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Post Show Psychosis – A real problem that affects many body building competitors

Post Show Psychosis – A real problem that affects many body building competitors

Dolores Van Bourgondien

Post Show Psychosis Syndrome – Post Bikini Competition or even Pre Show Advice !

 

You’ve trained for months, sacrificed friends, families, dates, food and alcohol, missed out on parties, showed up at a function with dinner in a Tupperware or Ziploc. You’ve risen at 430 for fasted cardio and closed your day with weights.   You’ve Prepped, primped, weighed and measured and now, post show, nearly instantaneously you have fallen into a depression.  Nothing seems to work, nothing can get planned or organized and you’re eating like you’re going to the electric chair!!! Does this sound like you???

OK so “psychosis” may be a strong word BUT it is defined as “characterized by an impaired relationship with reality” and many competitors feel this, post show to some degree.  Their thoughts are far from realistic and often downright delusional!  And a syndrome is defined as a group of symptoms that consistently occur together or a condition characterized by a set of associated symptoms or a characteristic combination of opinions, emotions, or behavior. Competitors far and wide (US, Ireland, Australia and more) all show the exact same thoughts, moods and emotions post show ranging from statements of feeling fat and fluffy to feeling inadequate and like failures.

As an ARNP (and competitor) I’m taught to look for signs and symptoms of psychosis, especially when these signs or symptoms are clustered together.  What I have noticed is that there is a post show “Psychosis Syndrome”, and competitor’s world wide are experiencing these symptoms; some mental/emotional and some physical.  The following are 5 Symptoms that many competitors will experience post show.  Its not only important to identify these symptoms but to also offer what are viable solutions or “treatments” so that many can avoid these mentally, emotionally and physically debilitating pit falls.

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  1. Post Show Crash – All the comments, congrats, best wishes, compliments. The exhilaration of walking on stage, the feeling of “I’ve done it” !!!! and then the focus or attention is no longer on you. Competitors fall into a funk and many people find it hard to deal with the lack of attention. Don’t forget for many months’ friends and support systems have been pushed away as you strive for that bikini or figure body.  You have ignored invitations and social outings and friends, while supportive, have gone on with their lives.  Competitors often don’t have a post show goal.  For 12 – 16 weeks your focus has been on one thing, getting to the stage.  Now What?????  The let down of having nothing to focus on often outweighs the success of your accomplishment.  Lets not talk about the expectations of placing?  What if you have done absolutely everything possible to achieve that amazing bikini body.  What if your coach, friends and family all think that you should place (top 3 or 5) what if you don’t what if you are 5th call outs in a group of 25 and you are squarely on the wings.   We are all human and no one likes rejection or criticism.

 

Solutions:  Competitors need to be realistic! This needs to be fun! This shouldn’t consume your life!

Strike a Balance:  While prepping try to strike a balance with friends and family – arrange a coffee date instead of at the bar, have lunch dates and socialize with friends instead of dinners and If you have family functions try to plan ahead – look at restaurant menus and come up with a selection of foods that work or bring our own foods.

Set a Realistic Prep Time Frame:    Also try to embark on a prep that doesn’t mean that you are constantly deprived for 12, 16 o r20 weeks, a prep that is realistic and fits in with life and a lifestyle and which may actually be longer than a 16-week prep.

Get a Great Coach:  Choose a coach that is realistic and honest and has both your best interests AND your health and sanity in mind.

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2.  Feelings of Inadequacy and  Depression
–   Many competitors feel inadequate after a show (again this is out of touch with reality) and this also coupled with depression. Many competitors fall into a complete “funk” immediately after a show.  Depression is defined as feelings of dejection and despondency and is manifested by feelings of sadness, loss of appetite or increase in appetite, loss of feelings of satisfaction or pleasure. Difficulty sleeping and lack of energy and increased fatigue and feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy.  Competitors may also have difficulty concentrating or making decisions.  What complicates things further is that a lot of these symptoms are also felt from dehydration, lack of carbs and intense training so its difficult to distinguish real depression post show from just the side effects of what your body has been through in the last few weeks pre show and peak week itself.

