Linking Stress & Dementia. 5 Ways To Prevent It!

Linking stress and dementia: A landmark study published recently in Nature by the University of Gothenburg found evidence suggesting that long-term stress  causes dementia. Here are five wellness steps you can take daily to prevent yourself from getting Alzheimer’s, the dreadful commonest cause of dementia.

 

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From Charcoal To Diamond! How To Get Off Negative Anger Zone Faster!

Today, writing this post will be the first constructive action I’ve taken because of anger! We can’t help being angry at times, get wrapped in negative emotions that zap energy and stress us. But how does that affect your well-being ? The sooner you get off that anger zone, think you are being refined from charcoal to diamond – a better person, the better!

Having spent the best part of today being almost paralyzed by anger, I had to make a conscious effort to snap out of that “negative zone of anger”.

Was my anger justified? Hell, yes!

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How I’m Detoxing My Family Off Sugar. Living Without Fruit Juice & Drinks

Seven months ago, I decided to detox and slowly wean my family off sugar. Starting with an easy target of living without fruit juice and drinks. Here’s how I’m detoxing my family off sugar and why!

Now we rarely drink it and I ask myself why it was such a staple, worth spending money on, never mind the excess sugar load and questionable additives and flavourings we steadily got from them.

Here’s how I embarked on our sugar detox journey and encouraged my family to drink almost nil fruit drinks and juices! Continue reading “How I’m Detoxing My Family Off Sugar. Living Without Fruit Juice & Drinks”

Here’s What Health Experts Say – Take Vitamin D Supplements To Stop Preventable Diseases

 “Take Vitamin D  supplements“, says Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN). This vitamin D health recommendation urges us to boost our vitamin D levels and prevent health problems like diabetes, low body immunity and high blood pressure found linked to  Vitamin D deficiency. 

 

UK’s Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN)  suggests that  preventing vitamin D deficiency  with supplements is an easy way we can be healthy by stopping or reducing preventable health problems like bone and muscle pains, some cancers and high blood pressure.

 

Other health conditions UK  Government’s Independent Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN) has  linked to vitamin D deficiency include osteoporosis, depression,  and muscle aches.

 

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Due to the link found between these diseases and Vitamin D deficiency, the UK  Government’s Independent Scientific Advisory Body on Nutrition (SACN) gave this  recommendation to take Vitamin D  health supplements.

 

Read SACN Vitamin D and Health full Report here

 

Your Vitamin D recommended intake according to SACN

  • a reference nutrient intake (RNI) of 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day, throughout the year, for everyone in the general population aged 4 years and older
  • an RNI of 10 micrograms of vitamin D per day for pregnant and lactating women and population groups at increased risk of vitamin D deficiency
  • a ‘safe intake’ of 8.5 to 10 micrograms per day for all infants from birth to 1 year of age
  • a ‘safe intake’ of 10 micrograms per day for children aged 1 to 4 years

 

They are making this recommendation to take vitamin D health supplements as a simple way to boost our levels and  ensure we all have a healthy level of this essential vitamin.

 

Hopefully, some entirely preventable health problems like fatigues, rickets and muscular aches  experienced by people found with low levels will become a thing of the past.

 

My Personal Experience  With Vitamin D Deficiency & Health Problems

A friend of mine had been complaining of bone and muscle pains to me for some time.

She is a pharmacist who has to be on her feet a lot. She thought this was due to the stress and strain of being on her feet all day.

Then she treated a patient with the same but more severe symptoms who needed vitamin D injections.

We both talked about this. Here’s what she said to me – “I am a health professional. I eat well and  take walks. How can I have vitamin D deficiency?!”

Well, she got tested and her vitamin D level was way too low!!live streaming movie Sing Street 2016

She had to start boosting her vitamin D level immediately.

 

Why  Do You Need To  Boost Your Vitamin D Intake?

As anyone who has lived in the United Kingdom knows, we really are “sunshine-challenged” here in the UK!
The bleak British weather is depriving a lot of the population from getting the required healthy amount of  essential Vitamin D.

 

Simply,  bright sunlight is the main source of Vitamin D and a large number of us are not to getting enough, for several reasons!!

 

However, Vitamin D deficiency is not just about getting enough sunshine. Other reasons play a part, but a lack of enough sunshine seems to be the major cause of vitamin D deficiency.

 

Who is at Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency?

 

People most at risk of  Vitamin D deficiency, using the information on the table above: 

• Dark-skinned people – group most at risk of being Vitamin D deficient at 82% – blacks including Africans, African Americans, Caribbeans and other dark-skinned people

• This is followed by the Hispanic population at 69%

• Children at 61%

• Newborns at 58%

• Older adults at 41%

• Pregnant women at 36%

• Women at 19%.

Why Do You Need Vitamin D Health Supplements?

It appears that natural food sources alone cannot provide all the Vitamin D we need!

As a result, the governments’ health experts are recommending that UK, USA, and a large part of the world’s  population  take Vitamin D supplements to prevent signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency.

“Vitamin D as a part of the endocrine system is an important component in the interaction between the kidney, bone, parathyroid hormone, and the intestine, which maintains extracellular calcium level within normal limits, in order to keep the vital physiologic process and skeletal integrity.

 

Vitamin D is also associated with hypertension, muscular function, immunity, and ability to encounter infection, autoimmune disease, and cancer”

– Vitamin D and Autoimmune Disease Eka Ginanjar,  Sumariyono, Siti Setiati and  Bambang Setiyohadi

Read this study on Vitamin D deficiency, diabetes, body immunity, osteoporosis and other diseases

 

Vitamin D deficiency is being linked to different types of cancers, including  Pancreatic cancer.

 

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In two Harvard studies found a link was found between vitamin D and pancreatic cancer:

  • One study compared people taking 150 vs 600 international units (IU) (3.8 vs 15 mcg)  vitamin D per day. There was a 40% lower cancer risk in people who took more vitamin D

 

  • The other study found a 35% lower risk for those with higher vitamin D blood levels.

How Bright Sunshine Is Converted To Vitamin D In Our Body 

Body organs that are affected by Vitamin D deficiency

Resources on Vitamin D Deficiency and possible Health Problems 

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sacn-vitamin-d-and-health-report

 

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/vitamin-d/

 

www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/pancreatic-cancer/

 

http://www.reumatismo.org/index.php/reuma/article/view/reumatismo.2014.788/657

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To your optimum health and well-being,

Cecilia