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The Secret Benefits of the Little Known Vitamin K2

Have you ever struggled with heavy bleeding? Hemorrhage or even simply really heavy periods? How about menopause issues? How about Cysts, Ovarian Cysts or Endometriosis? 

If you experience heavy bleeding during periods, it may signal a lack of vitamin k2

Some of my very close friends and I have suffered with these issues. It is really important for me to share what I came across. In fact, I don’t understand for the life of me why it is not being shared more publicly! 

As uncomfortable as it is for me to talk about, I’ll tell you that I had some major bleeding issues while going through Menopause. I didn’t want to have to talk about it or even deal with it but it was affecting my productivity in a major way in my life. As a Mom, as a wife, at my work, at managing my home, it felt like it was all caving in on me. 

From my medical background, I had heard of Vitamin K but had dismissed the idea of using it because it causes blood clotting so quickly that the conclusion was it was dangerous to take as a supplement. I decided I wanted to try just a little of it to see if it would help me. 

Talk about opening a can of worms. I found out there is a huge difference between vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2 – Vitamin K1 is just what I had know about. It helps the blood to clot and has very little other function in the body. 

Vitamin K2, on the other hand, has so many benefits that you must to hear about! It is good for young women, older women & even men 🙂 

It supports the heart, the brain, and has a major role in calcium absorption in our body. 

Here are the details of my research if you would like to read it: 

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The little known Vitamin K2

Health benefits and sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein. Prothrombin is a clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.

What is the Vitamin k2 good for?

Vitamin K is also given to treat and prevent vitamin K deficiency, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough vitamin K. It is also used to prevent and treat weak bones (osteoporosis) and relieve itching that often accompanies a liver disease called biliary cirrhosis.

The K Vitamins 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health. Controlled studies in people also observe that vitamin K2 supplements generally improve bone and heart health, while vitamin K1 has no significant benefits. 

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting

Vitamin K1’s primary function

Blood clotting, which prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)

VS

Vitamin K2’s primary functions  

Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft tissues like arteries and kidneys) 

and…

May help support bone, heart and brain health.

How much k2 should I take daily?

Vitamin K2 dosage for adults: Between 100-300mcg per day is considered a standard dose. Dosages up to 600mcg per day for certain conditions may be necessary.

Eating lots of leafy greens is a great way to get your daily vitamin k1

Vitamin K1 is primarily found in leafy green vegetables, while K2 is most abundant in fermented foods and some animal products. Vitamin K2 may be absorbed better by the body, and some forms may stay in the blood longer than vitamin K1. These two things may cause K1 and K2 to have different effects on your health.

What food has the most vitamin k2?

Foods that are rich in vitamin K2 include:

Supplement your diet with egg yolk to get plenty of vitamin k2
  • Natto, fermented soy.
  • Goose liver.
  • Cheese.
  • Egg yolks.
  • Dark chicken meat.
  • Butter.

What are the benefits of vitamin K2 that will Improve YOUR Health?

  • Vitamin K2 may prevent wrinkles and reverse aging
  • Vitamin K2 to prevent varicose veins
  • Vitamin K2 for blood sugar regulation and type-II diabetes
  • Vitamin K2 to increase exercise performance
  • Vitamin K2 and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – female fertility
  • Vitamin K refers to a group of fat-soluble vitamins that play a role in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels

Side-by-side Comparison of Vitamin K1 & Vitamin K2


Vitamin K1Vitamin K2
What does it do?Blood clotting – prevents excessive bleeding. (K1 is what prevents a paper cut from becoming dangerous.)Helps direct calcium to the right places (into bones and teeth and out of soft issues like arteries and kidneys)May help support bone, heart and brain health.
Found InGreen leafy vegetablesFermented foods (some European hard cheeses and Natto or fermented soybeans)Fatty organ meats like liverChicken dark meatSome pork productsEgg yolks from pastured chickenGrass-fed butter
DeficiencyRareCommon
Daily Value (RDA)90 micrograms for women
120 micrograms for men
Not yet established, but experts recommend 100 to 200 micrograms of K2 daily.
Deficiency SymptomsBruisesIncreased bleeding timeSmall blood clots under nailsIncreased bleeding in mucous membranes.Weak bonesIncreased plaque deposits along the gumlineIncrease in cavitiesArterial calcification
Causes of deficiencyLack of green leafy vegetables in the dietAnticoagulant medications (Warfarin/Coumadin)AntibioticsFat malabsorption disorders.Lack of fermented foods and organ meats in the diet.
Effect on bone & Heart HealthMinimalModerate
Present in the brainNOYes!
Interferes with function of blood thinning medicationsInterferes with function of blood-thinning medicationsYes. Vitamin K2 can also interfere with the blood thinning medications. Talk to your doctor before using Vitamin K2 supplements if you are taking Warfarin or other similar drugs. 

