Environmental factors like your diet, drinking water, and living environment all play a tremendous role in your overall health and wellness.
It’s easy to assume you’re getting enough nutrients like omega-3s and vitamin D from food and supplements – and in the case with vitamin D, through sunlight exposure. But are you really? Do your blood levels reflect the best amounts for optimal health?
And how about levels in your body of the things you don’t want, like glycogen, the active ingredient in Roundup that’s widely used on yards, in parks, and on crops, even ones that aren’t genetically engineered.
What about your drinking water? Are you drinking and showering in tap water that contains easily absorbed contaminants?
Finally, your home and workplace…
An estimated 40 percent of buildings in America, including at least one in four homes, may be affected by toxic mold that can cause serious health problems – hence the term “sick building syndrome.”
Do you live or work in one of them?
There’s also the potential for other environmental concerns, like bed bugs and dust mites. Both may be much closer than you think. Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles all held top honors for bed bug infestations in 2017!
And dust mites… They are very likely in your bedding and pillows right now, as they’re drawn to moist, warm environments and feed off dead skin cells.
Just thinking about either of these disgusting critters is enough to make your skin crawl. Plus, they can make your life miserable, especially if you’re allergic.
You’ll be relieved to hear there’s an easy way to find out if any of these issues are a problem for you. Imagine the relief you’ll feel knowing they’re not. Or even if you do receive unwelcomed news, you’ll be better prepared to take swift remedial action.
When you do the right tests, you can identify and measure the problem. As you’ll soon see, they’re two important first steps in taking control of your health!
Knowing Your Omega-3 and Vitamin D3 Levels Could Help Save Your Life
According to a recently published study, a large portion of the world’s population is woefully deficient in omega-3s. As you can see in the map below, compared to most other areas, North America has the lowest blood levels of all – less than four percent.
The average Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) levels in the blood cells of the world's population
Higher omega-3 levels are more beneficial for your body, especially for your heart, colon, bone, brain, and immune health. Levels of eight percent and above are considered ideal. Four percent and below are associated with health issues and chronic disorders.
As serious as an omega-3 deficiency truly is, a vitamin D deficiency may be the world’s single deadliest deficiency.
An estimated 85 percent of Americans aren’t getting enough of the “sunshine vitamin” that’s crucial for healthy cell growth, nerve and brain health, bone health, a healthy weight, and optimal care for your muscles, heart and other organs.
By regularly measuring your vitamin D3 and omega-3 levels, you can identify where you stand so you can personalize your dosing to raise your levels into a healthy range.
Don’t Wait One More Day… Test Your Levels Today With This Revolutionary Vitamin D and Omega-3 Index Test
You can’t tell by looking in a mirror if you are deficient in vitamin D or omega-3s. The only real way to know is to get tested.
As part of a consumer-sponsored research project directed by Grassroots Health, we’re offering a third party, combined test kit that measures both vitamin D3 and omega-3 blood levels.
The goal of this worldwide research project is to gather information on the population’s vitamin D and omega-3 levels to better understand these nutrients and their deficiencies.
A win-win for you and researchers, the Vitamin D and Omega-3 Testing Kit allows you to find out your levels so you can take immediate corrective action.
This test measures the omega-3s in your red blood cells, which is the best way to measure levels since the fatty acids are found in your red blood cell membranes. This is where the omega-3 fats DHA and EPA do much of their work.
After you personalize your dosing of omega-3s and vitamin D3 to meet your goals, I recommend testing again in three to six months to see how your levels have responded.
By participating in this project, which shares your results (anonymously, of course), you not only find out your own levels but you also provide researchers with the opportunity to learn more about vitamin D and omega-3 in the population. Plus, you get to be a part of an important initiative to help end vitamin D and omega-3 deficiencies.
Find out your levels and help researchers today!
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How Much of This “Probable Carcinogen” Is in Your Body Right Now?
Did you know that glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup® – is the most widely used weed-killing chemical on farms, lawns, schoolyards, golf courses and other public spaces?