 

Many didn’t do as well as planned or expected, many compare themselves, negatively             to their competition, many will state I was bloated, felt fat, I felt clumsy etc.  Comparison is the thief of joy!!!  DON’T compare yourself to others think of the things that you have accomplished in this journey.  You stuck to a plan, you should have improved your health and wellness, you achieved a goal many don’t.  Would you beat yourself up as much if you had completed an Ironman, swan a mile race, learned a new language.

Solution:

Focus on the positive and look at what you have accomplished and learned

You Learned how to fuel your body and to weight lift

You planned a goal and maintained the discipline necessary to achieve that goal

You inspired others – this is huge along the way you have definitely inspired many.  You may be the reason why someone loses weight, improves their health or even dedicates themselves to a goal.

 

Feeling “blue” can be common after the show as emotions dip and the hype diminishes BUT when these feelings last more than 3-4 weeks after your metabolism has settled and as your hormone levels readjust sufferers should seek professional help

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  1. Weight Gain– Yes this is probably one of the biggest mine fields.  Many competitors have dropped considerable amounts of weigh to get to the stage and let’s get one thing straight immediately – YOUR STAGE BODY IS NOT YOUR LIFE BODY!!!!! PHEW.  Maybe this should be the title of this article because is is probably the single most distressing mind F*** with competing.  Most competitors should be told that their life body they will probably see about 2 weeks prior to competition and they need to be happy with THIS body – usually 10 lbs. above stage weight, this is sustainable.    Many competitors eat after a competition as if they’re  going to the electric chair (guilty as charged) and for many this mentality lasts well beyond the competition (guilty as charged) now the competitor has to cope with a steady and consistent weight gain until they realize WTF I need to get this under control.

 

Solution:  Reverse diet, again reverse diet, again reverse diet.  The night of the competition and even the day after you can have a cheat meal but look at it like just a meal and just that day.  Most competitions happen on a Saturday in the US so take Saturday night and even Sunday as a cheat day but on Sunday prep meals as you have done for the last 12-20 weeks and have those meals on hand.

Competition Prep packages should include 1 month AFTER the competition – Just my opinion, and you will get your moneys worth and more by paying for an additional month of guidance after the competition is over.  Ask any competitor out there and they will tell you that immediately post show is 10 times harder than the prep itself.

So what’s reverse dieting.  The day of the show your metabolism is probably at its lowest functioning level, you may be depleted, you may have used keto, carb cycling and more to get to your stage goal – Reverse dieting with a great coach who is knowledgeable allows you to add foods back into your diet while also allowing your metabolism to increase to pre- show levels.  As with getting to the stage reverse dieting is highly individualized and tailored to the individual competitor.

 

Doing a longer, slower and less restrictive prep will in the long run allow you to return to preshow levels at a more controlled rate.

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  1. Injury – What Mark Van Bourgondien noticed training The Synergy Show Stoppers Team was that post show many competitors returned to pre show workouts too quickly with a higher incidence of injuries.  Also injuries that competitors had worked through to get to the stage now become insurmountable obstacles to returning to preshow levels. Just as he trained competitors to Reverse Diet he felt that many competitors needed to Reverse Exercise giving their bodies time to recover from the strenuous and demanding workouts they had performed leading up to show.  All competitors Reverse Exercise for 4 weeks post show and this has dramatically decreased injuries while also increasing compliance with returning to the gym.  What Mark had noticed was that there was a high rate of slacking off post show when competitors were scared to return to the gym or frustrated that they were not able to perform to the levels they had achieved about 4 weeks out.  These obstacles dissipated with Reverse Exercising.

 

Solution; Slowly increase workouts and activity immediately post show.  You will not be able to return the day after the show to the intense training that you had been doing and exercise should be tapered up the same way as food is reintroduced.  The following is a sample of how the Synergy Show Stoppers are reversed exercised.

