourage you to check these things out.  #Vegan doesn’t necessarily mean icky.  It can mean beneficial is ways we didn’t expect too!