Aug 312013

A dive into the confusing world of vitamins ~ Liquid Vitamins Vs. Hard Pill Vitamins and a few suggestions.

Liquid Vitamins Vs. Hard Pill Vitamins

There are all kinds of differing opinions on this subject.  But who is right?  We all know you can find the answer you are looking for on the internet if you simply look hard enough.

“Your body absorbs liquid vitamins better than its pill counterparts do. In fact, the body absorbs approximately 98 percent of the vitamins and minerals contained in liquid form. However, the body only absorbs anywhere from 3 to 20 percent of the vitamins in a vitamin pill.”

On the other side of the coin:

“My wife pays a premium for liquid vitamin and mineral supplements, which are supposedly better absorbed by the body. Are they worth the cost?” “Probably not, unless your wife has trouble swallowing solid supplements. In theory, liquid supplements should be better absorbed by the stomach since they’re already dissolved. But there has been little research to substantiate that idea.”

Truthfully I didn’t think much of it either way until August 3rd at a presentation by Dr Lindsey Duncan , a world renowned naturopathic doctor and product formulator.

What did he say that got me thinking about this post?

I got a photo with Dr Lindsey Duncan!

I got a photo with Dr Lindsey Duncan!

He said that waste treatment plants are clogged with hard pill forms of vitamins and we are literally flushing our money down the toilet. It is best to obtain pure liquid forms if possible so that the body can more readily absorb the nutrients.

When it comes down to it – a picture is worth a thousand words.

This x-ray shows the pill moving through the body and coming out the other end.

XRay of Centrum Vitamins from Dr Lindsey's Presentation

XRay of Centrum Vitamins from Dr Lindsey’s Presentation

The reason I hadn’t thought much of it before this point was that I don’t consider myself a supplement kind of girl and tend to promote whole raw foods as much as possible ~ hence my support of Mila.

Nature’s perfect superfood, Mila® is a proprietary blend of Salvia hispanica L., commonly known as chia seed.

Nature’s perfect superfood, Mila® is a proprietary blend of Salvia hispanica L., commonly known as chia seed.

But I confess that here and there I’ve taken cranberry, various multivitamins and calcium to supplement my ingestion of leafy greens, tofu, unhulled sesame seeds.

But what about those folks that don’t consume leafy greens, tofu and unhulled sesame seeds every day? When it comes down to it – even if we have a perfect diet we may be lacking in specific vitamins and minerals.  For instance – the last time I went to the doctor I was low in Vitamin D – and living in Florida that is just kind of crazy! Now I get outside in the fresh air for 10 minutes per day without sunblock on my arms, legs and torso.

Dr Lindsey is the formulator of various products that he originally created for his wellness clinics and now has brought them to the general public to promote his philosophy of Cleanse, Balance and Build.  I’ve tried some of them and love them so I’m proud to now support a few more products that I think people are looking for!  Goodness knows that people like options.

Here are two of my favorites.

Daily Build

Daily Build

“…a comprehensive liquid daily vitamin. This robust formula features eight unique proprietary blends that incorporate the best nutrients available from nature and science, including six powerful superfruits and a unique blend of superfood extracts such as chlorella, spirulina and alfalfa to deliver a wide range of nutrients needed to build your body with unparalleled health benefits.

The Bio-Protection Blend includes some of the newest and best-researched nutrients available.* One serving of Genesis PURE Daily Build provides a full range of amino acids, powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in their most bioavailable form, allowing for maximum absorption.* If you can only make one healthy addition to your regimen, start with Daily Build.”

Daily Build
Retail $65.95/Wholesale Membership $49.95

Coral Calcium

Coral Calcium

Strong bones are necessary for a longer, more enjoyable life. Calcium is an essential mineral required for many functions in addition to bone health such as muscle function, nerve transmission, hormonal secretion, and intracellular communication. Genesis PURE™ Coral Calcium contains 100% pure coral calcium as well as other essential vitamins and minerals. This exceptional product is absorbed more effectively than other calcium supplements, which are often passed through the body, undigested, and is easily assimilated by your body. Carefully selected from the purest waters from around the world, our coral collection process is meticulously conducted to ensure the protection and ecological safety of the unique coral reefs and the surrounding marine environment. Discover how Coral Calcium can add life to your years—and bones!

Liquid Calcium
Retail $49.95/Wholesale Membership $39.95

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 Posted by at 11:37 am
Jul 202013

I have been very blessed by the people that have come into my life. Two of those people being my sister and brother in law – Kathryn and Matt.  You will never meet more genuine, caring and deeply devoted people. I’m so grateful to be part of their lives.

Kathryn and I were chatting recently about her husband Matt’s business and she told me that there are lots of exciting things going on.  Matt just so happens to be a massage therapist and President of Operations at Wheeler Body Works so I am so proud to support them by sharing their giveaway and information about their local Jacksonville business.

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Right now they are giving away a 60 min massage, a flexibility session, and a fitness consult w/ a personal training session! (Click the Giveaway Link.  Winner will be picked September 1st, 2013.)

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 Located @ I-95 and Baymeadows (near the 4 Rivers Restaurant)

Notes from Matt:

One thing that separates us from most is that we will soon have a Satisfaction Guarantee or Your Money Back (first 60 or 90 minute massage & on certain personal training programs.)

