About Vitamin D, Part Two

Lack of Vitamin D — Symptoms

There are many factors that lead to the presence of symptoms due to lack of Vitamin D. Some of these reasons are given below.

• Lack of foods rich in vitamin D in your diet.
• Minimal exposure to sunlight.
• Failure of kidneys to convert vitamin D to its active form.
• Dark skin shade in people.
• Inability of digestive tract to absorb vitamin D.
• Using too much sunscreen.
• Age and hereditary conditions.

If you are displaying lack of vitamin D symptoms, you need not worry too much because there are many cures and remedies available to you.

Depending on your age, severity of symptoms and hereditary factors, your doctor will prescribe certain medications and vitamin supplements to you to reduce and eradicate these lack of vitamin D symptoms. S/he will either provide you with some long term solutions, or alternately even give you some short term solutions, depending on which will suit you better.

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!

Too Much Sitting

We have become a society of sitters. We sit in our cars, at our computers, on planes and in front of tv. Prolonged periods of sitting can have an adverse affect on your spinal health.
Here are some tips to help:

  • Invest in an ergonomic chair.
  • Make sitting up straight important to you.
  • Set a periodic timer and shift your weight regularly.
  • Use a stool or phone book for your feet to relive low back pressure.
  • Get up as often as possible.
  • Set up your work station with you facing straight ahead with your head slightly down.
  • Know that this is one of the strains you are placing on your spine and make sure to give back to your body with movement, stretching, massage and your wonderful chiropractors!

    Backpack Safety: Fill it Light, Fill it Right, Wear it Right!

    For the past month, we’ve been spreading the backpack safety message far and wide. The first day of school in our town is tomorrow, and I already know that unfortunately, in the months ahead, I will see kids in my office for back pain and postural issues that might have been avoided had they learned the right way to pack and wear a backpack.

    It seems our kids are carrying more and more weight in their packs, as they set off for the school day with books, gym clothes, and gear for sports and extracurricular activities. Did you know that your backpack should weigh no more than 15% of your body weight? For a 60 lb elementary school student, that is a mere 9 lbs.

    I recommend asking your chiropractor for a backpack screening. We offer free screenings every year for our patients and the general public. A screening involves weighing a backpack (filled as you would fill it for a typical school day), checking the pack for safety (Are the shoulder straps wide enough? Is the pack too big?) and teaching your child how to pack it so weight is distributed properly.

    We are offering free screenings on Thursday, September 8 between 2 and 6 pm at our office at 300 Main Street, Groton, MA. Please call us at 978.448.9355 for the opportunity to prevent spinal problems before they start!

    Watch Dr. Steve on Around Town, talking backpack safety!

    Your Body is smaaaaaaaahhht

    When I was pregnant with my oldest son, Jackson, I went to the Martin Luther King memorial where they had a statue of a man holding his baby up to the sky with an inscription below that read: “behold the only thing greater than you.” This seemed like an amazing message to give to a child, reminding them that they are powerful and great just the way they are. I thought about the baby inside me and hoped to be able to instill a visceral sense of this in him. In the years that followed, I saw the children that he was surrounded by who stood in line in preschool to receive their medications. I knew deeply that NOONE would look at a baby and think to make it healthier by adding prescription strength chemicals. And yet, i was surrounded by a culture that seemed to deem this a good idea. (Know that I understand that in very rare cases, these prescription chemicals save lives but it is very rare that it is NECESSARY).

    In our country we are acting as if health comes in a pill , or a surgery. We are always trying to buy more time to abuse and neglect ourselves. We overlook the POWER that lies within and in JUST seeing it, we can enhance it. A teacher who sees the Potential in their student amplifies that potential just through their vision. I am encouraging you to read through these following facts with respect and appreciation for your body REGARDLESS of how you may currently be annoyed by its appearance or seeming lack of performance. By truly seeing the incredible potential of your body, you will change your own physiological performance.

    Two cells came together to form you.
    They divided only 50 times and created 100 trillion cells. That is more than the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.
    You came complete with 100 Billion Brain Neurons that can send impulses at lightening speed to every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body.
    You came complete with a very sophisticated nerve system that stretches for miles and stores over 100 Trillion bits of information.
    Your body Produces 8 Million new red blood cells every second.
    100,000 genes with more than 50% designated to the structure and function of your nervous system!
    You are made up of 60 trillion cells.
    You have 600 muscles & 206 bones.
    Red Blood Cell’s live approximately 120 days and make 300,000 trips through the blood stream; that’s almost 2 trips per minute!
    If all of your blood vessels were placed end to end, they would stretch around the world 12 times!
    The heart weighs less than one pound and yet beats approximately 40 million times per year.
    The heart pumps 2.5 gallons per minute or 1,314,000 gallons per year.
    The energy output of the heartbeat in a 24 hour period alone is enough to raise three fully-loaded Greyhound buses off the ground.
    The lungs use about 90 gallons of pure oxygen per day.
    Because of the alveoli (tiny projections in the lungs), the surface area of the lungs is approximately 40-60 miles.
    We take approximately 9 million breaths per year
    Our lungs pump approximately 2 gallons of air per minute while at rest and approximately 26 gallons of air per minute while exercising.
    Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) is so strong, that one drop of it on the skin will leave a painful blister, but the stomach is left unharmed.
    The stomach produces 2.5 quarts of acid per day
    Over the course of a 70 year life span, the stomach will have produced 60,000 quarts of acid to help digest 40 tons of food
    Nerves transmit their signals at 300 m.p.h.
    There are 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) in your body. If you were going to count all 100 billion cells at the rate of 1 per second, it would take 3,171 year.
    Light pressure on a spinal nerve root can lessen your nerve transmission as much as 40%. This can negatively affect any part of your health.

    Your amazing body will have the chance to be more ALIVE, more fully functioning if you keep your nerve system healthy!