Before you get pregnant, or right when you get pregnant, blood tests are done to check for anemia, certain viruses, blood type and others. Increasingly, doctors are now also testing a woman’s vitamin D level. Vitamin D has been a hot topic in the medical world for a few years, but why and how is it affecting conception, pregnancy and the health of the newborn? That's the question scientists have been working on for almost a decade now. Let’s start by understanding what vitamin D is.
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You may not be aware of the effects some chemicals commonly found in our homes and our environment have on our health and wellbeing, but these so-called endocrine disruptors are all around us and can interfere with hormone balance and the immune system. While it’s becoming common knowledge that the chemicals in our foods can affect our health, the lesser known environmental exposures may be even more ubiquitous.
Here are some examples:
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and most of us know someone whom heart disease has affected in one way or another. In honor of heart health month (February) I interviewed Dr Aimee Gould Shunney medical advisor for Nordic Naturals and Naturopathic Physician. We talked about how fish oil supplementation can have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, lowering risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack and blood clots and improving lipid profiles (TG, LDL, HDL).