Outdoors, Out Scores!

This isn’t the first time that I have posted about the power of the outdoors. In a post I made earlier this summer called Summer Camp ~ The Ultimate Score!  I talked about the powerful influence that technology is having on our children and how important it is to immerse them in “nature” whenever possible.    The section below has been taken from my previous post because it relates so well to the video below.

In his book, Last Child in the Woods:  Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv, focuses on the negative trends effecting our children and the impact that technology is having on their lives and development.

Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today’s wired generation—he calls it nature-deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as the rises in obesity, attention disorders, and depression.

Check-out this video to see how else our health might be affected, if we stopped going outside altogether.

Vitamin D

A few years back, I was seeing a naturopath and had my vitamin D levels checked.  I wasn’t feeling great at the time and he suspected that I may be low in Vitamin D.  My results came back and my levels were very low, indicating that I was Vitamin D deficient.  On his website, Dr. Frank Lipman talks about Vitamin D, appropriate levels and some symptoms of deficiency.

What are the symptoms of vitamin D deficiency?

There is no clear pattern of symptoms. In fact many people remain asymptomatic despite low levels. But here are the more common symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • General muscle pain and weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Restless sleep
  • Poor concentration
  • Headaches
  • Bladder problems
  • Constipation or diarrhea

Of course, our very best source of Vitamin D is that which is received via the sun, but many people are needing to incorporate more Vitamin D by taking supplements.  Dr. Oz recommends 1000 IU  a day, as do many health care providers.  However, my levels were quite low and some doctors/naturopaths believe that Vitamin D deficiency has reached epidemic proportions.  My initial test result was in the upper 20’s (28 I think) and well below what is deemed to be a healthy level.  The chart below shows Vitamin D levels and what they mean in terms of your optimal health.  Although this chart was not shared by my naturopath, this fits with the numbers and plan we had for achieving optimal levels for me. He felt that I should be within the 80 to 100 range due to the medication I take and other risk factors that I have.  (However, another site I found stated that 50 ng/ml was the optimal level ~ so there are definitely different schools of thought regarding Vitamin D and supplementation.)  I have been monitored for the past 2  1/2 years, but for most of that time have been on 10, 000 IU per day.  I am due for a follow-up test and so I have currently reduced my dosage to 6000 IU.  In the time I have been taking this large dose, I have never tested much higher than 70.  Keep in mind, that I live in Canada and work almost full-time, so my exposure to the sun is very limited in the winter.  Vitamin D levels must be closely monitored by your health care provider as excessive amounts (above 100 ng/ml) can be harmful.  The important thing to consider is whether or not you might in fact be deficient and need to get your levels checked and monitored.

Vitamin D Chart


If you find that you are feeling “off” or are experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above ~ get outside. For many, just being outside, can make you feel better. The fresh air, sunshine (Vitamin D) and immersion in nature can be the best medicine of all. However, if you feel that you may need to supplement, check with your health care provider. (I am not sure if medical doctors actually do Vitamin D testing or if you need to have them done through a naturopath and pay for them. I did the latter.)

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What is whey protein?

What is whey protein and why is Immunocal the best product on the market?Whey Protein Isolates?  What are they?  What do I know about them?  I am not expert, but I am a bit of a health nut and am constantly trying new and better strategies and products to obtain optimal health.  Despite this, there is one product that I will never stop taking.  Immunocal is the miracle product that every person should be on.

Whey protein:  What is isolate?

 Taken From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

whey protein isolate (often whey isolate) is a dietary supplement created by filtering milk protein. Whey is a by-product of the cheese-making process. Whey can be processed to yield whey protein in three forms: whey isolate, whey concentrate, or whey hydrolysate.

Whey proteins are highly bioavailable, are very quickly absorbed into the body, and have a high concentration of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs)[1] which are highly concentrated in muscle tissue, and are used to fuel working muscles and stimulate protein synthesis.[2]

The difference between the whey protein forms is the process used to filter the proteins. Whey isolates yield a higher percentage of pure protein and can be filtered enough to be virtually lactose free, carbohydrate free, fat free, and cholesterol free.

For more information on whey proteins and the difference between Whey Isolate and Concentrate, visit The Fitness Doc’s Blog and/or Femmefitale.

 Whey protein isolates in Immunocal rank high in the market?

Immunocal is a patented supplement that in nature is most similar to mother’s milk. It is over 90% pure protein and has a biological value higher than any other protein supplement or food available. The term “biological value” (BV) refers to a measurement of how important any edible protein is to your body.

Taken daily, Immunocal will raise your body’s concentration of glutathione (abbreviated as GSH), a molecule referred to as “Your Body’s Most Important Protector”. Most individuals have never heard of glutathione, however given the huge amount of research publications on the subject and the large impact it will have in future health care, the term glutathione will shortly become part of our everyday language, the same way as we use the words “antioxidant” or “cholesterol”. To date, there have been over 80,000 published articles on glutathione in the medical literature.

Glutathione is considered by many researchers to be the superhero of antioxidants.  Our bodies produce glutathione and it is responsible for fighting off toxins in our bodies.  Because our bodies produce it, it is difficult to take it as a supplement.  Immunocal is a product that was developed by Dr. Gustavo Bounous in the 70’s.    This product, unlike others, is not just a whey protein supplement, but it is integral in promoting the production of glutathione in our bodies. His long standing research is well respected and the results of the product have been life changing for me and many others worldwide.

Check out Dr. Oz’s video on how glutathione works.

Dr. Gutman is currently the senior medical consultant with Immunotec.  Check out this interview with Dr. Gutman.  He will be speaking in Winnipeg, MB in July 2013.  His extensive research on the subject makes him one of the world’s most predominant experts on the subject.  Come and check it out.  You can find out more about the company, events and its products by visiting the Immunotec website or by googling “immunocal testimonials”.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to achieve long term health benefits.

Some of the numerous health benefits of whey protein and regular Immunocal consumption can be found in this article below and the research is supported by Health Canada.  The benefits can be summed up by the following acronym:





The Best Whey Protein Supplement for Optimal Health

If you or your family members are suffering from any diseases, conditions or ailments it is worth doing some research to see if Immunocal will help.  People all over the world are having incredible results with this product.  Success ranges from elite athletic performance enhancement to incredible relief from symptoms and disease.  There are continuous studies being done on the effects of Immunocal with a current focus on Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Autism and Alzheimer’s.  The key is continuous daily consumption to help your body restore depleted glutathione levels which are key to fighting off sickness and disease.  This product is way more than just a whey protein supplement, it is the key to optimal health and wellness.  The results speak for themselves, so I encourage you to research what ails you and see what kind of research and testimonies you can find on the success of Immunocal with your particular condition.