I hope this information has been helpful in your day. If it has please share it forward with a friend or family member. 

If this information has caused more questions than answers please reply here and send me a message so we can chat. 

If you have had a personal life-changing experience after supplementing with vitamin K2 or after consciously eating foods rich in Vitamin K2 – I can’t wait to hear your story. Please reach out to me. 

I hope this has been helpful in your day. 

Until next time – Be Well! Mary Howard RN

p.s. Do you want to know what product I use now every day? Here are a couple of my favorites that I use and didn’t want to keep this from in case it is something that might make as big a difference in your life as it has in mine.

These 2 are my favorites:

Vitamin D with K2 – Super easy to take (just 6 drops of oil)

Vitamin K2 + Resveratrol –  A small capsule that has Vitamin K2 & the added anti-inflammatory benefits of Resveratrol.

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Top 5 Essential Oils & DIY Allergy Relief Home Remedies

Natural remedies for allergies. So a friend of mine asked me, Mary, what kind of things would you use if you were struggling with allergies right now?

What essential oils are good for seasonal allergies?

Pollen Is high these days, right away my mind comes back to the basics. Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint. They have such an amazing synergistic effect.

What essential oils are a natural antihistamine?

Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint are natural antihistamines. Combining the three together they complement each other well.

If you would prefer to listen to this content here is a handy video:

Natural Remedies for Allergies

How do you use essential oils for allergies?

There are a few ways you could use Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint to help you with your allergies:

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Reduce Your Joint Inflammation With Food

Thank you for your reply to my article “From Walking with a Walker to Walking 5 Miles“. I had so many replies and requests to write about this subject that I thought I had better not put it off too long.

What is an Anti-inflammatory Diet?

When we think about anti-inflammatory foods we have to think about 2 aspects of an anti-inflammatory diet. Foods we can eat and the foods we need to avoid. Some foods irritate the digestive system and ultimately the joints and some foods calm the digestive system causing less body system irritations. We will look at several of these pieces.

The other piece of this is that it will look different for you than it will for me and different for me than someone else you know.  There may be some family similarities but not always.  

Try a 30 day Whole food re-set

One thing to you might consider if you are really ready to figure out what foods are bothering you the most is to try a 30-day whole food re-set. I have done one and it is really eye-opening. I am not the best guide on one of these so I will refer you to a book if you are interested in doing that.

Whole: The 30 Day Whole Foods Challenge

What I will do for you though is help you with some basics. There are actually groups of inflammatory foods. So you may be sensitive to one but not the other. That is why eating a clean diet for 3 weeks to 30 days is so helpful when beginning this journey.

Sugar – The Most Inflammatory Food!

Sugar is probably the most inflammatory of all the foods. We have a list of sugars and hidden names for sugars. Most sweeteners are really not safe either because they are highly processed foods. The only sweetener that I trust is Stevia. There are some good stevia choices now that don’t leave a bitter after taste. Let me know if that is something you are interested in.

61 Hidden Names for sugar

Here is a handy list: 61 Hidden Names for Sugar

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Eczema – A Grandmother’s Journey

Jo’s Journey with her Grandson who had Severe Eczema

What is Eczema you ask?

Eczema - Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic Dermatitis – is dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Scratching the skin can cause it to turn red, and to swell and itch even more.

Here is a real story with amazing results with just a few simple dietary suggestions as a result of a BioMeridian Scan.

Jo’s Grandson suffered from Eczema and had been to many doctors. The family was frustrated with no real good answers to how to best help this child. They went to Dermatologists and tried multiple kinds of creams and other remedies without good results.

Well – Le’ts let Jo Tell you in her own words:

Somewhere between the age of 1 and 2 my Grandson started being treated for Severe Eczema –

His Primary Care Doctor and even a Dermatologist continued to prescribe Steroids and other creams –

I helped my daughter with home remedies and she eliminated milk and other foods.

At one point the Dr did a blood test to identify allergies but nothing healed his skin.

The raw patches on the back of his knees, legs and feet were so severe that he got a staph infection,

I turned to Evelyn

Her scan results showed Gluten (which earlier I said we had eliminated foods but it was her total results that made the difference)

Sun Screen also showed as skin issue – which putting Sun Screen on his fair skin was always a fight and he would fuss and this we passed it off as just being difficult. We studied Gluten and became aware of everything that has Gluten – It was summer and we switched to a Zinc Sunscreen.

Evelyn suggested Digestive Enzymes, a Vitamin B Complex, and a Calcium Magnesium supplement.

The Little Guy detoxed for about 30 days and then his skin became clear and that little 5-year-old was so happy! He took over his health even at his young age, being aware of what he ate, and would remind you he needed the Enzymes.

