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Naturally Avoid Mosquitos and other yucky bugs (ticks)

OH MY GOSH.

I get bitten all the time by mosquitos while my friends don’t.  Irritates me.

I LOVE EVENING OUTSIDE TIME

I really am not a big fan of DEET.  It’s an insecticide for heaven’s sakes.  Would you eat it straight????

So what’s to do.  To LIVE CLEAN.

Let’s nutshell it.

WHY:  There are 150 species of mosquitos.  They are all unique.  Yellow fever and Dengue fever are transmitted by Aedes mosquito.  Malaria – anopheles mosquitos, very climate based.  In general mosquitos locate us by chemicals (the smell) of l-lactic acid, ammonia, etc.  Interesting, carbon dioxide helps mosquito noses work better, so if you’re in trees ….

It’s not sweat (sweat is orderless) they are attracted to, but the by-product of the bacteria on your skin metabolizing our sweat, into other components, ammonia, etc.

GREAT and Interesting.  What does that mean for me? If you enjoy the evening outside and don’t want to get bit, get sick, have our dogs get heartworm, babies get something … how do we accomplish this CLEANLY and with ease.

PROBLEM:  DEET is an insecticide.  A neurotoxic for humans. Possibly carcinogenic when in clothing and nets.  Your skin absorbs everything you put on it.  That means it takes it into your body.   As if YOU HAVE EATEN DEET.  Does it have a warning label for ingestion?

HA!

SOLUTION:  Plants.  They have developed a natural deterrent for bugs.  (this also works for TICKS.)  Lemongrass, cinnamon, citronella, eucalyptus, etc.  Essential oils.   Works for your FURRY FRIENDS as well.  You can buy or make a spray.  Easy peasy.  For your dogs, put a bandana on your dog with drops of lemongrass and cinnamon on it.

Solution #1:  Dr. Mercola’s Bug Spray  Or other products.

Solution #2:  Delve into the world of essential oils.  Sounds complex and maybe a bit weird but its just CLEAN LIVING.  100 years ago this was the #1 Solution.  The reason to go this way …. if you have a small bottle of lemongrass in your bathroom and you’re an athlete and you mess up your knee, your health coach might tell you to apply the lemongrass to the knee to help heal the ligaments.  SUPER COOL!  Connect with me for more info.

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All about Vitamin D

Vitamin D : fat-soluble vitamin, which is actually a hormone. It is the only vitamin that the body will produces on its own.

  • ergocalciferol-D2
  • cholecalciferol-D3
  • alfacalcidol

Some Facts

  • Helps your body absorb calcium and phosphorus. This is vital for strong and healthy bones.
  • A fall in the concentration of calcium in the bloodstream is detected by the parathyroid glands, which then produce parathyroid hormone. Parathyroid hormone increases the activity of the enzyme (catalyst) that produces active vitamin D. This increase in the concentration of calcium together with vitamin D feeds back to the parathyroid glands to stop further parathyroid hormone release. The production of vitamin D is also directly regulated by calcium, phosphate and calcitriol.
  • Naturally occurring in some foods, added to others, and made by the body when UV lights hits the skin.
  • Must be activated by two produces in the body to be utilized. One is done in the liver, the second is done in the kidney. Very nutshell version.
  • Promotes calcium absorption in the gut
  • Helps prevent hypocalcemic tetany (involuntary contraction of muscles, leading to cramps and spasms)
  • Reduction of inflammation
  • Regulation of many processes such as cell growth, neuromuscular, immune function, and glucose metabolism

Huge Benefits

  • Reduces Depression: Research has shown that vitamin D can serve an important role in regulating mood and reducing depression and anxiety. In one study, scientists found that people with depression who received vitamin D supplements noticed an improvement in their symptoms.
  • Helps facilitate weight loss

Some Sources

  • fatty fish (such as trout, sardines, salmon, tuna, and mackerel)
  • Beef liver, cheese, yogurt and egg yolks
  • Mushrooms provide variable amounts of vitamin D2
  • Fortified foods like milk

Vitamin D and Depression

  • Low levels of vitamin D have been associated with decreased cognitive function, specifically in the realm of mental health
  • Researchers behind a 2013 meta-analysis noticed that study participants with depression also had low vitamin D levels.
  • It’s also worth mentioning here that vitamin D is thought to be able to activate the synthesis of serotonin, a neurotransmitter and hormone that, similar to dopamine, can help to improve your mood.

Vitamin D and Hormones (sex)

  • Testosterone : Studies have found that an adequate level of vitamin D is actually pretty important for regulating this crucial sex hormone.

How Being Deficient Might Feel

  • Fatigue, aches and pains
  • A general sense of not feeling well
  • Severe bone or muscular pain or weakness
  • Stress fractures

Food*Micrograms
(mcg) per
serving
International
Units (IU)
per serving
Percent DV*
Cod liver oil, 1 tablespoon34.01,360170
Trout (rainbow), farmed, cooked, 3 ounces16.264581
Salmon (sockeye), cooked, 3 ounces14.257071
Mushrooms, white, raw, sliced, exposed to UV light, ½ cup9.236646
Milk, 2% milkfat, vitamin D fortified, 1 cup2.912015
Soy, almond, and oat milks, vitamin D fortified, various brands, 1 cup2.5-3.6100-14413-18
Ready-to-eat cereal, fortified with 10% of the DV for vitamin D, 1 serving2.08010
Sardines (Atlantic), canned in oil, drained, 2 sardines1.2466
Egg, 1 large, scrambled**1.1446
Liver, beef, braised, 3 ounces1.0425
Tuna fish (light), canned in water, drained, 3 ounces1.0405
Cheese, cheddar, 1 ounce0.3122
Mushrooms, portabella, raw, diced, ½ cup0.141
Chicken breast, roasted, 3 ounces0.141
Beef, ground, 90% lean, broiled, 3 ounces01.70

Optimal serum concentrations of 25(OH)D for bone and general health have not been established because they are likely to vary by stage of life, by race and ethnicity, and with each physiological measure used [1,13,14]. In addition, although 25(OH)D levels rise in response to increased vitamin D intake, the relationship is nonlinear [1]. The amount of increase varies, for example, by baseline serum levels and duration of supplementation. Resource: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

*Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D are reported in both nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) and nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). One nmol/L = 0.4 ng/mL, and 1 ng/mL = 2.5 nmol/L.

  • children and teens: 600 IU
  • adults up to age 70: 600 IU
  • adults over age 70: 800 IU
  • pregnant or breastfeeding women: 600 IU


nmol/L*ng/mL*Health status
<30<12Associated with vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets in infants and children and osteomalacia in adults
30 to <5012 to <20Generally considered inadequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
≥50≥20Generally considered adequate for bone and overall health in healthy individuals
>125>50Linked to potential adverse effects, particularly at >150 nmol/L (>60 ng/mL)