Loving what you do, and doing what you love

When you find your passion, then it's no longer a job but a soul purpose.

OMG... something big is happening!

Nourished In 30... is finally AVAILABLE! I've finally shared the program!

Reset and The Beast.. Oh YAY!

When my husband looked at me in June and said, "Do you think I can do the Reset?" I knew change in the form of AMAZING was coming.

The view is great at the Ocean

What does Ocean Avenue have to offer me as a Paleo Vegeo athlete and business entrepreneur?

What a difference a year makes

Vegan Cardio girl to Paleo Vegeo Sexy Beast and how the journey transformed everything in my life from business, to relationships..

Friday, July 4, 2014

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue I Paleo Vegeo

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue

I have seen changes slowly happening in the original Ocean Avenue products in the last year. The newest change has been the WAVSmart shake now lists traces of tree nuts in the ingredient list. For someone like myself that is severely allergic to tree nuts this is a change that had one of my downline not noticed this morning could have been serious for myself, but also for her and her kids. Allergies are serious, and when a company changes something this serious you would think they would let their Ambassadors, who are really their brand know about it.

For several weeks I've been trying to connect with the Ocean Avenue customer service to get some answers to some questions, and I have even sent Franco a message and no answers yet... but I do have some serious questions about changes that I will address here. This of course is my concern and opinion, as I have stated that these questions haven't been answered by the USA headquarters... so this is my own opinion on what I'm seeing from the outside looking in.

Is our undenatured whey A1 or A2? 

There was a really great article in Mother Jones magazine about the difference between A1 and A2 undenatured whey. And for those that are going to say that they "use New Zealand grass fed whey"... did you know that per New Zealand law their whey must be made from pasteurized milk, which negates many of the inherent health benefits, even though it's grass-fed. A2 beta-casein is the beta-casein form cows have produced since before they were first domesticated, over 10,000 years ago. It is considered safe and nutritious and has no known negative effects on human health. A1 beta casein is known as beta-casomorphin-7, often abbreviated as BCM-7. And that is the real concern. BCM-7 has been linked to type 1 diabetes, heart disease, autism, and other diseases.  I also have to wonder why the new bags do not list the shake as being certified gluten-free and then there was that tree nut issue I listed above. It's why I'm now using the Action Whey completely.

So have they moved manufacturing? And what about the changes in the Empower? There is now silicone dioxide listed in the ingredient label, the capsules seem thinner, and the color is really varying on the bottle to bottle. Silicone dioxide is also known as Silca. Silica dust is a known carcinogen, lung irritant, and is also a central nervous system toxin. Most of my customers that are using this product are using it for illnesses, that would not want to add any of this toxin into their system.  

Changes In Products at JM Ocean Avenue I Paleo Vegeo I Changes At JM Ocean Avenue
As an organically holistic coach, I have always been about ingredients, and helping others learn more about getting healthier through the supplementation that we require because of the changes in our lifestyle, our farming and our soil. It's why I have connected myself with companies like this, and when I start to see changes like this it just makes me sad to be affiliated. Not like other companies I have been connected with. We support Moms Across America!! In their own words "a coalition of unstoppable American Moms" calling for GMO ingredients to be labelled. We wholeheartedly support them, and believe all products should carry a clear and full ingredients list. Needless to say, we don't use GMO ingredients and 'Say No to GMO' loud and clear.

Moms Across America have recently put the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on notice and demand Glyphosate (RoundUp) be recalled! To read more :http://www.nyrnaturalnews.com/campaigning/us-moms-round-on-the-epa-about-roundup/

Get involved and let your whole town KNOW about GMOs! Join a March on the 4th of July! Moms Across America is supporting marches across the nation on July 4th with the intention to raise awareness of GMOs, support Moms with solutions to eat GMO free, and to petition for GMO labeling across the nation. Click on this link and follow to find out where you can join up with them http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/events_all... If you want to learn more about my partnership with NYR Organics or Emerald Essentials - both organic non-GMO companies, check out my holistic website at www.LoveBarbaraChristensen.com

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Mom On The Go I Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition I Paleo Vegeo

Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition

Think about this, if you drive through for fast food then you are going to spend at least $5, and most of you will spend more. You are going to feel sluggish, you’ll be adding to the chemicals, antibiotics, hormonal issues and adding unhealthy fats to your diet in the name of fast food. If I run out the door with my meal replacement shake and a healthy energy bar I have spent about $5, maybe less. I am getting dense nutrition, I am getting something that I know all of the ingredients in it, and I am having something that doesn’t feel like I’m giving anything up. In fact it feels like I’m giving myself the day off with a treat.

