Vitamin K: The Key to Calcium Balance

Vitamin K: The Key to Calcium Balance

Most people never hear of vitamin K until they (or someone they love) are placed on a blood thinner like Warfarin or Coumadin. At that time, these people are told that they need to avoid eating foods that are high in vitamin K. The unfortunate consequence of this can be an increase in atherosclerosis, kidney stones, osteopenia and osteoporosis. And it isn’t necessary. (more…)

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

Vitamin D – How Much Do You Really Need?

If you are paying attention to nutrition or health-related news, you know that not a week goes by without some new findings coming out about the health benefits of vitamin D. However, there is also a lot of confusion about how much vitamin D each person needs as well as the best/safest way to achieve optimal vitamin D levels. The purpose of this post is to try and clear some of the confusion. (more…)

Allergy Trigger #2: Stress

Allergy Trigger #2: Stress

The hormones and other chemicals released during extended periods of stress cause damage that triggers an immune response. What’s worse is that the continual flow of stress hormones also causes nutrient depletion as the body uses a tremendous amount of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to ward off the negative effects of stress. In addition, the more stress we have, the more likely we are to make poor food choices and not get enough sleep, leading to a downward spiral that continually throws our immune system out of balance. (more…)