FEBRUARY 6, 2019

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HQuality/Shutterstock

Have you ever gone out after work for a drink with friends….everyone orders that bottle of red wine…because one glass of red wine actually has some health benefits…you join in….. however you don’t seem to enjoy it as much as them, in fact you feel worse…you get an itchy throat…the sniffles or even stomach upset….…you think perhaps its not good quality or maybe it was something you ate…so you try again with a better quality wine…but still you just aren’t feeling your best….perhaps you might be allergic and you don’t even know it yet…there are many common allergens in wine that people don’t even realize…besides sulfites, there is egg whites, chitosan, maybe even gluten….alot of this actually is part of the wine making process….so if you have sensitivities to other things then you might experience those same sensitivities to wine….but fear not…you have alternatives…you can try a sulfite free vegan wine which will have less allergens…you just might have to BYOB….….check out my interview with Bustle on “9 signs you might be intolerant to red wine” to learn more and see if any of these symptoms resonate with you


February 5, 2019

Vitamin D tablets. Colin Dunn/Flickr

Vitamin D tablets.Colin Dunn/Flickr

I was recently interviewed by the Business Insider for “Everything you need to know about vitamin D supplement - and whether you should be taking them”…in reality Vitamin D supplementation will vary individual to individual. Personally I take 3000 to 5000 IU daily depending on the season (and this is for optimal well being). The recommend guidelines are on the lower side of what people actually need and should be re-evaluated with the current research regarding the importance of Vitamin D and its connection to many illness. Consult your personal physician to be tested and determine what would be the adequate dose for you. In addition to taking supplements, first and foremost get some sun, vitamin D rich foods (shiitake mushrooms are my favorite) and then supplement when needed


JANUARY 29, 2019

Image: Hendra Su/Getty Images

Image: Hendra Su/Getty Images

We are encouraged to take Vitamin C, but what is it really for and can we get it from our food. Besides the commonly know citrus foods you can get vitamin C from red peppers, kiwis, and broccoli. Try and get your Vitamin C through your food, and although it might not prevent you from getting a cold, there is a host of other benefits. Check out my interview with She Knows “Sorry, Vitamin C Isn’s The Miracle Cure Your Mom Told You It Was”


DECEMBER 19, 2018

Vitamin D has received widespread attention for its potential role in preventing cardiovascular disease. Getty Images

Vitamin D has received widespread attention for its potential role in preventing cardiovascular disease.Getty Images

Now that I have been going on and on about the health benefits of Vitamin D and where you can add it through your diet and supplementation when necessary, lets consider “9 Things That Could Happen If You Are Not Getting Enough Vitamin D” as I have recently reported to the INSIDER in this article.


DECEMBER 18, 2018

Shiitake mushrooms have vitamin D and boost immune systems. Sean Gallup/ Getty Images

Shiitake mushrooms have vitamin D and boost immune systems. Sean Gallup/ Getty Images

So Vitamin D is having it moment….we all know that the common sources of Vitamin D thru food is eggs, salmon and fortified milk…..but did you know you can also get Vitamin D from being plant based. One of the best sources of Vitamin D for a plant based diet is Shitake mushrooms. Simple ways to use them is add them to your veggie stir fry this week….they have a surprisingly great texture for your next rice bowl. Take a look at this article from the INSIDER on “7 ways to incorporate more Vitamin D into your diet.”


DECEMBER 14, 2018

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My current obsession has been all about Vitamin D. As winter rolls in, the days are short and the sight of the sun is simply not enough for some of us living the the north. We might find ourselves supplementing with Vitamin D, but is there a best time of day to take it…and should we take it with food. The basics are that Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so it is best taken with food, preferably with food that has fat. That is not permission to take it with French fries…a better option, take it will lunch and an avocado. To read more about “The Best (And Worst) Time of Day to Take Vitamin D” check out my thoughts in this article for WHATS GOO:D by the Vitamin Shoppe.


DECEMBER 3, 2018

Jars of kombucha are left to ferment on shelves on a metal rack. Homemade kombucha has become a popular alternative to the expensive store-bought kind. PAM SUSEMIEHL/GETTY IMAGES

Jars of kombucha are left to ferment on shelves on a metal rack. Homemade kombucha has become a popular alternative to the expensive store-bought kind. PAM SUSEMIEHL/GETTY IMAGES

So you have heard of kombucha, you see it at your local grocery store, it may even be on tap at a restaurant you frequent….but does Kombucha really have health benefits? Check out my thoughts in this article from “how stuff works” to find out…..