Mom On The Go I Health Protein Energy Bars For On The Go Nutrition I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen NYR Organics
My meal replacement shake is a chocolate organic whey mixed with RawBoost, or a chocolate vanilla whey mixed with organic greens complex, or all of the above! And I love to add in frozen blueberries and flax+protein milk or sacha inchi milk. This gives me greens, probiotics, antioxidants, adaptogens, digestive enzymes and omegas all for less than 200 calories. My energy bar is the big hit. My daughter LOVES them.

Just remember that the next time you think you can’t get healthy because you are in your car and on the go… it’s a cop out. To be healthy you have to live the lifestyle, and it’s not as hard as you want to make it out to be. It’s a decision. If you are ready to make that decision then it’s time to connect with someone like myself that can help you with easy basic changes to get you to where you want to be.

Chocolate  Healthy Energy Bars

1/2 – 1 Cup Mix of Chia, Hemp, Buckwheat if you still eat it... I sometimes do (depending on how crunchy you like it)
2 Tbsp Organic Raw Coconut Oil
1 Scoop of Organic Chocolate Action Whey Protein
1 Scoop of Superfood Organic Greens Complex
6 Organic Dates (pitted)
Mix to a paste in your blender. Flatten in your container or roll into balls and then refrigerate for a few hours. They’re so amazingly yummy!! You can add extras like coconut, dark chocolate hemp protein, cranberries, chocolate chips (enjoy life brand), sacha inchi seeds, almonds. Whatever you want in your bar you can add and it will be amazingly yummy when you pull it out of your purse or drawer at work to nosh on.
Chocolate Healthy Energy Bars On The Go For Moms I Paleo Vegeo

Monday, June 30, 2014

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies

Those Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Be Zinc Deficient

You are vegan or vegetarian and you don't eat grains or meat.... could be that you are zinc deficient. People at risk of zinc deficiency or inadequacy need to include good sources of zinc in their daily diets. Supplemental zinc might also be appropriate in certain situations.  Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell!!

Eating a Modified Paleo Diet Or Suffering From a GI Disorder Could Cause You Zinc Deficiencies I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara ChristensenThose with GI issues, or who have had GI surgery or IBD, UC, Chrohn's disease, etc, can see a decreased zinc absorption and increase endogenous zinc losses primarily from the gastrointestinal tract and, to a lesser extent, from the kidney

Vegans and vegetarians get zinc through plants, and the bioavailability of zinc from vegetarian diets is lower than from non-vegetarian diets because  of this. Meat is high in bioavailable zinc and may enhance zinc absorption. Legumes and whole grains, which contain phytates that bind zinc and inhibit its absorption, so if you are vegan or vegetarian then that lends a better reason for why you may be looking at the paleo diet. For those that still use some grains, legumes or other iffy foods, you really need to make certain that you reduce the binding of zinc by phytates and increase its bioavailability through soaking beans, grains, and seeds in water for several hours before cooking them and allowing them to sit after soaking until sprouts form. I found this really great soaking and sprouting image that I think many of us could use from Vidya Cleanse - here on Facebook. Unless you consume reasonable quantities of assorted soaked and sprouted nuts, seeds and raw peas, mushrooms and broccoli your diet most likely contains inadequate zinc levels. Soybeans have the highest levels of phytic acid of any legume and this chelates (binds with) zinc and makes it unable to be absorbed, one more reason to dump the soy from your life completely.

There is a fact that obese individuals have low zinc and poor leptin regulation. This decrease in zinc leads to a leptin issue that can cause the body to build more ‘fat body mass’ as opposed to lean body mass. And zinc deficiency has been linked to various chronic ailments including infertility. Zinc deficiency also inhibits TSH release in the anterior hypophysis and brings about a decrease in thyroid hormone levels and is involved in the structure of 1,5-deiodinase enzyme which transforms T4 to T3. If you have any sort of thyroid and infertility struggles you know what all of that means to your health. For men a little zinc supplements may actually help raise your testosterone levels, as will adding in that all needed weight training.

