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Winter Blues? Boost your Vitamin D levels with Cod Liver Oil



It’s that time of year, the holidays are long gone, but the cold and darkness still drudges on. Double boo-hoo! Here in the Upper Midwest we are all pale, suffering from cabin fever, and Vitamin D deficient right now. When we get less sun our sense of well-being declines and our moods suffer, this is called Seasonal Affective Disorder. Studies show that 50% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D

Symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency:

  • muscle pain
  • weak bones
  • low energy
  • fatigue
  • lowered immunity, which leads to an increase in incidence of illness
  • symptoms of depression
  • moods swings
  • sleep irregularities
  • impaired cognitive performance

There is help! Seafood and sunshine are the best sources of Vitamin D. But with limited sun exposure this time of year and the high price of good quality seafood, we need to supplement.

Benefits of Vitamin D supplementation:

  • strong bones: it helps the intestine absorb calcium and phosphorus
  • prevents osteomalacia, which causes weakness of the muscular system and brittle bones
  • regulates blood pressure
  • reduces stress and tension
  • relieves body aches and pains by reducing muscle spasms
  • boosts immunity and reduces respiratory infections
  • boosts serotonin production which helps treat depression, and regulate the sleep-wake cycle
  • improves cognition

Which supplement should we take? Start taking your vitamin D, from a quality, highly bioavailable source….Cod Liver Oil! I know it sounds gross, but it is the way people have been traditionally getting their Vitamin D for many generations before us. Cod Liver Oil contains Vitamins A, D and K2. These vitamins work synergistically to increase absorption and are naturally better assimilated in our bodies. There are a ton of fish oils and cod liver oils out there in the vitamin stores and online. Unfortunately, many are not of good quality and are full of fillers like soybean oil. Talk about gross! Most don’t even have the Vitamin D still intact, as it is usually destroyed in their method of processing!

The only place that we buy our Cod Liver Oil is Green Pastures (no, I do not get paid by this company or get anything for endorsing their products). They have a great selection of flavors (my kids take the chocolate flavored gel) and a very high quality product that has not been highly processed or diminished in nutritional content. Here is the quality statement of their Cod Liver Oil, as described on their website:

  • Whole Food Form
  • Wild, as Provided by Nature
  • Real, Unsurpassed Nutrition
  • Unadulterated
  • Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
  • Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other quinones
  • Deep, Rich, Historical Processing Methods
  • Non-industrialized Production
  • Clean, Pure, and Third Party Tested

It turns out that Grandma was right after all, so take your cod liver oil!



What is really flavoring the candy we eat?



Sweet treats are everywhere on Valentine’s Day. Who doesn’t love candy, baked sweet treats, and ice-cream? What if you found out you were eating the extract from the anal glands of a beaver, or ground up beetles? Well….you are!

One of the biggest reasons that I feed my family whole, real food is because then we know what we are eating. The pre-packaged foods at the store are filled with garbage. Here is just a little insight into what those ingredients are…

  • Castoreum: from the anal glands of the Beaver. Used in vanilla and raspberry flavoring and can legally be labeled “natural flavoring” on the food labels.
  • L-cysteine: a dough conditioner that is sometimes made from human hair, but more commonly made from duck feathers. Used in breads and baked goods.
  • Red food coloring (Carmine, Crimson Lake, Cochineal, or Natural Red #4): made from ground up cochineal beetle. Red #40 is derived from coal.
  • TBHQ: also known as butane! Used in chicken nuggets to keep them “fresh” tasting. Who knows how old they might be…but they still taste fresh. Also used in frozen dinners, crackers/chips, and most foods with a “long shelf life”.
  • Propylene glycol: also known as antifreeze! Used as a stabilizer for baked goods and as a solvent for substances such as flavorings and colorings that are not readily soluble on their own. “Found in ice-cream, energy drinks, food coloring, artificial flavors, chips, soy sauce, fried onions, flavored syrups, icing, canned coconut milk, salad dressings, cake mixes, chicken bullion….its actually found in over 1,200 food items! And not all of them listed it as an ingredient. For example, a food’s ingredient list may include “artificial butter flavor”. The butter flavor is made with propylene glycol, but since it came into the factory pre-made and was added as an ingredient in the process of another food, that manufacturer is not obligated to list sub-ingredients.” (source)
  • Vanillin: also known as wood pulp. That’s right, its a byproduct of the pulp industry. Used in artificial vanilla flavor.
  • Cellulose: also derived from wood pulp (and cotton), a byproduct of paper ­manufacturing. Used in shredded cheese to keep it from sticking together, and also can be found in ice cream.
  • Shellac (Confectioner’s glaze): derived from secretions of the Kerria lacca insect. Used to make jelly beans, and other hard-coated candy look shiny.

Just some fun facts to know before you dive into those treats!