I like to think that Aaron Blaisdell, a friend of mine who is a psychology professor at UCLA, has been influenced by what he has read on this blog. Maybe not. In any case, he has an interesting story to tell:
I noticed an increase in energy when I began taking fish oil capsules about a year ago, but it seemed to fade after the birth of our second child (and thus a large drop in amount of sleep at night).
In early November I began taking 1/4 teaspoon each of high-vitamin cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter oil (a la Weston Price’s findings) purchased from Green Pastures. I noticed a large increase in energy and alertness afterward that continues to this day. I didn’t start incorporating raw milk, cheese made from raw milk, yogurt, and kefir in my diet until late December. What I’ve noticed the most after incorporating fermented dairy into my diet was the drop in the amount of gas I produce and in how good my stomach feels. I used to frequently get a little bit of indigestion or an “empty stomach” feeling, even a few hours after a meal. That is, my stomach would churn, make noises, and sometimes I’d have light cramps in my stomach or intestines. Since taking the lactofermented dairy all of those symptoms have virtually disappeared. In fact, my GI track has never felt so good!
I’ve also been eating more kimchi and fermented tofu over the last few weeks, but haven’t noticed any additional benefits likely because the effects on my health are already at ceiling. I also have switched from regular whole wheat bread to sprouted wheat bread, which I eat only in moderation (about a slice every day or two). Thus, my consumption of grains, particularly wheat, is way down compared to a few months ago.
In January I also started taking about 4k IU of Vitamin D3 (after reading discussions on the topic of Vitamin D deficiency at Stephen’s blog, Wholehealthsource.blogspot.com).I also have noticed beginning in January that my skin looks very supple and clear. My visual acuity has always been better than 20/20 (all of my family but me need glasses), but also since January I’ve noticed my eyesight to be even more keen than ever. And my libido has increased as well.I really should keep a journal documenting all of my dietary and health changes. But with a 5-month old and a 3-year old at home, it’s enough just to try to stay on top of my work!