 

Reverse Exercise Sample – 4 Station Split

Week 1:   Warm Up Session only – Light Treadmill Work Daily

Week 2:    Warm Up Session, Station one, Light Treadmill Work Daily

Week 3:  Warm Up Session, Station one, Station Two Light Treadmill work Daily

Week 4:  Warm Up Session, Station one, Station Two, Station Three Light Treadmill work Daily

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  1. Blame Game – So let’s talk about blame! Yes, blame – a lot of competitors blame themselves for not placing, not being the best, not having done enough.  Even more competitors blame others; their coaches, the judges, other competitors, hair stylists, makeup artists, suit creators for their not placing or doing as well as they could.  STOP!!!!  There is no blame, this is a subjective sport with multiple multiple variables.   Who showed up on the day, did you show up on the day, did you genuinely do everything possible, was it a big show or small show, did multiple other teams show up.    Were you ready, not ready? Were you going on stage, at all costs,  without being stage ready. Does it really matter.  What competitors need to know from the start is that while the sport is great fun and rewarding you ultimately have to have a thick skin.  You have to be able to accept criticism that is meant to be constructive but is extremely personal you will be judged on your body its flaws and imperfections.  You will be judged on suit selection, bling, hair make up, posing as well as body conditioning and symmetry.  You HAVE to know the “standards” for each category and you also have to trust a coach when they say you’re not ready, need more conditioning, need to lose more weight or fat, need to develop better quads or shoulders to develop overall symmetry etc.  This advice is not a criticism – it is coaching and training so pick another show.  This sport can be difficult but no one likes a sore loser and the most amazing competitors are gracious in defeat.  If you do feel things are unfair be gracious and sportsmanlike, smile and move on and NEVER publicly blame anyone.  If you want to you can have a constructive discussion with your coach and talk to your family and close friends (though they may be too invested to be subjective)

 

Last words, if you have not been dissuaded by this article,  then enter a competition, they are great fun, you meet great people and you can achieve goals many do not.  The best advice I can give is :

  • Get a Great Coach
  • Create a realistic Plan
  • Set Realistic Mini Goals
  • Prep your Food
  • Reverse Diet
  • Reverse Train

 

But ultimately Have Fun!!!

Synergy Health and Wellness   Dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net

For more confidential help or if you have a topic you would like discussed – you can call me at 561-866-1211.  Thanks Dolores

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Depression and Supplements to Add to your day to fight depression symptoms

Depression  – 5 Supplements to Fight Depression

 

Parts one and two of my articles on depression dealt with the basics of how to control depression symptoms.  As I stated already when symptoms become severe, when they last more than a couple of weeks, when you can’t even get out of bed or function then you need to get professional help.  If your feelings of depression are mild or if they are improving, in addition to the tips mentioned in articles one and two you can add in the following natural supplements to help increase mood.  For many of these supplements I have written individual and more substantiate articles previously and I have included those links after each supplement.

The following are 5 basic tips to help with depression:

  1. Omega 3 – Decreases Anxiety and Depression and acts as a mood stabilizer– Studies suggest that those patients that took Omega 3 Fish oils showed a marked improvement in their depression symptoms. In one study alone 64% of patients who took 10 Gms of Omega 3 over 4 months showed significant improvement in symptoms. In addition, fish oils help play a role in brain function and include both EPA and DHA which many who suffer from depression are deficient in. For more info on the benefits of Omega 3 please check here. https://synergyhealthandwellness.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/omega-3-5-benefits-decrease-depression-anxiety-and-even-pms/                     Unknown
  2. Vitamin D – Recent studies have shown a strong link between depression, fibromyalgia, bipolar and low levels of Vitamin D with symptoms improving with supplementation.  Seasonal affective disorder, commonly seen in Northern countries such as Norway, Sweden, Ireland probably have higher levels of hypovitaminosis than countries located on the equator.  Sadly, according to Dr James Greenblatt Vitamin D deficiency (levels less than <20 ng/ml) are regularly seen in schizophrenia, psychosis, elective mutism and anxiety.  The take away from this is have your Vitamin D25 Level Checked and supplement accordingly with between 600 -800 IU Daily this is assuming that you are getting 450 IU of Vitamin D from food sources (not often easy to do).  Good Vitamin D Food Sources are Salmon, Fish, Mushrooms, Eggs, Fermented Milks, Vitamin D3 Only Capsule 600 – 800 IU daily but please consult with your health care profession.  https://synergyhealthandwellness.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/the-imp ortance-of-vitamin-d-the-dangers-of-vitamin-d-deficiency/

