Vitamin D3 (and K2) For Optimal Health

Daily Essentials Vitamin D3/K2 • Supports Healthy Blood ...

While most of us know Vitamin D3 is necessary for better bone health, many are now just learning that higher amounts of Vitamin D3 (not the synthetic D2), are optimal.  The RDA for D3 is 800 IU’s (international units), however this is just enough to keep you out of getting the disease Rickets, a disease characterized by bowl-leggedness.

The body needs to store a good, healthy amount of Vitamin D3 in order to absorb phosphorous and maintain healthy levels of calcium.  If calcium is low, check Vitamin D3 levels.  It is better to increase D when it is low, then to increase calcium.

A hydroxy25-D test will reveal what your blood levels are.  Normal range is 30-80 but at the lower end, most of the benefits of D will not be experienced.  Keep a goal of 50-70 in mind for better function.

Vitamin D is necessary for the maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth.
while giving added protection to such diseases as cancer, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. D3 helps diabetes management and maintaining healthy insulin levels.  It offers immune support as well as protection to the nervous system and the brain, is essential to the health of the lungs and cardiovascular system and may help inhibit the development of cancer.

Vitamin D3 is helpful for building healthy muscles that help the body lose fat.  Many who are low in Vitamin D may also experience chronic muscle pain, achiness and fatigue.

Vitamin D protects the heart from inflammation, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.

More and more studies are finding a potential link between vitamin D deficiency and many autoimmune disorders. These studies found that that if you’re not getting enough vitamin D, you may increase your risk for such autoimmune disorders as lupus, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and colorectal cancer.

Although there is not enough scientific research on the subject, many believe that low levels of vitamin D may be linked to depression. Serotonin, a mood altering hormone in the brain increases when you are exposed to bright light, particularly sunlight.

A 2013 Study in the Journal of Lipids found vitamin D deficiency was associated with dyslipidemia (2). Dyslipidemia is elevated blood levels of either Triglycerides, Cholesterol or both.

The study found:

  • Low levels of Vitamin D3 are associated with elevated levels of Cholesterol (about 129% higher). Specifically, people with Low Vitamin D levels had higher LDL Cholesterol ( “Bad” Cholesterol) levels.
  • Low levels of Vitamin D are also associated with higher Triglycerides. People deficient in D had about 115% higher levels than those with Normal Vitamin D levels.

(1) https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-11-78
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3880703

The Power of the D3-K2 Combination

D3/K2 Power – Dr. Jockers Store

There are several different forms of vitamin K2 (not K1 found in leafy greens but K2, found in fermented foods such as Natto): MK4, MK7, MK8, and MK9. The form of vitamin K that has the most relevance for health benefits is MK7, a newer and longer acting form with more practical applications.

Taking Vitamin K2 is critical if you are taking Vitamin D3 and Calcium.  While D3 helps calcium to be absorbed into the body, the D3-K2 combination acts as a “traffic cop” and directs the calcium into the bones.  Increasing calcium is helpful for bones and teeth, but not much is directed there.  Most calcium is deposited where you don’t want it; organs, joint spaces and arteries.  A large amount of calcium in the arteries is called atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

Many supplement companies are starting to add K2 to their Vitamin D3 products.  Look for them if you don’t already take a K2 supplement.   For optimal health and wellness.

THE Most Effective Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antiseptic – Oregano Oil

Oregano Oil is THE most, *** effective herb to prevent and even treat in some cases, cold and flu because of its expectorant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.  Oregano oil can treat both the symptoms and underlying infections.

Oregano oil is effective when your immune or respiratory systems are under attack and a little prevention can go a long way.  It has a moderate amount of vitamin C which can stimulate the white blood cells to offset a cold virus or bacterial infection.   It is also helpful to heal the tissues that may be compromised during sickness, because of the interaction between Vitamin C and collagen in the body.  It has a high level of carvacrol, thymol and rosmarinic acids, which are phenolic compounds found also in thyme, and rosemary.

I do not advise ingesting straight essential oil, but rather one that is prepared in a carrier oil.

Direct Drops
Some of the best ways to use oregano oil would be in single drops (about 4-6) under the tongue or down your throat 2-3x per day, to help ward off increased bacterial activity.  You may also try dropping the drops in a teaspoon of honey or juice.  I use 4 drops per day for prevention of cold and flu and increase a few drops during illness (but I have not needed to in a few years).  When first using as a prevention, you might experience some symptoms if there are bacteria present already.  This is called a “healing crisis” and is normal and temporary.

Steamed Infusion
This is most effective when there is upper respiratory congestion. You will need a towel to cover your head.  Boil a saucepan of water then transfer to the bowl.  Add a few drops of oregano essential oil to the hot water.   Inhale the vapors while head is covered but be careful not to take in deep breaths as this can be extremely potent.  Short inhalations are effective for decongesting the sinus cavity and relieving pressure.

As a Rub
Try diluting a few drops of oregano oil in a tablespoon of coconut oil (or your favorite carrier oil) and rub on the chest to relieve lung congestion.   Avoid getting near the eyes.

(Disclaimer:  This is for informational purposes only and is not intended to override anything your doctor may tell you.  You are the one who will need to decide what is best for you. Do not use if you are pregnant or have known allergic reactions.)

