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Vitamin D

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You would think with the recent wave of beautiful weather we would all have an abundance of Vitamin D but according to a government-commissioned report in the UK, everyone should consider taking vitamin D supplements in autumn and winter. I have spoken about this for years and now finally an extensive review of the evidence carried out by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), suggests everyone over the age of one needs to consume 10 micrograms of vitamin D each day to protect bone and muscle health. Most of us don’t get enough of this valuable vitamin especially when we live in Northern climates. Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. The calcium in many synthetic supplements is secreted by the body because it cannot be absorbed. I use a naturally occurring source of vitamin D from shitake mushroom and rice bran, because I know that good general health, bone health, a strong immune system and anti-cancer benefits have been directly connected to the intake of Vitamin D.
Prof Peter Selby, at the University of Manchester, welcomed the advice.
He said: "In particular, it dispels any doubt of the place of vitamin D in the maintenance of bone health and should ensure that all people will now be encouraged to receive vitamin D to reduce their risk of bone disease and fracture."
It's not only bone health that suffers from a lack of Vitamin D, many people living with irritable bowel syndrome have vitamin D deficiency, according to a new study published in the BMJ Open Gastroenterology. IBS is a debilitating disorder of the gastrointestinal tract that affects around 20% of the worldwide population. It can impact severely on the quality of life of sufferers, but there is a significant improvement in symptoms following the introduction of Vitamin D3 supplement. 
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Why I Take Supplements
You might wonder if you need to take supplements when you eat raw or living foods – or indeed any foods. There are a few reasons. Nowadays our soils are so depleted of minerals from intensive farming. Dr. Linus Pauling, twice Nobel prize-winner, said ‘You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency. Many people are malnourished, despite the fact that they have what appears to be a reasonably healthy diet. Then they cook their foods and further deplete the foods of nutrients. Eating these foods can lead to a compromised immune system, which is a recipe for ill-health. As I want to optimise my health, I supplement daily with food-grade supplements.
 
The type of supplements you use is important, as many contain chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, sugars, fillers and gluten.  There are many supplements on the market these days that have little effect, yet people spend a lot of their hard-earned cash on them. People take synthetic supplements without realising that they can do more harm than good. Watch out for supplements that contain synthesised additives to ensure you are not ingesting chemical solvents that have harmful side effects that will weaken your immune system.
 
There is a vast difference between natural nutrients and synthetic nutrients. Your body cannot absorb synthetic man-made supplements. Your body simply is not designed to utilize them, in fact, the body will try hard to excrete any synthetic substances you ingest. Natural nutrients, on the other hand, are readily absorbed by the body because we are biologically programmed to absorb naturally occurring compounds as genuine nutrients.
 
There are many benefits of using natural supplements. Here are some of the ones I take regularly. I can’t really list these in order of preference, as they all contain specific nutrients that I want to include in my diet.
 
Digestive Enzymes despite the fact that I eat mostly enzyme-rich foods, I would not be without digestive enzymes because they provide essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and enhance digestion of foods. They are also said to help increase the electromagnetic frequency around the cell and fight off free-radical damage, which is the cause of disease and aging. A lack of enzymes can lead to all sorts of problems: the overgrowth of parasites, food allergies, constipation, indigestion, gas and bloating.
 
Chlorella is one supplement I take regularly. It’s an excellent source of protein that is easily digested. It’s fabulous for sugar cravings as it balances blood sugars. It also detoxifies the body of heavy metals. If you have had procedures involving radiation, x-rays, travel on flights, sit in front of a computer, or have mercury fillings, chlorella is a good bet to stave off the ravages of modern life.
 
B 12 I believe is a must for everyone. It helps increases the formation of haemoglobin (iron) levels in the blood. It also enhances energy production and endurance and plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system.
 
Probiotics I take a good probiotic to provide healthy bacteria. We need good bacteria to populate the digestive tract to help with digestion, cell development and the strengthening of the immune system. They are especially helpful to replace beneficial bacteria destroyed by taking antibiotics.
 
Multivitamin My hubby and I also take a 100% pure, wholefood multi-vitamin, mineral, and herb formula, created especially for women’s and men’s health. Women and men have very different needs, and many adult men and women are living with hormone imbalances, which can result in weight gain, fatigue, emotional imbalance and mood swings, decreased concentration, as well as loss of libido. 
 
Enhanced Turmeric The potent plant compounds in turmeric are considered to make it the most powerful healing rhizome on the planet. Curcuminoids enhance brain function, offer anti-cancer effects, as well as helping to heal wounds, aid digestion, relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Since inflammation is responsible for playing a large role in many diseases, if you have arthritis, rheumatism, muscular problems or memory loss, you should add turmeric to your daily diet and ensure you are getting good quantities of it.
 
Research is underway to develop pharmaceutical drugs out of turmeric-based ingredients to fight disease. The biological activity of turmeric as a healing agent explains why companies are so interested in it and why they have filed so many patent applications for it. It can be taken in a supplement form, which is useful, because the enhanced supplement delivers high concentrations of this natural wonder.
 
 
Internal Cleanser I take an internal cleanser periodically to cleanse the colon. A lot of unwanted matter resides in the colon and needs to be cleaned out, to maintain colon health.  I use one that is gentle but effective. Its bases are bioactive, chlorophyll-rich algae, enzymes and herbs. 
 
If you have a specific health challenge or issue there is a wide variety of other supplements that are specific for dealing with them. Some are particularly good for balancing hormones, mood, regulating sleep and enhancing libido, as well as strengthening the immune system. For further advice, contact me on e-mail or call my helpline 01-8452957. If you want unprecedented levels of nutritional support, vibrant health, endurance and renewed energy, you need to replace the nutrients lost in cooking and support your best ally against disease – your immune system.

5 thoughts on “Vitamin D”

  • Carol mc mahon
    Carol mc mahon July 27, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Excellent article-very informative Bernadette.

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  • Kim O'Neill

    Hi Bernadette we have spoken before if you remember. Bernadette my beautiful daughter is getting married here in Greece next month & I am the wedding planner. It has been a bit stressful as I was taking Lyrica ( prescribed by a doctor for fybromyalgia ) which I believe is caused by anxity, I find it very difficult to put my brain back to sleep , once I wake up, usually after about 5 hours.
    The tablets caused hair loss which nearly sent me over the edge ,also my libido is non-existent & as I stopped taking the tablets about 3 weeks ago,I feel cranky & tired since.Our diet is wonderful & I walk & do pillates regularly & generally have been really enjoying good health.
    Would be delighted if you could help. 3 months ago had my bloods done & all was well including my v.d.

    Kind Regards
    Kim O'Neill. p.s you look wonderful

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  • Mairead O Malley
    Mairead O Malley August 3, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    Hi,

    Can you give me the name of the Internal Cleanser you use. I suffer from constipation and feel this would be of benefit to me.

    thanks

    Mairead

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  • Susan Sollinger
    Susan Sollinger August 3, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    I have Multiple Sclerosis, Secondary Breast Cancer in bones and lung, Coeliac which supplements should I be taking to help improve my health. My husband is also a Coeliac, and suffers memory lost any help would be gratefully received.

    In Gratitude
    Susan

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  • Anne Donohoe

    Really interested in your article on supplements .. Can u recommend some branded good .. I alway get confused when I see the array of supplements that are available
    Probiotic
    Enzymes
    Women's multi vitamins
    Vitamin D capsules
    I always find your emails so interestin keep up the good work
    Many thanks Anne

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