I can tell you that from all of my research I've seen that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics tend to be deficient in zinc. Zinc deficiency affects the ability of the pancreatic beta cells to respond to the body’s call to produce and secrete insulin. If that cute little pancreas does not produce and secrete enough insulin , your levels of glucose in the blood stay high.

Zinc is required for the synthesis of serotonin, which stimulates the sensation of satiety and reduces food intake. Now dopamine activation decreases food intake and high-dose zinc administration was shown to inhibit the binding of dopamine to D 1 and D 2 receptors, which are important in dopamine's food intake-inhibiting effect. So you need to make sure you do not take too much zinc if you find to be deficient.

And guess what, zinc is known as a copper ‘antagonist’ or ‘competitor’... so low zinc almost always means high copper. So you need one to balance the other. Zinc has a big impact on our other nutrients. In fact, zinc deficiency is thought to interfere with vitamin A metabolism, and vitamin A deficiency may exacerbate iron-deficiency anemia. Makes me wonder what my daughter's real internal issues are because she eats meat, but has been tested low iron. Could it be that she is not absorbing zinc, among other nutrients, and that it's just this cascading waterfall of issues? I also have low iron, and a condition called xerophthalmia (dry eye), which can be caused by low vitamin A....ah the brain is spinning thinking about all of this.

Now keep in mind that thiazide diuretics such as chlorthalidone (Hygroton®) and hydrochlorothiazide (Esidrix® and HydroDIURIL®) increase urinary zinc excretion by as much as 60%, and antibiotics and zinc supplements should be taken four hours apart. So don't just go starting supplementation without talking to your doctor and/or pharmacist.

You can try the Optimal Zinc Lozenge (http://bit.ly/OptimalZinc) for supplementation because it's a really good bioavailable supplement, and is good dosage that can be cut in half for a lower dosage as well. It is free of magnesium stearate, milk/casein, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat/gluten, corn, yeast and soybeans and contains no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

An adult needs 40 mg of zinc a day, and if you think about the fact that you're only getting about 1 mg in an oz of almonds. Here's an article with vegan zinc sources which may give you an idea on why so many of us are zinc deficient. http://www.veganhealth.org/articles/zinc Unfortunately zinc is hard to test for... so good luck to us all. ;)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Your Fat Cells Are Multiplying When You Least Expect It I Adipogenesis made me fat...

Your Fat Cells Are Multiplying When You Least Expect It

Your Fat Cells Are Multiplying When You Least Expect It I Adipogenesis made me fat I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen
We've known for some time that fat cells and and will multiply. Previous belief has been that fat cells could only increase in number under certain circumstances such as extreme weight gain or at certain times in a person’s life-cycle, such as during pregnancy and during late childhood and early puberty.

But a study on lower body fat cells is making big waves. Researchers found that a gain of only approximately 1.6 kilograms of lower body fat resulted in the creation of 2.6 billion new adipocytes in just 8 weeks. This confirmed that lower body fat accumulates quickly through fat cell multiplication.

I found this to be very interesting because my husband's issues with weight didn't start until after his first leg injury, where he didn't walk for six months. And then he was finally almost to his goal when he broke his knee cap and then had shoulder surgery this last year. It seems like the more he would try to feed to build when he was recovering, the common muscle feeding tip that body builders use, the less results he was seeing. This I believe has to do with all of that.

So what can you do to stop some of this and create apoptosis, or fat cell die off?

Inhibition of adipogenesis creates this induction of apoptosis!!  

Piceatannol is a metabolite of highly bioavailable resveratrol and in 2003 studies prompted research interest in piceatannol and its effect on these diseases. They found in one study that it blocked LMP2A, a viral protein-tyrosine kinase implicated in leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and other diseases associated with Epstein Barr Virus. A 2012 Purdue University study found that fat cells in culture, in the presence of piceatannol, alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action, resulting in the delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis.

So I've got him on a highly bioavailable resveratrol supplement to see if that support can help create that apoptosis and kill off some of those billions of new fat cells he's created through the ups and downs in life. I'll keep you updated on that. We're also trying a new program I've created called 'Paleo Blocks'... you know who gets to be the guinea pig for all of my tests, right? ;) I'll share when it's tweaked just right and let you know. But in the mean time make sure you try out my FREE 5 Day Meal plan, and order the Paleo Vegeo program, Nourished In 30.. a real steal priced for everyone!!

