The health of our microbiome dictates our overall health status. Human cells outnumbered by the number and variety of microbes in our bodies. Our microbiota, the friendly microbes in our gut, help to digest food, strengthen our immune system, defend our intestines from unfriendly bacteria, and heal our gut. The balance of our gut microbiota lies in a complex relationship between our genetics, diet, environment, and even our social circles.
When you walk into a ‘health food store’ you can be pretty sure to find something that is beneficial to take for what ails you - anything from a cold to cancer. Is there an advantage to seeing a naturopathic doctor prior to purchasing that vitamin or herb? You bet there is!
Consider this - you are an individual. You may have more than one health concern happening at the same time. You may also be on prescription medication. Walking into a store and purchasing something to address one symptom might help, but there might be something better suited to your specific needs. You want what you take to be effective for your concern. And sometimes what’s
Given the many news reports of published studies showing much benefit from the use of Vitamin D, people might reasonably conclude that a consensus had emerged favouring its use. Vitamin D has been around for decades. Official bodies like Health Canada have found sufficient evidence to rule on its efficacy, safety and side-effects. At the official Eat Right Ontario website it states “recently, the recommended amounts for Vitamin D increased for people of all ages”. For older children and adults from 600 I.U. to 4000 I.U. per day.
Researchers writing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology found that older people who were given Vitamin D and Calcium together were 9 per cent less likely to die over three years than those given placebo pills. Vitamin D alone had no impact on death rates. A 9 per cent dip in death risk over a three year period might sound small, but lead researcher Lars Rejnmark said that effect is at least as pronounced as the benefits linked to cholesterol lowering statins and blood pressure drugs.