This was something we struggled with for over 3 years and so Grateful for Evelyn and how she helped us.

In conclusion:
It was amazing to find out that the root of his skin problems came from within. That his digestive tract was yelling for help through his skin. His Eczema became so bad that he had sores on his legs. At one point the sores became infected with staph.

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Why Are Essential Oils So Effective So Quickly?

Essential Oils And there Effect on Every Cell in your body

Essential Oils are Natural, Effective & Safe but most importantly they work with the body to address issues and root causes on a cellular level. 

Essential Oils can pass through the Cell Membrane. 

We have put together a short video for you to explain this process. 

Oils contain hundreds of different compounds, providing complex and versatile abilities to combat threats without building up resistance. 

Oils work with the body to address issues & root causes on a cellular level. 

 

Silver Power

Silver Power – The “Power” of Colloidal Silver.

See this article by our Friend Jerry Petermann

Antibiotic Gloom and Doom

Over and over we are told the world is ending for modern medicine regarding the fight against germs and viruses of every form. We now know people are dying in hospitals from flesh-eating bacteria and the elderly are succumbing from upper respiratory infections by the hundreds of thousands.

What can be done? Hand-wringing… for sure. Research…yes. Money, money, money…you bet!

What if all of this was simply due to patents and control of the marketplace, not medicine? It’s true. Let me explain.

In ancient Egypt, batteries were produced to provide electricity for electroplating jewelry. Read More…

Nose Got You Running?

Seasonal Allergy Relief that is easy to take on the go

TriEase® Softgels were developed to protect against seasonal and environmental elements. Each softgel contains equal parts of Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint essential oils.

A wonderful mix of Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint 

The 3 oils combined in and easy to use softgel can’t be beat for your busy life. Lemon to cleanse, Peppermint to open the airways, and Lavender to sooth irritation. 

Nose got you running? Try Tri-Ease

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Contact us to learn how to get these and many other products at wholesale.

Melissa, Great for the Emotions

Melissa – Also known as Lemon Balm

With a sweet lemon fragrance, the Melissa plant, also known as melissa officinalis or lemon balm, is the herbaceous origin of Melissa essential oil.

One of Melissa’s many benefits is calming 

This rare oil is extracted from the leaf of the Melissa plant and is cherished by many for its broad array of uses and benefits. Melissa essential oil contains strong soothing properties, and, when used aromatically or topically, it can help promote feelings of relaxation and can assist in calming tension and nerves.

Applied to the center of the forearm – applied neat – people have been known to have excellent results. 

Melissa Essential Oil Blends well with other oils

Melissa blends well with citrus oils, geranium & lavender.

Additional details about Melissa Essential Oil

Melissa is a member of the mint family.

Distillation from the leaves and flower petals.

Melissa also know as Lemon Balm

Pine Fresh Room Spray

Make your own Siberian Fir Essential oil Room Spray

Eliminate odor, not cover it up!

Fill a glass spray bottle with water then add Siberian Fir for a refreshing room spray.

This is so simple yet smells so good!

If you have tried this tell us about your experience.

  • Use a 2 oz glass bottle for this recipe.
  • Place your 10 drops of Siberian Fir Essential oil in the spray bottle and fill with water.

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Rise and Shine

Good morning!

Wake your kids on the right side of the bed with this energizing diffuser blend. The sweet aromas of Tangerine and Lime blend perfectly with the minty, fresh scent of Spearmint for a perfect morning aroma.

Rise & Shine – Good Morning Diffuser blend

 

Place in your favorite diffuser.

The Spearmint Plant has a sweet refreshing aroma.

There are many uses for doTERRA Tangerine Essential oil is an aromatic citrus oils that promotes feelings of happiness.

Lime Essential oil from doTERRA is both refreshing and energizing in both aroma and taste.

YOUR Wake up and have a great morning blend!

A Touch of Passion

Stay interested in life and everything around you with doTERRA Passion

Only boring people get bored. Stay interesting with doTERRA Passion Touch – it counteracts feelings of boredom and disinterest!

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Feeling boredom or disinterest?

Let doTERRA Passion Touch Essential oil take over.

Passion Touch helps to rekindle feelings of excitement.

Herbal essential oils in this blend includes: Fractionated Coconut Oil, Cardamom Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root, Clove Bud, Sandalwood Wood, Jasmine Flower Absolute, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Damiana Leaf.

Be Inspired with the doTERRA Passion Blend

Tangerine Essential Oil

Tangerine is a Popular Citrus Essential Oil

Tangerine essential oil is a popular and flavorful addition to desserts and drinks from water to fruit smoothies.

Uses of Tangerine Essential Oil

Use Tangerine in any recipe calling for citrus fruits, or try adding 2–3 drops as a flavoring in your favorite cake or cookie recipes.