Support Tools For Both Epstein Barr flair ups, and PCOS, Often Triggered By EBV I Paleo Vegeo

PCOS, Often Triggered By EBV

Support Tools For Both Epstein Barr flair ups, and PCOS, Often Triggered By EBV I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen
A lot of women turn to a paleo diet because low carb often controls a lot of their symptoms, but that is also the dietary treatment during an EBV (Epstein Barr Virus) flair up. And it's not hard to imagine that we are seeing research that PCOS could be triggered as a teenager by the Epstein Barr Virus.

Some additional natural treatments are liver cleansing to clear excess androgens from the body, and you can also take 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed each day; it will prevent all the testosterone from turning into estrogen, which happens when you’re stressed...

Are you stressed??

Long-term treatment with telomerase activators can may be obtained from flax as well, but also the Norway spruce. This lingan has been recommend for PCOS also. I like the Flash Point Supplement with Norway Spruce and hops. Totally non-gmo and free of all of those items we want to be without. http://bit.ly/NorwaySpruce

If you can, focus on the cruciferous veggies (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and Brussels sprouts), especially broccoli, which contain indole-3 carbinole that helps estrogen detox. For those that can't digest these foods you can supplement with 100mg of DIM complex and get the same benefit. The best one I've found is the Olympians Lab Soy-free DIM complex, http://bit.ly/DIMSoyFree. This isn't just for women. It will help get rid of those man boobs that the dudes just do not want to have as they are seeing their testosterone decrease.

Doing a real detox twice yearly to keep your liver happy which is crucial to hormone balance. Liver detox supplements and herbs such as milk thistle, glutathione which you can get as a supplement or with a raw, organic undenatured whey protein, N-acetyl-cysteine and methionine. Methionine is found in rich supply in eggs and fish for those of you that do not eat vegan, and do approach your paleo vegeo lifestyle as more of a pescatarian style of eating. You need this adequate supply of methionine in order to produce cysteine, carnitine, taurine, lecithin, and phosphatidylcholine. These are all very important amino acids and nutrients needed for the second stage of detoxification in the liver. Make sure you are supplementing with amino acids if you do not eat these foods. You can try the Genesa Total Amino Solution supplement. http://bit.ly/GenesaTAS It's free of corn, soy, gluten, etc. This amino allows your liver to neutralize this type of damaging estrogen by activating certain enzymes in your body.

Glutathione is the most prevalent antioxidant that the body produces, and healthy levels are critical to safely excrete the many toxins, including our own excess estrogens that are really very toxic to your body. You may not realize it but you are full of toxins in your environment between the toxic cleaning products I have talked about, to the cosmetics you are using. Don't use any cosmetics with any ingredients you cannot pronounce, and stop putting chemical lotions and skin cleaning products on your skin. It’s all absorbed and filled with these xenoestrogens that are causing even more issues with your liver working properly. Make sure you think about your health support system as a full lifestyle and you'll have less impact on your life from both of these issues.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Why US Ambassadors Are Leaving Surfing To Other Options I Surf Onward

Why US Ambassadors Are Leaving Surfing To Other Options

Why US Ambassadors Are Leaving Ocean Avenue JMOA JM Ocean Avenue
I don't like to talk bad about companies, especially when I totally adore their products. You'll notice, however that my business tabs have a new (well they are four years old) company listed, and another that is gone away. This "missing" company has really handled a lot of things wrong that I just honestly have tried to live with, but don't think that I can. The last straw outside of the fact that ambassadors that have 30,000 - 60,000 (and being stuck at 60,000 if you weren't Pearl) vacation points have all felt totally screwed ... not only we seemingly had points go missing, emails not returned as well, but we were just told that in order to qualify for these said, "vacation points" you have to be actively recruiting... isn't there something about MLM's and having to sell product at least 70% of the time??

So what about selling the product?

We've lost our ability to retail products in an easy manner, not that we actually made much money on retailing. People do not want to "enroll" to buy a product. Especially not one that for the most part is completely overpriced. But what if you are ordering and on autoship... well as a wholesaler you've lost your wholesale account. If you want the discount you must become an ambassador. And the autoship function seems to be a little glitchy. I personally had my order set for the 25th, but it processed five days early. I have now cancelled my autoshipment.

I also have watched my commission dive over the last few weeks... and no one cancelled their orders. Even this week it started at $68, and ended at $11... it should have gone up, not down. They just moved into the new compensation plan is the only explanation... which personally isn't great. The old plan rocks, but I guess the reason they had to "merge" in the first place was because perhaps (just what I've heard so it's only my opinion)  they couldn't afford the old plan.

