January 3, 2018

Boosting Fertility Naturally

One increasingly common question being asked in today's society is: why am I having so much trouble getting pregnant? It seems like more and more people are finding themselves unable to get pregnant. There are many causes for this, the first is that there are both male, and female counterparts. This means that a woman could be trying her best to get pregnant(and doing everything perfectly) while her male counterpart is actually the one who is impotent! This can put a great deal of stress on any relationship, especially when the woman feels like she is doing everything possible and still having no success. This is why it's important for both partners to get fertility tests if there are any issues or delays in becoming pregnant. One of the leading causes of male infertility is simply poor lifestyle choices. Many men are sleep deprived, exercise deprived, overworked, overweight, and consuming poor diets. In addition to negatively affecting fertility, this can also lead to low testosterone and other health issues which compound infertility. Many studies show that something as simple as getting 8+ hours of sleep a night can restore testosterone levels to normal! Other factors such as lifting weights/working out, eating meat, and reducing stress can also boost testosterone, and oftentimes even fertility. This isn't the case with all men though, some suffer from genetic defects and other causes of infertility. Some men have a low sperm count altogether, while others may have extremely immobile sperm. No matter what the reason, it's important to get tested so your doctor can suggest treatments. As you already know, women also suffer from infertility for many reasons, some of which can just be due to a lack of vitamins and minerals, and vitamin deficiency's. This is why treatments such as premama fertility can help many women. The active ingredients contain folic acid and myo-inositol, which are both extremely important vitamins and nutrients for boosting fertility. It's also important that women are taking in enough folate, especially while they are pregnant to help avoid complications. Overall, there are many reasons why both males and females can become infertile, but it's important to remember that men should be tested just as frequently as women for infertility if there are any issues becoming pregnant.  By doing this you can avoid many headaches and questions down the road as to why certain fertility treatments are not working properly.
October 21, 2017

Who Needs More Vitamin D?

Who is lacking Vitamin D? Thousands of elderly people are shut up in houses or nursing homes where they get very little sunshine. And unless they are drinking quantities of D-enriched milk or taking fish-liver oils, they are prime candidates for broken hips and other casualties. It's not just calcium they may 1ack, but the vitamin D, which makes the calcium available to the bones.

Who else? The children of today! They are inside the majority of the time in front of electronically tuned devices. Instead of giving our children drops and vitamin pills, we would be better off if we allowed them to eat plenty of eggs, drink calcium fortified milk, and play outdoors as much as we did, in unpolluted sunshine. Physicians have been astonished to find rickets among hospitalized children today, often from affluent homes, and even when there is not actual deformity, the deficiency shows up in other ways such as bad skin, bad eyes, bad teeth and weak bones. The rest of us don't come off so well either. Look at how many people work, play, and go to school in windowless, air- conditioned buildings, locked away from natural light. We now sit in sealed-up houses, and when we do get outdoors buildings often block the sun from us, or the air so choked with smog its rays can't penetrate. To compound the problem, at least half the population wears glasses, and practically everybody slaps on a pair of dark ones the minute the sun is spied. Some people even wear them indoors. Americans are tortured by arthritis, and uncounted millions more break hips and other bones every year. We are a nation woefully crippled by too little vitamin D. Adding vitamin D to whole milk is one commendable case of fortifying food, but remember, the form is the synthetic or vitamin DJ, which is less potent, yet at the same time more toxic, than the natural form found in fish-liver oil. Another problem? Vitamin D2 in whole milk is easily destroyed by light; and there is no vitamin D at all in skimmed milk, used by so many people who are worried about both weight and cholesterol. The vitamin D in fish-liver oils is preferable to any other, because it is the very same Vitamin D substance manufactured by the sun. It is also less toxic.
October 21, 2017

Vitamin D Deficiency: An Update

Studies link Vitamin D deficiency to nonskeletal disorders. To date, deficiency is difficult to assess. UVB therapy might benefit certain individuals.

Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide epidemic. In the United States, close to 36% of young adults without apparent health conditions and 57% of adult, hospitalized patients are vitamin D deficient, according to Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Nutrition Journal. In the United Kingdom, an estimated 60% of middle-aged adults suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Recent studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation could benefit medical conditions other than diseases of the bone. Researchers face the problem that measurements of vitamin D levels do not reliably correlate with the risk of deficiency-related medical conditions. In addition, treatment involving the use of an artificial source of ultraviolet B light could potentially benefit certain vitamin D deficient individuals.