A mainstay for use on genetically engineered crops, glyphosate is also used on many crops that aren’t genetically modified.
Not only do farmers use glyphosate to kill weeds, they also use it to speed up the harvest of non-organic crops like legumes, wheat and oats.
The use of glyphosate continues to rise exponentially. As of 2016, its use in certain states, especially the Midwest, had risen to about 80 times greater than in 1992. The glyphosate market is predicted to potentially double by 2021.
Here’s what concerns me about that… On March 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) named glyphosate a “probable carcinogen”. This means glyphosate can probably cause cancer in your body.
Independent labs have revealed alarming levels of glyphosate in many popular foods, as well as beverages, drugs, water sources and soil. Unfortunately, the U.S. government isn’t testing for the chemical in food and water to protect you.
Other than the limited independent testing that’s done on select foods, there is no other way to know how much glyphosate is in your food or your water – or the levels you are exposed to in the environment. Until now…
Glyphosate Can No Longer Hide… Now There’s an Easy Way to Find Out How Much Is in Your Water – and Inside Your Body
You no longer need to wonder how much glyphosate you’re being exposed to. Now you can find out how much glyphosate is in your water and in your body.
As part of its crowd-sourced research project on environmental exposure to glyphosate and water sampling program, the Health Research Institute (HRI) has developed a series of Glyphosate Water Test Kits that will allow you to determine glyphosate levels in your water source and in your body.
HRI is my preferred lab for testing, as it uses state-of-the art mass spectroscopy and delivers accurate, meaningful results, unlike other labs I’ve tried.
When you participate in its glyphosate exposure studies, both you and HRI benefit. You:
- Contribute valuable information to help HRI better understand the extent of glyphosate exposure and contamination.
- Learn whether or not glyphosate is in your drinking and bathing water as well as inside your body.
The Glyphosate Water Test Kit allows you to test a sample of your tap water, lake water, water fountain water, bottled water or other water supply. The test kit includes everything you need – simply send your water sample and completed survey to the address provided for testing.
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More Than 70% of Americans Have Detectable Levels of Glyphosate in Their Bodies – What About You?
What about the glyphosate already inside your body?
If you’d like to find out more about your actual exposure to this toxic herbicide from all sources, in addition to or instead of the water test, I recommend either Urine Test Kit from HRI or its Hair Test Kit.
Please note, not all glyphosate tests are reliable or meaningful. When choosing a test, look for two things:
- The lab measures the breakdown product AMPA in addition to glyphosate.
- The results are reported in parts per billion (ppb) and not the misleading micrograms/gram of creatinine.
I believe HRI tests for glyphosate are the most sensitive and affordable screens available in North America. Both its Glyphosate Urine Test and Glyphosate Hair Test screen for AMPA, the main metabolite of glyphosate, at no extra cost. This is important because you must take both glyphosate and AMPA into account to more fully assess your exposure to glyphosate.
The Glyphosate Urine Test Kit includes a container for you to provide a urine sample, a link to the online survey and postage-paid packaging to return your sample for analysis. In a few weeks, you will receive information on how your levels compare with others and what you can do to help reduce your exposure.
HRI’s newest and better test for long-term exposure (two to three months) is the HRI Glyphosate Hair Test.
With this test, you provide a two-inch (or less) hair sample clipped close to your scalp and simply fill out the short online survey.
When you order the test, you’ll receive a hair sample collection kit that includes a paper scale, foil wrapper and postage-paid specimen bag for you to return your hair sample directly to HRI as well as the link to the online survey.
Just like the Urine Test, you’ll receive your results in a few weeks.
Order your test kits today to find out how much glyphosate you’re being exposed to in your water, food, beverages and other environmental sources.
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When Was the Last Time You Tested Your Well Water for Contaminants?
Most people assume their drinking and bathing water is clean and doesn’t contain potentially dangerous contaminants. But is it really?
Substances like heavy metals, volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, herbicides, and trihalomethanes are, for the most part, odorless, tasteless, and not visible to the naked eye.