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  1. B12 – Low levels of vitamin b12 and other b vitamins have been implicated in depression and these vitamins have been shown to affect brain chemicals, mood and other brain functions. Reasons for low levels of vitamin b12 can stem from poor diet, mal-absorbtion, celiac or Crohn’s disease.  Correcting B12 deficiency starts with correcting diet imbalances. Eating a diet that is rich in b12 plentiful in animal products such as fish, lean meat, poultry, eggs, and low-fat and fat-free milk. Additionally, there are foods that are fortified such as cereals.  If you need to be supplemented 500 mcg by mouth daily is a suggested recommended dose.

 

  1. Theanine – L- Theanine is an amino acid found in Green Tea. Recently L-theanine has been extracted from green tea and is being used to treat both anxiety and depression. L-Theanine works by increasing the synthesis of GABA which in turn leads to increased brain levels of dopamine while decreasing serotonin thereby increasing feelings of calm and wellbeing.

 

  1. Turmeric – Turmeric a beautiful vibrant orange Indian and middle eastern spice has long been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for its healing properties and health benefits.  Treating everything from infections to inflammation to calming and stabilizing mood its no wonder that western medicine is now paying attention. Fights depression – Some studies have shown that Turmeric worked more effectively than Prozac in tests. Chronic inflammation can decrease serotonin and dopamine levels.  Turmeric is a powerful anti inflammatory and antioxidant agent which can help restore these neurotransmitters and protect the brain, eventually leading to improvements in mood.https://synergyhealthandwellness.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/5-benefits-of-turmeric-anti-inflammatory-anti-bacterial-and-fights-depression/
  1. Maca – Last but not least one of my personal favorite supplements especially for its all round benefits. In recent studies Maca was shown to decrease depressive symptoms I postmenopausal women.  The Fatty acids in maca root support brain function, which may be responsible for stabilizing analytical skills, cognitive function, and rational thinking and depression. Many doctors focused on holistic wellness often recommended omega-3 fatty acids (like the ones found in maca) as a first step toward alleviating certain symptoms associated with depression, anxiety, and stress. https://synergyhealthandwellness.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/maca-decrease-hot-flashes-and-mood-swings

 

Bonus Turmeric Tea Recipe

I’m Irish so Tea to me is a magical elixir with healing properties.  All the problems of the world , all the ailments could be solved with a cup of tea, the thing your Mum would rush to make for you if you had a bad day, had broken up with a boyfriend, had a fight with a best friend.  While I often reach for a cup of Barrys Gold Tea I do make this healing, anti-inflammatory, calming Turmeric tea and actually drink it daily.  I don’t know whether it’s the ritual of boiling the water or steeping the turmeric blend, the aromatic smells and tastes but I always feel an air of calm come over me when I drink it.

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Turmeric Tea – Blend Turmeric Root, Ginger, Lemon Juice into a Paste (I make enough for 1 week and store in Fridge).  Add Cayenne pepper to the paste and add boiling water and natural white honey.  Steep and then strain.

 

 

Synergy Health and Wellness   Dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net

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Depression – 5 Basic things to do !