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Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, is derived from sun exposure, dietary sources and supplements. Few foods are naturally rich in vitamin D, but certain dairy products, juices and cereals are fortified with vitamin D. The bone diseases classically associated with vitamin D deficiency are rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Exposure to ultraviolet B light from the sun results in the formation of vitamin D in the skin. Vitamin D is transported in the bloodstream to the liver, where it is converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25(OH)D. Measurement of serum 25(OH)D levels is used to assess vitamin D deficiency. Besides individuals with insufficient intake of vitamin D, those with certain medical conditions, such as Crohn's disease, which is associated with impaired intestinal absorption of vitamin D, are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency.

Potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation

Strong evidence generated by randomized clinical trials links vitamin D supplementation to a reduced risk of falls and bone fractures in the elderly, as reported in Mayo Clinic Proceedings and Nutrition Journal. Only doses of vitamin D above 400IU per day decreased the risk of fractures, while doses of 700IU or higher per day were needed to decrease the risk of falls. To date, numerous studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of a multitude of nonskeletal medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, asthma, infection, mental illnesses, myalgias, and renal disease. However, most of these studies are observational, and considered unconvincing because they are not based on the gold standard of a randomized clinical trial.  

Deficiency and Insufficiency

The term "vitamin D deficiency," defined as 25(OH)D serum levels below 10ng/ml, is associated with bone disease, while the term "insufficiency," defined as 25(OH)D levels of 11 to 20ng/ml, applies to nonskeletal disorders, according to Mayo Clinic Proceedings. However, these definitions are controversial, since significant numbers of individuals classified as "deficient," or "insufficient," based on measured 25(OH)D levels, do not have symptoms or signs of deficiency. Furthermore, studies showed that the same dose of vitamn D, or an equivalent exposure to sunlight, resulted in highly variable 25(OH)D levels, ranging from 11 to as high as 71ng/ml in one sun exposure study. The health outcome in relation to a measured level of 25(OH)D likely depends on multiple factors, including calcium intake, age, physical activity and fat stores, as well as individual genetic variation.

An altenative to supplementation

A recent review in Nutrition Journal proposes the use of an artificial source of ultraviolet B (UVB) light in the treatment of Vitamin D deficiency. Unlike vitamin D supplementation, UVB light does not carry the risk of vitamin D toxicity. However, optimal duration of exposure varies between individuals and must be established to prevent erythema (redness of the skin resulting from injury to small blood vessels). In addition, a device that generates the optimal wavelength of UVB light must be used. UVB irradiation is not suitable for individuals taking certain medications, such as insulin, or those with medical conditions, such as pulmonary tuberculosis or dermatitis.
October 20, 2017

How to avoid ill health condition

Every health conscious person throughout the world nowadays thinks about the easiest way to quit possibilities of ill health condition. If you have decided to improve your physique and mind together, then you have to keep focusing on some important things like your weight, diet, exercise and hobbies. You have to maintain a healthy weight when you expect a lot on the improved health condition throughout the life. Sufferers of obesity nowadays are unable to engage in their routine activities. They get ever-increasing physical and mental health problems. You have to begin a step now and maintain your weight based on the suggestions from your doctor. People who exercise regularly can be strong and sharp. This is because they reduce overall possibilities of ill health condition. You can play active games when you get bored with usual exercises in the fitness center.  If you engage in your favourite physical activities like gardening, dancing and walking, then you can become healthy as expected. This is worthwhile to listen to your favourite genre of music whenever you experience stress and its related mental health problems. Smokers are prone to various health problems like cancer. Once you have started smoking, you reduce days in your lifetime as quickly as possible. You have to quit smoking in a proper way. You can feel free to join in the most successful quit-smoking program and stop major possibilities of illness. Individuals of every age group have to make fresh fruits and vegetables as the part of their meal. They have to avoid red meat and prefer fish and chicken. They can drink alcohol only in moderation when they unable to quit alcohol. This is advisable to avoid participating in occasions centered on alcohol. You can prefer and consume non-alcoholic beverages at parties and meals. Do not fail to protect yourself from too much exposure to the sun.