Spring Cleaning in Summer: Day Five

In my spring cleaning in summer series, I am sharing my progress of ridding my cabinets of all products that:
  • Are chemical filled
  • Have ingredients I can not pronounce
  • Do not promote self sufficiency
  • Have no value to me whatsoever
  • Just take up space  

For me, one of the things taking up the most space is vitamins. I have lots of them. Multi-vitamins, Calcium, and superfood supplements. All stuff I made money on at Walgreens during my coupon days and are just sitting in my medicine cabinet taking up space. I will never remember to take them and from the reading I have done, am not sure they would do any good anyhow. Have you ever spent $80 on a multivitamin only to have it turn your urine bright orange? A sure sign that your body did nothing with it at all!

There are some who defy multivitamins at all. If I am eating an organic diet of plenty of fruits and vegetables, getting raw dairy, and taking cod liver oil, why would I need an extra source of vitamins? Why take vitamins at all? Some days, I just don't want to. As with all real food investigation, there are so many differing sides to the issue. It leaves me so perplexed I just don't want to put anything in my mouth. There are some vitamin sources that I feel very good about, however. I will share those here.

Few if any of us really eats perfectly healthy all the time. I know I don't. It is hard to get all the vitamins and minerals we need to have a healthy, disease free body. I am convinced, that good health is 100% linked to good nutrition. It is not linked to medicine. Medicine is sick care. Nutrition is health care. Starting with a good multivitamin that our body recognizes is key.

Cod liver oil is a good source of Vitamin A as it is coupled with Vitamin D. Did you know they should go together? Many people swear by this stuff for improved and optimum health. We find it also seems to help memory around here. Like essential oil, it can absorb through the skin, so you can put on baby during a diaper change or on toddler's feet. Although my toddler takes it mixed with yogurt just fine. As for me, the key to not gagging on my daily dose is that I do not breathe until I have swallowed my cod liver oil, then perhaps a spoonful of coconut oil, then a glass of water. I have tried lemon and cinnamon and neither taste "fishy."

The sun is the best source of Vitamin D. You can get some from seafood... well you can, but I won't as I HATE any food that came out of water. So, that brings us back to cod liver oil. A good natural source of Vitamin D.

Vitamin K2 is an important vitamin that most of us lack since we became a nation obsessed with pasteurizing instead of "pasturizing" our milk. Natural sources include grass-fed dairy and egg yolks from free range chicken eggs. The livers of grass fed animals are perhaps the best source, but I am not there yet... not sure I ever will be.

Do some research to find the best multi-vitamin you can trust. I would love to share with you my favorites. You can email me for more information.  I encourage you to do your own research and make sure the vitamin you do choose is food based so your body recognizes it. Too many vitamins are synthetic and our natural systems do not recognize them and can not utilize them.

I am not a scientist, so it is hard for me to tell which form is plant based and which is grown in the lab. I just do the best I can. I am not above calling the company for assurances that the vitamins are all natural. Of course, the best way to get vitamins is to eat those that can be grown in your own back yard. So, eat your veggies, fruits, and grass fed beef and dairy. Cut down on the sugar, and do your best to eliminate processed garbage that are devoid of all vitamins and will only serve to make us sick! Good luck in your search for a perfect supplement. It is not easy to find a quality one at a good price. 

Check out the other posts in this series!
Spring Cleaning in Summer
Day one
Day two
Day three
Day four

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  1. Hi, I'm loving this post. I am glad to hear that others are concerned about what is in vitamins as I have been too. I invite you to take a look at my post on my experience wit nutritional supplements. I now trust only one company after spending $1,000 and seeing no real results, heading for organ failure....yes it was that serious! sorry the link is so long!


    1. Wonderful to hear you are doing better. Amazing what a good supplement can do for pain, and overall well being. Wish more people were prescribed a quality vitamin, instead of toxic drugs! Thanks for sharing your story.

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  3. The one supplement I do take is Vitamin D3. (It's easy to overdo the Vitamin D2 but D3 is safer.)Moving from Arizona to Idaho the amount of sunshine I got was cut to a mere fraction and I ended up developing severe insulin resistance, chronic fatigue and worse from the lack of Vitamin D. When I had my levels checked they were in the danger zone of deficiency!

    I know its working because my symptoms reversed... I haven't had my new levels checked yet. My physician was worse than useless. He told me just to accept that I would some day be a diabetic and there was nothing I could do. He said I *could* supplement with D3 but he didn't expect much. Well, as a nurse, I got into the medical journals and found out WHY he didn't expect much... the amount he told me to take wouldn't have made any difference! I used the calculations I found in the medical journal and ended up taking 10X more than he recommended.... and I feel stronger and healthier every day.

    Not a huge fan of medications or supplements for the most part, but this one made a huge difference!

    1. Wow Ella, good for you. I always hear people say things like, "they say there is nothing I can do, so I just live with it." I always want to tell them there is an answer to every problem, but you have to be willing to do the research yourself. Try the unexpected. You are an inspiring example of that. I wish I live in Idaho. Lucky!

  4. I take a lot of supplements and couldn't agree more with you on making sure they are from a reputable source and are quality etc. My husband is a Chemistry teacher. Comes in very handy for deciphering those labels ;)

  5. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

  6. Lol, I hold my breath while I swallow my cod liver oil, too. Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday (psst, I think you may have forgotten to link back to the party? http://poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com/2013/09/waste-not-want-not-wednesday-43.html, thanks!)

    1. You are in my "blogs that keep me hopping directory. But I did forget to add that link. I have fixed it now. Thanks for pointing that out.

  7. I really need to do some cleaning as well... It will be interesting to see what I find! LOL Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Looking forward to seeing what you share this week.

    Mindie ~ http://bornagainfarmgirl.blogspot.com/