Depression  5 Tips

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In part one of my Depression series I discussed some strategies to undertake when you initially recognize that you are suffering from depression.  Some people suffer so badly from depression that even seemingly minor and simple tasks such as getting out of bed, dressing, showering or even eating become insurmountable.  These symptoms warrant professional help and the first 5 tips are for those people who are unable to do even the smallest of tasks.

For those who recognize that they are probable suffering from depression I often recommend that they start with very basic yet essentials strategies to help improve symptoms. So many people really want to try to treat their symptoms without medication so I often say do the following 5 things, with 100% commitment to see do your symptoms improve.  Bad diet, lack of exercise and more frequently contribute to the symptoms of depression and how great it is to see symptoms improve or even completely resolve by just changing things in our every day lives.

The following are 5 basic tips to help with depression:

  1. Diet – Simply put, keep it clean. Fish, Chicken, Turkey, Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and unprocessed carbs.  “Clean Foods” tend to be higher in the right vitamins and minerals that aid to decrease depressive symptoms, vitamins  such as B12 and folic acid for example.  For depression with anxiety, try to increase foods that also contain magnesium such as spinach, almonds and kefir.   Avoid sugars and processed foods and alcohol which in itself is a depressant.  In terms of simulants cut out sodas, caffeine’s, even trans fats and hydrogenated oils 52559fbc45c3c.image
  2. Exercise – Increases your endorphins, acts as a distractor taking your mind off depressive thoughts, can get you outside and provides socialization. You can start small just by walking around the block and work up to a 5K, class at the gym, boot camp and more.  Exercise is proven to improve mood and decrease anxiety.  The key to exercise is to start small and build up from there.  Unknown
  3. Hydration – Dehydration can be a major contributor to depression. Production of serotonin in the brain (which determines mood) decreases when there is a water shortage i.e. dehydration leading to depression, stress and anxiety.  In addition, dehydration also depletes other essential amino acids.  Dehydration also places the body under stress and when stressed the body increases production of leading to adrenal fatigue.  So make sure you are drinking enough water to hydrate your body.
  4. Stress Reduction – Meditation, Yoga, or anything that helps you relieve stress , for some that may even be knitting, dancing or getting a massage. Stress reduction techniques don’t need to be expensive nor do they need to take an inordinate amount of time.  Meditation for 5 minutes, 20 minutes gently stretching or 30 minutes listening to music or reading may be all it takes.  Find something that works for you.
  5. Sleep – Is hugely important and good quality, uninterrupted sleep is crucial. Unfortunately lack of sleep contributes to depression and depression contributes to alterations in sleep patterns.  So where to start? Firstly, rule out anything physical that may contribute to poor sleep such as obstructive sleep apnea.  Decrease alcohol and coffee at night and remove all electronics from your room.  For more on sleep see my previous article here http://bit.ly/2dE7N45 images

Basic Behaviors to change, improve on or incorporate: Diet, Exercise, Hydration, Stress Relief, Sleep.

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How to halt and even reverse aging ! The Telomere Effect.

How to halt and reverse aging!

1329410057_kim-richards-sandra-bullock-lgDo you ever look at someone and wonder what age they are?  Are you often surprised how some of your high school friends have aged terribly and how others appear to have found the fountain of youth?  We often blame it on our genes, on the hand we were dealt but an amazing new book, The Telomere Effect explains to us how we can maximize the hand we are dealt and minimize the aging process (the crow’s feet, aching joints and sagging skin)

I am always researching and reading the latest and greatest health news.  I have a responsibility as a Nurse Practitioner to stay abreast of the latest research and knowledge as it pertains to my practice.

I have just finished reading The Telomere Effect by Elissa Epel and Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn.  Dr Blackburn discovered telomerase and the role that it plays along with telomeres themselves in not only halting but also reversing the aging process.  Dr Epel is a lifestyle psychologist who specializes in showing how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can improve quality of life slowing down the aging process by direct protection of telomeres.