If you have a private or shared well, there’s a good chance it hasn’t been tested since you moved into your home – or ever. Well water is unregulated or at least under-regulated almost everywhere.
Turning a blind eye to what may be in your well water, and neglecting to test it, is, in my opinion, a big mistake. You never know what could be there...
The Deluxe Test Kit for Well Water includes a 103-item check for:
- Bacteria (presence or absence for coliform and E. coli)
- Twenty-two (22) heavy metals and minerals
- Six (6) other inorganic chemicals
- Five (5) physical characteristics
- Forty-seven (47) VOCs
- Twenty (20) pesticides, herbicides and PCBs
With this comprehensive test, a private, independent company tests your well water, no matter where you live in the U.S. You will receive your test kit with containers and complete instructions. Simply follow the instructions, complete the order form, and ship to the address provided.
You’ll receive your test results and analysis about two weeks from the date your samples are received at the laboratory.
Give yourself the peace of mind that only real knowledge can provide – take the important step today so you can rest assure that your drinking and bathing water are as pure as can be.
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How Clean Is Your Municipal Water – Really?
What’s probably a surprise to many, an analysis of 30 million state water records by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals no shortage of pollutants in Americans’ tap water.
On the EWG site, you can enter your zip code or city and find the latest testing results as well as the history of contaminants found.
When I used to visit the city of Hoffman Estates, where the former Illinois Mercola.com offices were located, I found a recent history of these contaminants:
- Nine (9) contaminants detected above health guidelines, all of which are linked to cancer: Arsenic, Bromodichloromethane, Chloroform, Chromium (hexavalent), Dibromochloromethane, Dichloroacetic acid, Radiological contaminants, and Total trihalomethanes
- The sources of this pollution include agriculture, industry, treatment byproducts, and naturally occurring substances
What’s in your water? Just because your municipality may periodically test for contaminants, it’s no guarantee your water is clear when you use it!
Plus, their tests only reflect the quality of the water when it leaves the water works. It doesn’t reflect the condition of your pipes or equipment.
Of course, your best protection against any type of contaminant is a whole house water filtration system, which you can find in my online store.
Keep in mind, what you absorb through your skin during bathing or showering may be even more hazardous than what you get from the water you drink!
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Are Hidden Mold and Mycotoxins Making You Sick?
As I said earlier, an estimated 40 percent of buildings in America, including at least one in four homes, is believed to be affected by toxic mold that can cause serious health problems.
Several years back, I personally experienced a major mold issue in my home, so I know first hand how frustrating and potentially hazardous mold can be to both health and your pocketbook.
One of the biggest problems with mold is the mycotoxins it produces. Their effects on your organs and systems can be more serious than even pesticides and heavy metals.
Mold, a type of fungi, can be extremely difficult to detect. You can’t always see it as it often grows out of sight inside of walls, behind wallpaper or even within furniture. It can occur as a result of poor construction or water intrusion from leaky pipes and windows.
When mold grows in your home or workplace, you can be nearly certain it is in your air as well. Inhaling mold spores can enter your lungs and trigger health issues.
How can you tell if mold is growing in your home or workplace?
You may or may not notice a musty, mildew odor, see mold growing, or find water stains. If you do, these are signs that suggest you may have a mold issue.
Bodily signs are another clue… You may notice mood changes, fatigue, headaches, rashes, digestive issues, joint aches and pains, and even forgetfulness and poor concentration.
Now you can test for mold or fungi in your home or workplace two different ways: In the air or on surfaces with our easy to use, do-it-yourself test kits:
- The Air Mold Test Kit (also known as the Mold Screen Check) analyzes your indoor air for hundreds of mold types and fungal propagules or airborne spores and provides concentration levels of each.
- The Surface Mold Test Kit (also known as the Fungi Screen Check) uses a swab test cultured from a visible sample to identify genus types and concentration levels for environmental fungi as well as total bacteria.
Both test kits come with everything you need to sample your indoor air or a single surface in one location. Once you collect your sample and return it as instructed, you’ll receive a final lab analysis and report by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab).
