About Vitamin D, Part One

Vitamin D is very commonly known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because it is produced in the body as a result of direct exposure to sunlight. The main purpose of vitamin D in the body is to make use of the calcium available in the diet to strengthen the bones and teeth. If a person is displaying some symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, it generally implies a lack of sunlight.

Vitamin D deficiency symptoms are seen in many people across the world and people showing such symptoms usually have weak bones, and this leads to soft bones and skeletal deformities. There are a multitude of other health problems as well, that can be curbed by effectively noticing and curing symptoms for lack of vitamin D. You can ask your doctor to check your levels of Vitamin D.

Some Common Symtoms of Deficiency

There are a host of easily distinguishable vitamin D deficiency symptoms that you should look out for:

Rickets: This is one of the biggest lack of vitamin D symptoms. Weak bones that get hurt easily or fractured regularly are one of the biggest effects vitamin D deficiency causes. The prevalence of hypovitaminosis D is seen mostly in elderly people.

Skin pigmentation: If a person regularly notices pigmentation on their skin, it is very likely that this is being caused by lack of vitamin D. Depression as a result of this is also a commonly observed symptom.

Inflammatory bowel disease: People experiencing inflammatory bowel movements must also beware, as this is also widely recognized as one of the lack of vitamin D symptoms.

Obesity: People who are obese must also be very careful about their intake of vitamin D, as obese people are more prone to showing symptoms of vitamin D deficiency.

Other lack of vitamin D symptoms include knock-kneed appearance, low blood calcium levels, high blood pressure, tuberculosis, depression, bowed limbs, chronic fatigue, type I diabetes and chronic bone pain, muscle pain or joint pain. More on symptoms of low vitamin D levels to come next week!

+Part Two: Coaches, Chillax!

I love the phrase, “Chillax!”  My son, Jackson, first introduced it to me when I was resorting to some desperate attempt to bring order to our home by alphabetizing the food in the cupboard.  This phrase bounced me out of my intensity.  I think it might help our coaches sometimes.  First, let me thank the men and women who volunteer their time and bring their passion and commitment to the fields and courts that our children come together on.

My husband, Dr. Steve, (people ask me if I call him Dr. Steve at dinner and I answer, “No, then I call him Your Highness.”) has participated in the coaching system for years and I see what a commitment it is and appreciate these coaches greatly.  I also want to encourage all of them, including my husband, to recognize that they have a responsibility to the safety of these children.  They can make a huge difference in the sustainability of the athletes in their tutelage.  I actually value winning a lot and can appreciate the zealousness which some coaches approach the courts and fields.  I also have the “mom ability” to redefine what winning means.

A winning coach teaches children the importance of team, of being decent to other players regardless of team.   A winning coach teaches gentle firm discipline and bringing your best forward.

These children are growing habits now and are watching us all as leaders.  Encourage them to listen to their bodies.  Do varied warm-ups and strengthening.  Make them listen to their young and developing bodies.  They are scared to admit injuries and weaknesses for fear of being ridiculed, dismissed or worse (in their minds) -not allowed to play.  At this stage of their athletic development, they NEED to learn to tape, stretch and strengthen.  They need advice and guidance on creating sustainability and peak performance that comes from listening and respecting their bodies.  Help them, coaches.  Make winning not just about this short time, this little season, but about a long life of learning and respect that goes beyond the playing fields and into the fields of their future companies and families.

Coaches: want more info on strengthening, lengthening and taping young athletes? Call our office and we will help you!

The Doctor Inside You!

Your body has an intelligence inside of it that has helped it to grow from two cells into the amazing, complex, dynamic being that you are today!  These two cells have created a body that:

  • Came complete with 100 billion brain neurons that can send impulses at lightening speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body
  • Came complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles and stores over 100 trillion bits of information
  • Produces 8 million new red blood cells every second
  • Contains 100,000 genes with more than 50% designated to the structure and function of your nervous system

Your body has created the perfect amount of adrenaline, the exact right amounts of stomach acid and just enough insulin to keep you healthy.

But sometimes, it seems to us that the body is not smart.  It keeps not working the way we want it to.  Something is interfering with the body’s natural ability to heal, self regulate and mend.

Perhaps the years of physical, chemical and emotional demands that we place on our system have caused a “fuse to blow” and the natural healing ability of the body is now diminished.  Get your spine checked today and turn the switches back on so that your inner doctor can get back to work!

Mind Body and Spirit

Today, someone in the practice came in talking to me about a recent betrayal they had experienced in their relationship.  The ground had cracked beneath her and she felt so physically and emotionally horrible.  She was confused about why she felt physically ill when it was an emotional issue.  I explained with an analogy.

I hate mice.  They give me the “wicked” heebie jeebies.  (I am from Boston-give me a break!).  Anyway, if a mouse were to cross my path, my physiology would change.  My heart would beat faster.  My breathing would become more shallow.  My muscles would tighten.  My pupils might dilate.  My nervous system might kick into “fight or flight” or sympathetic mode which suppresses the immune system.  A cascade of biochemistry would create a domino effect of physiological change all as a result of one nasty creepy little rodent.

As you go through life’s mental and emotional “personal growth opportunities,” know that your body is often deeply affected.  Care for your body by making sure your nerve system isn’t having “fuses blown” or getting “glitched” by all the raucus.  It can also help you to deal with all of it with more flexibility and ease.

To my dear heartbroken friend, know the importance of grief.  Here are the words of the Sufi poet Hafiz:

“The heart is right to cry,When even the smallest drop of light, of love Is taken away.”

Summer Self-Care Slump

Recently I have heard many mamas talking about their own self-care slump over the summer.  Self care goes out the window when the children are around more and there is a  lack of routine.  I have repeatedly found myself really understanding the people in my practice who have such a hard time with self-care appointments, especially over the summer.

I can relate to this dilemma.  I am a “helper-type” person.  I find it easier and more natural to help others before myself.  Many coaches of mine over the years have reminded me that on an airplane, adults are instructed to put their own oxygen mask on first before applying the mask to their child.  This rule is so important for me as a caregiver and as a mama.

In examining my summer of little self care, I look back to where the train left the proverbial track.  While looking at my life under the magnifying glass, I saw that I even went 10 weeks without a haircut.  I didn’t realize until the woman who does my hair told me.  I was traveling in the time-warp machine called KIDSKNOWHOWTOMAKE THEIRNEEDSMET.  I decided to learn from this summer and implement a system to stop the train from veering so far away from the rails.  I now make future appointments while at my appointments.  And I even schedule several appointments ahead.  This means that even if I miss one, I am okay because I already have the next one in place.  In my appointment challenged world, this tiny little tweak helps.

I am going to take care of all of my scheduling now.  I can’t keep on with my blog yappin’.  I am heading over to that fabulous chiropractor, Dr Steve, to make my appointments for my adjustments, one of my favorite self-care steps!  If you are at all like me and have a hard time fitting yourself in, remember our home mantra, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t NOBODY happy.”  So do the things that make you happy; if not for yourself, then for your family.  They have to live with you!