March 18, 2013

Vitamin D Deficient

Posted in VITAMINS tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:12 pm by PCOSLady

PCOS Lady:
I just had my Vitamin D level tested… Good is 50-80 i am at 8.4 low… Not good! A sure indicator i have something eating at it in me… I am sure of “bad”parasites!
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My primary doctor’s office rep said most all of the patients checked are real low… They have no idea why she added…
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I copied the whole page…The author is from the UK…
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http://www.h-pylori-symptoms.com/why-do-people-become-vitamin-d-deficient/
Why Do People Become Vitamin-D Deficient?
On 01.26.13 • In Diet • by Dave Hompes
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There are actually two forms of vitamin D: vitamin D3 and vitamin D2.
Vitamin D3 is also called cholecalciferol. It is formed in the skin upon exposure to the sun.
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Vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) comes from food and some types of nutritional supplements.
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Once vitamins D3 and D2 have been formed, they are transported in the blood to the liver where chemical transformation occurs to create a molecule called 25-Hydroxyvitamin-D.
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This chemical is important as it is the primary form of circulating vitamin D and is one that is most frequently measured in vitamin D Testing, which I’ll teach you about very soon.
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There is enormous concern over the occurrence of poor vitamin D status and some prominent researchers have identified vitamin D deficiency as pandemic…
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The consequences of vitamin D deficiency are also of great concern in healthcare. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with:
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~ Osteoporosis (as vitamin D is needed for proper calcium absorption from the gut)
~ Cancer
~ Autoimmune diseases such as type I diabetes and multiple sclerosis
~ Childhood immune-related illnesses and symptoms, including wheezing (which is extremely common!)
~ Poor ability to fight infection (including H pylori)
~ Mood and energy levels (especially S.A.D syndrome, where folk suffer with depression and low energy in the winter months)
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How Can You Become Deficient In Vitamin D?
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Well, there are two obvious reasons why we have such an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency:
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Lack of Sun Exposure
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In order for vitamin D3 to be formed in our skin, we must have exposure to UV radiation from the sun!
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Problem number One is that, at high latitudes, there is not enough sunshine during the year, full stop!
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Problem number Two is that even in places where there is enough sunshine, we spend too much time indoors (at work, etc).
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Problem number Three is that even when we do venture outside, we wear clothes and we don’t expose enough skin to the UV rays.
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Problem number Four is that even when we do get our kit off, we plaster ourselves with large amounts of toxic sunscreen that acts like a thick layer of clothing and prevents the sun’s rays getting through to our skin (largely due to the fact that we are told that the sun is “bad” for us and that exposure causes skin cancer).
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Vitamin D Deficiency is a Human Behaviour Problem (& One of Profit-Driven Scare-Mongering)
Of course, if you stay out in the midday sun having not had much exposure, you’re going to get burned!
But this is a human behavior problem, not the fault of the sun! The sun drives life on this planet. The notion that it is in some way ‘bad’ for us is ridiculous.
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It is “spin” that has been driven by profit-seeking companies who want to sell sunscreen. Incidentally, these companies often happen to be the very same ones who recommend drugs like antacids for heartburn, even though heartburn is most often caused by low stomach acid already.
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Lack of Vitamin D2 In Your Diet
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Oily fish (wild-caught, not farmed) are good sources of vitamin D2. Eggs can be good sources as long as they are organic. Beef liver is good for D2 as well.
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The list below is copied from Wikipedia:
Catfish, 85 g (3 oz) provides 425 IU (5 IU/g)
Salmon, cooked, 100 g (3.5 oz) provides 360 IU (3.6 IU/g)
Mackerel, cooked, 100 g (3.5 oz), 345 IU (3.45 IU/g)
Sardines, canned in oil, drained, 50 g (1.75 oz), 250 IU (5 IU/g)
Tuna, canned in oil, 100 g (3.5 oz), 235 IU (2.35 IU/g)
Eel, cooked, 100 g (3.5 oz), 200 IU (2.00 IU/g)
A whole egg provides 20 IU if egg weighs 60 g (0.33 IU/g)
Beef liver, cooked, 100 g (3.5 oz), provides 15 IU (0.15 IU/g)
Fish liver oils, such as cod liver oil, 1 Tbs. (15 ml) provides 1360 IU (90.6 IU/ml)
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The problem is that many of us simply don’t eat anywhere near enough of these foods to get enough vitamin D2 for our bodies to use.
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The issue can be complicated even further by the fact that so many people have problems with gut function.
Gluten intolerance, processed foods, chronic digestive infections such as H pylori, fungal overgrowth and parasites can all impact our ability to digest and absorb protein-rich and fatty foods.
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Low stomach acid levels (hypochloridia), low levels of pancreatic digestive enzymes and sluggish liver/gallbladder function can all prevent proper absorption of all the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K, CoQ10).
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Summary
Vitamin D is such an important vitamin that we simply cannot afford to be deficient! Cancer, autoimmune illness, infections, inflammation, mood and energy levels can all result from lower than optimal levels of this vital nutrient.
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Lack of sun exposure is a massive problem, even in countries where the sun shines a lot (because most of us work indoors)
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Lack of dietary intake and poor digestive function also contribute to Vitamin D deficiency.
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As we’re having an “Indian Summer” here in the UK, I am going out to sunbathe!

