Be Your Own Health Detective PART 2

Whatever skin issues you might be manifesting almost always point to imbalances in your body as whole. Your skin reflects the health of your body and that’s great news when the body system is vibrant and running on all cylinders! But when the skin shows evidence of compromise due to skin eruptions, blemishes or  excessive dryness, what do you do to address what your skin is telling you?

Where do you begin?

If you are like most of us, you react quickly, looking for a quick fix, maybe something you saw on a commercial or a magazine or you reach for that left-over tube of skin cream in your cabinet that you haven’t touched in months.

Here is the thing to know about all those “quick” fixes – they only address the surface symptoms and they do nothing to address the underlying imbalances.

To address skin health, actually means you need to address your health from a global perspective.To address skin health, actually means you need to address your health from a global perspective.

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To uncover the source of your skin complaints you will probably have do a bit of detective work. Let’s begin like any good “whodunit” by gathering information!

  1. Within the last 3-6 months has your skin appearance changed?
  2. What else has changed in your life?
  3. Has your stress level increased?
  4. Did you change or begin any new medications?
  5. What about your diet? Any changes there?
  6. Have you been exposed to new products in your environment, e.g. perfumes cosmetics, bedding, laundry detergent…?

Ok, now you have some data, right? Now let’s investigate more closely. With a magnified mirror look really look at your skin.  What do you notice about the color, texture, borders of the different areas of your skin?

Be Your Own Health Detective PART 1

One of my goals in my life is to teach people to be their own Health Detective. Our bodies are comprised of many interdependent systems and when there is an imbalance in one area it affects the inner workings of others.

I call the skin our “second mouth” as it is the barrier for all the environmental “food” we are exposed to (internal/external) .With your skin being your largest organ at approximately 20 square feet for a 120lb. person – it is our first line of defense. It has major functions to perform:

  • detoxification
  • filtration
  • protection
  • temperature regulation
  • absorption of nutrients
  • a sensor connecting us to the outside world.

With all these bodily responsibilities the skin has, you can see how something in our environment (internal/external) can cause a response that may trigger the skin to perform differently in its attempt to return to its natural state of wellness. By slowing down enough to see the skin’s responses as the clues they are – we can begin to uncover and detect the best route for our return journey to balance and well-being.

Yet, often we forget about taking care of our skin as an organ!

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PART 2 of being a HEALTH DETECTIVE will look closer at how the skin gives us messages and how to listen!

Vitamin D Series PART 2 – Vitamin D and Your Health

vitamin d 3d illustration on white glossy surface

Vitamin D insufficiencies are estimated to affect over one billion people worldwide. The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) data showed a significant increase in vitamin D insufficiency in the USA over the last 30 years, with over 77% of Americans considered vitamin D insufficient.

The alarming rates of insufficiency and the vast metabolic properties of vitamin D have led researchers to examine the influence of vitamin D on disease prevention.

The consequences of low 25(OH)D status include increased risk of various chronic diseases, ranging from hypertension to diabetes to cancer.

The safest and most economical way to ensure adequate vitamin D status is to use oral dosing of native vitamin D. (Both daily and intermittent regimens work well.) Serum 25(OH)D can be expected to rise by about 1 ng/mL (2.5 nmol/L) for every 100 IU of additional vitamin D each day. Recent data indicate that cholecalciferol (vitamin D(3)) is substantially more potent than ergocalciferol (vitamin D(2)) and that the safe upper intake level for vitamin D(3) is 10,000 IU/d.

What is the Ideal level of Vitamin D?

The Vitamin D Council recommends that adults take 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D supplement in order to reach and stay at .50 ng/ml

The Endocrine Society recommends taking a vitamin D supplement of around 2,000 IU/day to reach and stay above a level of  30 ng/ml. This is what the Endocrine Society recommends as the ideal level to aim for.

The Food and Nutrition Board recommends 600 IU/day of vitamin D supplement because they believe 20 ng/ml is the ideal level to aim for.

References

  1. Holick MF, Binkley NC, Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Gordon CM, Hanley DA, Heaney RP, Murad MH, Weaver CM; Endocrine Society. Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Jul;96(7):1911-30.
  2. Institute of Medicine, Food and Nutrition Board. Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2010.
  3. Vieth, R. “The Pharmacology of Vitamin D.” In Vitamin D, Third Edition, by Feldman D, Pike JW and Adams JS. Elsevier Academic Press, 2011.