Monthly Archives: November 2011

Premier’s Quantum High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil is BACK!

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 30, 2011

Cod liver oil has a long and storied history and has played a key role in human health and survival for centuries.

This time of year, UVB rays of the sun, which produce vitamin D via the skin, are not reaching most of North America and even where I live in Florida, are only available for a brief window of time around noon if the skies are clear.  Cod liver oil at this time is essential to maintaining health through the cold and flu season primarily by helping to keep vitamin D blood levels from falling to dangerously low levels.

Did you know that flu is really just a symptom of vitamin D deficiency the same as scurvy is a vitamin C deficiency disease? Surprising but true. Keeping your vitamin D blood levels optimal keeps that flu bug at bay very effectively.

Think that you don’t need cod liver oil because you already take a vitamin D supplement?

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Video: Traditional Stocks and Soups

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 29, 2011

My Freezer is Usually Loaded with all Kinds of Homemade Stock

Chances are, you’ve probably used up most of the turkey meat from Thanksgiving by now and you are about ready to throw out those turkey bones.

WAIT!

Before you throw out those bones, did you realize that you can get about 2 gallons of delicious, nutrient rich, mineral loaded turkey stock by simmering them for a few hours with a bit of vinegar and a few chopped veggies in a big pot of filtered water?

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Monday Mania 11/28/2011

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 28, 2011

Welcome to Monday Mania, a health and wellness carnival where Real Foodies who blog come together to link up their popular posts.

These posts might be Real Food recipes, Book Reviews, Natural Remedies, or Green Home Tips. They might even be a blogger’s take on a media health report, a videoblog, podcast, or an exciting giveaway!

In short, these Awesome Posts are a complete free for all of incredible Real Foodie Wisdom! So, roll up your sleeves, link up and show us your stuff! Can’t wait to see what your Real Foodie brains have turned out recently!

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Farmstead Meatsmith Releases First Instructional Video

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 27, 2011

A few months ago, I posted about Lauren and Brandon Sheard, a young and passionate couple from Seattle, Washington who founded Farmstead Meatsmith with the goal lay one more step on the path to a new food culture by reviving the traditional practice of homestead meat provenance.

The loss of consumer contact with a local butcher whom they know and trust is one of the most damaging aspects of the rise of factory farms. The “butchers” of today are really not even butchers — they are simply specialty grocery workers who receive prepackaged and precut portions of meat off a delivery truck and arrange them in a desirable manner in the meat cooler section of the store.

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Soy a Big Fat Zero for Menopause Symptoms

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist November 26, 2011

Are you a woman who eats soy, drinks soy milk, or takes soy isoflavones as a supplement thinking it will help you with hot flashes, night sweats and other inconvenient and uncomfortable menopausal or perimenopausal symptoms?

As it turns out, the risks of soy to your hormone health are significant.   It is not the middle aged health panacea for women that is is promoted to be – not by a long shot.

Studies show that even small amounts of unfermented soy (45 mg isoflavones – a bit more than a single cup of soy milk) have the potential to disrupt female hormonal balance.

“Women taking soy isoflavone tablets to alleviate hot flashes and prevent bone loss at the time of menopause might want to reconsider,” says Silvina Levis, M.D., the director of the osteoporosis center at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.

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