Natural Sources of Vitamin D
Good-Bye Summer, Hello Cod Liver Oil
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom
Uh oh, the sun is gone.
With autumn’s arrival, many of us have to say goodbye to sunny skies for what will be many dreary months.
Whenever I sit in the sun, like my cell phone juice, I can feel the bars filling up again.
But without our free source of vitamin D, we’re left to fend for ourselves to keep vitamin D levels adequate.
No one wants the winter blues and it’s well established that they result from a deficiency of vitamin D, present in soluble fats.
How can we be certain that our families are getting enough vitamin D in their diet without relying on the so-called “fortified” cereals, milks and synthetic vitamins?
As a homeopath who teaches mothers and others how to maintain and restore heath, I often suggest using lard in baking (like our grandmother’s pies!) and in sautéing. I also teach folks how to employ homeopathic remedies, such as Calc phos 6x, to help promote the proper absorption of nutrients.
All good stuff.
But truly, the easiest way to sustain vitamin D in the winter is to take fermented cod liver oil daily.
Yet, I’ll share a secret. I teach my clients that cod liver oil is essential even in the warmer months. Why? Because no matter how often our children are outside, getting vitamin D from the sun, another priceless characteristic of cod liver oil is in fact, the liver itself. Quite simply, liver contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food!
It took me years to learn the importance of the consistent habit of eating liver, particularly that from a clean source. Yet, when I was raising my children, it was nearly impossible to get liver into them. After years of pâté, liver smothered in bacon and onions and many turned up noses, I simply had to find a simple solution. Desiccated beef liver, available from Radiant Life in both powder and capsules, provides a convenient way to obtain all the legendary health and nutritional benefits of liver.
It can even be sprinkled into soups and stews and served to unsuspecting recipients of this sacred food!
Getting back to the importance of fermented cod liver oil…
Fermented cod liver oil is a time-tested method for consuming these most precious nutrients. Our ancestors instinctively understood the importance of daily cod liver oil long before the studies substantiated the findings.
My Italian grandmothers raised their large and robust families on such fare. When there was barely enough money for milk during the depression, they made certain that their children at least had cod liver oil. Fermented cod liver oil wasn’t available to them, but at least plain cod liver oil was.
Fermented cod liver oil is packed with fat-soluble vitamin D, which helps promote bone and teeth growth, as well as building immunity. Additionally, it supports healthy body weight and encourages brain development and lung function.
The high quality fermented fare wasn’t available in capsules when my children were young. So, I incorporated a nightly ritual of taking cod liver oil with a tall glass of fresh milk. My boys affectionately dubbed it the “spoon of doom”.
It made it more fun.
Things are different today. Now, my sons are young men and they take their fermented cod liver oil daily on their own. In fact, while in college, they often doubled up on their dose while studying for exams. The results were always high grades.
Radiant Life makes these age-old products available, and I make the recommendation to all my students/clients and anyone who asks, to take advantage of this near perfect food. For those who wish to avoid the cod liver oil's taste, fermented cod liver oil capsules are the answer to skipping over the “spoon of doom”.
No need to let those clouds keep you and your family down this season. Instead, make Fermented Cod Liver Oil part of your daily routine and you’ll keep your brain sharp and a sunny smile, too.
Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom is certified classical homeopath who teaches and consults with moms the world over via phone and SKYPE. For a FREE download of 10 Toxins and How to Antidote Them With Homeopathy go to www.homeopathyworks.net and find it on the “Free Downloads and Articles” section of the homepage. Then, consider scheduling a FREE 15 minute conversation with Joette to see if homeopathy is a fit for you or your child’s health strategy.