There have been so many diet changes lately and so many new and wonderful products I have tried looking to prioritize my health and that of my family. One of the smaller changes we made was that we started consuming fish oils so that our diet would have an ample supply of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, EPA and DHA. I have been trying a few different brands and products but one of the front runners is Nordic Naturals and their Ultimate Omega – D3, which has fish oils obviously and 1000 I.U. of vitamin D3. Nordic Naturals has long been known as a brand that provides some of the purest and freshest fish oils. They are third party tested for environmental toxins such as heavy metals, dioxins, and PCBs. This is hugely important for moms because there are so many fish oils on the market and it can really be a crap shoot as to what is in them and how pure they are. This isn’t one of those situations where you just want to run out and buy the generic, drug store brand. You want fish oils from a place you can trust and Nordic Naturals has been on my list of trustworthy sources for years. Their lemon flavor fish oils are also very palatable. The lemony flavor comes through the gel caps even and makes it easy to take these… you even want to chew on them a little before swallowing. Sounds weird, I know.
While this particular brand isn’t my absolute favorite, it is lower in price than my preferred and makes an excellent backup when money is tight. I also like that they have so many offerings for kids. My own kids really like the Nordic Naturals Nordic Berries. The D3 in this formulation is also important to me this time of year when we don’t get a whole lot of sunlight. D3 is a natural form of vitamin D produced by the body, and is better absorbed and utilized than other forms. It does wonders for our mood in the winter time, not to mention the helpful effects it has on immunity and sleep rhythms.
Right now the company is sponsoring a What’s Essential™ contest where they are asking people to share what is essential to them in living an extraordinary life. I didn’t enter the contest but it did give me some food for thought. What is essential to me?
It is essential that we are the healthiest we can be so that we can enjoy our lives to the fullest extent possible. So many people (adults and children) have health problems that keep them running to and from doctors. They eat foods that foster this state of poor health and they just accept the aches and pains as part of life. They get up in the morning with congestion in their chest or a pain in the small of their back and they just say “Oh well, guess I am getting old.” Their kids get frequent cavities and allergies that seem to get worse each year but they just accept this. It was in protest of this attitude that spurred so many dietary changes of late. We were a pretty healthy bunch but there were still some nagging health issues and I do NOT accept them. I do not accept that is is normal for my children’s teeth to decay or for me to feel the aches and pains of old age in my early thirties. It is essential to me to get to the bottom of these issues and help our bodies heal as I know they can. It is essential that I always keep growing, learning, and questioning and that I teach my kids to do the same.
What about you? What is essential to you?
** Many thanks to Nordic Naturals for sending me a sampling of their products and the bottle of Ultimate Omega – D3 to review. Some were old favorites and some are now new favorites.