Adaptogens are plant based compounds that help you adapt to stress in your environment and reduce damage from that stress. They are found in a variety of plants. Among those found effective in animal and human trials are:
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus or Siberian ginseng)
Schisandra (Schisandra chinesis)
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
Rubus coreanus (Korean black raspberry)
Pseudosasa japonica (Arrow Bamboo)
Anoectochilus formosanus (genus of orchid)
Camellia sinensis (evergreen shrub)
Allium sativum (species of onion)
Your body’s reaction and adaptation to stress typically goes through three stages:
The alarm reaction when stress is detected
Adaptation / Resistance as the body takes measures to counter the stress
Exhaustion when the body can no longer cope adequately
Plant adaptogens can increase the ability of the body to cope with and adapt to various environmental sources of stress without experiencing exhaustion. The role of the adaptogen is to moderate the response so the coping with stress can go on for longer periods of time.
The following timeline shows typical coping scenarios. Without adaptogens the stress response is higher, using more resources, and eventually become exhausted. The response with adaptogens shows a milder response that lasts longer and can continue to cope with the stress. Continue reading →
Vitamin D is critical to health. Vitamin D is known for contributing to joint and bone health by helping the body absorb calcium. People who have enough vitamin D are less likely to suffer from osteoporosis and joint pain. Vitamin D can also reduce the affects of arthritis and lessen back pain in many individuals. Vitamin D can also prevent certain types of cancers.
Vitamin D is produced naturally by the body when exposed to sunlight. If you are not far from the equator and have a light skin, you can get enough vitamin D by going outside around noon in shorts and a tank top without sunscreen for about 10 minutes. The UV-B rays hitting your skin can manufacture about 10,000 international units of vitamin D, enough for daily needs. Those who live away from the equator, with darker skins and the elderly will need more exposure to the sun.
This sun exposure amounts to about an hour a week. But, most people receive far less exposure to direct sunlight than this. Many people live far from the equator, work indoors at noon, or wear clothing that covers much of their skin.
The Vitamin D Council recommends that most people supplement with 5,000 international units of vitamin D daily to maintain optimal levels.
Vitamin D Deficiency Systems
The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are often vague and subtle. They don’t shout, “You’re vitamin D deficient.” But, they can still impact your life. Symptoms such a tiredness and general aches and pains are characteristic of vitamin D deficiency.
A Harvard study indicates that worldwide, a billion people have vitamin D deficiency. The study reports that being deficient in vitamin D “may increase the risk of a host of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, some cancers, and multiple sclerosis, as well as infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis and even the seasonal flu.”
Vitamin D helps keep your immune system strong. So, frequent illnesses or infections like catching cold or getting the flu can point to a deficiency. For example, studies have shown that vitamin D helps reduce the frequency of respiratory tract infections.
Fatigue, tiredness, and even depression can be caused by low levels of vitamin D. Since vitamin D is produced in the body through exposure to the sun, we often feed “down” when Winter comes and we go outside all bundled up, exposing less skin to the sun.
Vitamin D improves absorption of calcium in the bones. When blood levels of vitamin D are low, bones lose strength and bone pain can results. Low bone mineral density and actual bone loss also can occur when vitamin D is deficient. People with lower back pain or pain in their legs may have a deficiency.
Research in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people with the lowest vitamin D levels have more than double the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes over an eight-year period compared with those with the highest vitamin D levels.
Foods Rich in Vitamin D
In this video Dr. Axe talks about the important natural sources of vitamin D3:
wild caught fish like salmon
raw fermented dairy products like cheese, kefir and yogurt
These foods, along with some sunshine, can help you maintain adequate levels of vitamin D.
In this video Dr. Axe talk about how to overcome Vitamin D deficiency with diet and lifestyle. Vitamin D is a pro hormone, which is essential for balancing the hormones in your body, and a fat-soluble vitamin, which supports the brain, bones, and tissue. Some warning signs that you may be Vitamin D deficient are if you struggle with any type of mood disorder, autoimmune disease, weak bones, weak muscles, or poor immune system.