Don’t let hidden, or even visible mold threaten your health and indoor air quality. Take action today and find out if mold is threatening you, your family, and pets.
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When the Bed Bugs Come Biting…
There are few things that disgust the majority of people as much as bed bugs. And if you’ve ever known anyone who’s been unfortunate enough to discover an infestation in their home, you know the misery they can create.
Unfortunately, their ill effects don’t end with the eradication of the last bug. Bed bugs can cause lasting anxiety and fear in those affected for years afterwards.
Bed bugs are found in every U.S. state. These small parasitic insects don’t discriminate – they can take up residence in the finest five-star hotels as well as day care centers, schools, cruise ships, and libraries.
And they spread very easily. When you visit an infested locale, one or more can hop a ride home on your clothes, backpack or suitcase!
While not a concern for disease spread, bed bugs can cause allergic reactions, uncomfortable itching, and severe emotional distress just from knowing they’re sharing your space.
Bed bugs are one of the most challenging pests to identify and to treat. Mostly hidden out of sight, they emerge at night while you’re asleep. When they bite, you typically don’t notice or feel the bites until at least a day later, and even then, they resemble mosquito bites.
At the first sign of light, bed bugs retreat into mattress seams, bed frames, dressers, headboards, cracks and crevices, and even behind wallpaper.
Experts agree, early detection is key to effective bed bug control. The sooner you know you have a problem, the more effective you can be at controlling and eradicating them.
The Bed Bug Test Kit (also known as the Bed Bug Screen Check) is a do-it-yourself test designed to help you find out if you have bed bugs in your home, or if you’ve had a prior bed bug infestation, the treatment has been successful.
The Bed Bug Test Kit comes with its own collection device for three locations. I recommend testing areas where you spend the most time, including your bed, couch and other upholstered furniture.
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One of the Creepiest Critters Alive, Dust Mites Thrive Wherever You Call Home
Dust mites are tiny creatures that feed off your dead skin cells, so they live wherever you are.
Invisible to the human eye, dust mites thrive in temperatures between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and in the higher humidity levels found in moist environments like bedding and pillows.
There are more dust mites in your bedroom and your bedding than anywhere else in your home. Even brand new conventional bedding may be totally colonized within 6 weeks, which is why I prefer dust mite-resistant wool bedding and pillows.
While dust mites don’t bite or spread disease, an approximate 10 percent of the population is allergic to dust mites’ fecal droppings and body parts. Signs of dust mite allergy include skin irritation, respiratory issues, and headache.
The Dust Mite Test Kit (also known as the Dust Mite Screen Check) is a quick and easy way to find out to what degree your home may be affected. This do-it-yourself screening kit:
- Identifies dust mite allergens
- Screen tests for dust mite particulate, and Der p1 and Der f1 – the two major dust mite allergens found in high concentrations in the mite’s feces
- Includes sample collection device for collecting a solid dust sample from the carpet in your home or workplace
- Includes a final report by Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) identifying concentration levels of dermatophagoides mite allergen reported in micrograms, comparing your levels to normal, manageable levels
Once you’ve collected your sample using the included device, simply return it to EDLab using the envelope provided. Your lab report will be generated and emailed to you within 3 to 5 business days.
Take action today and find out how dust mites might be impacting your comfort and well-being.
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Take Control of Your Health by Measuring the State of Your Health and Your Indoor Environment
Whoever famously said “ignorance is bliss” sure didn’t know a whole lot about health and well-being…
Don’t stick your head in the sand or make unfounded assumptions about the state of your health and the condition of your living environment. If you’re wrong, the price could cost you your health and that of your loved ones, pets included.
Smaller in size, children and animals stand to lose even more than you.
Take action today and find out the truth. Only by knowing the complete picture can you create a plan that works best for your situation.
Whether it be mold, water contaminants, glyphosate, dust mites, bed bugs, or your levels of vitamin D3 and omega-3s, you can take control.
Knowledge is bliss. Test and measure with our full line of test kits – order yours today!