So where do you go from here when the company you LOVED seems to be gone?

I joined a new company, Jeunesse Global, several months ago as I was starting to hear rumors. They are four years old, in 100+ global markets, and their products are amazing. But no shake... and I'm an undenatured whey girl most of the time. So I also found this great company Emerald Essentials.

What's the low down?

Jeunesse Global Founder I Barbara Christensen, George Antarr, Donna Antarr, Bombshell Vitality
Jeunesse provides anti-aging and scientific health breakthroughs and an unparalleled business opportunity!! Patented and patent pending products, all which I think are great. The cellular rejuvenation serum has done more for my skin than the two minutes of balling it up ever did. They were awarded the Rising Star DSA award last year, and have just been annouced as the Winner of 6 American Business Awards and 12 Telly Awards. This company just KEEPS impressing me more and more!! They love all of the latest technology not only for their products but for their trainings, webinars, and that means globally!! And our team is AMAZING!! And you'll earn amazing commission off retail sales, unlike that other company.

Another great company Emerald Essentials is fantastic and solid foundation, but Emerald Essentials is very low key. Another four year old company. Very different in technology terms, you they offer a really very lean training program, but again the products are the top of the line. Organic, Non-GMO, Kosher, Sustainable products!! If you love the vanilla bean shake from the other company, this vanilla will knock your socks off.. oh and by the way they have chocolate too! And if you want a full meal replacement add in the RawBurst fruit and berries support. Don't want to go 60 days to trim your life?? How does a 7 day tranformation sound? They company not only offers it, but it works!! And the best part is that it's FREE to join Emerald Essentials, so if you want to try out a different company it's an easy switch to do. You earn 30% off the retail sales.

So if you are sick of surfing with the sharks, I would recommend you take a look at some other companies out there... but always stay to true to what brought you to the OA Lifestyle to being with, and that is the quality of product and the integrity of your upline.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

All Muscles Are Not Built Alike I The Benefits of Undenatured Whey On Lean Muscle Mass

All Muscles Are Not Built Alike

Workout complete!! Upper bodyworkout... and I am BEAT!! So that means recovery. Not all recovery methods are meant for your every day workout. The question is are you building muscles today or not? 

How do you use a recovery shake? Here's the key, if it's not muscle building it's not essential. This feeds muscle. So if you do body strength workouts like lunges, squats, yoga, lots of planks, weights... recover with a product like this. If you do cardio or walking only, I'd rather have you eat a half hour before and then wait an hour or so after and have your regular snack or meal. BURN the fat while you have the ability to burn it. You only burn high caloric for about 2 hours post aerobics. You will burn for up to a day after weight training. And you need to refuel your muscles after tearing them down. Make sense? So post cardio no mega fats, and low or no carbs. After building muscles, grow them After you tear apart your muscles you deplete the glycogen stores, so you need to eat some carbs and replenish energy, and rebuild muscle. Then fats, good low gi carbs and undenatured whey! Booyah!! .

The Benefits of Undenatured Whey

There was some published research done by by L. Bucci PHD in using undenatured whey in rehab sports medicine. The results were published in Nutrition Applied to Injury Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, and it said, "a protein deficiency during injury delays all aspects of healing, including a lengthening of the inflammatory phase. It's critical that protein and nutrient supplementation occor as soon as possible after damage to connective tissue to prevent the body from attaining generalized lysis (breakdown) stage." 

To protect against stress, improve morning alertness, mood and sleep have some whey in the evening before bed. Those BCAA's that you get in the undenatured whey are going to support that lean muscle support, and with the undenatured, bioactive whey you are preserving more immune supporting components of raw, organic, hormone-free whey. Isn't that what you want?