In order to overcome a Vitamin D deficiency, you may want to get outside more often to get 20-30 minutes of natural sunlight. The average person should be getting about 5000 IUs a day. You also want to be consuming more Vitamin D-rich foods like wild caught fish, raw fermented dairy products, egg yokes, and mushrooms. Lastly, you want to be consuming a high quality Vitamin D3 supplement (5000 IUs daily). If you want to overcome Vitamin D deficiency, follow these steps, and you will start seeing results!
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If you will not receive adequate vitamin D from these sources, you may want to take a supplement. Here is the supplement I take. It will probably be helpful for you, too.
There is significant concern about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as CFS. In fact, there are criteria patients must meet in order to be diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Receiving the diagnosis may be difficult for some patients because the guidelines for diagnosing are very specific. The fatigue must have been present at least six consecutive months and the corresponding symptoms must have developed after the fatigue. A clear definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, its symptoms, and treatment options will help sufferers get a clearer understanding of the syndrome.
What is Chronic Fatigue?
The basic definition of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome does not make sufferers feel much better. The syndrome is unexplained and is marked by weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, lethargy, trouble sleeping, and even fever and swollen lymph nodes. There is no known cause for the fatigue that is present in an individual that has no relation to over-exertion and is not rectified by rest.
Some of the symptoms associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have been discussed. However, there is a very long list. There are a variety of symptoms that patients are very aware of and then there are other symptoms only doctors seem to notice. Regardless, when the symptoms are present for a period of time for no apparent cause and seem to have no remedy then Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a frequent diagnosis.
Some of the frequent symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:
Invisible Illness – Stories of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Frequently Chronic Fatigue Syndrome begins during periods when individuals have been sick, under a tremendous amount of stress, or for no apparent reason at all. Many individuals have noted that after bouts with the flu, mono, a cold, bronchitis, hepatitis, and other similar illnesses CFS arises. Unfortunately, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome persists for months, sometimes coming and going and other times constantly affecting the patient. Other illnesses begin to clear up after a few days or weeks, but Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sticks around with no clear cause.
Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue
Doctors find it very difficult to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The reason why is because so many of its symptoms are symptoms of other illnesses. This is why many doctors like to see patients with the same symptoms that began after the fatigue for at least six months before giving a diagnosis. Obviously, sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome find the lack of an early diagnosis difficult to bear on top of their symptoms. However, doctors like to rule out diseases like Lupus and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as other diseases, before diagnosing Chronic Fatigue.
Additionally, researchers and doctors are becoming more aware of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and are more likely to make an earlier diagnosis based on fewer symptoms than ever before. That is not to say that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is easy to diagnose, because it is not. However increased awareness and new definitions are helping doctors and patients of Chronic Fatigue each and every day.
Stanford Unravels the Mysteries of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The treatment options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are varied and include alternative as well as prescription alternatives.
Some of the alternative care management options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include avoiding stress and undertaking light exercise. Other treatment options that work for some individuals include massage, aquatic therapy, chiropractic therapy, yoga, self hypnosis, tai chi, and even acupuncture. Psychotherapy has also proven helpful to sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome because it helps sufferers learn to cope with their symptoms.
Prescription treatment options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have not been approved by the FDA. There are however other prescription medications that are used to treat the symptoms presented with Chronic Fatigue. Frequently, the primary use of the medicine is secondary and its side effects are what benefit Chronic Fatigue sufferers. Medicines like antifungals, antidepressants, antivirals, cardiac drugs, antihistamines, immunoglobulins, corticoids, anti-inflammatories, and anti-convulsants among others are frequently prescribed to CFS sufferers.
Do You Have CFS?
If you are worried you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or have some of the above stated symptoms for months on end then you should make an appointment with your physician. It is a good idea to keep a journal of your symptoms, when they began, and if new ones appear. This will help your doctor make the proper diagnosis and help receive some relief from your symptoms sooner.
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Chronic Fatigue and Skin Discoloration – Dr. Joel Wallach