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Frequently Asked Questions Of Any Health Guru Part 5

We will be discussing the last three vitamins, D, K, and E, and then we will be able to get to the minerals which are so important to your good health.

This condensed version of these vitamins has all the possibilities of being remembered, and/or printed, and put in a place where you can find them to refer to.

When you finally decide to learn to understand what you should eat, and maybe even discover some new veggies, as well as some new recipes (which we will get to in another series), you will surely be amazed at how much of a difference you will feel when you eat good food, and take the supplements you should be taking.

The most difference I ever felt was when I had to undergo radiation because of a rare disease I acquired by genetics. The point is, after they used the radiation treatments on me for two months, I could hardly do anything except sleep in my chair (I sort of lived in a recliner for a period of time because it was easier than going all the way into the bedroom etc.). I was so very exhausted I could hardly get up and fix myself any food.

I resorted to sleeping for a few months and then I decided I had to change something. I started back on my vitamin C, which they had taken me off of because they said it would nullify the radiation that I was going to receive. I did need this radiation to survive, so there was no other recourse for me at the time.

Once I started taking my vitamin C again for a couple weeks, I upped the dose every two weeks, and then began taking my vitamin B complex again, and eventually my multivitamins and the rest of my vitamin regimen. I started to feel like I had enough energy to get out of my chair.

When I got myself back on the regimen of the vitamins that I was used to taking for years, I finally felt like I could move again, and think. I began to think for myself again, and have enough energy to move around and do things physically.

What I wanted was to get myself back into shape. I needed to exercise but I couldn't. I did not have enough energy.

I began moving back and forth in a step for one minute, and then I would go back to my chair. I did this for a couple weeks, and then I could go on to two minutes, and every week or two I would add another minute to my exercise routine.

I eventually got up to a twenty minute routine, and then went on to bigger movements and better exercises. I had finally gotten out of my chair. I still slept in it though because I was really used to it now.

I had a very long way to go because they had radiated my mouth, and in the position they used, it also went up through my brain. I had suffered some brain function problems as well, but I would figure out a way to get through those too.

We have all had our trials and tribulations, and we know we must work hard to get through them.

Vitamins are an important part of everyone's health. Everybody needs different amounts of different vitamins because every physiological body is different, and it is its own individual entity in how it works and how it was created.

It is also yours, and you must take care of it so that it works for you, in the ways that you decide is right for you.

Vitamin D is a very necessary vitamin as we have probably all heard by now. It is a fat soluble vitamin so you must not take too much of it because it can be toxic at high doses.

It is required for the normal development and growth of children for their teeth and bones. Also, it is used by the body for proper muscle strength.

It is also required for: calcium absorption, the body's proper usage of phosphorous and calcium, phosphorous absorption, to properly regulate the heartbeat, the prevention of certain cancers (breast and colon), to prevent hypocalcemia, osteoporosis, and osteoarthritis, proper blood clotting, function of the thyroid gland, and proper immune system function.

To get just a little technical here for a minute, vitamin D is actually a bunch of prohormones, mainly D2 which is ergocalciferol, and D3 which is cholecalciferol. A prohormone is a compound that does not act like a hormone, yet it is converted into a hormone that is active. These two compounds are known as calciferols.

Vitamin D2 is not made by the body and comes from plant and fungal sources.

Vitamin D3 can come from an animal source. It is also made in the body when the UV index is more than three. It can be made by a reaction, involving the skin that absorbs certain wavelengths from the sun. Melanin in the skin is a required component of this reaction.

There, that was not so bad was it?

Food sources of vitamin D are: good organic milk, egg yolks, oysters, dandelion greens, sardines, liver, fish, mushrooms (shiitake and chantarelle), salmon, dairy, cheese, halibut, fatty saltwater fish, butter, fish liver oils, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, cod liver oil, and tuna.

Some deficiencies of vitamin D are: loss of appetite, weight loss, osteomalecia, visual problems, diarrhea, Rickets, and insomnia. Another symptom can be that you feel a burning sensation especially in the throat and in your mouth.

A deficiency of vitamin D can increase the susceptibility to certain chronic diseases and even autoimmune diseases like, type I Diabetes, and chronic syndromes like tuberculosis, PAD (peripheral artery disease), SAD (seasonal affective disorder), MS (multiple sclerosis), cancer, chronic pain, periodontal disease, and even high blood pressure (hypertension).

