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  • Vitamin D is a Hormone (Not a Vitamin) Best Taken at Night

    Posted on January 23, 2015 by Heidi Strong

    A gluten sensitivity can impact the gut in many different ways; triggering inflammation, damaging the intestinal lining or triggering leaky gut. Gluten sensitivities not only impact the gut directly, these changes interfere with nutrient absorption. One common nutrient deficiency seen with gluten sensitivity is vitamin D deficiency.
    Often times the gut can be healed by pulling gluten, but vitamin D deficiency can be hard to recover.
    I often see a vitamin D supplement listed among the current supplements on my patient’s intake forms. After reviewing their past labs and assessing their dose, I don’t often see an appreciable increase reflected on their labs over time. They may have been taking 2000IU of vitamin D3 daily for the past two years and yet their labs only show a shift from 22ng/ml to 25ng/ml.
    What I find is that they are usually taking a vitamin D3 supplement in a soft capsule form, often called a ‘gem,’ and they are taking it in the morning and not in the evening.
    Many of my patients are surprised to learn that even though vitamin D is called a vitamin, vitamin D is really a hormone and not actually a vitamin. In fact, it is a fat soluble hormone.

    Since this is a hormone, it is best taken at night, because hormones are best absorbed at night.

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    If you have had your vitamin D levels tests, your doctor most likely tested your 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D levels. On your lab this will be listed as “Vitamin D (25 OH)” or “25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD),” or “25(OH)D,” but these are the same test. Even though the lab may report an adequate level of vitamin D as 25-30 ng/ml, the optimal vitamin D range is 45-65 ng/ml.
    In addition to talking a vitamin D3 liquid emulsion at night, taking the right dose to raise your Vitamin D (25 OH) levels up to your goal is also important. A few small studies have shown that 2000IU vitamin D3 taken over three months, will raise Vitamin D (25 OH) levels by 20ng/ml. This may be the reason that many doctors prescribe this dose. Clinically, this doesn’t play out. Some people will need a lot more vitamin D to raise their levels over time.
    If your Vitamin D (25 OH)...

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information

  • Product Spotlight: Lady Jane Fabulous Flap Jack mix

    Posted on November 4, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    When it comes to breakfast, there’s nothing better, or more classic, than pancakes. But sadly the words gluten free, pancakes and tasty don’t always go together.

    So you can imagine the trepidation of the Gluten-Free Saver team when Lady Jane’s Fabulous Flap Jack mix arrived for sampling. But we were happy to see that this product is aptly named. The pancakes were fabulous!

    The mix is griddle-ready in minutes — simply combine with dairy or non-dairy milk. The color of the batter is a little greener than classic flap jack mixes, but once the cakes start cooking they brown nicely. Once made, the pancakes have a nice, full texture and yummy grain taste.

    What I liked the most about these pancakes is that they aren’t full of empty calories or carbs. Because the mix is made with hemp, it’s packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Each serving has 18 amino acids, iron, magnesium and a full 13 grams of protein when prepared as directed.

    Plus, Lady Jane products are made with all natural, non-GMO ingredients. The mix is, of course, gluten free but also contains no nuts or soy.

    These flap jacks are the perfect way to enjoy a delicious breakfast and still get a nutritious start to the day. Now if only we could say the same for the syrup on top of the pancakes …

    Lady Jane’s Fabulous Flap Jack mix comes as a part of the exclusive Gluten-Free Saver variety pack of hemp products now available for just $33. Experience all that gluten-free hemp foods have to offer and instantly save more than 15%!

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information

  • Product Spotlight: Herbal Choice Mari

    Posted on August 11, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    When it comes to skin care, it’s not just about how well the product works, but also how it’s made.

    After all, these are the products you put on the face you show the world.

    The Herbal Choice Mari skin care line created by Nature’s Brands is made with one philosophy in mind: what people put on the outside affects their insides. All of their products are made exclusively with earth- and plant-based ingredients.

    So when two items from the Herbal Choice Mari line arrived for the Gluten-Free Saver team to try, we knew we had two pure, natural products on our hands.

    Here’s what we tried:
    Herbal Choice Mari organic night cream
    Herbal Choice Mari organic skin rejuvenator for normal to oily skin

    Both products come in clean, durable glass packaging with all ingredients and skin care preparations listed on the bottle or jar.

    The organic skin rejuvenator has a light liquid texture, which makes it perfect for day use, but it can also be used at night. Its scent is flowery and sweet, but not overpowering. Just be sure to shake the bottle well before each use so that the oils are mixed evenly.

    The organic night cream seems heavy upon first glance but when it is rubbed into the skin, it has a light, milky texture that moisturizes quickly. The cream smells very earthy but that is not surprising for such a natural and healthy product.

    Overall, the Herbal Choice Mari skin care products are effective and well made. And most importantly, these are products you can trust.

    They are100% certified organic by the USDA and contain no chemicals, additives, fillers, sulfates, parabens, soy, corn or gluten. They are also vegan and certified cruelty free by the Leaping Bunny.