There is so much crammed into this book that it is hard to pick just 5 Top Tips to halt and reverse aging but here are 5 Snippets and hopefully many of you will buy the book or stay tuned for the Synergy Health and Wellness Seminar Dates!   The premise of the book is that shorter telomeres are an indication of premature cellular aging and what we do or don’t do in terms of diet, exercise, stress, depression and even environmental toxins have a direct effect on telomere length.

Stress:

imagesI love the observation that “Cells are listening to your thoughts”.  According to Epel and Blackburn a small dose of stress does not damage or shorten telomere length but subject the individual to chronic long term stress, stress that is not resolved and these individuals have noticeably shorter telomere length.  Those people who are caretakers or suffering from job burnout or going through a protracted divorce, for example are all subject to severe and prolonged stress.  We all know that inflammation is bad for us but did you know that shorter telomeres promote inflammation.

Recommendation:  Try stress reduction exercises such as meditation, yoga, journaling to reduce the amount of stress in your life.  Even better identify stress triggers and try to negate or minimize them.

Depression & Anxiety:

Like stress depression and anxiety wreak havoc on telomeres and studies show that they shorten telomeres.  The more severe the disorder (think mild versus major depressive disorder MDD) the shorter the telomeres.  More than 350 Million people worldwide suffer from depression and studies show that telomeres are shortened in those with depression and there is also a link to the duration of the depression or anxiety episode.  Telomerase, an enzyme that is secreted in response to shortening telomeres is increased in depressed individuals in an attempt to counteract telomere shortening.

Recommendation:  Early identification and treatment for depression and anxiety is essential.  Treatment modalities such as mindfulness based cognitive therapy and mindfulness itself can also be used in treatment and again modalities such as yoga and meditation have been shown to be effective in the treatment of both depression and anxiety.

Exercise:

images-4Its well known that exercise helps with stress reduction, improves symptoms of anxiety and depression and aids in weight loss – so it’s a no brainer to exercise daily.  What The Telomere Effect reports is that HIIT type exercise programs (think of all the programs available at Synergy Fitness Boca) increase telomerase activity helping to increase telomere length.

Recommendation:  HIIT exercise programs 5 times a week for 30-45 minutes a time will help protect telomeres.  Add in resistance training to your program as well.

 

Diet:

images-3What’s the best diet to protect your telomeres, increase their length slow or reverse the aging process?  Easy!  Fruit, vegetables, wholegrain, fish, chicken, Omega 3 rich foods, alcohol, fat, processed food avoidance.  Also avoid those foods that cause inflammation (these may differ from individual to individual) but cow’s dairy, fatty red meats, cheese, soda, processed and cured meats.

Recommendations: Follow a clean diet with fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Mediterranean and Okinawa diets are good examples.  Limit alcohol, processed and refined foods!

Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements:

Epel and Blackburn would rather that we get the majority of our Vitamins and minerals from our foods eating those foods high in antioxidants.  But we may not get enough of certain vitamins and minerals from our diets and they suggest that adequate amounts of Vitamins D, B (folate) C, E and Omega 3’s promote telomere length and telomerase.

Recommendations:  Eat plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, wholegrain, legumes and low fat proteins such as chicken and fish.  Eat Omega 3 rich food and reduce foods that cause insulin resistance and inflammation.

Sleep:

images-1Lack of sleep, insomnia and sleep deprivation all lead to shorter telomeres.  If you are tired during the day you are not getting enough sleep – Simple as!  But lack of sleep is implicated in depression, anxiety and so much more.  Sleep should be of good quality, the same time each day and for an adequate amount.

Recommendations:  Go to bed at the same time each night, if you tired during the day go to bed earlier.  Avoid alcohol and drugs and for more sleep information check out my previous article on sleep. (http://bit.ly/2dE7N45)

There is so much more in this book than mentioned above and I urge you all to buy it and implement the strategies included.  Stay tuned as we will be doing a more comprehensive lecture on how to halt and even reverse aging by promoting telomere friendly strategies in all areas of our lives.