References ***https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10412905.1998.9700989

Healing Belongs to God; Health belongs to you

https://i1.wp.com/simplyyourhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Chose-Health-trimmed1.jpgSomeone walked into the health food store the other day, looking for ginger oil to massage her legs.   There is a video going around on facebook (I have not seen it), that touts restored circulation of legs by using it.

My response was that I could sell her the ginger oil, but cannot discuss the massage.

A second person walked in looking for the same thing and for the same reason.

I asked the managers in the other stores and found they were also receiving the same requests.

I felt it necessary to put out a memo.

Ginger essential oil is a vasodilator; it dilates or widens the vessels so that circulation may be improved.   The problem is what it DOESN’T say.  Damage can be done to the legs if the vessels are varicosed, spidered, or weakened in any way.  Damage may also be done if the legs are swelled, as swelling may be indication of a heart condition, and sometimes clots are formed in the legs.  If vessels are dilated in such conditions, possible clots may become dislodged and travel to heart or brain causing heart attack or stroke.

Never EVER follow health advice from one video.  DO YOUR RESEARCH.

Here are some red flags to watch for when you see a video:

1) If a claim uses the word “CURE”, then move on.  The body is so complex and if an actual cure were to be found it would be all over the news, and in studies.

2) If the claim says “PREVENTS” without the word “HELPS” in front of it, move on.

3) If the claims say “What your doctor won’t tell you”.    Friends, doctors are not evil and sinister.   Doctors are not puppets either.  True, there are bad actors in EVERY profession, but stop listening to the demonizing of the medical profession.  If you or a loved one had a heart attack, you would welcome their expertise.

4) When the phrase “Big Pharma” is used, that does not mean the entire pharmaceutical industry is out to destroy you or take away your right to choose supplements.  Once again, there is an industry where dollars rule, but that is not your pharmacist, or those who prescribe, necessarily.

5) If the ad is alarming or shocking, move on. There is a shock value that is huge in the marketing world.  It used to be “sex sells” but in the past few decades it is “Shock sells”  Don’t be fooled by the shock value.

6) The word “Finally” , meaning, “the product the world has been waiting for” is a clue that it is NOT the product the world has been waiting for.

If a product sounds innovative and may offer a solution, ask someone if they have tried it.   Look up reviews.  Wait a few months to see if the hype has died down (remember Raspberry Ketones for magical weight loss?).

Remember, the medical field is not the wellness field.  The Medical Profession checks for signs and symptoms and treats a crisis AND IS TRAINED TO RESTORE YOU BACK TO A PLACE OF NO SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS.   The Wellness Profession helps keep you out of crisis by offering solutions to help you remain in balance.

The problem exists when those in the WELLNESS PROFESSION start marketing the treatment of disease, or when the PATIENT blames one in the MEDICAL PROFESSION for not practicing WELLNESS.

So, before you fall for that claim, check out it out.   There is NO Essential OIL that HEALS- There is NO HERB that HEALS – there is NO ORGANIC FOOD that HEALS – there is NO ONE PILL that HEALS.

None.  Zero. Zip. Nada.

Healing belongs to God alone.
He chooses to use any path to RESTORE WELLNESS, WHOLENESS, SOUNDNESS IN THE BODY.   He may heal miraculously.  He may use an oil.  He may use an herb.  He may use medication.

But –

He may also use friendship.
He may use a word spoken in season.
He may use surgery.
He may use a haircut.
He may use clean water.
He may use exercise.
He may use a combination of many things.

Your job is to listen to Him and be open to what He wants to do and not limit Him.

And to use wisdom.  Not everything out there is true.  Not everything “works” for all.   Let God be God.

fear and respect

do not be wise in your own eyes(1)

Fearing the Lord doesn’t mean trembling in the presence of a big meanie. It means taking Him seriously when He says “If you do this, then this will happen.”

If the fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING OF WISDOM, let’s move onto walking in wisdom. That is respect. And THIS will bring health and nourishment to your entire being; spirit, soul and body.

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Keto Coconut Vanilla Fudge

I loved my Cardamom Chocolate Keto fudge so much, I had to play around with vanilla fudge as well – and I do love vanilla more than chocolate – I know, I’m the odd man out.

The key to good keto fudge is the cream cheese, whether you choose regular cream cheese or the vegan option made with almond milk, makes no difference except your preference, however I find the vegan option makes it “fudgier” and regular cream cheese makes it more like candy.

Keto Coconut Vanilla Fudge

2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin, Cold-Processed Coconut Oil (room temperature for better blending)
1 Large Scoop of Vanilla Whey Powder
2 Tablespoons Almond Flour (meal is okay)
2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese (or vegan substitute)
2 Packets Stevia (or 2 teaspoons preferred natural sugar substitute such as erythritol)
1/2 – 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Blend with a fork or spoon until well blended then add
1 Tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut
Mix until even throughout

By teaspoonful, drop onto a plate suitable for the freezer, and keep in freezer for at least 15 minutes.   Makes about 10 (but as you can see by the picture, they were so yummy, my family and I couldn’t wait!)

Eat a few for breakfast alone or have one before a meal to help prevent overeating.  Fats do not trigger insulin, the fat-storing hormone.  Sugar does.  So while these are not low-calorie foods, they are not “fattening” when eaten in moderation.

I can have dessert every morning for breakfast – and yes, I do eat dessert first!