Some external uses of Tangerine essential oil

  • To energize and uplift mood, place 1–2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub together, and cup over the nose and mouth for 30 seconds or diffuse throughout the room
  • Apply to flex points or abdomen to promote feelings of happiness. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize sensitivity if needed

Historically Tangerine has had many Medicinal uses

Tangerine has a long history of use in Chinese culture and herbal health practices. The essential oil supports healthy digestion and metabolism.*

Tangerine has a sweet, tangy aroma, similar to other citrus oils, that is uplifting. Tangerine is known for its cleansing properties, and for supporting a healthy immune and respiratory system.*

Tangerine essential oil can be used to help soothe anxious feelings and manage stress. A popular and flavorful addition to desserts and drinks—from water to fruit smoothies—Tangerine can be used in any recipe calling for citrus fruits.

Purchase: Tangerine Essential Oil at PowerlineHealth.com

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Tangerine Essential Oil has a sweet tangy aroma
Tangerine Essential Oil – Soothing yet energizing – great to help manage stress

Clean Laundry Diffuser Blend

Do you love the smell of clean laundry?

Add these Essential oils to your favorite diffuser and enjoy!

  • 2 drops Purify,
  • 3 drops Siberian Fir, and
  • 3 drops Cypress

That smell of clean laundry, nothing like it!

Purify essential oil has many benefits.

Research shows that lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree oil all possess l antimicrobial properties that, when evaporated, can begin eradicating airborne fungi and bacteria within 30 to 60 minutes.

Siberian Fir Promotes feelings of easy breathing

Cypress Essential Oil has benefits to help circulation.

Don't you just love the smell of clean laundry?

This little diffuser works quite well:
InnoGear 150ml Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

The Secret Benefits of Whisper

What are the secret benefits of Whisper Essential oil Blend?

Whisper® is a complex and diverse blend. Regarded as the most precious flowers in the perfume and aromatherapy industries, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang’s euphoric aromas combine with the warm and spicy scents of Patchouli, Vanilla, Cinnamon, and Cocoa to make this blend unmatched in complexity and aromatic influence.

Whisper the Blend for Women

With an aroma as soft and warm as its name, doTERRA Whisper Blend for Women creates a uniquely personal fragrance by combining each individual’s chemistry with a diverse blend of essential oils.

Favorite Ways to use Whisper Essential Oil

  • Apply to wrists, back of neck, and pulse points for a distinct and individual fragrance.
  • Diffuse or add to clay pendants for a unique aromatic experience.
  • Dispense one to two drops in the palm of the hand and rub on clothing, scarves, and coats to experience calming emotions throughout the day.

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Petitgrain: The Manly Lavender

See why Dr. Hill calls Petitgrain the “Manly Lavender.”

Petitgrain Essential Oils is used both in colognes and to help create a restful environment before bed.

The Amazing Health Benefits of Petitgrain Essential Oil

  • Petitgrain is an excellent substitute when you want the relaxing benefits of Lavender in a more masculine scent.
  • Petitgrain Essential oil has helped people come off of tranquilizers and other things and help them find restful sleep without the use of addictive medications.
  • May help support healthy cardiovascular function*
  • May provide antioxidant support*
  • May support healthy immune function*

The Origin of Petitgrain Essential Oil

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Bergamot Essential Oil 

It’s Tuesday Tip-off! Sleepytime tea with Bergamot

Calming and soothing aroma of Bergamot Essential Oil

Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce feelings of stress and to soothe and rejuvenate skin. In Greece, the unripe fruits are used as sweetmeats, eaten by the spoonful as a dessert or with coffee. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect.

Some of the uses of Bergamot Essential Oil are: 

  • Diffuse in the classroom, at work, or at home when stress levels or tension is high
  • Apply to the skin while showering and inhale deeply to experience its calming aroma while enjoying its purifying skin benefits
  • Change regular tea to Earl Grey with the addition of Bergamot
  • Apply to the feet before bedtime or use with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil for a calming and relaxing massage
  • Add one to two drops to your DIY skin care cleanser (1)

Primary Benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil

  • Calming and soothing aroma
  • Provides skin purifying benefits
  • Frequently used in massage therapy for its calming benefits

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Reference:

  1. doTERRA.com

Do you have a favorite loose tea you like to use? These Tea Mugs with Infuser are so cool!

Freshen Your Home With Oils

This refreshing room spray is a great spring blend to start this season off right. Fill a glass spray bottle with water and add 3 drops Lime, 3 drops Lavender, and 1 drop Ylang Ylang.

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Contact us to learn more about these oils. I would be delighted to sit down with you and show how easy they are to incorporate into your every day life.

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