If you are taking blood thinners you may be deficient in vitamin K. This is when vitamin D is able to cause the calcification of soft tissue. Therefore, it is also very important to get enough vitamin k, which we will be discussing later in this article.

A toxicity of vitamin D can also be a cause of hypertension. This toxicity can also cause symptoms with the GI tract like vomiting, nausea and even anorexia.

As you can see it is important to get the correct amount of vitamin D, and the correct type of vitamin D, daily for your good health.

Vitamin K is another fat soluble vitamin. It is also necessary for our health. It pertains to our bones as well, by being required for repair of the bone, and the development of the bone, and it assists in protecting us from osteoporosis, to make a protein called osteocalcin that is in the tissue of the bone. Vitamin K is also required for the proper functioning of your liver, and helps you live longer.

Vitamin K is essential for your blood to clot, and is helpful in diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhea, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and even bedwetting.

Food sources of vitamin K are: mainly dark green leafy veggies. These are often: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, cabbage, spinach, kale, in the Brassica family mainly.

It can also be found in avocado, parsley, and kiwi.

Vitamin K is in blackstrap molasses, rye, oats, soybeans, egg yolks, asparagus, chicken, liver, wheat, and yogurt.

Some deficiencies of vitamin K are: these may present as: problems with glucose regulation and the release of insulin, internal bleeding and/or abnormal bleeding.

A deficiency of vitamin K may be caused by Crohn's Disease, liver disease, taking cholesterol lowering drugs, taking antibiotics, using mineral oil, taking aspirin, taking blood thinners, or eating a restricted diet or a bad diet (one that is not healthy).

If you are taking Wayfarin, or any type of blood thinners....Do not take vitamin K until you have discussed it with you doctor!!

It is also possible to have an allergic reaction to vitamin K.

Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and a fat soluble vitamin as well. It is comprised of eight different compounds. They are alpha-tocopherol, beta-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, and gamma-tocopherol, and alpha-tocotrienol, beta-tocotrienol, delta-tocotrienol, and gamma-tocotrienol.

Vitamin E is what inhibits your blood from clotting. Being such a good antioxidant vitamin E prevents free radicals and damage to your cells.

Vitamin E promotes a healthy heart, as well as healthy skin, hair, muscles, and nerves.

The tocotrienols have also shown to be inhibitors of cancer (prostate, breast, and liver).

It has also been shown that vitamin E is good for cataracts, stroke, RA (rheumatoid arthritis), diabetes patients, Alzheimers Disease, restless leg syndrome, and tardive dyskinesia(involuntary movements that are purposeless and repetitive).

Food sources of vitamin E are: good organic milk, egg yolks, whole grains (oats, rye, and barley), dark green leafy veggies, avocado, nuts, beans, wheat germ, olives, and almonds. It is also found in certain oils like, annatto based oil, crude Palm Oil, rice bran oil, and organic coconut oil.

Some deficiencies of vitamin E are: neuromuscular problems and neurological problems. Spinocerebellar ataxia is one of the neuromuscular difficulties you can have from a deficiency and myopathies as well. The neurological difficulties you can run into with this deficiency will be caused by deficient nerve conduction.

You can also run into anemia caused by this deficiency, but vitamin E deficiency is not seen very often.

Now that we have thoroughly discussed the vitamins, in a condensed way, we must also consider all the minerals and what they do for us, in the next articles.

Street Talk

Joan S  

All this talk about vitamins is making me hungry. I've recently become aware of vitamin K. Am on it, just in case I have a deficiency. Had an episode this spring with terrifying nose bleeds which was finally resolved by a visit to an ENT doctor. In these cases, it doesn't hurt to have some extra K, which helps the blood to clot. Kaite, I'm concerned about the disorder you described. Does radiation resolve it? How are you feeling now? Hope you don't need any more radiation. What you need is a nice big dinner with all the vitamins in the form of red and green vegetables and a protein and some grains. It's an awful feeling when your energy is drained. Once again, thank you for the superb information.

  about 9 years ago

Hi what was the outcome of the reason for the nosebleeds??? Or did they come up with one...This is scary stuff I know.Yes and now I too am hungry...haha....go figure.....I think I will have some broccoli rice casserole. mmmm good.

  about 9 years ago
Joan S  

Hi Kaite, Don't know the reason for the nose bleeds. Had it cauterized. Hope that doesn't ever happen again. Nose was probably just dry. How are things in Florida?

  about 9 years ago
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