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel is published by Orion Spring unknown-1

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The Importance of Vitamin D & the dangers of Vitamin D Deficiency

 

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The Sunshine Prohormone & Vitamin

 

Often called the “sunshine drug” Vitamin D is produced as the skin responds to sunlight activation.  Sadly, low levels of vitamin D have been implicated in stage III Colorectal, lung, breast, thyroid and prostate cancers, immunity responses, mental health, and now obesity.  Clinically I see Vitamin D Deficiency in nearly all of the patients I treat I therefore test for Vitamin D levels routinely in all patients.

 

When I test patients I request a 25-hydroxy vitamin D as this is the most accurate way to measure how much vitamin D is in your body.  A normal range is above 30 ng/ml and I will treat below that number.  Abnormal results are usually due to lack of sunlight and great adherence to sunscreen (yes we do a great job of that in Florida), not enough D in the diet, chronic kidney and liver disease (which I see a lot of in my patient population of Heroin addicts and alcoholics) plus medications such as dilantin, phenobarbital and malabsorption in gastric bypass patients.

 

Deficiency:

 

  1. Immunity: In studies done on Japanese schoolchildren supplemented with Vitamin D versus placebo those supplemented with Vitamin D had 40% lower occurrence of Flu during winter months. Early treatments for TB consisted of light treatments and colds and flus are highest during winter months in Northern climates when Vitamin D levels are lowest and sunlight is shortest supporting a “seasonal stimulus”

 

  1. Cardiovascular– If your Vitamin D Levels are low, studies suggest your chances for heart disease are much greater.    Men with low levels of Vitamin D are at greater risk for Heart Failure, Sudden Cardiac Death, Stroke, Cardiac Disease and more.  Vitamin D is associated with the functioning of calcium which of course is linked to vascular health, blood pressure and artery health which does explain the link

 

  1. Psychiatric– Recent studies have shown a strong link between depression, fibromyalgia, bipolar and low levels of Vitamin D with symptoms improving with supplementation.  Seasonal affective disorder, commonly seen in Northern countries such as Norway, Sweden, Ireland probably have higher levels of hypovitaminosis than countries located on the equator.  Sadly, according to Dr James Greenblatt Vitamin D deficiency (levels less than <20 ng/ml) are regularly seen in schizophrenia, psychosis, elective mutism and anxiety.

 

  1. Orthopedic- Vitamin D is important for people with osteoporosis. Studies show that calcium and vitamin D together can increase bone density in postmenopausal women. Vitamin D also helps with other disorders associated with weak bones, like rickets.

 

  1. Endocrine – This is actually a little complicated so I will try and simplify it here – please feel free to call or text me for clarification if you need – Simply put in Type 2 Diabetes patients were found to have low levels of Vitamin D indicating to researchers that there was a possible link between low levels of Vitamin D/Type 2 Diabetes/ Pancreatic Beta Cell Function.  Additionally, low levels of Vitamin D also played a part in insulin function and inflammation.   Researchers think there is a “switch” in Vitamin D that that turns “on” Pancreatic Beta cells making them work to secrete Insulin.  So Low Levels Vitamin D – No Beta Cell Activation – Low Levels Insulin – Increased Sugar Levels – Increased Diabetes – Increased Obesity Levels (Disclaimer – this is a VERY simplistic, translated explanation) Take away – Helps with Weight Loss

 

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Outlook:

The take away from this is have your Vitamin D25 Level Checked and supplement accordingly with between 600 -800 IU Daily this is assuming that you are getting 450 IU of Vitamin D from food sources (not often easy to do).  Good Vitamin D Food Sources are Salmon, Fish, Mushrooms, Eggs, Fermented Milks, Vitamin D3 Only Capsule 600 – 800 IU daily but please consult with your health care professional.

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Sunlight:  Get 20 – 30 Minutes of Sunlight Daily .

 

For more confidential help or if you have a topic you would like discussed – you can call me at 561-866-1211.  Thanks Dolores

 

Synergy Health and Wellness   Dolores@synergyhealthandwellness.net