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September 20, 2012

Walking Barefoot for Good Health

Posted in NATURAL WELL BEING tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:46 pm by PCOSLady

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/20/barefoot-on-electron-deficiency.aspx?e_cid=20120920_DNL_art_1
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Why Walking Barefoot Might Be an Essential Element of Good Health
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September 20 2012
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By Dr. Mercola
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When’s the last time you kicked off your shoes and reveled in the feeling of the Earth under your feet?
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Been awhile?
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It may sound hard to believe, but engaging in this simple pleasure could give your health a much-needed boost.
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Often it is the case that engaging in activities that feel good on an intrinsic level really are good for your health — like the feeling of the afternoon sun warming your bare skin.
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Walking barefoot outside, with the soles of your feet free to mesh with the surface of the Earth – an activity known as Earthing, or grounding — is another such case.
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I have been personally intrigued with grounding for nearly seven years and have been seeking to ground myself most of the time.
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This is a fascinating leading-edge concept, and I would strongly encourage you to carefully read the featured article for more details.
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You are an Electrical Being, and the Earth’s Surface is Electrically Conductive
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You are an electrical being — your body regularly produces positive charges, which can oxidize and harm you if it is excessive..
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The Earth’s surface is electrically conductive; it maintains a negative charge with its free electron supply continually replenished by the global atmospheric electrical circuit.
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A Review of Earthing Research Shows Significant Benefits
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In a new article published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, researchers reviewed the Earthing research, revealing an impressive impact on a variety of health conditions. Most of the studies involved indoor testing methods that simulated being barefoot outdoors. This was found to offer improvements in the following conditions:
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~ Sleep disturbances, including sleep apnea
~ Chronic muscle and joint pain, and other types of pain
~ Asthmatic and respiratory conditions
~ Rheumatoid arthritis
~ PMS
~ Hypertension
~ Energy levels
~ Stress
~ Immune system activity and response
~ Heart rate variability
~ Primary indicators of osteoporosis
~ Fasting glucose levels among people with diabetes
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PCOS Lady:
I love walking barefoot! Now i know the health benefits for it… Spiritual people know about grounding and the importance in it… Go barefoot’n!
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Another invaluable benefit is this: when your body is grounded, researchers write, “its electrical potential becomes equalized with the Earth’s electrical potential through a transfer of electrons from the Earth to the body.” This, in turn, offers an “umbrella” of protection against the electromagnetic fields that are now ubiquitous in our environment. The paper continues:
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“The study confirms the “umbrella” effect of earthing the body explained by Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman in his lectures on electromagnetism. Feynman said that when the body’s potential is the same as the Earth’s electric potential (and thus grounded), it becomes an extension of the Earth’s gigantic electric system. The Earth’s potential thus becomes the “working agent that cancels, reduces, or pushes away electric fields from the body.”
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Most of the scientists working in this area now believe that the beneficial effects are mediated through reduction in inflammation and a thinning of the blood. In fact the blood thinning effect is so profound that if you are taking blood thinners it is recommended to immediately consult with your doctor, as most likely your blood thinner will need to be lowered.
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Two Ways to Make Sure You Stay Grounded
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The effects of grounding appear to be so profound that researchers suggest health practitioners prescribe outdoor “barefoot sessions” as the weather permits. This is as simple as it sounds – you kick off your shoes and socks and walk barefoot on the grass, the dirt, the sand or whatever “Earth” is available to you. Studies suggest that benefits such as pain relief and stress reduction may occur in just 30-80 minutes of barefoot time a day.
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This can obviously be a challenge during the winter, or if you live in an urban area without easy access to parks or other barefoot-friendly surfaces, so the other option is to use a grounding or Earthing pad, which allows you to get the benefits of the Earth’s electrons even if you’re indoors, especially when you’re sleeping. I’ve been using one for several months now, especially when I travel by plane, as air travel is a suspected cause of weakening bio-electric currents.
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So, like access to regular sun exposure, walking barefoot outside is a grossly neglected foundational practice that you can easily correct. In the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, researchers concluded:
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“Emerging evidence shows that contact with the Earth—whether being outside barefoot or indoors connected to grounded conductive systems—may be a simple, natural, and yet profoundly effective environmental strategy against chronic stress, ANS [autonomic nervous system] dysfunction, inflammation, pain, poor sleep, disturbed HRV [heart rate variability], hypercoagulable blood, and many common health disorders, including cardiovascular disease.
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The research done to date supports the concept that grounding or earthing the human body may be an essential element in the health equation along with sunshine, clean air and water, nutritious food, and physical activity.”
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Read the entire article on the site…
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NOTE
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PCOS Lady:
Doctors rarely ever tell you to walk barefoot outside! Makes me think and realize they wouldn’t cause we would not be as sick as we are if we did walk outside barefoot grounding ourselves…
~ I remember seeing on TV years ago a man wake up in the am with the bottom half of his arm missing, no blood…
~ The electrical charge in his body blew it off! Cauterized it as well…
~ Sure is something to remember!
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SITES
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GOOGLE:
earthing
grounding

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