All Muscles Are Not Built Alike I The Benefits of Undenatured Whey On Lean Muscle Mass I Emerald Essentials Organic Paleo Vegeo Whey
If you want the best shake that is very affordable for recovery, I recommend the organic action whey product. http://bit.ly/OrganicWhey This product is 

  • Gluten-Free and Casein-Free
  • Naturally Sweetened - No Sugar Added, No Sugar Alcohol, and No Fructose
  • Low-Glycemic, Low-Carb, and Diabetic-friendly
  • No Pesticides, Hormones, Chemicals, or GMO Ingredients
  • BioCysteine™ is Certified Pasture-Fed for Maximum Nutrition
  • No Damaged Proteins (is Non-Denatured & Bioactive)
  • Carefully Processed from Fresh Raw Milk
  • Healthy Co-Factors from Nutrient-Rich Coconut Oil
  • 100% Natural with Nothing Artificial or Synthetic
  • Lab Tested to be Free from Heavy Metals and Radioactive Pollutants
  • Certified Kosher

  • All Muscles Are Not Built Alike I The Benefits of Undenatured Whey On Lean Muscle Mass I Protein Heavy Metal Toxin Comparison

    Friday, June 13, 2014

    Struggling With Mediocre Medical System When Parenting I Low Ferritin Levels and Low Vitamin D with Joint Pain

    So my daughter has low ferritin levels

    Is it really Friday? It's been a long week. I've been dealing with a sick kiddo... no fun. We had the allergy testing and blood draw on Tuesday. Wednesday was her end of year carnival for the school we go to a few days a week. Thursday she woke up early complaining of a major stomach ache, total IBS issues and seeing aura (colors) in front of her eyes like as if a migraine. Went to the doctors and they said to watch her because she had a low grade fever and her area around her appendix was tender, but other than they they HAD NO CLUE! I think it is an abdominal migraine. Her great grandfather had the no-pain migraines (although I will tell you it was painful for her, just not head pain).

    Our system of health is very mediocre if you ask me. Also, I got the call from the doctors office saying that her labs were normal except for low ferritin. She eats meat for any of you that want to jump down my vegetarian throat. She actually likes a eating a grass-fed steak with dad, she eats wild caught tuna fillets, and pastured organic eggs, as well as greens. She does have a nut allergy so no nuts, but she should be getting enough iron, but she's not storing it well. I know that she showed the top end of calcium, which blocks the absorption of iron, but she doesn't drink any dairy. But, I am going to have to get more paleo with her, which she won't be too happy with. We know that phytates actually bind to iron and take it out of the body. And I have read that one egg can reduce absorption of iron in a meal by as much as 28%. So where is the logic.. I'm sorting through it. ;)

    So what did those labs say? 

    So I ask for the labs, and several items that were clearly marked high, as well she has several items that are either at the max mark, or very low. NONE of that was addressed. So I've been chatting with Dr. Gupta trying to sort it all out, since I need actual intelligence in my life and these regular pediatricians just do not have it. Our pediatricians answer when I asked about the abnormal issues is just that her white blood cell counts look fine and I see nothing to concern me currently. REALLY? That is why I am not a fan of stats with our blood work. They train doctors to look at the norms, and just go with it.

    Low Ferritin Levels and Low Vitamin D With Joint Pain in Asthmatic Child I Paleo Vegeo
    For the low ferritin they wanted me to put her on a ferrous sulfate... really? A kid with digestive issues you want me to stick on a supplement known for causing digestive issues? So I've put her on a lower dose (more bioavailable) chleated iron and giving it to her in juice with a chewable acerola berry C vitamin. I'm also going to start her back on a vitamin D, even though it is summer, because all of her symptoms really could be tracked back to chronically deficient vitamin D. Researchers in Germany were the first to correlate asthma severity, asthma control, and markers of asthma severity with vitamin D levels. Hmmm... not researchers in the US?? LOL... and asthmatic children with low blood vitamin D levels may have a greater risk of suffering severe asthma attacks. Cells in your digestive system have vitamin D receptors needed for protein synthesis. And I can't tell you how many GI doctors have said that they see the number one low vitamin in their patients as being Vitamin D. I will say my bad. She wanted to go back to the whole foods gummy vitamins, and I agreed. And I just realized today they don't have any iron, and barely any D, so she'll be going back to the chewable doTERRA A2Z vitamin when they come next week. Since vitamin D is absorbed in the small intestine, a leaky and inflamed GI tract is extremely common. So she's also going back on the pre/probiotic.

    The more I think about all of this the more irritated I get. For a child complaining of joint pain for several years the first test I believe should have been Vitamin D. Especially with the high case of deficiency in the Pacific Northwest. So much so that they have been writing about cases here and sharing them all around the world. What I take away from all of this is NATURE. I find that it always comes back to nature, and how our body functions. When you look deep into the body functions you figure out what it needs... and that may mean you go outside of your doctors to figure it out.