We also have “The More You Come, The More You Save pricing.” (Without signing a contract!)

About Us:
Our goal is to help build a healthy, active community.  We specialize in deep tissue and neuromuscular massage (injury and pain management massage) for those who don’t want to let soft tissue injuries keep them from their active lifestyles, and we provide one-on-one personal training for those who need a little motivation and instruction on how to get fit, stay active and be healthy.

For those who are looking just to decompress and relax a little, our therapist has about an 85% snooze rate.  Meaning there is a chance you could drool a bit.  :-)


Thanks Matt!
Good luck everyone on your chance to win a free massage, flexibility session, and a fitness consult w/ a personal training session with Wheeler Body Works!

Feb 032012
St Augustine is one of the best places on earth to visit-tons of history, night life, beaches, restaurants and scenery. If you haven’t been there you must put it on your bucket list! Each time I go, I discover something new and fabulous.
Two trips ago I found the Hickory Ridge Organic shop tucked away in a back corner. Actually, we smelled it before we saw it…..deliciously natural and everything in the store is vegan and organic. A bit too much was spent that night-splurging on hand made soaps and body butter in a solid form that melt with your body heat.

If you have been following my blog you know that my daughter has lots of food allergies that manifest in eczema that is mostly controlled by diet, but we do lotion her up really well. It has been so hard to find moisturizer that she isn’t sensitive to-even the supposedly most gentle. The sales lady suggested a body butter called “Ultra Pure”. It smells so good I want to eat it and her skin looks nice and clear (no allergic reaction finally!).

The second time I went back I got the chocolate exfoliator/body butter (YUM)-another one that smelled so good I wanted to eat-unfortunately my dogs got to it first. Good thing I bought the almond too but this time I put it up higher. We will most certainly be visiting every time we go back to restock. If you can’t make it to St Augustine you can visit their website.
 Posted by at 3:40 pm
Mar 042011
In a recent issue of Reader’s Digest there was a certain page I tore out that had to do with simple solutions for five problems; one of these problems being getting rid of dirt. 

I don’t know about you but when I use Pine Sol the house smells so much like chemicals that I need to leave the house and no matter how I dispose of the dirty water I feel guilty like I’m polluting the environment.  Technically, I am.  As an alternative, I tried simple vinegar and water but could never stand the smell. 

Finally, a solution!

Note the small and oh so helpful hand there in the photo.
Peppermint, Lavender and Eucalyptus Cleaner


1 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda
Pail full of hot water
3 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
5 dops peppermint essential oil


1. Mix and clean.  Take a deep breath.  Ahhh aromatherapy.

Now on to my next CSA Installment
(All photos are not retouched in any way.)

On my list of recipes so far is kale chips, a kohlrabi and ham gratin and collards with shrimp and sausage.

Red Lettuces

Green lettuces

Purple and Green Kohlrabi





Green onions


Curly Kale


 Posted by at 2:27 pm
Feb 182011
Homeopathic Itchy Scalp Help
I am so excited to share a homeopathic cure for itchy scalp that really works (hubbs tested last night).  Ever since cutting his hair shorter his scalp has been super itchy.  He tends to have IS anyway, but recently it has been much worse and when he got home tonight it was obvious that it was worse. 
I looked on line to find out what might soothe it and found a method using something we had on hand at Grandmas-Wisdom, olive oil!
He simply heated some up a bit, just to warm, and massaged it into his scalp. 
He then wrapped an old towel around his head and watched about 30 minutes of tv. (This part is optional, you could also read if you wanted. Or blog)
Once the 40 minutes was up he washed his hair twice with his usual shampoo.
He said his head was MUCH better.
And now for today’s CSA installment.
Cabbage, Broccoli, Scallions, Spinach, Kohlrabi, Cauliflower, Daikon, Cilantro, Kale, Lettuces and some farm fresh eggs
Am am working on perfecting a marinated and grilled daikon radish recipe, a kale and beet salad and that is it so far.  I’ll keep you posted.  I’m so excited about the eggs!
 Posted by at 1:46 pm
Feb 232010
One of my new favorite blogs is called Rawmazing.  In a fairly recent post she listed a recipe for Stress Relief for the Winter Blues which included Epsom salt, coarse sea salt and essential oils. I decided to give it a try because…..I have a new bathroom!
Ok so I just painted a wall and got some new towels and mats but it feels like a new bathroom.   Like a spa bathroom. 
Mainly because it’s so clean and there are no toys, Tylenol bottles and lipstick tubes strewn about. I expect it will stay clean at least through the week.
I looked on line and there were so many additions you could make.  A few included:
Food coloring
Castile soap
Avocado oil
Any other oil
Baking Soda
Citric Acid
I decided to go with the essential oils that were listed on Rawmazing and add in a bit of olive oil for moisture.
Spa Soak
1 cup Epsom salt
Hanful of Kosher or sea salt
2 Tbsp bath oil, I used olive oil
Essential oils:
8 drops peppermint
4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender

1. Mix all ingredients together in a small jar.

2. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup into running bath water.
p.s. I just tried out the spa soak last night and it was amazing.  The oil makes you feel silky and the essential oils are like aromatherapy.  Very relaxing.  I hope you enjoy!
 Posted by at 3:23 pm