    And for a limited time only, you can try these products at a savings of 40% off the regular price. Receive both the organic skin rejuvenator and the organic night cream for just $34!

    Click here to take advantage of the exclusive offer on the Gluten-Free Saver.


    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information, Product Spotlight

  • Guest Blogger: Gluten Free Jenna

    Posted on June 23, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    Certified Personal Fitness Chef Jenna Drew has been active in the gluten free community since 2007.  She has written cookbooks, worked one-on-one with recently-diagnosed Celiacs and been recognized as a Celiac Awareness All-Star by the Celiac Support Association and National Foundation of Celiac Awareness.
    In October 2013, Jenna launched to provide weekly gluten free meal plans, grocery lists and recipes. After shopping and cooking gluten free for so many years, she has learned all the dos and don'ts of saving money and time at the grocery. Here are her quick tips on how to shop smarter.
    3 Ways to Save Time and Money When Shopping for Gluten Free Groceries
    Not only can going gluten free be confusing, but it’s also expensive!   A regular loaf of bread is about one dollar, but a loaf of gluten free bread can be as much as ten dollars! Plus, if you add up all of the time you spend reading ingredient labels, you can waste hours at the grocery every single week.
    Here are three easy ways to save time and money when shopping gluten free:
    Plan Meals Ahead
    Plan meals that will include leftovers that you can use for lunch or a snack later in the week.  This way you only have to cook once, and you have an extra meal ready to eat.  Planning ahead can help you save money on groceries, since you’ll be creatively using the ingredients and have less food go to waste.  If you hate being in the kitchen (or more likely the clean up after cooking), this is a great way to spend less time in the kitchen, too!
    Write a Shopping List
    The best way to save time and money at the grocery store is to write a shopping list.  If you stick to the list, then you can quickly make your way throughout the store, and it keeps you from buying those little extras that start adding up.
    Buy in Bulk
    One of the easiest ways to save money on gluten free foods is to buy staples in bulk.  While most of my diet is fresh meats, vegetables and fruits, there are some staples that can be bought in bulk like gluten free pasta, rice and quinoa.  Buying these ingredients can help you to save money.  Don’t think you’re going to go through an entire case of gluten free pasta this year? Find a friend at your local Celiac Support Association or post a flyer at...

    This post was posted in Gluten-Free Information, Product Spotlight, Menu Planning and was tagged with Gluten-Free Recipes, gluten free, Jenna Drew, grocery shopping, save money, meal plan, Celiac Awareness

  • Product Spotlight: Cuisine Cube

    Posted on April 18, 2014 by Whitney Faber

    Cuisine Cube knows good gluten-free food. They scour the market for the most unique, trusted and tasty brands.

    So imagine the delight of the Gluten-Free Saver team when the latest cube arrived at our office door.

    Cuisine Cube is a monthly gluten-free food delivery service. Once you start a subscription, each month a cube packed with at least five gluten-free food items arrives directly at your door. Each item is taste-tested so that you know you’re always receiving the best gluten-free foods.

    Here is what was in Gluten-Free Saver’s cube:
    Doli di MariaChocolate chocolate chip biscotti
    Pretzel Perfections garlic herb twice baked pretzels
    Quinn hickory smoked cheddar microwaveable popcorn packs
    Mediterranean Sensations lemon and garlic rice pilaf
    Flour Buds Bakery corn muffin
    Goodie Girl Tribeca crunchy chaos and quinoa chocolate chip cookies

    Bonus items:
    Gallo Lea BBQ pizza kit
    Vigilant Eats superfood oatmeal: coconut maple vanilla
    Danny Macaroons salted caramel macaroons

    Overall, the cube was a great mix of food options for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack time: biscotti for breakfast, popcorn for lunch, rice pilaf for dinner and pretzels for a snack. And Cuisine Cube never forgets dessert. The April box also included crunchy and sweet quinoa chocolate chip cookies.

    It was fun and exciting to try so many new delicious foods, each with its own distinct flavor. Flour Buds Bakery’s corn muffin is so classically sweet it will have anyone craving a full southern BBQ. The hickory smoked cheddar popcorn from Quinn is exactly the type of unique snack that Cuisine Cube specializes in introducing to its subscribers. It was easy to make, totally tasty and – the best part – completely guilt free.

    But the true standout had to be Pretzel Perfection’s twice baked flavored pretzels. They were light, buttery and covered with herbs. They we so finger-licking good, it was difficult to stop from eating the whole bag.

    The only downside is that some of the foods may be difficult to find at a local grocery if you want to repurchase. But don’t worry; your cravings do not have to go unsatisfied. Cuisine Cube’s website features a “Stock-Up” section, where anyone can purchase items included in a cube.

    For just $29.99 per month, and even less if you take advantage of this special offer, Cuisine Cube is worth the price, if for no other reason than the surprise and fun of trying so many new products.

    Click here to take advantage of the exclusive Gluten-Free Saver deal on Cuisine Cube.

    This post was posted in Product Spotlight

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