Depression and Anxiety
Depression and Anxiety
When you suffer from IBD, UC, Crohn’s this can lead to a whole gamut of cascading problems which is important to be on the look out for.
Cascading problems such as:
- Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
- B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
- Inadequate Vitamin D3 levels, leaving your immune system at risk
- Ineffective or low levels of good intestinal gut flora, putting your immune system at risk
- Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
- Problems with Concentration
- Improper Digestion
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Intestinal Permeability
- Extra-Intestinal Symptoms of Joint Pains, Skin Rashes, Eye Problems
- Depression and Anxiety
- And of course digestive issues of: Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Gas, Cramping, Abdominal Pain, Distention, just to name of few of the many symptoms
Has your Doctor told you to be on the lookout for these Cascading Problems?
So, what can you do about these Cascading Problems?
1) By being proactive and being aware, you’ll be on the lookout for these problems before they occur
2) By being aware of these problems, you’ll be able to see the symptoms and know what they correlate to
3) By putting in place certain checks and balances, you’ll be in a position to assess these problems
As it relates to Depression and Anxiety, a good assessment test would be to get your Vitamin D levels checked:
Vitamin D Testing
(should be done every 3-4 months, especially if you are supplementing with Vitamin D3)
As we have discussed in numerous Updates, Vitamin D is not only essential to good health and your immune system working properly, but it’s critical that levels be elevated when you have IBD, UC, and Crohn’s.
Here’s an interesting and important article on Vitamin D, featuring the interview with Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD The Pioneer of Vitamin D Research, click here to read it.
Recent research has shown that vitamin D is important to every cell and tissue throughout the body. From proper immune function and bone density to heart health and mood disorders, vitamin D is critical for optimal health.
You should know your Vitamin D blood level. Life Extension offers a reliable vitamin D blood test at a fraction of what most commercial blood labs charge. Optimal blood levels of vitamin D are often far greater than the standard reference range. The only way to achieve an optimal level is through proper supplementation.
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5 Stars out of 5, Excellent way to test for vitamin D
“Since insurance may not pay for repeated testings to get vitamin D in optimal ranges, LEF’s test is an inexpensive way to do repeat testing. I used the recommendations of the Vitamin D Foundation and the information provided by Dr. Joseph Mercola, along with my Integrative health doctor to strive for an optimal range. Unfortunately the lab’s range is still lagging behind the science, though the testing results are accurate.” By Marie F, from Vinton, VA
5 Stars out of 5, Vitamin D from 28 to 61
“I was tested with a 28 ng/ml at my doctor’s office. No mention was made to be concerned. I increased my Vitamin intake to 7500 daily for over six months and then had the test taken through L.E.F. My vitamin D increased to 61 ng/ml. I feel empowered that I was able to correct a deficiency before it became a real problem.” by YogaGirl, from Troy, MI
4) By taking some simple steps, you’ll be able to pre-empt some of these problems
Now that you know which cascade of problems to be on the lookout for, what can you do to prevent them? Let’s get through each one, and see how to pre-empt them:
A) Malabsorption of nutrients, causing malnutrition (often undiagnosed)
B) B12 Deficiency, which if it goes undiagnosed can lead to pernicious anemia
C) Inadequate Vitamin D3 Levels, leaving your Immune System at risk
D) Ineffective or low levels of good intestinal gut flora, putting your immune system at risk
E) Bone Density Loss, Osteopenia, or Osteoporosis
F) Fatigue, and
G) Problems with Concentration
H) Improper Digestion
I) Leaky Gut Syndrome, and
J) Intestinal Permeability and
K) Extra-Intestinal Symptoms of Joint Pains, Skin Rashes, Eye Problems
L) Depression and Anxiety
Check out Vitamin D3 and its effect on Depression, and also NEW, all-natural product called Wellotonin – (which I’ve found great success with regard to depression and anxiety) – see below.
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When I was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, I thought it was the end of life as I knew it.
I spiraled into deep depression because I was overwhelmed and unable to cope with my life altering diagnosis.
Even after checking my Vitamin D3 levels, the deep depression persisted.
Then after much research, I found Wellotonin. I started taking it, and within a week, I was feeling much better.
And as I continued with Wellotonin, I noticed my mood kept going up, the depression decreased, and after a month… I was back to myself: able to handle difficult things in my life, and able to have a better outlook on life and living with Ulcerative Colitis.
If you are struggling with depression, whether from just having been dealt the blow of the recent diagnosis of UC or Crohn’s or any other life altering disease, or from depression that’s hard to shake with the “craziness and stress of life”, I would suggest you give Wellotonin a try. I give it 5 stars!
From the founder of Wellotonin:
“…What if there was a Natural way, to begin to feel Mentally and Emotionally Healthy, which began in just about 3 days. Would you Do It? Or would you rather continue complaining about your Depression, Anxiety, OCD, Anger for the rest of your life?…”
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Depression and Anxiety are problems which are most often fixed by ensuring adequate levels of Vitamin D3.
Studies have shown that low levels of Vitamin D3 are correlated to Depression.
Ensure your blood serum levels of Vitamin D3 are between 50-70, because you have an Auto-Immune Disease such as IBD, UC, Crohn’s and to ensure optimal health (as we have covered in several Updates).
As a result of the Vitamin D3 testing, and to ensure I am getting adequate Vitamin D3, I’ve been taking:
Vitamin D3 ( I add 5,000 I.U., but you must select dosage appropriate for your blood serum level requirements)
Per topics covered in our Updates,
An avalanche of favorable studies has resulted in record numbers of Americans supplementing with vitamin D. Since it is virtually impossible to obtain adequate vitamin D from food sources, supplementation with 5,000-10,000 IU daily is required by many aging individuals.
Overlooked many, is the critical importance of vitamin K. If one is concerned enough about their health to take higher dose vitamin D, it seems absurd to miss out on the benefits of vitamin K. For instance, vitamin D facilitates calcium absorption into the bloodstream and thus plays an important role in maintaining bone density. Less recognized is the need for vitamin K to transport calcium from the bloodstream into the bone. Vitamin K is also required by calcium-regulating proteins in the arteries.1-5 Together these two vitamins help maintain youthful calcium skeletal distribution while promoting vascular health.6-11
Vitamin K can be found in small amounts in the diet, but obtaining the desired higher potencies requires supplementation. Many Life Extension members obtain optimal potencies of long-acting vitamin K in the Super Booster or Super K formulations. An increasing number of new members, however, are asking for high-potency vitamin D—but are not taking any supplemental vitamin K.
To directly address this problem, Life Extension® has put together a formula called Vitamins D and K with Sea-Iodine™. Like vitamins D and K, few Americans obtain optimal amounts of iodine. As people seek to limit their salt intake, this deficit is exacerbated since iodized salt is the principal source of this mineral in many diets. We expect the issue of iodine insufficiency to receive more media attention as new studies uncover the problems this creates. Sea-Iodine™ is included in this formula to provide iodine without the harmful effects of sodium.
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“I had low Vit D levels that I increased over time and now able to keep it in the good range with this supplement.” By Barb, Sevierville Tn
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Please Note: Before adding any new supplements, especially those containing Vitamin K, please check with your doctor or pharmacist for any drug interactions ( this is especially true if you are on any meds like Coumadin).
I think it’s very important to be aware of these Cascading Problems, and specifically, Depression and Anxiety, so that you can be pro-active and to pre-empt further problems. It’s unlikely your doctor has made you aware of these.